Even if you do not consider yourself to be health conscious, you would have likely heard of the Master Cleanse. Although the Master Cleanse has always been a popular way to detoxify the body, the award winning singer Beyonce brought it additional attention
Created by Stanley Burroughs, Master Cleanse Diet is a process that claims to detoxify ones body of poisonous toxins; Burroughs found this diet in 1941 and proclaimed that it is not only a detoxification program, but also a treatment for ulcer and an effective weight loss procedure. The Master Cleanse Diet is also popular in two alternative names; they are the Lemon Detox Cleanse and the Maple Syrup Diet. The newly heard of Def Jam Detox is also thought of as a celebrity derivative of the Master Cleanse Program.
Master Cleanse promises to be effective against all sorts of toxins and cravings, may it be drugs, alcohol or just junk food and coffee, provided the instructions are followed correctly and with sincerity.
The lemonade that is the main beverage in this diet is made from a combination of freshly crushed lemons (2 tbsp), maple syrup (2 tbsp), and cayenne pepper (1/10 tsp) and of 8 ounces of water, it serves as a substitute for all solid food, which means that one is not allowed to eat anything solid during the whole session of the Master Cleanse.
It is important to use genuine grade b maple syrup, not artificial, and fresh lemons, not the prepackaged lemon juice. Six to ten glasses of this concoction can be taken everyday.
To get back on normal diet after a long session of the Master Cleanse is tricky business as the digestive microbes would need reformation and mucous linings in the stomach are required to re-adjust again. One should start with nutritious juices and fruits and vegetables first before getting back to his or her normal diet. It is important to start out slow. Adding too many solid foods to your diet right away can have serious complications, including stomach pains and vomiting. During the diet, be careful not to constipate yourself, this is why laxative teas like peppermint tea or senna tea are to be consumed at night, also follow up with saline or salt-water in the morning to maintain comfortable bowel movement. A salt-water will contain a small amount of salt, which should be natural sea salt.
The usual recommendation is a session of ten days, but it is customized depending on the individual. There are reports of people cleansing for a month or more. If this is your first cleanse, it is important to start out slow and small. Aim for the 10 days. With that said, some individuals cannot handle 10 days without solid foods. If you experience severe pain and discomfort, stop the cleanse. For many, it takes a couple of tries before they are able to achieve a full 10-day cleanse.
One point that everyone needs to understand before committing to the diet is the fact that the effects of Master Cleanse are not clinically proven, except its claim for causing weight loss. There are however doctors and users who announce Master Cleanse as a very useful and effective program that detoxifies and reduces fat, acne and dark circles along with re-energizing the user. Another point to be noted while using the Master Cleanse is that it has side effects like weakness, dizziness and headaches which are the symptoms of nutrient deficiency in the diet program, but propagators of the program relate the same as being useful in detoxification.