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Eddie Vedder and Josh Brolin Are Fans of the Master Cleanse

Emma Gonzalez | September 27th, 2012

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and actor Josh Brolin are both graduates of the master cleanse, a detox and liver cleanse program marketed as a way to rid the body of toxins and promote natural weight loss. The master cleanse recipe includes liberal amounts of cayenne pepper, a super food with myriad health benefits like boosting the metabolism and increasing blood circulation.

Doctors and nutritionists warn, however, that though celebrities may tout extreme diets or detox programs, the best approach to healthy, natural weight loss is with nutritious foods, a balanced diet and regular exercise. The physicians at The Center For Medical Weight Loss, which operates over 450 centers across the country, have produced thousands of weight loss success stories. In fact, the American Journal of Medicine reports that the average patient loses 11.1% of total body fat in 12 weeks on the diet and exercise program, which is customized to each individual according to body type and medical history, and which promotes calorie moderation and healthy lifestyle choices.

What is the master cleanse?

The master cleanse is modified juice fast that allows dieters to drink only tea and liver cleanse lemonade. The cleanse can begin with a three-day ease-in period, which starts with living foods, then transitions to juices and broths, and finally to a day of orange juice. On the fourth day, detoxers can begin the liver cleanse by mixing up their first batch of detox lemonade. The definitive master cleanse recipe is:

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
1/10 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder (or as much as you can stand)
8 ounces (250 milliliters of pure water)

For best results, cleansers should drink a minimum of six to twelve glasses of lemonade per day, whenever they are hungry. Participants may also drink tea, as well as a nightly laxative and a saltwater flush.

Hollywood elite follow the master cleanse recipe

In a phone interview with W magazine, Eddie Vedder and Josh Brolin discussed their experiences with the master cleanse. Vedder explained that he was detoxing after a tour, and was just four days in. He had chosen the cleanse to “clean up [his] act.” Brolin later stated that he had done the cleanse a few times, and remembered feeling giddy after he hit a few days on the cleanse: “After the initial period of feeling like you have the flu come these five or six days of speediness.”

Other stars who have followed the master cleanse include Beyonce, Jared Leto, Pink, Ashton Kutcher, Anna Getty, Ashanti, Robin Quivers, David Blaine, Demi Moore, and Michelle Rodriguez.

But does it lead to natural weight loss?

There is no scientific evidence to show that the master cleanse recipe actually promotes detoxification. While the liver cleanse may promote weight loss, since calories are severely restricted by consumption of only lemonade, the master cleanse is also associated with short- and long-term side effects.

In the short term, detoxers may experience dehydration, dizziness, fatigue and nausea; over the long-term, dieters may have harmful loss of muscle mass.

Physician-assisted weight-loss plans, such as those through The Center for Medical Weight Loss, offer customized programs that promote healthy living. For information on a Center close to you, enter your information in the box at top right. Introductory offers are available  for new clients at some locations.