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The lemonade diet, also known as the Master Cleanse, is a detoxifying diet in which only a homemade lemon drink is consumed for 10 to 40 days. The lemonade diet is thought to flush toxins and waste from the body and lead to a feeling of increased energy and better health. It is important that someone using the lemonade diet follows the recommended lemonade diet ingredients to feel the health benefits associated with the detox.
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The Ingredients of the Lemonade Diet
The lemonade diet calls for two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice per serving. The juice should come from organic lemons to avoid preservatives and pesticides. Lemon juice in the lemonade diet provides the most nutritional value, from vitamins A and C, calcium and fiber, during the entire detox period.
Lemon juice is thought to aid in weight loss, as the citric acid stimulates the stomach into more efficient digestion. Vitamin C is also helpful for digestion, making lemon juice a top choice when performing a detoxifying diet such as the lemonade diet.
Two tablespoons of Grade B maple syrup should be used in each serving on the lemonade diet. Maple syrup provides a high amount of natural sugars, along with a small amount of calcium. Maple syrup is used in detox diets to provide a boost in carbohydrates from sugar for energy and mood stabilization.
At least one-tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper is recommended in each serving. Cayenne pepper is commonly used as a fat burning food during weight loss. The main ingredient of cayenne pepper is capsaicin. Capsaicin is thermogenic, meaning that it speeds up one's metabolism and increases the body's fat burning ability. Because of this, people partaking in the lemonade diet are often told to add as much cayenne pepper to their lemonade as they can stand.
Eight ounces of distilled water is used for each serving of lemonade on the diet. It is important that the water it pure and clean, as the diet's purpose is to detoxify the body and not add in any more of the chemicals commonly found in things like city tap water.
Along with drinking six to ten servings of lemonade each day, lemonade dieters are also told to consume a salt water flush each morning upon waking. A salt water flush is 25 to 35 ounces of warm distilled water mixed with one tablespoon of organic sea salt. This drink stimulates the bowels, leading to a daily bowel movement. This is an important part of the lemonade diet, as it helps the body to flush out any waste from within the bowels.
Laxative teas consist of laxative herbs such as senna leaf and rhubarb root. The tea is to be consumed each night on the lemonade diet, right before going to sleep. Laxative tea aids in the daily bowel movement the following morning, making it an essential part of the lemonade diet.
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Using the above lemonade diet ingredients ensures that the dieter will receive the right amounts of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates required for energy and mood stability while following the Master Cleanse detox. To save time and energy, one may wish to make one large pitcher of lemonade each day, using six to ten times the amount of ingredients as found in one serving size of lemonade.
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Consult your physician or nutritionist before making any drastic changes to your diet plan or embarking on a new diet.
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WebMD: Natural Colon Cleansing - http://www.webmd.com/balance/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary
TheMasterCleanse.org - http://themastercleanse.org/
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