Master Cleanse Diet

As the name suggest, the Master Cleanse Diet is used to cleanse the body and remove toxins. Here is information about this diet.
| Friday, October 17, 2008

Also known as the Master Cleanse lemonade diet, the Master Cleanse Diet is a diet in which only water, lime or lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup is consumed. The person who is following this diet is required to drink lemonade about 6 to 12 times a day along with a glass of salt water and some herbal laxative tea about once or twice in a day.

The Master Cleanse Diet and What It Claims To Be

"The Master Cleanse" is the book in which this diet was promoted. This was done by Stanley Burroughs in 1976. This diet was first intended to detoxify the body and treat ulcers instead of losing weight. The Master Cleanse Diet again gained popularity in 2004 when Peter Glickman wrote a book titled "Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 days." This book reached the shelves on 2004.

This Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet claims that is a good way to cleanse the body and remove the toxins. It also claims to remove cravings that are linked to alcohol, drugs, tobacco as well as junk food. This diet is not technically considered a fast since the body receives essential vitamins and minerals from the lemonade. To combat constipation which occurs since there is no intake of solid food, senna tea is consumed every night and warm saline is required in the morning. The senna tea and warm saline helps in defecation in about 30 to 60 minutes.  When you decide to break the fast, remember to do it carefully since gut flora needs to re-develop and the mucus linings need to be rebuilt too. To break the fast correctly, first drink juices in their full strength for a day or two, then slowly add soups to your diet. Once the first few days are over, include fruits, vegetable and nuts to your diet. Follow these steps until you actually resume a regular diet. Resuming a regular diet straight after you stop the Master Cleanse diet is not recommended.

Master Cleanse Diet After Effects

People who support the Master Cleanse Diet have said that this diet has helped them lose weight and provided them with increased energy and sexual stamina too. A few critics are of the idea that the diet lacks essential nutrients and use the example of deficiency of vitamins, proteins and minerals. It is said that this deficiency may result in headaches and other symptoms in the short term. Other critics say that the saltwater may result in the removal of harmful as well as beneficial bacteria from the body. The no food diet is also considered a bad idea since it may cause the gut to stop passing food, which may be the cause of constipation. Consuming food after the cleanse may also become painful because of this.

As said earlier, the Master Cleanse diet is not recommended only for weight loss. Of course weight is lost when this diet is followed but that isn’t the main purpose of this diet. The Master Cleanse received attention from the media in 2006 when celebrities embraced it. Some of the celebrities who used this diet to lose weight are: Beyonce, the rapper Trina, Jared Leto and the co host of Howard Stern’s, Robin Quivers. Main stream doctors are of the opinion that detoxification diets are unnecessary and could be potentially dangerous too!