The Master Cleanse
Stanley Burroughs, who published it initially in the 1940s, and revived it in 1976 in his books The Master Cleanser and Healing for the Age of Enlightenment, developed Master Cleanse.
It was intended to help treat people suffering from ulcers, but has since become a popular approach to cleansing that has also been called the Lemonade Diet, Maple Syrup Diet, and Cayenne Pepper Diet. Initially, The Master Cleanse was not intended for weight loss as much as for cleansing the body. However, as it survived modern times, people looked at it for weight loss, improved digestion, and clearer skin.
A Liquid Diet to Cleanse the Body
Simply put, The Master Cleanse is a liquid diet that provides a healthy amount of calories and nutrients specifically suited for weight loss and cleansing, all while resting the digestive system and allowing the body to heal naturally. Weight loss occurs because the calorie intake is significantly less than most people consume on a daily basis. On average, 600 to 1200 calories are consumed each day on this cleanse. It’s important to note that the weight is usually regained once the person resumes a normal diet.
The Salt Water Flush
The Master Cleanse consists of a ‘salt water flush’ every morning, followed by 6-12 glasses of the organic lemonade mixture throughout the day. One may also drink an occasional cup of organic peppermint tea during the day but it is not mandatory. It is highly recommended that one takes an herbal laxative tea before bed to help flush out the system.
The Master Cleanse lemonade recipe consists of fresh lemons, rich maple syrup and cayenne pepper added into pure drinking water. The amounts for a daily cleanse are as follows:
- 10 ounces of pure drinking water
- 2 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of pure, rich [grade B] maple syrup
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Following the daily regimen strictly for a minimum of 10 days will give the best results. During the 10 days’ cleanse, all solid food should be avoided as well as any other liquids that are not included in the above.
The benefits attributed to this diet include:
- Curbing cravings for unhealthy foods
- Improved digestion
- Clear skin
The secret to a successful Master Cleanse is to ease in and ease out.
For three days before you start on the diet slowly remove complex processed foods from your diet.
The same case applies after the 10-day cleanse. Juice should be the only thing consumed in the next two days, and then soup should be introduced into the diet, followed by solid fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
A normal diet should not be resumed until these steps are taken.
The gradual re-introduction of food is crucial in order to avoid body shock, digestive upset, and to allow good gut bacteria to redevelop.
This is not a diet that would be recommended by most doctors who cite a deficiency of essential nutrients, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
As a result of these deficiencies, including far fewer calories than the recommended amount for health and optimum functioning, individuals on the diet may experience headaches and a variety of other symptoms in the short term and doctors say the diet is potentially harmful over the long term.
*** Dieters are advised to consult with a physician before starting this cleanse.
As with all diets the Master Cleanse has its pros and cons.
The Pros Include:
- It cleanses the body of harmful toxins.
- It leads to initial weight loss.
- It may improve mental clarity
The Cons Include:
- It may lead to binges.
- It may cause digestive problems.
- It may spark irritability.
- The lack of essential nutrients may lead to headaches.
- The laxative component of the diet can lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss as well as impaired bowel function.