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The Hottest Superfood of 2015

Move over kale, things are about to get a whole lot edgier in 2015. We know you’re familiar with it…it’s that gritty black stuff that your dad uses on the BBQ, but did you know that it’s a pretty impressive multitasker? It nourishes compost. It masks odors in the air. It extends the life of cut flowers when placed in a vase. It whitens your teeth. It purifies water. It is used to treat people in emergencies who’ve ingested poison. If you touch it your hands will be covered in a black, dusty layer of soot (arts and crafts time, anyone?). Charcoal has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal purposes, but just recently it’s become a pretty hot topic on the wellness scene, popping up in juices, supplements, and beauty products all over the map. Activated charcoal, which is actually carbon, contains millions of micro pores that bind to toxins and draw them out. “Activated” means that it has been exposed to steam, which opens it up and exposes its thousands of tiny pores that do the detoxing work on your body. Because carbon is alkaline it contains lots of negatively charged ions which cling to the positive ions of toxins to clean out your inner ecosystem and escort impurities out of the body – alcohol included (say hello to the trendiest hangover remedy!). Charcoal works through adsorption, meaning that it binds to toxins on a molecular level rather than absorbing them, so that they cannot escape. When ingested, it adsorbs just about everything in your gut, good or bad, including medicine, supplements, or herbs that have been consumed within a 2 hour period before or after ingesting charcoal. Its ability to obliterate everything in its wake makes it a pretty powerful detoxer, and should always be used with caution. If you take it everyday it can actually work against you by depleting your body of essential nutrients, but when used as an occasional detoxer, it is a great natural remedy for pains, bad breath, gas, fever, sore throat, poison ivy, sprained joints, insect bites, and infections. Your DIY Charcoal Detox  - 1 teaspoon food grade charcoal powder (our favorite is this one!) - 1 lemon - 2 tablespoons maple syrup - 8 ounces of water - a pinch of pink Himalayan salt Mix 1 teaspoon of charcoal with the juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 8 ounces of water, and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt for a seriously delicious and detoxing charcoal lemonade!

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