Stanley Burroughs' Lemonade Diet Recipe

Lemonade diet (master cleanse) for fast weight loss

The lemonade diet (master cleanse) can be a dramatic turning point in your journey to weight loss and better health.

The key is to follow the original plan outlined by Stanley Burroughs and not someone's improvement.  

Plan for 10 days up to 40. You will know your cleanse is complete when your tongue becomes completely pink, no longer coated from cleansing.

Before you begin, learn what to expect and gather supplies. Also find yourself a cleanse buddy online or in person. The encouragement can really help!

Basic Instructions to Get You Started

Lemonade, 6 to 12 Glasses a Day

Drink the lemonade diet recipe (below) whenever you are hungry. Six glasses per day is enough for optimal weight loss, but drink more if you are hungry.

Laxative Tea, Salt Water Flush

By eating less, you allow your body to focus on eliminating waste from cells throughout your body, which includes mucoid plaque from the colon. This is a very good thing, but you will need to nudge your gut along since food is usually what stimulates a bowel movement. Provide that digestive cue every night with a laxative tea such as senna.

The salt water flush also helps eliminate waste. Every morning, grab your salt water and go at it. If you absolutely can't do the flush for whatever reason, drink laxative tea instead. But the salt water flush is the preferred method.

How to Do a Salt Water Flush

Add 2 teaspoons sea salt to 1 quart warm water. You must use sea salt, as iodized table salt will not work. Drink this quickly on an empty stomach. You should have one or more bowel movements within an hour.

Adjust the amount of salt or water if you do not achieve results. It is safe to repeat the salt water flush as often as needed during and after the cleanse, always on an empty stomach. Because the salt water has the same specific gravity as blood, the kidneys cannot pick up the water and the blood cannot pick up the salt.

Mint Tea for a Change of Pace (Optional)

Feel free to enjoy a glass of mint tea from time to time during the cleanse. The chlorophyll helps with mouth and body odors that can occur while cleansing. Best of all, it's not lemon! (You'll know what I mean.)

What to Stay Away from During the Cleanse

You can have water but no food. This is not a low-calorie weight loss plan but a strategic cleanse allowing deeper healing to take place. So cheating is a big no-no, and you really don't have to. If you are hungry, just grab a glass of lemonade! Also avoid medications (if possible) and supplements.

Easing Back into Real Life

Be careful to break the cleanse slowly to adapt to solid food again. Everyone has a different pace, but going too fast can cause a lot of GI upset.

One method is orange juice the first two days then on the third day orange juice for breakfast, fruit for lunch, and fruit or vegetable salad for dinner. Return to normal eating day 4.

How to Make Your Daily Lemonade

The lemonade provides all the vitamins and minerals you need during your cleanse if you squeeze the lemons yourself (preferably organic) and use grade B maple syrup (not the grocery store variety).

Where to buy lemonade diet supplies 

You can use less maple syrup for more weight loss, but do not adjust the amount of lemon juice. The cayenne helps break up mucus and must be included. 

Lemonade Diet Recipe

Single Serving

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons grade B maple syrup
  • Dash cayenne pepper (1/10 teaspoon or to taste)
  • 8 oz. hot or cold water

Full Day in Gallon Jug (10 Servings)

  • 1-1/4 cup lemon juice (5 or more lemons)
  • 1-1/4 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 10 cups water

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