This article will discuss the Lemonade Diet, also known as Stanley Burroughs' Master Cleanser, and how it can be used to cleanse your body of toxins.

The Lemonade Diet is actually a type of fast since you don't eat any solid foods while on it. Instead, you drink a specially prepared "Lemonade" concoction that contains all the necessary nutrients and diuretic properties that you'll need for the duration of the cleanse.

The idea is to cleanse yourself at a cellular level by giving your digestive system a rest so that your body can focus on ridding itself of toxins without the burden of constantly breaking down solid incoming foods. The Master Cleanser works best when done for a period of ten days. Less than that, while still beneficial, won't be enough time to give your body a nice thorough cleanse. People have gone longer than ten days, sometimes upward of thirty days, but that kind of fasting is rather excessive for most people. An alternative would be to do a ten day Lemonade Diet every six months to a year so that your body is constantly being flushed of the accumulating toxins.

As can be expected, this is a very controversial diet. Some people may be appalled at the idea of depriving your body of solid foods for ten days. But to keep it in perspective you should first look at the types of foods that you ingest on a daily basis. The Standard American Diet is not a very healthy diet. And with a McDonald's and a Denny's on every corner it's no wonder. Logically speaking, alleviating your body of this burden for ten days is probably better for your overall health than continuing with the same eating habits indefinitely.

Once you decide that you might like to give the Lemonade Diet a try, the next step is to make sure you do it right. Prepare yourself by eating nothing but fruits and vegetables for a day or two, and be sure you can commit to a ten day period.

The ingredients you will need for the "lemonade" drink:

  • Water (spring or distilled)

  • Lemons (from three to five per day)

  • Raw Organic Honey (or Grade B Maple Syrup)

  • Cayenne Pepper (90,000 Heat Units)

Note: The original Master Cleanser Diet calls for Grade B maple syrup instead of honey, but raw organic honey hasn't been cooked and therefore has more nutrients.

You should drink between six and ten 8oz glasses per day. Each 8oz glass will consist of the following:

  • 8 ounces of water

  • Juice from half of a lemon

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (more if you can handle it)

To make things easier you can prepare three 24oz bottles, for the equivalent of nine 8oz glasses per day. This will be your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for ten days. Whenever you get hungry just drink more lemonade. Your hunger will quickly fade.

To get the most out of the Lemonade Diet you will also need to help flush your body of the toxins. This can be done by one of two ways, a daily enema or a "salt water flush." Either way, it should be done each morning.

The enema is pretty self-explanatory, and can be performed with a basic enema kit.

If the thought of an enema makes you uncomfortable then you can do a salt water flush instead. You will need the following for the salt water flush:

  • Water (spring or distilled)

  • Sea Salt

  • Herbal Laxative Tea

Each morning you will wake up and combine 1 quart of room temperature water with 1 rounded tablespoon of sea salt. Drink the entire quart of water and wait for it to flush through your system. It should take about a half an hour. It may be hard to drink an entire cup of salt water at first, but after a few days it should be no problem.

If you decide to go this route you should drink a cup of herbal laxative tea each evening before bed to help with the morning flush.

Upon completion you should ease back into solid food with a fruit smoothie, vegetable soup, or some soaked prunes. None of them will shock your digestive system and any of them will fill you right up. You will soon be able to transition back to your old eating habits, but you'll probably be far more conscious of the foods you decide to eat.

The Lemonade Diet is not easy. To do it properly takes dedication and will. Here are some of the things you will likely experience:

  • You may get really hungry at times. If you do just drink more lemonade and wait it out; it won't last.

  • You might feel kind of "crappy" the first few days. That's your body detoxing itself.

  • By the fifth day you will have more energy, your brain fog will begin to lift, and your skin will become more hydrated.

  • You will lose weight.

That's all there is to it. To get the most from the Lemonade Diet you should follow it to a tee. If you cheat on the cleanse then you're only cheating yourself. Besides, imagine the sense of accomplishment you'll feel upon completion.