Transform Your Health with Activated Charcoal
Have you ever wondered what activated charcoal is or how you can transform your health using it? Activated charcoal, or “activated carbon,” is a form of carbon. It’s an odorless and tasteless powder that is nontoxic to the body and the environment. It’s been carefully processed to have very small pores that help engage in chemical reactions. But it also helps to increase its absorption and expelling of elements, hence the name “active.”
Activated charcoal can be made from coconut shells, peat, wood, coal or petroleum. When heated with gases, the charcoal creates tiny little pores to form. These tiny pores can get rid of pollutants, chemicals and contaminants from an environment. Historically, activated charcoal has been used for environmental cleaning or medicinal purposes. Today the world is realizing its contribution to the improvement of overall health and wellbeing and quality of life.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regards activated charcoal as “safe and effective.” It’s commonly used in a variety of treatments in hospitals, clinics and homes all around the world. But now that it’s so easy to obtain, you can use it internally and externally and reap it’s magic! Some call this stuff, “black gold.”
Choosing and storing your charcoal
You can find it just about anywhere in powdered, tablet and capsule form. If used for health and beauty treatments, you’ll want it to have a high density and low ash content. Store your activated charcoal in a dark place that is free of moisture and humidity. Most recipes you find uses about a tablespoon of this awesome powder, making it easy and inexpensive to use internally and topically.
Benefits of using activated charcoal
If you filter water, you are using charcoal to remove toxic chemicals and organic compounds from the water. But over the years many studies have been performed to identify the healing benefits of using activated charcoal within the body. It’s been used in cases of poisoning and drug and alcohol overdoses by riding the body of dangerous toxins that are harmful. Activated carbon is now being used to treat blood disorders, digestive problems, cardiovascular conditions, athlete’s foot, acne and insect bites. But every day researchers are finding more ways to use charcoal to treat and purify our air, water, skin and body.
Even though activated charcoal is organic and nontoxic, skin irritations and reactions may occur. However, it’s usually specific to certain brands or manufacturers. As with any other natural form of treatment, it’s is always advisable to consult with your physician just in case it interferes with any medications or illness you experience. Also, when using activated charcoal, be aware that it can be quite messy to use. Make sure you mix it in an area that can be washed down easily. If the humidity is low, static electricity can make it fly all over. Because it also has a tendency to stain, make sure you wear clothing that it can’t stain. Once I get my bag of charcoal, I immediately transfer it to a container with a lid. I find it much easier to work with when I add it to smoothies and topical concoctions that I make.
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