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Best Uses for Activated Charcoal

By on November 27, 2017 in News with 0 Comments



Environmental factors, including pesticides on food, chemicals in the tap water, and exposure to mold create a toxic burden in our bodies. Activated charcoal has many natural medicinal uses and health benefits. It is one of the finest natural adsorbent agents. It is made by heating common charcoal (peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum) in the presence of a gas, thereby creating small chambers and cavities in the charcoal. These small chambers and cavities trap or bind-up gas, toxins, and bacteria in the stomach and intestines, which are then safely carried out of the digestive system.

The first recorded use of charcoal as an antidote was in 1811, when French chemist Michel Bertrand ingested 5 grams of arsenic trioxide with charcoal. There was no reported nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, severe burning in the mouth and throat, collapse, nor death as a result of the experiment.

Common Activated Charcoal Benefits & Uses:

Emergency Toxin Removal

– In food poisoning cases, can use activated charcoal when diarrhea and nausea symptoms are existent.  

– Pharmaceutical and over -the-counter drug overdoses

– One study found that taking activated charcoal up to 6 hours after taking a prescription drug called apixaban, reduced apixaban exposure and facilitated the elimination of apixaban.

– For the removal of heavy metals, take two activated charcoal capsules per day after exposure to heavy metals.

Reduces Gas & Bloating

Gas causing byproducts in food are bound to the charcoal, relieving discomfort from gas and bloating.

– To alleviate gas and bloating, it is recommended to take 500mg an hour before a gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water to help bind the gas to the charcoal.

– One study found that activated charcoal prevents intestinal gas after a typical gas-producing meal.

Natural Teeth Whitening

– The charcoal adsorbs plaque and other substances that stain teeth. Such as coffee, tea, and blackcurrant juice.

– Activated charcoal lowers the pH in your mouth, making your mouth more alkaline, thus inhibiting cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Having a healthy pH balance in your mouth keeps in the good bacteria, which protects your teeth and gums. Having an acidic pH balance in your body can lead to a wide range of illnesses and diseases, such as cancer. Bad bacteria thrive in an acidic pH environment. In the cause of your teeth, bad bacteria feed off of the toxins on your teeth. The bad bacteria will attack tooth enamel, cause cavities, and cause gum disease.

– Activated charcoal can stain crowns, caps, or porcelain veneers. Also, if your teeth become sensitive to the charcoal, cease using it on your teeth.

-Wet the toothbrush and lightly dip it into the powdered charcoal. Brush teeth like normal, pay attention to the stained areas of the teeth. Next, swish water thoroughly around and then spit it out. Rinse and repeat until you do not see charcoal in your spit. For optimum results, brush with activated charcoal 2-3 times a week.

Treats Acne

– To create a facial mask. Combine 1 activated charcoal capsule with two tsps of aloe vera gel. Rub the mixture all over your face. Let it dry and then rinse off with water. This method can also be used as a spot treatment, instead of an allover mask.

– Impurities get bounded to the activated charcoal and then eliminated once you rinse it off.

Treats Insect and Snake Bite Wounds

– Mix activated charcoal with coconut oil, apply to the bite/sting wound, and then apply a bandage.

Water Filtration

Activated charcoal also traps impurities in water, such as pesticides, solvents, industrial waste, and other chemicals. Charcoal is used in many whole house water filtration systems and countertop systems, such as Brita and PUR.

-According to a study done in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, activated charcoal filters can remove some fluoride. The fluoride put into the public water supply is a toxic synthetic industrial fluoride. Not ingesting fluoride and detoxing it from your body insures good oral health, proper immune system functioning, good calcium levels, and healthy kidneys and liver.

– One study found that industrial fluoride ingested from treated water is too low to affect dental decay. Lifelong consumption of industrial fluoride can harm developing tooth enamel, bone, heart, and brain.

Cleanse Digestive Tract

– Activated charcoal traps toxins in the body and flushes it out through the digestive system.  As a result, this leads to more energy, improved brain function, and joint pain relief.

Lowers High Cholesterol

– A study has shown that taking activated charcoal increases good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol.

Helps with Alcohol Poisoning

– Activated charcoal doesn’t remove alcohol. However, activated charcoal will remove the artificial ingredients in the mixers such as the synthetic sugars and chemicals.

– Activated charcoal helps prevent hangovers. One study found that when taking activated charcoal and alcohol concurrently, it can greatly lower blood alcohol concentrations.

Mold Cleansing

Mold can live in your body and cause all kinds of health issues. For example, toxic mold can cause depression, headaches, heart disease, vomiting, kidney & liver failure, etc. Home and work is where our most common mold exposure comes from.

– If the mold is visible, clean it wearing gloves and a mask. Clean the mold using borax, baking soda, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar.

Is Taking Activated Charcoal Safe?

Taking activated charcoal is generally safe for most people. Charcoal is not digested or absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Of course ingesting anything comes with some precautions. Some reported side effects, include dark stool, constipation, and dehydration.

  • If you are going to take prescription and/or supplements, do not take activated charcoal within 90 minutes to two hours. The activated charcoal can prevent proper absorption of the prescription and supplement.
  • If pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use.
  • Be cautious if you have any of these medical conditions. Having these conditions can affect how the activated charcoal reacts to your body.
  • Intestinal blockages or bleeding, intestinal holes, slow digestion, chronic dehydration, or recent surgery in the abdominal area.

It is important to remember, when ingesting activated charcoal, to drink 12-16 glasses of water a day. Otherwise, you could get dehydration and/or constipation.  Drinking plenty of water also helps to flush out the toxins more easily.  

I personally take activated charcoal when I have an upset stomach. It works better than an over the counter pain reliever, from my experience. For best results as a supplement, my activated charcoal bottle recommends to take 2 capsules two to three times per day, 3-4 hours before/after meals or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.

In conclusion, there are many studies that have shown positive benefits to taking activated charcoal, with little to no harmful effects. For example, food poisoning, drug overdoses, and reducing high cholesterol. As a result, it is recommended to keep activated charcoal in your first aid kit.

Not all activated charcoal supplements are made with the same quality. It is best to use activated charcoal made from verifiable wood or coconut shells that have very fine grains. Some companies also add synthetic sweeteners to powdered activated charcoal, please avoid these.

About the Author

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