What is your body telling you?
Hollywood stars use detox programs to prepare themselves for the red carpet. In anticipation for tight dresses, cameras that add on the pounds and fashion icons, who wouldn’t want to reduce bloating and fatigue? After all, celebrity or not, everyone is exposed to a variety of toxins, from air pollution to alcohol.
Some of us experience the effects of toxic poisoning sooner than others; but it is abundantly clear that toxins in the food, air, water and the environment trigger most illness and disease in people. Detox practices claim to remove these toxins, promise health benefits and weight loss, which make them so popular among the rich and famous.
While there might be risk of diarrhea, deprivation and laxatives, detox programs have a star-power following, particularly for the detox program called the Master Cleanse.
Caution: this detox is not for the weak!
The Master Cleanse has practically become a household name. Singer Beyonce was one of the first popular stars to admit she used the “Maple Syrup Diet.” Also known as the “Lemonade Diet,” the Master Cleanse consists of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
First, the lemon juice must be fresh. Lemon juice is used for its alkalizing properties, as well as for its natural cleansing ability to break down calcification. The maple syrup in the Master Cleanse serves to provide energy with its first-grade (Grade A) natural source of “tree blood.” Furthermore, flavor has to be satisfied somehow! Lastly, cayenne pepper serves to boost metabolism, assist circulation, is a blood thinner and purifier, and breaks up mucous in the body. It is the most crucial element and ingredient in the Master Cleanse.
Beyonce lost around 20 pound in 10 days, sipping on an easy to prepare diet drink made mostly of maple syrup. Devotees of the diet eat no solid food but drink up to 10 daily glasses of the lemon juice cocktail and round it off with saltwater in the morning and laxative tea at night. They are supposed to stay on the cleanse for at least 10 days, then ease back into normal eating with orange juice and vegetable soup. When all the toxins are removed, the added benefits include renewed energy and quick weight loss.
The main drawback: you never want to be too far from a toilet. The cleanse produces very liquid and plentiful bowel movements. As for other side effects: hunger!
According to one website that promotes the cleanse, the purpose is, “…to dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion; to cleanse the kidneys and digestive system; to purify glands; to eliminate waste and hardened materials in the joints and muscles; to build a healthy bloodstream; to maintain optimal blood pressure; and to what you all are waiting to hear … to lose weight.”
It’s no secret that practically all celebrities watch their weight. They are in the type of business that requires them to look a certain way and they are constantly watched by the entire world. Many of them diet or detox throughout their acting careers. We all know anything popular in Hollywood becomes extremely mainstream throughout the world, including the Master Cleanse detox program.