Your body is smart. Ever notice the first thing it does when we become ill? We lose our appetite.
Digesting food is a labor-intensive process taking valuable energy away from a body that’s trying to heal.
Think about it, we bombard our digestive system with foods even the bugs won’t eat. Throw into the mix handfuls of pills, and additives with unpronounceable names. Now we are really asking our digestive system to go to work!
Imagine if your boss pushed you this hard and then said you couldn’t take the weekend off. Perhaps tired, depressed, lethargic, or even chronically fatigued? Hmm, I see.
Taking an occasional break from food gives the digestive system a chance to regroup and regenerate itself. It’s also an effective way to clean out toxins while increasing energy and boosting mental clarity. The name for this is intermittent fasting. But this isn’t a new idea, it’s actually a tried and tested principle that dates back to pre-biblical times.
I know what you are thinking because I thought it too. Nobody wants to go hungry, am I right? The good news is there’s a trick to doing this so that you don’t feel hungry.
Maybe you missed it but Jared Leto found it, so did Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, and Beyoncé to name but a few. If done right, this technique can be like hitting the reset button to your health!
Okay, let’s get down to the money part. Here it comes ….
The following information is available to you free of charge. The raw materials required are found in every grocery store. Better still, this will cost you less than the price of your daily coffee, Hoorah!
Okay, there is one small catch, but I’ll get to that in a moment. On the plus side, if you get this right, the rewards can be nothing short of astounding. Drum roll, please!
Welcome to THE MASTER-CLEANSE!
The Master-Cleanse is the brainchild of Stanley Burroughs. Over the years it’s been successfully completed by more people than you can shake a hairy stick at. It remains popular today (even with the Hollywood set) because it works really, really well. Here’s why.
The Master-Cleanse helps to clean out the liver and kidneys, while at the same time giving the digestive system time to repair. Once the burden of food sensitivities is lifted from the body, batteries are quickly recharged and key nutrients flow into the cells. Stanley Burroughs believed that a toxic body that is not eliminating properly is the root of all illness.
That said, to pull this off it takes a disciplined mindset, (or simply a strong desire to get well). It may also take a couple of attempts to get the hang of it. For those who do complete it, they will begin to crave clean foods over junk foods, no question about it.
I’ve actually done the Master-Cleanse several times and found it’s a great tool to have in the toolbox. But the Master-Cleanse isn’t recommended for anyone taking medications because the two simply don’t mix. If this is you, keep reading because there’s still a lot of solid information to be learned here. And who knows? Perhaps down the road, your circumstances may even change. For now, it’s important to work with your own doctor and try to scale down any medication gradually over time. That would be the smart thing to do.
In 1941 Mr. Stanley Burroughs published a small booklet on the “Master Cleanse” which is available as a free download online. It’s well-written and very easy to understand. A hard copy is still in print and can be found on Amazon.com.
So my goal here isn’t to take away from someone else’s book. It’s to give you a few of my own helpful tips on how to do the Master-Cleanse successfully. The exact protocol is always better coming directly from the source.
There are two parts to the Master-Cleanse, the first is the salt-water-flush (say what now?) first thing in the morning. If you can get your head around that, the rest is a stroll in the park. Why do we need part 1?
Well, over the years the digestive system can become impacted with rancid fats, proteins, and fecal matter. I know, right? Gross. But once you remove this thick slimy coating digestion improves along with health. The salt-water-flush (huh?) helps facilitate digestion by cleaning the entire digestive system from top to bottom.
You may have heard of colonic irrigation which has become a recent trend that’s not without merit. But for my money, the salt-water-flush (geez, he just keeps saying it) does the job much better. Not least, because it works in the correct direction, from the top down. Colonic irrigation works from the bottom up (intended pun).
The other advantage of the Master-Cleanse is it can also be done in the comfort of your home. And for a fraction of the cost of colonic irrigation.
The first attempt at a salt-water-flush (he said it again) may be a little uncomfortable as all the junk in the trunk becomes dislodged. It might take a couple of attempts to get things moving so hang in there. Once things get kick-started it will move through much easier and faster next time. If digestion has been a problem for you in the past then this step is going to be more challenging. Drinking a Smooth-Move tea at night may prove helpful.
