The Master Cleanse

Master Cleanse: Compare Cleanse Products

By Ryan Harrison, MA, BCIH

Internal cleansing is an important part of keeping your body healthy and can contribute to your overall wellness. There are many cleansing products and programs available today. Two of the most popular are the DrNatura Colonix Cleanse and The Master Cleanse.

Below, you’ll find a side-by-side comparison of the two cleanses in order to help you better understand the components, regimen, costs, method of action, and results.

Program Description

Colonix® Cleansing Program

The Master Cleanse


Colonix Program by DrNatura is a 30-90 day internal cleansing program created by a naturopathic doctor.

It is designed to gently and effectively cleanse the colon, promote regularity, and assist the liver and other organs of detoxification and elimination.

No special diet is required during the cleanse, though best results are achieved when an optimal diet featuring organic, whole foods is followed.

The Colonix Program has been used by thousands of people around the world, many of whom have written third-party verifiable testimonials.

The components of the Colonix Program are prepared according to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), federally established and enforced guidelines that ensure product potency and purity.

Discounts on purchases of two or more Colonix Program kits may be available to customers who contact the contact center.


Master Cleanse is a 10-16 day cleansing program developed in 1940 by alternative health practitioner, Stanley Burroughs. In 1976, Burroughs presented his cleansing program to the world through a book titled The Master Cleanser. The Cleanse became much more widely known through its presentation in a book published in 2004 by Peter Glickman, the director of chiropractic and chelation clinics, and contributing editor to an alternative health newsletter.

Master Cleanse is considered a detoxification program, though many people use it as a weight loss diet. Burroughs wrote that The Master Cleanse detoxifies the body of and removes the cravings associated with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, eating, coffee, tea, and various hot drinks.

Various companies offer versions of The Master Cleanse in ready-made kits or by selling a ready-to-drink liquid intended to make the cleanse easier by removing the need to shop for the ingredients and prepare the concoction.

There are somewhat optional elements of The Master Cleanse called the “Ease-in” and “Ease-Out.” These are intended, respectively, to prepare the body and mind for the cleansing experience and then to help transition from cleansing back to the consumption of other foods.

Master Cleanse is a strict diet, during which no other food is eaten. Only decaffeinated herbal teas are allowed during the actual cleanse.

Cleanse Components

Colonix® Cleansing Program

The Master Cleanse


The Colonix Program is comprised of three components:

Colonix Internal Cleanser (1 canister):
A blend of soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep the colon clean and waste matter moving freely and efficiently by creating a spongy, gelatinous mass in the bowels. By swelling and absorbing fluids, it breaks down and moves toxic waste matter stuck in the folds and crevices of the colon.

KleriTea (30 tea bags):
A combination of 12 herbs to assist the body in the detoxification process while exerting an adjustable laxative effect to help restore normal bowel function and regularity. Contains no caffeine.

Paranil (110 vcaps):
A combination of 17 detoxifying herbs.



The Master Cleanse (sometimes also called “The Lemonade Diet” or “Lemonade Fast”) is comprised of five ingredients, though pre-cleanse and post-cleanse phases also include any available fruits and vegetables. The five necessary ingredients for The Master Cleanse include:

Pure Water:
Used as the base of the concocted drink, as a transport and solvent. Also important for the hydration of the body.

Maple Syrup:
Should be grade B or darker, and organic. Used to sweeten the concoction, supply calories to the body (261 calories in 100 grams or 3.5 ounces), and deliver the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. Negligible amounts of some B-complex vitamins are also present. Only calcium, iron, manganese and zinc are present in significant amounts.

Lemon Juice:
Considered the most critical component of The Master Cleanse, it should be freshly squeezed from organic lemons to avoid additives and preservatives. Used to deliver enzymes, naturally-occurring acids, moderate amounts of vitamin C, and detoxifying phytochemicals such as limonene.

Cayenne Pepper:
Nearly as important in The Master Cleanse as lemon juice, it should be organic to avoid toxins from fertilizers and pesticides. Used to deliver the phytochemical capsaicin, a metabolism and circulation stimulant, and potent antioxidant. Cayenne pepper is moderately high in vitamin A and has negligible amounts of vitamin B3, calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Sea Salt:
Sometimes negated from the overall Master Cleanse, it is used to create a “Salt Water Flush” (SWF) – a very strong laxative effect producing 7-10 bowel movements within a very short timeframe. There is purportedly no nutritional or otherwise therapeutic reason for the SWF.

Ryan Harrison is a certified holistic & integrative health practitioner and consultant. He is a paid consultant of

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Related Products
  • Colonix® Program
    The cleanse of choice for over 1 million customers. Gentle, all natural & vegetarian detox to cleanse the colon and liver.*

  • Colonix® Fiber
    Daily fiber containing a unique blend of 14 natural ingredients and herbs to cleanse the colon of accumulated build-up.*

*These statement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

WARNING: DrNatura® products should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, by children (except children’s products), or by anyone with a serious medical condition. Do not use DrNatura products if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are taking any medications, consult with a healthcare professional before using DrNatura products.

KleriTea® herbal tea contains senna and is designed for short-term and occasional use only. Long-term continuous use is not recommended.

NOTICE: Taking Colonix® fiber without enough liquid may cause choking. Do not use this product if you have difficulty swallowing.

DetoxiGreen® contains soy. Do not use this product if you are allergic to soy or have a medical condition that can be affected by consumption of soy.

Do not use Toxinout® herbal supplement if you have kidney disease.

All testimonials quoted above are authentic from actual DrNatura® customers. All testimonials are documented and available for legal inspection. Emails, letters and pictures are used with permission. Customers whose testimonials are published on the web site receive a free canister of Colonix® fiber (a $35.00 value).