10 Day Master Cleansing Diet

The 10 Day Master Cleanse diet severely restricts your food intake, promising detoxification and weight loss when followed correctly. Intermingling maple syrup, cayenne and lemonade drinks with laxatives and colon cleanses, this extreme diet regime can cause negative side effects and lacks scientific evidence to support all claims. Some people enjoy the physical and mental stamina required to complete the 10-day plan, but you should definitely consult a doctor before beginning cleansing.


The 10 Day Master Cleanse diet dates back to the 1940s, when Stanley Burroughs published a book advocating the plan for detoxification purposes. Some people attribute its reemergence to the actress Beyonce Knowles, who announced on public television that she had lost 20 pounds in 10 days in preparation for an upcoming film thanks to that cleansing diet.


The cleansing diet is intended to restrict your normal food consumption in order to allow your body to recover from typical digestion processes. Ingredients in the diet's key component, specially prepared lemonade, are meant to meet basic nutritional needs while scouring the body of unhealthful gunk and toxins, according to The Master Cleanse. Cleansing is further assisted by taking laxatives and undergoing colon cleanses, if desired, to wring out the digestive system in preparation for a healthier lifestyle after the Master Cleanse concludes. More evidence is needed to validate these claims.


Three primary steps comprise the Master Cleanse. During the optional "Ease-In" phase, dieters eliminate processed foods, meat and dairy from consumption for three days, creating meals that balance 60 percent vegetables and 40 percent fruits for the first day, according to The Master Cleanse. On the second day, dieters eat or drink only soups and smoothies. Day three consists of only orange juice. During the "Lemonade Diet" phase, dieters drink between 6 and 12 glasses of lemon juice, water, cayenne and maple syrup mixtures. You're also advised to drink water throughout the day to curb hunger. Bowel movements, advised for detoxification during cleansing, are assisted with herbal laxatives or by rapidly drinking 1-liter bottles of water infused with 1 to 2 tsp. of salt. Dieters may then "Ease-Out" by reintroducing first orange juice, then liquid foods, and finally fruits and vegetables.


Side effects from the 10 Day Master Cleanse might include uncomfortable bowel movements, hunger, nausea or fatigue, according to The Master Cleanse. People are generally advised to steer clear of extended fasts and extreme diets. Risks from repeatedly following the plan might include metabolic acidosis, which disrupts the body's normal acid-base balances. Severe permutations of metabolic acidosis can result in a coma or death.

Directions for the Lemonade Diet

Stanley Burroughs claimed that a Master Cleanse fast of 10 days would detoxify the body and encourage quick weight loss. Always consult your physician before making any change to your diet.

Step 1

Ease into the Master Cleanse three days before the diet by eating only fresh raw fruits and vegetables on the first day. Consume organic store-bought fruit or vegetable juices, light soups and broths on the second day. On the third day, drink only organic store-bought or freshly juiced orange juice. Avoid processed foods and meat.

Step 2

Prepare the Master Cleanse mixture in the morning. Combine 2 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice, 2 tbsp. of maple syrup, 1/10 tsp. cayenne pepper and 8 oz. of water in a glass. Stir thoroughly and drink.

Step 3

Continue to prepare and consume the mixture throughout the day. You can drink between 6 and 12 glasses of the mixture each day for 10 days. You cannot consume any foods on the diet. You are allowed to drink plain water anytime, however. Each night, prepare a cup of laxative tea to keep your bowels moving. This is critical to help release toxins from the body.

Step 4

Ease out of the diet on day 11 by drinking organic store-bought or freshly squeezed orange juice. The next day, consume a variety of organic store-bought fruit and vegetable juices, soups, broths and blended smoothies. On the last day, consume only fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods and meat.

Tips and Warnings

- Keep a journal to write down your experiences as you proceed with the cleanse.
- The Master Cleanse is a short-term diet. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, children and patients on medications that must be taken with food should not follow the Master Cleanse diet.

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