If you don’t manage to “flush” the first time, you may need to check that you have the correct dose of salt before trying to drink more. There, I said it. Busted. Yup, it’s true, the first part of the master cleanse includes drinking salt water in the morning on an empty stomach. I know right, but keep reading, there is an upside coming.
I know we have all been conditioned to think salt is bad for us, but there is actually a lot of science behind this cleanse. If you have unanswered questions about the salt water flush, there are lots of YouTube clips on the topic.
Done right, (as per the exact Stanley Burroughs protocol), the salt-water-flush isn’t going to be in your system for very long (if you catch my drift). The trick is to give yourself a dedicated hour in the morning and a definite need to stay close to a bathroom — so plan ahead. Once the flush is complete, you can go about your day, as usual, feeling lighter and refreshed.
Psychologically you need to be up for this. When I was at my most ill, I reached the point where I no longer cared what anything tasted (or looked) like so long as it gave positive results. For me, this step, along with several others, brought results.
Before we move onto part 2, it’s important to note that you CANNOT under any circumstances use regular table salt. Refer to the Stanley Burrows protocol for full details.
The second part of the Master-Cleanse is actually quite pleasant. It’s another drink but this time it tastes much better than it sounds. No really. It also does a great job at keeping hunger at bay.
The Master-Cleanse drink has three key ingredients making it super easy to follow. They should be made fresh each day using the following: organic lemons, grade B maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Any time you manage to try the salt-water-flush (oh come on) you will find you crave the lemons.
Depending on personal preference, you can reduce the amount of maple syrup in each drink. But you really can’t skimp on the quality of these three ingredients which are critical for success. Keep in mind, the additional cost of going organic is relatively easy to justify because you aren’t buying food. If you stop and do the math, buying coffee would actually cost you more over the course of a week.
Grade B maple syrup is the preferred choice because it’s produced later in the season. This makes it’s darker and more maple flavored and it’s also higher in minerals than standard maple syrup. In some areas, the term “Grade B” has been replaced with the term “Grade A Very Dark” or “Extra Dark.” This isn’t done to confuse people; it’s done to comply with new international standards for labeling maple syrup.
The key to succeeding with the master cleanse is preparation. Have everything you need ahead of time because running out of lemons is a great excuse to quit halfway through. Mix up a batch of drinks before you leave the house and take them with you in a small cooler.
The Master-Cleanse can last however long you like. It’s important to listen to your own body and only do what feels right. Typically, the Master-Cleanse can last for 10 days. Depending on your levels of toxicity, you may hit a few bumps on the way. The first four days can be challenging but once you get past that point your body switches into fat burning mode. Boomshakalaka! Once that happens, fasting gets so much easier and your thoughts become crystal clear.
Okay, here’s how to make the juice.
Use a 16oz glass mason jar and fill it with clean, room temperature water (it’s easier on digestion). Add three tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the glass jar, bonus points for using organic lemons. Then add one teaspoon of maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper to taste. Maple syrup is lower on the glycemic index score than regular cane sugar. It’s also got a certain antioxidant value to it, which regular sugar does not. If you are trying to get into ketosis (more on this later) you could reduce the amount of maple syrup.
The pinch of cayenne helps with digestion, boosts metabolism, and gives detox support. When you mix these three key ingredients together it has a surprisingly nice kick to it.
Before jumping in with both feet, you can try this drink for a few days as a replacement for breakfast and see how you do. Don’t be surprised if it holds you over as much as any breakfast meal would. For the rest of the day eat as normal. The idea here is to build confidence that you can do this for longer periods.
When you feel ready, try cranking it up a little. Maybe the next day instead of making just one drink for breakfast try making two and see if you can through lunch time until dinner. As your confidence grows, keep stretching out the time until you can do a full day, and so on.
My wife doesn’t care too much for the cayenne taste so she takes less, but I actually like it. She also prefers more maple syrup and I prefer less. My point? Find what works for you.
