Master Cleanse Ingredients

The Master Cleanse is powerful in its simplicity in both process and ingredients. Although very few ingredients are required, the quality of the ingredients is critical. Each and every one of the Master Cleanse Ingredients should be organic grade, ripe, locally sourced, and unrefined without any preservatives. This can make for a challenge to keep your fresh lemons fresh, as organic lemons go bad faster, but with a few of the following tips in mind, you should be able to get through your 10 day lemon cleanse with a big smile knowing you're losing weight while feeling great!

The point is to remove chemicals from your system, to eliminate toxins. Your common sense should tell you that canned lemon juice does not have the same nutritional content as fresh squeezed. It should also tell you that organic is free from chemicals and pesticides. The maple syrup will need to be full of nutrients too, and this means no Aunt Je-my-god-this-is-so-refined-sugary-crap maple syrup. Get whole foods. Unrefined foods.

The Master Cleanse Ingredients


The diet itself is also simple and requires only five ingredients. You will want to make sure you have at least several days worth of supplies. I have been caught without maple syrup before and have had to make a dash for a whole foods retailer late one night. This is your nourishment, and simply, if you don’t have it you can’t eat, so be prepared. I shop for a whole week. That can be up to 20 lemons, and 1 liter of maple syrup. In a few months, we will be offering a starter kit that will include all items except the lemons.

For the Lemonade Diet recipe, go to our Lemonade Diet page


Fresh Lemons are Critical for their Enzymes

When digested, the lemon alkalizes the body. Lemon is a natural cleansing agent for the body, as it brakes and loosens mucus to be eliminated.
Lemon also contains:
  • many minerals and vitamins – C, B-5, B-6
  • digestive enzymes
These help us to brake down unhealthy tissues and cells to be recycled and regenerated. To learn more about this Lemonade diet ingredient, go to our Organic Lemons page.

How many lemons will I need for 10 days of Lemonade diet?

If you buy 50 lemons in advance, as most people do, store 40 in the fridge at a time and take the 10 most ripe lemons out for your first day or two. NOTE : Store your lemons on the counter to ripen, NOT in the fridge. Enzymes are dormant in the fridge. You want those enzymes.

Rich Maple Syrup is Nutrient Dense and Low Glycemic

  • This is the ingredient in the Master Cleanse that will provide you with the calories and the energy to to fuel your body during the cleanse.
  • Maple Syrup was chosen by Stanley Burroughs for specific reasons (as was every other ingredient –Fresh Lemon Juice, Cayenne Pepper and Pure Water). It was chosen because it is a very high quality, concentrated source of energy when consumed in its purest state (as close to right-from-the-tree as possible) and is packed full of: nutrients, minerals and vitamins. For the list of all the specific nutrients, please go to our Maple Syrup Page.  
  • THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT : There are generally 4 grades of Maple syrup. You can also see this grading expressed in the different colours of Maple syrup available on the market. Grade B is actually the highest quality of syrup for the Master Cleanse, and the best choice possible. If it is not available for you, get the darkest grade you can.

Maple syrup provides nutrients, calories and energy

1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup provides about 55 calories. Since we aim to average 8 glasses of Lemonade each day, we will consume 880 calories each day alone from Maple Syrup (8 glasses x 2 Tablespoons x 55 calories). There are 4 calories in each Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice. That provides a daily calorie intake of 944 calories.

Alternatives to Maple Syrup

Inevitably someone always asks what an acceptable substitute might be. I will list the most common ones, but let me be clear: RICH MAPLE SYRUP IS BEST :)

  1. Sorghum Syrup – Stanley Burroughs approved
  2. Sugar Cane – Stanley Burroughs approved
  3. Blackstrap Molasses – An alternative For Diabetics.
  4. Coconut Nectar – The newest addition to this list. It is 100 % raw, vegan, low glycemic, low fructose, very nutritious as well as has neutral PH.
For more info on these alternative choices and the list of unapproved alternatives for Maple syrup, please see our Maple syrup of the Lemonade Diet article.


