What the heck is activated charcoal and why would you take it?
(NOT to be confused with the charcoal used in your barbecue…)
Activated charcoal is a natural treatment used to bind and trap toxins, chemicals and other impurities in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t absorb them. This makes it a great treatment for food poisoning, as well as meals that don’t “sit well” as it can help alleviate gas and bloating. It can also be good for preventing a hangover. 😉
Recently, it has become a popular ingredient in beauty products. I’ve seen it added to toothpaste as a natural teeth whitener and to skincare products as a detoxifier.
I always keep a bottle in the pantry and take it with me when I travel (which obviously hasn’t happened in a while 😭) just in case I need it. It’s not something that should be taken daily, but rather taken “as needed” or for short-term use. Be sure to choose an activated charcoal supplement made from natural sources like coconut, and drink plenty of water when taking it to prevent dehydration and to assist in flushing the toxins out of the body.
Have you ever taken activated charcoal?