The Master Cleanse diet, or Lemonade Diet, has been in existence for a number of years. Harvard Medical School states there is little evidence to support this type of detoxification, stating that studies of fasting diets show a lowering of the the basal metabolic rate, or metabolism. However, Sonoma State University reports increases of overall general health and fitness after two or three days of detoxification. It does acknowledge, that if not done properly, there are risks of poor nutrition and lack of energy. The Lemonade Diet is recommended for three to five days and no longer than 10. Consult with your personal physician before you begin.
Clean the gallon container with warm, soapy water. Rinse, dry, and set it to one side.
Place the eight lemons on the cutting surface. Use the knife to cut each one in half. Take each lemon half and squeeze the juice into the small bowl. Using the bowl to collect the juice will allow you to pick out and discard the lemon seeds before adding the juice to the gallon container. Pour the juice into the container.
Measure 2 cups of Grade B maple syrup and place in the gallon container with the lemon juice. If Grade B maple syrup is not available, organic maple syrup is a suitable replacement.
Measure 1.5 tsp. organic cayenne pepper. Add it to the mixture in the gallon container. Cayenne pepper is rich in vitamins B and C and may help increase the blood's flow.
Use the mixing spoon to stir the mixture until well-blended. Store the lemonade in the refrigerator between pourings.