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I just started on a cleanse today and I wanted to blog about it as I go along, not only to help myself, but to also help others out there who might be considering a cleanse of their own.
The cleanse that I chose is called the Master Cleanse. Please note that this site is one of the hundreds of sites out there dedicated to the cleanse. I can’t attest that it is an “official” website. Nathan and I actually read about it in a recent edition of Delicious Living, and then we picked up the little booklet at Vitamin Cottage.
It was developed by Stanley Burroughs back in the 1940s. You may have also heard it referred to as the lemonade diet. The principle is simple — drink this lemonade concoction (which is actually pretty tasty) for 10-14 days and give your body a rest and an opportunity to heal itself. During the time, you also drink senna tea (an herbal laxative tea) and a salt water flush daily as well.
So far, I have been pleasantly surprised. I really expected to be a lot more hungry than I am. The only rough part of the day was around noon when everyone at work was heating up their lunches and the smells were wafting through the office (I might have to take a walk around that time!). Other than that, I have done much better than expected. I have had a very faint headache off and on all day, but nothing horrible by any means.
My husband was the initial guinea pig for this cleanse and just finished his up a couple days ago. So, I figured since he had been so pleased with it, I would give it a go. I’ve been feeling a little run down and toxic and really just feel like my digestive tract needs a break and a bit of a detox.
The lemonade recipe is (one serving):
- 2 tablespoons fresh, organic lemon juice (you can also use limes)
- 2 tablespoons rich maple syrup (organic, grade B)
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder – or to taste (as much as you can stand)
- 8 ounces of filtered water
The book suggests drinking between 6 and 12 servings per day. I am six right now, so I’ve been drinking one serving about every two hours. I’ve also been drinking lots of plain filtered water as well. Also, I have been taking the cayenne capsules, rather than adding it to the lemonade. Nathan preferred the capsules to the powder and said it was much easier to drink the lemonade. I have had some burning in my stomach, but again, nothing so horrible that it bothers me too much. Just enough to know that the cayenne must be working it’s magic!
Have any of my readers ever done this cleanse? If so, what have your experiences been? I am looking at this experience as purely an experiment. And if I come out feeling tons better, then that’s an added bonus!
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