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The Lemonade Diet is part of The Master Cleanse

The Lemonade Diet is the portion of The Master Cleanse during which you consume only the Lemonade. It is a diet in the sense that you are restricted to a certain food. The phrase “The Lemonade Diet” is often used synonymously with The Master Cleanse, but I break it down in order to describe the portion of The Master Cleanse when you consume the nutrients and energy from the Fresh Lemon Juice, Rich Maple Syrup, and Organic Cayenne Pepper.

The other sections of The Master Cleanse are :

Lemonade diet

What is the Lemonade Diet?

The Lemonade diet aka The Master Cleanse is simple yet effective way to detox your body. Here is description of this diet by one of the experts on this specific Cleanse – Tom Woloshyn

” The master Cleanse is  one of the most simple, effective, and inexpensive cleansing and healing programs available. It is a liquid monodiet (that is, one mixture only) designed to work with an complement your body’s own cleansing and detoxifying processes, and at the same time to nourish your body with the things it needs to function. It is not a true fast (one in which there is no nutrition), nor it is a means to starve the body in order to loose weight dangerously fast. The cleanse is typically done for 10 days, but can be safely maintained for many more days in a row, even weeks when desired.

This quote is an exert from Tom Woloshyn’s book The Complete Master Cleanse. 

This page is dedicated to the directions to The Lemonade Diet Recipe as well as the ingredients, expectations, problems and experiences myself and the readers of this website have encountered.

The Lemonade Diet begins with preparing the Lemonade. During the diet, you will only consume the Lemonade that you make each day.  In order to ensure that it is fresh and will retain as much of the nutrients and energy as possible, you should prepare the Lemonade just moments before drinking it.

Lemonade Diet Ingredients

To make the Lemonade you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of  Fresh Lemon Juice from one half of a Lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rich Maple Syrup
  • 1/10 of a Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 – 2 cups of Pure Water (Alkaline Water is best, in my opinion)

To prepare the Lemonade for the Lemonade Diet you will also need the following:

  1. 1 large cup to mix your lemonade in
  2. 1 Tablespoon Measure
  3. 1/10 Teaspoon Measure
  4. Cutting Board
  5. Sharp knife
  6. Juicer (Hand juicer or Power juicer)

You’ll need a Lemonade Kit


Start by rolling a Lemon on the cutting board to get it nice and juicy. Cut the lemon along its belly and grind it on the juicer. Do this until you have juiced half your lemons, or until you have no more room in your juicer.

  1. Measure 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice into your large cup.
  2. Now measure and at 2 Tablespoons of Rich Maple Syrup to the cup.
  3. Measure and add 1/10 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper to the cup (or more to taste).
  4. Mix a and drink immediately.

While on the Lemonade Diet, you can and should drink plenty of Pure Water. I drink 1 cup as a chaser after each cup of Lemonade. You can drink more throughout the day. Try to avoid drinking more than double the amount of Lemonade each day.

Drinking enough water helps to wash out the toxins being released into your bood stream and out of your body during the cleanse. It also helps to prevent possible headaches as well as feeling of hunger or cravings that surface during the detox.

Avoid These Common Mistakes

In one of our blog-posts we talk about 5 tips to make the Lemonade right. These mistakes can prevent you from receiving all the cleansing and Healing effects of the Lemonade diet. Please, click on the link to read the article.


Cleansing and Healing effects of the Lemonade Diet

Cleansing can improve all aspects of your personal health including:

  • Increasing energy
  • Balancing your body’s PH
  • Losing weight
  • Reducing swelling and pain
  • Alleviating allergies
  • Flushing the colon
  • Improving skin and hair
  • Ridding your body of parasites
The Cleansing process is very individual as we all have different diets, live in different environments and are exposed to many different/ specific forms of stress. This is reflected in the Cleansing and Healing symptoms each person may experience when choosing the Lemonade Diet to detox their body.


What do you think of the Lemonade Diet?

