Activated charcoal is one of the most nontoxic and adsorbing substances known to man. It removes poisons from the body, improves intestinal health through the process called “adsorption” which means rather “attract” and not “absorb”. Activated charcoal is used routinely by some hospitals, and many naturopathic doctors to treat many conditions, including the effects of drug abuse.
If you wish to remove some of the toxins accumulated in your body, here are some ways you can use activated carbon:
1. Tooth Whitening
If you want whiter teeth, you can, of course, opt for whitening strips; however, their use may increase tooth sensitivity. Instead, why not use activated charcoal capsules as a non-toxic and effective solution? All you need to do is to split the capsules and brush your teeth with the charcoal dust for several days. It really works!
2. Air Purification
Activated charcoal not only removes toxins from the body, but also from the environment. It naturally eliminates odors, bacteria, mold, allergens and harmful pollutants. Purchase air purifying bags with activated charcoal and place them in the bedrooms, the bathroom or wherever you know you need cleaner air.
Tip: After two years, move the coal to the garden to keep the soil moist for your seedlings.
3. Facial Mask
Activated charcoal is very good for the skin, as it removes dirt from pores and cleans the skin effectively. A warning though: it is possible that the first face mask with charcoal will make your skin red for a few hours. This condition may even persist for several days, but it will disappear eventually. The mask cleanses the pores and skin, making it very fine and smooth.
Tip: At the beginning, keep the mask on for about 20-25 minutes, and use it three times a week. Once your skin becomes clear, reduce the use of the mask to twice a week.
You probably have tested various shampoos to find the best option: ultra-natural (sodium bicarbonate only), a version full of chemicals, or anything between these two extremes. Natural cleaning methods are generally meticulous and they take time, especially if you have long and fine hair. But powder shampoo that contains activated charcoal is very efficient to clean your hair without saturating it with chemicals.
Tip: Choose a shampoo that remains black after each use. If it turns gray, the active ingredients have become diluted and won’t get into the hair anymore.
5. Internal Detoxification
Activated charcoal is one of the safest and oldest methods for detoxification.
Foods today are no longer safe, and we don’t know what’s in the food we eat, especially when we travel or go out to eat. If you know that you will eat a meal with gluten or will drink alcohol, you may take several coal capsules in advance. In this way you will eliminate the risk of bloating or diarrhea.
However, make sure you don’t consume too much charcoal, especially if you don’t take magnesium and drink plenty of fluids, as in this case charcoal may cause constipation.
Tip: If taking medication, consult your doctor before taking activated charcoal, as some ingredients may neutralize its effect.