Monday, May 14, 2012

The Cayenne Pepper Detox

The Cayenne Pepper Detox or The Master Cleanse or The Lemonade Detox, is an intense 10-day detox regime that  allows you to eat no solid food at all, but just a drink with freshly squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water.
The original Master Cleanse was created by an alternative medicine practiotioner called Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Burroughs described it as a detoxification program, though weight loss, along with the removal of harmful toxins, is a natural result of the process. It is very important not to treat the cayenne pepper diet as a weight loss regime. It isn’t, it’s a way to detox and rejuvenate your body. It has also pointed out that those who use this fast as a way to lose weight will gain it back, and many who have tried it for this reason say there are much easier ways to lose weight.
While on this detox you will have to take it easy and not tire yourself too much.Some may experience dizziness, fainting, and delirium, but these are effects of the detoxification process.  Because the regime is mostly a fasting diet it is known to be very difficult to complete the whole 10 days. However, if you break the fast you will need to do it slowly to avoid what they call a “dumping syndrome”, where solid food can get caught in the digestive tract and plug up the system. When going off the fast, you will need to drink full strength juices for a couple of days and slowly add soups, then vegetables and nuts before resuming a regular diet. You may want to add probiotics to make sure to develop a healthy mucus lining in the intestine.

           With this detox the body heals itself by:
  •     Dissolving and removing toxins and mucous from the body.
  •     Cleaning the kidneys and digestive system.
  •     Cleansing the glands and cells of the body.
  •     Removing waste and hardened matter in the joints and muscles.
  •     Relieving pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries and blood vessels.
  •     Creating a healthy blood stream.

The lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper give you the essential vitamins, minerals and a range of antioxidant compounds to get you through this 10 day cleansing. In addition to that, the nutrients in these components aid in the detox process.
Physically, you can ease your body into the cayenne pepper diet by only eating fruit and vegetables, or just fresh juices, for a day or two before you start. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it does help to get your body and mind used to not eating ‘normal’ foods.

In the morning of your first detox day, the first thing you have to do is a salt-water flush. This is a laxative with salt and water that will help get your bowels moving and make sure all solid waste begins to pass out of your system. You can do this with either sea salt or Epsom Salts (you can find Epsom Salts at health stores and certain pharmacies). It is said that the salt water flush may remove both bad and good bacteria from the body, and may cause constipation because the intestines may stop passing food through. This is why you must follow the directions given and end the fast gradually, with the right diet mentioned above.

Salt Water Flush Recipe
Mix a teaspoon of organic sea salt (not iodized salt) or Epsom Salts in a large glass of warm water (you can use normal temperature water if you prefer). Try to drink the solution down in one go.

You can repeat the salt water flush if you like (always in the morning), every 2 days is generally fine.

And now the lemonade mix! You can drink it as often as you like and as much as you like, whenever you feel hungry you should drink. But in any case you must drink at least 9-12 glasses per day.

The traditional recipe of the lemonade mix for one glass is:
- 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice 
- 2 Tablespoons of organic grade B or C maple syrup (it is very-very important to get the right maple syrup)
- 1/10 Teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 300 ml of filtered water

You should also drink 1-2 litres of water every day and, if you like, you can drink good quality herbal teas.

It is also advised to drink an organic laxative herbal tea in the evening before bed. Again, this is down to your discretion, but if you decide to do so, tea made of Senna leaves (Cassia Senna) is an ideal choice.

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