Guys! I’ve got a real good post for y’all today.
Funny story actually: I started writing this post on one of my layovers during my trip to visit family. I was so deep into writing it that I didn’t notice we were supposed to be boarding and they called my name like three or four times without me hearing it. Soooo I almost missed my flight. LOLz. Totally a “me” moment.
But that’s how into this topic I was, so get ready because this is kind of a textbook of knowledge that you’re about to read (not to brag or anything).
Why I love it:
Okay so I first heard about activated charcoal while reading a blog post by Payton Sartain (if you haven’t already checked out her blog, do it NOW. It’s so great!). What I loved about activated charcoal supplements is that it is a simple way to improve your daily health and wellness without drastically changing any sort of health habits.
Month’s later, I reluctantly joined the Los Angeles pressed juice bandwagon.
I got hooked.
Pressed juice in general has so many health benefits that it could be it’s own blog post (probably will be at one point). Juice Served Here–my fav juice place in LA–introduced me to Charcoal Lemonade and I got curious. A few hours of extensive research and a taste test later, I had found my new fav juice and detox drink!
I’ve personally noticed so many positive changes in my health throughout the past several weeks of drinking this stuff!
Now, you might be as confused as I was when I first heard about ingesting charcoal. It seems weird, I know. So let me break this down for and provide you with the facts:
What the heck is it?
Web MD tells us that activated charcoal is charcoal that has been heated or treated in some way, causing a larger surface area, making it more absorbent. The larger and very porous surface area rids your body various poisons, toxins, and sick NASTY gasses and binds to it through adsorption.
Adsorption is this pretty awesome process where liquid or gaseous molecules (the icky stuff in our bodies) are concentrated on a solid surface (the activated charcoal). Don’t get this confused with absorption, though, which is the process where molecules are taken up by a liquid or gas. Activated charcoal does contain both properties though, bonus!!
Is it affective?
Thanks to the Mayo Clinic, I learned that activated charcoal has been used for years in supplemental form for digestive issues and to treat poisonings. When ingested, the activated charcoal stops the stomach from absorbing certain harmful chemicals.
With cold pressed juices becoming mainstream and extremely popular as of late, advertisement of further activated charcoal health benefits (such as a hangover cure, detoxing agent, skin-brightening elixir, and a caffeine free energy boost) has surfaced. So there is an endless amount of reported positive effects!
Poison treatment aside, there is no extensive research to back up the claims that activated charcoal is beneficial for non-emergent uses, and the studies that have been performed provide contradicting information.
Bottom line is I can’t say for sure whether or not activated charcoal is going to cure your hangover or make you into a ball of energy, but I can say that I’ve being drinking charcoal lemonade for several weeks now I do feel a difference in my body. I’ve noticed that I feel less bloated and it’s also easier for me to wake up at the dreadful hour of 4:30 in the morning.
And let me just say, anything that can wake me up at that early in a good mood is TRULY some sort of miracle. Not to mention, I have more energy when I workout and I feel less fatigued throughout the day!
ALSO I’ve been getting really nauseous on planes lately, and LuliTonix founder Lianna Sugarman says she drinks charcoal lemonade to cope with stress that traveling (especially by plane) puts on her body. So I thought I would give it a shot myself since activated charcoal is said to help with nausea and jet lag. I drank a bottle of Charcoal Lemonade on my way to the airport and I truly noticed a decrease in my nausea. So, I’m sold!
Are there side effects?
There are no harmful side effects to consuming activated charcoal. However, some reports state that it can cause constipation and sometimes black stool (I know, its gross. But someone needs to talk about it.) but only if you pound back bottle after bottle. It is important to keep in mind that activated charcoal absorbs, so don’t consume it in addition to any mediation you might be taking…juuust in case.
Does it taste good?
Personally, I love the taste! The activated charcoal has a neutral flavor, so you can’t really taste it. Juice companies such as Juice Served Here and LuliTonix pair it with lemonade. It’s really black but so bomb. The charcoal that is most commonly used comes from coconut shells, resulting in absolutely no grainy texture. Charcoal lemonade is also low calorie and has only 5 grams of sugar per serving (eeeep!!) which is like nothing compared to most lemonades.
Anyone else as convinced as I am?!
Try it out at your local pressed juice bar.