Fads come and go – but this one just keeps on coming. Stanley Burrough’s “Master Cleanser” (aka Lemonade Diet) continues to garner attention from all over the place.
Recently Beyoncé Knowles admitted to using a “Maple Syrup detox” (which led to a huge surge in popularity). Now the diet has even attracted the attention of the NY Times.
The Internet teems with testimonials to the cleanse, also known as the lemonade diet, claiming that it fights disease such as Candidiasis, clears the mind as well as acne, and increases energy. Bloggers chronicle their daily fasting. Master cleanse video diaries can be found on YouTube, and a cottage industry has developed with various companies peddling cleansing kits including all ingredients for the beverage except lemons.
The Master Cleanse appeared in a booklet by Stanley Burroughs in 1976. The booklet was called The Master Cleanser. The cleansing detox diet has always been popular due to word of mouth – but in 2004 was picked up and marketed by Peter Glickman.
The Master Cleanse
Indeed, the book states that at least 1/2 the weight will come back on after completing the diet. Many people incorrectly use this for fast weight loss. This is not what the diet is intended for.
Detox diets such as the lemonade diet are not for the faint-hearted. They are difficult to follow – typically because we are so addicted to food.
- 60 oz spring water per day (spread over 6 10 oz glasses)
- 12 tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (or 2 tbsp. per glass)
- 12 tablespoons freshly squeezed organic lemon juice (or 2 tbsp. per glass)
- a little over half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or 1/10 tsp. per glass) or to taste
People experience varying degrees of success as their body begins to flush itself of toxins – but the first few days are hardest. Some only use the lemonade diet for 4-5 days, while others take it out to 2 weeks.
Lemonade Diet Kit
This kit includes everything you need to complete the lemonade diet or Master Cleanse.
- All ORGANIC ingredients needed for the Stanley Burroughs’ Master Cleanse Diet (except lemons) including FREE BOOK: The Complete Master Cleanse by Tom Woloshyn
- 32 oz Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (Bpa Free and Formaldehyde Free)
- 8 oz Organic compliant Sea Salt- Selina Naturally
- 90 capsules Certified Organic Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annum) – Oregon Wild Harvest (1 Bottle – 90 GF, vegan capsules)
- 1 Box Organic “Smooth Move” Laxative Tea – Traditional Medicinals (1 Box of 16 tea bags) and 1 Box Organic Peppermint Tea – Traditional Medicinals (1 Box of 16 tea bags)
A typical herbal detox will do the following
- Dissolves and eliminates toxins that have formed in any part of the body
- Cleanse kidneys and digestive system
- Purifies the glands and cells
- Eliminate waste and hardened material in joints and muscles
- Relieves pressure and irritation in nerves, arteries and blood vessels
Possible Detox Reactions on the Master Cleanse
- Rashes and skin eruptions
- Aches and pains
- Food cravings
The only other foods consumed is a laxative tea (“Smooth Move”) twice a day, and a saline (sea salt) wash. The laxative may be required due to the lack of fiber in the diet that may lead to constipation.
Breaking the Fast
This must be done gently, by easing your way back into solid food. Vegetable soup is a good starter, and fruits and vegetables shouldn’t be started until the second day out of the juice fast.
Before doing the lemonade diet, Stanley Burroughs book (see below) is a must-read.
Master Cleanse Coach
The Master Cleanse Coach is written by Peter Glickman, who has been referred to as a modern-day guru of the Master Cleanse.
Glickman has personally coached over 2,000 people who have undertaken this detoxification program.
This book gives you all the information you need to undertake the Master Cleanse.
However, it is also written as a guide for those who wish to coach others through the procedure.
The Master Cleanse or lemonade diet should only be used for a short period of time or serious health problems could arise.
The Master Cleanser Recipe – The Ingredients You’ll Need To Prepare The Master Cleanse Lemonade
There’s only a few ingredients you’re going to need for the master cleanse, but it’s important to use the exact products I’m going to tell you about, and don’t make any substitutions.
Unlike other diets, the Master Cleanse doesn’t require any exotic or expensive ingredients. It just might be the most cost effective diet in history.
Main Ingredients for the Master Cleanse Recipe:
- Pure Filtered Water
- Grade B Organic Maple Syrup, Formaldehyde free
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Organic Lemons
- Sea salt – Unrefined, (Not iodized) or Epsom Salt
- Laxative tea
- Natural Herbal Tea (decaffeinated)
Lets Talk About The Main Ingredients You’ll Need For The Master Cleanser Recipe
The first one (pure filtered water) is probably the most overlooked step in the Master Cleanse, but it’s important if you want to cleanse your body. I know people who won’t go near non-organic fruits and vegetables, but they’ll drink and cook with unfiltered tap water. That’s crazy.
