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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26 Responses to Master Cleanse Ingredients

  1. steve April 5, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    ive not done this since last year around this time and im getting bigger. but this time i plan on continueing healthy and active lifestyle. My goal is to go passed 10 days and do it as long as i feel good about doing it. last year i did 10 days and lost 50 lbs, shank 4 pant sizes, and i could see my rib cage. no love handles and my thieghes shank also. it was a great feeling. im much more determined to never look like this again. its to confortable to be overweigh @ 280. goal is 220-230.

  2. Marcy March 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Cleanse Day 4
    I’m really proud of myself to get this far, however today I’ve felt the worst. My stomach feels very gassy and full and just not so good. I have a feeling though that all will be well after a good night sleep and another SWF in the morning. :) It’s been quite a challenge because I still cook meals for my husband and 3 kids, but it makes the outcome that much sweeter cause of the extra struggles.

  3. Vianey January 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Lemonade Day 3.-
    Today as my third day in The Master Cleanser and everything is very well; getting on schedule with more energy more alert got and very quiet time early in the morning which that made my day …. oh I’m looking forward to do some more change in my life no only physically but inside out my moodiness got better this awesome.
    Also because can find a dark glass to carry my lemon and Syrup on the go this is what i did:
    I use empty pickle jar, cover outside with foil and cover with a black sock put a little ribbon bow to be girly my touch.
    Another 7 days to go I’m excited.yahooooo!

    • Brian December 6, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      After you do the master cleanse, you should work on your writing. It’s amazing how many people have poor writing skills in this country.

      • Ben February 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

        You’re right about that and that comment is full of errors–but there is no reason to be mean about it.

        Congrats on your first cleanse Vianey! I hope it went well for you!

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  5. website January 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

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  6. Chuck Hutcheson February 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I have been on the Master Cleanse for four days now, and at the end of the fourth day, I was amazed to discover that I can read my computer screen very clearly, without having to squint!!! My (ex) wife noticed about three or four years ago that I was starting to squint and focus at some things – words on the television, reading a book / newspaper, etc. But I am blown away that I am looking at a computer screen right now, tonight, for the first time in a long time without squinting!!! This is my first cleanse / detox, and it won’t be my last!

  7. Katie February 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm #


    I’m starting the Master Cleanse tomorrow. My question is: is there any reason not to use a juicer(machine)? I have a Jack LaLane juicer and it tends to give me more juice than just using a hand juicer or squeezing.


  8. Kim January 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Mike, Is it ok to use 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice instead of two? Also I accidently got some lemon oil in my lemonade when I squeezed the lemon, is that ok or should i dump it next time that happens?

  9. Dominique August 9, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    I am trying the Master Cleanse for the first time!!
    I am now on my ease-in fase. I will be doing a long ease-in, doing the living food diet for two days, the juicing and blending for two days and the orange juice day for one day.
    By doing this, I am hoping to prepare my body and mind better and reduce the amount of solid food intake gradually.

    I have just one important question before I begin the Lemonade Diet;
    What kind of water should I use? What brand should I buy? Is it ok to just use a Brita filter with tap water?
    I want to make things easy for myself, so as to avoid breaking the diet. So if there is one best brand of water that I can buy, I will do it.
    But also if you can recommend the best way to filter tap water, it will be a helpful tip for the future as well.
    (I usually drink mineral spring water, as I don’t like the taste of tap water).

    thank you!

  10. JoJo Toney July 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Hey Mike! I’m really interested in trying this Master Cleanse. I’ve been looking for a detox system for about a month and stumbled upon this method while scrolling through a few vegan recipes. But I have a quick question. I’ve looked through the FAQ’s for cheating, and although i really don’t consider this cheating: Is it possible for me to use organic jaggery instead of maple syrup to sweeten the lemonade? Jaggery is traditionally used in South Asia, Africa and the Carribean (where I’m from). I figured since it is healthier than granulated white sugar it would be fine. But, if it’s not allowed i will use the maple syrup.

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