Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs. The Master Cleanse was originally developed in 1940 as a stomach ulcer cure by alternative health practitioner Stanley Burroughs (1903-1991). In 1976 Burroughs presented his diet in a book, The Master Cleanser, by which time he was promoting the diet not only for ulcers, but for weight loss and “every kind of disease,” claiming it would lead to “the correction of all disorders.”
Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxic substances from your body. Before beginning any detox diet, it is always good to check with your doctor, especially if there are any health concerns.
Lemon consists of ascorbic acid, assisting in the cleansing process. Known also as the staple beverage of Stanley Burroughs’ Master Cleanse, this detox drink is easy to make.
Mix 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup and one-tenth teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 8 ounces of purified water. Proponents of the Master Cleanse recommend you drink 6-8 glasses of this lemonade drink and eat nothing each day of your cleanse.
This cleanse was made popular by Beyoncé, who told Oprah she used it to lose weight for her Dream girls movie role. I myself have not done this specific cleanse, but I know many people who have and swear by it. It is like a fast in the sense that you are not “eating anything”. However, you are still consuming enough calories from the maple syrup and other ingredients.
This master cleanse should not be used for any longer than 10 days. It should not be used as a diet to lose weight (a side effect) but be done with the purpose of cleansing the body of toxins. After the cleanse you should adopt healthy eating habits. If you go right back to eating not so healthy foods the effects of the cleanse will be quickly lost and you may gain more weight than you had before the cleanse.