NOTE: Due to so many persons requesting info about the lemonade fast, I decided to post all the info I have right on this web page for everyone’s convenience! ;-)
Okay, if you were sent to this page to get the recipe for the Master Cleanse aka “The Lemonade Fast,” here it is:
|2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice (approx 1/2 lemon)
2 Tbsp genuine maple syrup grade B or C
1.10 Tsp Cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste
Water, medium hot (spring or purified water) Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup, & cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass and fill with medium hot water (or microwave for 2-minutes). Use fresh lemons only; organic when possible. Grade B or C maple syrup that has a large variety of minerals and vitamins. Do not use honey or Grade A.
For complete details on The Lemonade Fast, you’ll want to either buy the book, “The Master Cleanser” by Stanley Burroughs, or click here for the PDF version of the book (Adobe Acrobat Reader). The book discusses the origin of the fast, its purpose, the do’s don’ts, and contains some other interesting info. The remainder of this web page will contain:
- Summary of the book and the fast
- The Reason Why We Should Detox
- A Look at Why African Americans are More Prone to Diseases (i.e., colon cancer, heart disease, etc)
- Fasting for Spiritual Reasons
SUMMARY OF FAST: To summarize, the lemonade fast is a liquid fast where all you drink is the above described “potion” for ten (10) days (that’s what I call it, a potion). And believe it or not, the potion has all the nutrients that your body needs! So unlike a water fast, you won’t feel hungry. The book goes into detail about the health benefit of each ingredient. The first three days are the hardest, but if you make it past that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for most people. You can exercise, go to work, and do all the things you normally do without feeling weak.
You’re supposed to drink six (6) glasses of the potion each day, along with plenty of water, and you are to also drink a herbal laxative tea at night (e.g., SMOOTH MOVE; see/click photo to the left). You are also allowed to drink mint tea which helps with bad breath while you are fasting (smile).
In the mornings, the book instructs you to drink another herbal tea, *or* to do a “sea salt flush” where you drink a quart of water with sea salt. It’s important that it’s sea salt because sea salt can not be digested and will go straight through you which helps to clean your colon out. And it’s important to drink the daily laxative tea at night so that your body can get the maximum cleansing during the fast.
The book says to do the fast for a minimum of 10 days (i.e., eating and drinking nothing else but the potion, water, and mint tea), and this is supposed to rid your body of toxins and poisons). But even if you do it only 5 days, it’s probably still beneficial! The maximum amount of days you can do the fast is 40 days. But be sure to check with a doctor if attempting to do the fast for longer than 10 days. Even though there are a multitude of testimonies of how this fast has helped cure all kinds of health issues that people may have, this fast may not be for everyone. You also should be careful not to take the laxative for more than 40 days or your body may become addicted to the laxative in order to do its job; i.e., poop.
The book also stresses that you are supposed to come off the fast slowly; i.e., the day after the fast, drink nothing but orange juice, then the next day you can add vegetable soup, then the next day you can add salad and so on, so that your digestive tract can be ready for solid foods again. Although, many persons report that they ate regular food the day after the fast and they were just fine. I’m one of those people (smile). Orange juice wasn’t cutting it for me when it was time to call it quits, although I aspire to do the “right way” next time.
Many persons have done the fast and testify that they have never felt so much energy and are in much better health. I discovered dozens of message board forums online where persons on the fast were describing their experiences and being a moral support to others who were on the fast. (I’ll post a link to some of the forums later when I get a chance.) Some people seem to be on the fast as a quick way to lose weight. You do lose weight on the fast, but if you don’t want to lose weight, the book says just to add extra maple syrup to your potion. But most people don’t mind losing weight. My hubby and I did the fast together. The result? His blood pressure was no longer high! I did the fast and felt better too, and although I didn’t really have any health problems, detoxing the body is a good thing and can help prevent problems from beginning. Countless people online are testifying that they were cured of all sorts of varied health issues, but this doesn’t surprise me after I learned the importance of detoxing one’s body.
The Reason Why We Should Detox
Why detox? Part of the reason is the types of poisons that enter into our body in the 20th Century. We inhale pollution, second-hand smoke, PESTICIDES (unless you eat 100% organic foods which most of us don’t), processed foods, trans-fatty foods, junk food, fast food (read my blog about McDonald’s).