As an essential part of the Master Cleanse, is the Lemonade Diet difficult or easy? Most people find it pretty hard, but some find it a breeze. How about you? Do you think The Lemonade Diet is easy or hard?


Express your personal opinion and join our Master Cleanse Facebook Page. Currently we have over 20 000 members and the group is growing each day. This page is very active and you will find tons of loving and understanding suport there from Master Cleansers all around the world.  Many people share their tips on this page and can offer much needed sense of community and belonging that makes a world of difference in your effort to complete the cleanse and achieve rewarding results.

Thank you for your comments and Happy Cleansing!

The Master Cleanse Team.

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254 Responses to The Lemonade Diet is part of The Master Cleanse

  1. hazel September 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    are suppose to lose weight every day

  2. Shona August 27, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    In all this information I cannot find anywhere that tells us how much lemonade to drink each day!!! Is it as much as you want, or 3 x day or something else….???

    • Mike Olaski August 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      6-18 glasses per day. Safe side is 12. You don’t lose more weight with less lemonade. Sweet spot is 12.

      • Katie mallak September 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

        I still don’t understand the amount to consume. The recipe calls for 1-2 cups of water per serving; so if I make the recipe with 2 cups of water, I need to make this stuff 6 times a day to reach 12 glasses?

        • Mike Olaski September 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

          Hi Katie,

          The amount of water doesn’t make the serving. Each serving/glass should have 2 table spoons of both Maple Syrup and Lemon Juice, and the 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne. Generally you would put this in a glass of water of your choosing.

          Do that 6-18 times per day. I like to do 10-12.

          You can double servings, if you like. Or make it really strong (less water), or weak (more water), but since water is so important, don’t skimp. Use a standard 8 oz glass. You should also have the same amount in water only through the day.

          Hope that helps.

          Happy cleansing,


  3. Jayda August 20, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I am aware the maple syrup provides the calories needed. Unfortunately these are empty calories from sugar. I have been moving towards healthy fats for calories that are sustainable and beneficial. Coconut oil is my go to. Is there any drawback to replacing the maple syrup with coconut oil?

  4. Sienna July 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Will this at all affect my metabolism and make me lose muscle? Im 15. Is it safe for all ages? Should i incorporate exercise?

  5. What? July 8, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Zero protein??

  6. Andrea June 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Just finished day 3. I feel great. I am more energetic and stomach aches I use to get from time to time have stopped. But for some reason I am craving pickles and pickle juice. The first and second day I craved food but now finishing up my 3rd day I no longer crave food. I think it’s all a mind thing BC I know I can’t eat and if I do I will feel like I failed myself. My mind already knows I can’t eat this so why crave it. Plus it’s only 10. It’s not forever.

    • gene June 25, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

      you should try original recipe with a sugar cane juice it’s amazing

  7. Andrea May 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Can I replace Smooth move with Swiss Criss?

    • Mike Olaski May 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      Yes, you sure can. Any herbal laxative will do.

  8. Amy May 26, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Lemonade Diet Day 1

    Hi! I’m loving this whole cleanse idea. Since I have never done any cleanses before I do have this one question. Actually, my mom kept on bugging me because you know since I’m doing the cleanse, I told her that I wouldn’t be eating any food.

    So she has repeatedly mention to me that drinking lemon juice or anything sour with an empty stomach can cause gastric ulcer? I didn’t choose to believe it because I’ve seen results of people on youtube and they all look pretty normal and healthy to me.

    But I just wanted to know if you guys know any relation on the above topic.

    Please reply. Thank you!!

  9. Seth May 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Lemonade Diet Day 6 (started on the 20th). How do I ease out by the 30th? when should I start? I believe that’s 10 days and some friends who have done this diet have told me this but I’m still unsure. Help please?

  10. Brenda May 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    I very heard of this cleanse for years now and gonna give it a go. I’ve done intermittent fasting before and like the effect and the results. I’m curious how this will feel different.


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