Activated charcoal is taking the world by storm. It’s everywhere, from those seemingly endless black toothpaste social media ads to the pages of People and Vogue to the Dr. Oz Show. Whatever your opinion on our culture’s infatuation with this midnight black trend, there is no denying that it’s popular.
And for good reason! Did you know that activated charcoal is 100% safe, has been used in hospitals for decades to treat alcohol poisoning, and does everything from help whiten your teeth to reduce high cholesterol? Yep, activated charcoal is here to stay and we couldn’t be more excited.
Check out the top five unique ways to use activated charcoal below! Whichever way you decide to use charcoal, remember to drink plenty of water because you don’t want to get dehydrated.
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Using activated to charcoal to help get a brighter and whiter smile may just be getting popular now, but it’s actually been around for a long time. Ancient Roman citizens would use powdered charcoal in their oral hygiene routine thousands of years ago.
Using activated charcoal toothpaste is as simple as dipping your toothbrush into some charcoal powder and brushing in small circles around your mouth. Do this for several minutes and then rinse your mouth out. You’ll have a brighter smile in no time!
Fresh Pressed Juice
What’s better than a cold-pressed juice? A cold-pressed juice with just a hint of activated charcoal! Not only do you get a cool looking, jet black juice, but you’re helping your body out in a big way.
Some of the benefits of drinking fresh pressed juice with charcoal include:
- Absorbing toxins and decreasing the harmful impact of everything from alcohol to medication side effects
- Helping maintain a healthy gut (which is incredibly important since your gut is where 90% of your body’s serotonin is produced)
- Reduce gas, bloating, and indigestion
- Combatting jet lag
All of these are additional perks to the already existing normal health benefits you get from drinking cold-pressed juice. Sign us up.
Blackened Pizza Crust
This one might sound a little strange, but hear us out. Adding activated charcoal to your pizza crust won’t necessarily make your pizza any healthier (pizza is still very high in calories), but it will give you all the benefits of charcoal in a delicious fashion.
A review of charcoal pizza crust from Well+Good highlights some of these. You get the digestive and immune system boosts mentioned above and, maybe, more importantly, you get these in a tasty, cheese-covered way. Charcoal pizza crust gets two thumbs up from us.
Probably the most resourceful use of activated charcoal is adding it to cocktails. Think about it, you can get all the benefits of having a few drinks (feeling relaxed, social, and the rest) with fewer nasty side effects. This is due to activated charcoal long history as a way to treat alcohol poisoning.
See, activated charcoal has its name because it is processed from regular charcoal and now has many tiny pores. These pores help attract particles and, in the case of alcohol, help absorb the alcohol quicker. Remember to only add a tiny bit of charcoal to your drink. You’ll get the midnight black color without ruining the taste.
We like this tequila moonrise recipe we found over at Organic Authority.
Jet Black Ice Cream
To round our top five list out, we have none other than jet black ice cream! The combination of charcoal and ice cream scooped into a cone doesn’t only look striking, it gives you the many benefits we’ve been talking about. In fact, much like the activated charcoal cocktails, the charcoal in ice cream helps absorb sugar particles making it a (slightly) healthier version of the classic treat.
Now that you’re an activated charcoal expert, it’s time to start shopping. Browse our full selection of organic products, from charcoal to coconut oil and more!