10 Benefits of Activated Charcoal

by Jenna Crawford April 03, 2017

10 Benefits of Activated Charcoal

What is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is not the charcoal that we use for grilling and cooking during a barbecue. This charcoal is far more than that. 


Activated charcoal is made from the same materials as regular charcoals, but it has undergone a process where the charcoal is heated in high temperatures combined with a gas or an activating agent to help expand the surface area of the charcoal. Unlike an ordinary piece of charcoal, the expansion of the surface area makes it ‘activated’ and filled with benefits.


Activated charcoal has numerous benefits and it can come in a variety of forms - powder, encapsulated or granulated. Whatever form it is, it has the same effects to the body.


Here are the 10 benefits of activated charcoal: 


1. Helps Relive Bloating & Discomfort 

Activated charcoal can help to relieve stomach discomfort. It binds the gas-producing byproducts that are in the food we eat that causes the discomfort. When it happens, the byproduct is then discharged out of the body and we can then feel relief.


Some experts suggest to take activated charcoal on an empty stomach, this can prevent for the nutrients of the body from depleting. Drinking lots of water is also advised to prevent dehydration.


2. Helps Remove Stains From Teeth 

Activated charcoal in powder form can be used to whiten and remove the unsightly stains from the teeth. Some people use it as a toothpaste by combining the powder with water to make a paste-like consistency. It removes the plaque and whitens the teeth during this process.


As activated charcoal can stain your toothbrush, it is recommended to use another toothbrush just for this application.


3. Helps Clean & Purify The Skin/Hair  

Some skin care products already contain activated charcoal in it. It can be found in many night creams and exfoliating creams. Activated charcoal can also be applied as a clarifying mask. When you add honey or aloe vera gel to your activated charcoal paste (made of charcoal and water), it can help to make your skin bright and younger looking.


It can also detoxify the hair. Your hair is often exposed to pollutants and can cause permanent damage. Adding activated charcoal to your favorite shampoo can help detoxify your hair. With this, some of the pollutants that might have been stuck in your hair can be removed and cleansed. 


4. Helps Detoxify The Body 

Activated charcoal became popular because of its ability to detoxify the body. The effect it has to stomach bloating proves that it can detoxify and revitalize the body.


When used as a detoxifying agent, activated charcoal can be consumed and added to fruit juice, given that they are not citrus juices. It can also be added to other types of drinks that are healthy for you such as fruit smoothies or juices.


5. Helps Prevent Hangovers 

When activated charcoal is consumed  after a long night of drinking, it helps to remove the toxins that are brought into your body from the liquor. It also helps to reduce the alcohol concentration level in the blood, preventing hangovers from happening.


The next time you plan to have a wild night, think about taking activated charcoal with you. The pills or capsules are the best to ingest before you go out and party. 



6. Used In Water Filtration 

The ability of activated charcoal to absorb elements makes it effective in water filtration. The impurities in the water can be treated, such as the solvents, pesticides and other industrial wastes that get added to the water. However, activated charcoal cannot trap viruses, bacteria and other hard-water mineral present in water.


Water filters contain activated charcoal as one of its components. When you use this in your tap water, it can ensure you that the water you are drinking is free of toxins and other unwanted chemicals that can harm the body and your health.


7. Helps Cleanse The Mold 

This mold is not the mold that we can see in kitchen sinks or other parts of the house, but this mold can be found in the body. Toxic molds are those that were caused by the molds that have thrived in our houses because of leaks and other factors that have caused this to happen.


Toxic mold can be harmful to the health as it can cause liver failure, vomiting, headaches or it can go to a more severe type of illness such as respiratory distress, decreased brain function or heart  disease. Mitigation of mold found in the parts of the house should be done to avoid inhaling the toxins.


8. Slows Down Aging 

Activated charcoal has anti aging properties when applied to the skin. It helps to remove the toxins in the body that can cause cellular damage to the different organs in the body. The major organs in the body can help to flush out these toxins to retain healthy cells.


Aging is an inevitable process, but it speeds up if the cells are damaged by the toxins present in the body. Activated charcoal is both beneficial to the body and the skin to prevent premature aging.


9. Helps Clean The Digestive Tract 

The food that we eat can often contain toxins that can cause allergic reactions, poor immune system functions or oxidative damage to the body. Cleansing the digestive tract with the use of activated charcoal can be extremely beneficial to your body. 


When the digestive tract is regularly cleansed, it can help to reduce the joint pain and other illnesses that we can get. It also helps to detoxify the body.


10. Helps Reduce High Cholesterol

When activated charcoal is ingested, it can help to reduce the bad cholesterol in the body while increasing the production of good cholesterol. If this is done, the body can be prevented from experiencing heart related diseases and even hypertension.


Many doctors and health professionals swear by using activated charcoal as an all natural herbal supplement instead of prescription medication that is offered. Numerous patients have also said that the results of activated charcoal have been extremely promising. 


In Conclusion 


In this post, we discussed the 10 benefits of activated charcoal. This organic and natural item has revolutionized the world and continues to change the lives of millions. 


Jenna Crawford


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