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Master Cleanse FAQ’s

The following is a list of the most frequently asked questions. If you would like to add a question to this list, please post your question below in the comments form. We are currently analyzing the nearly 15,000 comments on the website to group them into logical question formats so we can identify more FAQ’s that are clearly the most pressing to most Master Cleansers. This list represents the bulk of those questions to date. Please click on each link to see the answer to the question, and discussion on each individual page.

Master Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Joshua September 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Is the waterflush should be done everyday in the morning?

    • Mike Olaski September 28, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

      It’s optional, but it certainly can be done everyday. I usually do it every other day, but doing the laxative on alternating days, although some MC practitioners advocate always doing the laxative each day (not optional). All that matters is you have a good bowel movement each day.

  2. WeeklongMuffin September 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    So I’m 24 never been in good shape was always the fat kid eating junk food, even to this day. No muscle mass no motivation just play video games and eat most ppl think I am skinny but truth be told I got the skinny-fat syndrome. Just started getting into working out in going to my boxing gym about 3 times a week and doing my strength training 2-3 times a week for the past two months, been trying to change diet to eating a little better. Not so much fast foods and garbage. My friend recommended I do the master cleanse to help clear my body of the 24 years of Gunk I been abusing my body with. And possibly kick my smoking habits. Was wondering if its going to be okay to continue my workouts while on the cleanse. I’m not worried if I dont gain bigger muscles while cleaning my body just hoping I will start to feel good about my self.. Nothing like brushing your teeth in the mirror without a shirt on and getting sad by the sight

    • Mike Olaski September 26, 2015 at 3:19 am #

      You can keep working out, but you should discontinue strength training, although certain Master Cleanse Coaches would say you could continue, but it really depends on your level/experience with workouts.

      Check it out here:

  3. Alison July 27, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Hi Mike, I am day one into the MC. This will be my 4th time. I have had some amazing results from the cleanse but I stopped doing it because after the cleanse I always get constipated for 4-5 day and I feel terrible, like I just destroyed all that hard work. I have eased out, eaten raw veggies and fruit that are supposed to help with constipation. I drank lots of water. Nothing helped but time. Normally, when not cleansing, I am very regular, first thing every morning.

    I feel like my body becomes dependent on the smooth move tea and then when I start eating again and stop the tea my body doesn’t work on its own.

    I was really going to try and not do the tea this time but after reading about it on your site it seems like I need to. I absolutely cannot do the salt water flush – it makes me want to die.

    What do you recommend? Maybe tea every other day? I don’t know! Help please!


    • Mike Olaski July 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Hi Alison,

      What do you mean you get constipated on day 4 or 5? The smoothe move doesn’t work, and you don’t have any movements? If so, take more of the laxative, as dosing is tricky. If it didn’t work, you didn’t get enough. Simple as that.

      I feel ya about the SWF, but it’s FANTASTIC. Do your best to make peace with the process, and know you can get through it. It’s really not that bad if you try a few tricks. It really does flush you out so well.

      Now, strict “Stanley” says you need to do the laxative, but I’ve done the whole cleanse with just the SWF. Alternating days is a great idea. In fact that’s what I usually do to get that extra deep down elimination that the laxative seems to dig up.

      Or, you might be saying you finish the whole 10 day cleanse, but don’t have a movement for several days after. If that’s the case, take note of the food you’re ease-ing out with and the spacing of adding more complex foods. I usually have a small movement just from the orange juice on day 1 of the ease-out with no laxative or swf. But you really do have to feather in your fiber, as too much too soon will definitely jam you up. I made that mistake with raw brocoli one year. So fibrous. Too fast. No bueno.

      Now about your theory of your body not working without the laxative, Tom Woloshyn says it’s impossible to get addicted to the laxative. Now I would ask you if your not having movements throughout the course of your cleanse, you could possibly be setting the stage for some issue later.

      Just some thoughts to consider, unfortunately I don’t have the absolute answer for you except to analyze your process and look for causes.



  4. Dominic June 22, 2015 at 5:53 am #


    Is there an alternate to laxative pill or tea? cos both are not available in the country I live. Is cayenne chilli powder same as cayenne pepper powder? The ingredients on the bottle mentioned is cayenne chilli powder only. Can I use it?

    or what is it like to do this course without the laxative tea or pill? worth it or not worth it? or may be some green tea or any organic tea should help.?

    please advice..


  5. Gail June 17, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    The book says to drink 6 to 12 glasses of lemonade daily, is a glass 10oz?

    • Eduardo June 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi I was wondering if it was ok to take the required laxative at morning instead of at night. Also, why is it suggested to be taken at night?

  6. brenda April 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi!! I was wondering if i could drink one glass of kombucha while on the cleanse?? I normally drink it before bed and I am on day three now but I just saw that you recommend to take probiotics until after the cleanse so I am now doubting! thanks in advance!

  7. erika March 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    how man bottles of the cleanse do I drink a day along with purified alone

  8. Maria November 17, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    When you say eat whole food the vegetables can or can not be cooked

  9. Shannon September 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    I am ready to start but have one question. I am going in to this with 25 years of chronic diarrhea. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to skip the laxative in my case?

    • Mike Olaski September 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Great question.

      I think either choice would work. I have done the cleanse with only the SWF to great success. Tom Woloshyn insists the laxative is mandatory for deepest detox. Perhaps the cause of your issues will be addressed during the full process.


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