Activated charcoal has been in use since at least 1550 BC. It is a potent natural remedy for a number of reasons, but primarily because of its astounding ability to bind to organic toxins, chemicals, and poisons so that they don’t cause harm to the body. Even emergency rooms keep activated charcoal on hand for detox purposes, but you can also keep it in your herbal stash for every-day uses like these:
Clean out your digestive tract – If you’ve been eating lots of processed foods, you’ve been eating lots of chemicals that cause damage to your body. Help your body clean them out by adding at least one teaspoon of activated charcoal (or an equivalent amount in charcoal tablets) so that it can bind to the chemical toxins. This black powder is odorless and tasteless, but it can bind to up to 60% of both organic and chemical toxins which are then ushered out of your body at your next elimination.
Brush your teeth with it – our mouths are full of unhealthy bacteria. This is primarily what causes plaque build-up, bad breath, and discolored teeth. Though it can be messy if spilled, keep a small container of activated charcoal powder in your bathroom, and dip your toothbrush in it to brush your teeth. You will have a whiter smile, without spending hundreds of dollars at the dentist, and boost your gum health too. You will also be balancing the pH levels in your mouth so that bad bacteria cannot grow as easily.
Clean your water – Activated charcoal is one of the most inexpensive, easiest ways to clean your water. That’s why it is used all over the world to reduce water-borne pathogens and chemical toxins like pesticides and industrial run-off in our drinking water. Though it won’t trap viruses or bacteria in water, it does eliminate everything from glyphosate (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round-Up) to lead. Using an activated carbon filter (charcoal) you can eliminate many toxins that harm your body.
Eliminate gas and bloating – We usually experience gas and bloating due to the foods we eat. The byproducts of digesting certain foods can cause us to feel uncomfortable, and make our pants fit too tightly. By eating a spoonful of activated charcoal after a meal, (500 mg) with a full glass of water, all traces of gas can be eliminated. Say goodbye to uncomfortable bloat!
Prevent a hangover – If you had a little too much to drink celebrating a special occasion with friends, or while under pressure at an office party, you don’t have to suffer the following morning with a hangover. Activated charcoal quickly binds to alcohol, reducing blood alcohol concentrations. The less alcohol in your blood, the less likely you are to suffer from a hangover the following day because you are minimizing the poison from your blood.
Eliminate depression, kidney and liver failure, decreased brain function, heart disease, eye irritation, headaches, vomiting, impaired immune system function, and severe respiratory distress caused by mold in the body – We often think of cleaning mold in our showers, but never imagine it could be lurking in us! Poor ventilation and small leaks in our homes or offices can be a breeding ground for mold, which we then inhale. By taking 500 mg of activated charcoal several times a week with a large glass of clean water, you can help ‘scrub’ your body clean of toxic mold which is linked to the laundry list of diseases listed above.
Activated charcoal is one of the most affordable ways to keep your body healthy. Consider keeping some in your kitchen or bathroom for its powerful cleansing properties.