The Master Cleanse lemonade diet consists of consuming only a special lemonade drink, laxative tea and water for at least 10 days. After 10 days, the dieter gradually reintroduces solid food.
The diet consists of three stages. First, a precleanse diet of mostly broth and vegetables before the 10-day fast in order to prep the body for the fasting experience. Then the 10-day lemonade cleanse. Finally, there is the ease-out stage where dieters slowly reintroduce solid foods into their diets.
To make the lemonade cleansing drink for stage two, dieters mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of rich maple syrup, 1/10 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 to 2 cups of water. Dieters can drink as much of this solution as they like, but they can not consume any solid food for at least 10 days. The diet also tells users to drink plenty of water and to exercise lightly.
The diet claims to detoxify the body, increase energy, flush the body of parasites and shed unwanted pounds quickly. However, many experts have debunked the theory that the body needs outside help to cleanse itself. Experts are also wary of the fasting element of the diet, according to WebMD.