Benefits of Raw Activated Charcoal Powder

You've probably been seeing activated charcoal around quite a bit lately. Lots of DIY toothpaste recipes popping up. It does make a fabulous tooth whitener and mouth cleanser, but there are so many other uses for activated charcoal. 

Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. It soaks up like a sponge and then carries it out of your body.

Let's take a look at some of the uses now.

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Teeth Whitening:
It works because of its high absorbency. It absorbs plaque and stains from your teeth. It also changes the pH of your mouth which makes the environment unfriendly for bad bacteria which cause decay and oral disorders like gum disease and gingivitis. 

First Aider's Guide to Alcohol mentions administering activated charcoal to absorb the alcohol in the stomach.

A few years ago, I tied one on too hard after years of not drinking at all. I felt like I was in danger. I was really sick. My body directed me to take charcoal, even before I knew of it being a hangover remedy. I took a large dose of it and within an hour, I was feeling ok again. Now, I take activated charcoal before and after any drinks and never have any symptoms.

Internal Detoxification: 
Again, because of the absorption power of activated charcoal, it makes a perfect internal detox. 

Toxins in our environment, including pesticides, chemicals in our water, chemicals in our everyday products like personal care, household cleaners, medicines, exposure to mold, stay in our systems. It’s important to routinely cleanse the digestive tract to support overall health and wellness. Keeping your organs flushed also has an anti-aging effect!

For external treatments, it’s effective at treating body odor and acne and relieving insect bites, rashes from poison ivy, and snake bites.

After a mosquito bite or bee sting, mix one part activated charcoal with one part coconut oil, and dab on affected area. Reapply every 30 minutes until itching and discomfort are gone. As activated charcoal stains, wrap with a bandage.
To treat acne, mix one part activated charcoal with two parts aloe vera gel, and smooth over face. Let dry and rinse off completely. The activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt that contribute to acne.  
Stomach Relief:
One activated charcoal use often overlooked is to relieve  gas and bloating. It binds to the gas-causing by-products in foods that cause discomfort.
Dosing recommendations to alleviate gas and bloating: Take one tablespoon in a glass of water hour prior to or after a meal. Follow with an additional glass of water immediately thereafter to help get the charcoal into your system.

Activated charcoal is a staple in my natural medicine cabinet. I use it quite a lot. When purchasing activated charcoal, you want to look for a charcoal made of natural materials like coconut shells.
My favorite is from Moody Zook. I like that it's a loose powder. that way I can add to capsules if I need to, or add to water, or use a paste for skin. It's versatile this way. 

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