The Cayenne Pepper Diet, which consists of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, promises to help you lose weight, have more energy, and make you much happier in just 10 days. The diet is said to be a Master Cleanse Diet, as you do not eat any food and the digestive system is cleaned out.
The mixture can be taken cold or as a hot tea and contains a certain amount of vitamins and minerals. This is more of a fast than it is a diet, and is designed to relieve the body of toxins and congestion. A laxative tea is taken every night and every morning. This consists of 32 ounces of warm water with sea salt. This works through your system within 30 to 60 minutes to clean you out from the top down.
It is recommended that this regimen be followed for at least 10 days. Some people do stay on the diet for a longer period of time. However, when you break the fast you will need to do it slowly to avoid what they call a dumping syndrome, where solid food can get caught in the digestive tract and plug up the system.
When going off the fast, you will need to drink full strength juices for a couple of days and slowly add soups, then vegetables and nuts before resuming a regular diet. A person may want to add probiotics to make sure to develop a healthy mucus lining in the intestine.
There has been some concern that there is a lack of protein, minerals, and vitamins when using the Cayenne Pepper Diet. Some may experience dizziness, fainting, and delirium, while on this fasting diet. There is not enough evidence to support that the body will be damaged from long term fasting. It is said that these effects of the detoxification process, and is said to pass after this period.