Starting The Master Cleanse

As quoted in the book, The Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs;


To dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body.

To cleanse the kidneys and the digestive system.

To purify the glands and cells throughout the entire body.

To eliminate all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles.

To relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels.

To build a health blood stream.

To keep youth and elasticity regardless of our years.

When to Use It

When sickness has developed – for all acute and chronic conditions.

When the digestive system eneds a rest and a cleansing.

When overweight has become a problem.

When better assimiliation and building of body tissue is needed.

How to Make It

2Tbsp lemon or lime juice (approx 1/2 lemon)

2Tbsp genuine maple syrup (not maple flavored sugar syrup)

1/10 tsp cayenne pepper

spring or purified water

Combine the juice, maple, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass and fill with water (heated water if desired). Use fresh lemons or limes only. Never used canned juice or frozen juice.

Use grade B maple when possible as it contains more nutrients. Some of the minerals found in maple are: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, and silicon. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and B5 are also present in the syrup.

For How Long and How Often?

Follow the diet for a minimum of 10 days and up to 40 and beyond for serious cases. The diet has all the nutrition needed during this time. Three to four times a year will do wonders for keeping the body in a normal health condition.

So Why Am I Doing It?

I cleanse for a month every year. While doing my cleanse this year, I realized how much I’d prefer cleansing more often but for shorter durations. Normally, I do a juice fast or feast but I have yet to follow any plan such as directed with the Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs. So I am starting the Master Cleanse tomorrow and am joined by my mother as well! I will post my journey on the board.



Bare Necessities Cafe

rebuilding and beautiful!

Ok, so I’m on Day 15 here. Halfway through! I’ve started to notice some good signs of rebuilding and cleansing. The main thing is my eyes. Even though I’m still waking up crusty in the mornings, my eyes are very clear, the whites very bright, and the brown is getting more ‘color-ful’ rather than just looking dark. My nails have shown improvements too. They’re still ridged, but they’re growing well(despite doing dishes at work) and they have a sheen too. That’s been my first big sign of goodness. Sometimes we get so bogged down at all the icky symptoms of detox, we fail to see the little signs of repair. Not me! I’ve decided I need to get a little more sleep at night. I think my running a couple times a week is making deep sleep much more of a necessity. I have yet to get to the point where I only need a few hours a night for maximum energy, as I did on my last cleanse. Its been an interesting lesson in observation, comparing my fast last january to this one. Nothing is the same. Well, nothing except for a better me!

And I’m done!

Today is Day 1 of phase 2 of my ‘take care of tdee’ plan. I finished up Day 30 of my cleanse with a 5mile run, a good workout at the gym and a coffee enema. It was the first time I had tried coffee, not sure how I feel about it. My biggest question is, dont you get a lot of caffeine into the system that way? I would imagine its absorbed directly through the colon wall. All I know is I didnt sleep well last night at all. I couldnt fall asleep, there was a pretty big storm last night and the rain on our skylight in the bathroom was keeping me up. Normally I wake up feeling a little rough after a big workout day, but this was above and beyond. However, my eyes were all crusty again, so I’m wondering if the coffee enema didnt set off another level of healing crisis. TGIF!

I feel really good about finishing my cleanse. Its definitely a big accomplishment for me. While there were a few challenges for me to face, overall it wasnt too difficult. I think its far more difficult to remain healthy in the solid food world. You cant juice a chocolate bar, after all! Here are a few thoughts from along my journey.
-Ive gotten used to coconut water. The Harvest Bay stuff I drink after my runs is a great way to rehydrate. I’m not a huge fan of the taste, I love just plain raw coconut, but its still way better than gatorade!
-Tomato juice is my friend! Juicing tomatoes isnt the greatest thing in the world, so I conceeded with canned tomato juice. In a lot of tough situations, having a can on hand was a life saver.
-enemas are still weird.
-Rest is VITAL. I notice my body detoxes much easier and gentler when it is rested.
-yoga is important. I didnt do nearly as much as I did last january, and I can tell. The body likes to stretch, even if it seems resistant to it. The simple breathing exercises of yoga are so important for lymph stimulation. That said, I ran this fast and didnt the last. Yes, it took a little more of my energy reserves, but the bouncing did wonders for the body. Besides, it got me breathing deep in the outdoors, not just sweating it out in a gym.
-Find a routine that works for you and then modify when necessary. My days usually looked like:
first thing in the morning, water or tea
around 12-1, my tomato juice
get home from work around 3, make a qt of juice(recipe varied)
one box of coconut water after run
1/2 qt of some other juice later(cranberry or orange generally)
water before bed

So I was able to work in just about 2qts a day. This worked for me. It was still WAY more juice than I was consuming last fast. I was able to worry about getting the boys off to school and getting me to work in the mornings and not worry about juicing for the day(not tremendously a morning person, so coherent thought is iffy!), and then take my time with my big juice for the day in a quiet house when I got home from work. My evenings are always varied, so leaving them kinda open made me less stressed. I was able to relax, most importantly.

So there’s my notes from the road. These past 30 days have totally been worth it. I’m a stronger, happier, more positive person. I’m grounded and centered spiritually. I’m alert and my thinking is clear. I have great energy, and my skin, eyes, and hair glow. I think I’ve dropped roughly 20lbs(not positive since there was no initial weigh in) which is what I did last year. So not too much, not too little. I’m so excited about my sauerkraut tonight!