Our bodies were not designed to handle those type of poisons! Our bodies are designed to handle things that God naturally provides in nature: e.g., fruits and vegetables, without chemicals. So, because we have so much toxins entering our body, it’s important to help our bodies out by detoxing it. Our body isn’t setup to get rid of the type of junk and poisons on its own, not the kind of stuff we put it in nowadays, so doing a fast to detox is very important.
- Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
- Over 90%” of Americans are walking around with clogged colons.
- Many of us have ten or more pounds of impacted feces in our colon.
These facts alone should inspire us to be concerned about having healthy colons and detoxing regularly!
Do you know that years of poop accumulates in our bodies, specifically in our intestinal tract and colon and grows hard? Poop is waste… often toxic waste… that’s why it’s “supposed” to EXIT our bodies… yet some of us have poop stuck inside our intestinal tracks that has never come out. So there could be literally years of poop in you! Most people who do the Lemonade Fast see all kinds of things coming out in the toilet… (hey, folk are quite candid on some of those message board forums about what is happening to their bodies), and it’s a lot of stuff coming out that had been trapped in for so long… so that’s why they feel better. The thing is, if this stuff stays in our intestines and colons, it can breed diseases and start cancer and stuff. Remember, it’s waste, and it will begin to seep through our intestinal walls to other parts of our body. Yuck, I know, but true stuff! I’ve read it on multiple websites and in books, including The Master Cleanser.
We Perish for Lack of Knowledge
Okay, here’s where I get to stand my soap box for a moment and give what I call a sermonette.
We wonder why Black men are more susceptible to just about every disease that is out there today. If you’ve ever heard statistics on cancer, heart attacks, or other illnesses or health complications, the statistics are often a lot higher for American American males. Black males are labeled an extra high risk category for many diseases. Well, why is that? Is there something in the water that only Black males are drinking? Of course not. I believe that the reason is that we as Blacks are not taught the very important, vital information about good eating and exercise habits; therefore, we don’t do these things, and so we die more than other races.
We are literally dying due to lack of knowledge.Our families, schools, and circles of influence simply are not impacting our lifestyle choices; choices we make because we simply do not know. In fact, as I remember in elementary school being in a health class where the teacher taught us that pizza is an excellent food choice because it has all of the major food groups: cheese (dairy group), pizza dough crust (bread group), tomato sauce (vegetable group), and pepperoni (meat group). Hey, I’m not making this up. She also taught us that cheeseburgers were also a nutritious food choice and broke that down too. Unbelievable, but sadly very true.
Other races seem to somehow be much more enlightened. I’m generalizing big time here, but it seems that a lot more White folk know about things like detoxing their bodies and drinking pomegranate juice. I’m in my mid-thirties and never heard of the importance of detoxing my body once a year until a few months ago! In my home growing up, we cooked what I thought was “wholesome” foods because it was home-cooked, included “starch” and “vegetables” and tasted great. And when I moved out on my own, guess what, I cooked the same kinds of things my family fed me growing up: artery-clogging soul food such as collard greens and hamhock, mac-n-cheese, casserole dishes, and pork chops. You get the idea. I actually thought the collard greens were healthy because it’s vegetables, right? But the way we cook it in the black culture, we cook all the nutrients right out of it… altho it sure tastes good :)God did not intend for our bodies to digest pesticides and other impurities… the very reason why we’re supposed to detox our systems at least once a year. Many people do it a whole lot often than that. It’s time we educate ourselves. I’m helping to spread the word and hope you will too! PASS THIS INFO ON TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO YOU CARE ABOUT!
Fasting for Spiritual Reasons
Although the Lemonade Fast is not a spiritual fast, why not seize the opportunity to cleanse yourself physically and spiritually? The time you normally spend eating can be spent in God’s Word and prayer. Some things only come about through fasting and prayer. That’s what the Bible says. So the Lemonade fast can certainly “double” as a spiritual fast. And maybe you are reading this and are glad you learned how to clean out your body. Maybe you are amazed at how fascinating the human body is. God is the master designer of the human body, and you can actually have a personal relationship with God. If want to learn more about this important truth, click here.