Activated charcoal: what it is, what it does and how to use it

In the world we live in today, being 100% healthy, isn't really achievable. We get exposed to toxins every day, from pollution, cosmetics, alcohol, second-hand smoke and so on. Unless you live in a no man's land, growing your own food and have a mentally fulfilling life we cant be 100% healthy. But that is ok. Life is about doing what makes you happy.

In order to fully do the things we love we have to have great health and look after our bodies. But, as I mentioned, life is about doing what we love. And sometimes we love to drink alcohol, some of us like to indulge in food, some live in heavily polluted cities etc. Our body has the ability to eliminate toxins. But even if we have a good diet and look after ourselves, sometimes we can do with a little bit of help. And there are many different ways we can do that but here's one easy way that actually works!

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a manufactured form of carbon that has been utilised since the early 1900's as a natural remedy and top universal antidote. Today, activated charcoal is one of the most accepted detoxification treatment at home and clinical.

Activated charcoal is used to treat a number of conditions:

  • Cleansing the body of mould

  • General detoxification

  • Toxic contamination

  • Drug overdose

  • Alcohol poisoning

  • Gastrointestinal poisoning

  • Diarrhoea

  • Flatulence

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhoea

  • Indigestion

  • Teeth whitening

  • "Cure" hangovers

How it works

Activated charcoal does not work by absorbing toxins, it works by absorbing toxins. This means that activated charcoals have many pores within it, and activated charcoal itself is full of negatively charged ions, so it works like a magnet.

Imagine this - you have activated charcoal going through your bloodstream and through your gut. It starts to attract positive elements such as heavy metals, chemicals such as processed foods, impure water sources and long-term use of pharmaceutical medication, by binding it to the outside of the charcoal itself.

So how do you use it?

You can buy it in powdered form or capsules. I do not recommend using activated charcoal on a daily basis, maybe a few times a month tops. But if you've had a weekend filled with alcohol and takeaways or been on holiday enjoying more food and drink than you normally would you can take some activated charcoal. Add it to a smoothie, juice or water (NB! read below), or take a capsule with water. Activated charcoal will only bind with whatever particles are in your stomach or intestines at the time that you take it - so keep that in mind. It's not to be used as a quick-fix thing, but it can be beneficial to eliminate unwanted substances.

But there is a catch

There is a lot of health shots and drinks that contain activated charcoal. These drinks are packed with vitamins and minerals but if you consume this with charcoal, you will not be able to absorb all of the nutrients as some of them will bind to the charcoal. Same goes for if you add the powder to a smoothie but that is just an way of consuming it.

Also if you use medication on a daily basis, the medication can bind to the charcoal which can result to the medication being less effective.

But I highly recommend using it after alcohol consumption - it does really help with hangovers! Consume it before you go to bed and you will feel a lot better the following day.

Let me know in the comments if you've ever tried it and what results you got!

DC x