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Lemonade Cleanse

Who has done the lemon master cleanse? What does it entail and did it work for you?

Mon. Jul 16, 9:18am

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The purpose is to eliminate toxins, cleanse the kidneys and digestive system, purify your glands, eliminate waste, relieve pressure and irritation in the arteries, nerves, and blood vessels, and to help build a healthy circulatory system.

You follow it for minimum of ten days, up to forty days may be safe for "extreme cases." You repeat it three to four times a year for ultimate results.

Here's the recipe:

2 Tbsp lemon orlime juice (approx half the fruit) --- organic preferred, but not concentrate!
2 Tbsp genuine maple syrup (not maple FLAVORED syrup)
1/10 Tsp cayenne pepper
Water, medium hot (purified, bottled, just not tap water)

Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne peper in a 10 oz glass and fill with medium hot water (cold water is okay, too).

I guess this is all you drink or eat for 10 to 40 days, depending on your case (no food, no caffeine, no alcohol, nothing). I'm not following it, but I know someone who is. I hear you can lose a lot of weight and that the health benefits are amazing.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 10:29 AM

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Monday, July 16, 2007, 10:50 AM

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I've also seen that it's supposed to be organic, Grade B maple syrup, and that the water should not be fluoridated.
I've never tried the cleanse, but have looked at a lot of reviews. About half swear by its effectiveness and the other half say it's a load of hooey.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:12 AM

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i did the master cleanse... it was mostly to kind of purify my system but it ended up not being so great for me to say the least. the monotomy of the master cleanse for 10 days left me pretty deprived of several nutrients, as you are recommended to refrain from taking any vitamins during the cleanse. after 10 days, i had lost about 9 pounds, but a large amount of that was water weight. after the cleanse, though i did it to kickstart my new regimen of eating habits, i went on a month and a half binge as i had cravings like i had never had in my life for really weird things that i would never think of eating before the cleanse (and i had done it to purify my system, haha)... and i just couldn't stop eating. though i didnt really do the cleanse to lose weight (though it definitely was a nice result), i ended up putting back on the weight i had lost, plus about 12 more.

if you're going to do a cleanse, i would recommend a balanced juice fast... the master cleanse seems to me like the mainstream, go-to crash diet weight loss form of a healthier cleansing juice fast. but it works differently for different people i guess, and i've read a few people online who have had a positive experience with it... i guess it depends.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:31 AM

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my friend did this and definitely lost weight. in fact, after almost a month she looked like an emaciated herion addict. sickly, pale, weak, tired. all to fit into a smaller size!! obviously, her weight was not her only struggle.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 12:14 PM

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I am not trying to play devil's advocate, but no wonder you lose weight if you're not eating anything! You have no calories to keep your body going. If i've missed something, please let me know, but from what I'm reading you drink this and go 10 days without food....

Monday, July 16, 2007, 1:35 PM

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Monday, July 16, 2007, 1:45 PM

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believe me, i'm no expert, but i do know that going without food puts your body in a serious starvation mode. i think i might run this by the doc i work for and see what he thinks. it sounds like it would certainly boost your metabolism, but i'm not sure about the not eating part...

Monday, July 16, 2007, 2:06 PM

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well, in fact, not eating will not boost your metabolism and can have dire effects on your whole system. your body needs certain nutrients, like potassium and magnesium for instance, to regulate its temperature, operate its central nervous system, THINK clearly, among other primary functions. but don't let science or intuition or sound reasoning distract you. starve yourself and drink sugar and chili-laced water. doesn't common sense just tell you that that's a great idea?!! who needs health as long as you're skinny...

