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This article was written on 09 Mar 2010, and is filled under Diets and Plans, Famous Nutritionists, Popular diets, Stanley Burroughs.

The Master Cleanse

By Boyana Peeva

Cleansing is basic for elimination of every kind of disease.” ~ Stanley Burroughs

“Since the days of Jesus Christ, who fasted for 40 days, men and women have abstained from food for many reasons; for health, for political ends and for spiritual enlightenment.” ~ Herman Schneider

According to Stanley Burroughs, an alternative health practitioner who wrote “The Master Cleanse” book, due to consuming huge quantities of unhealthy food, food waste is stored in our bodies—“Disease, old age, and death are the result of accumulated poisons and congestion throughout the entire body. These toxins become crystallized and hardened, settling around the joints, in the muscles, and throughout the billions of cells all over the body.”

Thus, our bodies naturally start cleansing in order to stop the poison damage. As a result, we experience discomfort and sickness, and many try to “fix” the problem with antibiotics or other drugs, which only suppress the natural process. Such discomfort often appears after holiday feasting as “even the very best of foods in excess can create problems.”

In 1940, Burroughs created the master cleanse diet, which had been proven to be a successful way to lose weight and cure a variety of diseases.

For the cleansing program, he chose lemons, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, laxative tea and sea salt. Each one of the ingredients has a specific purpose and is vital for the successful completion of the diet.

Lemons and limes are “the richest source of minerals and vitamins of any food or foods known to man,” he says.
Even though the lemon is an acid fruit, it becomes alkaline as it is digested and assimilated, and is in fact, the best aid toward proper alkaline balance.

Maple syrup is chosen due to its large variety of minerals and vitamins (Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Chlorine and Silicon; Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C; and Nicotinic Acid and Pantothenic Acid) and cannot be substituted with any other sugary product such as honey for example. The maple syrup can be Grade A (fewer minerals), Grade B (more minerals and more maple taste), and Grade C (more minerals than Grade B). All of them can be used, but the syrup must be organic.

The laxative herb tea needs to be organic if possible, one that is mild to the stomach. Organic senna laxative tea is a good choice.

The cayenne pepper breaks up the mucus and adds more B and C vitamins.

The sea salt is used to wash out the entire digestive tract. Burroughs says enemas and colonics should not be used for this purpose because they are harmful for the system and won’t cleanse the colon as good as the sea salt water bathing. The regular iodized salt won’t work.

Here’s what Burroughs says about the lemons and maple syrup working together:

“The lemon is a loosening and cleansing agent with many important building factors. The ability of the elements in the lemon and the maple syrup working together creates these desired results. Its 49% potassium strengthens and energizes the heart, stimulates and builds the kidneys and adrenal glands.

*Its oxygen builds vitality.
*Its carbon acts as a motor stimulant.
*Its hydrogen activates the sensory nervous system.
*Its calcium strengthens and builds the lungs.
*Its phosphorus knits the bones, stimulates and builds the brain for clearer thinking.
*Its sodium encourages tissue building.
*Its magnesium acts as a blood alkalizer.
*Its iron builds the red corpuscles to rapidly correct the most common forms of anemia.
*Its chlorine cleanses the blood plasma.
*Its silicon aids the thyroid for deeper breathing.

It truly is a perfect combination for cleansing, eliminating, healing, and building.”

In addition, everyone with addictions to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, coffee, cola drinks, etc. will lose the cravings and will “be free from slavery to these many habit-forming and devitalizing elements of modern living.”

“The chemical changes and the cleansing have a way of removing the craving and the many probably deficiencies. Thus, the desire for the unnatural types of stimulants and depressants disappears.”

So, here’s how it’s done:

2 tablespoons lemon or limejuice (about ½ lemon)
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup (not maple flavored sugar syrup)
1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
8 oz water

Combine the juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass and fill with water. Stir and drink. Always use fresh, preferably organic, lemons or limes, and never canned or frozen ones. Six to twelve glasses of the lemonade per day are usually enough. However, if you get hungry, just drink another glass of the lemonade. You must not eat any food during the diet! Don’t use vitamin pills/supplements either. During the cleansing, some people will feel weakness, dizziness, vomiting (rarely), or pain in the joints of the body. It is the result of poisons circulating through the blood stream rather than a lack of food or vitamins, explains Burroughs. The lemonade contains all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the body to stay without food for up to 40 days. Yes, you can do the diet for up to 40 days as the minimum is 10.
If you feel weak, just take it easy and rest more, although most people feel perfectly fine and are able to even work out.

If you are overweight, use less maple syrup for the lemonade. For those who are underweight, add more syrup. You are allowed to drink as much water as you want in addition to the diet.
Drink laxative tea at night before you go to bed. If you have never drank laxative tea before, you will feel discomfort and pain in the stomach during the first two or three days because the tea will be cleansing huge amounts of stored food waste in your system. In a couple of days the stomach will get used to it and the pain will go away.

How to make the salt water wash:

In a full quart of warm water add two teaspoons of sea salt. Drink the whole quart first thing in the morning. The salt and water will then quickly wash the entire track in an hour, so it’s a good idea to stay home for an hour after you drink the salt water.
“The salt water has the same specific gravity as the blood, hence the kidneys cannot pick up the water and the blood cannot pick up the salt.” If the salt water wash doesn’t work the first time, try adding a little more salt and drinking more water. In short, the laxative tea at night loosens up the stored waste, and the salt water washes it out easily in the morning.

How to break the diet:

Breaking the diet is the most important part. It may have serious consequences if done improperly.

First and second day after the diet:

Drink several glasses of freshly squeezed oranges during the day. According to Burroughs, “The orange juice prepares the digestive system to properly digest and assimilate regular food.” Drink as much water as you need.

Third day:

Orange juice in the morning; raw fruit for lunch; fruit or raw vegetable salad at night, and that’s all. You are now ready to get back to regular eating.

After the successful completion of the cleansing, however, many people prefer to continue with a healthy diet. They also start eating less than what they were eating prior to the cleansing. You are to gain back some of the lost weight which is inevitable, but overall it’s up to you to keep the results for longer through choosing carefully what to eat.

Burroughs and The Nutrition Outside the Lemonade diet will follow.


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    April 21, 2017

    There is no evidence that the Master Cleanse gets rid of parasites, as there are only two components that might be able to, the lemon juice and the cayenne pepper. You should look for cleanses that are targeting parasites in order to make sure that you are covering a broad range of organisms and getting them all out while establishing good intestinal bacteria.

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