The new black of health crazes, activated charcoal means charcoal (pure carbon) that is heated or otherwise treated to boost its adsorptive power.
Adsorption, a surface phenomenon, attaches particles (atoms, molecules, etc.) from a gas, liquid or dissolved solid to a surface.
The way activated charcoal is manufactured results in several economic, ecological and health benefits. It is made from wood, debris, partially decayed vegetable matter, or other carbon sources such as coconut husks.
There are two ways to activate charcoal, namely, physical (at extremely high temperatures) and chemical (at decreased temperatures).
Either way, the output is an extremely fine, black powder that has millions of tiny pores and an extremely large surface area.
This unique structure of activated charcoal traps toxins easily. Also, activated charcoal carries a negative charge, hence it attracts all kinds of toxins which are positively charged.
Activated charcoal is available in the form of loose powder, capsules, or tablets. It is absolutely odorless, tasteless, and safe to consume and is widely available in the market at an affordable price.
You don’t have to use this wellness drug daily and it is best to consult your doctor about its appropriate consumption. What’s more, activated charcoal is also available as edibles which you can include in your diet.
Let’s see why you must include it in your wellness regime –
- Detoxifies your Body
Toxins from low quality processed food and environmental pollution are growing problems today. These free toxins circulate through the body and cause discomfort.
Furthermore, chronic exposure to toxins results in cellular damage, allergic reactions, and sudden aging. It is important to help your body remove these toxins in order to promote a healthy digestive system and brain.
Regular use of activated charcoal binds to and eliminates unwanted toxins from your body, rejuvenating you in no time.
Also, activated charcoal helps unwanted bacteria move through your system faster. This prevents bacteria from multiplying, thus curing you faster.
Furthermore, activated charcoal flushes out decades of heavy metal (copper, mercury, lead) buildup from your body.
- Whitens Teeth
Studies suggest that activated charcoal changes pH levels of the mouth, whitens teeth and improves the overall oral health.
The chemical properties of activated charcoal help to absorb plaque and other compounds that stain teeth, thus acting as a natural teeth whitener.
The easiest way to brush with activated charcoal is to wet your toothbrush, dip it into charcoal powder and brush your teeth for a few minutes.
Finish it by sipping some water, swishing it around your mouth, and then spitting it out. The results are evident even if you brush with activated charcoal just once a week.
You can even prepare this super whitening toothpaste at home. Buy some activated charcoal tablets from your local pharmacy. Grind up a couple of them and mix with sufficient water to form a dense paste.
Brush your teeth with this paste for at least three minutes, rinse thoroughly and then brush normally with your usual toothpaste.
This would also slow down tendency to develop oral issues. Visits to dentist would subside over time. Much feared phobia associated with oral treatment goes out of window too.
- Skin Care
Activated charcoal is now a hot ingredient for countless cosmetic products (cleansers, scrub, face mask, etc.), both homemade as well as commercial.
The porous structure and vast surface area of activated charcoal effectively eliminate toxins and other impurities from the skin.
The granular texture of charcoal works as a great exfoliator while extracting excess oils from your skin and deeply cleansing pores.
Thus activated charcoal is the ideal natural cleanser for your skin especially when it requires a heavy detox. Furthermore, there is no risk of scarring skin which makes activated charcoal suitable for sensitive skin types also.
Besides acting as a natural cleanser, the adsorbent superpowers of activated charcoal are also useful in banishing blackheads. This is equally effective as other home remedies for skin that you have been using for ages.
Ready-to-buy activated charcoal soaps are one of the latest trends now. Ideally, skin care products made of activated charcoal should be used once or twice a week.
- Detoxifying Shampoo
A shampoo with activated charcoal works as a gentle detox by attracting dirt and oil from the hair which is then washed away.
The black powder helps to remove impurities from the scalp and to reduce oiliness.
So, activated charcoal is commonly found in some dry shampoos. You can even add one tablespoon or one tablet of activated charcoal to your shampoo in order to get its wonderful benefits.
- Water Filter
Activated charcoal makes a great material for water filters because it is natural and effective at eliminating many toxins from the water, such as volatile organic compounds and chlorine.
While removing the chlorine content, activated charcoal removes unpleasant odours as well, making your drinking water much more pleasant to taste.
Furthermore, there is no use of chemicals or taking away vital salts and minerals from the water. In fact, activated charcoal makes water healthier by adding important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron back into it.
Low cost and easy maintenance are the additional benefits of charcoal filters, making them a popular choice for many households.
In order to purify the water in your water bottle, simply add a couple of charcoal sticks into it.
The charcoal helps to purify water by binding to the toxins and impurities. Alternatively, you can even buy water bottles with built-in charcoal stick compartments.
- Hangover Cure
Activated charcoal reduces hangovers by removing toxins or objectionable drink ingredients.
Once in the stomach, alcohol is very rapidly absorbed, so it is advisable to take the charcoal supplement before a drink.
The super detoxifying properties of activated charcoal clean up your digestive tract and restore your body’s energy to its normal state, especially after a heavy booze.
A great alternative for the activated charcoal pills, snacks made of this black coloured wonder have the same benefit, i.e. helping your system get rid of toxins, from the inside out.
Indulge in the dark flavours of charcoal ice-cream or give some charcoal cookies a go.
On reading up the absolutely splendid uses of activated charcoal, you’d surely want to include this magical black wonder in your wellness regime.
Trust me, this is not a mere write-up, activated charcoal does make a difference. Try for yourself once.
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