20 Apr What is Activated Charcoal?
Joseph comes home with some pretty weird health products sometimes and his most recent find is Activated Charcoal.
It’s a pitch black, super-fine powder with a wealth of healing benefits – like so many coconut products it seems. And Joseph uses it to brush his teeth – for the purpose of whitening! (Makes for some interesting conversation in the bathroom while camping…!)
When this super-informative article from Wellness Mama popped up on my newsfeed a few weeks ago, I decided we really should put this product out there, it’s so much better to whiten teeth naturally! (and that’s just one of the many uses).
And whiten it does. Joseph used this powder daily for 2 weeks and they are noticeably whiter. He has barely done it since and probably won’t again until he feels the need, it doesn’t seem to be needed to maintain the whiteness – from what I’m reading as well.
I’ve since read up on this remarkable product, and here is some information as supplied with this product, now available at our store.
Coconut Activated Charcoal is the best single detoxifier for whole body cleansing
Activated Charcoal eradicates the body of 4000+ toxins, chemicals, drugs and wastes and will restore the body to its natural and proper condition.
Activated Charcoal is fast becoming the new big thing in whole body detoxifying as it plays an increasingly significant role in maintaining, restoring and enhancing ones level of health.
Activated Charcoal is the most absorbent material in the world, and safe to use both internally and externally on people of any age, animals and plants.
Activated Charcoal is neither absorbed nor metabolized by the body.
Helps to Eliminate the Body of:
- Heavy Metals
- Chlorine etc …
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Hangover Cure
- Flu Symptoms
- Stomach/Bowel Problems
- Bali Belly
- Liver/Kidney Problems
- Heart Burn
- Whitens Teeth/Removes Plaque
- Bites & Stings
- Mouth Ulcers/Cold Sores
- Cuts/ Infections
- Eye Infections
- Skin Irritations
- Neutralizes Odours
- Purifies Water
- Freshens Breath
- Safe for Children & Pets
Activated charcoal is not carcinogenic. In fact it is used in hospitals to help control the anaemia that is often associated with cancer. We have received letters from individuals who report that cancers have decreased in size or disappeared using charcoal for themselves or their pets.
The concern about charcoal being carcinogenic stems from its connection to barbequing. This is the connection: When the fat from barbequed meat, poultry, or fish, drips onto the super hot coals it vaporizes. Because of the intense heat the vaporized fat is chemically changed into benzopyrenes which are extremely carcinogenic. These compounds project onto and potentially contaminate the meat. But the formation of these chemicals is dependent on the heat not the source of heat. In actual fact, charcoal adsorbs cancer-producing agents such as methylcholanthrene and benzopyrene, which, when free on the skin, are capable of producing skin cancer.
For more information on the medicinal qualities of activated charcoal buy the book Charcoal Remedies
The Complete Handbook of Medicinal Charcoal & Its Applications
Activated Charcoal Body Cleanse and Detox
Whether it be a colon cleanse, liver cleanse, kidney cleanse, for full body cleansing, or poison detox, activated charcoal will, to a greater or lesser degree, be beneficial and should be included in any natural cleansing or detox program. Very few health practitioners realize that as an agent to remove toxins from the body, charcoal is the best single detoxifier for whole-body cleansing. Of course, along with charcoal, one cannot forget water, both on the outside and the inside to help wash away poisons. Richard C. Kaufman, BS, MS, PhD, (Bio-nutritional Chemistry from the University of Brussels) has written extensively in the field of anti-aging. He writes, “Detoxification is an on-going biological process that prevents toxins (from infectious agents, food, air, water, and substances that contact the skin) from destroying health. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, diverse diseases, allergic like reactions, compromised immunity and premature aging.” As a general detox plan to counteract these daily exposures to toxins, he has found two programs that, using activated charcoal, have worked well for him and others. (Provided in fact sheet form with the product).
These programs should not be viewed as license to continue any unhealthy practices. Charcoal should be viewed as an auxiliary to sound health practices, not as a back-up for intentional indiscretions. But, should we give in to some carelessness, charcoal is a wonderful aid to recovery.
As has been repeated numerous times elsewhere, one must insure that they are maintaining adequate water intake. That means with every dose of charcoal, and throughout the day. Always remember that pure clean water is the absolute best cleansing agent in the world. As charcoal passes through the GI tract it is constantly picking up toxins, either those that have entered the body through ingestion, breathing, or skin contact, or those resulting from the body’s metabolism. While charcoal grabs onto (adsorption) these toxins your body still needs help to move the mass along until it is all eliminated from the body. That is where water intake is so vital.
Remember again, charcoal does not discriminate when it comes to poisons. It pretty well grabs onto all poisons (see Poison List) including drugs, which are pharmacologically classified as “poisons”. So if there is any concern that charcoal may interfere with your medications then you have several options. (Provided in fact sheet form with the product).
Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, the charcoal in the water will be able detox the body. The medical journal The Lancet has reported the ability of activated charcoal to draw toxins from deep tissue as well as deep organs. In this way charcoal can also help as a colon cleanse, liver cleanse, kidney cleanse, or as a full body cleanse. People comment that they feel even more relaxed after such a bath.
In place of charcoal powder, granular or lump or bamboo stick charcoal can be tied into sachets using nylon or organza cloth and suspended in the water. While this is far less messy it does not work as fast a charcoal powder. Using bamboo stick charcoal in baths and saunas is a popular treatment in Asian cultures.