With over 50 years of success stories, the Master Cleanse has been quietly bringing relief to thousands of people. In 2006, Beyonce Knowles announced on the Oprah Winfrey show that she lost 20 pounds on the Master Cleanse to prepare for her role in the new film Dreamgirls. Ever since then, the Master Cleanse has become ‘popular’ in bringing health relief back to people.
But how ‘healthy’ is the Master Cleanse? Fitness and weight loss expert Yuri Elkaim explains in this article. Read on to unearth the secrets of the master detox system and let me know what you think about it.
The master cleanse is a detoxification program that calls for nothing else than a special lemonade concoction and periodic salt water flushes (to flush out your colon).
The master cleanse solution is comprised of the following ingredients:
• 2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
• 8 oz spring water
And that’s pretty much all you drink (alongwith herbal tea and water) for the duration of the cleanse. However, because lemon is acidic (before it is digested) it may wear down the enamel of your teeth. Therefore, after each glass of lemon water or the master cleanser, you should rinse your mouth with water.
This master cleanse protocol has become wildly popular in the last few years, especially since Beyonce announced it was her secret to losing weight fast. And yes, the master cleanser will help you lose weight fast because all your putting into your body is the solution above, which provides very few calories.
So, if you’re looking to lose weight fast, then this cleanse will definitely be helpful.
However, what good does this cleansing solution do for your body?
Investigating the Components of the Master Cleanser
Well, lemon is great. Once metabolized, it is actually alkaline-forming, which is a good thing. It helps to detoxify your liver, loosens mucus, and stimulates your digestive system. But in our mind, that’s about all the master cleanser provides.
Otherwise, you’re simply drinking sugar water, which is not a great thing for people with blood sugar issues – and that’s a lot of people!
Maple syrup is a high glycemic sweetener. If all you’re drinking throughout your cleanse is a high-glycemic drink, you’re bound to run into blood sugar problems. Therefore, we would not recommend the master cleanse for diabetics and those who suffer from hypoglycemia.
Cayenne pepper is also helpful at breaking down mucus and some even say that because it is a “firey” spice, it boosts your metabolism. Not sure how much validity the latter statement has.
But one dimension that many people don’t realize is that cayenne pepper is part of the nightshade family and contains alkaloid compounds which are acid-forming in the body and can aggravate inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
Drinking the master cleanser several times a day over several days may help you lose weight but at what cost to your health?
If you’re looking to cleanse your body and lose weight, then you need to heal yourself from the inside out by improving your internal environment, bettering the health of your colon and liver, and removing undesirable stressors from your diet and lifestyle.
The other important consideration is that simply buying magic laxative pills or a cleanse product and going it on your own will never be effective in the long term. You will most likely revert back to your old habits, eventually continue to pollute your body, gain weight, and watch your health decline.
What you (and everyone who attempts a cleanse) need is a highly supportive and guided environment that not only provides you with a time-proven cleansing plan but also a method that tackles your habitual ways of eating so that you can overcome emotional eating and finally be in control of your body and your health.
Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse – a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For more information click here.