What is Activated Charcoal (and all the magical things it can do)

Used medicinally as well as in air-and-water purifiers, records of the use of Activated Charcoal date back as far as 1550 BC, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to stop being a miracle natural resource anytime soon.

From a detoxifying agent to a poison antidote, spider bite cure and alleviating upset stomachs, activated charcoal works wonders.

What is Activated Charcoal?

It’s a fine black powder that’s odorless, tasteless and nontoxic, and absorbs most organic toxins, chemicals and poisons long before they can inflict damage to the body.

Did you know?

In 1831, a professor drank a lethal dose of strychnine in front of his colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine to state the wondrous power of Activated Charcoal (source). He drank the mix and because he added activated charcoal, lived to tell the tale. If that doesn’t tell you just how powerful activated charcoal is as a decontaminant, we don’t know what will.

What are the uses of Activated Charcoal?

  • It can be used as a natural whitening agent for teeth
  • It can be used for treating spider bites
  • It can be used to treat food poisoning

Tips for the use of Activated Charcoal:

  • Never take Activated Charcoal within two hours of taking vitamins or medication as it will stop the body from absorbing them
  • Always use a high quality form of Activated Charcoal
  • Contrary to what many believe, Activated Charcoal is NOT the same thing as ashes from burning wood!

This article has a full list of precautions if you’d like to know more about the use of Activated Charcoal 

That being said, here are out top picks for the best uses for Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal: Natural Teeth Whitener for Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth have been stained by coffee, tea or wine, using activated charcoal is a great idea for brightening up your teeth again. It also works by changing the pH in your mouth which prevents cavities, bad breath and gum disease. The reason it works so well as a whitening treatment is because it absorbs plaque that stain the teeth

For whitening your teeth, wet a toothbrush and then dip the head into powdered activated charcoal. Brush your teeth as you normally would, and give a good scrub on problem areas. Next simple swirl a sip of water around in your mouth and spit out the water. Using this 2 -3 times a week yields the best results.

It works wonders as a natural teeth whitener for sensitive teeth.

Activated Charcoal: For Bloating

Activated Charcoal works great to bind the gassy byproducts from foods, alleviating that bloated feeling

To benefit, ensure you take 500mg of activated charcoal one hour before you eat a typically gas-producing meal. Make sure to drink it with at least two glasses of water to get the charcoal into your system

 

Activated Charcoal For Hangover Prevention

Okay so activated charcoal might not be able to absorb alcohol, but it helps remove the toxins from your body that poison you (the hangover effect). Activated charcoal has also been shown to significantly lower the blood alcohol concentration. Take an activated charcoal supplement before you hit the sack after a night of drinking and you might not wake up feeling like a train hit you

Using Activated Charcoal to Remove Toxins

In the event of accidental ingestion of toxins and chemicals, activated charcoal along with a 911 call should be your first step in emergency treatment.

Substances such as pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach bind to the surface of activated charcoal, preventing absorption into the body. You do have to make sure that the activated charcoal is taken no more than 40 minutes after ingestion of the substances, to ensure efficacy.

The Skin and Body Booster

Activated charcoal is great for a number of beauty uses such as

To treat skin conditions, mix 1/2 tsp of activated charcoal with 2 teaspoons of Aloe-Vera gel and then apply to the affected area. Let the mixture dry completely and then wash it off with clean water.

The Digestive Cleanser

Due to factors such as pesticides on our food, chemicals in our water and exposure to mold, our bodies can be heavily burdened by toxins, which is when activated charcoal might just be the trick. To boost your overall wellness and health, you need to cleanse your digestive system regularly, which is why taking 10 grams of activated charcoal 90 minutes before meals for 4 days in a row is a great way t flush out toxins from your body.

The Anti-Ager

Activated charcoal helps prevent cellular damage in the kidneys and liver and also supports healthy adrenal glands.

For anti-aging use, take two capsules of activated charcoal daily after you’ve consumed non-organic foods, heavy meals or have been in contact with heavy metals, to improve cognitive function, reduce brain fog and improve kidney and liver function along with the digestive tract.

The Cholesterol Fighter

Activated charcoal reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in much the same way that conventional medicine does. This is yet another great reason why taking an activated charcoal daily supplement is never a bad idea.

 Does Activated Charcoal have any side effects?

Activated charcoal is safe to be consumed by most individuals, but if you have any preexisting conditions such as intestinal bleeding or blockages, chronic dehydration, slow digestion or have had recent abdominal surgery it’s always advisable to speak to your health care provider before taken an activated charcoal supplement.

Activated charcoal can also interfere with the absorption of nutrients, supplements and prescription medication, so ensure that you take the activated charcoal at least 2 hours before or after taking your other supplements or medication.

Wrapping it up

Remember that it’s imperative to drink 12 – 16 glasses of water daily whenever taking an activated charcoal supplement because it can cause dehydration if you’re not consuming adequate amounts of water. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about all the great health benefits that activated charcoal brings to the table and that you’re now armed with the right ammunition to fight anything and everything from skin issues to accidental ingestion of toxins.


Sara Rogers
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