So maybe you haven’t got around to your juice cleanse yet (it’s ok, we forgive you!)
Either way, it’s so important to reset the body from toxins once in a while. It’s ok that you drank a little (or a lot) during the holidays. And it’s more than ok if you’re not abstaining from everything decadent and naughty in your diet and lifestyle for 2017 (we’re not either – we like to keep a balance 😉
And it’s even more ok because we have a little trick up our sleeves for when things go a little too far…
Sometimes too much alcohol and food happen. Sometimes an upset tummy happens. Charcoal is going to be your new best friend in these situations from now on – so you don’t have to avoid all the fun in your life.
One too many margaritas? Activated charcoal can help remove toxins in the body that contribute to alcohol poisoning, and it has also been studied to significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations.
Heavy meal? Studies have found that activated charcoal prevents intestinal gas following a typical gas-producing meal.
Detoxing? Charcoal can be used to remove toxins in the digestive tract, which can prevent allergies, oxidative damage and impaired immune function. Adding charcoal into your juice cleanse or detox program can amplify the effects of your cleanse by removing more toxins from the body. (We particularily love it in the Longevity Tonic!). It can help remove all the things that got stuck in our body over time that make us feel less energetic, vibrant and mentally alert than we should be.
Beyond these more common uses – charcoal is a fantastic emergency supplement. In the event you consume toxins or chemicals, charcoal actually binds these particles so it’s surface, helping to eliminate if through the body before they get a chance to enter the bloodstream. Same goes for pharmaceutical drugs and medications. (Note: charcoal must be taken within an hour of consuming the toxic substance).
But beware – it has become a bit of an over used and misunderstood fad. Yes, it really does suck out toxins when toxins are in the body – so for food poisoning or intense hangovers it’s perfect. But a major contradiction to beware of (ladies) – charcoal stops bleeding, so avoid it during menstruation. It has been used medicinally in Traditional Chinese Medicine for this use, and it may interfere with your natural cycle if used incorrectly. Charcoal is not something to be used daily, but only on occasions when it is needed.
Charcoal Lemonade Recipe:
Activated charcoal (our fave is from coconut shells or bamboo)
Lime or lemon juice
Still or sparkling water
Mix and sip when needed.
Tip: add essential oil of peppermint for extra digestive-enhancing and de-bloating power! This is a trick to keep up your sleeve for the next holiday feast – your whole family will thank you.
written by Isabella Gucci-Ruffalo