March 05, 2020 4 min read
Activated charcoal can safely remove toxins, promotes good digestion, increases energy, and supports the brain. Charcoal nourishes the skin, supports the liver and kidneys, and can even help whiten teeth.
So why coconuts? Coconut shells are a clean, preferred source of activated charcoal. While charcoal can be made from a number of sources like coal or wood, activated coconut charcoal is far superior.
Activated coconut charcoal is made by burning coconut shells at a very high heat then activating the charcoal in a furnace at high temperatures. This creates millions of tiny pores on the surface. That’s why it is also used for water filtration. When taken orally, the activated coconut charcoal’s pores bind to the toxins and then escort them out of the body.
Let’s go into the details for some of these benefits.
Being constantly exposed to environmental pollution, heavy metals, toxins from consuming processed foods takes its toll and zaps your energy. This can contribute to brain fog and digestive problems.
Being exposed to high levels of toxins on a regular basis causes cellular damage, triggers allergic reactions, compromises your immune system, and accelerates the aging process.
Activated charcoal is one of the world’s oldest detoxification superfoods.
Charcoal is a powerful whole-body cleanser that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to rapidly absorb and flush out harmful toxins, chemicals, increase energy levels, and improve digestion.
Toxins that flood your body affect the way your body produces energy and can cause accelerated aging. If you use charcoal to bind those toxins in your gut before they are processed and cause damage in the body, your gut health will improve, your energy levels will increase, and you will perform better.
Charcoal can help minimize the effects of gas and bloating, particularly when you eat poor or low quality, processed foods.
Activated charcoal enters the digestive tract and binds to any byproducts like gas or liquid stools (as a result of digesting foods). This counteracts the process of gas and liquid stools being created and leaked into your system, as a result of helping to ease any digestive issues.
Charcoal promotes good oral health by binding to and eliminating bacteria and toxins, adsorbing plaque, and balancing the pH levels in the mouth. It may strengthen enamel, whiten teeth, prevent cavities, fight bad breath, and gum disease.
There only a couple of studies that indicate that products containing activated charcoal help improve oral health, there is a lot more anecdotal evidence than real research at this stage.
The majority of integrative doctors indicate that there is very little risk in using activated charcoal for improving your oral health, but some dentists suggest using these products once a week or month for those with weak enamel.
Early studies indicate activated charcoal may prevent numerous cellular changes that occur from aging.
One rodent study showed that activated charcoal increased the average lifespan of older test animals by roughly 34 percent.
Activated charcoal can bind to harmful particles in cuts and wounds and speed up the recovery process due to its antibacterial properties.
And any toxins or fluids that hamper the healing process are also removed as a result, helping to heal any burns or lacerations further.
Activated charcoal also addresses any unpleasant smells that arise from the bacteria in wounds.
Activated charcoal may also help to lower cholesterol levels.
In an initial study, seven patients with high cholesterol who took 8 grams of activated charcoal three times a day showed a 25% reduction in total cholesterol. They also lowered their LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) by 41% and increased their HDL (the “good” cholesterol) by 8%.
Because activated charcoal removes toxins, it can help reduce the instances of acne and other skin impurities you might suffer from. And a plus for the ladies is that it works wonders for completely removing makeup if you’re in a tight spot.
There are also many soaps made with activated charcoal, which are also effective at treating your skin.
A great time to take activated charcoal is right before bed as it will work its magic while you sleep, and it won’t conflict with any other foods, medication or supplements assuming you don’t take anything for going to sleep.
Besides consuming it as part of your daily routine, a little hack is to take some whenever you…
Never take activated charcoal with any other supplements or medications.
The charcoal binds to various substances, good or bad. So any benefits that you would normally reap from taking supplements or medications may become void if consumed together.
It is best to take charcoal at a different time of the day to allow your other supplements or meds time to pass through your system and be absorbed before the charcoal makes its way through.
Always consult with your doctor as to whether there are any contraindications of taking activated charcoal for your situation.
Ensure you drink plenty of water to avoid constipation. If you find that you’re still getting constipated, reduce your dosage of activated charcoal and continue to drink lots of fluids.
Be sure to drink enough water each day when taking activated coconut charcoal, as it can promote dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed.
Activated coconut charcoal is generally very well-tolerated. Because it can interfere with the absorption of nutrients, take activated charcoal on an empty stomach 60 to 90 minutes prior to meals, supplements, and prescription medications.
It is safe to eat activated charcoal and to apply it topically, but make sure you are using a high-quality product that doesn’t contain any fillers or additives.
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