The Master Cleanse is a detoxifying diet intended for cleansing the body of toxins and quick weight loss. This particular detox requires simple ingredients and is done for a duration of 10 or fewer days. The Master Cleanse is also referred to as the Lemonade Diet and has been in popular use for decades after being developed in the 1940s by Stanley Burroughs as a stomach ulcer remedy. Although this detox diet is widely used to achieve various outcomes, the Nemours Foundation indicates weight loss on a diet of this sort cannot occur long term. Additionally, if you are experiencing health problems such as diabetes or heart conditions, you are not recommended to try a diet of this form. Consult your physician to discuss using the Master Cleanse program.

Fill half the gallon jug with distilled water. Clean your gallon jug before refilling with fresh, distilled water. Only fill the gallon jug halfway initially to leave room for your ingredients. The gallon jug will hold 128 oz. of your Master Cleanse mixture, which equals 16 8 oz. glasses of the detox drink.

Squeeze the fresh lemons. Use your juicer or hand squeeze fresh, unrefrigerated lemons. You will need eight to 10 medium-sized lemons to provide the accurate amount of juice for your gallon of Master Cleanse. After juicing the fresh lemons, measure two cups or 32 tbsp. of lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to your water filled gallon jug.

Add the maple syrup. Place two cups of grade B maple syrup into your gallon mixture. Make sure you are using dark, pure maple syrup because this contains more nutrients than pancake syrup, notes CalorieLab online.

Mix cayenne pepper into your drink. Measure 1.5 to 2 tsp. of cayenne pepper powder and place this in your mixture. Cayenne stimulates digestion and increases blood flow in the body. Using cayenne gives a spicy edge to the taste of your mixture so try not to over season the drink.

Shake the mixture. Once you add all the ingredients to the gallon jug, firmly place the lid on the jug then shake the mixture. You can refrigerate the concoction in between uses. Shake the jug prior to each use. Use all of the mixture prior to making more of the concoction in the same jug, for the upcoming days.


The average Master Cleanse dieter drinks six to 12 8 oz. glasses of the concoction a day. Decide how many drinks you need a day based on your caloric needs and overall detox goals. Use distilled or pure water for best results. Drink pure water in between your detox drink.


Do not begin the Master Cleanse before discussing safety concerns with your physician. Do not exceed the Master Cleanse diet past 10 days without physician consent.