I broke the Master Cleanse on day 3 for a few reasons. First, I had an undeniable desire to eat actual food. Second, it felt like SO MUCH sugar! I know warm lemon water is a great liver tonic, but adding Maple Syrup to the mix was starting to mess with my biology, to say it politely. I felt like I was on an energy roller coaster. Just like if you eat refined foods that give you instant energy and then you crash so that you have to have more, this is the roller coaster I was on and it didn’t feel like a good idea to mess with sugar, both in the glass and in the blood, this way.
I also did some deeper research and found a few key things about this cleanse. First, when you fast this way, you’re bound to lose muscle tissue. That’s not terribly desirable considering I’ve lost a lot of muscle over the years during periods of hyperthyroidism. The problem is twofold. The body is indiscriminate and will take muscle not only from those you lift weights with, but also from the heart. According to Paul Pitchford:
“In the case no food
is eaten, then I suggest folks add the appropriate
micro-algae to balance blood sugar and protect
the organs from damage [during fasting and
cleansing protein can be taken from the heart and
other organs to maintain bodily functions].”
I have intermittent arrhythmia due to Graves’ Disease, and the couple of nights I was on the cleanse, my heart was beating quite fast and I was experiencing more frequent arrhythmia. It can also cause an electrolyte imbalance which is especially dangerous for those with heart or kidney ailments. On top of that, the reason I was looking to do a cleanse, was to give my digestive system a break as well as cleanse my kidneys. Normally the kidneys filter your blood and release the toxins while keeping protein. Leaching protein from my muscles just didn’t seem like a good idea on top of everything else.
During the fast, you’re meant to take a laxative tea morning and night to aid in elimination. What I found was that (unrelated to the tea), I was dehydrated. I was taking in plenty of water, but the cleanse itself was a heavy diuretic. Fortunately I tried this while off from work. This is the first time I’ve ever tried a laxative and it doesn’t stop working. I couldn’t even go to sleep because I was up every ten minutes. I did not want to risk sharting at work! Seriously. That may have been my most compelling reason to end the fast.
So, I’m off the Cleanse and am doing my best to eat a clean diet. Starting the day with warm lemon water and eating mostly fruits, vegetables, and beans. I’m glad I experimented with it, as I had been curious and I like to speak about these things through personal experience.