You are intrepid, proactive, and resolute, a dynamo of fitness. You are gassy, malingering, and faint-hearted, a weary lump of humanity. Either way, you have arrived at a decision: the time has come for a colon cleanse. And not just any colon cleanse: a homemade colon cleanse. You’re going to mix up the magic elixir yourself.
The recipe is easy, and has been around awhile; alternative health practitioner Stanley Burroughs developed it in 1941. For it you will need:
-Fresh lemon (unless you can find bottled lemon juice uncontaminated with sodium benzoate or any other preservative) -Maple Syrup (That’s real maple syrup.) The kind you get from panning maple trees in late winter / early spring. If you live in Vermont you ‘re golden.) -Cayenne pepper -Water -A tall drinking glass.
1) Squeeze 1/2 a fresh lemon (or lime, if lemon is not to your taste) into the drinking glass.
2) Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
3) Add 1/10 of a tablespoon of cayenne pepper (or a bit less than 1/3 of a teaspoon. You’ll want to experiment with this part.
4) Stir together
5) Fill the rest of the glass with water and stir again.
You are going to be drinking six to twelve glasses of this every day for a minimum of ten and maximum of forty days. It depends on whether you want the short course or long course. You are also going to drink laxative tea every night to make sure your bowels move the diminishing quantity of solid matter available to them.
But before you do anything, make sure you know what you’re in for. This is not a promenade in the park. People who have done the program described here report experiencing fatigue, headaches, and hunger in the early stages.
The claimed benefits also include detoxification, cleansing of the digestive, glandular, and muscular-skeletal systems, improved circulation, and more all around energy.
No pain, no gain.
Note that weight loss is not on the benefits list. That’s not because you will not lose weight. You will, quickly. You just will not keep it off. Using this colon cleanse method for weight control will lead to a cycle of losing and gaining (“yo-yo dieting”) that is not good for your health at all. What’s important here is cleansing.
Once you’ve done your time, do not just dive in on a jumbo burger and steak fries. Your poor intestines have been without solid food for over a week, if not over a month. They need time to rebuild their bacterial culture and mucus lining. Drink natural, conservative-free juices the first day or two after. Add clear soup and broth the fourth day. Then solid fruits and vegetables for a couple days more. You can give meat and / or dairy a try after that.