Originally Answered: I am doing the Master Cleanse detox diet. Will adding natural, sugar-free packets to my water affect the diet?
Detox is a myth and the basic principle behind the Master Cleanse is a detoxification fast.
But he body and the colon are self cleansing.
If your doctor has prescribed the iron and it does not upset your already irritated stomach lining, take it.
The sugar free packets won't affect anything. As you are anaemic think again about continuing the cleanse.
"Not only is this program hard to follow, and the drink hard to swallow, it is potentially dangerous as well. You are inhibiting your immune system, as well as your ability to process food.
Purposefully irritating your gastro-intestinal tract is never a good idea, but salt water flushing actually removes healthy, helpful bacteria from the lining of your colon. By engaging in this practice for an extended period of time, you are effectively wiping out one of your first lines of defense against infection and sickness.
In addition, prolonged fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss... the list goes on. Proponants of the Master Cleanse will tell you that these are signs that the toxins in your body are being eliminated, but you would experience the same symptoms on a water-only fast."