Monday, July 16, 2007, 2:18 PM

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CALM DOWN! Jesus christ almighty. The OP asked what it was, and you all FREAK OUT. What a bunch of cackling hens.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:47 PM

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well lett's hope that the responses prevent others from asking this same stupid question over and over again. "is this a good idea? " yeah, it's a great idea to just drink maple sugar and cayenne with lemon water. for days and/or weeks. your body will thrive and your energy levels will soar. who needs solid stools, anyway?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 9:01 AM

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All this is a load of you-know-what. First of all, I can understand the benefits of a complete fast. Meaning just water. But why add all those unnecesary and potentially harmful things? We are told not to drink organge juice forst thing in the morning because the acidity of it damaged an empty stomach lining. Think about what lemon juice and pepper will do to you! No wonder you get crazy cravings afterwards, your body is malnourished, damaged, and needs lubrication for all the wear and tear that you put on your intestines!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:33 AM

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I went on it for 10 days and lost about 6 pounds. At least some of it was fat because my jeans felt looser around my bum area afterwards. I didn't see any gunk come out of me, but my skin never looked more awesome than during the last two days of the cleanse. It must've been the liquid-rich diet.

I actually wasn't that physically hungry, but the mental torture of watching other people eating, while I couldn't, made me very angry hehehe. I believe I could have kept most of the weight off after the cleanse, but I'm missed eating and preparing food so much that I went on a binge and gained all the weight back.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 1:06 PM

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I believe the cleanse can also be used for spiritual purposes. You begin to learn how to control cravings, realize what deprivation is and learn how to appreciate what the sanctity of food is better. The idea is to completely flush out the body. I do not think 10 days of fasting with the juice will completely, radically alter your metabolism. It's primary use is for de-tox, people with digestive issues not weight loss. It's worth a try if you are really plugged up!
Did anyone have good experiences on it?

Monday, June 22, 2009, 11:24 AM

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I've asked several doctors about this cleanse and not a single one of them recommended it. Most said you should never starve your body like that unless you are under medical supervision.

Monday, June 22, 2009, 3:28 PM

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I've had great experiences with this cleanse. I do it at least once a year and am actually about to begin again (anyone interested in starting a mastercleanse group?) I usually lose a few pounds and just feel amazing overall. I love how much it makes me appreciate food, and I end up craving healthier foods after the cleanse. I know it's really important to break your fast in a certain way, with fruit juices first, then veggies and fruit. in response to a previous poster's comment about the acidity of o.j., lemons are actually alkalinizing in the body, and won't damage your stomach like o.j. and in terms of calories, you can get over 1200 calories in 12 glasses of lemonaide. and you can drink more if you feel hungry!

Monday, June 22, 2009, 3:30 PM

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I'm curious 3:30 - did you ask your doctor about this diet. If so, what did he/she say?

I have heard so many good things about the mastercleanse, but I have seriously asked 4 different doctors and every one of them said to stay away from it because it isn't healthy. I'm just surprised that so many people would do something that so many doctors recommend against.

Monday, June 22, 2009, 3:40 PM

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This is just my opinion but I feel as though cleansing and fasting is frowned upon in medicine because it is thought to promote unhealthy eating habits. The idea that depriving the body for any amount of time runs too closely to anorexia to be discussed objectively.
Most of us on here life in a society where food is constantly available. I think fasting and purging the intestines can be physically and mentally cleansing. To experience the emotional up rise that can happen from not getting instant gratification might be more of the experience then emptying the stomach. I doubt that fasting for ten, twenty days will really have any long term effect on an individuals body. It would be a shock to the system of course, but possibly in a good way. To allow the body time to focus on other cleansing mechanisms beside digestion.
To post 3:30. I am starting the cleanse tomorrow. I have been slowly reducing the amount I am consuming and drinking mostly hand blending juices in preparation for the past few days. I would love to have a partner on the master cleanse if you are interested

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 4:59 PM

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did this cleanse for ten days, I wanted to go longer but I really enjoy food so ten days was it for me. I did it to lose weight but ended up feeling much better than I had ever felt. The first few days were hard but if you make the lemonade properly you should be getting enough calories. The only thing that was difficult for me was the salt flush in the morning other than that it was fine. My skin looked great and I lost 12lbs, I had energy and I was thinking much clearer. You have to make sure to ease your way out of it, once you're done you should try to eat healthy, of course you're going to gain the weight if you start eating junk food again. I was a junk food addict so this was a very big step for me to take, I rarely eat junk food now and I started exercising, I started at 161 (5'2) and now I am down to 136 everyone is different but it motivated me to want to stay at a healthy weight.=-)

Monday, July 27, 2009, 10:44 AM

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