The Master Cleanse liquid diet comprises a lemonade drink made from fresh lemons, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and purified water. The program also calls for sea salt for flushing.
The Master Cleanse recipe calls for fresh organic lemons ripened at room temperature. Fresh lemons are a good source of vitamin C and energy, and they contain enzymes that help with digestion and are cleansing for the digestive system.
The maple syrup must be real, organic and Grade B. The maple syrup provides vitamins and minerals and is a source of sugars and energy during the cleansing program. Suitable alternatives are sorghum syrup, sugar cane and coconut nectar. The program recommends blackstrap molasses for diabetics.
The cayenne pepper used in the recipe is for its natural stimulant and metabolism boosting properties. Cayenne also increases circulation and warms up the body. Organic cayenne is preferred.
The recipe needs purified water, as tap water and bottled water are impure and may affect the detoxification process. Purified water can be store-bought, made with a water ionizer or filtered. The diet recommends against using distilled water.
The salt for the flushes should be organic and unrefined sea salt.
During the Master Cleanse, participants consume only the prescribed lemonade mixture along with ample purified water for a period of two to seven days. Participants also perform salt water flushes once every day.