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Lose Weight Using Master Cleanse Lemon Juice Maple Syrup and Cayenne Pepper

Updated on October 13, 2016

Celebrities Swear By This

Almost all celeb magazines at one point put the spotlight on the Master Cleanse diet that the stars use. The main reason is that this works as a way to really cleanse your system. As a matter of fact, you may have heard that celebrities like Jared Leto and Beyonce have at one point or another used this diet just before important parties and just before a big movie role. If you are not quite familiar with this weight loss method, here are the basics.

History of the Master Cleanse

White this diet has been increasing in popularity, these days; it is becoming more talked about than ever. This method of dieting was developed in 1940 initially by medicine and alternative health practitioner Stanley Burroughs as an ulcer cure. Three decades later, Burroughs had a book published that described the liquid diet benefits of the combination of cayenne pepper, lemon and maple syrup. Not only did this help shed excess fat in just a few weeks, it also worked as a way of cleansing the body and cured ulcers in the stomach.

Peter Glickman in 2004 compiled information on the book of Burroughs using a new manual that was easy to read. The title of the book was Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days. The book of Glickman was far more organized and updated than the manual that Burroughs originally wrote. This caused popularity in the method once more.

Lemon Master Cleanse

You can use the combination of cayenne, lemon and maple syrup as a regular drink you can supplement your meals with. You can also use it as a way to do a Detox with Master Cleanse. Specifically, the Lemon Master Cleansing technique will require you to drink liquids specifically for ten consecutive days. Next, after toxins had been shed by your body, you can add in food. When it comes to the lemon master cleanse, there are three components to keep in mind.

The first component is something you need to do first thing in the morning. When you start doing the Master Cleanse, the first part is called the Salt Water Flush. You need to drink a full quart of lukewarm water with two teaspoons of salt that is not iodized. Theoretically, your system gets flushed out and your bowels stimulated when you drink the salt water first thing in the morning. This will only work if you drink it on an empty stomach, however.

The second component is the Lemon Drink. You will need to drink a combination of cayenne pepper; lemon juice and maple syrup to get your metabolism jump started and give you sufficient carbohydrates and calories for your daily activities. Cayenne pepper is a booster for your metabolism and you get energy from the natural, unprocessed sugar in maple syrup. Since there are so much antioxidants in lemon, your system’s toxins get all flushed out. Take this drink between six and twelve times a day for ten days. Use peppermint tea to help with the nausea that you feel when your body releases toxic excretions.

Recipe for the Lemon Master Cleanse

In a container, combine eight ounces of spring or purified water. Add in a tenth of a teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper. Add in two tablespoons of Grade B maple syrup. Do not use syrups with artificial flavor at any cost. Next, squeeze in two tablespoon lemon juice from a lemon. Drink this daily for ten days around brunch or lunch time.

If you don’t have maple syrup grade B available, you can use agave nectar or molasses. Since agave nectar and molasses have a glycemic low index, these are perfect options for individuals suffering from diabetes. Of course, being able to stick to the original diet version is ideal. So as much as you can, try to stick to the original recipe. This way, you get optimal results.

Aunt Jemima maple syrup as well as other types of maple syrup you might find in the supermarket are not good substitutes for the one called for in this recipe. Artificial syrups have artificial preservatives and flavors and are full of high fructose corn syrup, which will work against your diet goals.

The Ten Day Rule

The Lemon Master Cleanse has traditionally been meant to be followed strictly for ten days. You can begin to reintroduce food after ten days. At first, vegetable soup and juice is recommended followed by raw vegetables and fruits. You are also expected to cut out all dairy products and meat for a period of time if you want to reap the benefits of this cleanse.

Mainly, you will be losing a lot of weight in a short frame of time. This cleanse is ideal if you want to look great for an event or a party. In just a few weeks, you can look your absolute best with this diet.

Why It Works

As you do the cleanse, the nutrients and calories from your regular diet get replaced by the lemon drink you specially prepared. The minimum intake for the drink is six times and the maximum is twelve. You can go beyond twelve glasses if your body is able to take it, but you can’t take less than six glasses. Water can also be taken as desired and peppermint tea intermittently. Get the best results when you follow the regimen strictly for ten days.

Nausea from Flushed Out Toxins

Most people that do the Master Cleanse feel nauseous as the toxins get flushed out of their body. To deal with this, peppermint tea calms the nausea that you may be experiencing. For soothing the belly, mint is a great choice. It is also a great choice if you are going through discomfort from getting your body cleansed. Also, you can use a tea of herb laxatives for the cleansing. Take this right before bed and continue cleaning your system by stimulating the bowels.

Side Effects

As you go through the Master Cleanse, it is not unusual to go through possible skin breakouts and feel lightly fatigued especially the first few days. This is the body’s natural response to the flushing out and releasing of your body toxins from your system. It is highly recommended that you increase the number of times you wash your face and take a shower as you go through the cleanse so that toxins and oil released through your skin will be excreted.

