60 years ago, a Californian natural healer called Stanley Burroughs devised a liquid mixture aimed at flushing out toxins from the body and leaving it clean and healthy. Thus began the Lemon cleanse diet, or lemonade diet; a way to detox with lemonade, which is still being used today and in fact is more popular than ever.
The lemonade mixture used for this diet is made up from fresh squeezed lemon juice, natural grade B Maple syrup and cayenne pepper, diluted with fresh water. The idea is to keep a bottle with you at all times, and sip from it at intervals throughout the day, especially when hunger pangs hit. A morning salt water flush and evening laxative tea are also recommended, to help remove unwanted matter from the colon, in a similar way to colonic irrigation but taken orally.
The Lemon cleanse diet mixture is intended to remove toxins from organs and cells, while the salt water or laxative tea flush them all the way out of the body.
Medical personnel and fitness advisers have mixed reactions to the Lemon cleanse diet; those opposed to it say it is not necessary as the organs like kidneys, liver, lungs, skin and digestive system are there to do just that; clean out the system of any waste.
Those who agree with the detox however, say that as long as it is only done for a few days at a time it won't do any harm, and if followed by a regular healthy diet, is probably a good idea.
The Lemon cleanse diet suggests you mix two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, two tablespoons of organic maple syrup and a tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a quarter litre of spring water.
Why This Mixture?
Each of the ingredients used in the Lemon cleanse diet have their own function and reasons for being there:
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C which works as a booster to energy and is of great help to the immune system. Lemons are also recommended in homoeopathy and naturopathy to expel calcium deposits, clean out the colon and bladder, and help to prevent or dissolve stones in the kidney and gall bladder.
A chemical called capsaicin which is found in cayenne pepper is what gives it its medicinal importance. Cayenne is known to stimulate secretion and flow of saliva and stomach juices, thereby soothing our digestive tract. It also helps to regulate the flow of blood and is often used to reverse the symptoms of heart attack, in fact has been known to save lives when administered at the onset of a heart attack.
This ability to step up blood flow also helps in the release and ejection of toxins in the blood.
Grade B Maple Syrup
Grade B Maple syrup has vitamins B2, 5, 6, PP, Folic and Biotin, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron and phosphorus. In the case of grade A syrup, this healthy content is greatly depleted during refinement, therefore it is necessary to choose grade B natural maple syrup in order to reap the benefits. As well as all these wonderful vitamins and minerals, the grade B is rich in amino acids, which are known as the "building blocks" of proteins.
These three ingredients along with abundant water, should give the body the nourishment that it needs over the duration of the diet, which is usually between 3 and 10 days. Three days should be enough to wash out the toxins from the body, but some people stay longer with the hope to losing weight, although ten days is the maximum that it should be used in one go. At least a couple of weeks of healthy eating, beginning with soups and other liquids for a couple of days, then fish, vegetables, fruit and salad; can then be followed by another bout of the Lemon cleanse diet if required.
The salt water flush should consist of two teaspoons of non-iodised salt mixed into a quart of water, drunk as quickly as possible first thing in the morning, while the laxative tea is to be taken at night, as needed.
This diet has become quite popular with celebrities and with people all over the United States, with most people finding it very helpful and claiming it made them feel more healthy and vital. There are some detractors however, who claim that the Lemon cleanse diet does not provide the body with enough nutrition and the salt water flush is in fact introducing too much salt into the body in one go.
As with anything else, it is up to the individual to decide for themselves if the Lemon cleanse diet is good for them, while of course anyone with health problems or taking medication should certainly consult their doctor before embarking on this plan.
A Healthy and Refreshing Drink
Not as a cleanser, but to keep the digestive tract clean, and as a healthy alternative to sodas; try the lemon infusion. An infusion of lemons in hot water makes a clean and healthy drink for the morning. Once cooled, it can be drunk at intervals throughout the day. Drink a glass or cup of the fresh, warm infusion first thing; at least 15 minutes before breakfast. This helps the body to break down any fats consumed during the day, making it an excellent aid to dieters.
Simple cut a couple lemons in half, squeeze some juice out into a jug or teapot, but leave some in. Add the four half lemons to the juice, then top up with boiling water, If you like a really strong lemon taste, grate a little zest from each lemon before cutting them open.
Drink the infusion hot in the morning in place of coffee or tea, or prepare it the night before and drink it cold, before your usual hot drink. Allow 15 minutes for the infusion to work it's magic, before ingesting anything else.
If you really can't take lemons as they are, you can add a little honey to sweeten, but really pure lemons work best.
Any remaining infusion can be sipped throughout the day; very refreshing!
dianew (author) from Spain on August 03, 2015:
Hi Sara, no you shouldn't have such a strong response, unless you already have stomach problems. This is a gentle way to cleanse the system, not a laxative!
Sara on August 03, 2015:
Hi. What are the expected immediate effects? For example will I need to be close to a washroom while at work?
dianew (author) from Spain on June 29, 2015:
Mandy the mixture is written above, next to the picture of lemons. Just multiply them as required
Mandy on June 28, 2015:
How much of each ingredient do I need to make a batch with? Thanks!
dianew (author) from Spain on June 21, 2015:
That's right Lorena, it is designed to curb the appetite, but this is also why it should only be done a few days at a time.
