Activated charcoal is a deeply trusted and entirely natural detoxifying remedy that has been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. It works by trapping toxins and chemicals in the body and flushing them out in a process that prevents the body from reabsorbing them¹. Activated charcoal eventually made its way into Western medicine where it was used by doctors as an antidote for drugs and poisons. Flash forward to 2017 and activated charcoal is now a globally recognized remedy for body detoxification and digestive support. It is now an ingredient in a wide variety of products ranging from face masks to pressed juice drinks and even toothpaste.
THE TREND, EXPLAINED
The influx of activated charcoal products is also a response to our increasingly toxic modern world. The sad truth is that our bodies nowadays are constantly subjected to toxins in the form of low quality, processed food and environmental pollution. This chronic exposure to toxins is responsible for a wide swath of well-known accute health issues such as cognitive decline, allergic reactions, and abdominal pain.¹
Whether or not you are feeling under the weather, activated charcoal helps unwanted bacteria move through your system faster before they spread and multiply, helping you feel better faster.² By incorporating activated charcoal into your routine, you can assist your body in maintaining a healthy equilibrium.
Do It Yourself
Getting in on the charcoal detox movement doesn’t require you to buy pricey juices or invest in fancy beauty products. In fact, you can make your
own oh-so trendy charcoal lemonade at home!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Activated charcoal powder (2 capsules)
Agave nectar (2 tablespoons)
Water (16 ounces)
Start by pouring the water of your choice into a large mixing jar or cup
Juice both lemons and mix with water
Add the agave nectar to the lemon water
Add the activated charcoal to the mixture (be careful not to spill because the powder will stain clothing and countertops)
Chill and/or pour over ice