With summer right around the corner, many are looking for ways to lose weight, get healthier and look better. Detox diets like the Master Cleanse have become popular in recent years. Created in 1941 by Stanley Burroughs, the Master Cleanse claims to remove toxins from the body, cure a variety of ailments and help contribute to weight loss. Many instructions found for the Master Cleanse will recommend staying on the diet for a minimum of 10 days to achieve the full benefits of the diet. This length of time may seem daunting to those new to detox diets who may want to try a shorter version of the cleanse.
Acquire the right ingredients. Because the goal of the Master Cleanse is to detoxify the body, it’s important that the ingredients used are free of toxins. The Master Cleanse Lemonade is made from water, lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Use pure filtered water for the recipe instead of tap water, which can contain chlorine and other chemicals. Likewise, use organic lemons, cayenne pepper and maple syrup.
Ease into the diet. Going straight into the Master Cleanse with no preparation can be a shock to your body. Three days before you begin the Master Cleanse, limit your daily dairy and red meat intake while increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. During this stage, try to eat organic or raw foods, which will begin the detox process. You can begin acclimating your body to a liquid diet by eating soups and broths during this time period, and make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
Prepare the Master Cleanse Lemonade. During the cleanse period, your nutritional intake will come from the Master Cleanse Lemonade, which is fairly simple to make. To make one day’s supply, simply combine the following ingredients: 60 ounces filtered water, 12 tbsp. grade B maple syrup, 12 tbsp. lemon juice and ½ tsp. cayenne pepper.
Start the diet. Each day of the diet, begin with a “saltwater flush”. Combine one liter of lukewarm water with 2 tsp. of un-iodized sea salt. The salt water will act as a laxative, which may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to “flush” out your system. If you prefer, a laxative tea may be used in place of or in addition to the saltwater flush. Laxative teas, like senna tea, may be found in almost any grocery store. Throughout the day, drink your Master Cleanse Lemonade. Try to drink 60 ounces of the lemonade a day. During the cleanse, you can also drink as much water as you want. You may also drink decaffeinated herbal tea during the cleanse.
Ease out of the diet. Easing out of the Master Cleanse diet is extremely important. During the cleanse, your body has become accustomed to a liquid diet and may not be prepared for a sudden return to your normal intake. During the first day, drink only juices and broths to prepare your body to come off a liquid diet. On the next day, you may eat fruits and vegetables. On the third day you can return to your regular diet, but try to stay away from processed foods, which contain the toxins you’ve just eliminated.
If you experience adverse symptoms such as fatigue, headaches or dizziness, come off the diet.
Consult your physician before beginning the Master Cleanse.