Is The Master Cleanse Right for Your Detoxification Needs?

Anthony Clavien Master Cleanse IngredientsThe Master Cleanse is a 10 day fast that is used for detox and more frequently, weight loss purposes. Officially titled Master Cleanse, it is also known as the Lemonade diet, Maple Syrup Diet, and Beyoncé diet after its most popular fan. Like any cleanse or fast, the master cleanse should be conducted in moderation and should be stopped if frequent headaches, nausea or stomach pain occur while on the cleanse.

The cleanse was initially created in 1940 by Stanley Burroughs to be a stomach ulcer cure, however expanded it’s benefits to weight loss and cleansing purposes shortly after. Burroughs published his diet in a 1976 book, The Master Cleanser, in which he promoted the diet not only for ulcers and weight loss, but claiming it would lead to the “correction of all disorders.” Many found his book hard to understand, causing the diet to not gain recognition until in 2004, when a fan of Burroughs idea, Peter Glickman published his own version of the diet in Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 days which revived the diet’s popularity.  It’s important to note that neither Burroughs nor Glickman were physicians or medical researchers.

For those considering the Master Cleanse for weight loss, it is effective at helping individuals drop pounds if you follow the instructions exactly, mostly because you are not consuming food. Many reputable diets prescribe a two pound per week weight loss, so the cleanse should be observed to make sure you don’t lose too much weight, and should not be performed for more than a week at a time. Longer periods of extreme dieting begin to deplete muscle, with your heart being one of the muscles that will suffer.

For detoxing purposes, many of our organs including the liver, kidneys, lungs and our intestines are very efficient filters that expel toxins on their own. Toxins that may be trapped in flat cells or the lungs are not expelled using this particular cleanse.

To complete the Master Cleanse, dieters only consume a special lemonade concoction made from 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper mixed with 8 ounces of warm water. The drink should be consumed in six to twelve glasses per day, with each glass containing around 110 calories in sugar carbohydrates. An herbal laxative tea is ingested during the evening with a quart of salt water consumed first thing in the morning. This results in several liquid bowel movements daily, so choose a period of time when you can be by a bathroom frequently before starting the cleanse, such as a weekend or vacation time off of work.

Before starting the master cleanse, check with your doctor to see if your heart is healthy enough to take the cleanse, and continue to take prescription medication as you normally would.

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