A: Most people feel energized and compelled to exercise while on The Master Cleanse. They report feeling healthy and strong through some of the most invigorating work-outs. While I would avoid high intensity cardio workouts and high repetition weightlifting while doing the cleanse. However, this doesn't mean you should stay welded to the couch the whole time you're on the cleanse. It's good to move around, just don't push yourself too hard. I like to go for a walk or a light jog, do yoga, and ride my bike when I'm on The Master Cleanse. Keep in mind that what one person considers an intense workout might be effortless to another. So if you're an experienced runner going for a jog while you're on the cleanse should be fine, but if you're out of shape, jogging might be too much for you to handle. There is no one rule that fits every person when it comes to exercising and The Master Cleanse. Just remember to pay attention to your body, and don't push yourself too hard.
Q: Can you do the Master Cleanse for less than 10 days?
A: Yes! I'm a big fan of doing a "mini cleanse". It will only help slightly with weight loss and detoxing, but to really get the hardened waste out of your body you'll need to do the full 10 days.
Q: Will I be hungry for the entire 10 days?
A: It's common to be hungry for the first couple days, which is why I developed the ease in period you'll find in the book. When hunger strikes, I like to simply drink another lemonade and the syrup provides enough nutrition to subside the feeling.
Q: Can you take vitamins during the Master Cleanse?
A: In the original Master Cleanser book Stanley Burroughs, the creator of The Master Cleanse says taking vitamins and supplements will prevent you from getting the desired result from The Master Cleanse. In addition, non-essential medicines such as cold medications, allergy medications, diet pills, sleeping pills, and even pain medications (not prescribed in regime combined with other prescriptions) that are not necessary for maintaining life, might best be omitted. Often you'll want to stop, or wean off well before your Master Cleanse, rather than a cold-start/stop situation on day 1 of the fast. The purpose of The Master Cleanse is to remove toxins and waste from our physical body and our bodies don't intrinsically know medications are our savior, they are seen, in most cases as toxins from a digestive standpoint. The idea of trying to remove toxins while adding others at the same time doesn't make a lot of sense.
Q: Will I constantly be going to the bathroom?
A: It is a cleanse, and the waste has to come out somehow ;-) Just make sure you take the saltwater flush and laxative tea when you know you'll be close to a bathroom and you should be fine.