A common concern about the Master Cleanse (also called the Lemonade Diet) is safety. I am not a doctor and anyone who wants to do any cleanse or juice fast should consult a doctor. That’s the same warning label you’ll find on any exercise video or weight loss program, and in my book, The Ultimate Master Cleanse.
If you have your doctor’s approval, it is safe for you. Again, I am not a doctor and I don’t know you personally so I could never tell you that it is safe for you to do.
One concern people have is about fasting – going without any “food” or calories. But the Master Cleanse isn’t a fast – the calories to sustain you come from the maple syrup. Depending on how much lemonade mixture you drink, which is up to you throughout the day, you don’t necessarily have to cut your daily calorie intake drastically. You can get 1500+ calories a day by drinking the lemonade mixture. Let your hunger and energy level be your guide.
Here is a list of people I recommend should NOT do the Master Cleanse for health or safety reasons:
1) People on medications really absolutely need to consult with a doctor. I can’t recommend anyone stop their medication and many medications need to be taken with food.
2) People with underlying health conditions also absolutely need to consult with their doctor whether they are taking medications or not. Although everyone should consult with a doctor, I can’t stress this enough for someone with any kind of medical condition.
3) People who have had transplants or that are on immune-suppressant drugs cannot do the Master Cleanse.
4) People who have a history of having eating disorders should not partake in anything that could trigger their eating disorder – such as forgoing regular meals and solid food.
With all that being said, people have been doing the Master Cleanse for the past 50 years. The most important thing is to consult with a doctor about any concerns you have before you begin. That way you know you are being safe and responsible!
Do you have safety concerns about the Master Cleanse? Let me know what they are in the comments.