Article by Wendy McCance
If you have been reading my blog, you know that I have fibromyalgia and graves disease. Ever since I was diagnosed with these conditions, I have had some strange ailments. Mainly, I can tell how well I am doing just by looking at my skin and hair.
Before I even have other symptoms such as extreme fatigue, weight gain or loss and additional pain, my hair and skin will give me clues of what’s to come. I have realized that when I start having these symptoms, I know a trip to the doctor is in my future. I generally will need my medication tweaked because for whatever reason, the dosage is no longer the right amount for my system.
Recently, my hair has lost its shine and looks dried out. I have been bruising quite a bit and I have spots on my legs and ears that look like psoriasis and won’t heal no matter what I use. I have tried aloe straight from the plant, coconut oil, neosporin and a lotion prescribed by my dermatologist, but nothing has helped. Desperate to correct some of these ailments, I decided to try the Master Cleanse.
The Master Cleanse sounds extreme. You drink a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, grade A maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The idea behind this drink is that it cleanses out your system and detoxifies your liver. You drink 6 or more glasses of this concoction a day for 10 days with no food. You are allowed some herbal tea, but that’s it.
My biggest concerns are that I don’t want to lose a ton of weight (you can lose up to 20 pounds) and I don’t want to feel so fatigued and sick to my stomach that I can’t go about my daily routine. To combat this, I have altered the program to fit my needs. Besides drinking the mixture, I can eat fruits and vegetables and have broth. My reasoning is that I have had too much sugar and carbohydrates (bread and pasta) in my diet recently. I truly feel addicted to both and think that having those items hasn’t done anything positive for my body.
I am also curious to see how this turns out. I have long thought that I might have a gluten allergy because of the way I feel after eating starches. Additionally, I have wondered if not eating starches might reduce the rashes I get from time to time.
So, I am on my second day. I woke up earlier than I have in a very long time (7:40am) without an alarm to wake me. I have a good amount of energy and feel better than I usually do in the mornings. I have very little pain and feel pretty much like I used to before the fibromyalgia diagnosis.
I don’t know if this is a coincidence or truly because of what I put in my body the day before. I am not too bloated and feel more wide awake. The rashes still look the same, but I’m hopeful since only a day has passed.
I’m sure you are curious about what the mixture tastes like. Believe it or not, it’s pretty good. It tastes like freshly squeezed lemonade but has a hint of spice as an after taste. I don’t dread drinking it. I know if I did, I wouldn’t be able to get through the cleanse.
I’ll let you know how things turn out. I know there are many people with health issues that are always looking for a way to curb their symptoms. That describes me and why I am doing this perfectly, so we’ll see how it goes.
Important: I’d like to point out that I am NOT a health practitioner. This is something I am attempting to do, but I am not advising others to try it too. As with any change in diet, you should contact your doctor and make sure that what you are doing is a healthy choice before engaging in that activity.
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