What Does Master Cleanse Do?
This detoxification diet recommends drinking only a mixture of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in specific proportions during your day. Owing to the presence of lemon juice in this preparation, the Master Cleanse diet came to be known also as the Lemonade Diet or the Maple Syrup Diet.
The program claims that drinking this special beverage aids in ridding the body of toxins that collect because of pesticides, hormones, and other chemicals in our everyday environment. This diet also clears out built-up material in the colon. Along with doing the Master Cleanse, dieters are recommended to drink senna tea (a laxative) and perform daily salt-water flushes.
Several Master Cleanser fans report positive results such as weight loss, increased energy, improved acne, and sharper vision, after a few days on this cleanse. It needs to be noted though, that there is no evidence that the efficacy of this Cleanse is supported by scientific research.
Pros and Cons of Master Cleanse
Pros: This Cleanse is known to offer some of the health benefits that it touts. People have been known to lose weight and feel re-energized after being on this diet.
Cons: The lemon juice and cayenne pepper both irritate the digestive system, while maple syrup provides just enough calories to keep you upright. The laxative makes it hard for you to work productively during this phase.
The Dangers of Master Cleanse
Drinking only the recommended liquid mix for 14 full days can potentially damage one’s immune system, as well as the ability to process food. The cleanse also irritates the gastro-intestinal tract. The saltwater flushes actually remove healthy, helpful bacteria fr m the lining of your colon. In addition, prolonged fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss, and so on. Once you start eating again, you may suffer bloating, constipation, and/or acid reflux, as your body is unused to processing food and has to re-learn how to digest it.
The American Health Association does, not recommend the Master Cleanse, and other similar liquid-based diets. Anyone who undergoes this drink might report a feeling of well-being initially, but there have been several complaints over time that indicate contrary conditions.