Lemonade Diet: Health Cleanse Or Diet Fad?

The lemonade diet is yet another diet that many promote for healthy weight loss.  However, before I begin expostulating on the dangers of such a diet, I would like to draw a distinction here between a diet and a cleanse.  What most people consider a diet is designed to help you lose weight.  A cleanse will help you eliminate from your body all the toxins, chemicals, junk, and other nasty things from your body, essentially cleaning it out. 

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Now if the cleanse becomes a diet and all you are doing it for is to lose weight, I do not condone the lemonade diet cleanse.  If, however, you are looking to cleanse your  body of impurities and sickness-causing issues, the lemonade diet can be done healthfully under supervision.

The lemonade diet cleanse is essentially a 10-day cleanse.  Having given my approval to the cleanse, let me say that I do not recommend doing this cleanse without the supervision of a health care practitioner.  With that out of the way, we can now proceed to the details.

The lemonade diet is indeed a cleanse, and meant to be that.  Basically, it is the consumption of a lemonade-type of concoction along with plenty of tea, salt water, and plain water.  First, the lemonade:  To make, you combine 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons of Grade B organic maple syrup, 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 10 ounces of distilled water.  This concoction is drunk whenever you are hungry, generally between 6 and 10 times a day.  In addition to this lemonade, you will also be drinking salt water in the morning, to help flush out all the toxins that accumulate in your colon from the cleansing.  The salt water is for the morning flush, and a laxative tea is used for the night time flush.  Organic green or peppermint tea both work wonderfully for a pre-bed laxative.  These are the main components of the lemonade diet cleanse.

One of the real benefits to doing the lemonade diet as a cleanse is that the drink supplies you with much-needed vitamins and minerals.  The lemon juice has plenty of vitamin C, antioxidants, and others.  Cayenne pepper is loaded with vitamins B and C, while the maple syrup provides sugars for energy, iron, and many other nutrients.  This diet is about as close as you can get to getting all your nutrients with the least amount of calories.  If you are going to do a “fad” diet that promises quick weight loss, this one might be your best bet.

Even though this diet is considered a bit safer than the other “fad” diets available, it should still be done with extreme caution.  First, be sure that you have your health care provider’s consent and approval.  Secondly, don’t plan to be a busy bee during this cleanse.  The cleanse will not give you optimal health during the cleanse; you will most likely feel out of sorts several days.  Thirdly, please drink plenty of water.  If you do not, your system will work even harder to get rid of all the waste and your body will hardly be able to cope.

Is lemonade diet safe (or healthy)?  As a health care professional myself, I can say that it is.  However, it must be done in the right way at the right time, and all parts of the cleanse must be followed for a safe and healthful cleanse.

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  • lemonade-diet Jan 29, 2012, 9:38 am

    It’s debatable how much water to drink while on the lemonade cleanse, but I’d say at least 4 glasses a day plus lemon concoction.

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