The Master Cleanse was developed by Stanley Burroughs and published initially in the 1940’s with a reprint and revival in the 1970’s.
Both a diet for weight loss and a detoxification cleanse, it is done by drinking a mixture of fresh squeezed organic lemon juice, grade B maple syrup (as it has far more minerals than grade A), cayenne pepper and purified water. It is recommended to consume 6 to 12 glasses per day. It’s actually quite good.
The length of time depends on your own personal need as well as your will power. 10 days is recommended though some people do 30 successfully, and some go even longer.
Benefits of the cleanse:
-Gained energy and vitality
-Better regularity and digestion.
-Cleansing of the whole body, not just the colon.
-Can assist the body in stabilizing blood sugar and lowering blood pressure.
-Greater joint flexibility, less pain, better sleep, and better relaxation.
-A reduction of inflammation, pain, digestive disorders, and lethargy.
-A reduction of mucus in the body (less congestion), help with allergies, asthma, and acne.
-Creating a balanced pH environment that is less hospitable to disease.
-Clearer thinking for a healthier and happier disposition.
-Help with improving mental problems and depression.
-Feeling vibrant and looking radiant with glowing skin.
-Drug detoxification and a cleaner bloodstream.
-Improved sense of smell and taste.
-Help with past food sensitivities and food allergies.
-An enhanced immune system giving assistance with many ailments.
-Renewed taste buds with an appreciation and appetite for healthier and simpler foods.
-Conditions that generally respond well to fasting in general and a truly healthy diet are rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, lupus, uterine fibroid, colitis, headaches, and aging!
-Easily establish your foundation of will power to build powerful health!
On top of the ten-day cleanse it is recommended that you do an ease in and ease out phase, especially if you have not been eating particularly healthy up till this point. To do the ease in –
Day 1 is the Living Food Diet. On this day eat live foods – Fruit, Veggies, nuts, and so forth. Eliminate processed foods, meats and dairy.
Day 2 Juicing, blending, soups and broths. This helps prepare your body for an all liquid diet while still providing nutrients.
Day 3 Fresh orange juice (2 liters) and of course good clean water.
Day 4 Start drinking the master cleanse lemonade mix.
This begins your 10 day cleanse phase.
With the standard cleanse, no food is consumed. All of your calories are derived from the lemonade mixture.
It has been stated that weight loss on this diet/cleanse is 1-2 pounds a day.
Morning: Lemonade mixture
Lunch: Healthy. Vegetables, salad or light sandwich, soup, your choice really. Just make sure to pick something healthy and preferably organic. Most days I also get dessert – café latte and an organic cookie, brownie or such.
Dinner: Back to lemonade.
Doing this I am not at all hungry. In fact I think I may stick with this permanently. I feel great, my energy level is up and in 6 days I have lost 5 lbs. That isn’t any less than expected if you do just the lemonade by itself.