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Lemon Detox Diet – Are You Ready for 10 Day Lemon Fast?

In recent years nutrition awareness gained lots popularity. Our society has become more interested in different aspects of personal health. People are in constant search for different diets that can make them look and feel better. There are weight loss diets, weight gain diets, low cholesterol nutrition plans, low sugar plans, blood pressure diets, detoxification fasts and so on. There are different methods to accomplish each of the targets mentioned in those diets.

lemon detox diet

Full body detoxification can be achieved in a variety of different ways. In this post I will discuss a lemon diet which I read about recently. Apparently this is a very popular one, and although it seems quiet hard, people reporting it to be successful and less difficult than it appeared to be at first.

The Diet

The diet is based on Master Cleanse System developed by Stanley Burroughs several decades ago. Since then it was tried and refined by many individuals around the globe. The following plan is one of those variations.

This diet is actually a 10 day fast where you only permitted to drink certain drinks and not allowed to eat at all. Sounds scary? I got scared at first too. However it seems that many people who tried it, say it was way easier than they were expecting it to be. While I would expect to walk around with a constant hunger almost from the start, some participants report not being concerned with hunger during the hall period of the fast.

Words of Caution

It is important to understand that this diet is not for everyone. People suffering from different medical disorders may harm their health if they follow this diet. It is important to consult your doctor or dietitian before starting this lemon fast.

Expected Results

Based on feedback from different participants you can expect to lose 4 to 9 kg (9 to 20 lb), if you follow the system for 10 days.

Lemon Fast Ingredients

1. Lemons - around 40 lemons for 10 days

2. Organic Maple Syrup - 1.5-2 liters

3. Sea salt -with no Iodine

4. Cayenne pepper powder

5. Laxative herbal tea

6.Drinking Water

Diet Rules

  • At the first morning of the detox fast, drink 1 liter of water mixed with 2 tea spoons of sea salt.
  • 1/2 hour after drinking the salty water you may drink lemonade which you make by the following recipe:
  • 1/2 lemon (2 table spoons of fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 glass of water
  • 2 spoons of maple syrup
  • §1/4 tea spoon of cayenne pepper powder
  • Drink 6 to 12 lemonade glasses each day
  • Drink water between lemonades (as much as you can)
  • Drinking mint and peppermint tea is allowed in any quantity
  • End each day with Laxative herbal tea

      Follow this routine for 10 days.

          Diet Preperations

          Herbal tea and salty water will stimulate bowel cleansing. If your working day starts early on, it will be smarter to do this fast on holidays. It is better to prepare the lemonade fresh, just before you plan to drink it. The easiest way to make lemon juice is by using a citrus juicer. You can read about different citrus juice making options in our citrus juicer buying guide.

          How to End this Lemon Detox Fast and Get Back to Ordinary Diet?

          Drink fresh fruit/vegetables juices for the first days after the fast. Make sure you separate the juices to fruits or vegetables categories. Don’t mix them.

          • The second day after the lemon fats you can eat blended vegetable soup.
          • The third day after the diet you can eat salad with salt and lemon (without oil or fat).
          • At the afternoon (the third day) you can add cooked cereals to your salad.
          • The fourth day you can add oil to your salad.

          • Add something each day after that, until you are back to an ordinary everyday diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is very important to make sure you eat a salad at every meal.

          Extra Tips

          Make sure you listen to your body during the process. People who go through this process report not having lots of difficulties during it. One of the participating women shared her experience of this diet and told that the only problem she had, was  with Laxative herbal tea, which made her stomach pain. She decided to stop drinking it and still achieved an amazing result of losing 6 kg.

          Books & Guides

          Master Cleanse is a popular diet. There are books and courses that explain it in a more detailed way while offering different methods to make it easier and more effective. Master Cleanse Secrets is one of those eBooks. You can read more about it in our Master Cleanse Secrets review.

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          • myllie April 11, 2016, 5:55 pm

            So you’re not able to also drink juices like spinach or sauerkraut juice along WITH the lemonade diet?

            • Julia May 1, 2016, 9:36 am

              Hi Myllie, this question confuses many people.

              This diet is extremely limiting. So, no you cannot drink additional juices when you follow this plan.

              Just know: We have this diet on our website because people asked for it. We do not support the use. This kind of weight loss is unhealthy. The diet is severely limited on nutrients. It could cause more severe problems than what it claims to solve.

              A diet such as this should not be undertaken without the direct supervision of your doctor or nutritionist.

            • JLady June 21, 2016, 4:52 am

              I think it is important to note that this is a detox cleanse NOT a diet. This recipe was not developed to promote weight loss; however, with calories and nutrition so limited you will obviously lose weight. This recipe was developed to cleanse the body of toxins from processed foods, fluoride and chlorine in water, and many other toxins we consume each day.

              Your sense of taste and smell will change dramatically about half way through the process becoming much more sensitive. You will likely develop a white thick film on the back of your tongue that will pass. Your sweat, urine, and bowel movements will have a putrid odor. It’s the toxins leaving your body.

