I’m a Master Cleanser!*

Today is Day One of my Master Cleanse, a ten day detox program created by Stanley Burroughs that involves drinking a mixture of lemon juice, Grade B maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper. This is my second MC; last October’s cleanse brought an increase in my energy, mental clarity, and removed an allover sludgy feeling that I was getting far too comfortable with. I also lost 15 pounds in ten days, and have only gained approximately 5 back since then.

I am in no way advocating the use of this program for everyone; each individual has their own unique physical and mental idiosyncrasies to deal with. But for some, the Master Cleanse may free them from caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, and poor eating habits, at least for a short time. If anything, the cleanse might aid in re-examining your lifestyle and help you embrace healthy eating. After completing my first Master Cleanse, I realized that my body didn’t agree with meat or dairy, and I’ve cut both from my diet (aside from the occasional burger). I’m aware of the controversy that surrounds the Master Cleanse, and have to deal with friends and family who think its an insane idea. Nevertheless, fasting and resting for 10 days centers me and allows me to tune into my body.

So, what exactly is the Master Cleanse? The MC eliminates toxins and congestion that have built up in the body. One should fast for at least ten days, and can fast for as long as forty days. For newcomers, the ten day fast is recommended. I drink three 24 ounce bottles of Master Cleanse through the day, plus as much water as I can. The actual drink is made with fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice, organic cayenne pepper, water, and grade B maple syrup. A daily “salt water flush” and special tea move the cleansing process along, and precautions (a diet of vegetable soup) are taken after the ten day fast to reintroduce food to your system.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Master Cleanse, check out this forum and read Stanley Burrough’s book, published in 1941. I’ll be checking in with updates on my progress; feel free to email me with questions or comments!

*Originally published at Gapers Block

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