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The human diet has been a topic of conversation for centuries. It’s nothing new. New revelations are revealed, and fads come and go (such as the “no fat” fad in the 2000s). The latest craze is the “detox”, the idea that we must ingest foods, herbs, minerals, and vitamins to aid our body in ridding itself of waste and free radicals. Activated charcoal is one of the most popular detoxing products on the shelves today.
Activated charcoal is usually made from coal, coconut, or wood. It is a form of carbon that has been developed to act like a big sponge for all the toxins in your body. It absorbs the harmful toxins for better overall health and can be used topically in toothpastes, masks, and soaps, or can be ingested in an activated charcoal capsule or powder.
Despite its new shelf fame, activated charcoal has been around for centuries. In the recent past, it has been used by medical professionals to aid in substance overdose and intestine health. But the latest craze is using smaller doses to help with overall body detox both internally and externally.
Activated charcoal can help every system in your body detox. But our favorite uses are:
Brush every other day with a charcoal toothpaste to rid your mouth of toxins and remove stains from your enamel.
Use deodorants and soaps with activated charcoal to remove the toxins that are tied to “B.O.” from your dermis.
Absorb and break down toxins and chemicals in your digestive tract. This will improve bloating, gas & keep you “regular”.
Absolutely! Study after study shows its absorption properties work. The thing to note, however, is that it doesn’t discriminate. It also absorbs and prevents your body from absorbing crucial vitamins and minerals. Because of that, natural health professionals suggest limiting your charcoal supplement intake or topical use. Capsules should be taken sparingly, such as after a meal with “low quality” foods (fast food or high sugar content), after drinking high amounts of alcohol, or while traveling. Topical uses can be used more frequently- toothpastes, soaps and face masks can be used 1-2 times a week.
Activated charcoal does NOT replace a healthy lifestyle. If you find yourself reaching for activated charcoal capsules too frequently, you may want to re-evaluate some of your lifestyle choices.