- July 13, 2018
- Posted by: Dr. Nnamdi Elenwoke
- Category: Health tips
Activated charcoal is an effective remedy that is from the combination of natural substances. Usually bamboo, wood, coal, and or coconut shell charcoal. Which are all burned in the absence of oxygen to form a char.
The char formed is further heated to a high temperature with exposure to certain gases. Through a process that requires lots of process to make it porous. This process is “activation” branding the charcoal activated charcoal.
Below are the benefits of activated charcoal:
Activated charcoal has some properties which has made it to be beneficial for oral health. It has the ability to bind to bacteria and some other harmful substances which helps to get rid of them from the mouth. When used as toothpastes, powders and oral health rinses. A lot of individual prefer using activated charcoal for oral health. As it attaches itself to substances that can stain the teeth and can whiten the teeth in only a few uses.
Activated Charcoal is present in water. This is due to its ability to get rid of contaminants and impurities from water. The contaminants and impurities can include solvents, pesticides, waste from industries. And other chemicals that serves as water pollutants thus producing clean and water that is safe for consumption. Besides this, activated charcoal helps to remove fluorides from water. Taking excess fluoride is toxic and can cause serious damage to human health.
Activated charcoal has shown to be an effective skincare ingredient. Its becoming a popular beauty products on the market. Activated charcoal helps in eliminating bacteria and exfoliate the skin. Also reduce pores and helps maintaining a balanced pH levels of the skin. Activated charcoal has antibacterial properties. Which aids with acne, treating spots and also helps to prevent upcoming damages to the skin.
Putting on face mask made of activated charcoal is an amazing way to have a smooth skin. At the same time a spotless complexion.
As reported by Dr. Sejal Shah a dermatologist, an activated charcoal mask has adsorption properties. It can act like a magnet which makes it easier to remove dirt, oil and other impure substances that appears on the skin. Activated charcoal also help by getting rid of body odor and bad breath. As those substance responsible for causing this are trapped and removed from the body.
Studies worldwide show that activated charcoal can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. And increase good cholesterol as well as some prescription drugs. In a recent study, high cholesterol patients taking activated charcoal three times a day showed a 25% reduction in total cholesterol. They also doubled the HDL/LDL cholesterol level. A study carried out on microscopic tissues has revealed that a daily dosage of activated charcoal may hinder abnormal hardening in heart and coronary blood vessels.
It increases the storage life of foods
It also helps the food to look. Besides the role performed by activated charcoal by helping to make food storage space fresher. Activated charcoal remove all the toxins present in the air. It protects the food from all other substances that can spoil the food. This protects the body from foreign substances that can cause damage to the body.
Relieves digestive issues, gas, and bloating
After foods such as beans are digested, the bacteria act on the digested food. Which causes decomposition that result to byproducts for example gas or diarrhea. Activated charcoal alleviates this digestive problems. By finding its way into the digestive system. And fight against the process by attaching itself to byproducts.
Insect bite treatment
Activated Charcoal used on the skin helps to relieve discomfort from insect bites. Including rashes from poison ivy or poison oak, and also snake bites. It works by absorb bad bacteria and relax the affected area. The combination of with coconut oil is applied applying to the affected area.
Activated charcoal works amazingly when it comes to air purification. By eliminating unpleasant smells and odors that are in the fridge and the home. The negative ionic charge of charcoal attracts irritating positive ions in the air. Such as dust and microfibers, as well as harmful chemicals and pollutants. These particles bind to coal by the same adsorption process that works from the inside on the body. This is one of the reasons you rarely find charcoal in air purifying products.
Poison and Toxin Remedy
Charcoal has been used for a long period of time as remedy that works against poison in the body. Studies has shown that activated charcoal may be the most present effective GI tract decontaminant. It has the ability to adsorb close to 50-60% of unwanted substances in the stomach and intestines. When taken immediately after ingestion.
Emergency rooms all around the world give large amount of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.
In cases of some overdose of many pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications activated charcoal can also be used in this event. Majority of the organic compounds such as pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach get attached to the surface of activated charcoal. Which gives room for faster elimination, while preventing the absorption in the body. Even after it finds its way into the bloodstream. In some cases related to food poisoning when nausea and diarrhea are present Activated Charcol is important. Proper dosage is imperative and always best left to expert medical staff to prescribe and administer.
One of the natural things that happen in life is aging. But premature aging associates with exposure to toxins in our food, homes and environmental factors. Many studies have revealed that activated charcoal can help to prevent cellular damage to the kidneys and liver. As well as support healthy adrenal glands. It also benefits major organs by helping the body flush out any stored toxins and chemicals. That may lead to illness or disease in the body. Activated charcoal slows down the rate at which the brain becomes more sensitive to toxins. Since you are older, which enables better cognitive functioning.