If you haven’t heard of activated charcoal, you must be living under a rock. All of a sudden it has become quite popular among people to use for brushing their teeth to make them whiter. As great as this is and yes it actually does work do you know there is also some health benefits if you take it orally?? It’s become my secret weapon against belly bloat and gas when I go out to eat a not so healthy meal with a few beers or other alcoholic beverages. Activated charcoal chemically binds toxins and chemicals to help the body get rid of unwanted substances. It is used in hospitals to help with drug and alcohol overdoses.
If you are wanting to try and take activated charcoal before indulging in bad food I recommend taking 2 capsules 30 minutes before eating with a big glass of water. This is important because activated charcoal can cause constipation, so I find staying well hydrated will help with this. And by well hydrated, water! Not wine, coffee, pop, or beer, stick with water to keep yourself hydrated. If drinks are on the menu as well then alternate a drink of water with your preferred beverage.
For teeth brushing you can use the capsules as well they are easy to break open, but I find this method very messy. All you have to do is dip your toothbrush into the powder and brush away! Be careful though as it gets everywhere as your brushing and can stain anything white such as towels or your shirt. I have a toothpaste that activated charcoal already in it, so I find that much easier. It’s called My Magic Mud and I highly recommend it as it’s 100% all natural so no GMOs or chemicals! You can find it at http://www.mymagicmud.com or look them up on Instagram or Facebook!
Since it is a detoxifier you can also use it to make an at home face mask. You just add 1 tsp of activated charcoal powder to warm water until it makes a paste then add a bit of aloe gel and rinse after 5-10 minutes. If you have very sensitive or dry skin this is not recommended as activated charcoal is dehydrating. Also, if you are allergic to aloe you can swap for a bit of honey.
Now this isn’t some sort of magic diet pill it is to be taken with caution and please consult with your doctor before taking any sort of supplements. It’s not something I take every day or regularly just when needed and has become a great trick for controlling my Irritable Bowel Syndrome before indulging in a delicious “bad cheat” meal.