The lemonade diet, also known as the Master Cleanse Diet has been around for almost 60 years. It is said to detoxify the body of pollutants and toxins within the body. In addition, the lemonade diet has a weight loss effect. After finishing the lemonade diet, proponents claim many positive health benefits.
How Does It Work?
The lemonade diet is to be followed for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 40 days. During this time, nothing but the lemonade mixture is to be consumed. In addition to the lemonade, a salt water flush is drunk each morning and laxative tea is taken each night just before bed.
Is It Safe?
Critics say this diet is not healthy and could actually be dangerous. By consuming just the lemonade drink, you are missing out on many vitamins, minerals and nutrients. In addition, by consuming no food, you are putting your body in starvation mode, which is not good for you.
In addition, the cleanse is a short-term solution, to be use anywhere from 10 to 40 days. After the cleanse is finished, many people go back to eating in the same unhealthy ways and some actually even gain weight.
Common side effects of using the lemonade diet are: headaches, nausea, vomiting, cravings, fatigue and irritability.
It is imperative to drink as many as 12 glasses of the lemonade daily, to give a total caloric intake of at least 1200. The maple syrup has about 100 calories per 2 tablespoons and the lemon juice and cayenne pepper are almost negligible.
Along with the lemonade, it is advised to drink water in between glasses of the cleanse.
The lemonade diet can be repeated, but the minimum time recommended between cleanses is 3 months. In fact, at least 6 months is preferable.
There have been claims of various health benefits from the lemonade diet including drastic improvement in skin conditions such as acne, alleviation of chronic pain, increased energy, freedom from stomachache, bloating and colon problems, and cleansing of toxic waste.
2 T. fresh-squeezed, organic lemon juice
2 T. Grade B Organic Maple Syrup
1 tenth of a teaspoon of powdered, organic cayenne pepper
Distilled water in 10 oz glasses
Before taking on any cleansing or detoxification program, it is always best to check with your physician first. If you plan on staying on the cleanse for longer that 10 days, it would be best to be monitored by your doctor for the duration of the diet.