It whitens teeth, removes toxins, treats alcohol poisoning, helps prevent hangovers, filters water, alleviates gas and bloating, reduces high cholesterol, and its anti-aging and cleansing properties are excellent for skin and body health. It’s one of the most remarkable, multi-purpose natural agents used today. What is this miraculous product? Activated charcoal!
We’re devoting an entire week to this baby. So, sit back and get ready for your mind to be blown as we give you the skinny on how this stuff can change your life.
WHAT IT IS
Activated charcoal (a.k.a. activated carbon) is a potent, natural agent used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body. It allows toxins to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when ingesting or being used for healing purposes, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.
WHERE IT COMES FROM
The earliest known use of activated charcoal dates back to 3,750 B.C. in Ancient Egypt, where it was used as a preservative and as a fuel to manufacture bronze.
Activated charcoal is carbon produced from carbonaceous source materials such as nutshells, coconut husks, wood, coal, and petroleum pitch. It is produced either by physical (using hot gases) or chemical activation (where chemicals are added and carbonized at lower temperatures).
WHAT IT DOES
Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores through the chemical process of adsorption, which is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface.
The porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive-charged toxins and gas to bond with it.
HOW TO USE IT
Activated charcoal is found mainly in capsule and powder form, but powder is more versatile depending on what you want to use it for. It is available for purchase at most natural health food stores and online.
Again, make sure that the charcoal is food/supplement grade, sourced naturally, and isn’t petroleum-based or in any other form (basically, do not use leftover charcoal from a BBQ grill, charcoal pencils, etc.).
Even though activated charcoal has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, it’s making a big comeback in the body care/beauty industry. Its uses are endless!
For all you DIY-ers, stay-tuned for our next post where we will be sharing a recipe for how to make your own activated charcoal bar soap. Beautiful, youthful skin is just a few days away!