A couple of weeks ago I got food poisoning. I literally have never been that sick in my life. I will spare you the details but lets just say I basically camped out on and over the toilet for 10 hours.
In the process of being sick I posted on Instagram asking anyone if they knew how to get their gut back on track after food poisoning. Countless people messaged me saying to drink or take activated charcoal. I knew somewhere in my house there was a little bottle of activated charcoal from Organika sitting waiting for me but in my sick delusion I could not locate it nor stand up for 48 hours.
Since being sick my stomach has not been the same. Everything was stripped out of my gut and I have had to repair and re-build. In this process my stomach has been crazy bloated, I have had trouble staying regular (Sorry TMI) and I feel exhausted from feeling like my body is working overtime to process food.
It was defiantly time for some activated charcoal.
Many studies show that when taken internally, activated charcoal can improve our digestive health and immune system by helping to remove metals and toxins that cause us to have allergic reactions. It also helps to flush out viruses and parasites we may have floating around in our system. Activated charcoal also helps to cleanse the pesticides from foods, everyday chemicals and pollution from the air. These types of chemicals often affect not only our body’s energy and immune system but also things like our hair, skin, and nails. People will often see an increase in energy, the ability to fight off sickness, and a reduction in bloating or gas due to the gut support activated charcoal gives to the body.
After reading up on activated charcoal I decided to try out a few recipes and remedies to help my body get back on track.
My first experiment was charcoal lemonade…I drank a little too much we will just say that;)
Some tips I learned for us charcoal virgins.
1)The cleansing benefits of charcoal are amazing but you can also over do it! So make sure you are drinking lots of water and start off with small amounts.
2)Also do not take other supplements within 3 hours of drinking the charcoal or taking charcoal. One of the amazing benefits of charcoal is that it attaches itself to toxins cleansing them out of the body, but it can also attach itself to nutrition our body needs such as supplements . SO be mindful of the times you drink or eat charcoal.
3)Prior to ingesting activated charcoal, consult a physician or health expert to determine whether it is appropriate for your condition, and to ascertain the appropriate dosage.
Troy and i both have been working on our gut health so I decided to make this as an option for this weekend’s dessert. This can be made into a smoothie with fresh bananas or ice cream by simply freezing the bananas.
Activated Charcoal Smoothie
Check out my little prep video on Instagram. Leave your comments and questions! I want to hear what your experience has been with activated charcoal.
2 tbsp peanut butter
2-4 tbsp (depending on how thick you want it) coconut milk
1 tsp Organika activated charcoal
chocolate coconut flakes
coconut whip cream
Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
Blend till smooth and place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours) then serve!