No, you don't need to sip on green juice or eat more kale. When it comes to 'detox', activated charcoal is one of the best options. The ancient Egyptians used it. And so did the Greeks. It's battle tested.
Before getting into it, let's backtrack for a second. What does 'detox' even mean these days? It seems to be a word that many influencers throw around for just about any food.
The word 'detox' means to de-toxify. Any tool that claims to detox needs to be able to successfully remove harmful substances from the body.
Plus, we don't actually need to detox all the time. The body already has various systems in place where we detox naturally — either through waste, or the skin. However, every once in a while, it's pretty helpful to engage in a mild detox protocol and something like activated charcoal is perfect!
And no, you don't just use activated charcoal for OD or food poisoning. Activated charcoal actually makes for a good binder if you're feeling under the weather or if you've been exposed to heavy metals or toxins like mold.
Activated charcoal is different from the regular charcoal you use to grill. It's been carefully heated and steamed so the surface area increases quite drastically. This allows it to adsorb (yes, adsorb instead of absorb) compounds like heavy metals and harmful toxins.
However, it's also capable of binding to beneficial nutrients. This is why it's always advisable to consume activated charcoal on an empty stomach. You could consume it like I do here in sparkling water, or to just have the capsules on their own. Try getting your hands on coconut activated charcoal if you can. Coconut charcoal is said to be slightly more effective than regular activated charcoal (though they both work).
Activated charcoal is something that is absolutely CRUCIAL if you undergo a parasite cleanse. It's a mistake people easily make that leads to more harm than good. If you're doing anything to release toxins in your system, you need something to take it away!