Black Lemonade: powerful and potentially harmful cleansing drink
We are overwhelmed by the amount of full body cleanse recipes available on the internet, due to their rise in popularity in the recent years. Some cleanses are based on organic vegetable or fruit juices, and most of them include lemon in some way. It is, however, a fact that our body can never be fully detoxified and cleansed, as some toxins always remain behind.
Even though the effectiveness of cleanses is proven, and they do help our liver, kidneys, skin, and basically every other organ, there are some things that fruit and vegetable cleanses just can’t fix. This is mostly toxic exposure to alcohol and cigarettes, as well as physical inactivity. These factors are some of the main culprits behind chronic disease and health issues. This means that in addition to any cleanse you take, a change of habits is also necessary in order to notice relevant improvement.
Once the poor habits change, and the effect of the cleanse kick in, you will feel much better: your skin will be clearer, you’ll have more energy, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll be much happier and healthier overall.
Some of the most effective cleanses that people commonly avoid actually take longer periods of time to kick in. We are obsessed with instant gratification, and this leads us to choose those 48 cleanses instead of these, more beneficial ones. Here are some of the healthiest cleanses and full body cleansing methods out there:
- Detox baths with Himalayan and Epsom salt
- Dry brushing
- Consuming lemon water regularly
- Hydrating your body
- Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine
- Avoiding foods that contain refined sugar, cow dairy, and unhealthy fats
- Getting enough physical exercise
One of the most controversial cleanses is the infamous black lemonade cleanse. It is often referred to as the dark arts elixir, due to its black color. The controversy behind this cleanse comes from the potential side effects that some of the ingredients can have on our body, if we overindulge in this potion. The truth is that it can be harmful, but only to pregnant women, or the ones that are currently breastfeeding.
The controversy also comes from the use of activated charcoal in this cleanse, as people tend to mix it up with regular charcoal we use for barbecue. Activated charcoal is a common ingredient in food supplements and beauty products, and it is an antioxidants that is very beneficial to our health-
How to make the black lemonade
You will need:
- 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal (3 or 4 capsules)
- ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
- ½ cup of fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups of water (filtered)
Squeeze the lemon juice from fresh lemons first. Open the activated charcoal capsules and remove the powder from them, and add it to the lemon juice. Add all the other ingredients to the lemon and activated charcoal mixture and stir until the drink becomes homogenous. You can transfer the mixture to a jar or a container and store it in the fridge.
When it comes to consumption, having a sip of this potion an hour before having breakfast is recommended. You can also have it an hour before going to bed. It is important to be careful with dosage and also to stir the mixture before every consumption, as charcoal can sink to the bottom.