The Master Cleanse Diet Could Benefit Your Health
The Master Cleanse diet has
been written about by a number of authors since 1941. It is sometimes referred to as the “lemon cleanse” or the
“maple syrup diet”. The idea is to remove toxins from the body through a controlled liquid diet that is very
close to a fast.
Fasting has been
recommended for health and spiritual purposes throughout history. Practically every religion requires fasting at
some point in a person’s life, often at several points throughout the year.
When done for religious
purposes, a fast is a time of prayer, reflection and self-deprivation. We tend to over-indulge at feasts and
festivities. Following those times of over-indulgence with a simple fast makes sense to most
In modern times, we tend to
over-indulge on a regular basis. A weight problem (overweight or obesity) is often the result. But, the build-up
of toxins that occurs in our bodies from eating processed, packaged and prepared foods on a daily basis
contributes to a variety of diseases, as well as a general lack of energy.
The most recent book that
makes reference to the Master Cleanse was written by Peter Glickman in 2004, with a second edition released in
2005. The title is “Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days”.
10 days is the length of
time that a person normally follows the special diet. During that time, no solid food may be eaten, but a person
must also eliminate all “habit-forming” beverages. Those include colas, alcohol, coffee and tea.
Plain water may be consumed
as desired, but the recommended beverage is fresh lemonade or limeade. Maple syrup and cayenne pepper are added
to the recipe. Some people suggest following the diet for 14 days. Others have stayed on the fast for as long as
practitioners are mostly opposed to the Master Cleanse, particularly if it is followed for more than 10 days,
because of the lack of nutritional value. Taking a good multi-vitamin or mineral supplement is an option, but
proponents of the cleansing diet don’t recommend that approach.
Most of the popular brands
of multi-vitamins contain added colors and artificial flavorings, as well as synthetic vitamins derived from
petrochemicals. These are some of the things that we are trying to get out of our bodies, when we follow the
If you would like to learn
more about the Master Cleanse and the benefit of a raw vegetable diet, you might want to read one of Peter
Glickman’s books or visit his website. It could make a big difference in the way you feel.