What is the Lemon Diet?
There are about as many lemon diets today as there are…well, lemons. Most variations of the Lemon Diet are derived from the program created by Stanley Burroughs known as the Master Cleanse. Since that time the practice and ingredients have been adapted to many other types of diet including 3 Day-Detox. Most commonly you consume a drink made from water, lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a period of time. This is not a routine I would recommend for beginners, even for 3 days. It is, however, very effective and is especially recommended for spring and autumn.
How to make Detox Lemonade.
Using three 1-liter bottles this recipe makes a one day supply of detox lemonade.
- 14 Table Spoons Lemon Juice
- 14 Table Spoons Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper – or to taste
- 2 Liters of water
Mix 7 table spoons of lemons, 7 table spoons of molasses and 1/2 tea spoon cayenne pepper into a 1 liter bottle, repeat for the second bottle. The third bottle is for water only and you will refill it throughout the day.
What to do.
Drink the lemonade mix anytime you feel hungry through the day. The 2 liters need to last all day and all of it needs to be used each day. The rest of the time drink only fresh water.
Don’t take any solid food during this process, only water and the lemonade mix. It can be used for a 3 Day-Detox or for only one or two days. The Master Cleanse diet followed this process for 10 days but included routines for before and after to help insure no ill effects.
This diet is considered safe and effective for most people. If you have any serious condition such as diabetes, digestive problems, or disease of the kidney or liver it is not recommended without your doctor’s guidance. No solid food is consumed during this time and this may cause you to experience headache, fatigue, or diarrhea. Most side effects are mild and typical for a fast of this nature.
An alternative for beginners might be to include this lemonade drink as part of a milder 3 Day-Detox diet that allows fruits and vegetables. The ingredients will still be effective and produce good results within any detox regime. Simply adding lemon juice to salads, fish, and chicken in your normal diet helps digestion and the bodies natural detoxification process.