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Can someone please tell me exactly how to do the 'master cleanse'?

Posted by paula n.

I don't want to buy the book for something that would only take me 20 min. to read. I know you use lemon, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup...any specific kinds? does it have to be fresh lemon (how do you even get juice out a lemon)? *not talented in the kitchen* haha What are the amounts and how much does it make? How long should you do it for? Can you drink water?
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Master Cleanse Info: Read up first. Hi Paula, Did you end up trying the Master Cleanse? I ran across your question, and having tried this cleanse once, I thought I'd respond. I only lasted two days on it because I ended up not wanting to touch the combo-liquid concoction after the 2nd day. I find it's like any other quick fix, but not a long-term solution. You can easily find the recipe online, and I believe I drank it 3 times a day. However, you may want to read up on it first. I found this entry on Wellsphere that I thought was informative, plus it has Dr. Andrew Weil's take on it, and I find his knowledgeable approach to health very practical as well as very open minded: ---Stay healthy!
I recommend against it . Hi Paula, I apologize for not finding this post earlier. I'd like to offer my input in the idea anyway. I'm a Certified Nutritionist and like Dr. Weil, I'm opposed to cleansing diets for many reasons. I find them to be dangerous and a set-up for failure. People do lose weight on the Master Cleanse, because the calories they take in are very low. Diets with calories lower than 1500 calories per day generally lead to rebound weight gain. In other words, you may do the diet for 2 days; find that it is too restrictive, go back to normal eating and end up gaining weight. Restrictive diets often lead people to overeat as soon as they come off the diet, as well. The Master Cleanse diet can lead to other side effects such as headaches as well. Any diet that you don't think you could live off of forever is not a healthy diet. If your goal is to lose weight, it would be better to see a Nutritionist and ultimately design a healthy eating lifestyle approach. No food should be completely ?off limits? in such a way. The fact that you even have to ask if water is allowed suggests that it is an unhealthy diet. Besides the Master Cleanse being low in calories, there is in fact no need to ?cleanse? the body of toxins. I've written this article explaining how our body works to get rid of toxins automatically: If you?d have any questions or would like to talk about nutrition, please feel free to email me: Thank you for asking the question and being open to input! - Sarah M.
Cleanse, not fast!. I have tried this cleansing recipe (and, by the way, you soak a lemon in a bowl of warm water for a couple of minutes, cut it in half and squeeze the juice out). I didn't do it as a fast, but rather as a way to introduce more fluids during a lighter eating time. It's a lower calorie lemonade and if you are eating smaller, but proper meals, you should be okay! I feel the extra fluids help and the lemon helps flush out toxins.
I did it!. I know that there are all kinds of opinions about the Master Cleanse, but I did it, and I did well on it. I no longer craved sugar or meat (until I started eating it again, a few months later), and I felt really good for several weeks after. You will probably never get someone who believes in Western Medicine to give you an endorsement for it. I wouldn't suggest it for everyone, or at any time. I think your body and mind just have to be ready for it. The important thing is to realize that it's a cleanse, and not a diet. It's purpose has nothing to do with losing weight (sometimes weight loss is a by product). It's really all about cleansing your colon (while you're not actively using it to digest food) to remove toxins and impacted feces. So if THAT's your goal, and you're ready to deal with all that goes with it (like a minimum of 12 days of the many trips to the bathroom, what comes out, and some cramping), then read the book(s). The books tell you what you're REALLY supposed to do (i.e. the sea salt water flush, Sienna Tea at night, water), the ingredients (ORGANIC lemons, Grade B Organic Maple Syrup, Organic Cayenne), what to expect, when to stop, and why. The WHY is really, really, really important. I think - if you're just trying to lose weight, that it's much harder to succeed... I know the recipe by heart, but rather than just listing it, my suggestion is to read one of the books (the "Master Cleanser" by Stanley Borroughs - approx $7 at Whole Foods or "The Lemonade Diet" by... Peter Glickman, I think. It's approx. $14). Perspective makes a big difference. Good Luck! Joelle
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