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Posted by Marc (Koloa, Hawaii) on 04/21/2007
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I tried eating the Korean food, Kimchee after learning about it in school. It turns out that Kimchee contains a good bacteria called lactobacilli that helps the stomach the same way ACV does. It is also considered as one of the most healthiest food in the world by the Health Magazine. You can buy Kimchee on the Oriental section of US supermarkets. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimchi

Posted by A (Granada Hills, CA) on 04/21/2007
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I read the comment about kimchee being a healthy food. I personally like kimchee but if you look at the ingredients of kimchee and Korean foods in generally, it is loaded with MSG, which is poison to the body. So beware; look for a brand without MSG.

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Replied by Eve
Pleasanton, CA

I am allergic to MSG but I love Kimchee. There are MSG free versions of Kimchee available in local stores. Just be mindful to read the labels. Kimchee is definitely not a low sodium food, but the MSG free is a better option for salt content.

Replied by Livia
Spring, Texas
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It is also easy to make your own Kim Chee - and much less expensive, too. Nourishing Traditions cookbook by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD have a recipe for it, and you could probably find some online, too, and in other cookbooks. Also, it is interesting to know that you can make it with or without salts and starters. A strictly therapeutic raw food version, for example, will not include any salt. Others use salt routinely as a backup safety measure, in case bad bacteria try to proliferate before the good lactobaccili really get going. You can also buy commercial starters that help jumpstart the good bacteria, too. And some recipes mix a little salt with a little starter. But it can be done successfully without any additives at all, just sayin. I've helped make it that way before, and eaten lots of it at a spa where it is a daily feature on the menu, (sauerkraut, actually, without the spices and hot produce that make it the version known as kim chee). It's all the same idea, really good for you. I met a man who cured his cancer (prostate) with a raw food diet, but he ate about a quart of sauerkraut every day, loved it. And for a 70+yo guy, he had great skin. Actually, I know women in their 40's who would wish for his skin, lol! He's had his cancer licked for many years when I met him. I learned that these fermented veggies are great detoxifiers, so it makes sense that they are good for weight loss. They also contain something that, when combined with cooked meats, turns the carcinogenic part of cooked meats into harmless and easily used amino acids. COOL!


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Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 06/18/2012

Just wanting to know, has anyone lost any weight while using lecithin? I am using the examples presented and logic to believe it could be successful in weight loss. I have the granulated soy lecithin on order, arriving soon. I have no prob with soy products, I drink soy milk daily. I would like to hear from anyone who has lost weight, even as a side effect or unexpectedly, while using Lecithin.

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa

Hi Citigirl27, You probably have extra weight because of your soy consumption because soy products contain a lot of phytoestrogen & leads to estrogen dominance & leads to weight gain. Only way to take soy is in its fermented form then its chemical commposition is changed & you only have a small portion/meal. Look up estrogen dominance on the net & you will have a better understanding what you are dealing with.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

I am very familiar with soy and all of its benefits and implications. I have had weight issues way before I ever ate anything soy (my whole life since birth/vaccination), and have not gained any since beginning my soy regime -in fact I have lost a few, so it is nothing to do with soy. Let's keep this on the topic of Lecithin.

Replied by Tina
Houston, Usa

Hello Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa, Be VERY careful with soy consumption especially in this day and age where soy is found as non-GMO, and is extremely harmful to one's health.

Only if you find non-GMO, fermented soy you can consume safely once weekly. Otherwise it messes with your hormones and causes weight gain.

Please research / google before you begin the lecithin regime. Better to have a few extra pounds than consume a nasty substance.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

You have a valid point for everyone. Watch out for the GMO soy. I use organic soy products that are labelled as non GMO. I wish I had a "few" extra pounds, it is a lot more than that and does not respond to calorie reduction and exercise. Would like to hear from anyone who has experienced weight loss, unintentional or not, with lecithin of any variety.

