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The Lemon Detox Diet – Explained

Updated on February 20, 2014

Currently (at the time of writing), the most popular of detox diets is known as the Lemon Detox Diet. In fact, just to get an idea of how popular this diet is, many celebrities actually rely on it from time to time in order to clean out their bodies and shed a bit of weight. One of the most popular of users is Beyonce Knowles, although I am sure that there are plenty of other celebrities out there who have yet to come clean about this particular diet. It is simple and effective, but should be followed in a safe way ... overdoing anything can be harmful. Let's take a little look at how it is carried out.

Firstly, it is perhaps worth noting that this isn't going to be an easy detox diet to carry out. In fact, in most people's opinion the lemon detox diet is one of the hardest to manage to complete and to stick to faithfully. The reason behind that, is that you are not going to be eating anything at all for the entire detoxification period. In fact, all you will be doing is drinking your lemonade concoction and allowing the toxins to leave your body. There may be times when you want to give up on the lemon detox diet, as it is one of the hardest detoxes there is, but be strong and the benefits should be seen even after a short detox. There are so many benefits to this diet that if you can see it through to the end, you should feel fantastic.

I suggest that the first time you undertake this diet you only carry it out for three days. You may not get the full benefits, but it will allow you to see whether you can handle the diet or not. The absolute maximum that you want to be engaging in the lemon detox will be ten days, any longer and your body won't be getting the nutrients that it needs, and this can be incredibly detrimental. Personally I do not agree with the ten day cleanse, as this is pretty close to starving the body, and so ten days in my mind would cause the loss of fat around vital organs and also slow down the metabolism, making it easier to gain weight after. However, a 3-5 day cleanse should yield good results and even some weight loss. 10 days just seems like it would be risky to me, but I am not a doctor, so if you are considering it, please talk with a professional first, as everyone's body is completely different.

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Many people refer to the Lemon Detox as 'the master cleanse'. Basically, it is one of the most effective systems for completely eradicating all of those horrible toxins from your body, as lemon is a famous cleanser ... to the point that many people choose to drink lemon juice daily as a part of a healthy diet. Before we delve into how to carry out the full lemon diet it is worth considering the ingredients that make up this mixture:

  • 1 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1/10th a Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 10 oz Water

Everyday you will want to be drinking at least six glasses of this mixture, although the more you drink the better. The best times to drink this mixture is if you feel a bit of hunger. A couple of sips should completely eradicate that hunger feeling. When engaging in the Lemon Detox diet the hunger seems to be much worse during the early stages of the diet, as you go on you will find that hunger disappears pretty quickly, you just need to get through those initial stages.

One of the most important aspects of the lemon diet is taking a laxative in the morning and in the evening. This is important because you need to get rid of the waste that has accumulated in your intestines. You will want at least three bowel movements every day.

Once you have completed the lemon detox diet it is important that you come off the diet properly. This means that you will need to continue the diet for a while, however on the first day you will need to drink just orange juice. Second day vegetable soups and broths. On the third you can start to eat fruits and vegetables. Basically, you want to be easing yourself back onto normal foods. Do not overeat as this could be dangerous and cause you to put the weight you lost back on pretty quickly.

That's pretty much all there is to say about the lemon diet. Follow the ideas above and not only will you be cleaning your system, but you will also feel incredibly great at the end of it! (and lose a bit of weight too!)

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or professional in this field. Please conduct your own research and consult with a professional. While detox plans are generally safe, certain conditions can make it unsafe to perform a detox. I recommend always to consult a professional; otherwise you are doing it at your own risk.

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      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting article about the lemon diet. It does sound quite hard to follow so I won't be trying it thanks lol I am not brave enough.

      Shared and voted up

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I have heard about the benefits of lemon, and what I plan on doing is drinking lemon water every morning to boost my system. However, I don't think I could go without food for three days--with or without lemon! Thanks for the information!

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      BlissfulWriter 3 years ago

      While I also do not believe in going without food for so long, I do believe in the cleansing ability of lemons. And will often put lemon in when I make my vegetable juice to make the juice sweeter and taste better.

      In terms of fasting, I think for healthy individuals, skipping breakfast (known as intermittent fasting where you don't eat for 12 to 16 hours) is okay once in a while. But even this short time without food can put stress on the adrenals, possibly making it pump out more cortisol to maintain blood sugar.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Ive heard of this diet before. Thanks for sharing with myself and others.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Brett, I've heard of this diet for some time. It seems like a lot of work to maintain, even for three days, but I'm sure if the results are there then maybe it's worth a try for some people. This was a very interesting read.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Ya know, I've never done a detox and have been thinking about it for a long time. Hmm...perhaps I'll try this. I've always been a little nervous about the hungry stages, haha. Thanks for sharing this!

