The Master Cleanse

The Mater Cleanse, also called the Lemonade Diet has been around for decades. It was created by Stanley Burroughs who was an early advocate of natural health, and believed in the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

The Master Cleanse involves drinking a lemonade mixture that will aid your body in flushing out waste that has accumulated over time. I tried the cleanse for the first time 5 years ago and I can tell you I never felt better than I did after the cleanse, mentally as well as physically.

Here is a quick overview of the cleanse, the lemonade recipe, and suggestions I’ve found make it easier to stick to it for the full 10 days.

Simply put, your body is filled with a lot of garbage it can’t digest and just ends up sitting around. This thick plaque clings to the inside of your intestines, preventing nutrients from being absorbed, and it’s literally choking you off from the inside.

This is where detoxification comes in.  It’s actually all about helping your body cleanse itself of this waste. Doing this will not only make you healthier, it will also lead to increased energy, rid the body of harmful toxins, promote weight loss, and strengthen your immune system.

The Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet as it’s also known has been around for over 50 years. It’s helped thousands of people cleanse their body and improve their heath.  It isn’t easy.  Let me say that again.  IT ISN”T EASY. But the results are well worth the short term sacrifice of not eating regular foods for a week to 10 days.  I recommend doing the cleanse for at least a week and 10 days is best.  Some people advocate doing the cleanse for a month to a month and a half!  I don’t think that’s necessary and frankly, I couldn’t do that. But a week and a half is doable.

The main ingredients for the Master Cleanse are Pure Filtered Water, Grade B Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper (you can use extract or capsules), Lemons, Sea Salt (unrefined, not iodized).  You will also need to get an herbal laxative tea.  You can drink other herbal teas as well and that’s the only cheating allowed on this cleanse.

Don’t use concentrated lemon juice. Only use real lemons.

It’s important that you use organic grade B maple syrup. Most maple syrups are grade A which is more refined. Grade B contains more nutrients Some of the commercial brands typically used for pancakes are loaded with preservatives. Most stores sell organic grade B maple syrup but it’s pricey. I buy mine on by the quart and its much cheaper. Just search grade B maple syrup.

Cayenne Pepper is usually sold in powder, but some stores sell a liquid cayenne extract that will work as well, I take Cayenne Pepper capsules.  It’s easier and the lemonade tastes better without the Cayenne in it. If you’re going to put it in your lemonade, extract is better.  Powder doesn’t mix well.

The Sea Salt is used as a laxative, if salt intake is a problem for you I’ll show you another type of laxative in the Secondary Ingredients below.

These secondary ingredients can be safely added, and in the case of the wheat grass, laxative tea and psyllum husk actually make the cleanse more effective.

The first of the secondary ingredients, laxative tea can be used in place of, or in addition to the sea salt flush. The purpose of both of these items is to increase eliminations. Of the two the sea salt is the more effective, but if you can’t take sea salt the laxative tea will work as well. The tea can be found in most grocery stores, and is sold under different brand names. I use are “Smooth Move” herbal laxative tea.

Psyllum husk is another laxative. Psyllum husk is very fiber rich; it’s also the closest thing to whole food you can consume on the Master Cleanse. It comes in powder or capsules.

Wheat Grass contains high concentrations of chlorophyll, enzymes and vitamins – including vitamins A, B complex, C and E, trace elements calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, enzymes and amino acids. Wheat grass is a powerful antioxidant that can boost your immune system and get rid of free radicals. It’s also good for detoxing. The chlorophyll cleanses your liver tissues & cells, and purifies your blood.
But the biggest reason you should take wheat grass while on the Master Cleanse is wheat grass contains protein. Lack of protein is one of the biggest downsides to the traditional Master Cleanse, but wheat grass, unlike meat or dairy is a safe source of protein that won’t interfere with the cleansing process.

Protein is crucial to maintaining a healthy body. It’s not a good idea to go to long without it, and while wheat grass won’t give you the recommended daily amount of protein your body needs it will give you some.  If you plan on going longer than 10 days on the cleanse you should have wheat grass as part of the cleanse. You can get Wheat grass in capsule form. That’s the easiest way to take it.

The Master Cleanse works just how it sounds; you consume primarily lemonade for the entire time you’re on the diet, and it cleanses your body. So the recipe for the diet is fairly simple. You should drink a minimum of 60 oz of lemonade a day, but no more than 120 oz.

You should also drink a lot of water while on the cleanse because the laxatives you’ll be taking can dehydrate you. I suggest you drink your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 125 pounds you should drink 125 ounces of water.

Recipe for a single serving:

  • 8 oz. Filtered Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup (Grade B)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (approximately 1/2 of a lemon)
  • 1/10 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper.  I take two Cayenne Pepper Capsules per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

If you want to make larger amounts of lemonade just multiply the above recipe.  You may want to make enough to last you through the day at work, etc.

The Sea Salt flush, as it’s often called, is the worst part of the cleanse, but it does work.   To prepare it, mix 1 teaspoon of sea salts with 25-35 ounces of warm water.  It’s best to use warm water for this but if warm water is hard for you to drink it’s alright to use normal temperature water.  Be sure to give yourself at least an hour and a half after drinking the sea salt flush before you go out!  This laxative works fast, and you’ll want to be near a bathroom when you use the salt water flush.

If you really want to dig in to the Master Cleanse I recommend these resources.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products and information mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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