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa

Hi Citigirl, If soy is not causing the weight gain, it must be starches in all its forms, because overweight people are sensitive to starches & are fast oxidisers & must stick to protein & veggies. Look up Metabolic Typing it could help you a lot, because then you will know in which direction to go. You will have to send a sample of your hair to be analised.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Still looking for answers from anyone who has experienced weight loss with lecithin. Let's try to keep replies on this topic. Still haven't had one reply on topic yet. Who has used lecithin before and noticed a drop in weight?

FYI I do not have extra weight "due to soy consumption". I have been overweight my whole life since puberty. I have a damaged hypothalamus (metastat) due to childhood seizures and seizure drugs. Let's not be jupming to conclusions. As it happens, I have switched to almond and coconut milks for the last year, with no effect either way. This isn't about me, however, the discussion is about weight loss with lecithin.

Replied by Natalie
Geelong, Australia

Hi there,
I'm no expert but ironically have just been reading up on soy products and the effects they can have in our bodies. According to a few sources it contains the hormone eostrogen, the female hormone which can encourage the body to hold onto fat. What is your understanding of soy lecithin regarding positive effects for weight loss? I'm familiar with this as an ingredient included in sugar free chocolate. I've always avoided it and anything soy related ever since I underwent some training on acne management, learning it can trigger flare ups. I worry about encouragement of any increase of hormones in the body, mainly due to a higher risk of cancer. Interested in the theory of soy promoting weight loss! - Nat

Posted by Jane (Bath, Maine) on 03/27/2007
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I have been taking lecithin three times a day hoping for weight loss but have gained six pounds!!!! I have been exercising and sticking to a healthy diet so this is the only thing I have done differently. Just wanted to let you know and am going to stop and see if the weight loss resumes. Thank you for your wonderful site --- it has helped me in so may ways.

Replied by Mel
Kobe, Japan
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I also tried taking lecithin with my meals for weight loss, however I had terrible reactions - headaches, feeling sick & tired. It took me awhile to figure out what was causing it. I took about 1T and later reduced to 1tsp 3x a day. Needless to say, I didn't lose any weight!!

Replied by Paula
Fayetteville, Nc

I took lecithin at my doctor's request (she practices alternative medicine as well as being a licensed M.D.). I took it for panic attacks though. It really helped me! It helped to increase the seratonin levels in my brain due to having to take very strong antibiotics and steroids for an extended period of time after a major appendectomy surgery. Thanks to her excellent advice I no longer have panic attacks!

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

The fact is, no matter what your metabolic type, weight, or health condition, lecithin is a fat emulsifier. This means it makes fat water-soluble and ready to be flushed out of the body. The reason you see it in foods is because it allows oil to be mixed with water based ingredients without separating or clumping. Lecithin does not contain the phytoestrogens everyone panics about (if present they are trace and insignificant), but rather has phosphatidylcholine. In plain speak, that is choline like that which is in eggs, but instead in the form of a phosphatide from a plant. It works as a liver cleanser. If you are gaining weight, it means that receptors elsewhere in your body from what your liver is releasing are weak and are responsible, not the lecithin. Ted speaks of soy lecithin granules for weight loss in several pages on EC.

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Posted by Alem (Perth, Australia) on 11/04/2007
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I have heard about lemon & Honey cures from my over 110 year old grand-grandmother in Bosnia. I was overweight as a child and after starting to drink Lemon and honey tea (juice of -1 lemon, little honey and warm water) every morning my whole system has changed. My weight has dropped and I never had a problem with it since. I cant remember the last time I had a cold or flue. Another thing that she told me to do was: When a person feels a cold or flue coming on, to use the juice of 3 lemons and add 5-6 big tablespoons of good honey, mix it well and drink it. I know it sounds horrible, however I can swear by it. I newer got sick.

Replied by Jacque
Lawrenceville, GA

How long had you been drinking the honey and lemon before you noticed any weight loss?

