Master Cleanse 2x

Stanley Burroughs wrote about about the now infamous lemonade cleanse in the 1940’s and there’s a revised edition available with additional details: The Master Cleanser: With Special Needs and Problems.

The traditional cleanse uses lemons, water, cayenne and maple syrup:

We really don’t know why Burroughs (now deceased), originally used maple syrup, but many theorize that his intentions were to increase caloric content and add minerals, unfortunately there’s no significant mineral content.

If you want to modify the formula recipe, here’s an idea that tastes great:

  • Herbal Tea: brew your favorites in about 60 ounces of purified water.
  • Maple Syrup: use 4 – 6 ounces // Grade “B” – depending on your taste preference.
  • Lemon Juice: use 6 ounces fresh squeezed organic.
  • Cayenne: use 1/2 teaspoon organic non-irradiated.



The tea helps decrease calories, increases the antioxidant potential, and imparts a nice balancing flavor.

There are just as many advocates as there are opponents to this type of short-term fasting program that significantly decreases calories, but the choice is yours to make, since you are DrDIY.

DrDIY is a food-safety professional with an extensive sanitation background within the food & beverage manufacturing industry. He consults on food-safety - from hygienic-design to integrated pest-management through microbiology support, quality improvement audits, total-process management philosophy, CIP optimization, and lean-six-sigma project participation.

Overcoming an extended disability through a complete overhaul of diet and nutrition, DrDIY embraced traditional naturopathy and combined the wisdom of nature with the principles of modern sanitation to help build more sustainable systems within the food industry. He continues to study and practice holistic nutrition, food-safety, detoxification, and self-improvement and this site represents personal experience and opinion - and does not reflect the position of any employer past or present.

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