Activated Charcoal Top 7 Uses & Benefits

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Activated charcoal is a natural treatment that removes toxins and chemicals from the body. It works by trapping toxins in its millions of pores to keep the body from absorbing unwanted chemicals. Used in emergency rooms across the world as a treatment for poison and drug overdoses, activated charcoal also helps to reduce gas and bloating and lower cholesterol levels. This charcoal is not the same substance you use in your grill at home! To use activated charcoal, it’s important to choose charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.

Check out some of the awesome benefits of activated charcoal:

1. It Treats Insect Bites

Activated charcoal can help treat insect bites and rashes from poison ivy or poison oak. To treat a mosquito bite or a bee sting, mix a capsule of activated charcoal with 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Dab onto the affected area and reapply every 30 minutes until the itching subsides.

2. It Treats Acne

Activated charcoal can help cleanse pores and clear acne from the skin. Mix one capsule of activated charcoal with two teaspoons of aloe vera gel, then spread onto the face. Let the mixture dry then rinse. The activated charcoal will bind with toxins and dirt on the skin that contribute to acne.

3. It Helps Lower Cholesterol

Studies have shown that activated charcoal can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels. One study found that LDL cholesterol decreased by 41% while HDL increased by 8% when participants took three doses of eight grams each for a period of four weeks. It’s important to note:  do not take activated charcoal within 90 minutes to two hours of taking any prescription medication or supplements.

4. It Whitens Teeth

Stains from coffee, tea, wine or other foods can be eliminated by activated charcoal. It also promotes oral health by improving the pH balance in the mouth, preventing cavities, and getting rid of bat breath. To whiten teeth, wet a toothbrush and dip it into activated charcoal. Brush your teeth, sip some water, then swish it around your month. Spit and rinse well. For the best results, use this method 2-3 times per week.

5. It Alleviates Gas

A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that activated charcoal helps to prevent intestinal gas following a meal. To reduce gas and bloating, take 500 milligrams one hour before a typical gas-producing meal and follow with a full glass of water.

6. It Removes Toxins From The Body

Most pesticides and harmful chemicals bind to the surface of activated charcoal, helping to prevent absorption in the body. In the case of poison ingestion or a drug overdose, call 911 immediately. Activated charcoal can also be used in cases of food poisoning, when nausea and diarrhea are present. Adults should take 25 grams when symptoms arise. Children should be given 10 grams.

7. It Cleanses The Digestive System

Activated charcoal can be used to help promote a healthy digestive tract. It works to remove toxins from the body that may cause poor immune system function, allergic reactions, or oxidative damage. Removing toxins from your system can also help reduce joint pain, provide an energy boost and increase mental function. To cleanse the digestive system, take 10 grams of activated charcoal 90 minutes before each meal for two days.

Activated charcoal can be found in powder, liquid, or tablet form. It’s important to drink plenty of water when using activated charcoal in any form. The substance has shown to reduce the absorption of toxins in the body by up to 60%. To use activated charcoal to remove toxins from your body, stir one teaspoon into a glass of water and drink.

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