Throughout history, activated charcoal has been used as a cleansing product of water. It is later found that by using it, you can remove any toxins and chemicals from the body. Additionally, it can be used as an antidote for poisoning in some medical emergencies, which was discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The activated charcoal is not the same charcoal as used for grilling food. It is made of wood, peat, or coconut shells while being heated along with a gas that helps open “pores” in the coal. The product of this is a tasteless and odorless powder with either a positive or negative charge that depends on the pH level of the solution that was used to create the powder.
Because the activated charcoal powder is very porous, it traps toxins in its spores. Its surface has a negative electric charge which causes the positively charged toxins to bond onto it.
Consuming activated charcoal can lead to dehydration, so when it is ingested you should drink 12-16 glasses of water during the day. Even though it is used as a great detoxifier, activated charcoal can also be used for deodorizing and disinfecting agent.
There are many ways that activated charcoal can be beneficial to the human body, and some of those are:
– Preventing Hangovers and Treating Alcohol Poisoning
Because it eliminates toxins from the body, it can eliminate the alcohol, which can prevent poisoning and the negative symptoms of the hangovers.
– Lowers the Process of Aging
By having toxins build up inside our body, the aging process goes faster, so by removing them with activated charcoal, it can prevent premature aging.
– Lowering High Cholesterol
Scientists have found that activated charcoal can lower bad cholesterol in the body and increase the good cholesterol similarly to the use of prescription medications.
– Cleansing the Digestive System
In order to have an entire digestive cleanse, the recommended dose of activated charcoal is 10 grams and it should be consumed 90 minutes before meals for two days. During these days, make sure you drink lots of water and focus on organic fruits and vegetables, as well as grass-fed meats, and wild fish.
– Emergency Toxin Removal
Activated charcoal can help with an overdose on many pharmaceutical drugs or over-the-counter medications, whether accidental or purposeful. These drugs include aspirin, opium, cocaine, acetaminophen, and morphine. The activated charcoal should be taken within an hour after the ingestion. The recommended dosage for adults is 50 to 100 grams and for children, it is 10 to 25 grams. Additionally, it can be used even for food poisoning.
– Whitens your Teeth
By changing the pH balance in the mouth, activated charcoal can improve oral health as well. It can whiten the teeth, stop bad breath, and help with other gum diseases that might have been present. The way to use it is to dip your toothbrush in the powdered activated charcoal and then brush your teeth. You will need to repeat this three times a week for the best results.
– Relieving Gas and Bloating
By binding the gas-causing byproducts in the foods that we eat, activated charcoal can relieve bloating and gas. You need to take 500 milligrams of activated charcoal hour before a gas-producing meal and drink a full glass of water with it. Immediately after, drink another glass of water.
– Cleansing Mold
House mold can cause many problems to a person, like headaches, depression, low immune system, kidney, and liver failure, decreased brain function, eye irritation, severe respiratory distress, vomiting, and heart disease. By using activated charcoal, you can get rid of the mold spores and prevent them from coming back again.
– Filtration of Water
Activated charcoal can be used for filtrating the water as it bonds with the filth in the water, such as pesticides, industrial waste, and other chemicals.
– Skin Health and Body Health
Eliminating bad body odor, relieving snake bites, insect bites, rashes from poison ivy and oak, and calming down acne outbreaks are just some of the ways that activated charcoal can be used for when applied externally.
For acne, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with two teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel and apply it over the face. After it dries, wash it off.
If used for insect bites, mix one capsule with ½ tablespoon of coconut oil and apply it on the bitten area, and wrap it with a bandage. The same combination can be used to treat bites from snakes and spiders, such as the Brown Recluse or the Black Widow, except you will need to reapply it every 2-3 hours.
Having activated charcoal in your household can be a life-saving remedy in case of an emergency. Even though it is considered to be safe for many people, it should not be used in case of conditions like slow digestion, chronic dehydration, intestinal blockages or bleeding, holes in the intestines or if you had abdominal surgery, because it can affect the way the charcoal reacts in your body.
Usually, it should be used 90 minutes to two hours before meals, supplements, and medications. It can lead to harmful interactions if used with the following drugs:
- Morphine Sulfate Liposome
- Mycophenolate Mofetil
- Mycophenolic Acid
- Tricyclic antidepressants
Usually, you will need to purchase activated charcoal that is made from coconut shells or different natural sources. Avoid it in powdered form. Additionally, it is not meant to be used in a long-term period, in other words, take it as soon as you’ve ingested toxins. Also, remember to drink lots of water when taking activated charcoal.