How To Use Activated Charcoal Like A Pro

Activated charcoal is becoming more popular for its health benefits – think anti-aging, gut health, toxin removal and so much more. But, if you’re new to the trend you may be wondering, ‘where do I begin?’

For five ways to use the popular potent natural treatment like a pro, read on.

Whitens Teeth

Struggling with unsightly tooth stains? Fret not. Activated charcoal can help whiten teeth while changing the pH balance in the mouth, promoting good oral health by preventing gum disease, cavities and bad breath.

Method: Wet your toothbrush. Dip toothbrush into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying close attention to areas stained from your favorite beverage (ahem, coffee). Rinse well, until spit is clear. For best results, repeat the treatment two-three times per week.

How it works: The activated charcoal brightens your smile by adsorbing plaque and microscopic morsels that create unsightly stains.

Alleviates Gas & Bloating

Per a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, scientists found that using activated charcoal, significantly reduced bloating and abdominal cramps following a hearty meal.

Method: To alleviate gas and bloating, take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a hearty meal, with a full glass of water. After the meal, drink an additional glass of water to active the charcoal, in your system. The charcoal will then bind with gas-producing elements; in turn, eliminating symptoms.

Reduces High Cholesterol

In one study, seven patients with hypercholesterolemia were treated with activated charcoal for 4 weeks. Each participant received a dose of 8 g three times a daily. Per their findings, plasma total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol decreased by a considerable 25 percent and 41 percent respectively.

Emergency Toxin Removal

Believe it or not, activated charcoal is also used as a treatment for emergency toxin removal. Per the University of Michigan, “activated charcoal can chemically attach, or adsorb, to a variety of particles and gases, which makes it ideal for removing potentially toxic substances from the digestive tract.” That of course, includes pesticides, mercury, fertilizers and bleach.

The fine, black powder made from wood or other natural materials also comes in handy in the event of an accidental overdose of many over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, opium, cocaine, morphine and acetaminophen, experts say.

Because it’s crucial to administer the proper dosage as quickly as possible — within an hour of ingestion – call 911 immediately for proper procedure.

Method: Meanwhile, experts suggest administering 50 to 100 grams in cases of poisoning in adults and 10 to 25 grams in cases involving young children.

Soothes hangovers

While activated charcoal doesn’t adsorb alcohol, it can aid in removing toxins which contribute to alcohol poisoning. According to Princeton University’s First Aider’s Guide to Alcohol when consumed at the same time as alcohol, activated charcoal can also significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations, including if the individual is unconscious or showing signs of acute alcohol poisoning.