Perhaps some of you have heard of the “master cleanse.” It’s a juice fast that was invented in the 1940’s and has become something of a fad in the modern era. The routine for this fast is extremely simple: When hungry, drink only a juice made up of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and dark maple syrup. Although this happens to be quite a tasty combination of ingredients, is this juice fast safe? The short answer is no.
Master Cleanse Fasting
The master cleanse treatment calls for participants to drink only this lemonade mixture for 7 to 10 days, or until they begin to feel “truly hungry.” There are a number of problems with this. The first is that the lemonade mixture used in this diet doesn’t contain all of the vitamins and minerals a person needs to consume in order to function. The main thing that you’re cleansing yourself of is essential nutrients. For that matter, the drastically low caloric consumption of this diet is so far removed from normalcy that you’re likely to gain back any weight you’ve lost soon after you go off of the fast. These two facts alone represent enough of a reason to steer clear of this diet, and that’s without even going into the severe hunger and headaches that you’re likely to feel after the first few days of trying it.
Stick with traditional juicing and avoid get-skinny-quick schemes. Or pick a day, or even three, where you exclusively eat whole fruits and vegetables. That way, you are at least getting a wider variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients.
And by all means, make the master cleanse lemonade sometime – that part is quite delicious!