The concept of the lemon detox diet (or Master Cleanse as it is often referred to) will be fairly new to many people while others will have been made aware of its potential through celebrity gossip shows or the 2004 book ‘Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days’ by Peter Glickman.
What may come as a surprise, however, is the fact that this intriguing recipe has been used by the health conscious ever since it was invented by Stanley Burroughs in 1941.
While there have been many misleading master cleanse reviews, and its true worth and recipe often misinterpreted, as this guide will show, the diet is simple juice fast with potentially great health benefits.
Master Cleanse and weight loss
Many people are initially attracted to the lemonade diet because they latch upon the word “diet” and see the process as nothing more than a weight loss craze. This image is unsurprising given the recent media coverage that highlights the amount of weight loss the diet has achieved for certain celebrities; it is not nicknamed the “Beyonce Master Cleanse” for nothing.
Men and women alike have experienced significant weight loss with the Master Cleanse over varying periods of time but this is not the main objective of the process.
Master Cleanse benefits
Weight loss may be an appealing secondary effect but the recipe for this lemonade solution was primarily designed as a detox and it flushes out your digestive tract and urinary system by cleansing the colon and kidneys.
Lemon Detox recipe
The recipe for this lemonade solution is fairly straightforward because it contains just four, highly-beneficial ingredients:
Step 1 – First you will require 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Some recipes state that lime juice is also permitted but you cannot beat fresh lemon juice for its vitamin C content and antimicrobial powers
Step 2 – The second ingredient is 2 tablespoons of grade-B maple syrup. If you can get organic syrup then that is preferable but the most important thing to remember is that is must not be refined Grade A syrup because of its lack of vitamins and minerals
Step 3 – Following this, you then need to add 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, which helps regulate blood flow
Step 4 – Mix in 10 ounces of water
The amounts stated above equate to a single serving and it is recommended that you drink at least six servings a day. In addition to the drink, participants can take a salt water flush in the morning to aid the detoxification of their digestive tract and a herbal laxative tea in the evening. These additional solutions are safe accompaniments that can aid the results of the detox but they are the only additions that should be made.
Master Cleanse side effects
As you can see from the recipe above, the diet is simplistic but also rather restrictive and the nature of the diet has lead to some misconceptions over what users can and cannot do. Not everyone views the Master Cleanse / Lemonade Diet in a positive light.
As it has such few ingredients it lacks many essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and some people have experienced headaches and a variety of other symptoms which are typical during a detox.
A common misconception is the idea that you can vary the recipe and add other components to it and, while it can be tempting to mix in some other nutrients during a juice fast, any additional elements could make it more difficult to achieve the desired results. This means you should have no additives in the drink, no supplementation and no solid foods of any kind.
Another myth is the idea that weight loss is due to a severe calorie restriction. The diet is designed to provide over 1200 calories a day thanks to the syrup but, once again, it all comes down to the correct recipe and preparation. This lemon cleanse recipe has been carefully considered to be as beneficial for detoxification as possible but some publications will print misguided or accidental variations so be sure to follow the correct method.
What should you do upon completing the diet?
Knowing the correct recipe and what you need to do to obtain the desired results are important but it is also very important to know when to stop and the best course of action on completion. It is recommended that participants follow this routine for a minimum of ten days, although many continue for longer, and one of the signs that the detox has worked is when the initial fuzziness on your tongue turns pink and healthy.
Once this has occurred it is time to stop the juice fast but you should not go straight back to your normal diet, you should instead slowly re-accustom your body through orange juice, vegetable soup and fruit until the fourth day after the fast when you can eat a varied, solid diet. It is also advisable to take probiotics to replace the good bacteria that may have been lost during the cleanse to help give your body an extra boost.
In short, there are two great potential benefits to this particular juice fast and two misconceptions; this is not a weight loss aid that you can vary to your own personal needs; this is a detox solution with a specific recipe that has been perfected to produce great results over a short period.
The lemonade diet is not for everyone because of the strict limitations and the ban on solid foods; however, if you are looking for a efficient, deep-cleansing solution, have the commitment to stick to the recipe and are prepared to make a few sacrifices then you could find that the lemon diet recipe is the ideal solution for detoxification and you may even lose a few pounds along the way.
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Burroughs, Stanley (1976). The Master Cleanser. Burroughs Books
Glickman, Peter (2011). Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days. Peter Glickman, Inc