Why charcoal is a must in your pantry
Charcoal rescue product since ancient times
Charcoal has been used since ancient times for poisoning and diarrhea. But now activated carbon seems to be fast becoming a place alongside superfoods such as spirulina and chlorella.
This would make your skin more beautiful, improve your breath, prevent males and improve your concentration. Is a new hype about activated carbon created or is it really the new ultimate superfood?
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal has undergone a special and purifying treatment. This treatment gives it a very large internal surface. This large surface area in combination with a fine microstructure and fine pores is capable of binding all sorts of substances to it by means of adsorption. Upon adsorption, molecules of a liquid or gas adhere to the surface of a solid.
The absorption capacity of activated carbon is huge.
Activated carbon is different from the charcoal that you get when you have the fireplace or BBQ on. Only after a special treatment is the surface of the charcoal enlarged so that many other substances can bind to it.
It is better not to consume the charcoal from the fireplace or BBQ. It is full of chemicals and toxic substances.
The porous surface of active charcoal has a negative electrical charge to which positively charged poison, chemicals, drugs, and medicines can attach. These are attracted to active carbon by a magnet.
Gases and liquids can bind to activated carbon. It is therefore used, for example, in the filter of certain gas masks and is used by water companies to purify the water.
In medicine, activated carbon is used to treat certain poisoning. For example, it is effective to treat acute poisoning by cyanide, iron supplements, medicines, and lithium.
Activated carbon can also be used for drug overdoses. If the activated charcoal is administered in time, some of the drugs will attach to the charcoal, which means that less can be absorbed by the body.
Activated carbon, on the other hand, is not suitable for treating poisoning of cleaning agents or solvents. This makes the poisoning more difficult to treat
Reasons why activated carbon becomes the ultimate superfood
Why is activated carbon a new superfood? of course, that is what you are curious about.
There are people who start drinking charcoal as a daily routine to detox. I would not recommend this because no long-term research has yet been done. Due to the high absorption, you could remove the necessary nutrients.
For example, magnesium citrate supplements are known to attach to activated carbon and disrupt the body’s electrolyte balance. If certain minerals or vitamins attach to activated carbon, you could get shortages with long-term use.
Charcoal has been used for centuries as a supplement for digestive problems. It is, therefore, safe to state that incidental use of activated carbon is not harmful to you in any case.
If you use medication, it is better not to take activated carbon in combination with your medication. Because the active substances in your medicines can attach to activated carbon, the medicines do not work.
Activated charcoal can also undo the effect of the contraceptive pill. Therefore, use condoms better if you have taken activated carbon.
If you want to use active carbon, keep it at a normal, prescribed dose. Much of the black stuff can cause you to vomit, get diarrhea or constipation.
Benefits of activated Charcoal
Possible anti-aging effect
May increase in concentration
Many people claim that their ability to concentrate improves if they have taken activated carbon. They drink it in the morning, when they are still sober, dissolved in a glass of water to which salt has been added. I would not recommend this permanently, but for example in temporary situations where your concentration may be increased (exam, study …)
Good for your skin
Some beauty brands have introduced products in which activated carbon (activated charcoal) is used as a beauty ingredient. You find it in scrubs, masks, cleansers, toothpaste and body clays.
May work better than whitening toothpaste
Discover our free DIY Whitening toothpaste recipe below
Food is kept longer
It absorbs odors
Another advantage of an active carbon dish in your refrigerator is that it absorbs odors. This keeps the fridge smelling nice and fresh.
Helps with insect bites
For this, you dissolve some of the black powder in some coconut oil and then spread it over the itchy area
Reduces flatulence & bloating
Indispensable in the first aid kit
It can be a lifesaver in the case of poisoning by, for example, chemicals or a too-high dose of medicines.
In the event of an emergency, always call 112 or a doctor first. They can tell you which type of poisoning you should take activated carbon with and which type is not, because it only makes it harder to treat.
Helps with bad breath
Buy activated carbon
Activated carbon can be made from various materials. The material from which it is made determines how fine the pores in the activated carbon are. If you want to use activated carbon, then cabbage made from coconut shells is very well suited for this. Sometimes activated carbon powder is sweetened with sweeteners. It is better not to buy this, this partially removes the detox effect.
Which activated carbon do I recommend and where do you order it?
You can order the active vegetable cabbage capsules that I use myself here.
Make Your Own DIY Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for Teeth Whitening
I do know that active charcoal is a natural way to keep your teeth clean and white, so I give you this DIY recipe:
What you need:
- ¼ cup coconut oil (virgin, unrefined, organic is best)
- 1 tsp. activated charcoal powder.
- ¼ cup baking soda.
- A few drops of essential oils (I love to use peppermint or lemon)
- Start by melting the coconut oil in a pan or in the microwave until a liquid.
- Stir in the baking soda, and then blend in the activated charcoal powder
- Sprinkle in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, I like to use peppermint or lemon essential oil and give it one more good stir to blend.
- Store in a glass container in a cool, dry place.
Enjoy this great recipe!
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