Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cleansing Time

It's cleansing time. Just like spring cleaning, I need to clean out my body. I have been eating way too much chocolate, sugar and carbohydrates and if I don't do this I am afraid that it will all be catching up to me faster than I know. I love cleansing, cause it helps me to get rid of cravings for sugar and bad foods and It helps to cleanse all the toxins out of my body and to jump start weight loss. Yes, I have plenty of fat that I would like to get rid of and this will just be the trick that I need to jump start that process. Last time I was serious about the cleanse, I lost 10 pounds in 2 days! SAWEEEEEEEEET!

It is hard, but worth it, what in life that takes work is easy? The first day is the hardest and I think that I am going to do it for 3 days, instead of 10, since I have not done it for a long time. I usually have celery and apples to take the edge off. Woops! I am kinda a cheater, but it still works, so yeah!

LEMON DRINK for your Master Cleanse
you need:

2 tablespoons FRESH squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
2 tablespoons genuine organic maple syrup, Grade B (the darker the better)*
1/10 teaspoon (a small pinch!) cayenne pepper, gradually increase (the more BTUs the better)
300 - 500 ccm (10-14 oz) pure water

The Master Cleanse claims to be a way to cleanse the body of toxins and remove the cravings associated with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and eating junk food. "Coffee, tea, and various cola drinks, as habit-forming beverages, also lose their appeal through the marvels of the lemonade diet." The cleanse involves drinking only lemonade made from fresh lemon or lime juice, Grade B maple syrup, water and Cayenne pepper. No solid food is eaten for the entire cleanse. The master cleanse is technically not a "fast" and proponents say it is more gentle on the body because it does contain some essential vitamins and minerals. According to proponents it is recommended to be on the cleanse for a minimum of ten days, but some people stay on the cleanse for longer periods of time, even as long as 45 days.

Since there is no intake of solid food, special precautions are taken to avoid constipation. Senna tea is taken every night, and in the morning warm saline is required. This passes through the digestive system extremely quickly, usually causing defecation in 30-60 minutes. It is essential to go off of the cleanse slowly. The lack of solid foods for such long periods requires careful breaking, as gut flora need to re-develop and mucus linings re-build. This usually involves drinking "full strength" juices for a day or two, while slowly adding in soups, then fruit, vegetables and nuts before resuming a regular diet. Some individuals have returned to their healthy diet the following day after stopping the program without any problems, but this is rare and not recommended, especially for first timers.

Health claims

Stanley Burroughs and other authors say that The Master Cleanse will eliminate toxins (pesticides, hormones, prescription drugs, chemical fertilizers, heavy metals) and congestion that have built up in the body. For people in perfect health, the body is designed to eliminate normal everyday toxins from itself through the lungs, kidneys, liver, and other eliminator organs. As with other detox diets, there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence of any positive effect. Supporters of the Master Cleanse have credited it with helping them lose weight, increase energy, and even alleviate some chronic diseases and increase sexual stamina, but there is no empirical peer-reviewed evidence that it achieves anything other than weight loss. Some people who sell the products for the diet are also doctors, and say that they've seen positive health effects such as the disappearance of acne, clearer vision, increased energy, the disappearance of dark circles around eyes.


Rebecca said...

Good-luck with the cleans. A friend of mine just did it and lost 13lbs.

Amy said...

Matt and I have done this cleanse many times and are actually preparing for another in the next few days. Starting out is rough, but after day 4 or 5 I'm fine. If I would only stick to a good way of eating after cleansing!

Rebecca said...

Started the cleans today. All day I was fine.. a little hungry now. Wish me luck going for maybe ten days... maybe!

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