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The Biggest Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has gained a lot of popularity over recent years and for good reason. There are multiple uses and health benefits for the unassuming black supplement that you can use on a regular basis.
In this post, we will explore the biggest benefits of activated charcoal, what it is, and what to look for when buying an activated charcoal supplement.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a pitch black ultra-fine powder that often comes in powdered form or in pill form. The charcoal is completely tasteless, and it has no odor. The powder is gritty, non-toxic, and has millions of microscopic pores that have the ability to trap harmful toxic that are lurking in the body. Since it has the power to trap toxins, people often use activated charcoal for detoxing their body, preventing bad breath, and reducing bloating in the gut due to too man gas producing bacteria in the gut.
Activated charcoal comes from a few different sources, but the most common forms are made from wood, sawdust, and coconut shells. If you are going to use activated charcoal internally or for cosmetic purposes, you will want to look for activated charcoal made from coconut shells.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Digestive System Detox
If you are having gut issues and are looking to detox your digestive tract to improve gut function, activated charcoal can do the trick. In a professional medical setting, activated charcoal is often used for people who have alcohol poisoning or who have overdosed on drugs since the charcoal can absorb mass amounts of toxic and chemicals in the body.
On a daily basis and for non-emergency situations, a supplement can be used to absorb toxins that often accumulate in the gut from food, the environment, and other sources. The charcoal can absorb toxins like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, and more.
If you plan on a night of drinking but don’t want to experience that hangover the next day, taking activated charcoal during the night can help significantly. The charcoal can help lower the concentration of alcohol in your blood while also absorbing sugary cocktail mixers that are filled with artificial colors, flavors, and sugars.
Reduce Bloating and Gas
If you suffer from gas and bloating occasionally or on a regular basis, activated charcoal can leave you feeling better and less puffy in no time at all. An activated charcoal supplement has the powder to trap food byproducts and gas that cause gut discomfort.
Taking the supplement about an hour before a meal will help reduce your gas, bloating, and cramping after you eat.
Everyone wants whiter teeth and activated charcoal will do just that in a natural and safe way. Chemical and bleach teeth whiteners contain lots of toxic chemicals and can leave your teeth feeling sensitive and painful.
As we said above, activated charcoal contain millions of small pores. It is these pores that can trap tannins found in coffee, tea, wine, and other foods and drinks that cause your teeth to turn that unsightly yellow. The pores in the charcoal absorb and wash away the tannins and the slightly gritty texture polish up your teeth. After your brush with the charcoal you are left with shiny white teeth.
Similar to how activated charcoal works to polish your teeth it is also great for exfoliating the skin. The slight grittiness of the charcoal is gentle enough to use on the skin but makes a major impact in exfoliating and washing away dead skin cells, dry skin, oils, pollutants, and buildup from makeup and debris. Your skin is left clean, glowing, and smooth.
How to Buy Activated Charcoal
There are many different types and qualities of activated charcoal, so you want to make sure you are buying the best to ensure you get the results you want. You should look for activated charcoal made from coconut shells or bamboo.
You want to avoid any supplements or powders that contain any harmful added ingredients such as artificial preservatives, sweeteners, and flavors.