Cayenne Pepper (The Master Herb)

Cayenne Pepper is so critical to The Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet that it is sometimes called the Cayenne Pepper Diet. There is no doubt that cayenne pepper is a Super Food.

Cayenne Pepper is a vegetable and we get our powder for The Lemonade Diet from grinding up a dried specific type of red pepper. Still, many refer to cayenne pepper as an herb. In fact, herbologist and herbalists say that Cayenne Pepper is The Master Herb. Perhaps this is where Stanley Burroughs came up with the name “The Master Cleanser.”

Why Cayenne Pepper is The Master of The Master Cleanse Ingredients

Cayenne Pepper has many wonderful properties:

  1. It is a stimulant which raises the metabolism (something that is important when not digesting food).
  2. It increases circulation, which is very helpful when cleansing because one often feels slightly cool, likely due to the low metabolism which results from not digesting food.
  3. Cayenne Pepper also acts as a blood thinner and purifier, which can help with digestion.

Pure Water for the Lemonade Diet

The quality of your water during the Master Cleanse is the key to great results.You probably know that your body uses water to flush and transport toxins to the organs of elimination ( The colon, bladder, lungs, skin and so on…) to discharge them. Latest scientific research shows that many health problems can be significantly improved, or completely eliminated, with just an adequate consumption of good water. To learn more about the healing power of water, read our recent articles on this topic.


We recommend 3 ways to ensure your water is pure and appropriate for the Cleanse:

  1. You can use a Water Ionizer
  2. Install good Water Filter for your tap water
  3. Or check your local health-food store for Purified Bottled Water

What about distilled water?

Stanley Burroughs – The Master Cleanse founder, did not recommend using distilled water. He called it was “cooked” – completely stripped of natural minerals found in water.It is also slightly acidic.

Tips on how to make the Master Cleanse Lemonade right

There are a few very common mistakes that can prevent you from succeeding and completing the Master Cleanse program. It is very easy to avoid these and you can learn more about that in our recent article. Happy Cleansing everyone!

Essential Equipment (Your Master Cleanse Kit)

To complete the diet, very little in terms of equipment or apparatus is required. All items are small, taking up very little space in your cupboard and counter. They are all simple and easy to clean, and should not provide you with any excuses for not starting.

To prepare the Master Cleanse Ingredients for your Lemonade you will need:

  • 12″ Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Hand Juicer
  • Tablespoon Measure
  • 3 – 1 Liter Chug-gables

Putting it all together: Video

Here is a video showing exactly what ingredients to buy and how to make the lemonade.

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27 Responses to Master Cleanse Ingredients

  1. Pamela blythe October 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

    Many people dont read properly to understand. Eg. Diet says specifically dont use bottle lemon.
    Some only read the diet itself cause its quick but if we dont have the understanding of what we are doing it doesnt help. Juicers and blenders should be a part of every homes kitchen. Its also not nice to make people feel stupid when they have a question and also doct and meds are a very important part of our lives,.as are natural alternatives..the key is to be open minded and balanced in our thinking. That is how progress comes. Herbs wont do a heart transplant or kidney transplant as anti biotics can also be dangerous. So nobody is forced to try anything. Read it. Like it. Do it. If not move on. Find something that works for you. No need to be ugly. Its immature.

  2. Michelle November 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    Cant do lemon. Can I use Lime?

  3. Sharee Rask August 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Is it OK to prepare the whole days worth or even 2 days worth a head of time?

  4. common sense May 11, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    I am a med student and having read through the information on this website, am quite alarmed. Your body requires vital proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals on a daily basis, which this so called ‘cleanse’ cuts out completely.

    Be aware that none of the claims on this website seem to be based on research or evidence. For example the claim that lemons will “alkalise your body”? Firstly the blood is slightly alkaline anyway, with a pH of 7.35-7.45 under normal conditions. Secondly lemons contain citric acid, with a pH of approximately 2. And finally no matter how much acidic/alkaline food you eat, you will not change your blood’s pH. Various buffering systems exist within the body to maintain it within the range of pH 7.35-7.45. This is the range inside which the enzymes and proteins within our bodies function correctly and therefore is the pH range compatible with life.

