The Master Cleanser, also known as the Lemon Cleanse and the Maple Syrup Diet, is a body and mind detoxification program created by alternative medicine performer Stanley Burroughs in 1941.
Burroughs states that it is a detoxification program that aids in the removal of allegedly harmful, nonspecific toxins from within the body, as well as a reducing diet for loss of weight, a cure for ulcers and a general panacea resulting in "the correction of all disorders."
The program recommend to fast on a concoction of fresh lemons, maple syrup and cayenne peppers as well as an herbal tea for a period of 10 days but some people stays on the cleanse for longer period of time.
Recently, celebrities such as Beyonce, Jared Leto and Naomie Campbell have been using the master cleanse to loose weight with great results.
Here is the overall plan for the diet:
The concoction made from lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water, six to twelve glasses per day, each glass containing about 110 calories in sugar carbohydrates
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice. Burroughs recommends organic lemons, fresh, not bottled juice. Limes may be substituted. Lemon zest and pulp may be added, making sure that the lemons are organic and not artificially colored or treated with pesticides.
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. This must be pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup! Good thing you are reading about this on MapleSyrupworld! Burroughs recommends the darker Grade B or Grade A pure maple syrup.
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Burroughs insists that cayenne chili pepper be used, but permits ramping up from a lesser amount if the taste needs getting used to.
- Water. Burroughs recommends a 10-ounce glass of medium hot water, but also allows cold water to be used.
An herbal laxative tea is drunk at night and a quart of salt water is drunk first thing in the morning.