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I don’t know about you, but the thought of putting black powder on my face (or on or in other parts of my body) just doesn’t seem very appealing to me. Truth be told, I don’t much like to put powder of any kind on my face. But activated charcoal health benefits are well documented within the natural health remedy world, and even mainstream beauty product manufacturers are starting to catch on.
Charcoal comes from natural sources like coconut shells, bone char, peat, coal, olive pits, or sawdust. It can also come from non-natural sources, such as petroleum coke, so use caution when purchasing activated charcoal beauty products.
So, what’s the difference between activated charcoal and regular charcoal (like the kind you grill hamburgers with)? Activated charcoal is processed at very high temperatures, which change the charcoal’s internal structure to be more porous.
This porous texture gives the charcoal a negative charge, which enables it to attract positively charged molecules, such as those found in toxins. Since the charcoal is not absorbed by your body, the toxins it attracts are excreted from your body through feces. This is what gives activated charcoal its detoxing power. Here are four specific activated charcoal health benefits.
One of the more popular uses for activated charcoal is to help whiten your teeth. It can take some getting used to, since you are using the charcoal powder to brush your teeth, but it has been proven to be very effective. I have not yet tried this myself, but I know there are some people who swear by it.
Activated charcoal helps change the pH balance in your mouth, so this not only helps to remove the coffee and tea stains on your teeth, but it can also help fight bad breath and even prevent cavities. This not a miracle mouth cleaner. You will still have to brush and floss regularly, but you’re pretty much brushing when you use the powder, anyway. And you can even buy charcoal toothpaste to make it a little easier to incorporate into your morning routine.
Do you suffer from digestive trouble? I know I’ve suffered with irritable bowel syndrome (the diarrhea/soft stool kind) and acid reflux for several years now. Major digestive issues like these are almost always caused by an excess of toxins in the digestive tract.
Using the same process described above, activated charcoal can help to remove many of these toxins and help improve your digestion and overall immune health. Your gut health, after all, is directly tied to the strength of your body’s immune system. When you clean out your digestive tract, you are doing more than helping with tummy troubles. You are improving your body’s energy supply and boosting your mental function.
Activated charcoal has long been used (since the end of the 19th century) as an antidote for poison, and some people have had great success using it to treat their food poisoning and stomach bug episodes. I have not yet tried ingesting activated charcoal, but given the powerful evidence for its many digestive benefits I’m definitely considering giving it a try.
To help heal stomach upset, you’ll want to take the activated charcoal in tablet form. You should proceed with caution, however, if you experience bouts of constipation, because activated charcoal can make this worse.
Everyone wants to fight the signs of aging, and that usually means minimizing facial fine lines and wrinkles. Before you turn to drastic medical procedures or expensive department store creams, try a natural remedy like activated charcoal.
Charcoal can help improve your skin’s appearance and reduce the signs of aging by preventing and even, in some cases, repairing damage that has been done to your kidneys, liver, and adrenal glands. When this happens, you are getting rid of toxins in these organs that make your body and skin look older than they really are.
Activated charcoal can also work wonders for your skin besides just reducing the signs of aging. Any time you have a skin irritation, you can combine activated charcoal powder with a little bit of coconut oil. This will reduce redness and puffiness, and it also helps ease itching and pain. Try this combination any time you’re outside and get bit by a pesky mosquito to ease the discomfort. This combination, however, should not be used in the place of first aid ointment should the need arise for that.
In addition to mixtures of powder and coconut oil, you can pamper your skin with a charcoal face mask like the one I review in this post. While I didn’t see a huge visible difference, I did notice a decrease in redness and puffiness after just one application. I call that an amazing success, and I’m looking forward to trying to face mask again this evening before I go to bed.
I don’t know what took me so long to realize how many awesome activated charcoal health benefits there are to enjoy. I’m just glad I discovered the face masks, and I can’t wait to try the tablets to improve my digestion. And I might even try out the charcoal toothpaste sometime soon.
Which activated charcoal health benefit resonates most with you?