Master Cleanse

Simple Detoxifying Fast

The Master Cleanse falls in between a juice fast and a water fast. It's a liquid concoction made up of fresh squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. So, it's an electrolyte beverage of sorts - with a kick. It gives you the carbohydrates and minerals you need to sustain. Play around with the recipe - adding fresh ginger, herbal teas, healthy salts, other fresh juices, or apple cider vinegar. Could also incorporate kombucha or water kefir - helping soothe the digestive track with probiotics. Maple syrup can be switched out for raw honey, date or coconut sugar, turbinado, or molasses. You should consult your health care professional before starting on any fast - but this fast should be done for at least 10-days to get full benefits in detoxifying. Forty days is the longest I've gone on the Master Cleanse,

With all fasting - it takes about 4 days for the body to cleanse itself of hunger cravings. It's pretty much smooth sailing after day 5, and you'll be pleasantly surprised that you really aren't "starving" yourself. By week two - you'll be able to prepare food for others and watch them eat without any desire to cheat. Week two is when you'll start to notice the benefits of fasting. You should notice your body feels warmer, and you have increased energy, although it won't be consistent - it will be smooth, grounded energy. You will experience bouts of exhaustion. Sleeping is the only time your body can really focus on healing and repair, so when your body signals you to sleep - listen to it. Depending on your toxicity level there will be some side-effects of detoxing - physical, mental, and emotional. This is the main reason folk fail at detox - so check out Healing Crisis details here so you're prepared. 

Do the Master Cleanse in combination with the P&B Shake to get the most out of your detox!

The Original Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs 

Dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion. Alkalinize and purify your body, while cleansing kidneys, digestive system, blood, joints, and glands. Purify glands and cells throughout entire body. Eliminate unusable waste and calcification.


  • For any general feelings of illness
  • For all acute and chronic conditions
  • To rest and repair the digestive system
  • To kickstart a weight loss program
  • To solve issues of water retention and inflammation
  • To initiate a major shift in your lifestyle and perspective
  • To reverse the damage of modern (Western) lifestyle
  • To dump the build up of accumulated toxins


Stanley Burroughs suggested that his Master Cleanse be followed for a minimum of 10 days or more, and that up to 40 days or more may be safely followed for extremely serious cases of ill health. The diet has all the nutrition needed to sustain the body during this time. Three to four times a year is suggested for optimal health and longevity.


  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup Grade B or C 
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Distilled or clean water


  • Half gallon distilled or clean water
  • 8-10 lemons juiced (about 2 cups juice)
  • 2 cups maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

Fill half a gallon jug with distilled water. A gallon jug will hold 128 oz. of your Master Cleanse mix, which is 16 8 oz. glasses. Squeeze lemons or use juicer. If using juicer try to leave as much pith on the fruit as possible (most nutritious part), and some skin as well (to taste). Add juice and remaining ingredients to jug, cap, and shake well. Doesn't have to be refrigerated unless there are leftovers. Shake before drinking.

Personal Note: This is a lot of maple syrup (expense wise) for some folk, especially if you're using organic. It's about a gallon of maple syrup a week! I personally mix together various sweeteners to achieve 2 cups. Never use white sugar, and I'm not a big supporter of agave nectar - but consider alternatives like blackstrap molasses, organic cane sugar, wild organic raw honey, and date or coconut sugar to substitute a portion of the syrup. The main thing you're looking for is to add somewhat decent carbs for energy. Don't use sugar substitutes or Stevia. Although I've never tried it myself - I don't see why you couldn't add freshly juiced sweet fruits (like apples or pineapple, etc) to the mix in place of sugar. 


Here's a few pics for inspiration. The results aren't from fasting alone but from detox. These women stepped back from the mundane habits, cleansed themselves of toxic overload, healed damage, strengthened their immunity, and stopped ingesting inflammatory foods. Not only is actual age-reversal visible, but there's a spiritual shift can see in their countenance. Emotional and mental detoxification is a big part of the process of cleaning yourself up.

Here's an illustrated recipe page I made to put on your fridge. Print up extras to share with friends and family. 
Right click to save image - or download here Master Cleanse Recipe Illustration

Master Cleanse Illustrated Recipe

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