Replied by Karen
Orem, Utah
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I have only been doing this for a week now. I feel so much better. I use raw honey and some times put ginger in it. So glad you posted this because today I did not bring any in my water. I thought that maybe I was silly. Now I know I am not and starting when I get home will do this from now on

Lemon Juice in Warm Water  

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Posted by Miva (Newton, MA) on 02/19/2009
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I am glad that I found this site. I was away for about 10days and in those ten days I gain 4 lbs that was shocking. The jeans I wore while going to the trip it doesn't fit me anymore. I am going to start ACV with water from today. Last three days I have started drinking 1/2 lemon juice with warm water in the morning and in 3 days I started loosing some inches. If I continue with lemon juice and start ACV will this interfere with each other? I am 5' tall and weight 128. My ideal weigh is 108. I have to loose 20 lbs. Thanks!

Replied by Tapoutking
Chicago, Illinois, US

About a year ago I went on a citrus Fast (Lemons/Limes) for approximately 10 - 12 days. I would use half a lemon and a whole lime since they were small in a 8oz water bottle about 4-5x a day. I didn't think I could last 2-3 days w/o eating a meal. Everything seemed to be going fine, I was feeling good, I wasn't tired or hungry and I saw some shrinkage in my belly area. On the last day of my fast I went to the bathroom and noticed that my urine color had changed from clear to almost brown. I did panic because I have never seen my urine become that dark. I drink lots of water on a daily basis (more than a gallon I know) but not exactly sure how much though.

Can anyone explain to me what they THINK or KNOW what happened? I need to know if that was a good thing or a bad thing that happened.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, USA

After 10-12 days, you were able to establish enough alkalinity to have zapped quite a few nasties and they were getting flushed out, sounds like. Candida and the like.


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Posted by Angela (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) on 05/26/2008
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I had about 15 atleast gallbladder attacks in 2 weeks -hospitalized one night as well and they wanted to take out the gallbladder for my "diamonds" gallstones which I'd had for 16 yrs. at least with no probs. except very sick in my 4 pregnancies because of excess bile... The attacks started due to taking digestive enzymes for 2 days and then going off them. The attacks began the next night with coleslaw, sausages, and saurkraut ..but continued for the next 2 weeks pretty much whatever I ate. In my worst attack I practically crawled to the computer to earthclinic.com. The 1/2 cup lettuce cure came up with 2 yeas. Sent son running to store for it and 20 mins. later after eating the 1/2 c. I had complete relief. As one writer speculated that it stimulated the liver to produce digestive enzymes that would stop the body from calling on the gallbladder to produce digestive bile.. So for the next 24 hrs. I ate nothing but iceberg lettuce -lots of it - and slices of organic apple. The next day I tried out eating whatever I wanted which had caused attacks throughout the prev. 2 wks. (except the cabbage/sausages -bad memory!) Even McDonald's failed to give me an attack. I am so thrilled with this cure of course!

Hearing once recently that digestive enz help people lose a lot of weight, I wonder if the stimulation of the liver a couple times a day with particularly iceberg lettuce (as it's supposed to work the best rather than other lettuces) would be a natural weight loss cure as well? I know it seems to make less of the slight puff around my ankles -more definition. So it might also help with fluid retention. As well my new pretty set wrinkles of 6 mos. ago have almost completely disappeared within a few days of ingesting 3x per day atleast (vertical ones beneath my eyes -not the crow's feet). Try it and I'd love to hear your feedback as I'm a personal trainer and would love to see if it helps people lose weight -at least it brings down the glycemic index of each meal you eat it with some.

