Simple Activated Charcoal Lemonade Cleanse

Simple Activated Charcoal Lemonade Cleanse
Nicole Eckert

Be inspired to become the best version of yourself. Nicole Eckert is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in Halifax, Nova Scotia - with a passion for vibrant wellness.


How It Works

Daily detox practices are beneficial for decreasing your overall toxic load so that you can thrive & be vibrant every day!


During a change in seasons, at the beginning of a new year, and after a period of stress, are all examples of opportune times to emphasize cleansing practices by adding in something to additionally support your detoxification organs.


This simple detox elixir is simple to make, it's inexpensive and lasts when refrigerated - given that you remember to pour yourself a cup before bed - all you truly have to do is: pop off the lid, pour and enjoy! Making this the SIMPLEST reset cleanse for even the busiest bodies.



Dark Arts Elixir

Makes 4 servings


What you need:

4 cups filtered water (I use reverse osmosis with trace mineral drops)

1/3-1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (more or less to taste, I like more)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (Grade B or No.2)

1 tsp (about 3-4 capsules) activated charcoal (available in powder or capsules)

Pinch of Himalayan salt


What to do:

-Juice your fresh lemons using a citrus juicer - this handheld juicer will maximize your lemon juice yield and make your citrus juicing life way easier. Add your fresh lemon juice to a pitcher.

- If you're working with activated charcoal that comes in capsules, like this - gently squeeze and twist the capsule to open it, and carefully pour all of the contents into your pitcher with the L juice. Activated charcoal can be messy, so be mindful!

-Add the rest of your ingredients to the pitcher, then whisk well to evenly combine and refrigerate

-Enjoy on an empty stomach, 1-hour before a meal or before bed. You will have to stir the mixture again as the charcoal likes to settle at the top/bottom.

-Portion out servings into seal-able mason jars for convenience (optional)

-Lasts 5-days when refrigerated



-I like to prepare this in a 1L mason jar, I adjust the water accordingly so that everything fits, to prepare I simply add my ingredients, screw on the lid - shake, shake, shake and refrigerate. 

-Activated charcoal is designed to detox - symptoms include, but are not limited to headaches, nausea, foggy brain, skin breakouts, irritability and low energy. With any new regimen, start slow and listen to your body! These symptoms will pass and then you should experience increased energy, clear skin, decreased bloating, better sleep, positive vibes and more.

-You can enjoy this for several days as a cleanse, or you can prepare as needed.




Do not use activated charcoal if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult with your practitioner if you are taking any other medications before consuming. Activated charcoal is a powerful detoxifier and is not selective on what it flushes out. Using activated charcoal may decrease the effectiveness of your medications. Always take activated charcoal on an empty stomach, away from food or other supplements as it can interfere with nutrient absorption. Drink and cleanse responsibly & yes, activated charcoal may change the colour of your #2's.

What You’ll Need

  • Activated Charcoal
  • Lemon
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Filtered Water


Easy Neither easy
nor hard


As a holistic nutritionist, cleansing is not new to me - in my life ventures and journey to where I am today - I have taken part in countless cleansing and detox regimens, and while I've felt many benefits (and side effects) - I've simplified my practices over the years.


What I practice in my own lifestyle, and what I recommend to my clients and readers, is one and the same. I promote taking part in daily detox practices that work behind the scenes long-term, without debilitating you, like some short duration, high-intensity cleanses can.


This simple Detox Elixir is sure to provide you with some positive change so that you can get on track to feeling your best.


Check out Your Guide to Detox - complete with detox approved recipes + blog posts + online programs - all to make for a successful cleanse!




What do you think?

Nicole Eckert

Be inspired to become the best version of yourself. Nicole Eckert is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in Halifax, Nova Scotia - with a passion for vibrant wellness.

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Cristi Jayo
By Cristi Jayo
300 - Contributor
1 year ago

+ Apple cider vinegar! 👌 🙌 just tried it yesterday and loved it.

Mara Landis
By Mara Landis
1360 - Community Leader
2 years ago

Thanks Nicole! I drink lemon water with a splash of cayenne every morning so adding a few more ingredients is so easy! I am going to try your recipe!

Nicole Eckert
By Nicole Eckert
765 - Ambassador
2 years ago

Happy to help :) Enjoy!!

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