The Cayenne Pepper Diet
What is The Cayenne Pepper Diet and why does everyone refer to it by a different name?!
As you’re probably aware, The Cayenne Pepper Diet is just one of many names for an intense detox regime that consists of 10 days of no solid food, just a drink consisting of freshly squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. Other names for the program are The Master Cleanse, the lemon juice and cayenne pepper diet, the lemon detox, the maple syrup and cayenne pepper diet and the water and cayenne pepper diet, though if the truth be known, the idea of the program is to cleanse, rather that diet.
Where does it come from?
The original Master Cleanse was created by an alternative medicine performer called Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Burroughs described it as a detoxification program, rather than a diet, though weight loss, along with the removal of harmful toxins, is a natural result of the process.
How do you do it?
Essentially you just drink the cayenne pepper diet recipe described above for 10 days. But it’s wise to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the experience. For the best results, it’s probably not a food idea to decide done day on a whim that you’ll give it a try, as the process can be rather demanding.
How should I prepare?
Work out the best time period in your life to do the detox a few weeks in advance. Then you can prepare yourself mentally for the experience. Physically, you can ease your body into the cayenne pepper diet by only eating fruit and vegetables, or just fresh juices, for a a day or two of days before. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it does help to get your body and mind used to not eating ‘normal’ foods.
How do I start the the lemon and cayenne pepper diet?
On the morning of day 1 the first thing you will do is a salt water flush. This is basically a pretty heavy duty laxative made from salt and water that will help to get your bowels moving and make sure all solid waste begins to pass out of your system. You can do this with either sea salt or Epsom Salts.
Salt Water Flush Recipe
Mix a teaspoon of organic sea salt (not iodized salt) or Epsom Salts with 30 oz of warm water, or use normal temperature water if you prefer. Try to drink the solution down in one go.
You can repeat the salt water flush every morning if you like, every 2 days is generally fine.
Well that was pleasant, what next?!
Now you’re ready to start drinking your lemon mixture. You can drink this as often as you like and as much as you like, whenever you feel hungry you should drink.
The traditional recipe for one glass is:
* 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
* 2 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
* 1/10 Teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
* 10 oz of filtered water
You should be drinking 9-12 glasses per day, so it’s easier to make a large batch to drink throughout the day. However, be careful here as if you pre-mix all the ingredients together and leave it for too long, the enzymes in the lemon will die and the cayenne will stew and make the liquid very hot. To avoid this, just mix the the freshly squeezed lemon juice and maple syrup together, store this in the fridge or a cool dark place, then mix with the water and cayenne as and when you drink it.
2 Litre batch – roughly 6-9 glasses
• 175 ml of Maple Syrup (preferably organic)
• 5 freshly squeezed lemons (organic if your budget and availability allows)
• 3 pinches of the Cayenne Pepper
- mix with filtered water to make 2 litres
You don’t need to be too strict with the measures, make it to suit your taste and don’t spend hours measuring out exact quantities.
Which kind of Maple Syrup should I use?
When Stanley Burroughs originally published the Master Cleanse in 1976, the U.S.D.A. (United States Department of Agriculture) classified maple syrup into 3 different categories and his directive was to use grade B. However, now-a-days the USDA syrup grading system uses five different maple grades. Three graded A; Grade A Light Amber, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and two darker syrups, Grade B maple syrup and Commercial Grade.
And just to confuse you everyone, there are 3 different grading systems for the 3 main regions of production: Canada, The U.S. and Vermont. The numbers range #1 – #3, and letter range from AA to D. The classification of maple syrup in the US depends on its translucence and the darker the color, the stronger the flavor – AA is lightest. D is darkest, #1 is lightest. #3 is darkest.
Most maple syrup you will find in supermarkets will be Grade B, some will be one of the Grade A’s. For the cayenne pepper diet, Grade B organic is best – wherever you can use organic on this program (budget and availability permitting), then do it!
And that’s it then, I just drink my lemon mixture all day every day?
You should also drink 1-2 litres of water every day on the diet, re-hydration is key. If you like you can also drink organic herbal teas. Peppermint is particularly good in aiding digestion and provides a nice alternative taste to all the lemon.
Burroughs said to also drink an organic laxative herbal tea in the evening before bed. Again, this is down to your discretion.
Does everyone drink the same amount?
Some people, especially if you’re physically active, which you can still be on the maple syrup and cayenne pepper diet, will drink more than 12 cups a day, even up to 25 or 30. The more maple syrup you consume, the more energy you will have as this is where your calories are coming from. Be sensible and listen to your body, especially if you’re exercising. Don’t treat the cayenne pepper diet as a weight loss regime as such. It isn’t, it’s a way to detox and rejuvenate your body which also happens to result in weight loss as you are consuming far less calories than you usually would.
What’s the most important thing to remember on the detox?
The most important thing on the lemon cayenne pepper diet is to not eat any solid food. Eating uses a lot of energy for the body. To digest, assimilate, and eliminate is intensive energy use. When you stop eating and digesting, your body has a chance to rest and direct this energy usage elsewhere to heal and eliminate toxins if necessary. Your body becomes revitalised and rejuvenated and mentally you will reap these benefits in a major way.
But remember that this is not a fast, it’s a liquid diet, as a true fast involves abstinence from food of any kind.
What should I do when I finish the 10 days?
When you come to the end of the 10 days, don’t think you will tucking into a huge steak and chips. This could be very harmful, resulting in serious constipation and possible other health issues.
Ideally you will take a day or two to re-acclimatise your body to eating regular foods. Start by drinking just orange juice, then progress to mixed fruit smoothies, then to fruit and vegetables, before having a solid meal. The solid meal should be as much natural, unprocessed food as possible, lots of vegatables, perhaps a salad or soup. Avocado and tomato mixed dressed with olive and oil and, if you’re not sick of the site of them, lemon! Don’t overeat, try small portions at first and take it easy.
How do I get my daily nutrition
Maple syrup is similar to sugar calorie-wise, but is a source of manganese, with 13.33 grams (0.470 oz) containing about 0.44 milligrams (1.6×10−5 oz) or 22 percent of the FDA Daily Value (DV%) of 2 milligrams (7.1×10−5 oz).
It is also a source of zinc with 13.33 grams (0.470 oz) containing 0.55 milligrams (1.9×10−5 oz) or 3.7 percent of the FDA Daily Value (DV%) of 15 milligrams (0.00053 oz).
Compared to honey, maple syrup has 15 times more calcium and 1/10 as much sodium. Maple syrup also contains trace amounts of amino acids.
Cayenne pepper is a very powerful plant and one of the best healing herbs in the world. The pepper can increase the blood flow in the body and is a very rich source of vitamins B & C.