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You May Want to Think Twice Before Drinking Activated Charcoal

Juice bar business has been booming in recent years. Many people love their liquid gold diets, power packing them with nutrients from spinach to kale, swiss chard, and other ingredients to boost protein for a healthy meal on-the-go. Something new and exciting was bound to come out of the over-saturated juice market. Charcoal is that trend.

Drinking Charcoal

The charcoal people put in drinks is not the same that is used to light up a grill and have a cook-out. Activated charcoal is processed to be super absorbent and safe for human consumption. With tiny little sponge-like pores, it sucks everything up in the digestive tract. Often, charcoal is used for people who have been hospitalized due to toxin exposure or drug overdose to flush toxins from the system.


Although activated charcoal is not going to cure cancer, it can provide lots of energy in indirect ways. Any time the body is rid of toxins and oxidants, the body will kick up more energy. Some people even use it to remove toxins from the liver and bloodstream after a night of drinking. It will not absorb any alcohol left in the system so it may not actually provide the benefits you think it will. It is also dangerous to assume drinking activated charcoal is a healthy way to cure your post-hangover misery after a night of heavy drinking.

Detox Power

Charcoal can pull toxins from the body as it is a strong detoxifier. It is not always a good thing, however, as any time something binds to toxic compounds and flushes them from the body, you may lose nutrients in the process. Veggies, fruits, green tea, and flax seeds are also natural detoxifying agents which are easy on the system. This is a much better way to go and is healthier than drinking activated charcoal which may have unknown effects on your body.

Activated charcoal drinkers need to pay attention to a disclaimer.  If you are taking prescription medication, pills, or supplements, charcoal can’t tell the difference between toxins, meds, vitamins and minerals. For people with prescriptions from a doctor, it is best to consult with them prior to trying any new trends in health and fitness, including activated charcoal. The body also needs lots of water to flush toxins from the system, so drinking one activated charcoal drink is not going to do that for you. Clean, fresh water is the best bet and will help you process any charcoal in your system, should you choose to drink any. Overall, the doctor is still out on whether drinking charcoal is healthy but if you are not sure, it is best to stay away from this trend.

People will try to get you to buy anything and try new trends on the market. Activated charcoal is very powerful and may be dangerous and risky for you in recovery. Call us if you are not sure what to do or where to go to get help for addiction before jumping onto a potentially dangerous health trend. We are here 24/7 to support your journey to recovery. Call us at our toll-free number to get started: 844-339-6964