Every diet has its own set of benefits and side effects. Leaf through this article which describes the side effects of cayenne pepper diet. Scroll down to know what is a cayenne pepper diet and why people want to follow it…
A 10 day cayenne pepper diet cleanses your digestive system and helps you lose weight. Celebrities like Beyonce Knowles and Robin Quivers have lost a considerable amount of weight by following a cayenne pepper diet. This has resulted in increased popularity of cayenne pepper diet. People usually follow celebrity behavior blindly but following a cayenne pepper diet is not an easy task. Let us first take a look at what is a cayenne pepper diet.
Cayenne Pepper Diet
Cayenne pepper diet is also known as master cleanse or maple syrup diet. While on cayenne pepper diet, you are supposed to fast for 10 days. You can drink lemon cayenne pepper detox drink as many times as you want. I know, the question, ‘how to make lemon cayenne pepper detox drink‘ must be swirling in your mind right now. Here is cayenne pepper diet recipe for you:
Take 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup and 1/10th teaspoon cayenne pepper and add all these ingredients to 10 ounces of warm water. The detox drink is ready! As you are not supposed to consume anything else other than this drink, you may have 10 – 12 servings of this drink in a day.
Many people quit after 2 – 3 days but those who stick to the cayenne pepper diet for 10 days, enjoy the magic of cayenne pepper. The medicinal properties of cayenne pepper promote detoxification of the liver. Various varieties of cayenne pepper are available in market. Some are very hot while some are mild. Health benefits of the pepper increase as the hotness of the pepper increases.
The chemical ‘capsaicin’ in cayenne pepper kills harmful bacteria, germs, viruses and other infections. Capsaicin and vitamin C, E and carotenoids from cayenne pepper help strengthen the immune system, improve blood circulation and increase the rate of metabolism. Cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup help improve brain function as well. This diet promotes elimination of accumulated toxins from liver, kidneys, joints, muscles, glands; in fact it detoxifies each and every cell of the body. Nerves and blood vessels are relaxed after this diet. The dieter loses excess weight, experiences improved digestion and feels fresh and energetic.
Side Effects of Cayenne Pepper Diet
Before opting for any diet, you should always check the diet reviews. Although most cayenne pepper diet reviews inform us about the benefits, some do provide information on the possible side effects of the diet. Side effects of the diet may vary from person to person depending upon his overall health. Some of the common side effects of cayenne pepper diet are explained below.
Cayenne pepper diet involves fasting for 10 days. Most dieters find it difficult to control hunger. Those who cannot control hunger pangs are allowed to eat small light snacks but then, the diet may seem less effective. Some allow the dieters to have water with sea salt early in the morning. Most dieters give up after two or three days of fasting as they experience hunger pangs and craving leading to increased irritation, weakness and dizziness.
Fasting may result in strong headache. Those who often consume drinks that contain caffeine are more likely to experience headache as they fast. Taking headache medicines can ruin the benefits of the diet.
The dieter experiences weakness or fatigue as he is not allowed to consume food. Consumption of only detox drink can make you feel tired and exhausted. Although cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup provide valuable nutrients, they do not provide sufficient calories to maintain the normal energy level.
The body tries to get rid of toxins, with the help of excretory system. Some of the toxins are thrown away through skin. So skin irritation and soreness, development of pimples or boils can be experienced by the dieter.
Those who usually do not include cayenne pepper in the diet, may find it difficult to digest. Though very small amount of cayenne pepper is present in the detox drink, it can lead to loose stools and excessive weakness.
Consumption of hot and spicy cayenne pepper can lead to mouth sores. Severe mouth sores can lead to difficulty in brushing. A stinging sensation in mouth can make you restless.
Despite its hot taste, cayenne pepper offers several health benefits. You can live a new rejuvenated life by consuming cayenne pepper in the correct way. But you cannot ignore the side effects of this diet. Before opting for this diet, it is better to practice fasting with liquid diet or lemonade diet. When your body becomes accustomed to fasting, you won’t suffer much from hunger pangs, headache, etc.
You may follow a liquid diet for 2 – 3 days after the cayenne pepper diet. Immediate consumption of food after the diet can spoil the benefits of the diet. Rinsing the mouth with plain water after drinking the detox drink, using peppermint mouthwash, etc. can reduce the severity of mouth sores. You should consult a dietitian and discuss with him the benefits and side effects of the diet, before opting for the same.