Lorena on June 21, 2015:
so, there is not solid food intake but drinking the lemonade right?
dianew (author) from Spain on April 15, 2015:
Sarah you can drink as much as you like; most pe0ple tend to sip it continuously throughout the day, to keep hunger at bay. For this reason it is recommended to be done only a few days at a time.
sarah on April 15, 2015:
How much are you supposed to drink a day?
dianew (author) from Spain on February 08, 2015:
personal choice Lvarnell, depends how quickly you intend to drink it. It keeps quite well.
Lvarnell on February 08, 2015:
Can I make up 2 liters of this at a time or is it best to do it in smaller batches?
dianew (author) from Spain on February 08, 2015:
You sip it all day, as you want, Mari. There is no set amount.
mari on February 08, 2015:
how much im supposed to drink daily?
dianew (author) from Spain on May 24, 2014:
Thanks Kenneth, for taking the time to read and comment, and for the fan mail. I will read some of yours tomorrow (its bedtime here now)
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 24, 2014:
Terrific, just as I thought. Voted up and away. Anything, even a cleanse, with lemonade has to be good. And good for you. I think I shall try this cleansing. I have lost 13 pounds in the last two months by cutting-out sweets, for the most part, and breads.
Now with this, hey, I can do to limitless levels of self-esteem restructuring.
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Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama
dianew (author) from Spain on April 05, 2014:
Thanks very much Shirley, for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.l
Shirley Phiri on April 04, 2014:
Thanks Dian, am grateful for this useful information. Your hubs are always inspiring and I keep learning from you.
dianew (author) from Spain on March 25, 2014:
I agree Kathy, I personally do not like vinegar at all, but this mix is efficient. Thanks again.
Kathy Carr from Chicago, Illinois on March 25, 2014:
Interesting Hub Dianew. I've seen other mixtures that involve apple cider vinegar, but do not like the smell of the vinegar. Will try it. thanks.
dianew (author) from Spain on December 09, 2013:
The suggested mix is next to the photo of lemons, Ellie. Thanks for reading.
ellie on December 09, 2013:
How much of each do u put??
dianew (author) from Spain on July 27, 2013:
Thank you whatswhatnow, I found it very interesting and it really seems to work. Thanks for your time.
whatswhatnow from Spain on July 27, 2013:
Great hub! Sounds delicious, if a bit harsh, but I'm going to try. Voted up and useful, thanks again.
dianew (author) from Spain on February 16, 2013:
thanks for the comment Pamela-anne
Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on February 16, 2013:
This lemonade cleansing sounds wonderful not complicated and I love lemonade must give this a try thanks for sharing!
dianew (author) from Spain on February 06, 2012:
Thanks for commenting and for taking the time to read. I use a lot of lemons and I find hot lemon and honey perfect for a cold or sore throat. I also intend to try your lemon cookies. Thanks again.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 06, 2012:
So glad you posted this. Drinking lemon and water unsweetened removes further toxins from the liver which does remove some...it is highly recommended for those with cancer.
I am going to try some of the 'lemonade' here that you suggest...am trying to get healthy....
dianew (author) from Spain on February 05, 2012:
Thanks for the comment cls67, I don't know where you are, but I live in Spain where all kinds of herbal teas and infusions are sold in supermarkets, as well as health stores.
cls67 on February 05, 2012:
Hello dianew, I find this article very helpful as well as interesting. I am wondering where do you find laxative tea? I have never heard of such a thing? I drink all kinds of different teas, but I have never seen anything like that. I will be trying this recipe because I like to do the cleansing and anything natural is best for me. Thank you for sharing.
dianew (author) from Spain on December 09, 2011:
Thanks for the comment Chuck. The idea is becoming popular over here now too but maple syrup is not so widely available, although suppliers are catching on.
Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on December 09, 2011:
In America this is very popular for losing weight. Especially since Beyonce lost 20 pounds in 10 days with the lemonade diet. She was making a movie and she used it since she had a scene with herself when she was 20 years younger.
dianew (author) from Spain on July 11, 2011:
Thanks again JT. I also love Florida, I lived there for 2 1/2 years so have a great fondness for the area. I enjoy your hubs too, although I haven't read them all as I don't have much time for reading, but I'll get there!
Jt Walters on July 11, 2011:
I love your articles. I love Spain as live in Florida and have traveled to Spain and i think your hubs are very educational.
All My Best,
dianew (author) from Spain on July 11, 2011:
Thanks JT I like to write about topics that I find interesting and informative, wherever possible. I live in Spain where we don't have maple syrup, but I have found a supplier online.
JT Walters from Florida on July 11, 2011:
Just in time for Summer. Great Hub dianew!!
dianew (author) from Spain on February 22, 2011:
Boy! What a bad typo! Rectified now, thanks again
KLR on February 22, 2011:
Hi, you say here that a quart of water should be mixed with 2 tablespoons (third paragraph from th eend). Do you mean two teaspoons? That's what I've seen elsewhere (I think also elsewhere on this site).
dianew (author) from Spain on November 17, 2010:
Thank you, me too! I prefer Mother Nature's Pharmacy over Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals always!
MikeSyrSutton from An uncharted galaxy on November 17, 2010:
Very interesting. I believe that many cures are found in nature!
dianew (author) from Spain on November 16, 2010:
Thanks for the comment. Yes I like lemon & honey too, hot as well for a sore throat or colds.
Victress In All on November 16, 2010:
A bit off the subject of cleansing, we do like freshly squeezed lemonade with some honey. My kids like to color it with few frozen raspberries or black currants to make it pink. Good to know that we are drinking a healthy mix. I'd have to try adding cayenne sometimes, just for me and my husband :)