              If you maintain the cleanse for the full 10 days you must “ease” your body back into solid foods by eating only raw fruits and vegetables or purees of raw foods for the first few days because your body will reject heavy fats, meats, dairy, or processed foods or sugars. You will vomit or have severe stomach pains.

              This is NOT A DIET. This is a cleanse and should be done very carefully only by healthy individuals. Monitor yourself daily. If you feel your energy is too low, increase the maple syrup.

              I have been doing this cleanse about twice a year for several years. It keeps me feeling clean inside and out.

              • Julia July 9, 2016, 7:34 pm

                Hey JLady! You are absolutely right.

                This isn’t a program someone can use long term. It’s only supposed to be for the short 10 days. And you absolutely must ease back into eating normally.

                Most people want to cleanse their bodies. A few will think if 10 days is good, 20 is better. It’s not the case. This was created for 10 days, not more.

                We’re glad you have success on this plan! Keep up the good work!

                We’ll have to make these points better in the next revision!

          • Madame October 31, 2016, 12:01 am

            I love lemon juice and water so much. It’s the best detox in the world. I’ve been doing it for so long and I always feel so amazing. Though mine is for a shorter amount of time and I add other ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Head over to my blog and check out the post. http://www.madamesociety.com

            • Dave December 3, 2016, 12:22 pm

              Hello, Madame!

              Thank you for your thoughts here. Unfortunately, I’ve checked your blog and didn’t find any material on lemon detox. Your blog seems isn’t related to the health niche but to women fashion niche.

              • Madame December 5, 2016, 12:42 am

                You’re very welcome 🙂 Allow me to send you a direct link to the blogpost I was referring about. http://www.madamesociety.com/lemon-juice (or you can find it on page 3). My blog is also about food, lifestyle, healthy living and fashion, as you mentioned. Hope you like my posts about healthy food recipes 😉

          • Lemon December 15, 2016, 12:54 am

            I have tried master cleanse system, but only 3 days passed I gave up. Too scary. Now I start to try Lemon Detox Diet.

            Thank you your share, Dave.

            • Dave December 30, 2016, 9:45 pm

              Hello, Lemon!

              You’re right! This is exactly what I’ve written: “this diet is not for everyone”. It is very important to consult your doctor or dietitian before starting the master cleanse diet. In this diet, you’re not allowed to eat at all for 10 days. It’s not easy, agree, but it still works. I think you’ve taken a right route starting the less aggressive diet. After making these easier and shorter diets you will be much more comfortable to make the other longer aggressive diets. Thank you!

          • Diksharai February 9, 2017, 1:31 pm

            Thank’s for the great info 🙂 I loved the 10 day lemon detox recipe very well

            Thank you

            • Julia March 12, 2017, 6:57 pm

              Hey Diksharai!

              Thanks for the compliment.

              We hope you enjoy it and get good results.

              Let us know how it works for you.

          • Queenbee April 11, 2017, 6:03 am

            What does the maple syrup do? Can the cleanse be done without adding maple syrup? I try to limit all sugars, and the idea of maple syrup mixed with lemon makes me want to gag. Has anyone tried this but left out the maple syrup. ( tried it with the maple syrup and it was gag city.. I just could not swallow more than a few mouthfuls) thanks

            • Julia April 26, 2017, 10:22 pm

              Hey Queenbee!

              Maple syrup contains a lot of trace nutrients and minerals.

              It’s as important during fast and cleanses because it adds many things that we need but are not getting and adds carbohydrates, which equal energy.

              But, if you can’t get it down your throat, it’s not doing you any good.

              Our recommendation is to skip the maple syrup and focus on other healthy aspects in your diet. You can build up the trace nutrients and minerals in your diet prior to doing any fast or cleanse, then you don’t have to worry about the maple syrup at all. Thanks for asking.

          • Miss E April 22, 2017, 7:48 pm

            I was wondering if the herbal tea absolutely has to be laxative? Would I be able to replace it with a simple plan green tea or other herbal tea? Thank you!

            • Julia July 2, 2017, 7:26 am

              Hey Miss E,

              The laxative tea is to help clean out the colon and flush everything out of the intestine.

              There is a huge buildup of matter and dead bacteria within your intestine and this helps eliminate that.

              You can do the fast without the laxative tea, but you will not receive the full benefits.

          • Lisa May 22, 2017, 2:43 pm

            Are you able to take your daily medicine during the 10 days?

            • Julia July 2, 2017, 7:46 am

              Hey Lisa,

              You should be able to take your regular daily medication throughout the fast.

              If your medication requires you to eat, then this fast is not for you.

              Be sure to talk to your doctor if you’re on medication that requires you to eat or before starting a fast.

              Sometimes, doing a fast like this may make your medications much more effective, which can cause dangerous buildups.

          • Joanna May 30, 2017, 4:25 am

            Can you drink a black coffe?

            • Julia July 2, 2017, 7:46 am

              Hey Joanna,

              We do not recommend you drink black coffee during this fast.

              It could cause stomach upset, vomiting, metabolism issues, or headaches.

              If you intend to follow this fast, please stick to our recommendations.

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