Liver Cleanse  

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Posted by Stephen (VA) on 07/30/2005
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Here is a natural cure for losing weight. "LIVER CLEANSE". All the drugs, in my opinion, diet pills, and FAD DIETS you've TRIED your whole life has caused excessive toxic build up in your liver, thus causing your metabolism to slow down, because the food isn't being digested properly as it should (kinda like a traffic jam). After using a liver cleanse, eat a 80% raw diet. Meaning most of your foods should be in their natural organic state, plenty of fruits,veggies,natural oatmeal,water(not tap water),and other foods that don't come in boxes. Stay away from boxed foods. Food isn't the number one problem causing obesity, in my opinion, it's what THEY put in the food that makes you fat (so they can make more money). When you look back at the 1950's or 60's and when you would go to the beach and everyone was pretty much in great shape,now there are more fat people than ever before. All of the huge food companies,in my opinion, put food additives and chemicals to make food taste sweet,when in reality they can cause chemical (toxic) build up in your body-which later on leads to many other health problems. Oh and, if you tried this and have NOT lost any weight check your thyroid, that could be a HUGE problem also. Thank you

Master Cleanses  

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Posted by Kelly (Bellingham, Wa, Us) on 04/05/2011
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I just wanted to share my experience with the Master Cleanse. I did it 2 years ago. The first 4 days were great and I was feeling wonderful, the 5th day not so much. I started going down hill on the 5th day and on the 6th day I landed in the hospital on the Cardiac floor. I did everything exactly like the diet said. I am in the medical field, so I do understand how PH works etc. Mine, incidentally, was 7. 11 at the time I was admitted. This is extremely acidic! The ER Physician, told my son, "If you hadn't have brought your mother in this evening, she wouldn't have been around in the morning".

They actually thought I drank "antifreeze" because the only time they had seen a human poisoned in this way was with that type of poisoning. It took me 2 days to convince them that, I had only been on the Master Cleanse and nothing else!!! They thought I had tried to commit suicide!!!

My heart went into arrythmias and was 173 while I was laying down in the ER.

My symptoms started with feeling queasy the evening of the 5th day after starting the cleanse, to throwing up repeatedly throughout the morning of the 6th, and profuse diarrhea. I got so weak I couldn't walk or hold my head up. My son found me on the floor barely conscious.

I just want people to see the other side of this "cleanse". It washes your electrolytes out FAST. I was only 42 years old when I did this, and in good health. I wanted to try it to "detox".

PLEASE BE CAREFUL! If my son didn't find me when he did, I know I wouldn't be alive now. I've been in the medical field for 21 years, so if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I also met a nurse in Eastern Wa who told me a woman had died several years ago from this cleanse. For her.. it was too late.


Replied by Vicki
Austin, Texas

I'm confused about your remark about the ph of 7.11. A ph of 7 is neutral, and anything above 7 is moving toward "basic" not acidic.

Replied by Bryana
Ithaca, New York

Normal human blood pH is 7.35-7.45. Therefore 7.11 is too acidic. Our blood is slightly alkaline.

Replied by M21
Vancouver, Bc
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My experience wasn't that severe, but I had a really bad experience with master cleanse too. I got so weak, my whole body was shaking, I was sick like never in my life. Maybe those are detox symptoms, but such detox is way to hard on the body, I think. There is simply no quick fix, balance is the key.

Replied by Van
Sunnyvale, Ca, Usa

Errrmmm...I have a natural PH of 6.25-6.5 and I NEVER had any major issues. Rarely get sick. My skin is perfect too. All my medical test pass flying colors. Healthy as a horse. So 7.11 is not too acidic and that is not the issue.

Perhaps there was issues with the source of your water or lemons. I am wondering if you used organic lemons or the cheap kind or had any household chemicals laying around. Like the lemon might have fallen on the floor, table, etc, etc. Might of been a chemical reaction with something else inside your body.

I had a friend who did the lemon cleanse and lost 20lbs in one month. No health issues. I personally don't like to side on extremes. South beach works for me.

Replied by Van
Sunnyvale, Ca, Usa

Also, if your Master Cleanse consists of chemicals like Borax I wouldn't recommend it because there is food grade and household uses grade which is dangerous according to my materials data sheet.

