4 Ways to Use Activated Charcoal for Better Health
For thousands of years activated charcoal has been used both medicinally and for wellness. One of the most common places to encounter activated charcoal is in water purifiers or emergency rooms for the treatment of poisons and overdoses. From skincare to digestion to teeth whitening, activated charcoal at its core is a detoxifier.
A toxin trapper - how activated charcoal works
Activated charcoal has a high degree of microporosity - one gram has in excess of 3,000 m2 of surface area. Those thousands upon thousands of tiny pores trap toxins and remove them. It also can have a chemical reaction called adsorption - where some toxins adhere to the surface of the activated charcoal and are expelled. Both properties make it a valuable purifier.
What you need to knowIf you are on any sort of medication consult your medical professionals before ingesting activated charcoal. It can impact the absorption of some medicines and vitamins. It is most effective and least impactful on nutrition when taken between meals. Also be aware of your water intake - activated charcoal can have a dehydrating effect - so you will need to add more hydration to your day. Charcoal can stain - make sure both your clothing and the area (ex. porous counter tops) are protected to prevent damage.
capsulescontaining an odourless, tasteless powder. When taken an hour before a gas-producing meal it can bind with the digestion by-products that cause gas to reduce bloating and discomfort. When looking for activated charcoal for digestion choose an trusted organic source like
Organika Activated Charcoal capsules.
Teeth WhiteningActivated Charcoal’s ability to absorb makes a great natural choice for teeth whitening. A powdered form like
Organika Activated Charcoal powdercan simply be mixed with water and painted on to teeth to absorb stains. It can also be mixed with your favourite toothpaste and brushed on or you can use it to make a paste with the charcoal itself. If you have sensitive teeth and are concerned about scrubbing, mix a teaspoon of powder with about a teaspoon of water and swish it around your mouth for a minute - followed by a rinse.
Skin careActivated charcoal has been used in skin cleansing for hundreds of years. You can purchase it in scrubs, pore treatments, or
soaksbut you can also use the charcoal powders or capsules you have on hand to make your own simple purifying beauty treatments. These treatments are deep cleansing treatment and not for everyday use.
For a clarifying face mask: add a teaspoon (5 milligrams) of powdered activated charcoal to warm or lukewarm water, until a paste is formed. Add a teaspoon of honey (5 millilitres) 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 (5 millilitres) or capsule 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.
For a deep cleansing body scrub, you can add activated charcoal powder about two or three capsules to your usual body scrub as use as directed.