The Master Cleanse fast was first developed by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s. It was based on the idea that toxic foods cause weight gain and disease, which both could be alleviated by the Master Cleanse.
This strictly liquid fast, while certainly effective, has several draw backs. And, let’s be honest, only very few people will actually follow-through with a strict 14-day regimen while still having to work and be full-on in their daily lives. Even if these arguments were not valid, they keep most people from making the commitment necessary for this fast.
Apart from the practical considerations, a weekly 1-day intermittent liquid fast is much easier on the body and will keep the body in a cleansing mode – if otherwise we abstain from processed and junk foods.
How To Fast
Pick a day in the week, have a light breakfast and then start drinking lemonade at noon until noon the next day. During this 24 hour period you should drink at least 8 glasses of lemonade, or more, if you feel hungry. Additional glasses of water or herbal teas are ok, too. Then you eat a regular dinner.
The Lemonade Recipe (make fresh!)
- 1/2 large lemon (organic)
- 2 tbs maple syrup (grade B organic)
- 1 hint of cayenne pepper
- 8 oz clean spring water
Many people feel their cravings for unhealthy food lessen and will eat better during the other days in the week.
Once accustomed to the 1-day fast, it’s a great idea to fast twice a week for 1 day. In this way, the body is constantly being cleansed and the digestive tract gets a regular break. As always, nothing -not even this tremendous fast- can substitute for a healthy life style, regular exercise and healthy organic food choices.
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