Fred Liers PhD lemonade pH Adjust alkalinizing formulaSummer is here. That means lemonade! As in the “Lemonade Diet” or “Master Cleanse.” The lemonade diet is famous since Stanley Burroughs wrote his classic, The Master Cleanser. Hollywood has used his lemonade diet for decades—for health and weight loss. In recent years, the lemonade diet has gone mainstream.

While safe, effective weight loss may be its “claim-to-fame,” the lemonade diet is useful as a kidney cleanser promoting the health of the kidneys and bladder system, including the entire urinary tract. The lemonade diet cleanses kidneys best when combined with kidney-specific herbs like Uva ursi, parsley, cornsilk, and juniper berry.

A major reason lemonade is beneficial for health is that it’s highly alkalinizing in the body. Lemonade itself is acidic on the pH scale. Yet, after it is in the body it acts as an alkalinizer! That might seem counterintuitive. But your health—and alkalinity—can count on lemonade to increase your pH levels.

Acid-alkaline balance is critical for health. Your body must maintain a pH of about 7.35–7.45. If you’re too acidic, then your body will find ways (even robbing your bones for minerals) to buffer acidity. Diets high in fruits and vegetables are more alkaline-forming, at least partly due to high potassium levels. High potassium levels drive higher alkalinity.

You can—and should—measure your pH using litmus paper. Once you’ve got a baseline of your pH levels, you can see for yourself how dietary changes—like the lemonade diet—help move your pH toward greater alkalinity and improved acid-alkaline balance.

Given that modern, Western diets high in meats and simple carbohydrates are acid-forming—often in the extreme—it makes sense that lemonade benefits anyone who needs to be more alkaline. Of course, I’m not talking about sugar-laden, or pre-mixed, artificially sweetened, fake lemonade drinks. I mean real lemonade—which is the only kind that works as a “master cleanser.”

I have written about the lemonade diet, as well about kidney & bladder cleansing. I often perform a 3–7 day summer kidney cleanse using kidney herbs—including tinctures and teas—and follow it with a few days of the lemonade diet.

lemonade diet

Make lemonade: squeeze fresh lemons, add maple syrup and cayenne pepper

This summer, I totally reversed order. I started with a 15-day lemonade diet and followed it with a three-day kidney cleanse. You can gain huge alkalinizing (and kidney cleansing) benefits from lemonade alone.

The original recipe for the Lemonade Diet:*

2 Tbsp organic Lemon or Lime Juice
2 Tbsp organic Maple Syrup (dark color/robust taste) (Grade A)
8 ounces fresh water
1/4 tsp organic Cayenne Pepper (optional)

(* from The Complete Master Cleanse)

Modify the recipe to suit your taste. The original recipe can be strong and sweet. However, it provides sufficient calories (from maple syrup) to live on for days, weeks, or longer. Try using lime juice for a different flavor. I often use more water—up to 16 ounces or more—for this amount of ingredients.

Among the nutritional supplements that helps me while lemonade fasting—and especially on the longer fasts—is Rejuvenate! Original Greens superfood. It is highly energizing and nourishing. I recommend using a green superfood like Rejuvenate! Original Greens because it is highly energizing and nutritious, yet light in the body and supports detoxification. You can put it directly into your lemonade or take it separately. I prefer to stir it into my second or third serving of lemonade—so early in the day—but not in my first dose of lemonade.

Not only does Rejuvenate! Original Greens provide powerfully nutrition, including important vitamins and minerals, it also supports detoxification processes as it contains chlorella (40%) and dietary nucleic acids (dietary RNA and DNA). The cell wall of chlorella uniquely has the capacity to grab onto heavy metals, chemical contaminants, and toxins—and sequester them for removal from the body. Dietary nucleic acids are energizing and support detoxification processes.

I have used the “Lemonade Diet” for 20 years—in all seasons—at home and “on the road.” I typically go for one to three weeks. I have successfully completed longer lemonade diets, including several for six weeks and at least one for two months. I may not take Rejuvenate! every day during a lemonade diet, but this superfood provides benefits that help turn a “good” master cleanse in a “great” one.


After 15 days of lemonade, I feel lighter, leaner, and totally alkaline. In fact, I am more alkaline after this lemonade diet than ever before. Why? Because I did something different this year—I added a twist to my routine.

Instead of following my usual lemonade diet, I added a new alkalinizing supplement called pH Adjust. It is a pure, white powder that you can add to water or lemonade (or other liquid drinks) providing minerals formulated to boost alkalinity: potassium bicarbonate and glycinate, magnesium carbonate, and sodium bicarbonate.

