DE OX T Cleans­ing fans are drop­ping their go-to green juice for darker pills and brews. Ni­cole Catanese in­ves­ti­gates.

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WEEKLY TIP­PLE “It’s per­fect when I feel slug­gish.” Chelsea Matthews, 31, drinks Juice Served Here’s Char­coal Lemon­ade twice a week. Anita Gatto, 32, says it’s her way of detox­ing “with­out hav­ing to com­mit to a full cleanse.” As for the odd black hue? “When I close my eyes it’s just lemon­ade.” An­other ben­e­fit is a flat­ter belly: “I’m not as bloated.” But it’s not only the juic­ing crew who are com­mit­ted to the ef­fects of the char­coal. KEEP CALM AND JET-SET ON Shiva Rose, cre­ator of the popular all-nat­u­ral-life­style blog Th­e­lo­cal­rose.com, swears by pour­ing the con­tents of char­coal cap­sules into a glass of wa­ter while trav­el­ling to calm her stom­ach af­ter an in­dul­gent din­ner or to clear away any traces of bac­te­ria in the drink­ing wa­ter. Lit­tle sur­prise that this comes highly rec­om­mended for globe-trot­ters. FRESH AP­PROACH So is this new trend a health game changer? “It’s a shot­gun ap­proach,” says Don­ald D. Hen­srud, an in­ternist at the Mayo Clinic in Min­nesota, who notes that there’s cur­rently no data that shows char­coal should be used other than ther­a­peu­ti­cally, for poi­son­ing. And the big­gest con­cern: Ac­ti­vated char­coal can’t tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween nu­tri­ents and tox­ins, says Hen­srud. PILLING IT ON Mor­ri­son, how­ever, is pro char­coal – but for a cal­cu­lated di­ges­tive tract over­haul. “The best time to take it is any­time you feel ‘toxic’,” says Mor­ri­son, who rec­om­mends 500 mil­ligrams “Af­ter a night of too much food or al­co­hol or just for gen­eral main­te­nance sea­son­ally.” The good news: You can’t OD on it. Fans like Gatto say that they aren’t quit­ting char­coal any­time soon: “Drink­ing it just feels like detox.”

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