Melissa DelMastro

Lemon Juice Master Cleanse (a.k.a. the Lemonade Diet)

Lemon juice has become one of the trendiest ingredients in cleansing and detox diets. According to the Global Healing Center, the citric acid in lemon juice helps the body create digestive juices and helps with its digestive process. It can also assist with kidney stones, respiratory problems, liver cleansing, and sore throats. On the flip side, too much lemon juice can damage teeth and cause decay due to the high acid content in lemons. Just be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or brush your teeth afterwards. Drinking with a straw may also limit the acid damage to teeth.

There is a variety of lemon cleanses online but the most popular cleanse is currently the Lemon Juice-Master Cleanse. This became the go-to trend after Beyoncé Knowles (singer/performer) credited her weight-loss for the 2006 film “Dreamgirls” to this lemonade- Master Cleanse diet. This cleanse derives from a book written by Stanley Burroughs called the “Master Cleanser;.” In his book, he first introduced this 10-day detox with the ingredients as a way to cure stomach ulcers naturally. Then in 2004 Peter Glickman reintroduced the same recipe in his book “Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 Days,” as a detox to cleanse, re-energize and quickly lose weight. The recipe includes: 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (not the pre-squeezed stuff, which contains preservatives), 2 tablespoons of grade B maple syrup, 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 10 ounces of pure water—for one single serving.

This diet is praised by many for its ability to shed up to 20 pounds within a 10-day period. The cleanse requires a 10-day diet of the Lemon Juice-Master Cleanse recipe. Those on the diet are advised to not consume any solids or additional foods except for laxative tea in the morning and at night.We recommend the Ceado S98 and SL98 Commercial Electric juicers as great lemon juicers for this recipe. Some self-serve tap options include the JBT Fresh’n Squeeze CJ or MFJ. For more information on the Lemon Cleanse and the research behind it visit Mastercleanse.