I sometimes added pH Adjust to my lemonade. Other times I took it by itself in water. I started at one-quarter teaspoon (1/4 tsp) daily, and worked up to one teaspoon (1 tsp) daily over the course of my lemonade diet. Adding pH Adjust to my regimen made a significant difference in my overall alkalinity by increasing my pH levels. And I could feel the difference.


pH Adjust is formulated specifically to alkalinize your body. I believe it can be more alkalinizing than lemonade itself. Yet, lemonade and pH Adjust work well together to increase pH levels.

I test my pH levels daily using pH paper. I find that when compared to lemonade alone, adding pH Adjust boosts my alkalinity noticeably. I easily maintained an alkalinity between 7.4 and 8.0 for my entire 15-day lemonade diet. That is, I could more easily maintain a higher alkalinity than with lemonade alone.

Note: If I were to continue the lemonade diet longer than two or three weeks, I would recommend reducing or stopping use of pH Adjust. That’s because while you most likely want maintain a relatively higher pH level than you had before you started the lemonade diet, it is best not to maintain a pH of 8.0 for extended periods as you run the risk of too high pH. That won’t be a problem for most people, but testing your pH levels using litmus paper is important. Then you will know your pH levels—and can more readily balance your pH.

After you complete the lemonade diet and return to consuming solid foods, then it is advisable to use pH Adjust to maintain a balanced, but relatively alkaline pH of about 7.45—which is actually an optimal pH for health.

Keeping you alkaline is what pH Adjust is formulated to do…and it fulfills that promise—easily! Now it’s up to you to test your pH, get started on a more alkaline-forming diet, and feel the difference for yourself. Once you’re in the proper alkaline range, you won’t want to go back. And you’ll be better for it!



The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs

The Complete Master Cleanse by Tom Woloshyn

Acid & Alkaline by Herman Aihara

Acid-alkaline balance: role in chronic disease and detoxification
(Altern Ther Health Med, 13(4):62-5)

Potassium Intake of the US Population (PDF)
(NHANES Food Surveys Research Group, USDA)


Got Potassium?

Alkalinize Rapidly Using pH Adjust

pH Adjust Alkalinizing Formula – New Product!

Racing and Recovery with pH Adjust Alkalinizing Formula


pH Adjust
(alkalinizing formula)

pH paper
(Hydrion litmus paper)

Rejuvenate! (Original Greens) superfood

Rejuvenate! product comparison chart


Fred’s Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: “The Doctor”

Fred Liers PhD vegetable juice recipe the doctor carrot beet ginger garlic lemonA few years ago, I was introduced to a vegetable juice recipe known as “The Doctor.” The basic recipe is simple: carrots, beets, ginger, garlic, and lemon. After making and drinking this juice on a regular basis, I find I remain healthier all year. Not only do I feel better, but virtually never get sick, even in winter.

Since then I have tried various modifications to the basic juice recipe. Some of my favorite additions are parsley, spinach, cilantro, celery, cucumber, turmeric, jalapeño peppers, and lime. I juice these with the original ingredients whenever possible, and depending on what vegetables are in season or available. In particular, I find parsley removes any garlic odor, which might otherwise hinder social activity after consuming “The Doctor.”

I drink a lot more green vegetable juices these days. Greens I juice include kale, chard, broccoli, spinach, arugula, beet greens, mustard, and other greens. Yet, I still find myself gravitating toward my favorite blend of carrots, beets, and greens. Into this vegetable juice blend I occasionally juice an apple, which adds a touch a sweetness. This is ideal when sharing this drink with my five year old (and I make sure to leave out the garlic, too).

I personally find there is something powerful and almost magical in the mix of ginger, garlic, and lemon that keeps me coming back. I have literally chased colds away. Other times, I have felt distinct energetic movements in my chest area. That must be the ginger’s effect. I have also noticed improved visual acuity. In any event, these spicy ingredients are warming and satisfying to the palate, as well as mind, body, and soul.

Although winter is a distant memory and summer is coming on fast, I still enjoy this recipe, and it’s in my juicing repertoire all four seasons. I recommend you try it, and see how you like it.

THE DOCTOR RECIPE (all ingredients should preferably be organic)

2–3 lbs carrots
1 large beet (including greens)
1 clove garlic (or more)
1 inch ginger
1 lemon (or lime)


1–2 handfuls parsley and/or spinach
1 stalk celery
1 cucumber
1 jalapeño pepper
1 scoop Rejuvenate!™ (original greens) superfood (or superfood of your choice)
Any other ingredients you like

LET’S MAKE JUICE: Select the ingredients that appeal most to you. It’s helpful to have an experimental, creative mindset because you never know what you might like if you don’t try different combinations of ingredients you haven’t juiced before. The best juice combinations often arise from trying something new.

