The world of nutrition is ever growing and these days the word on the street is "charcoal". I am curious, so even though I do not adhere to all trends, I like to explore them to see how they could benefit my health. Nothing is a cure-all however every little helps.
I came across activated charcoal via Instagram. Before you can say "coal?" I was online looking at the benefits. From skin & teeth whitening, to total detox cleanse, face mask and the list goes on; charcoal is something else!
I decided to order a tub of black charcoal, clay and mint powder to naturally whiten my teeth and I was very surprised to see how effective it was. So much so that I had to reduce my use. My teeth were getting too white! I am also using a mix of honey and charcoal and applying it to my underarms once a week to whiten and deep cleanse them, that too is effective!
Activated charcoal can absorb heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals. As this absorption ability is one of the major benefits of activated charcoal, it is still often used in hospitals. It is even used in water and air purification and for removing unpleasant odors and impurities in food.
What does activated charcoal do? Activated charcoal has incredible alkaline properties which means it binds to toxins and prevent them from being absorbed from the stomach into the gut.
Recently we started selling The Clay Cure Company Activated Charcoal Powder and their description of the benefits and wonders of activated charcoal is spot on:
Activated charcoal is a carbon based substance that has been used for health and healing purposes for over 3000 years. Activated carbon is a form of charcoal that is extremely porous and able to attract and strongly bind many harmful substances in various aqueous based environments. Activated carbon is made from wood, vegetables, and other materials and is known for its ability to filter toxins out of the water and human body.
And the numerous benefits:
- Can be brushed onto teeth to remove stains and whiten their appearance
- Effective for reducing gas and bloating
- Used to relieve bites and stings
- Can also relieve upset stomach or nausea
- Improves skin health
- Also used to remove make up
- Natural internal detoxifier
- Offers relief from diarrhea
- Used to treat food poisoning
This lemonade is not a hangover cure but as close as it can be. I use it for a week after I've been on holiday. It's not to say I drink on holiday but usually I don't bring all my gear (i.e. supplements, blender, herbs, etc) which means I might not be as healthy as I am at home and I indulge more.
Activated charcoal lemonade - detox & invigorate
500ml purified water
Juice of one large lemon or 2 limes
Pinch of Stevia
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal or 2 Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal capsules, broken)
2-3 ice cubes
Sprig of fresh mint (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a blender (minus the fresh mint) and blend until all mixed up. Enjoy
** Please do your own research and if you are taking any medication please talk to your health care practitioner before taking activated charcoal. Do not use charcoal every day, it may cause constipation. If you take supplements wait 2 hours before drinking.