To use the Master Cleanse lemonade diet, mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup with 8 ounces of purified water and 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. The Master Cleanse lemonade diet usually lasts for 10 days; however, fasting times may be longer or shorter depending on the person.
The Master Cleanse fast, which gained popularity in the 1970s, was first introduced in 1941 by author Stanley Burrows in his book "The Master Cleanser." The Master Cleanse recipe may vary slightly depending on the source, but usually contains lemon or lime juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper.
It is okay to mix up larger quantities of the drink to store for later use; however, the lemon juice and cayenne pepper should be added to the mixture just before drinking, as their nutrients are quickly broken down. Drink six to 12 servings of the 10-ounce drink daily. This cleanse provides 650 to 1,300 calories per day, with most of the calories due to the maple syrup.
To aid in the detoxifying process, drink 1 cup of herbal laxative tea each evening for the duration of the cleanse, and take three days to transition back to normal food after completing the Master Cleanse fast.