There is often confusion about the Master Cleanse recipe. A first time Master Cleanser Recipe might not be the same as a 10 time Master Cleanser Recipe – just like a first time skydiver might not follow the same routine as a 10 time skydiver. Experience allows for alternatives.

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Many people view the Master Cleanse Recipe as gospel. They read the book The Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs and revere every syllable as unassailable truth, worship every measurement. That's fine, even advisable – for the newbie, anyway.

But for the experienced Master Cleanser, the recipe can and even should vary. In this spirit, I will list the Master Cleanser Recipe below for the both the rookie and the veteran – you just need to decide for yourself which type of Master Cleanser you are. Are you a rookie cleanser or a Master Cleanser?

The Rookie Master Cleanser Recipe

Use this Master Cleanser Recipe if you have never tried the Master Cleanse before, or are unsure why each ingredient in the recipe is included. This is the Master Cleanse recipe verbatim (word for word) from its creator, Stanley Burroughs.

  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (approx. ½ lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons genuine maple syrup (not maple-flavored sugar syrup)
  • 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste
  • 8 oz water, room temperature
  • Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass jar w/lid and fill with the water.
    Shake it up and drink (cold water may be used if preferred).
    Use fresh (organic) lemons or limes only, never canned or frozen lemon or lime juice.

The Alterations to the Master Cleanser Recipe

  • 10 oz. fresh sugar cane juice (medium hot or cold)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/10 teaspoon cayenne (red pepper) or to taste
  • Another possible (although inferior) replacement could be pure sorghum (diabetics should not use this). It does not
    provide equal or anywhere close to the benefits of maple syrup.

The Master Cleanser Recipe

Follow this Master Cleanser Recipe if you have some experience with the Master Cleanse and understand why you might adjust some of the ingredients in the recipe.

  • Less-than or more-than 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (approx. ½ lemon) – depending on how much weight you need to lose. Be careful not to go too low. If you need more energy, add more.
  • 2 tablespoons genuine maple syrup (not maple-flavored sugar syrup)
  • 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste
  • 8 oz water, room temperature
  • Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass jar w/lid and fill with the water.
    Shake it up and drink (cold water may be used if preferred).
    Use fresh (organic) lemons or limes only, never canned or frozen lemon or lime juice.