The Master Cleanse by Mel
For many years my dietary regime was based on the premise of only eating that which can be caught or picked. I shunned processed & tinned foods and avoided as many refined substances as possible, particularly white foodstuffs such as sugar, flour, rice and pasta. Then, around 20 years ago, I gave up eating all meat apart from seafood. More recently I’ve also relinquished even that due to the ever-increasing amount of pollution being released into our oceans and, specifically, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Contamination of our food is, of course, not limited to our waters. The ongoing contamination (accidental & deliberate) and genetic modification of our crops, coupled with the use of poisonous fertilisers, insecticides and fungicides means that it is more difficult than ever before to source clean, wholesome nutrition.
These reasons are the primary motivating factor for my undertaking the master cleanse. Once complete, I plan to consume only organic and whole foods where possible and I’ve also begun to research switching to a macrobiotic-only diet in time. Common sense and a small amount of critical thinking inform me that in order to maximise the benefits of making these changes, it is first necessary to start with as clean a digestive system as possible otherwise what is the point? It’s the classic scenario of deconstruction prior to reconstruction, applied to nutritional intake.
The re-education of the digestive system and its effects on the body is not something to be entered into lightly and I’m expecting to experience a number of side-effects as I progress through the cleanse. These may include headaches; cold & flu symptoms; dermal symptoms such as spots; tenderness of the digestive tract; feeling light-headed and a reduced ability to concentrate.
There are numerous other worthwhile & diverse reasons for cleansing which I won’t dwell on here. One such example is the gradual deconstruction of the National Health Service here in the UK to a system that is increasingly mirroring that of the USA. This process is already well underway. It is becoming more incumbent on individuals to take responsibility for their own health if they wish to avoid the looming cost of medical care and to minimise the financial liability of (not) being able to afford medical insurance.
Governing all of this is one very important factor which should not be ignored – INSTINCT! I feel that the time is right for me to embark on this adventure; to make these changes in my life. I hope that I will be a happier, healthier, more positive individual, with an increased sense of overall well-being as a result. The following quotes bring it all together perfectly for me:
“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”
Judith McNaught, Remember When
“It’s very simple. Keep your body as clean as possible, your mind as clear as possible. That’s all you need. And do it in anyway you can, in your own way. It doesn’t matter. That’s why I say ‘peaceful body, peaceful mind’. And then you’ll be useful. You don’t have to become a useful person. You will be useful.”
- Terrasana organic 100% maple syrup, grade C (dark colour, robust, smoky flavour)
- Organic lemons
- Fresh organic cayenne pepper
- Filtered water
- Organic laxative senna tea (don’t use psyllium-based laxative tea)
Quantities Used & Method
- 2 x tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 x tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- one eighth to one quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper according to taste. Use as much as you can handle but bear in mind that the level of heat you feel in your throat and stomach after drinking will be reflected later at the other end!
- 8 – 10 oz water
I found that the pepper is more easily combined if it is mixed with the syrup first. Then add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and water. The lemon needs to be freshly squeezed in order to preserve the enzymes within.
Drink a glass or two of the mixture at meal times and whenever you feel hungry. A minimum of 6 glasses should be consumed each day although more is better, up to a maximum of 12 per day.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
1 cup of laxative tea MUST be taken first thing in the morning and another one before bed. This is essential to instigate the necessary bowel movement which would normally happen naturally when consuming solid food. Lack of a bowel movement is dangerous.
A 3 day ease-in is recommended to allow the digestive system to adjust to a liquid-based diet. As someone who habitually eats a lot of raw vegetables, pulping and juicing these was an easy solution. I ate home-made hummus, fruit and raw veg on the first day and gradually increased the amount of these that I juiced on days two and three.
Days 1 – 3
Hunger pangs were the main issue for me during the first few days. I found that these can be suppressed by increasing the amount of cayenne pepper. Once I had the balance right, I was surprised by the lack of a hungry feeling. A mild headache developed on the third evening.
Cold symptoms developing comprising sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and increased mucus production. Faint headache persisting but feeling good “in myself”.
Cold symptoms worsening, mild ache in kidneys, headache persisting but becoming intermittent. Mild tenderness in the gut which feels like internal bruising – a sure sign that the cayenne pepper is having its cleansing effect.
Peak cold symptoms and continuing kidney tenderness. A few spots developing on face. Feeling run down today.
Cold symptoms and tenderness in kidneys subsiding. I’m feeling a rush of energy up the body after each glass of the mixture.
Cold symptoms, kidney pain and tenderness in gut have gone. I feel that I’ve passed the low point and that I’m now rebounding. Run-down feelings of the last few days have disappeared and I’m feeling more energised after each drink.
Feeling better again with increased vitality. A colleague who was unaware of my cleansing adventure remarked that I look younger today and that my eyes are brighter. My skin feels less dry and despite the occasional spot, it looks clearer. Sleep was more restful and long-lasting. After 9 days, weight loss is around 3 kilos.
This morning I awoke feeling a distinct improvement in my overall well-being. Increased energy, vitality, focus and clarity are remarkable – an almost “wired” feeling, if you will. My general mood is also noticeably more positive and light-hearted. There is definite spring in my step and during the somewhat stressful drive to work I was calmer, sharper & able to anticipate the road ahead with an apparently effortless clarity.