The Master Cleanse recipe has four basic ingredients, that when combined, is said to be a simple way to cleanse your body of harmful toxins, chemicals, and fats.
It's known as the most popular and successful detoxification diet available today, and is also called the lemon cleanse diet or the lemonade cleanse.
The Master Cleanse diet has been around since the 1940's, but became increasingly popular once the creator of the diet wrote and published a book in 1976, detailing the diet.
I personally always recommend that you consult your doctor or health care practitioner before undertaking any kind of cleansing program.
The lemon cleanse diet has very few calories and so will produce a rapid cleansing and weight loss, however may be too intense, especially for anyone who is very sensitive or has many health challenges.
Why do people conduct this lemonade cleanse?
Some people who follow the Master Cleanse diet often do so in order to lose weight and gain control over food cravings. This can be helpful as a temporary fix, but is not a long term solution.
One of the more challenging aspects of completing any kind of fasting or cleansing program such as the lemon cleanse diet, is how to eat once you are done.
After any kind of fast, your body is quite hungry but is not accustomed to eating food, so it requires some will power to slowly being eating again.
Your body will also be a more sensitized and a cleansed state, so you may be more affected by toxins and unhealthy food choices.
After this kind of diet, you really need to continue eating healthy in order to maintain the benefits, rather than returning to your old food habits.
The Master Cleanse Diet is recommended as a ten day program, though some people do it for longer. I personally do not recommend long term cleansing programs which can be dangerous.
There are several recommended diets suggested as a way to ease in and ease out of this program. For example, the first "ease in" day, you eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The second day you take juices and broths. The third day you drink fresh orange juice.
Then, when you finish your Master Cleanse, you "ease out" in reverse, with orange juice the first day, then fresh fruits and broths the second day, and fresh fruits and veggies the third day.
The recipe for this cleanse can be mixed at the beginning of the day so it is available to drink whenever you are hungry. Otherwise, you may be tempted to reach for food to satisfy your cravings instead of drinking the "lemonade" mixture.
The recipe shown here is for a single serving. A daily serving of the Master Cleanse recipe would equal this recipe multiplied by 6, which would equal 60 ounces.
It is recommended to make individual servings whenever possible to keep the live enzymes in the lemons as active as possible. If you mix up the ingredients ahead of time, they are less likely to be fresh.
A mixture made up for the day's consumption is viable for 8 hours, so plan to drink it all within that time frame. People who use the Master Cleanse diet recommend that you use lemons at room temperature in order to get maximum benefit from the enzymes.
Mix all of the ingredients together. Refrigerate your lemonade if you decide to mix up a day's worth of juice.
Because you are not eating solid foods on the Master Cleanse, it is necessary to take an herbal laxative, to help the body to eliminate wastes. I don't recommend that you do this for more than a few days.
People who do the Master Cleanse report both positive and negative experiences.