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Benefits of activated charcoal


Happy Thursday which means it’s time for another GreenNote Fitness newsletter. I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about activated charcoal and how I use it. Here we go!

Activated charcoal goes back thousands and thousands of years, “Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic 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”.

So if you ate some bad meat for example, and took some activated charcoal, it would help remove the toxins you have ingested. Essentially it traps the chemicals. As WebMD.com explains, “Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals."

Pretty cool, huh?

Let’s look at some reasons for using activated charcoal:

  • General detoxification - think of toxins from low quality, processed food, and environmental pollution

  • Digestion issues, gas, and bloating - activated charcoal enters the digestive tract and binds to byproducts and alleviates these digestive issues

  • Anti-aging properties - as we age, our brains become more and more sensitive to toxins. Activated charcoal helps slow the rate at which our brains become sensitive to toxins which is better for our cognitive thinking.

Here are some ideas of when to use it:

  • When eating at a restaurant and you aren’t sure of the food quality

  • If you’ve consumed bad coffee - ever get really bad jitters after consuming coffee? It’s not from the caffeine; most likely the coffee quality was very poor and it contained many molds and mycotoxins

  • Whitening your teeth - break open a capsule onto your toothbrush and start brushing. Note this is a little bit messy but can be easily rinsed off; prepare to see your teeth black but that will go away (along with the brown/yellow color your teeth previously had)

  • Consuming alcohol - alcohol is bad on our liver and brain; activated charcoal can help eliminate some of the toxins from alcohol

A word(s) of caution:

Not to be used with pharmaceuticals - it can bind to that too

Too much activated charcoal can cause constipation so start with one or two capsules

I’ve personally use activated charcoal for teeth whitening and when consuming questionable food. I keep some in my bag as you never know when you may need it.

Go over to my Facebook page to see the kind I use.

To your journey,

Lisa Schaffer

GreenNote Fitness

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