There's only a few ingredients you're going to need for the master cleanse, but it's important to use the exact products I'm going to tell you about, and don't make any substitutions.
Unlike other diets, the Master Cleanse doesn't require any exotic or expensive ingredients. It just might be the most cost effective diet in history.
Main Ingredients for the Master Cleanse Recipe:
The first one (pure filtered water) is probably the most overlooked step in the Master Cleanse, but it's important if you want to cleanse your body. I know people who won't go near non-organic fruits and vegetables, but they'll drink and cook with unfiltered tap water. That's crazy.
Your local water treatment facility does not do an adequate job of providing you with clean, safe drinking water. The standard water treatment practice is to dump chlorine into the water to kill off the bacteria, and viruses. Chlorine is a poison, and has been linked to cancer. It's not good to consume this on a daily basis.
There's also the risk of chemicals from corporate waste, and farm runoff - as well as the sediment and toxic metals that are found in the pipes that bring water into your home.
Bottled Water is Not a Good Choice Either
In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes for bottled water are not tightly regulated. A lot of times, the bottled water you buy is not any better than city tap water - and sometimes it is just plain city water!
To make sure you get all the detoxing benefits, you should make the lemonade with filtered water. You can find filtered water at most grocery stores, but a more convenient option is to own you're own home water filter.
I recommend Aquasana water filters. After looking at many brands I found the Aquasana performed better than all of them. It also cost a lot less.
You have to be careful when shopping for a quality water filter because a lot of them don't do a good job of filtering out the contaminations found in today's drinking water, and some strip your water of beneficial minerals, which is especially bad for growing children. Aquasana water filters use a combination of carbon filtration, ion exchange and sub-micron filtration to filter out chlorine, lead, VOC's, MTBE and Cysts (chlorine resistant parasites), and leaves in the natural trace minerals.
Okay, I went off on a bit of a tangent there about filtered water, It's just that water is such a crucial element to good health, and for anyone making an effort to lead a clean lifestyle a simple counter top water filtration system will give you more bang for your buck (health wise) than organic produce, free range meat, or nutritional supplements.
As for the other main ingredients they're pretty standard fare, and can be found at most grocery stores. A few things to keep in mind
The first of the optional ingredients, the laxative tea, can be used in place of, or in addition to the sea salt flush. The purpose of both of these items is to increase eliminations. Of the two, the sea salt is more effective, but the laxative tea will work fine. The tea can be found in most grocery stores, and is sold under different brand names. The two I use are "Smooth Move" and "Laxative Tea"
The other optional ingredients will help add some flavor to the lemonade you're going to be drinking daily.
The beauty of the Master Cleanse is its simplicity. By going on this diet you allow your body to use the energy it normally spends on breaking down, digesting, and assimilating food to cleanse itself, so you can't add much to the Master Cleanse without taking away from its effectiveness.
But you can use herbal teas (decaffeinated) to help break the redundancy of drinking lemonade all day long. These teas come in an assortment of flavors, and you can drink them hot or cold. Herbal tea can be found at just about any grocery store.
The recipe is fairly simple. You should drink a minimum of 60 oz of lemonade a day, but can drink more if you like. You can also drink as much water as you want. I suggest you consume your body weight in ounces of water.
Below are two different recipes. The first is for a single serving of the Master Cleanse lemonade. The second will make 6 servings
#1 (single serving):
#2 (60 oz. daily serving):
There are a couple important things to remember when preparing the lemonade.
For one, the lemon juice used must be fresh squeezed. This cannot be emphasized enough. It is necessary to use fresh produce. Canned juice won't work.
Also, the maple syrup must be grade B maple syrup, not the processed syrup (which is usually high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring) that is used at the breakfast table.
The cayenne pepper might seem unnecessary, but it's very important. Not only does add a bit of a kick, but the pepper helps to break up mucus and increases healthy blood flow. It's also a good source of B and C vitamins, commonly referred to as Super Vitamins due to their many benefits for the body.
Mixing teas with the recipe is one way to help mix things up, just make sure It's decaffeinated tea because caffeine can restrict blood vessels and we want to keep your body passages as open as possible.
Taking a laxative will speed up the detoxing process, and help your body eliminate waste.
I prefer ingestible laxatives like, sea salts, and herbal tea. These are ideal methods for cleaning the colonic tract without the harmful effects of colonics and enemas.
Drinking 1 teaspoon of unrefined non-iodized sea salt mixed with 25-35 ounces of water will flush out your system.
It's best to use either of these laxatives (or both of them) 2 times a day. I've found it best to take them in the morning and before I go to bed.
Also, I advise you give yourself about one hour before you go out when you do this. These laxatives will work fast, and you will discover why you should probably be at home near a bathroom when you use them.
Step 4 > Tips For Finishing The Master Cleanser Diet
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