The master cleanse I know is just water (not distilled), organic lemons, cayenne peppers and maple syrup.

Replied by Kelly
Bellingham, Wa

I just thought I'd check back and see if there were any responses to my "nay" on the master cleanse. There are a couple of people who are confused, and I forget, not everyone is medical minded, and I should have stated my PH was NOT my urine PH. A normal urine Ph CAN be anywhere from 4.8 to 8. That is correct. However, the Ph I was referring to was my ABG results. An ABG is an arterial blood gas. Blood is drawn directly from your artery. 7.11 is dangerously low for a Ph and I scared alot of people that night, not only at the hospital but my family members :-(. Frequently, a person with a Ph of less then 7. 20 (arterial) is a strong candidate for a ventilator (a machine that breathes for you)... So 7.11 REALLY did freak some people out, including myself. Also, I DID use ALL organic lemons, maple syrup, distilled water etc. This diet is just NOT for everyone. Please be careful!

Replied by Sarah
Dallas, Texas

This is a reply to Kelly. The first time I tried a fast, I also got dangerously sick and weak. My husband nearly called an ambulance, but I told him to just bring me some carbs instead--stuff like pasta. And after eating a little, I began to feel better. Then, a friend let me read his copy of the book The Master Cleanse, by Stanley Burroughs. Have you actually read this book? The key thing which I needed to do, to avoid sickness, was to keep bowels moving somehow. This might be why you got so sick. The book says that fasting without having bowel movements, is like sweeping the dirt around and around on your floor, without picking it up in a dustpan. If you don't move all those toxins out, and they are letting loose because you are on a fast, then you will feel extremely sick and weak and head-achy. I have fasted many times since then, and the thing which keeps me from getting sick, is keeping bowels moving from day one. Now, the book says to drink a precise mixture of water and salt, and chug it down every day--and it really works (the salt water comes out the other end in about an hour)! --if you get the balance just right for your body. But it's awful to drink all that salt water! I found that a good colon cleanse with psyllium, bentonite clay, and fruit pectin works great.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, USA

Perhaps some psyllium in a glass of water each day while doing this cleanse can help sweep out your system of the cleanse by-products.

Posted by Saba (Mentor, Oh) on 10/19/2010

Is the master cleanse ok for a type 2 diabetic? Is a cup of maple syrup a day, ok? If it helps in weight loss it should be good for a diabetic? I appreciate your time.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa Usa

I would say NO - do not do this without talking to a doctor first. My brother was a diabetic.... And I know enough to know that this does not sound like a good idea. Please research more, and speak to a doctor before attempting ANY kind of a fast if you are diabetic, or very bad things could occur. Best to you,


Posted by Joyful (Memphis, Tn, Usa) on 05/20/2010

I was eager to start the Master Cleanse (recipe I used to follow) after doing much research. However, a question arises: is it okay to replace a meal or two with the Master Cleanse instead of doing ONLY the Master Cleanse throughout the day? For example, I did the Master Cleanse drink for breakfast and lunch, but by mid/late afternoon I was ravenous (but not shaky or irritable) so I ate some protein. For dinner I ate a large salad with a lean protein. I'm on the 3rd day of doing this protocol and I'm curious what others think. Thanks in advance!

10 oz steam-distilled water
2 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 tbsp BSM
1/10 cayenne powder
1 tbsp raw ACV
1 tbsp raw honey
pinch of borax
dash of ginger
dash of (real) cinnamon

Replied by Juliette
Santa Fe, Nm

I'm currently doing the 'Clean' cleanse by Alejandro Junger. He advocats liquid meals for breakfast and dinner, and solid food (no sauces or anything though - for example today I'm having salmon grilled with VCO, sauteed broccoli rabe and arugula salad). I'm enjoying it, and feeling really great - and it's easy to maintain because you do eat some real food. The rational for having a liquid meal at night (a blended raw soup - last night was zuchinni, celery, basil, avocado and a little olive oil and sea salt) is that if you leave at least 12 hour window for digestion the body kicks into detox mode - which is why the last meal is very light. SO! I'm sure you could master cleanse and eat a little too - so long as you follow clean eating guidelines - it might just take a little longer.

