All you need to know about activated charcoal

I mentioned earlier that activated charcoal was on my wish list this year. Well, I got some from my local pharmacy. I guess it’s time to discuss it.

So what is activated charcoal?
What makes it different from the regular cooking charcoal?
What exactly is it used for?
Is it a safer option than the regular charcoal?

I will attempt to answer these questions.

Without going into scientific definitions, the simplest answer to that question is, activated charcoal is charcoal that has been heated or otherwise treated to increase its adsorptive power. So, yeah it’s treated charcoal. Which means it’s totally odorless and safe for use.

Additionally, activated charcoal powder is well-known as an antidote as it adsorbs most organic toxins, chemicals and poisons before they can harm the body. Apparently, it has a long history of medicinal use. You can follow this link to read up on it.

Now, we’ve established the fact that it’s not some new fad. In fact, some emergency rooms administer activated charcoal to treat certain types of poisoning and drug overdoses. Which means, it’s majorly used as a poison antidote.

I remember sometime last year, I accidentally ingested some tea tree essential oil. I rushed to the pharmacy and was administered some charcoal tablets. That was my first contact with it. Whenever you think that you’ve ingested something you’re not supposed to, activated charcoal tablets is a natural way to neutralize the effects before it harms the body.

So, what other things can it be used for, except for anti-poisoning?

1. Teeth Whitening
This is what piqued my interest. I’m all for natural remedies and this is one of them. Activated charcoal helps to whiten teeth by promoting a good oral health which changes the pH balance of the mouth, helps prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease .
It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic bits that stain teeth.

2. Detox
Now this might have become a fad. Activated charcoal helps promote a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions, oxidative damage and poor immune system function. So, if you decide to go on a digestive cleanse, activated charcoal is a natural alternative.

3. Skin care
This is another one I’m looking forward to. Activated charcoal is effective in treating acne. It binds with environmental toxins and dirt that contribute to acne. Although, I don’t suffer from acne, it serves as a perfect face mask as its anti-aging properties is said to absorb dirt, tighten pores and smoothen the skin. Yep! I’ll definitely be sharing my experiences.

4. Anti-aging
This has internal as well as external properties. Yes, aging is inevitable but premature aging can be treated internally. Activated charcoal helps to prevent cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as well as supporting healthy adrenal glands. It assists major organs by helping the body flush out the toxins and chemicals that cause damage.

5. Water Filtration
Drinking water is paramount to our well-being. But a lot of the water we drink is laden with chemicals, toxins and fluoride. Activated charcoal traps impurities in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals.

There you have it! I can’t wait to start experimenting with it. Although, I’ve added it to my oral care. Deets soonish.

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