What You Should Know
The lemon cleanse requires participants to abstain from eating for a ten day period. During that time they may drink only the special lemon water beverage advocated by the program. The purpose of the cleanse is not necessarily to lose weight, but rather to rid the body of toxic substances that build up on the organs and tissues over time. The beverage, made up of lemon juice, water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper, provides enough calories for the average person to continue a normal daily routine. Many participants claim they do not feel hungry while on the lemon cleanse and that their energy levels remain high.
Stanley Burroughs developed the lemon cleanse, also known as the Master Cleanse, and detailed the program in his book, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment. Those wishing to begin the lemon cleanse should find out full details from this book or one of the others written by Stanley Burroughs in order to get all the correct information needed to maintain health during the process.
List of Ingredients
Lemons, water, maple syrup, cayenne pepper.
The lemon cleanse recommends using fresh lemons rather than bottled lemon juice in order to receive the most benefit from the program. The lemons and pepper help the body cleanse itself, while the maple syrup provides calories and micronutrients to keep the body functioning. While weight loss is not the primary goal of the lemon cleanse, following the program can lead to weight loss as the body detoxifies itself and releases some of the fat stored in organs and tissues.
Side effects that can occur while on the lemon cleanse include headaches, cravings, increased bowel movements, lethargy, sore teeth, and hunger. These adverse effects do not all affect every person using the cleanse, but those considering the program should be prepared to deal with them should they arise.
- The lemon cleanse promotes the use of all-natural ingredients.
- Weight loss can occur in as little as ten days.
- The lemon cleanse is not intended to promote weight loss.
- The lemon cleanse does not discuss long term healthy eating and exercise habits.
- Participants can encounter uncomfortable side effects while on the program.
- The program does not stress the importance of discussing detox cleanses with a physician.
- There are no studies available that demonstrate the effectiveness of the lemon cleanse.
While some have seen increased energy and weight loss after participating in the lemon cleanse, there is no scientific evidence that it does what it claims to or that it does not adversely affect overall health. The program does not claim to promote weight loss and may cause potentially severe side effects. Those interested in attempting the lemon cleanse should discuss the program with a doctor before beginning.