Doing The Master Cleanse Without Cayenne Pepper

by Raylen on May 22, 2010

The other day a reader wanted to know if it was alright to make the master cleanse lemonade without cayenne pepper…

I am on day 5 of the cleanse. I have cleansed twice a year for about 5 years, but this is my first Master Cleanse. My prakruti is very Pitta….for the non-ayurvedic folks, this mean my constitution is very HOT; hot tempered, tendency toward overheating, generally need cooling foods in my diet. My energy has been incredible on the MC. However, the last two nights I have woken up between 3 and 4 am (the Pitta time of night, meaning my Pitta dosha is active and aggravated) unable to go back to sleep. Amazingly, I still seem to have a lot of energy. However, I know this is happening because of the cayenne pepper. My question is; is it ok to use no cayenne for a day or so to see if it makes a difference in my sleep or to simple reduce the amount of cayenne pepper used?

Usually having an abundance of energy while doing the master cleanse is a good sign, but if you feel the cayenne pepper is throwing your body off balance  and don’t feel you can complete the cleanse with the pepper you can make the lemonade without it. Keep in mind the cayenne pepper is a key ingredient in the master cleanse diet but if you’re a naturally Pitta person you might be able to get away with eliminating the cayenne without affecting the cleanse.

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