What is Activated Charcoal
Activated Charcoal Powder is the world’s oldest detoxifying remedy. It’s used in thousands of applications primarily to adsorb unwanted chemicals so that they can be neutralized or removed completely.
Benefits of using Activated Charcoal Powder
Naturally Whitens Teeth
- Wet your toothbrush and dip the bristles into the Activated Charcoal Powder
- Brush your teeth as you normally would, paying special attention to areas with the most staining
- Sip water and swish through your mouth thoroughly and spit. Rinse well, until your saliva is clear
For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two or three times per week.
If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it’s possible that activated charcoal will stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, quit using it.
BE CAREFUL, it will stain grout and fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using. We strongly recommend using the Activated Charcoal Powder in the shower.
Skin and Body Health
To make a clarifying face mask, add a teaspoon of powdered activated charcoal to warm or lukewarm water, until a paste is formed. Add a teaspoon of honey or aloe gel and apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face. Rinse after 5 to 10 minutes.
To add a detoxifying element to shampoo, add a teaspoon of activated charcoal to the regular amount of shampoo you use; wash and rinse as usual. For light hair, an extra rinse will remove any discolouration from the charcoal.
To treat bites from snakes and spiders, including the Brown Recluse or Black Widow, you want to cover a larger area than just a small bandage, as the bacteria and viruses that lead to tissue damage need to be mitigated quickly.
Create a wrap out of fabric that’s big enough to go around the affected area twice. Dab the mixture of coconut oil and activated charcoal on the fabric, and wrap. Secure with bandages. Reapply every two to three hours, rinsing well between applications.
Activated Charcoal Powder uses help promote a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions, oxidative damage and poor immune system function.
By removing the toxins from your system, you can reduce joint pain, increase energy and increase mental function.
Environmental factors, including pesticides on food, chemicals in the water we drink and exposure to mold, create a toxic burden in our bodies. It’s important to routinely cleanse the digestive tract to support overall health and wellness. To complete a digestive cleanse with activated charcoal, take 10 grams 90 minutes prior to each meal, for two days.
During the cleanse, eat only organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, and wild fish. If during the cleanse you find you are constipated, this is a sure sign you’re not consuming enough water! Drink a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon and a touch of honey every half hour until constipation is relieved.
Reduces High Cholesterol
Studies around the world show that activated charcoal reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol as much as some prescription medications. In one study, total cholesterol decreased by 25 percent, LDL cholesterol decreased by 41 percent, while HDL increased by 8 percent — in just four weeks.
Study participants took three doses of eight grams each for the period of the study.
Naturally Alleviates Gas & Bloating
A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that Activated Charcoal Powder prevents intestinal gas following a typical gas-producing meal.
Dosing recommendations to alleviate gas and bloating: Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow with an additional glass of water immediately thereafter to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.
Naturally Treats Alcohol Poisoning & Helps Prevent Hangovers
Activated Charcoal Powder does not adsorb alcohol; however, it does help quickly remove other toxins from the body that contribute to poisoning. Alcohol is rarely consumed in its pure form; mixers that include artificial sweeteners and chemicals are common.
In addition, when Activated Charcoal Powder is taken at the same time as alcohol, some studies show it can significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations. Princeton University’s First Aider’s Guide to Alcohol indicates that Activated Charcoal Powder is administered in some situations related to alcohol. This includes if the individual is unconscious or showing signs of acute alcohol poisoning.
Drink activated carbon in juice between but not with meals and only in non-acidic (no citrus) juices. Add 200-500 milligrams into your favourite green or other health-boosting juice recipe.
Emergency Toxin Removal
One of the most common Activated Charcoal Powder uses is to remove toxin and chemicals in the event of ingestion. Most organic compounds, pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach bind to activated charcoal’s surface, allowing for quicker elimination, while preventing the absorption in the body.
Activated Charcoal Powder is also used in the event of an accidental, or purposeful, overdose of many pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications. It’s effective for aspirin, opium, cocaine, morphine and acetaminophen. It’s important that the proper amount is administered as quickly as possible — definitely within an hour of ingestion.
In the event of poisoning, call 000 immediately. Proper dosing is imperative.
According to the University of Michigan Health System, 50 to 100 grams (not milligrams!) is used in cases of poisoning in adults and 10 to 25 grams for children.
In addition, Activated Charcoal Powder can be used in cases of food poisoning when nausea and diarrhea are present. Adults take 25 grams at onset of symptoms or when food poisoning is suspected, and children should be given 10 grams. Increase dosage as necessary. Remember, it’s essential that adequate water is consumed when activated charcoal is taken.
Richard C. Kaufman, BS, MS, PhD, (Bio-nutritional Chemistry from the University of Brussels) recommends to use Activated Charcoal Powder on two consecutive days each week. Take a total of 20 to 35 grams each day divided into two or three doses. Take in the morning, at midday and before bed on an empty stomach.
- Always drink plenty of water when you take activated charcoal
- Do not take activated charcoal and prescription medication or supplements at the same time
- Do not put charcoal directly on the broken skin.
The information above is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. This information is provided for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.