The press fellowship for sport and fitness journalism takes closer looks at the disputed detox practice called the master cleanse. Many sport and fitness related websites has articles where references to the some kind of detox program is made, in many cases the program mentioned is the master cleanse, aka the lemonade diet. In this article we take a closer look at the purpose, evidence of effectiveness, risk and cost involved.
Do these kinds of practices really offer any kind of benefits for athletes or are they a waste of time and money. Could it be that they even are detrimental to sport performance?
The whole idea with the instructions and directions from advocates of detox is that the body, over many years, accumulates different toxins. To maximize performance, wellbeing and body functions the saying is that we need to get rid of these toxins. But how? First, the idea of detox is not new, the master cleanse instructions using lemonades are new, but the human race has for thousands of years experimenting with different practices that aim to rid the body of perceived waste and toxins.
The Equivocal Tradition of Detox With the Master Cleanse
The master cleanse story starts all the way back in the 1940’s. Stanley Burroughs was the so called inventor and the first person to give instructions and directions regarding the use of lemons for detox (the main ingredients are lemon and maple syrup). The goal was to elevate high performance individuals to even greater levels by promoting weight loss and getting rid of bad chemicals that the body had unwillingly stored. Salt water flush was later introduced to the program as a way to further improve the results. In modern times Beyonce has probably been the most famous propagator of the master cleanse. Her reviews have spurred many followers and advocates of this practice.
Now, the evidence for the claimed results are very weak, there is little to no scientific findings that support the idea of toxic build ups in our bodies (at least that a detox can help eradicate). Still there is plenty of reviews from people that have achieved weight loss by following the master cleanse directions. If this is due to the extreme low calorie nature of the master cleanse diet, or due to eradication of body toxins, we leave as an exercise for our avid press fellowship readers to figure out.