charcoal is a fine, odorless, black powder. Its toxin-absorbing properties have
a wide range of medicinal and cosmetic uses.
natural sources of carbon, such as wood, produces activated charcoal. The black
powder stops toxins from being absorbed in the stomach by binding to them. The
body is unable to absorb charcoal, and so the toxins that bind to the charcoal
leave the body in the feces.
So, what is activated charcoal?
The fine, odourless black powder that you get after superheating carbon-rich natural products is what we call activated charcoal. These natural products wood, peat, coconut shells, or sawdust. This process enhances its toxin-absorbing capacity. When activated by excessive heating, charcoal becomes more porous and thus binds with any impure harmful substance easily. That’s why, when you take it orally or apply it topically, the black powder absorbs the toxins you are exposed to and doesn’t allow them to affect your stomach, bloodstream or skin. It leaves your body through foeces with all these harmful substances
A few of
the uses of activated charcoal with some evidence include the following:
1. Prevents Premature Ageing
Aging is a natural part of life but premature aging is not. But our toxin exposure on a daily basis through food and pollution leads to cellular damage well in advance. This speeds up our ageing process. Experts suggest activated charcoal products or skin treatments using it to delay the process.
2. Skin care
Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier.
3. Addresses Skin Issues
Activated charcoal may have an antibacterial effect by absorbing harmful microbes from wounds. Also, it provides relief from the pain and discomfort caused by insect bites, rashes from poison or poison oak, and snake bites. To use it after a mosquito bite or bee sting, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with half tablespoon of coconut oil, and apply on the affected area. This black powder binds with environmental toxins and dirt that contribute to acne and doesn’t let your skin absorb them.
Around the world, many different traditional medicine practitioners use activated charcoal powder made from coconut shells to treat soft tissue conditions, such as skin infections.
Various activated charcoal deodorants are widely available. Charcoal may absorb smells and harmful gases, making it ideal as an underarm, shoe, and refrigerator deodorant.
Activated charcoal is also reported to be able to absorb excess moisture and control humidity levels at a micro level.
5. Kidney health
Activated charcoal may be able to assist kidney function by filtering out undigested toxins and drugs.
Activated charcoal seems to be especially effective at removing toxins derived from urea, the main byproduct of protein digestion.
6. Water filtration
People have long used activated charcoal as a natural water filter. Just as it does in the intestines and stomach, activated charcoal can interact with and absorb a range of toxins, drugs, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and chemicals found in water.
Given its use as a gastrointestinal absorbent in overdoses and poisonings, it follows that some people might propose activated charcoal as a treatment for diarrhea.
8. Teeth whitening and oral health
Dozens of teeth-whitening products contain activated charcoal.
Many oral health products that contain activated charcoal claim to have various benefits, such as being antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and detoxifying