The Power of Cleansing/Fasting – Master Cleanser

I am a big fan of cleansing and fasting and giving our body a break from its normal routine. Eating food basically means creating toxins in our body – almost no matter how well (and/or how little) you eat! The only way to detoxify, that I know of at least, is to cleanse your body either by completely fasting or going through a detox program that puts you on a highly regimented diet for a while.

Obviously how much we eat – again, almost no matter how well we eat – has an impact on our overall health and toxicity level. The famous “obese vs skinny rat studies” (I do not remember the actual name and the years these were conducted anymore – if you know, please let me know)  have proven without a shadow of a doubt that the amount of food we eat has an impact on our life span. Hundreds, if not thousands, of rats were observed in a controlled environment in sets of three: one rat was fed the amount of calories its weight would require, one rat twice as many calories and one rat only half as many. The rats that got fed the “appropriate” amount of food ended up living for two years, the average age of a rat. The rats that were fed twice as many calories died already after one year and the rats that were on a 50% calories regimen ended up living for three years. An incredible insight into the impact of the amount of food on our lifespan – ponder this for a  while!

Well, over the years I have come to appreciate Stanley Burroughs “Master Cleanser” and have used his system to detoxify and also shed some pounds ;) I know that his “Master Cleanser” has provoked some controversy, such as that it hasn’t been peer reviewed or that it is only another fad diet. Think about these objection whatever you want, I think that his system offers a great way to detox and get re-energized again.

I admit that I have slightly changed his original recipe – if you are a puritan then read his book “The Master Cleanse” – here is how it works:

  • You will need 1 lemon. Use only fresh (ideally organic) lemons and squeeze them freshly every time you prepare a concoction!
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of genuine maple syrup grade B (it offers more nutritional value than the more refined grade A).
  • A pinch (1/10 teaspoon) of cayenne pepper.
  • 10 oz water at room temperature (not chilled as cold water washes off the oils in your intestinal tracts).
  • Shake it all up and drink throughout the day as many glasses as you like.

As you are not eating you would need to keep your bowels moving. First thing in the morning, ideally before drinking your first concoction of the day, or even regular water, do an internal salt flush:

  • Prepare a full quart of lukewarm water.
  • Add two teaspoons of sea salt (and not just the regular iodized salt).
  • Stir it up and drink the entire quart of salt and water on an empty stomach.

In the evening make yourself a “smooth move” tea right before you go to bed. This will get your bowls rocking upon waking up. Using this two-tier bowl movement system will guarantee that you get a lot of your food residue out of your system that would have possibly never seen the light of day otherwise ;)

What I realized throughout my over 10 years of cleansing experience is that my body, when getting hungry, actually, mostly only craves one specific thing in particular: fats. Our brain is in constant need of these fats as it cannot store them. The good ones that is: omega three fatty acids such as nuts, fish, avocados, etc. and not the french fries crap! So now I eat 1 to 2 teaspoons of high grade cold pressed virgin olive oil per day during my cleanse days helping me to sail through my cleanses without any hiccups ;)

Now, Burroughs recommends that you at least do his cleanse for 10 days. Well, I do concur although I can say that I have used his cleanse while on my 36-hour moon cleanse (see one of my previous postings) or an extended versions of it: 72 or 96-hour cleanses. As I try to regularly cleanse – when possible on every new and full moon –  my body and mind sometimes do not take my cleansing aspirations too well, forcing me to discontinue with my cleanse barely after I started it, by making me feel dizzy, nauseated or even giving me a slight migraine. On other occasions, my body and mind really embrace the cleanse and then I end up cleansing for several days, although I originally only had intended to cleanse for 36-hours. You see, one really has to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you – and when you listen, you will be greatly rewarded. In order to make my 36-hour cleanses easier and less stressful on my system I often use Burroughs system instead of only drinking water for 36 hours. It can be done and I have done it often – using Burroughs system makes it a little easier, that is all.

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One Response to “The Power of Cleansing/Fasting – Master Cleanser”  

  1. 1 Foxy

    I envy you for being able to do this … I get awful headaches even only after not eating for half a day :(

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