Black Lemonade Recipe: The Cleansing Drink That Is So Powerful, You Need To Be Careful When Drinking It

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Charcoal Lemonade Recipe


  • 4 cups filtered water (preferably by reverse osmosis)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup pure dark maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (or 3-4 capsules) activated charcoal
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt


  1. Juice fresh lemons using a citrus juicer, if possible, to get the most juice out of your lemons. Another option is to scrub 3 whole organic lemons, roll them firmly on the kitchen counter to release the juice, cut in chunks or slices, and throw the entire fruits in a blender or food processor to puree. (There are lots of nutrition, fiber, and flavor in the rind.)
  2. Pour the juice or puree into a pitcher or large glass jar.
  3. If your activated charcoal comes in a capsule, gently squeeze and twist the capsule to open it over the jar or pitcher, then carefully pour the contents into the lemon juice.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pitcher or jar, then whisk well to combine.
  5. Store in the refrigerator.
  6. Stir or shake the charcoal lemonade before pouring (the charcoal tends to settle).
  7. Drink 1 cup on an empty stomach 1 hour before a meal or before bed.Black lemonade will keep 5 days in the refrigerator.

What to Keep in Mind

If you plan on making the charcoal lemonade, here’s what you need to know:

  • Activated charcoal can be messy, so be careful!
  • AC is available in powder or capsules; whichever you choose, make sure it’s petroleum-free.
  • You can drink a cup daily for several days as a cleanse or occasionally, as desired.
  • Do not drink AC if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Drink charcoal lemonade on an empty stomach so the AC doesn’t go to work at the same time as your digestive system.
  • You will most likely notice darker stools. AC isn’t digested per se, so it will affect the appearance (and possibly the texture) of your stools.

It is true that there are few clinical studies into the efficacy of activated charcoal to cleanse the digestive system.

What studies there are explore its other effects in other contexts; they do, however, provide strong implications for validation of AC’s use as a digestive cleanser. Knowing the chemical properties and how adsorbent carbon is lends credence to the testimony of active users that AC works.

As there are few scientific trials, there is no confirmation of AC’s safety for long-term use.

Conversely, there is no evidence of harm in short-term use and many stories of apparent health benefits. The proof is in the charcoal lemonade…try it and see what it does for you.

While you drink charcoal lemonade, you can get the most out of your detox by drinking lemon water in the morning, eating organic food, staying clear of inflammatory foods, trying dry brushing, taking Epsom salt baths, and limiting alcohol and caffeine.