Ever wondered why some celebrities manage to have glowing skin even without any makeup? Their little secret is detox. Well, we do agree that makeup and beauty treatments do help to an extent but nothing can beat the glow one gets with detox.
If you too are looking for a way to get rid of the toxins in your body, here is an excellent solution endorsed by celebs like Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles and many others. it is called the Lemon Detox Plan. Popularly known as the Master Cleanse, this detox created by Stanley Burroughs helps in weight loss apart from cleansing the system inside out.
What is a lemon detox diet?
The Lemon Detox Diet is a simple plan that banks on the goodness of the detoxifying effects of lemon. The creator believes that detoxification is the most effective cure for most of the diseases. When your body is free of toxins, the immune system strengthens and becomes capable of healing the body of various illnesses. This diet has also proved effective for weight loss.
Lemon is nature’s wonder fruit. It is rich in dietary fibre, proteins, vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9, calcium, manganese, magnesium potassium, zinc, iron, choline, phosphorus and small amounts of carbohydrates and sugar. So, with lemon, detox is a cakewalk, literally!
How to get started with the special detoxification diet chart
The Lemon Detox Diet is all about drinking lemonade (only). And, you only have to follow the diet plan for 10 days. Sounds awesome, right?
How to make your own special detoxification concoction:
Mix lemon juice (2 tablespoon) with cayenne pepper (1/10 teaspoon), pure maple syrup (2 tablespoon) and water (10 ounces). If you have run out of maple syrup, you can substitute it by adding 10 ounces of freshly extracted sugarcane juice to the same amount of lemon juice and cayenne pepper (red chilli powder). Have 6 to 12 glasses of this drink throughout the day for ten days continuously.
Things to keep in mind:
The best part about this detox plan is there is no specific timetable to drink the lemonade. According to Burroughs, you should drink one glass whenever you feel hungry or almost every two hours.
Remember, it's lemonade, lemonade and only lemonade: When you follow this plan, do not eat anything else, solid or semi-solid.
Laxative or saltwater is a mandate along with lemonade: Along with the lemonade, you need to take a laxative twice every day, once in the morning and evening, each. If you are not comfortable with a laxative, you can use a saltwater flush every morning. To make a saltwater flush, just mix one tablespoon of sea salt in one litre of water For full benefits from the plan, you need to ensure three bowel movements each day.
Do not compromise on its freshness: Another important thing is to prepare the lemonade freshly every day. And one last thing - before embarking on this diet, gradually reduce the quantity of foods you eat so that you can handle ten days of liquid diet.
Benefits of the diet
Yes, we have talked about this before, but allow us to re-iterate the goodness behind this diet.
This plan helps you to eliminate toxins from your body. It purifies your bloodstream.
It helps in cleansing your kidneys and digestive system.
It aids rapid weight loss.
It leaves you with glowing and healthy skin. It promotes elasticity in the skin.
Dr K A Beyer, a Swiss psychologist who has even published the book The Lemon Detox Diet, says "a person can lose 7-12 pounds in 10 days with this diet." He also adds, “Not only is there a loss of weight, but the skin is also clearer, there is a regeneration of the body and there is a feeling of vitality and wellbeing.”
Certain side effects
Bringing drastic change in your diet and lifestyle has certain side effects of its own as well. Take a look:
As your body eliminates toxins, you may experience headaches, dizziness, nausea or tiredness in general.
Many detractors complain that this diet creates a nutrient and protein deficiency in your body. Also, many fitness and health experts say that restrictive diet plans that claim of rapid weight loss can also affect the lean muscles in the body.
If you are not committed to healthy eating or a fitness regime in general, then you may gain back the lost weight after you get off this diet. A restrictive plan if not ended properly can lead to unhealthy binge eating.
What to eat after 10 days?
After living on lemonade for ten days, do not start filling yourself up with solid routine foods. Not only does this hamper the detoxification affects, but also sends your body into a kind of biological shock. So, after the ten days of lemonade, you need to begin by drinking orange juice on the first day. For the second day, move on to vegetable soups. You can have broth on the third day. Wait a few days until you begin eating your normal diet.
If you don’t have the time to prepare fresh lemonade every day, make a concentrated concoction consisting of equal parts of lemon juice and maple syrup. Store the mixture away from light. Whenever you need to drink it, pour 4 tablespoons of the mixture into a glass, and mix cayenne pepper with water to let it create the magic.
So, just relax and let lemon detoxify you.