The Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet consists of a strict daily regimen consisting of a morning salt water flush, 6 to 12 10oz glasses of Master Cleanse lemonade mixture, and a nightly laxative tea.
During the fast, the calories and nutrients in your regular diet are replaced by those from the specially prepared lemonade, which must be taken a minimum of 6 times a day. As many glasses of lemonade as desired may be taken beyond the minimum required. Peppermint tea can be taken on occasion, and water can be taken as desired.
Following the daily regimen strictly for a minimum of 10 days will give the best results.
1. Start each morning with a “Salt Water Flush”
Burroughs emphasizes that the master cleanse eliminates toxins from the body, and he suggests helping the body along with laxative teas and salt-water cleansing.
Salt Water Flush Directions
Add 2 level teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt to a full quart of lukewarm water. Drink the entire quart of salt and water first thing in the morning. NOTE: This must be taken on an empty stomach.
Several eliminations will likely occur during the next hour. If elimination does not occur, increase the amount of salt slightly; if it is too forceful, reduce the salt-to-water ratio until the proper balance is found.
2. Drink 6 or more glasses of the Master Cleanse organic lemonade mixture throughout the day.
- 2 T organic lemon or lime juice
- 2 T organic Maple Syrup (grade B or C)
- 1/10 t cayenne pepper
- 10 oz spring or purified water
Drink 6 to 12 glasses per day.
3. End each day with an herbal laxative tea.
Here is a link to the natural laxative tea I prefer. It simply helps you have a bowel movement, you can take this while at work. Also, it does not cramp your stomach. In Charlotte, you can find it at Healthy Home Market and Whole Foods.
How to ease off the Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet
When you break a fast like the Master Cleanse, it is very important to slowly ease yourself back into your normal diet in order to avoid serious digestive problems. In The Master Cleanser, Stanley Burroughs recommends the following regimen at the end of your fast:
Day 1: Orange Juice Only
Drink several 8oz glasses of fresh-squeezed organic orange juice as desired during the day. Drink it slowly.
The orange juice prepares the digestive system to properly digest and assimilate regular food. If there has been any digestive difficulty prior to and during the change over, extra water may be taken with the orange juice.
Day 2: Orange Juice, Vegetable Soup
Drink several 8oz glasses of fresh-squeezed organic orange juice during the day – with extra water if needed. Some time during the afternoon, prepare an organic vegetable soup (no canned soup) as described below. Make enough for 2 meals. Have the soup for the evening meal using the broth mostly, although some of the vegetables may be eaten. Organic whole grain rye wafers may be eaten sparingly with the soup, but no bread or crackers. Store the remaining soup in the refrigerator.
Recipe for Vegetable Soup for Post-Cleanse Days 2 & 3
Use several kinds of organic vegetables: potato, celery, carrot, greens, onion, okra, tomato, squash, zucchini, green peppers. Use one or two kinds of organic legumes: beans, split peas, lentils. Organic dehydrated vegetables or organic vegetable powder may be added for extra flavor. Organic brown rice may be added. Do not add any meat or meat stock. Use sea salt delicately as a limited amount of salt is necessary. The less cooking the better. Learn to enjoy the natural flavor of the vegetables.
Day 3: OJ, Soup, Veggies, Salad, Fruit
Drink fresh-squeezed organic orange juice in the morning. At noon have some more of the organic vegetable soup.
For the evening meal have whatever is desired in the form of organic vegetables, salads or fruit only. Do not eat meat, fish, eggs, bread, pastries, caffeinated tea or coffee, alcohol, sugar or milk.
Day 4: Back to Normal, Healthy Eating
Normal eating may be resumed. However, if, after eating is resumed, digestive distress or gas occurs, it is suggested that the lemonade diet be continued for several more days until the system is ready for food.
A Fresh Start
Many people desire to change their eating habits, but have difficulty doing so. The Master Cleanse gives you an opportunity to make a change in your diet by giving you a break from your normal habits. Stanley Burroughs emphasizes that in order to obtain lasting benefits from the Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet, following the cleanse a healthful diet should be maintained.
If you have time to read in full The Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs: http://www.circle-of-life.net/PDF/TheMasterCleanse.pdf