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About the Lemon Cleanse & a Salt Water Flush

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Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
About the Lemon Cleanse & a Salt Water Flush
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The Lemon Cleanse and Salt Water Flush are two components of the popular Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet. During this fast, you eliminate solid food from your diet for an average of four to 14 days. Not only is the plan intended to remove toxins from your body, but also help you drop weight, since you are consuming a very low number of calories.

History

The Master Cleanse was developed close to 50 years ago and is based on the “Master Cleanser” book by Stanley Burroughs. By following the fast, you are meant to rid your body of toxins. After the celebrity Beyonce stated that she used the plan for her 20-pound weight loss, it became a popular fast to drop pounds quickly.

Features

The Lemon Cleanse involves drinking a specially prepared beverage instead of eating any solid food. To make the lemonade drink, you need two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1/10 tsp. of cayenne pepper, 8 oz. of water and 2 tbsp. of grade B maple syrup. Combine the ingredients in an empty liter bottle. The lemonade drink can be consumed in unlimited amounts while doing the fast.

Solution

During the Salt Water Flush, you consume a mixture of 2 tsp. of sea salt and 1 quart of room temperature water. Due to the unpleasant taste of the beverage, you should gulp the concoction down as quickly as possible. The flush is typically done each morning of the Master Cleanse, before consuming your first lemonade drink.

Effects

The Salt Water Flush portion of the diet is meant to stimulate your bowels and remove toxins from the intestinal tract. According to the Master Cleanse.org website, you can expect to have anywhere from three to seven bowel movements after ingesting the salt water. Mostly liquid is expelled, since the salt water cannot be digested. The Lemon Cleanse mixture is intended to curb hunger and keep you well hydrated.

Warning

According to an article printed on the MSNBC website, fasts that are done repeatedly or at length can lead to muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies and blood sugar problems. Side effects from a cleansing diet may include headaches, weakness, nausea, fatigue and diarrhea. Individuals with any type of medical problem should never do a fast.

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