What's up with charcoal?

"Why charcoal?" is a question that comes up often at Truce when customers see our Charcoal Lemonade.  Whether they're a hard-core juicer or newbie, they always are intrigued, and are even more surprised to find out . . "it tastes just like lemonade".  Though it certainly takes on the dark grey color of charcoal, Truce Charcoal Lemonade tastes exactly like the freshly-juiced ingredients that go into it: lemons, apples and ginger. Already amazing cleansers for the body, it takes on an added detoxifying punch with the activated charcoal. 

So why drink charcoal? ctivated charcoal traps toxins and chemicals in the body and allows them to be flushed out. It works by Adsorption in the body, not Absorption.  Absorption in the body involves elements being soaked up into the blood stream, whereas adsorption is when chemicals bind to a surface . . . in this case, the millions of tiny pores of activated charcoal. The very porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positively charged particles to attach to it, such as toxins and gas-forming chemicals.  Let's be clear, we're not talking about the same charcoal you use in your grill to barbecue chicken (which is loaded with toxins and chemicals . . . definitely not an equal substitute!).  This is activated charcoal, which has super fine grains and is made from coconut shells or other natural sources such as wood species.  A good quality activated charcoal will state it's specific source, ours is from coconut.

 

Besides being part of our unique juice, activated charcoal has multiple other uses and benefits.  My two favorite that I use it for are for whitening teeth and as a face mask.  For teeth whitening, it's super simple . . . just wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powdered activated charcoal, brush as normal focusing more on stained areas, then rinse well until the water you rinse with is running clear.  Do this a few times a week.  For a face mask, I use the recipe I found on Dr. Josh Axe's site (which I'll state below) and love it.  I mix 1 capsule of activated charcoal powder (maybe 1/2 to a full teaspoon) with aloe vera gel, smooth on my face and let dry, then rinse off.  I do this once a week or so when I just feel my skin needs an extra cleanse!  Just a note, charcoal stains fabric and grout!  So make sure you're keeping it on your skin or in the sink where it can be washed.  As well, back to the teeth whitening . . it could also stain caps or crowns, so just be aware if you have these and are using it.

Check out Dr. Axe's site for the top 10 uses and benefits of charcoal. He's a valuable resource when it comes to food as medicine.  http://draxe.com/activated-charcoal-uses.  And in the meantime, stop in for a Truce Charcoal Lemonade to see what ll the hype's about.:)  

-Tara

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