Teeth-whitener, skin purifier, detox supplement and poison remedy. The benefits of this product seem to be quite a few
I'm definitely not the one to say if it's true or not. I'm always pushing people to do their own research. There are definitely both fans and critics of this trendy health product.
Unlike regular charcoal, activated charcoal is said to be medicinal. It’s the byproduct of slowly burnt wood, peat or coconut shells that is treated with oxygen.
How does it work?
Studies show that activated charcoal may be the most effective GI tract decontamination available. It can adsorb up to 50-60% of unwanted substances in the stomach and intestines when taken quickly after ingestion. It can even have a positive effect as long as two hours after ingestion!
In fact, emergency rooms routinely administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning. Next, it’s important to understand that when and how you take activated charcoal is incredibly important. Juice brands generally fail to mention that charcoal binds to everything in your system! Not only will charcoal help pull out any toxins floating around, it will also render medication taken in recent hours inert and prevent you from absorbing the nutrients in your food if taken within several hours of eating. The best time to drink charcoal is either at the start of the day if you won’t be having breakfast for several hours, or before bedtime, with dinner having been eaten several hours prior.
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 zucchini
- 1 cup mango
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp granulated activated charcoal
- 1/2 cup of coconut water
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
- Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
The charcoal's porous texture has a negative electrical charge, which causes it to attract positively charged molecules, such as toxins and gases. This helps it trap toxins and chemicals in the gut.
Because activated charcoal is not absorbed by your body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of your body through feces.
If the activated charcoal works or not, I don't know... I've been taking it from time to time, in small doses, and quite frankly I haven't noticed much of a difference. But with that being said, charcoal-tinted ice cream and candy and smoothies makes for excellent Instagram pictures so I will keep using it just for fun. Black-hued dishes are rare and unique — and lets be honest, doesn't it look really cool?! :P
Coolness aside: I recommend buying high quality and Pure Activated Coconut Charcoal. Everyone responds differently to different doses, so to avoid potential undesirable effects, such as constipation, please consult your doctor and use only as suggested.
Never take activated charcoal with prescription medications! Excessive charcoal consumption, can result in constipation.
Final warning, if you use activated charcoal, it will stain your poop black. This is great because it tells you how long food takes to go through your bowel (called transit time). So don't be scared! :P
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