Charcoal Water: Detox for your Re-tox

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Ever wonder what is inside your Brita that sometimes leaves behind little black specks? Your water filter is utilizing activated charcoal to pull out all of the toxins.

A fine black powder typically made from coconut shells or coal. To activate the charcoal, you treat it with heat and oxygen or certain acids and bases.  This will rearrange the carbon atoms and start to form many tiny pores giving activated charcoal a huge surface area. This is relevant due to it’s adsorption capabilities. Adsorption means molecules bind to the surface or another compound like the carbon-lined pores in activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal has a negative electrical charge. When the charcoal then passes through your body, it starts to attract positive elements, such as toxins and gases, it is able to attract all of the unwanted toxins and get them out.  Because of its ability to not be absorbed by the body, they will all exit your body when you make a number 2. No it’s not weird, you won’t even know.

A couple of not so obvious, obvious benefits:

Supports Kidney function:

Our kidneys work as a filter for our bodies. With activated charcoal tapping in, it can reduce the amount of waste our kidneys have to deal with.

Bloating and Gas:

Think of a sponge, activated charcoal is able to adsorb all of that toxic gas thus reducing bloating.  

Hangovers:

Because you are pulling toxins from the body, this can aid in hangovers. It’s not proven but give it a try. I’m a weirdo and will drink a cup before a night out and depending on how many shots of Casamigos I knock back, it works.

Use it as a face mask:

Activated charcoal masks help to pull out impurities on the face, probably the only way I survived NYFW. I’m pretty sure I did like 3 that week.

Do understand what you are signing up for. When your body is detoxing, you need to double to triple your amount of water intake.  A good rule of thumb is to drink your weight in oz’s. So for example, if you weigh 125lbs, you would be drinking 125 ounces of water.

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