Replied by Brenda
Sherman , Texas

What is bsm??? I understood all else but what is bsm????

EC: bsm= blackstrap molasses

Posted by Fabat50 (Sb, Ca) on 02/16/2010
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i just did 21 days on master cleanse, the 3rd day is the hardest, I had lots of energy lost 22 lbs, Im 50 and have hypothyroid and [sedentary, trying to change that]. in the am I mix 1 cup fresh lemon juice with 1 cup maple B syrup, add cayene 1tsp or so, I put in a two cup container and throughout the day I add about 2 oz to a large glass of ice water.

The salt flush I only did once, I just did the tea twice a day! I plan to do the fast again in 6 weeks.

Replied by Fabat50
Sb, Usa

Its me again, Just came off master cleanse (mc) again, did 10 days this time, feel great! Ive lost 12 more pounds for a total
of 37 in 12 weeks. In about 6 weeks I plan on doing it again! In between mc, Im eating super healthy, Mostly
vegetarian, I have been exercising, drinking lots of water.. Give it a try,

PS Im NOT doing the salt flush, just the tea, mc and lots of water, GOOD LUCK

Replied by Fabat50
Sb, Usa

Me again, I'm down 50 lbs. Feel great, going to Curves for the past 6 months. I alternate master cleanse with healthy eating. It has worked for me.

Replied by Fabat50
Sb, Usa
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Its been 8 months, for a total of 60 lbs lost. I'm coming off another 21 day master cleanse. Lost 20 lbs. I feel GREAT!

Replied by Happyheart
Hudson, Fl

WoW! Congratulations on your success with MC, and thank you for keeping your success updated here. You are inspiring me to try this!

Replied by Vanessa
Garden Grove, Ca

What do you eat during the master cleanse? I am trying to lose weight and I wanted to know if when you drink the drinks, can you still eat or just drink them before each meal? I am desperate to try this... let me know, thank you.

Replied by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada

Here is the full Master Cleanse booklet in a pdf format.

Read it for yourself:


Posted by Rob (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 07/29/2009
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Master Cleanse (1/2 lemon, 2 tablespoons Grade B Maple Syrup and a little Cayenne)

I followed the Master Cleanse for 7 days. I did for both detox and weight loss. The weight came off rapidly, I lost 14 lbs over 7 days. I hadn't been able to lose more than 3-4 lbs during several previous attempts with restricting calories and working out.

I took one day with no food and just orange juice to come off, but the second day I started eating, especially at night. I would think the longer you go the more you need to follow the 3 days to get off program.

I would advise anyone to take a laxative. I didn't the first couple days and when I started the first couple days weren't pleasant. After that it became pain free. I would be more than willing to go back on in the future. Overcoming the psychological hurdle to only drink lemonade was hard. It was also a bit annoying to keep making the same concoction several times a day everyday.

best wishes

Replied by Gean
Salina, KS

Did you drink the lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne pepper once a day for seven days? Thank you.

Replied by Eve K
Houston, Tx
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The lemonade can be consumed all day long, hot or cold. It is important to do the right ratios. Followed properly, the lemonade should deliver about 1200 calories per day and adequate nutrients/electrolytes to sustain normal activities. Get the book or read the official website, you will want to do the salt cleanse in the morning and take a laxative tea in the evenings. Personally I think the lemonade is delicious hot.

Replied by Rob
Indianapolis, In

I drank the lemon juice throughout the day. I usually left the pulp in too. I think I had as many as 11 glasses in one day.