Juice all ingredients using a vegetable juicer. A centrifugal juicer works fine, but for the highest quality juice, try a Green Star (twin gear) or Hurom (single augur) juicer. Strain and/or stir (if necessary), then drink. This juice is best sipped slowly and savored. The beets make this juice red, which will vary from dark red to orange-red depending on the ratio of carrots to beets.

Note: You can run the entire lemon (or lime) through your juicer, or you can squeeze the juice separately and pour it into your juice.

the doctor juice vegetable juice healthy beets carrots greens


If you’ve never juiced hot peppers before, then start small using 1/3 of a jalapeño pepper. Work your way to an entire pepper. As you adjust to higher levels of heat, you may find you enjoy habanero peppers in your vegetable juice, like I do. If you don’t have any hot peppers available, you can add cayenne powder or tincture to your juice.

An added benefit of consuming hot peppers in your vegetable juice during the warmer months is that it boosts circulation so much that it actually produces a cooling effect on the body. This is one reason hot peppers are consumed in tropical climates, like Thailand, famous for its “Thai Red” peppers.

There is a tiny chile pepper native to my area in southern Arizona known as the “chiltepin” (we say “chill-tuh-peen”) pepper. They are round or oblong peppers usually found in abundance on low lying bushes. I have found them growing in the desert, near mountain ravines, and even in the Rose Garden at Reid Park in Tucson. They start out green, then turn purple, and finally a bright red when ripe.

Chiltepin peppers are among the hottest I have ever eaten, but I believe they belong to a family of bird peppers (such as African bird peppers) that grow around the world. If you can find some of these peppers or any hot peppers with a similar level of heat (i.e., 50,000–100,000 Scoville heat units, which is the standard scale for measuring total capsaicin content), then you are in for a treat in your vegetable juice.

As I mentioned earlier, once you are ready for it, the habanero is a great pepper to juice. Just remember not to share your vegetable juice with anyone who isn’t ready for intense heat (100,000–350,000 Scoville units)!

Chiltepin chile peppers cayenne

Chiltepin pepper plant native to southern Arizona

Chile peppers are naturally high in vitamin C, so this gives you an added nutritional boost, and helps preserve the freshness of the juice.


I include my favorite superfood (Rejuvenate!™) in the recipe because I am a huge believer in the power of superfoods to supercharge vegetable juices to make them more powerfully nutritious.

Just as hot peppers add therapeutic value to juice by boosting circulation, superfoods like Rejuvenate! bring powerfully nutritious ingredients like chlorella and spirulina. Chlorella provides amazing nutrition (protein, chlorophyll, essential fats), but also powerful cleansing power due to the special properties of its cell wall that allow it to detoxify everything from heavy metals to toxic chemicals.

Rejuvenate! is designed by Dr. Hank Liers of Health Products Distributors, Inc. to be a full spectrum superfood offering the highest levels of nutrition, detoxification, and support for rejuvenation, regeneration, and healing.

In fact, Rejuvenate! is a unique high-RNA formula, which provides therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleotides, nucleosides) that are proven to speed healing, boost cellular energy (as ATP), improve tissue oxygenation, increase functional strength and recovery, and improve personal appearance (exerting anti-aging effects). Rejuvenate! (original greens) just happens to be my personal favorite, and it tastes especially good with “The Doctor.”

Rejuvenate! superfood is actually part of a product line of five Rejuvenate! superfoods, each with it’s own flavor and nutrient profile, but all provide the benefits offered by high levels of dietary RNA. All of these formulas taste good in juice. For example, when I juice just carrots, or apples and other fruits, I prefer to add Rejuvenate Berries & Herbs.

So, try to include your favorite superfoods right into your juice. If you don’t want to put them into your juice, make sure to consume superfoods at other times of the day.

We at HPDI include juicing into our Master Rejuvenation Program for optimal health because it works to create health. And juicing works especially well when combined with superfoods, like Rejuvenate!. I highly encourage you to try Rejuvenate! superfoods because they are the only formulas that intentionally provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids, which are one of the nutrients most proven to support health and healing.


“The Doctor” likely will remain one of my favorite vegetable juices. It’s easy to make, tastes great, offers distinct health benefits, and stores well in the refrigerator (at least compared to most other juices; I usually add a PRO-C capsule into the juice if storing it overnight).

I can fairly guarantee that if you add more vegetable juices into your diet, you will become healthier, more alkaline, better hydrated, and probably both live longer and experience a higher quality of life. That’s the way I see it. So, try this juice recipe today. Just maybe “The Doctor” can help you avoid visiting your doctor. And in any case, it tastes great!


