activated charcoal {what is it and why would you take it?}

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?

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Natural Cold Remedies

natural cold remedies

There’s nothing worse than feeling sick!  😷 During the cold winter months, our immune systems tend to be vulnerable, leaving us susceptible for colds, the flu and infections. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite natural cold remedies, which are meant to help boost the immune system and help fight illness.

Why is immune support so important? The immune system’s primary function is to protect your body against infection, and if the immune system is weak or compromised, you will be much more susceptible to illness. So a strong immune system is vital for a healthy body!

Natural Cold Remedies
natural cold remedies
~Green tea with cayenne, lemon 🍋 and raw honey 🍯

~Oil of Oregano capsules

~Zinc lozenges

~1T Apple cider vinegar mixed with honey and warm water taken as a drink

~For sore throats, mix together apple cider vinegar, pink Himalayan sea salt and warm water and gargle several times a day

~ACF immune support shot, which is a mixture of immune boosting herbs such as elderberry, echinacea, ginger, etc.

~Essential oils, like this “breathe easy” blend I use in my diffuser

~Lots and lots of water, soups, broth and sleep! 😴 🍵 #naturalremedies

Be well,
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