You may have read about the Master Cleanse if you’ve ever looked into detox diets. A simple drink made from fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper, this drink is the only menu item for 3-10 day fasting. Many people swear by the benefits of fasting, and I agree – fasting under the right conditions can help heal the body, allow the digestive system to take a needed break and clear up many health conditions.
For most of us, a full-on liquid-only fast isn’t an easy task. I know that my life with a 3 year old, my own business and a strong inclination to have a social life doesn’t work well on a liquid only diet.
You can still enjoy the benefits of the Master Cleanse ingredients this winter and see positive changes from consuming a warming tea made from lemon juice, maple or agave syrup and cayenne pepper. Here’s what these ingredients can do for you :
Cayenne: enhances blood circulation and increases body temperature, which is perfect for this chilly cold weather. The capsaicin found in chili peppers helps bronchial problems and has antioxidant properties. Used to balance cold, dry, damp conditions, so it’s perfect for colds, fevers and asthma.
Lemon: Dries damp conditions, resolves stagnation and aids digestion, improving liver function. Great for colds, flu and coughs, as well as sore throats, assists with weight loss and treats high blood pressure.
Boil one cup of water
Squeeze half an organic lemon into the water
Stir in a pinch of cayenne powder and
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or agave syrup
Enjoy! The perfect drink for anyone trying to quit sodas~