I’ve been asked by many people to put together instructions on just how to do the Master Cleanse so here it is for those of you who are feeling the urge to do some Cleansing!
Remember that all the levels of our being are connected and when we cleanse on the physical level we are also cleansing and clearing on the emotional and mental levels too.
And now for some cleansing inspiration:
Why Do the Master Cleanse?
To dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body.
To cleanse the kidneys and the digestive system.
To purify the glands and cells throughout the entre body.
To eliminate all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles.
To relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels.
To build a healthy blood stream.
To keep youth and elasticity regardless of our years.
When to Master Cleanse?
When sickness has developed—for all acute and chronic conditions.
When the digestive system needs a rest and a cleansing.
When overweight has become a problem.
When better assimilation and building of body tissue is needed.
When you find yourself allergic to too many things.
What do the ingredients in the Lemonade do?
The Master Cleanse Lemonade or Limeade contains only water, cayenne pepper, limes or lemons and Grade C maple syrup (this is the least processed maple syrup and contains lots of minerals)
The maple syrup is a balanced form of positive and negative sugar. The maple syrup has a large variety of minerals and vitamins. Naturally the mineral and vitamin content will vary according to the area where the trees grow and the mineral content in the soil. These are the minerals found in average samples of syrup from Vermont: Sodium; Potassium; Calcium; Magnesium; Manganese; Iron; Copper; Chlorine and Silicon. Vitamin B1, B2, B6, C, Nicotinic acid and Pantothenic acid are also present in the syrup.
The lemon is a loosening and cleansing agent with many important building factors. The ability of the elements in the lemon and the maple syrup working together creates these desired results.
Its 49% potassium strengthens and energizes the heart, stimulates and builds the kidneys and adrenal glands.
Its oxygen builds vitality.
Its carbon acts as a motor stimulant.
Its hydrogen activates the sensory nervous system.
Its calcium strengthens and builds the lungs.
Its phosphorus knits the bones, stimulates and builds the brain for clearer thinking.
Its sodium encourages tissue building.
Its magnesium acts as a blood alkalizer.
Its iron builds the red corpuscles to rapidly correct the most common forms of anemia.
Its chlorine cleanses the blood plasma.
Its silicon aids the thyroid for deeper breathing.
Even though the lemon is an acid fruit, it becomes alkaline as it is digested and assimilated. It is, in fact, our best aid toward proper alkaline balance. There is no danger of “too much acid.”
The natural iron, copper, calcium, carbon, and hydrogen found in the sweetening supplies more building and cleansing material. It truly is a perfect combination for cleansing, eliminating, healing, and building. Hence, supplements are not needed during the diet and may actually interfere with its cleansing action.
As this is a complete balance of minerals and vitamins, one does not suffer the pangs of hunger. When you get a hunger pang simple drink some of your lemonade and, voila, no more hunger! Do not take any vitamins while on the cleanse.
The concept is that by giving your body a break from constantly digesting all the food, drink, toxins and chemicals that you put in your body – your body will heal itself allllll on it’s own. Your energy will go exactly where it is needed. Body Wisdom!
(Note from 2010: When I did the MC at the beginning of December I had been getting worse and worse joint pain (I thought I had arthritis!) ever since I had Dengue Fever in September – after having 2 dreams that clearly told me I needed to cleanse, I started the MC and at the end of Day 1 my hands and knees and hips felt 80% better – by day 2 I had no pain at all and now, weeks later, the pain hasn’t come back. SO – just give you body a break and let it do it’s thing – it will go to work flushing all the toxins out as well as going to work on exactly what is needed to bring you back to perfect health!)
I always make 1 liter at a time in a glass (wine) bottle. (prepare to get some looks!)
4 cups of water
1/8 to 1/4 tsp of cayenne (to taste)
4 or 5 small limes (or about 4 tbsp of fresh-squeezed lemon juice – MUST be fresh squeezed)
4 tbsp of maple syrup (or more if you want it sweeter or/and you need to gain weight)
I use a funnel to add the cayenne, lime and maple syrup to the bottle then add all the water (it cleans the funnel at the same time) and then shake it up and drink.
I usually drink 2 to 3 liters a day – but listen to your own body. When you feel a hunger pang, drink. There is absolutely no need to be hungry on this cleanse!
The other thing that I think is just the BEST thing to do while on the MC is to drink psyllium ‘shakes’. If you tend towards constipation be careful and start with just 1 on day one and then move up slowly. I usually do 3 psyllium shakes a day. It’s simple: 1 tbsp of psyllium husk stirred up with a bit of water to make a paste and then add more water, stir and quickly drink before it reallly gels up. Follow with another glass of water. You want to make sure that you are drinking lots of WARM water in between your lemonade too as the water helps to flush all the toxins out and warm water stimulates peristalsis (bms). The last time I did it I didn’t go until Day 5 but I wasn’t worried – so don’t panic.
The way the psyllium works is WONDERFUL…it just works on your intestines physically. It basically plumps up quite big and then slowly makes it’s way through your 25 feet of intestines so you get a really good scrub out! I think this is much better than doing any kind of herbal concoction that actually forces you to eliminate. The psyllium is like a big scrub brush getting in all the nooks and crannies. I love it. (believe me – you’ll get a surprise after a few days and it will make you want to keep taking it so you get everything out!)
If you haven’t read it already – my ex-boyfriend after doing only 4 days of psyllium pooed out a shiny 1974 penny that he had swallowed when he was 9 years old!! So there ya go. It totally and absolutely works! Two of his friends, who were doctors, were in disbelief when he told them. They both parroted: “But there is no where for it to hide for all those years?” And we were like: ummmmm only 25 feet of intestine squeezed into a small space – I mean, c’mon, there are a ton of nooks and crannies! Plus…it actually happened – we were there!
Here’s how excited I was about doing this cleanse in 2002 and 2004 and how I felt after doing it.
I have other cleanses and fasts here (the Liver Flush) too.
We all need to be as healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit as we can – YES!