One of the most effective treatments we can use so that it helps us get rid of toxins and any dangerous matter in our body is activated charcoal. This type of charcoal is made of numerous sources, but if you use it for a natural type of treatment, you must make sure that you’re using the activated charcoal made from coconut shells or many other natural sources.
The use of activated charcoal to treat you from drug overdose or poisoning is one of its most popular. Numerous emergency trauma centers use it all over the world. It can also help you decrease cholesterol, prevent hangovers, treat bile flow problems especially throughout pregnancy, reduce gas and bloating etc.
In many situations, activated charcoal has worked better than gastric lavage e.g. stomach pumping.
HOW DOES ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WORK?
This type of charcoal traps all chemicals and toxins in its tiny pores present in millions.
Still, you must know the difference between barbecue charcoal and activated charcoal. Barbecue charcoal is only used for grills since it’s abundant in chemicals and toxins. You mustn’t consume it!
TOP 10 ACTIVATED CHARCOAL USES
No matter what you take activated charcoal for, you must drink from 12 to 16 glasses of water a day. It can cause dehydration and drinking water is the only way that will help you remove all the toxins and chemicals from your body.
Here are the 10 top uses for activated charcoal!
1. Whitens Teeth
If you have stained or yellow teeth, don’t worry! Activated charcoal can help you whiten them, but also prevent cavities, gum diseases, bad breath as well as balance the pH in your mouth.
Still, you must be careful when you use it, as it can stain your fabrics or furniture. Protect them before you decide to use activated charcoal.
For teeth whitening, just wet your toothbrush, Then, put some activated charcoal powder on it. Brush your teeth as you usually do. After several minutes, rinse your mouth with plenty of water. You can repeat this treatment 2 or 3 times a week.
Note: Be careful in case you have caps, crowns, or porcelain veneers. Activated charcoal may stain them. If you’ve noticed that your teeth have become sensitive after several uses, stop using it.
2. Alleviates Gas & Bloating
One of the best uses of activated charcoal is that it can help you against gas and bloating. You just have to take 500 mg of activated charcoal 1 hour before a meal that could provoke gas. Drink one glass of water. Then, drink another one. You’ll start feeling the difference very soon.
3. Treats Alcohol Poisoning & Helps Prevent Hangovers
Activated charcoal doesn’t absorb alcohol, but it can remove all the toxins from your body which provoke poisoning. Plus, you don’t consume pure alcohol, but chemicals and artificial sweeteners added in it. Even if a person has acute alcohol poisoning, he/she can use activated charcoal. It is an excellent solution against this kind of toxins.
4. Mold Cleansing
Toxic mold is a thing that can live in our bodies, even though it seems impossible. It can cause liver and kidney failure, depression, heart disease, decreased brain function, headaches, eye irritation, severe respiratory distress, vomiting and impaired immune system function.
Mold usually thrives environments which have a leak in the walls or under the floor or even homes which have been flooded. Poor ventilation can develop it. Other areas that are susceptible to mold are laundry rooms, basements and bathrooms.
You must clean it if you’ve noticed it at home. Make sure you wear proper gloves along with a protective mask so that you don’t inhale it. Use a mixture made of borax, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and baking soda.
If you’ve noticed watery eyes, rashes, wheezing, headaches or coughing, these symptoms can appear because of mold present at your home. It can’t be always visible. It can be in ventilation ducts, under floors or behind drywalls.
5. Water Filtration
Numerous systems which filtrate water all around the world use activated charcoal. It is able to trap all impurities, but be careful as it doesn’t trap hard-water minerals, bacteria and viruses.
Several studies have confirmed that activated charcoal can also remove fluoride.
Make sure you filtrate your water through a filter with activated charcoal. It will help you fight fatigue, calm down your digestive tract, maintain good work in your organs, lubricate your joints and tissues etc.
6. Emergency Toxin Removal
Activated charcoal can also be used to eliminate mercury, pesticides, fertilizers and bleach. You can also use it in case of medicine overdose because of certain medications like cocaine, opium, aspirin, acetaminophen and morphine. You must be careful and take activated charcoal as quickly as possible. An hour after ingesting would be the best. If the poisoning has started, call 911 right away. In adults, 50 to 100 grams of activated charcoal should help in cases of poisoning and in children 10 to 25 grams.
Activated charcoal can also be used to treat diarrhea and nausea from food poisoning. Adults should take at least 25 grams and children about 10 grams. If you need it, you can increase the dose after a while. Remember to drink plenty of water!
7. Skin And Body Health
Activated charcoal can even help you relieve the pain caused of insect bites, snake bites or rashes from poison oak or poison ivy. You just have to mix ½ a tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 capsule of activated charcoal. Put it on the area with the skin problem. Apply it again after every 30 minutes and make sure you wrap it with a bandage so that you don’t stain everything.
You can also treat spider bites from Black Widow or the Brown Recluse. In that case, make up you cover a greater area since the bacteria or viruses caused by them can spread very quickly.
For spider bites, you can reapply the mixture on every 2 or 3 hours. Just rinse the area well between every application.
In case of acne, mix 2 teaspoons of Aloe vera gel with 1 capsule of activated charcoal. Apply it on your face. Leave it to dry and then rinse it away completely. You’ll see that it will also clean any spot on your face.
8. Digestive Cleanse
Activated charcoal can help us have a healthy digestive tract because it removes every toxin which causes oxidative damage, allergic reactions, or poor immune system. If you remove these toxins, you’ll also increase your energy, reduce joint pain and increase your mental function.
Take 10 grams of activated charcoal 90 minutes before every meal and you’ll manage to clean your digestive system completely.
Make sure you eat only grass-fed meat, organic fruits or vegetables as well as wild fish. If you start feeling constipated during this cleanse, it means you don’t drink enough water. In that case, take one glass of warm water with a piece of lemon and a little bit of honey on every half hour. You’ll feel when the constipation is relieved.
Activated charcoal can also help us prevent cellular damage caused on our liver and kidneys. It also helps us support healthy adrenal glands.
Take 2 capsules of activated charcoal a day when you’ve been into contact with heavy metals or nonorganic foods. Your cognitive function will be improved, the brain fog will be reduced and your whole organism will be restored.
10. Reduces High Cholesterol
According to various studies, activated charcoal can help us decrease the levels of bad cholesterol in our organism. Just make sure you don’t mix it with other prescriptions. Take it at least 90 minutes or 2 hours after you’ve taken the medicine, so that it can be absorbed properly.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL SIDE EFFECTS
Activated charcoal is mostly safe, just make sure you don’t take it if you have medical conditions like holes in the intestines, intestinal bleeding or blockages, slow digestion, a recent abdominal surgery or chronic dehydration.
Activated charcoal can cause some potential side-effects if you mix it with:
- Naltrexone (used for alcohol and opioid dependence)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Morphine Sulfate Liposome
- Mycophenolate Mofetil
- Mycophenolic Acid
TIPS ON BUYING ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
You must know what is the activated charcoal you’re going to buy made from. As we have already mentioned, try to find the one made with identified wood species with some ultra-fine grains or coconut shells. Make sure you avoid the one which contains artificial sweeteners since they are abundant with chemicals.
HOW TO USE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
You can’t use activated charcoal for a long period of time. Take it at least 2 hours before you take any supplement or medicine. As soon as you’ve noticed any kind of intoxication, take activated charcoal. You can also drink a mixture of 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder with an 8-oz glass of water 2 times a day.