Why we’ve added activated charcoal to our classic, cold-pressed Sama.
You may have noticed in the last few weeks that our Sama is back on the menu, but with a twist. What’s different? We’ve added activated charcoal to the mix of lavender, ginger, Bee Local honey and lemon juice and it’s practically a whole new juice!
Although the color is much different, a rich black color, the taste is still light, refreshing and sweet, similar in flavor to your favorite summertime lemonade.
So what is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a special form of carbon. It is made by reheating carbon-rich materials to a specific temperature. The charcoal is then “activated” through a process which involves poking holes into the surface area of the charcoal. This hole-poking process increases the surface area of the charcoal and the availability of binding sites. The finished product is activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal is commonly used in emergency trauma centers around the world to treat patients who have been poisoned or overdosed on drugs. Doctors in the emergency room encourage its use in these scenarios because it is fast-acting. Activated charcoal safely traps toxins and rids the body of nasty, unwanted chemicals through adsorption. This means chemicals and toxins bind to the surface of the charcoal before it is safely excreted through your waste. Please consult your doctor before consuming activated charcoal at home.
Due to its incredibly detoxifying properties, drinking a lot of water is key to keeping your body happy and hydrated while the activated charcoal runs its course. According to a study published in the Journal of Food Quality, activated charcoal has the potential to bind to vitamins, nutrients and other beneficial substances. Because of this, consuming activated charcoal after your body has digested a meal would help maximize its effects.
Incorporating activated charcoal into your day-to-day health regimen has been known to whiten teeth, contribute to healthy glowing skin, reduce the side effects of hangovers, alleviate gas and bloating and extract metals from your blood.