This Detox Charcoal Lemonade is made with just four simple ingredients: filtered water, activated charcoal powder, organic lemons and maple syrup. Charcoal can be a powerful and safe detoxifier – helping with bloat, indigestion and binding toxins during detox protocols.
I make this Detox Charcoal Lemonade in the afternoon (between meals) for a pick-me-up and anytime my digestion feels a little off. I’ve noticed if I drink it right before bed when I have bloat or digestive distress, I wake up with a happy and calm gut!
You can’t taste the charcoal at all – you just get a smartly sweetened quick homemade lemonade with a fun black color! I keep the activated charcoal content low so you don’t get any grittiness in your lemonade, but it’s still effective!
What You Need for Detox Charcoal Lemonade:
- Filtered water – I filter mine using my Berkey filter for much cleaner water than what I would get from my tap or fridge.
- Organic lemon – to make your own quick lemon juice with a lemon press or squeeze
- Activated charcoal – an affordable supplement good to have on hand in any natural-minded home
- Maple syrup – to naturally sweeten your lemonade, mineral-rich, lower GI index than processed sugar
What Does Activated Charcoal Do?
- Activated charcoal binds with toxins like heavy metals, toxins and intestinal gas from your digestive system.
- Good quality activated charcoal is made from burning coconut shells into a very fine powder that when ingested acts like a toxin sweeping agent for your digestive system, even when ingested in small amounts.
- Activated charcoal can be used in cases of food poisoning for a natural remedy from home in mild to moderate cases.
The Activated Charcoal I source is made from organic coconut shells and contains no fillers. For this recipe, you’ll break open the capsule to measure out 1/4 teaspoons charcoal powder.
Tips for Using Activated Charcoal:
- Ingest activated charcoal away from meals, supplements and medications. I like to allow 3 to 4 hours in between (which is why taking it before bedtime works for me). If on prescription medication, always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement.
- Bring it along for travel – especially international travel – and utilize it in cases of upset stomach, indigestion or mild to moderate cases of food poisoning.
- Don’t ingest it daily long-term – use it when you need it – but it certainly isn’t a supplement you need to take daily.
- When eating out at restaurants or when you’re not totally sure of ingredients and food quality, especially if you’re prone to digestive distress.
- Start slow – too much activated charcoal can bind your stool too much and cause constipation. Try drinking this lemonade just a couple days a week and monitor your digestion.