The Lemon Juice Cleanse that is The Master Cleanse requires the MOST CRITICAL component of The Lemonade Diet, freshly squeezed lemon juice to be just that; FRESH!. If you don't drink your Lemon Juice Fresh, you will not be getting the active enzymes that lose vitality over time, partly through exposure to light and air.
This leads to 2 of the biggest Master Cleanse Mistakes: Pre-Mixing your Lemonade, or using store bought Lemonade. Both of these DO NOT provide the benefits that you get from drinking your lemon juice fresh. In fact not drinking Fresh Lemon Juice could have dire consequences for those who are critically ill as was explained to me by Master Cleanse Practitioner, Tom Wolohsyn, when I was interviewing him for my Ebook: Successfully Starting The Master Cleanse.
I should note, that the first 3 times I did The Master Cleanse, I pre-mixed my lemonade, and I didn't have nearly as much energy as I did once I corrected my behavior and drank my lemon juice fresh.
Enzymes in Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice really is a unique juice. It is acidic, but when consumed it has an alkalizing effect on the body because of high levels of magnesium, calcium and potassium. By now you probably realize that nearly all packaged foods are almost completely devitalized; they are "dead".
"Live" food has active, living elements. Dead food has been cooked, and processed and contains only calories --no "living" enzymes. These enzymes break apart and put together cells. Enzymes are not technically "alive", but rather are active or inactive.
The acids in the lemon juice have the ability to break down calcified substances including gallstones and kidney stones. Fresh Lemon Juice also has similar properties as does our saliva and bile which are digestive aids that our bodies produce. This helps with the process of Autolysis which Tom describes as "self-digestion", or the breaking down of unhealthy cells which our bodies can then use to regenerate itself.
Lemon Juice as a "Cleaner"
Lemon is a natural cleaner. Why do you think all our dish soap started as a lemon variety (now replaced by lemon smelling chemicals), which, is also why it is great for preventing illness from cold or virus that is beginning to set in.
You probably already know, but Lemons are high in vitamin C, and have many other vitamins in lesser amounts such as B-5, B-6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamine.
I hope you can understand how drinking the Lemon Juice fresh is critical. If you have to pre-mix your lemonade because of work or other lifestyle considerations, then only use the Lemonade Concentrate (which mixes only the fresh lemon juice and the pure maple syrup).
Use Room Temperature, Ripened Lemon Juice
Don't keep your lemons in the fridge. If you buy 50 at a time, take 10 out to ripen, and store the rest in the fridge, making sure to take more out at least a few days before you will juice the lemons. Storing the lemons in the fridge prevents them from ripening. You want ripe lemon juice. Also, the cold puts the enzymes in a sort of hibernation that makes them less active. Enzymes are your friends. Help them help you.