Allowed Beverages

Since the cleanse is not inhibited by peppermint tea, this is what you are allowed to drink. When it comes to the Detox process, mint tea has incredible properties of purification that are extremely beneficial. During the ten day cleanse, it is not a good idea to consume any other supplements. Black coffee is included in the not allowed list. Many times, dieters who love coffee find this to be the hardest part of the cleans. Since diets are created to clean the body and detoxify it, it is a good idea to stop all liquid intake other than the lemon juice, cayenne and maple syrup drink and peppermint tee. There are additives in coffee that will not help you detoxify.

What About Fruit?

You are not allowed to eat fruit while you are on this diet. No solid foods are allowed to enter your digestion system to maintain efficient process of detoxifying. Don’t eat fruit fiber or pulp for best results.

What Can You Eat?

While you are on the Lemon Master Cleanse diet, you are not allowed to eat solid food. Strictly maintain a liquid diet to get the toxins flushed out of your body. This will adequately clear your digestive track system and get rid of all your body toxicity.

Things to Keep in Mind

It is critical to use lemons that are organic and fresh as these provide the highest amount of body Detox enzymes. It may not be possible to use the freshest lemons when you buy in bulk. Keeping them in the fridge will help. As far advance as you can, take them out of the fridge before you use them. Each day, drink the lemon recipe drink prescribed above between six and twelve times. Help curb cravings when you are feeling hungry by having a drink. As soon as you make it, drink it so that the cayenne pepper won’t have time to steep and become too spicy to drink. To help the detoxification process of your body, add a natural laxative such as herbal tea or sea salts. Use non processed food that you can ease into the diet that does not include dairy or meat. Help your body ease back into eating whole food the same way you eased into the process of detoxification. Don’t include dairy or meat when you get back into eating again after ten days. Prevent nausea by easing yourself both in and out of this diet for best results. Peppermint tea helps both ways.

Give Yourself a Break

Detoxify your body by consuming large amounts of liquid throughout the ten day program. The process of cleaning will help your body get rid of food allergens, additives and excess protein that causes your body to break down food slowly. You may even be able to identify food allergies that you were not aware of in the past. The body gets reset and cleansed and adding back food slowly later on will help you really be able to check to see how food groups that you eat affect you. For example, if you added in milk after your ten day cleanse and noticed a rash that you would tend to get in the past but could not identify from what, then you may only now realize that you are lactose intolerant.

Look Younger

Since internal waste is cleared from your body, you may lose up to twenty pounds and look younger in the process. Others have reported having eased out of chronic pain and a lot of weight loss when they went on this program. Eating habits are reset and people who have not been eating healthily are able to change their ways and their eating habits after they ease back into the real world, so to speak. As you do the ten day fast you may want to do research in the process of what is the best way to optimize your eating habits on a regular day. What foods are you going to eat? Which ones should you stop eating? This is a great time to look inwards and do some real house cleaning in terms of your mind and your body. After all, if you don’t gather the motivation to clean house, who will?

Other Benefits of the Master Cleanse

The moment you actually get on this diet you will almost immediately feel the results. The most surprising thing is that you will get fast results that you will actually feel starting day one. The powerful cayenne pepper combined with lemon and the energy-giving maple syrup will get you through the day. Originally, Stanley Burroughs created this concoction as a fast for cleansing and flushing out body toxins. What no one realized at the time is how much weight you actually lose on the diet. As a matter of fact, the combination of water weight plus regular weight loss induced by the metabolism-increase of the cayenne pepper may just get you to half your size in ten days. The best part is that most who have tried this claim that the weight manages to stay off.

No unlike housecleaning, body cleaning is essential for longevity. Just as you have a home cleaning routine to get rid of grime, germs and dirt that has accumulated, you will need the same routine for your body. Get rid of accumulated waste and prevent it from harming your health with this regimen. Clogged intestines become clear and the essential nutrients are absorbed once more when you do the Lemon Master Cleanse. You will feel the difference when your colon is cleared and there is no longer any build-up, things will work so much more smoothly once again.


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    • elle64 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Scandinavia

      It sound terrific you have tried it.

      Xo from Denmark

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I have done this cleanse a few times with friends, and it really works. After the first three days, it becomes a breeze and some do not even want to stop after ten days. When you're ready to eat again, you have the control to choose what foods to eat and what to avoid. Thanks for sharing.

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      4 years ago

      If you've ever been desperate to lose weight, chances are you've heard of (or tried) the Master Cleanse Diet. First conceived of by Stanley Burroughs in the mid-twentieth century, this regime for detoxification regained popularity in the early 2000s, with a book by Peter Glickman touting the health benefits and especially the alleged weight loss results of the Master Cleanse.


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