I'm on day 12 and feeling great. This is my third MC. This time I'm going to fast a minimum of 40 days. What I really want to stress is that 10 days is just the beginning of great results. The Master-Cleanse gives us a chance to get our heads and hearts straightened out on how we plan on treating our body nutritionally.
Here is an overview of the detoxification stages during a juice fast. The time periods are a general estimation.
Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)
On the first day of fasting, the blood Sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for half a day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.
Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period unless the enema is used which quickly assists the body into the fasting state by ending digestion in the colon.
Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)
Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety center in the hypothalamus. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This effect is temporary. The desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40 to 60 days, depending on whether you are on water or juice.
The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucoid matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.
Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)
On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body's increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body's ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body's natural healing ability was compromised.
During fasting, the body's healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.
Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30)
The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal. Homeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.
Stage 5 (Breaking the Fast)
The sticky, toxic, mucoid coating on the intestinal wall is loose, and the first meal frees it from the intestinal wall. Toxins enter the blood through the colon. The gallbladder dumps its waste in a heavy discharge of bile. This can cause an instant bowel movement upon eating followed by intense diarrhea. If the symptoms are too uncomfortable, an enema will help.
This is the low down as I know it. My first question is have you read the book? The book discusses the salt water flush in depth. If not, then I will explain it to the best of my knowledge. I completed The Master Cleanser 4 times last year with each one lasting the suggested ten days. The flush is a very important aspect of the cleanse. Acutually, it IS the cleanse. The lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne mixture is neccesary to provide nutrition while the body purges itself of all toxins. You must do the cleanse every day of the program. The reason for doing the flush first thing in the morning is to get rid of all the toxins your body has collected overnight. I have to be at work at 7am so I usually get up around 5:30 and drink the solution. Go back to bed and about 30 minutes am woken up with the urge. By the time I have to leave for work, I've usually had two or three movements. Sometimes I have one more about an hour I get to work and no more at all for the rest of the day. Also, the ratio of salt to water is very important. You can deviate a little if you need but you should definitely start with the 2tsp/quart ratio. The only reason you should experiment with the amount of salt is if you drink it and don't have a movement within 1 hour. This happened to me at first. If the pH of your blood does not very closely match the pH of the solution, it will be absorbed into your system and you won't pass anything. I found that I generally have to subtract a small amount to make things go smoothly.
I think that some people just have a tolerance for the flavor more than others, I don't know why. I use luke-warm water. I believe this softens the flavor a little. The secret for me is to take a deep breath and just drink the whole quart without breathing or stopping. You only really taste liquids after you stop taking it in and breathe. Some people say that they can't take a quart of water all at once but that is simply not true. Unless you are on the first day, your stomach is completely empty and completely capable of holding that amount of liquid.
It is normal and neccesary to pass straight water when you do the flush. This is not to be confused with diarrhea. It is the quart of water you just drank. For the first couple of days it will be dark and appear to be diarrhea but it is not. I am fascinated each time to observe the process. Generally by the third day, the liquid I pass begins to clear up and is clear by the 5th or 6th day. Think about what that means. You are taking in a quart of water, passing it through your entire Gastro-intestinal system, and releasing it from your body clear! There are toxins in it to be sure, but every bit of lingering food matter in your system gets flushed out leaving you clean as a whistle. I love the way my body feels after day 5. You feel clean in a way you normally never experience and it feels amazing!
I hope that I have helped to clear up some of your questions. You must stick to the routine. It is the way that is because it works. Trust me, the cleanse has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It put me back in touch with my body and the effects last much longer than the 10 days you fast. Good luck with your cleanse and pass the word on to every one you can about it. In today's toxic world we all need the benefits of The Master Cleanser !