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Lemon Detox for Weight Loss

author image Carrie Cronkite
Carrie Cronkite started freelance writing in 2010. She has published work with various websites, specializing in health, wellness and nutrition. Cronkite has worked in various fields of nursing for over 13 years, including nephrology. Cronkite holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Fort Kent in Maine.
Lemon Detox for Weight Loss
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The Lemon Detox diet, also known as the Master Cleanse, was created by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s. The purpose of this diet is to eliminate toxins formed in any part of your body, cleanse your kidneys, liver, digestive system and build a healthy bloodstream. Burroughs originally created this diet to give relief and healing to stomach ulcers in 10 days, according to the Health and Light Research Institute. Consult with your primary care provider before trying this diet.

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Using this diet for weight reduction may result in a loss of 2 lbs. a day for most people according to the Health and Light Research Institute. Unfortunately, when you end this diet, you may immediately gain back half of the weight lost, since most of the weight lost is water weight from water and fluid retention, reports Self Care Advisory.


The contents of this diet are organic lemons, a rich source of vitamins and minerals; organic grade B maple syrup, also high in vitamins, minerals providing a sweet taste; cayenne pepper, which may build up your blood by adding vitamins B and C; and distilled or purified water, says Health and Life Research Institute.


You will make this detox drink by mixing 2 tbsp. of the freshly squeezed organic lemons, 2 tbsp. of the organic grade B maple syrup and 1/10 tsp. of the cayenne pepper into a jar with 8 oz. of room temperature purified or distilled water, reports Health and Light Institute. Cover the jar and shake the mixture well. Cold water may be used if you prefer.


For 10 days you will have to drink between 6 to 12 glasses of this drink every day. No other food should be taken while on this detox diet, according to the Health and Light Research Institute. In addition to the lemonade drink, it is recommended that you aide the detoxing process by mixing 2 tsp. of sea salt into a quart of warm water and drinking this mixture first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to clean out your colon. You can drink an herbal laxative tea every morning and every night if you can't tolerate the salt water, reports the Health and Light Research Institute.


Extremely low calorie diets such as this one may lower your body's basal metabolic rate while it struggles to conserve energy, reports Harvard Health Publications. This diet lacks protein, fatty acids and other essential nutrients that your body needs. The laxative used as part of this diet may cause dehydration, may deplete your electrolytes and may impair normal bowel movements. It may also flush out good micro-organisms your body needs to perform useful digestive functions, says Harvard Health Publications. If this diet is repeated too many times, you may risk developing metabolic acidosis which is a disruption of your body's acid-base balance. Severe metabolic acidosis causes your blood to become acidic which can lead to coma or death reports Harvard Health Publications.

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