The brilliant part of the Master-Cleanse is the healing power of the lemons. Here’s why:
● Room temp lemon water encourages the production of bile
● It’s a great source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium
● Despite being acidic, lemons help keep your pH balance in check
● Lemons are an excellent and rich source of vitamin C
● Lemon water helps to detoxify the liver and kidneys
● Lemons contain pectin fiber, which serves as a powerful antibacterial
● Gives the body a break from food sensitivities
The last bullet point is especially helpful. Food sensitivities can result in anything from debilitating migraines to chronic fatigue.
To add to the complication, there is sometimes a disconnect between the food and the time it takes to react to it. Not everyone with a food sensitivity turns blue and immediately rolls around on the floor. The master cleanse allows us to spot food sensitivities as food is gradually reintroduced.
Once food sensitivities are removed from the body, good things begin to happen. Any time we lift the burden, it helps the body heal.
The master cleanse has been tried and tested by thousands of people with positive results. That said, whenever toxins are removed from the body, it’s always best to do it slowly. The more toxic your liver is, the slower you will want to go. Being aware of this ahead of time gives you ample opportunity to find a coping strategy.
TIPS FOR ENDING A 10-DAY FAST
The reward for getting to this point is food will now smell and taste very different. Your body will seek out clean food. However, it’s important to ease yourself back into eating solid food to avoid the risk of digestive upsets. Stanley Burroughs recommends ending the fast in the following way.
Day 1 — At the end of the 10-day fast, slowly sip on an 8 oz glass of freshly squeezed organic orange juice. You can also dilute the juice with clean/filtered water.
Slowly drinking orange juice prepares the digestive system for regular food, doing this step right will help give digestion a blank slate to work up from. Not too much orange juice mind you; we don’t want to flood the body with a form of liquid sugar. And after ten days of fasting, this is something to be mindful of.
Day 2 — The next morning again gently sip on a glass of freshly squeezed organic orange juice, adding extra water if needed. In the afternoon begin preparing a homemade vegetable soup. This doesn’t have to be bland in anyway shape or form, you can add celery, carrot, onion, kale, potato, greens, okra, tomato, squash, zucchini, green peppers, yadda, yadda, yadda. But DO NOT add any meat. At least for now.
Cut the vegetables into small pieces to aid digestion. Add sea salt for taste and let the soup simmer. Once cooked, first try sipping a cup of the broth because it’s loaded with nutrients and will further aid in digestion. Then take the soup as your first evening meal.
trust me, after 10 days of fasting, this will be the best-tasting soup you’ve ever had! Store the remaining soup in the fridge for tomorrow. Don’t waste all your hard work by cramming bread and crackers back into your diet.
Day 3 — Drink a small amount of fresh-squeezed orange juice again in the morning, not too much now, just enough to aid digestion. At lunchtime have the vegetable soup leftover from the previous day. For your evening meal, use any leftover vegetables to make a salad.
Keeping things simple will really help you to highlight any sensitivities. If you want to do this, it’s worth doing right, stay away from the big four: bread, milk, cheese, and eggs.
Days 4 — Congratulations, you are almost there. Continue to ease back into eating clean foods such as soups, salads, freshly sprouted seeds, and a small amount of fruit.
Over the next few days, slowly begin adding in grass-fed meats. As you slowly introduce solid foods back into your diet, be aware of how they make you feel. Keeping a food journal may prove helpful.
The master cleanse is an ideal way to clean up your diet after being on the road or overindulging during the holidays. With that in mind, I’d like to challenge you to make a habit of doing this once a year as part of your annual spring cleaning.
Ironically, as I end this I noticed a movie has recently been made about the Master-Cleanse. It stars Kyle Gallner, Anjelica Huston, and Anna Friel. If you have the ability not to take yourself too seriously, this might be something worth taking a look at.
What did we learn from this?
The master cleanse helps the body shed toxins while flooding the body with key nutrients. It also gives the digestive system a chance to rest and repair.
The first four days of any cleanse can be the most challenging; after that, your body enters a fat burning mode and your thinking will naturally become much clearer. The Master-Cleanse might not be for everyone, but for some, it can help to fix a multitude of sins in one swoop.
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