The Master Cleanse Recipe (made from lemon, water, maple syrup and optional cayenne) is beneficial for some cleansing and weight loss purposes, but it's not the best way to get rid of Candida.
That's not just my opinion, that's basic biology talking.
In fact, doing the Master Cleanse can actually exacerbate symptoms of yeast overgrowth due to the high sugar content of the beverage taken during the cleanse.
It’s also commonly referred to as The Lemonade Diet. It's a liquid fast. Here's more info from Wikipedia .
What is fasting? It means that you avoid most foods and beverages for a certain period of time, whether it be for a day, a weekend, a week, or even longer. In the case of the Master Cleanse, it means that nothing else is taken, no other foods or liquids except the lemonade, for a minimum of ten days.
Not the best choice.
Some people like the results of the Master Cleanse Recipe. They lose some weight, and granted – fresh lemon juice does indeed have wonderful cleansing properties for the body.
But if you're dealing with an overgrowth of yeast, The Master Cleanse is not a good idea – the sugars in the maple syrup will continue to feed yeast, canceling out and overriding any cleansing effect the lemon may have provided.
To help your body regain balance and recover from candida overgrowth I'd vote for simplifying your diet by following the advice laid out in our Diet Guidelines for a while first, before trying something like the Master Cleanse recipe.
For candida cleansing purposes, take a quick look at why the candida diet guidelines work better than the Master Cleanse diet, by clicking here.
The candida cleansing program outlined on this website will give you excellent results simply by making proper food choices, providing plenty of nourishment and extra help, if you choose to use it, to boost and then support your body’s own cleansing and elimination processes.
If you feel like you want a “jump start” on your cleansing process, please consider some of your other alternatives, you'll find a number of good ideas here. Check out the links at the bottom of this page.
For those who are at a point where they feel ready to try the Master Cleanse, here's a recipe for one serving of the lemonade for a sample of what your diet would consist of for the next 10 or more days.
Master Cleanse Lemonade Recipe
2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
1 tbsp of pure, grade B maple syrup
a pinch of cayenne pepper
8 oz (1 cup) of pure water (warm or hot)
Combine ingredients and drink.
Note: The master cleanse recipe usually calls for drinking the beverage warm or hot, but you can also take it at room temperature. This is good to know when you want to make a large batch for the whole day, and bring it with you to work or wherever your day may take you.
Note: Use fresh organic lemons and/or limes as opposed to a bottled concentrate.
Here is the recipe for a whole day's supply:
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice (5-6 lemons, or 10-12 limes)
8 cups of pure water (about 64 oz)
1/2 cup pure grade B maple syrup (4 oz)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Put all ingredients in a large jug or pitcher, and mix well. Stir or shake it up each time before you pour yourself a serving. You can warm it a bit on the stove, or take it at room temperature.
Special Considerations While Doing The Master Cleanse
Most people, especially if it's the first time doing this type of cleanse, lose weight rather quickly on this fast. If your goal is to lose weight quickly for a special occasion this will usually do the trick. But it's important to know that most of the weight loss you'll experience is temporary. As soon as you return to eating a more standard diet the weight will come back rather quickly as well.
Aside from the common "side effects" of detox (things like headaches, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness) there are a couple of other important things to take note of before beginning a cleanse like this one.
For instance, you don't get any protein or fiber in the Master Cleanse recipe. What will that mean?
Giving up all protein when you are used to eating protein-rich foods every day can (and probably will) cause you to lack your normal energy, or to feel weak, which can make even the simplest daily routine more difficult. You may want to experiment with this fast while you have some time off, or when you can really take it easy.
Fiber helps you 'stay regular'. Since this lemonade recipe doesn't include any fiber, most folks who have done it recommend using an herbal laxative tea, nightly, at least for the first few days, to keep things moving. Some people even do a salt water flush each morning in addition to taking the laxative tea at night.
I know, I know, quite a process.
It's good practice to begin simplifying your diet prior to fasting on liquids alone, such as with the Master Cleanse recipe. Incorporate more fruits, greens and vegetables (raw and lightly cooked such as steamed or baked) and reduce animal proteins, dairy, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, oils, sauces, condiments.
You may wish to do a few days of nothing but fruits, leafy greens and veggies before starting the Master Cleanse. And then when you're ready to come off the cleanse, do it gradually as well. Begin by adding a bit of raw fruit to your daily Master Cleanse routine, and continue with additions such as a basic one or two ingredient salad with a simple dressing of something like pureed tomato and chopped fresh basil or dill.
Those who are dedicated to the Master Cleanse recipe frequently report that the possibilities of temporary physical weakness and other discomforts are all worth it for how good they feel at the end of the 10-day fast.
Comments include feeling "light", "clean", and "clear". Reports of diminished allergy symptoms, improvement in skin, and higher energy levels are common. Some enjoy the results so much that they will do it for 14 days or even longer.
Be sure to do your own research. Take the time to read more detailed instructions for the Master Cleanse recipe, to be sure you know what to expect, before embarking on this cleanse.
Candida Diet Guidelines