two week detox is over and I want to tell you some of what the results are so you might go and try this yourself. I was doing the Master Cleanse which means I only drank water with fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and a bit of maple syrup. I also drank plain water and did salt-water flushes every morning, which is the worst part, (but I got used to it), where I mixed 1 or 2 teaspoons of sea salt in 1 litre of warm water and drank it all at once. This acts as a sweep of you colon... so you have to be near a washroom. It's very effective and I suggest doing it because with the lemonade you detox your body, but then you need to move all those toxins out or they will just reabsorb back into your system. I also drank a laxative tea every night.
I finished the detox with something that might seem odd to you... a colonic, which is where you go to a specialist who irrigates your colon with water for about an hour. It's not painful or humiliating- actually it's something pretty gentle (from my experiences), but this is not a necessary process, and not considered part of the Master Cleanse.
Main Ingredients for the Master Cleanse Recipe:
- Pure Filtered Water
- Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (the darker the better)
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Organic Lemons
- Sea salt - Unrefined (Not iodized)
- Laxative tea
- Natural Herbal Tea (not caffeinated)
#1 (single serving):
- 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
- 2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup (not the commercial maple flavored syrup you use on pancakes)
- 1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
- Ten ounces of filtered water
- 60 ounces of filtered water
- 12 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
- 12 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
Even as a vegan I could feel that my body needed to detox, as I don't always eat organic food if it's not available, and I have a bit of a sweet addiction form time to time. Also fear and stress can store toxins in the body as well.
A sense of accomplishment comes from sticking with it. I feel wonderful now- my skin is nicer, my stomach is flat and my eyes look clear. It amazes me that I had plenty of energy during the whole process. I rode my bike to and from work every day as usual, I went on hikes, and even had the will power to bake an awesome vegan cake for a birthday party without tasting a crumb! (that was hard actually). I didn't feel hungry during the detox- I felt needy, like I wanted to eat because everyone else was eating, but I was definitely not hungry. There were no hunger pains.
I lost about 10 pounds as a side effect (that I wasn't necessarily aiming for, but it's nice). The job of our purifying organs (the liver and kidneys), are to filter out and rid the body of toxins, but they can't always deal with everything because we never give them a rest - we eat too much. So our bodies store the toxins in fat cells to be dealt with at a later date.
When do a detox our body stops creating the strong acids that break the food down in our stomachs, and burns fat cells for energy, releasing the toxins (how many times can I say toxins?).
Well I'm so excited about what I did that I thought I'd tell whoever cares to listen. I hope you all try it- you can definitely do this! Your body will thank you soooo much and you'll feel like a brand new person when you're done.