    Furthermore, when we stop eating, the body goes into a thrifty storage mode to conserve energy, such that when you start eating again, it be more likely to store the energy we take in from our food as fat.

    So let’s all use our common sense and be critical for a minute. To, lose body fat and, more importantly, be healthy, the best diet to choose is a healthy one, low in refined sugars, containing all the recommended nutrients our bodies need, whilst doing plenty of exercise; basically the sure fire way to slim down since the beginning of time.

    • Mike Olaski May 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm #


      Common sense, is often not sufficient. In fact, educated sense is often blinded by their education on one track. One takes a few classes and then thinks they know it all. The “Thrifty storage mode” has been shown to be more “Thrifty cleansing mode” of autophagy. Spend 100 hours researching fasting and the hundreds of studies to show its’ benefits to balance your knowledge derived “common” education system classes. Avante guarde thinking is where the deeper knowledge lies. Seek vast and varied sources of knowledge in your practice and you will serve the world well. What’s more, everything present here is with the understanding it could be proved false one day or even in opposing “studies”. What’s important is to abandon the notion that science is ever “settled”. This is absolutely anathema to the meaning of science. Lastly, it’s interesting you mention the beginning of time (which is when functional fasting was invented). It’s practice is documented throughout history in most complex organisms (animals) including humans. True, a healthy diet is the baseline goal. Fasting is a technique that acts as a catalyst towards healing, change.

      • james garofalo September 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

        Perfect medical student. Rich on brains and nil on imagination or intuition.

    • Janice May 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

      And As a pre med student, common sense, how many hours of nutrition have you taken. Most doctors (who are often very good at what they do) only take about 8 credit hour of nutrition. This does not make you an expert in nutrition. I do agree that the best way to lose weight is to eat properly (can you common sense provide me with a diet proper for my bodies condition?) but a cleanse removes all the garbage we have dumped into our system (pizza, Big Mac, Jack in the Box, etc.) as well as the chemicals that accompany the foods we consume. To be a good doctor you need to gain a little humility after all like many doctors you are not god.

  5. Dee March 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Do you have to start on an empty stomach?

  6. Jah July 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Kimber, it should be easy enough to cut the lemons in half and squeeze them, perhaps remove the seeds first. You will be able to get enough juice out this way, but I would not advise to use bottled lemon juice. Or just go buy a hand-held juicer, they are small and cheap.
    Good Luck, feeling great on day three

  7. David February 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Hey everyone, Happy New Year. First time doing the cleanse and have a quick question. I am on day 5 of a planned 10 day cleanse; when will my tongue turn pink again? It is covered in a thick white paste that I can actually scrape off with my teeth. It is GROSS.

    Good luck to everyone doing the cleanse and all the best in 2015.

    • Lisa March 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

      This is totally normal. The white stuff should be clear or significantly reduced by day 10. It’s your body detoxing. Supposedly, you’re supposed to keep on the master cleanse until all the white stuff is gone off your tongue. I chose to go an extra 2 days after the 10 because I still had some white. It was all gone by day 12 for me, which meant my body had successfully rid itself of all toxins. I find oil pulling help so much with speeding up this process. You basically slowly swish organic UNtoasted sesame oil or organic coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, first thing in the morning, before you drink water or brush your teeth. Good luck on your journey!

  8. Kimber June 8, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi all! I’m planning on starting this cleanse next week. If I substitute bottled lemon juice for freshly squeezed lemons, will that affect my cleanse? My problem is that I don’t have a juicer. Thanks!

  9. Kimber June 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi all! I’m planning on starting this cleanse next week. If I substitute bottled lemon juice for freshly squeezed lemons, will that affect my cleanse? My problem is that I don’t have a juicer. Thanks!

  10. Kimber June 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi all! I’m planning on starting this cleanse next week. If I substitute bottled lemon juice for freshly squeezed lemons, will that affect my cleanse? My problem is that I don’t have a juicer. Thanks!

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