The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates & Cleanses Kidneys

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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.

  1. A lot of people assume that they will be hungry while doing the lemonade cleanse. It’s amazing how effective pure maple syrup is in curbing the appetite. It is a calorie rich and nutritious food, and really helps alleviate hunger pains.

    1. That’s a good observation. In general, you will lose up to one pound per day on The Lemonade Diet. If you’re hungry, just drink more lemonade. Grade B organic Maple syrup mixes easily into Lemonade and makes it quite satisfying. Note that because maple syrup provides calories, if you use too much of it, you can actually gain weight while drinking lemonade. So use maple syrup in moderation unless you wish to bulk up.

  2. Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers at The Ohio State University found that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.

    1. Thanks for the comment Rodger. Many people I know (myself included) enjoy the smell and taste of lemons, including the oil. It does appear to have mood brightening effects. Note that citrus peels have played a role in traditional systems of medicine (e.g., Traditional Chinese Medicine), so lemons no doubt exert many healthy benefits beyond aroma. Isolating the oil is not a bad idea per se, but I would guess the entire peel (or the entire lemon) provides more benefits.

  3. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a
    colleague who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner
    because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time
    to talk about this issue here on your blog.

    1. You are totally welcome!! I hope you and your colleague gain much from my article. It gives me satisfaction knowing people are reading it, and hopefully applying the practices to support optimal kidney health.

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