With summer only a couple of months away, it’s never too early to think of the best way to detox and prep for swimsuit season 🏖️. This is where activated charcoal comes in. No, not the one for your summer barbecues, we’re talking the ultimate detox. Scientific jargon aside, it’s basically charcoal that has been heated to a point where it expands and creates a porous surface. When consumed, it sucks up all of the toxins in your body. And besides cleansing, it's got tons of other benefits including decreased bloating, reduced high cholesterol, anti-aging, hangover prevention and even gas relief 💨.
Activated charcoal dates all the way back to ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. And if you work in the medical field, you know that activated charcoal is also used for poison control in the emergency room. During the past few years it has found its way into tons of health foods and food spots.
Check out our #BUBBLE BACKED, coconut ash A.K.A. activated charcoal picks below!
1. Round K - Charcoal Latte
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Time to drop that mass produced cup-of-joe you purchase every morning. Round K makes coffee making an art by taking the time and effort to pick and roast their coffee beans while creating unique new drinks that pay homage to old-school Korean cafes. Round K’s Matte Black Latte, gives you that energy boost with a side of digestive cleansing goodness.
2. Bulletproof - Coconut Charcoal Capsules
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This Charcoal supplement from Bulletproof is made entirely of coconut shells. Huge plus for their vegan friendly capsules, made from high-grade soft pine trees instead of animal-sourced gelatin. These are also versatile, open them up and use the charcoal to whiten your teeth!
3. Masataco - Activated Charcoal Vegan Tacos
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6. Activated Charcoal Crispbread
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You’ve heard of farm to table, but have you ever heard of beach to bowl? Although Broken Coconut has only been around for less than a year, they’re redefining healthy eating by promoting ‘sunkissed’ fresh and vibrant ingredients. Their New York location is an Instagram paradise and their menu is filled with goodies like Midnight Lemonade, a simple yet delicious drink with coconut water, activated charcoal and aloe.
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Yaso Tangbao in New York serves authentic Shanghainese street food that’s really more comforting than anything. But one of their menu items caught our eye with its addition of activated charcoal. There’s really nothing better than a little pocket of warm chicken broth, and when it’s wrapped with activated-charcoal dough the whole experience is all the more fun.
10. Beauty & Essex - Black Tie White Noise
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Remember when we said activated charcoal can prevent hangovers? Although consuming your activated charcoal in the form of a cocktail may not be the healthiest way to do so, everything’s a balancing act so we’re throwing in a little bit of fun. Beauty & Essex in NY makes a pitch-black cocktail featuring activated charcoal. We’d like to think of this cocktail as one that kills two birds with one stone 😜.