Carbon, a botanical substance that is also known as activated charcoal has been used for many different things from teeth whitening to hangover relief.
Hangover Relief????, yessssss, that’s It’s that time of the year, when we eat, drink and party. To prevent that hungover feeling in the morning, activated charcoal is a natural and effective way to absorb all those alcohol toxins. Charcoal reduces the amount of toxins absorbed into the blood stream from the stomach. Charcoal attains its maximum effectiveness of absorption within one minute by eliminating at least 50 – 75% of the toxins. According to a publication by the Archives of Environmental Health, activated charcoal forms a strong bond with absorbed substances and thus preventing them from becoming reabsorbed in the body.
Whiten Teeth and Remove Plaque – Yes, those black looking substance can whiten those 32s. Studies have shown that no chemical teeth whitening product on the market has come to close to the whitening power of activated charcoal. Isn’t this cool!!!! I’d say this is preeti cool.
Food Poisoning – Charcoal is a wonderful homeopathic remedy for diarrhea, intestinal gas, nausea and vomiting. Homeopathic doctors have used charcoal for over 200 years to absorb and expel intestinal gas. Studies have shown that charcoal has been able to relieve the production of gas bay as much as 75%. In fact, according to an article published in 1981 in Science News,charcoal has been given as a safe and effective remedy for treating acute toxic poisoning.
Some of the common substances absorbed by activated charcoal are:
- Aspirin, Tylenol
- Carbon Dioxide
- Cyanide, Potassium Cyanide
- TricyclicAntidepressants like Ativan, Triavil, and Valium.
Topical Remedy for Skin Irritation: Charcoal can be applied topically to help draw out poisons and other toxins from insect bite/stings, poison ivy, skin infections, and wounds. Care should be used in administering a charcoal poultice on freshly broken skin, as a “tattooing” effect is possible.
Activated charcoal is also good for absorbing cholesterol. A European study showed 7,000 mg of activated charcoal taken daily for one month reduced LDL cholesterol by 41%.
Charcoal has also been studied for its use in treating diabetes. Charcoal absorbs glucose in the bowel, which has enabled some individuals to reduce their insulin intake.
To date, there have been no confirmed scientific findings to substantiate the loss of nutrients as a result of ingesting charcoal. In fact, research students have consistently shown there is neither a loss of nutrients nor interference in the absorption of nutrients, even after taking charcoal daily for extended period of time.
Keep the holidays happy! Be sure to have that bottle of activated charcoal in your bathroom ready to take before diving into bed after a fun night.
Amazon has good variety of activated charcoal.
Please note that these material is provided for informational purposes are not to act as medical advise or instruction. Pleae consult with your health professional for complete validation.