Liquid Diet -- How to Lose Pounds Thru Body Cleansing with Artichoke

Lemonade Drink (Photo courtesy by jamieanne from Flickr)
Lemonade Drink (Photo courtesy by jamieanne from Flickr)

Introduction

Undergoing liquid diets are the popular way to lose weight these days, especially with celebrities who wanted to land a coveted role in movies. But how healthy are these liquid diets? Are there risks involved?

Liquid diets are also nicknamed as 'detox diets' or the 'lemonade diet.' In fact, several diet programs are developed thru use of liquids and fluids. One program is well known for its efficiency. Some of its users claim that they lost about 20 pounds in just 10 days!

Liquid diet is really just another form of a crash diet. You are required to consume only on liquid drinks only. You are strictyly forbidden to eat any kinds of solid foods. Not even a sliver of steak, or a thin slice of fruit, or a piece of biscuit. Only imaginary foods are allowed. This is no laughing matter. People who used liquid diet before have experienced hallucinations due to strong cravings to eat.

The Lemonade diet usually lasts for 10 days. Within this period, you shall endure and suffer so many physical and mental discomforts.

Healthy drinks made from fresh fruits and vegetables. (Photo courtesy by Panna(^o^) from Flickr)
Healthy drinks made from fresh fruits and vegetables. (Photo courtesy by Panna(^o^) from Flickr)

Along with the required amount of Lemonade special concoction, you may also drink several glasses of fresh fruit and veggie juices. It is important to drink only fresh juices so prepare what you can consume at once.

Just toss in cubed fruits or vegetables in the blender and pulse blend until smooth. Pour into fancy-shaped glasses to make the drink attractive and appetizing. If you must deprive yourself for several days, you can still satisfy your appetite through delicious presentation of your drinks. Remember not to let the garnishings get inside your mouth as well.

Citrus fruit juices aremuch easier to prepare. You just cut the fruit in half, squeeze, and mix with a glass of water.

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Herbal Tea (Photo courtesy by Thorsten (TK) from Flickr)
Herbal Tea (Photo courtesy by Thorsten (TK) from Flickr)
Rhubarb tea with ice (Photo courtesy by Lara Ferroni from Flickr)
Rhubarb tea with ice (Photo courtesy by Lara Ferroni from Flickr)

Herbal teas are made from all-natural ingredients like some medicinal herbs. Herbal teas are also known as detox teas. Because the body is being fed with liquids and no solid foods, it will experience stress caused by side effects such as: headache, fatigue, and irritation.

The herbal teas will help the body gain back lost energy and strengthen particular internal body organs such as: lungs, liver, kidneys, intestines, and colon.

Here are some the herbs commonly used to make in herbal/detox teas:

  • ginger
  • fenugreek
  • echinacea
  • rhubarb
  • cascara
  • psyllium
  • yellow dock
  • dandelion
  • artichoke
  • birch tea
  • parsley
  • chamomile
  • milk thistle
  • silymarin
  • yarrow
  • red clover
  • cleaver
  • uva ursi
  • juniper
  • rosemary

How to Make Lemonade Beverage

Fresh lemon (Photo courtesy by Martjusha from Flickr)
Fresh lemon (Photo courtesy by Martjusha from Flickr)
Prepare the juice drinks that you will consume for the whole day. (Photo courtesy by calvina: from Flickr)
Prepare the juice drinks that you will consume for the whole day. (Photo courtesy by calvina: from Flickr)

The lemonade drink concoction was originally created as a colon cleanser. After several decades, the program is still around and oftentimes called as the Master Cleanse detox method. You can find many recipes for the lemonade drink but only a few resembles the authentic one. To be sure that you're making the original lemonade formula, you must use all-natural and all-organic ingredients.

  • 1 half fresh lemon juice - squeezed
  • 2 tablespoon of maple syrup - Grade B
  • A dash of powdered cayenne pepper
  • 8 to 10 ounces water - purified or distilled or filtered

Do not forget to pour the lemon juice through a sieve to remove the pulp. Stir with a spoon until well-blended. Put the glass inside the refrigerator if you prefer to drink your lemonade cold. Use hot water (not boiled), if you want a hot drink.

Whole lemon (Photo courtesy by Sesselja Maria from Flickr)
Whole lemon (Photo courtesy by Sesselja Maria from Flickr)

It is important that you use these particular ingredients because you are also undergoing a body cleansing program. Check the bottle labels of maple syrup for nutrient information. Organic maple syrup is an excellent tonic and a good source of zinc, mineral manganese, electrolytes, and other minerals.It also contains fatty acids, other traces of vitamins, carbohydrates, maple sugar, sodium, amino acids, and fibers (both soluble and insoluble).

Most important: Before using any liquid diet, you must see your doctor first. People with underlying health problems should not undergo any body cleansing program without close supervision from qualified medical professional. Children, young adults, pregnant women, and breast-feeding mothers are strictly prohibited from using this type weight loss diet.

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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

You just have to be careful that if you're on a liquid diet, you can't drink too many sugary things because you'll just end up gaining weight, as all the sugar and calories go in but you don't feel full like if you ate food.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Yes. Liquid diet is not to be taken lightly. It is important to see a doctor first. Much better, a qualified medical professional should closely monitor your progress (non-progress) during the liquid diet period. Thanks for dropping by, glassvisage! :D


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Liquid diets are not really good for you unless they are being monitored but it is certainly a good way to cleanse your body. The recipes look yummy. :)


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Yup, I definitely agree with you, AEvans. I watched Beyonce in Oprah when she discussed the dangers of liquid diet. I'm glad you like the recipes. Thank you :)


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

Graet Hub!! Yes, so true. The fastest way to drop pounds is going on a liquid diet. Juicing is a wonderful way to rid body of toxins, and infuse your body with natural vitamins and minerals, and enhance your energy!! My husband does the natural squeezed lemon in water about two to three times a week. Helps with detoxing. Great tips!! Peace ~K


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I love the vegetable smoothie, looks yummy! I don't have that high power blender but I'll try mine if it works just right. I'm very careful with my fruit liquid drinks as I'm diabetic. I use cucumber as my base juice and add an apple or an orange or a regular size carrot or few strawberries and others for the sweet taste but not more. If I want combination of several, I just put few slices.

This hub offers me new liquid drink collection. Bookmark this. Vote up, useful. Thank you.


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago Author

Thanks again, Lita :D I am still looking for new drink recipes. I love sipping or gulping my food, especially during warm weather.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

This is a good way to cleanse your body... but when going into a diet, it is essential to consult your doctor. This hbu has offered me exciting and tasteful ways to enjoy my drinks! Two thmbs up! Rated it useful too! =)


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago Author

Thanks, DjBryle! You are quite right. Health is wealth. We must consult our doctor first before trying a new diet regime. However, if you're just enjoying a tall glass of cold drink... why not make it a nutritious and delicious one? :D


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Used sensibly I think this will be brilliant. Thanks.


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queen cleopatra 5 years ago Author

You are definitely correct, acaetnna :D Thanksie.

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