Healthy benefits of charcoal

Activated Charcoal has been around for thousands of years. It was even used by Hippocrates and Pliny in their day. It is also called Black Magic.

For over 10,000 years healers from Chinese Medicine, Ayuredic Medicine and Western Medicine have used activated charcoal to soak up poisons and improve intestinal health through a process called “adsorption” which means “to bind to” rather than “to absorb.”


What does activated charcoal actually do?

Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t re-absorb them.

It’s important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed.

How is it made?

Activated Charcoal or Carbon, derives from the activity of controlled charring of the starting material, usually Willow Bark or Coconut Shells. The high temperature removes all the oxygen and activates it with gases like steam.

What is produced is a highly adsorbent material with millions of tiny pores that capture, bind and remove poisons, heavy metals, chemicals and intestinal gases which have thousands of times more weight than the charcoal itself.

“Just two grams of activated charcoal powder has about the same surface area as a football field”, says Dave Asprey, chairman of the board of the Silicon Valley Health Institute.

The chemical details of charcoal

The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged unwanted toxins and gas. Carbon is 100% alkaline and is spinning with electrons making the substance highly electrical.

Carbon’s negative ionic charge attracts positive ionic charges (toxins and poisons) causing them to bind and then escorts them out of the body via the eliminative channel of the intestines.

What are the medical uses for charcoal?

Today, beyond use in hospitals as an antidote for drugs and poisons, activated charcoal is a global remedy for general detoxification, digestion issues, gas, bloating, heart health and anti-aging. It is a part of my mold toxin detox protocols.

Ancient physicians used inactivated charcoal for a variety of medical purposes, including treating epilepsy and anthrax.

What are the therapeutic uses of activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal benefits an impressive record of therapeutic uses:

– Low grade charcoal is commonly used in air and water filters to capture unwanted materials; it’s that dust you see in some filter water pitchers. Drinking water is essential to good health; however, typical tap water is toxic and laden with chemicals, toxins and fluoride.

– Activated charcoal water filters are available for whole-home systems, as well as counter-top models. Drink eight-10 glasses of pure water per day to help soothe the digestive tract, fight fatigue, keep organs operating, and provide lubrication for joints and tissues.

– Perhaps its most significant therapeutic use is one of its most established: complete detoxification of the body.

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Toxins and Detoxification

Toxins from low quality, processed food and environmental pollution are real problems.

It is important to help your body eliminate them to promote a healthy digestive system and brain. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and more rapid ageing. Gut toxins quickly become brain toxins if you don’t eliminate them.

Whether or not you are feeling under the weather, activated charcoal helps unwanted bacteria move through your system faster before they spread and multiply, helping you feel better faster.


Charcoal is an age-old remedy for counteracting poison in the body by acting as an antidote for drugs, chemicals and poisons.

If you ingest poisons such as bleach, fertilizer, or even alcohol, taking a single large dose of activated charcoal helps your body flush out the poison faster. It is most effective when given within one hour after ingestion of toxic substances.

It treats alcohol poisoning and helps prevent hangovers. Princeton University’s First Aider’s Guide to Alcohol [1] indicates that activated charcoal is administered in some situations related to alcohol.

It treats mold/mycotoxin exposure, says Dr. Jill Carnaham [2]. If you or your family experience symptoms including: wheezing, rashes, watery eyes, coughing or headaches that aren’t explained in other ways, your home should be evaluated for mold spore levels, even if no visible mold is detected. It can thrive behind drywall, under floors and in ventilation ducts.

Further benefits of activated charcoal

Alleviates gas and bloating: A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology [3] found that activated charcoal prevents intestinal gas following a typical gas-producing meal.

Systemic Candidiasis: Activated charcoal adsorbs much of the toxins that Candida produces that otherwise would be absorbed by the blood and carried throughout the body. These toxins produce pathological changes in tissues and organs and interfere with proper immune function.

Reduces high cholesterol and better heart health. In a recent study [4], patients with high cholesterol who took activated charcoal three times a day showed a 25% reduction in total cholesterol. They also doubled their HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio.

Anti-aging and life extension: Activated charcoal uses include helping prevent cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as well as supporting healthy adrenal glands.

How important is it to cleanse toxins from your body?

It’s imperative to cleanse toxins and chemicals routinely from the body.

Dr. V. V. Frolkis, a famous Russian Gerontologist and his colleagues have discovered that activated charcoal can increase the mean lifespan of older test animals by approximately 50% and their maximum lifespan by approximately 34%. Activated charcoal prevents many cellular changes associated with aging-decreased protein synthesis, atherosclerosis, and organ fibrosis.

Activated charcoal can even get rid of and prevent bad breath

Rid bad breath and whitens teeth: Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. It works by adsorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth.

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For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two-three times per week. To use carbon for your teeth, all you have to do is put a little toothpaste (I like Forever Bright toothgel with Aloe Vera) on your toothbrush, then dip it in some carbon, add just a little bit of water, and begin to brush.

How you can utilise the healthy benefits of carbon?

Taking activated charcoal on a daily basis is a great way to help you thrive in an overly toxin-filled environment. It is best to take it between meals and a few hours after using any vitamin or mineral supplements, as it may interfere with the absorption of these into your body.

Be sure to take it away from prescription medicines, which won’t enter your body when they bind to charcoal.

Everyone responds differently to different doses, so to avoid potential undesirable effects, such as constipation, please consult your doctor and use only as suggested.

Final warning, if you use activated charcoal, it will stain your poo black. This is great because it tells you how long food takes to go through your bowel (called transit time).

No home of health conscious individuals should be without of this wonderful and great life-saving product, especially if you have small children on the scene!

Would love to hear your experiences and thoughts.  If you have questions or would like to start detoxifying your body, I would love to be part of your journey.  So CONTACT ME and let’s start your health journey together.

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