Activated Charcoal Lemonade


IMG_0762I had been craving activated charcoal lately. This is such a random craving but maybe it’s because I’ve felt so ungrounded in the move that I was turning to comfort foods like doughnuts (my family and friends couldn’t stop laughing at this) or maybe my body is actually needing to clear out some asbestos from my old apartment. More on this later. Usually my body tells me exactly what I need. The more I listen to it, the easier it is to figure out. I went down to Kansas City to visit my grandmother. (Read the Ridge’s Stitches Guide to Kansas City here). On the drive down and on the way back, we stopped at Nourish Cafe and Market for lunch in Columbia, Mo. If you’re ever in the area, you must make this a go-to stop. Read my blog on it here! My friend Kimber started the cafe with a woman named Kalle. It’s a wonderful healthy option in Columbia. They have these orange zest and chocolate energy balls that are out of this world. They are made with maple syrup instead of the processed sugars found in many grab and go bites, like the doughnuts I had consistently been craving.

Anyway, I asked Josh at the counter if they had any activated charcoal drinks. He said not at this time but he had some activated charcoal in his bag that he had taken to get rid of his food poisoning. I thought I was one of the few who kept activated charcoal in my backpack. Hey Kimber, an activated charcoal drink might be the next addition to your menu! Activated charcoal is detoxifying for the body. It is not the same charcoal you use when you grill so don’t think you can go grab a lump of coal from the Memorial Day BBQ. Make sure you get activated charcoal from coconut shells or other natural sources. According to Dr. Axe, “activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t re-absorb them.”

I was craving this charcoal all weekend. When I walked into Unbakery and Juicery in Kansas City, I debated for a minute on the activated charcoal mylk or the blue majik mylk. I ended up with the blue majik because it was a little more filling for a breakfast drink with the cashew milk. I was even going to come back to get the activated charcoal later in the day and totally forgot. My body seriously wanted to detox or something. I got home to Chicago, pulled out the activated charcoal capsules, the lemons and maple syrup. This activated charcoal lemonade totally hit the spot. Especially after those 90 degree days we couldn’t break. I brought the mud-looking lemonade to the yoga studio and the girls kept asking for more. I guess it hit their spot too. Make sure you drink extra water when consuming activated charcoal. It can have adverse side effects with certain medications so consult your physician before consumption.

Serves: 3-5

Hands-on time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, soy free


4 cups of water

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup maple syrup, agave, or honey

1 teaspoon activated charcoal (I get mine from Amazon)


  1. Fill a pitcher with four cups of water. Squeeze the lemon juice in the pitcher. Watch out for the seeds.
  2. Mix in the maple syrup and the activated charcoal. I get my activated charcoal in capsule form so I just cut one open and pour it in the water.
  3. Mix everything together and serve. Add ice if you’d like.
  4. Enjoy!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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