Believe it or not, activated charcoal is the most widely used gastrointestinal decontamination treatment in the world! However, it has so many other uses and benefits when used at home. From teeth whitening to liver cleansing, this potent natural concoction can be a great addition to your health regimen.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a fine, odorless, black powder made from coconut shells, olive pits, peat, petroleum coke, coal, sawdust and bone char. The powder is so fine that it is actually said to have more surface area than a FOOTBALL FIELD! What?!?
more porous It is “activated” by going through a high temperature heating process and is much than other charcoals (like the kind you use to barbecue - this is toxic if consumed). This porous makeup allows the activated charcoal to trap toxins and flush them safely out of your body without allowing re-absorption into your system. #winwin
Benefits of consuming activated charcoal:
Whitens teeth: Activated charcoal is said to help whiten your teeth by absorbing plaque and other toxins on your teeth. It can also balance the pH levels in your mouth and help prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Use an all-natural toothpaste with activated charcoal in the ingredients or put that powder straight on your toothbrush and brush away!
Alleviates gas & bloating: Some studies have shown that if taken before a meal, activated charcoal can reduce gas production and alleviate some of the pain associated with gas and bloating.
Helps prevent hangovers: Activated charcoal can help prevent a hangover by lowering the blood alcohol content levels in your body. It can also help remove toxins from the alcohol you consume.
Acts as a digestive cleanse: Activated charcoal can help to remove toxins in your digestive system from things you eat, even environmental toxins like pesticides and chemicals. Removing these toxins and others can help prevent allergic reactions, joint pains, and poor immune function. It is also said to increase energy and mental function. Say what?! #somanybenefits
Anti-aging properties: Due to its detoxifying properties, activated charcoal can help your body slow down the aging process by keeping you organs and immune system cleansed of harmful toxins. One study said it can draw toxins, dirt, and debris to the surface of your skin to make them easier to wash away. #byetoxins
Reduces high cholesterol: Studies have shown that consuming activated charcoal can decrease the levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol in your body. Who wouldn’t want that!?!
Guidelines for consuming activated charcoal:
When researching activated charcoal and deciding which to try, look for one that is made of natural ingredients (coconut shells or named wood). Also try to avoid any that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Instead, sweeten with fresh juice or a natural sweetener like raw honey or even stevia. You can find activated charcoal supplements in both pill and powder form. Make sure to check the dosage recommendation for the specific supplement you purchase though. Dosage can range anywhere from 1 gram to 30 grams!
Also, be aware that activated charcoal can inhibit the absorption of nutrients, supplements, and medications. Be sure to take the activated charcoal at least 2 hours before consuming any food or prescriptions (unless otherwise noted). Potential negative reactions can occur with several drugs.
Please keep in mind that many benefits claimed to come from activated charcoal are not proven by science. You should always do your research and decide if consuming this product is right for your health and body.