Cleansing Foods That You Can Eat on a Cleanse by Dr. Sara Detox Toronto Naturopath
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5 Food Groups To Consume on a Cleanse Diet


YES, you can eat on a cleanse diet.

You don’t have to rely on liquid meal replacement shakes or fruit juices. You can eat REAL food.

And you should.

Without real food – real vitamins, real nutrients, protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and minerals, you will do a poor job cleansing your body.

In fact, without a proper cleanse diet, just by fasting or significantly restricting calories, detoxification organs may not remove waste products efficiently.

If you’re busy, perhaps you’re in school, working, or managing a busy household, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to rely on strict liquid cleanses to accomplish better health and a cleaner body.

For years, I’ve been recommending whole foods cleanse diets to enhance detoxification. And they work brilliantly. There’s no suffering. No deprivation and no frustration.

There are plenty of foods to choose from.

Let’s dive in and identify the top 5 food groups that are cleanse-friendly.

Food Group #1: Vegetables

What would a cleanse diet be without nutrient dense vegetables? Choose dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, beets, carrots, and Brussel sprouts. There are so many awesome veggies to choose from and lots of great ways to prepare them.

You can have unlimited amounts. Vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals. Enjoy until you’re full!

Food Group #2: Fruits

Fruits are high in vitamins, natural sugar, and antioxidants.

Some are an excellent source of fibre to help cleanse the colon and enhance the removal of waste products. I generally recommend 1-2 pieces of fruit per day.

Food Group #3: Nuts/Seeds

An excellent snack and a healthy source of good fats and protein.

A cleanse diet without protein and healthy fat can slow down liver detoxification capabilities, which is the main reason why juice cleanses and detox water fasts are not always the best option.

Food Group #4: Protein

Choose from a wide variety of natural, hormone-free meats. Great options are lamb, chicken, turkey, wild fish, and bone broth. These supply the body with amino acids, which are necessary in phase 2 liver detoxification.

Food Group #5: Legumes and Grains

Yes, you can have carbs on a cleanse! Try the following:

  • kidney beans
  • mung beans
  • chickpeas
  • brown rice
  • quinoa

For a specific list of foods to eat on your cleanse diet, please refer to this FREE download: Dr. Sara’s Cleanse Guide

Dr. Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a Canadian licensed Naturopathic Doctor with 15+ years of experience serving patients in Ontario. She is a sought-after speaker and passionate leader in the Health & Wellness industry carrying a wealth of experience in the field of women's health and fertility.

Dr. Sara has appeared on multiple radio shows/podcasts, the W Network, Breakfast Television and CP24. For almost 5 years, she worked as the National Spokesperson for a well-known digestive wellness brand, educating across the globe on gut health. Dr. Sara has been named a rising star in Canada receiving the Generation Next award for her outstanding contribution to shaping the future of Canada’s grocery industry. She frequently contributes to large publications and has been published in Best Health Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Sweat Equity, Grocery Business, Inside Fitness, Canadian Living, Elevate, HELLO, and ELLE Canada.

Dr. Sara’s approach to healthcare is not as easy as taking a pill. The “quick-fix” approach is not one she subscribes to. While there’s a pill for just about everything, rarely do prescription drugs stop the course of disease - they merely mask symptoms. Dr. Sara believes true health requires a commitment from both the doctor and the patient.

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