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How to do The Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse consists of a strict daily regimen of a morning salt water flush, six to twelve 10-ounce glasses of Master Cleanse lemonade mixture, and a nightly elimination tea.

During the fast, the calories and nutrients you usually get from food are replaced by those from the specially prepared lemonade, which must be taken a minimum of 6 times a day. As many glasses of lemonade as desired may be taken beyond the minimum required. Peppermint tea can be taken on occasion, and water can be taken as desired.

Following the daily regimen strictly for a minimum of 10 days will give the best results.


1. Start each morning with a “Salt Water Flush”

Burroughs emphasizes that the master cleanse eliminates toxins from the body, and he suggests helping the body along with herbal elimination teas and salt-water cleansing.

Salt Water Flush Directions

• Add 2 level teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt to a full quart of lukewarm water. Drink the entire quart of salt and water first thing in the morning. NOTE: This must be taken on an empty stomach.

Several eliminations will likely occur during the next hour. If elimination does not occur, increase the amount of salt slightly; if it is too forceful, reduce the salt-to-water ratio until the proper balance is found.


2. Drink 6 or more glasses of the Master Cleanse organic lemonade mixture throughout the day.

If your goal is detoxification:

Follow the above recipe. If you are underweight and are worried about losing weight while detoxifying, increase the amount of syrup in the mixture.

If your goal is weight loss:

In the past, it was recommended to use less maple syrup – as little as 1 TBSP per 10oz glass – to maximize weight loss on the lemonade cleanse. However, using more maple syrup provides sustaining energy that allows many individuals to maintain the cleanse. Thus, one may be more likely to meet weight loss goals using the same lemonade recipe that is recommended for detoxification, including 2 TBSP of maple syrup per glass.


3. Optional: Drink an occasional cup of organic peppermint tea


4. End each day with a cup of Smooth Move or other Senna based tea.

Should I stop taking my medications while doing the Master Cleanse?

Prescription medications should not be stopped during the Master Cleanse unless approved by the doctor who prescribed the medication or another qualified physician.

Stanley Burroughs does recommend that over-the-counter vitamins and supplements be stopped during the Master Cleanse.


What else can I eat on the Master Cleanse?

The short answer is NOTHING.

The long answer is (also) NOTHING.

However, you may drink as much of the Master Cleanse lemonade drink as you want and also organic peppermint tea.

Following the Master Cleanse lemonade regimen strictly for at least 10 days is what will give you the best results.


Master Cleanse Lemonade Recipe for Detox:

2 T organic lemon or lime juice

2 T organic Maple Valley Syrup

1/10 t cayenne pepper

8 oz. spring or purified water

Drink 6 to 12 glasses per day.