There are many different detox diets out there. Some may be hard to follow, and involve drinking some pretty gross mixtures. Not the Lemon Detox Diet.
This diet consists of fresh water, pure lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and natural maple syrup. The acid in the lemons assists the cleansing process, and the cayenne pepper helps speed up your metabolism promoting circulation and a greater release of toxins from our bodies. This detox diet will help you cleanse your body, lose weight quickly and make you feel better overall.
This detox diet was largely promoted by singer Beyonce, who was quoted as saying, “I lived on water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 14 days. It was tough; everyone was eating and I was dying.” But, in two weeks she reportedly lost 20 pounds.
As a culture, we eat so much processed and junk food, that we add very little nutrition to our bodies. Therefore, our bodies end up working so much harder to get rid of the waste that is generated from such low, nutritional value food. Also, we breathe and ingest numerous chemicals and toxins each day, which does nothing for the health of our bodies. What the Lemon Detox Diet does is allow our bodies to naturally cleanse themselves, while we take a break from solid food.
It’s hard to give up the comfort of food, and the caffeine in pop and coffee. This diet will present a mental challenge to you as well. Look at it as a challenge, rather than a chore, to get you through the rough parts. Remember, you WILL eat again. When hunger pains strike, fix yourself another glass of the lemon drink and visualize the rewards you will receive once you complete the detox.
The Detox drink is quite simple to make. Take the following:
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon. Do not use concentrate or a drink mix, as these contain preservatives.
2 tablespoons of Organic or natural maple syrup. Again, no maple flavored syrups, for reasons above.
1/10th of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, more or less to taste.
Mix above ingredients in 8 oz. of fresh spring water, hot or cold. Enjoy!
It is recommended that you drink at least 6-8 glasses of this mixture per day during your fast. For best results, fast for 7-10 days. For more experienced detoxers, the detox can be extended up to 14.