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You're curious to try one of these cleanses you keep hearing so much about.

But you just want to try the one that works.

It's scary after all, to change up your eating routine.

So whatever you try has to be easy and effective, because you're busy and this thing has to just work. 

What is a Master Cleanse?

 The Master Cleanse aka Lemonade diet

The Master Cleanse aka Lemonade diet

The Master Cleanse (also called The Lemonade Diet) is a modified juice fast that's often used for rapid weight loss. It's a liquid diet that provides a healthy amount of calories and nutrients specifically suited for cleansing, all while resting the digestive system and allowing the body to heal naturally

The master cleanse was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1940s. Its purported benefits include detoxifying your body and shedding excess fat.

The typical regime is to consume only lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup for 10 days. You consume 6 to 12 glasses of this lemonade throughout the day.

There are three exceptions to this rule. You can drink:

  1. water anytime you want
  2. a diuretic tea before bed
  3. a liter of salt water in the morning

The last two items lead to you excreting new and old waste. You can use your imagination with that one.

How much does it cost?

It's practically free. You're paying for lemons and cheap household ingredients.

What are the benefits?

This detox cleanse is known for its weight loss characteristics. There are claims that you can lose up to 20 pounds on this type of cleanse.

You consume about 600 calories each day on this cleanse. That's about a third of what the USDA recommended calorie intake is.

When you consume so few calories, you'll absolutely lose weight. But with a super low calorie diet, you will be losing a lot of water weight and lean muscle mass.

Is it easy to follow?

It's a straightforward recipe and an easy routine. The hardest part will be tasting the same flavor over and over again for days.


What is a raw juice cleanse?


It's a period of time when you commit to only drinking your fruits and vegetables.

The idea is to give your digestive system a break while you flood your body with easily digestible, living nutrients.

You'll still want to drink plenty of water, perhaps even more than usual during a raw juice cleanse. Water helps flush away all the "bad stuff" that's in your system, while keeping you well hydrated.

If haven't cleansed before check out our post on The Best Way to Juice Cleanse.

How much does it cost?

Considering that it takes pounds of fruits and veggies to produce just one bottle of juice, it's surprisingly affordable. You can find juice for anywhere from $6 to $12 a bottle, with cleanses starting at $147 and up.

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What are the benefits?

After a raw juice cleanse, most people will experience:

  • Clearer and softer skin, although your skin may initially break out from impurities leaving your body
  • Much better digestion. By giving your digestive system a break, you're giving your body a chance to deeply expel any toxins lingering around.
  • Much more energy, the kind that you feel after a really good night's sleep

Is it easy to follow?

The raw juice cleanse routine is simple:

  1. Drink the next numbered juice bottle
  2. Refill your juice bottle with water and drink that
  3. Repeat 1 & 2


The Raw Juice Cleanse Showdown

The question really boils down to: are you looking for a long term solution or a quick fix?

If you're looking for weight loss, the cheapest way to lose weight is to quit eating altogether. There's also a water diet you can do if you're worried about hydration.

The quickest way to lose weight is to quit eating while taking laxatives.

We're being a bit facetious, but we're also a bit serious. Have you ever seen Naked and Afraid, when they go 21 days with just a small lizard to eat?

 Jeff Zausch lost 31 pounds in 21 days while in madagascar #nakedandafraid

Jeff Zausch lost 31 pounds in 21 days while in madagascar #nakedandafraid

Do those sound very healthy? No, not at all.

One step up from that would be the Master Cleanse. The Master Cleanse essentially forces your body into starvation mode, while constantly flushing your system out.

The lemon recipe itself has lots of merit, but as the sole source of nutrition for many days, we feel it's completely inadequate.

Because we hate starving..

In contrast, a raw juice cleanse floods your body with real fruits and veggies. You're not going to lose weight like you would on a starvation diet.

Because losing weight isn't the point of a raw juice cleanse.

A raw juice cleanse is designed to get your body into a ready state for much healthier eating habits. You'll crave more fresh veggies in your diet.

A raw juice cleanse will make you feel lighter, brighter, and overall cleaner.

And you'll want to keep that clean feeling going because you love that burst of energy you have right out of bed every morning.

Other posts you might enjoy

The Best Way to Juice Cleanse - Don't waste a bunch of money doing your raw juice cleanse the wrong way. We walk you through what to consider and how to get the most out of your cleanse.

The Most Common Juice Cleanse Mistake and How to Avoid It - If you're a first time juice cleanser, you won't want to miss this. Too many juice companies skip the deets and leave you scratching your head over what happened.


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