The Master Cleanse was originally developed by Stanley Burroughs who was an alternative health advocate. Since then a few authors have jumped on the band wagon and written books on the subject which has actually helped make sense of some the ambiguous content in Mr. Burroughs’ book.
If you haven’t tried it yet I highly recommend that you do but there are a few things I think you should know before you go rushing off to start it.
Master Cleanse also called the Lemonade Diet is not for everybody and if you have any existing illnesses this is not the detox for you as it can be quite brutal, it would also be advisable to seek advice from your doctor before starting any detox not just this one.
What ever you do don’t just stop eating and start drinking this for 10 days because your body will go into shock! I cannot stress this enough, you must start by weaning off fatty processed foods, cutting back on your meat and dairy and start introducing juice or water to slowly wean off caffeine too. Start eating more fruits and vegetables, or you may like to drink smoothies or super food greens instead, that is up to you. You need to do this for at least a week before starting the master cleanse detox.
Part of this detox includes drinking laxative tea and doing salt water flushes, now these can be quite aggressive so please make sure you are not on vacation when you do this… in other words, ensure you are at home and close to a toilet.
The first time I tried it I have to admit I only lasted 4 days, simply because I didn’t plan and prepare before I started it. I had forgotten that I had people coming to stay so of course I couldn’t continue whilst cooking and entertaining my house guests, it may have proved embarrassing and more to the point I would have found it very difficult to cook up a beautiful meal and then not be able to eat. My point is, make sure you have no other commitments so you can complete it fully otherwise there is no point in starting it.
I did finally do the full 10 days and it was worth the effort although challenging at times. I felt amazing and my whole body inside and out felt regenerated. I also noticed my sense of taste and smell had improved, my skin and hair looked so much better and the most significant result for me was my digestive system worked so much better and my tummy cramps were gone.
So I can say that it worked for me but can I guarantee it will work for you? No of course not, no one will be able to tell you that.
Some doctors say it is an unhealthy detox and it contains no nutritional benefits and I would have to agree but I knew that before I started and it’s not like it’s a new diet regime, it is simply for detox or weight loss purposes and if you follow the guidelines, prepare and plan and take all necessary precautions before starting it you may just discover what all the fuss is about.
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