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It was popularized by Peter Glickman in his 2005 book Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days. According to Burroughs this diet is a detoxification program that also serves to lose weight, and cure ulcers and "every kind of disease."
The Master Cleanse Diet claims to rid the body of toxins and remove the cravings for drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and junk food. Instead of drinking coffee, tea, and colas, youíll drink lemonade made from fresh lemons or limes, maple syrup, water, and Cayenne pepper. During the cleansing process you wonít eat any solid food. This process is said to be easier on the body than a true fast because you will be drinking some essential vitamins and minerals. The master cleanse is recommended for a minimum of ten days, but some people persist for up to six weeks.
Because dieters donít eat solid food, they drink Senna tea every night and a warm saline wash every morning to avoid constipation. It is highly recommended that they stay close to a bathroom.
Because of the strain on their system dieters really should go off this diet slowly. Their intestines will need time to rebuild for solid food. They should start back with juices and then carefully add soups, fruit, vegetables and nuts before resuming a regular diet. They must not take chances by immediately returning to their regular diet.
Master Cleanse kit, I hope you like Maple Syrup.
Stanley Burroughs and others authors claim this diet will eliminate toxins (pesticides, hormones, prescription drugs, chemical fertilizers, heavy metals) and congestion that have built up in the body. Other alleged benefits include weight loss, increased energy and sexual stamina, and even reducing some diseases. In fact some people claim sharper vision, and the disappearance of acne and dark circles around eyes.
Master Cleanse dieters face a deficiency of protein, vitamins, and minerals as well as a lack of calories. Some of them experience headaches during the detoxification process. The saline solution may flush out beneficial bacteria as well as the harmful ones. Detractors suggest that the cleanse is a placebo and does not have any true health benefits except for weight loss. And remember, dieters who donít change their eating habits, will put back this weight over time. Most doctors do not recommend the Master Cleanse Diet or other detox diets.