January 10, 2016

Activated Charcoal Lemonade To Eliminate Toxins From The Body

 Lynn Domzalski of “Beyond Juice” said that activated charcoal lemonade drink gained popularity this year, especially in California and New York, and Metro Detroit customers have been asking for its addition to the menu.
A $9 drink contains charcoal, apple, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, lime, mint, maple syrup, and filtered water. Because the juice used is 100% fresh and unpasteurized, the drink needs to be refrigerated for up to 3 days. It is recommended to shake the drink before consumption to mix the charcoal with the juice. The taste is pleasant, similar to a light low-sugar lemonade; the taste of the charcoal is not noticeable at all.

Why Charcoal?

The charcoal used in this lemonade as well as different types of detox supplements is activated (made from wood, bamboo or coconut shells), easy to absorb and safe to consume. It captures everything in your digestive tract including all the toxins, making it a great addition to detoxification programs.
“It’s so absorbent, in fact, that it’s commonly given to those who have been hospitalized due to toxin exposure or drug overdose in order to flush the toxins from their system,”.
People use activated charcoal to get rid of toxins, help fight hangover and food poisoning, and cleanse the intestines and colon. As an after effect, it can give a person a flatter stomach and provide more energy.

Studies Done on Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal was heavily studied in 1980s and numerous reports can be found on activated charcoal significantly reducing the symptoms of intestinal gas, bloating, and cramps.
University of Michigan Health System recommends charcoal for poisoning: 50-100 grams for adults and 10-25 grams for children. The dose for preventing intestinal gas is 500-1000 mg per day, and 4-32 grams per day to lower blood cholesterol. The hospital references 14 studies from 1980s and 1990s.

Something to Consider Before Consuming It

Another company that makes the drink, LuliTonix from New York, warns against drinking this on a regular basis as it can cause constipation. They also note that it is important not to drink this within 2 hours or taking important supplements or medications, as the charcoal will absorb and eliminate those things out of your body.
Time Magazine also noted that it is important to remember that charcoal will bind to anything that is absorbable, so it can also draw out and remove nutrients from the body. Eating nutrient-rich food and taking charcoal on the same day, especially at the same time, might be counter-productive.
Taking the research and warnings into consideration, it is important to treat anything with activated charcoal as a once-in-a-while detoxification tool, and not a daily drink. 

Where to buy it?

Charcoal Lemonade at Beyond Juice will be available in November, according to Domzalski. Ask your local juicer if they offer it or are willing to add it to the menu. You can also order it online with overnight delivery from LuliTonix (10 items order minimum).
Activated charcoal itself can also be purchased in capsules. There are many products on the market with really good reviews, especially for using the product for intestinal issues.
The Benefits of Lemon
The juice of fresh lemons has long been known to have amazing benefits for our health. Adding it to spring water and drinking it first thing in the morning will hydrate and energize the body. Lemon water is also known to really help things get moving so drinking it upon waking is the best way to stimulate the release of toxins.
Lemon also alkalizes us despite what a lot of people might think. Sure lemons are acidic but when we drink lemon water, it becomes alkaline in our bodies. What does this mean for our health? It means disease cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. The more we can balance our body’s alkalinity, the less chance there is for illness and disease.
When our bodies are too acidic we may feel fatigued even if we get plenty of sleep. It may be hard to get out of bed, or you may feel run down and need to take a nap even though it’s only 2PM. You may also feel like stress gets to you easily or you may find yourself snapping at others over small things. This is all because of toxic waste building up in our elimination pathways. It’s the perfect environment for ill health and unwanted invaders to manifest and take root. Acidity is the breeding ground for all illnesses. When we are too acidic we need to seek balance. One of the best ways to do this is by drinking lemon water daily.

Making Your Own Charcoal Lemonade

To make your own lemonade you will need:
16 oz of filtered water, 1 organic lemon, 1-2 Tbsp Maple Syrup, 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal, 1 pinch of Himalayan salt, and fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or basil (optional).
• Begin by juicing the lemon into your spring water
• Next add the maple syrup and the Himalayan salt
• Mix together and pour ¾ of it into a tall glass with ice
• Mix to chill
• Next add the activated charcoal to the remaining lemonade and mix well
• Gently pour the mixture over the iced lemonade in your glass 
• Add your freshly bruised herb of choice if using
• Add 1 drop of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil 
• Drink up and feel energized!

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