It still was difficult to keep making the lemonade to keep up with my hunger. I wish there was someway to make a gallon at a time, but when I left some in the fridge in a bottled water container it was completely disgusting and undrinkable.

Replied by Maureen
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

Hi Rob, I have been making the Master Cleanse Lemonade for the past 10 years since going on a version of the cleanse. However, I still make the lemonade regulary as I like it. I make a 4 quart batch using 12 lemons and keep it in the fridge for two weeks or more. I strain the lemonade three times (until it flows through the strainer without any hint of pulp) and also I do not add cayenne pepper. When I feel like taking the cayenne pepper I add it to the individual glass. So maybe by not straining the lemonade and if you add the cayenne pepper up front, it affects the shelf life. I hope this helps you. Maureen

Replied by P
South America

I have been doing fasts or modified diets like the MC for about 4 years now, once or twice a year. I highly advise people against doing it for weight loss reasons, unless it is followed and an improved diet change. You will get the weight back and ti could come with a vengeance. I think it could lead to other eating disorders too, who knows.

I have done MCs ranging from 7 to 21 days, strictly by the book and following the rules. The weight does come off (and a BUNCH of other nasty stuff too, if you have been there you know what I mean). I do it for health maintenance reasons, and follow it by a strictly vegetarian diet for about a month, then go back to my normal diet where everything is ok in moderation. It's an amazing experience.

Last time I fasted on water only and nothing more. You don't get the energy levels you get with the MC, but I found I was hungry less. It was easier, and more practical than making juice all day!

Replied by Kyra
Cortlandt Manor, New York, Usa

You can not receive the full health benefits of the Master Cleanse Lemonade if you eliminate the pulp. We are supposed to eat our fruit not drink it, when you juice fruits and vegetables u take away vital nutrients and fiber, so in the case of a liquid fast, it is important to get as much of the fruit as possible.

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I am very interested in this but I have no idea what I have to take or how many times or when or what I can eat with it. Please it would be very helpful if someone could reply back with this info. Thank u so much

Replied by Kelly
Cambridge, Ma

If you go to TheMasterCleanse. org, you will find all of the recipe details and directions.

Posted by Felicia (New Rochelle, New York, USA) on 03/09/2009
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I've used the Master Cleanser ("MC") for the past 5 years at least 3 or 4 times each year. I personally think this is by far the BEST cleansing fast I've ever tried. I highly recommend reading the entire "MC" booklet before trying the cleanse. It contains a wealth of information that should NOT be carelessly overlooked.

During the 5 years I've done the fast (always, the recommended 10 days), along with propper diet and exercise changes, I lost approximately 75lbs. I do agree, that the "MC" should not be used as a weight-loss regimine alone, but with propper diet and exercise, I feel it is an excellent way to maintain good health. I'm 46 years old, and thanks to this fast and the changes I've made in lifestyle re diet and exercise, I've been able to maintain the majority of my weight loss.

PS: You don't need to add the Cayenne pepper if you don't want to, but it aids in the removal of mucus. That's why if you have a cold, and you do the fast for 2 or 3 days, the cold will disappear immediately.

Posted by Chu (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 08/04/2008
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Worked Temporarily

i had decided to try the master cleanse for weight loss, i need to loose on 5-10lbs,,,this cleanse is a difficult one to follow but i was able to go through the whole ten days, after the ten days were over i was able to loose those extra pounds i need to lose,,,however only after one week i gained it all back plus 10 extra pounds!!! so do this only if you want to gain weight.

Replied by Peter
Sao Paulo, Brazil
1 out of 5 stars


I have been doing the Master Cleanse for a couple a years, once or twice a year. The longest I have been on it was 21 days.

The MC should NEVER be used as a weight loss program. That is the quickest way to getting an eating disorder.

The MC is a wonderful way to clear up health issues while learing about your body and natural detox processes. You will lose some pounds, but they will most likely come back on. Just make sure you have the right intentions.