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      twoseven 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I agree with a previous poster, the laxative part of this seems odd. I know people who have done this but without laxatives and were happy with the results. I tried a much less extreme cleanse lately that did include lemon with hot water and honey and ginger, and that did give me a great feeling first thing in the morning and before bed at night.

      But this is a nice hub explaining this in a nice straightforward way!

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      Carol 3 years ago

      I have started drinking warm lemon juice now twice at night before bed and believe me if you suffer constipation, it WORKS. Although drink it through a STRAW as lemons are acidic and can damage tooth enamel.

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      Brett Caulton 3 years ago from Thailand

      @ ixwa, although it isn't something I have tried (yet), I have friends that have said the same thing. Apparently starting the day with lemon water is great for energy and cleansing too ... maybe I will have to look into this further.

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      ixwa 3 years ago

      I only have a uestion about lemon which was given to me by someone who was a chef for some big Kahuna in the celebrity field. He told me that if I drink black tea in the morning using lemon in it, it will help charge me up as would one like to think of it as acid battery water does to a battery. I have tried it, seems to work just a bit, and I was wondering if there is some kernel of truth in that fact: that, every morning if one drinks black tea, before eating anything, with lemon in it, is like re-chargin ones body-akin to a the battery acid working to recharge the battery and the car.. I wonder what you think about that...

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thanks for sharing this. I've heard about this diet before and I am crazy enough to give it a try... probably just for one day. I am going to do this. Thanks a bunch!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I don't think that I could ever do this. Maybe a day.... but it seems like it would automatically put your body into starvation mode. However, if you are feeling a little sluggish, trying it for a day might not be the worse thing, but then trying to actually come out of it seems just as bad. I am horribly curious about it. Thanks for sharing, just hope people do their research before they take it to the extremes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      Basically this is a fast because of the very few calories taken in and from what I know, when the body goes into starvation mode, it slows the metabolism. Thus...even though weight will be lost...because of the slowed metabolism, when eating even a normal amount of food, one is likely to gain that weight back and even more. I agree with Kathryn's comment. 10 days of this seems too radical and even dangerous. Voted interesting. Hope people do their research and talk to their doctors!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative with different ideas. It is worth a try to must show promising results.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      This sounds a bit dangerous. A cleanse should be about natural elimination, and there is nothing natural about laxitives. This one is not for me. It amazes me what ends people will go to.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Brett.Tesol,

      I like Lemon Juice and having read the benefits on detox, looks like i will have it even more. Thanks for the info. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      alexkarma 4 years ago

      I've done the lemonade diet several times, and each time it gets easier because I know what the expect... I also find that increasing the number of beverages I have daily helps. When I first did it, I stuck with around 8 and now I drink at least 12.

      Here's a good site on the lemonade diet where I get my easy to follow instructions. -

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds interesting and I am a bit curious if the hunger diminishes at any point in this diet. I may have to check it out since I'll be going on vacation soon and wouldn't mind losing five pounds before stepping into a bikini in public. Voted up and shared!

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      Great topic, Brett. I have done this cleanse successfully for three days. I also know people who have done longer than 10-day cleanses (not necessarily this one) successfully. I think easing into a cleanse is as important to attend to as easing out of it to make it more successful, as you can get rid of some more superficial toxins before you go deeper.

      I also strongly believe that cleansing, and the related fasting, is a topic that gets varied responses because of one's underlying relationship with food, a heavy topic in itself.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You are so right. This is the master cleanse. A little difficult, but for the benefits it is definitely worth trying.

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      Cheryl 4 years ago

      We see people that do these things in the hospital all the time. Not only is this unsafe, but to go 10 days without eating and only drinking this drink you are setting yourself up for a lot of health issues. I do not recommend anyone doing this without first talking to their doctors.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

      I think I could try this for a few days at least. And I probably will.

      Very interesting hub, will share.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like some forms of detoxing, including a drink similar to this, but the "10 days at the most" rule actually sounds like a bit much. A normal human body needs around 800-1000 calories per day for the body to function. Going on a fast for 2-3 days can be ok, in some circumstances, but I have never heard that it's ok to engage in that kind of a cleanse without food for 10 days. A body needs calories, as well as nutrients, and this drink isn't even close to being enough.

      But, of course, you have a disclaimer, and I suppose that is why. You present what you have found, and anyone can do their own research, and decide for themselves.

      Thank you for sharing this, even if I don't agree with it entirely.

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