Your local water treatment facility does not do an adequate job of providing you with clean, safe drinking water. The standard water treatment practice is to dump chlorine into the water to kill off the bacteria, and viruses. Chlorine is a poison, and has been linked to cancer. It’s not good to consume this on a daily basis.
There’s also the risk of chemicals from corporate waste, and farm runoff – as well as the sediment and toxic metals that are found in the pipes that bring water into your home.
Bottled Water is Not a Good Choice Either
In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes for bottled water are not tightly regulated. A lot of times, the bottled water you buy is not any better than city tap water – and sometimes it is just plain city water!
To make sure you get all the detoxing benefits, you should make the lemonade with filtered water. You can find filtered water at most grocery stores, but a more convenient option is to own you’re own home water filter.
I recommend Aquasana water filters. After looking at many brands I found the Aquasana performed better than all of them. It also cost a lot less.
You have to be careful when shopping for a quality water filter because a lot of them don’t do a good job of filtering out the contaminations found in today’s drinking water, and some strip your water of beneficial minerals, which is especially bad for growing children. Aquasana water filters use a combination of carbon filtration, ion exchange and sub-micron filtration to filter out chlorine, lead, VOC’s, MTBE and Cysts (chlorine resistant parasites), and leaves in the natural trace minerals.
Okay, I went off on a bit of a tangent there about filtered water, It’s just that water is such a crucial element to good health, and for anyone making an effort to lead a clean lifestyle a simple counter top water filtration system will give you more bang for your buck (health wise) than organic produce, free range meat, or nutritional supplements.
As for the other main ingredients they’re pretty standard fare, and can be found at most grocery stores. A few things to keep in mind
- Use organic ingredients. The goal of the Master Cleanse is to remove toxic substances from your body, so stay away from ingredients that have been sprayed with pesticides
- Don’t use concentrated lemon juice. If you have to, you can use non-organic lemons, but you cannot use concentrated lemon juice because It’s filled with sugar and preservatives.
- Make sure the sea salt is Unrefined or Not iodized This will be used as a laxative, if salt intake is a problem for you I’ll show you another type of laxative in the Optional Ingredients below
The first of the optional ingredients, the 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 more effective, but the laxative tea will work fine. The tea can be found in most grocery stores, and is sold under different brand names. The two I use are “Smooth Move” and “Laxative Tea”
The other optional ingredients will help add some flavor to the lemonade you’re going to be drinking daily.
The beauty of the Master Cleanse is its simplicity. By going on this diet you allow your body to use the energy it normally spends on breaking down, digesting, and assimilating food to cleanse itself, so you can’t add much to the Master Cleanse without taking away from its effectiveness.
But you can use herbal teas (decaffeinated) to help break the redundancy of drinking lemonade all day long. These teas come in an assortment of flavors, and you can drink them hot or cold. Herbal tea can be found at just about any grocery store.
The Master Cleanse Recipe
The recipe is fairly simple. You should drink a minimum of 60 oz of lemonade a day, but can drink more if you like. You can also drink as much water as you want. I suggest you consume your body weight in ounces of water.
Below are two different recipes. The first is for a single serving of the Master Cleanse lemonade. The second will make 6 servings
#1 (single serving):
- 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
- 2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup (not the commercial maple flavored syrup you use on pancakes)
- 1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
- Ten ounces of filtered water
#2 (60 oz. daily serving):
- 60 ounces of filtered water
- 12 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
- 12 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
There are a couple important things to remember when preparing the lemonade.
For one, the lemon juice used must be fresh squeezed. This cannot be emphasized enough. It is necessary to use fresh produce. Canned juice won’t work.
Also, the maple syrup must be grade B maple syrup, not the processed syrup (which is usually high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring) that is used at the breakfast table.
The cayenne pepper might seem unnecessary, but it’s very important. Not only does add a bit of a kick, but the pepper helps to break up mucus and increases healthy blood flow. It’s also a good source of B and C vitamins, commonly referred to as Super Vitamins due to their many benefits for the body.
Mixing teas with the recipe is one way to help mix things up, just make sure It’s decaffeinated tea because caffeine can restrict blood vessels and we want to keep your body passages as open as possible.
Adding a Natural Laxative To Help Flush Out Your System
Taking a laxative will speed up the detoxing process, and help your body eliminate waste.
I prefer ingestible laxatives like, sea salts, and herbal tea. These are ideal methods for cleaning the colonic tract without the harmful effects of colonics and enemas.
Drinking 1 teaspoon of unrefined non-iodized sea salt mixed with 25-35 ounces of water will flush out your system.
It’s best to use either of these laxatives (or both of them) 2 times a day. I’ve found it best to take them in the morning and before I go to bed.
Also, I advise you give yourself about one hour before you go out when you do this. These laxatives will work fast, and you will discover why you should probably be at home near a bathroom when you use them.