The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates & Cleanses Kidneys – by Fred Liers, PhD

Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs – by Fred Liers, PhD


(role of dietary nucleic acids for health and healing; foundational supplements)


The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates & Cleanses Kidneys

Fred Liers PhD summer lemonade diet integratedhealth rejuvenate superfoodsEvery summer I do at least a couple weeks of the “Lemonade Diet.” It is an excellent cleanse for the kidneys and a welcome break for the digestive system. Plus, it tastes great and really satisfies thirst on hot summer days.

Summer is an ideal time for the Lemonade Diet because of increased needs for hydration. Also, by late summer I personally have finished my spring and summer juice fasts, including a long liver flush. So, I’m ready for kidney cleansing.

The Lemonade Diet is essentially consuming fresh lemon (or lime) juice in pure water with a splash of maple syrup (optional) and maybe a pinch of cayenne. Simply squeeze the juice from two fresh organic lemons (or limes). Mix the lemon juice with one tablespoon (or more) of organic grade-B maple syrup, and add chile pepper powder (optional).

Yummmm! Lemonade! summer lemonade diet

Yummmm! Lemonade!


2 medium lemons (or limes) (juiced)
Grade B Maple syrup (1–2 Tbsp) (optional)
Cayenne pepper (optional)
Pure filtered water (32 oz)


Place all ingredients in a large glass or mason jar. Stir or shake well until mixed. Alternatively, you can place all ingredients in a blender and mix. This works better if you’re using fresh chile peppers that require blending.

Adjust the recipe and ingredient ratios according to your taste. For example, I prefer using less maple syrup, but using up to one tablespoon per drink will encourage some weight loss. Whenever you get hungry, just drink more lemonade. There is no limit, but lemonade amazingly satisfies hunger.


The Lemonade Diet can be part of an overall kidney cleansing program when combined with kidney herbs (teas and tinctures), and especially with a vegetable juice flush or raw foods diet. If you’re going for a full kidney cleanse, then look for kidney teas, tinctures, and herbal formulas containing herbs like juniper berries, corn silk, uva ursi root, and parsley root. These herbs are powerful kidney cleansers.

If I do a kidney cleanse (whether for one day or one week), I usually drink two cups of hot herbal tea for kidneys 15 minutes after I drink my first lemonade drink for the day. I usually add two to four dropperfulls of a kidney tincture to this tea, or take the tincture separately in a little water. I will drink two to four more cups of kidney tea during the day along with additional tincture (two droppers per cup).

If you plan to drink vegetable juice while on the Lemonade Diet (i.e., do a juice flush or a full kidney cleanse), then start your morning with a lemonade drink and 15 minutes later with kidney tea, and hold off on drinking juice (with or without superfoods) for at least 20 minutes. That is, drink juice or superfoods a little later in the morning and at least 15–20 minutes away from any additional kidney teas or tinctures. This gives the body a better opportunity to cleanse the kidneys.


For lovers of hot chile peppers, you can add cayenne powder of any heat level (start 30,000 Scoville heat units (SHU) and gradually work your way up to higher heat levels). I typically use a habanero-pepper–based cayenne blend that rates at 250,000 SHU. As I mentioned, you can use fresh hot peppers by placing all ingredients into a blender.

Hot pepper is ideal for use on hot summer days because it boosts your circulation, thereby cooling you down. This is one reason hot peppers are consumed widely in tropical and equatorial regions of the world. Peppers are native to the Americas, but it did not take long for their use and cultivation to spread.

I also love to use hot chile peppers in vegetable juices. One of my favorite vegetable juices is “The Doctor” which can include the hottest peppers your palette can handle.


It’s not difficult to thrive on the Lemonade Diet for two or even three weeks. I frequently add superfoods like Rejuvenate!™ and chlorella into my lemonade. These “green” drinks leave me feeling a bit more nourished and provide all the benefits associated with therapeutic levels of RNA and chlorophyll. For example, I’m warmer, more energized, and I can go longer before my next glass of lemonade. (In fact, one of my favorite versions of the lemonade diet is the “Rejuvenate! Lemonade” diet.)

With the addition of Rejuvenate!™ (especially the original greens version) and other superfoods, I can probably go one month or longer on the Lemonade Diet. But this year after I finish a few weeks on the diet, I think I will reserve one day each week to consume lemonade with superfoods (i.e., have a once-per-week lemonade day). This practice will bring me into the fall season with super cleansed kidneys. Then, I’ll be ready to start my fall liver flush!



Rejuvenate! Lemonade – Delicious & Satisfying – by Fred Liers, PhD

Fred’s Favorite Juice Recipe: ‘The Doctor” – by Fred Liers, PhD

Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs – by Fred Liers, PhD

Burroughs, Stanley. The Master Cleanser. Revised ed. Burroughs Books, 2003.

Schulze, Dr. Richard. There are No Incurable Diseases. Natural Healing Publications, 1999.