The Health Benefits of Charcoal

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Who would imagine that Charcoal supposedly holds life-changing health benefits? It is becoming the hot new ingredient in many food and drink products across the UK. Here we look at its health benefits

Activated charcoal can be used as a potent natural treatment. It is used to trap toxins in the body, enabling them to be flushed out of the body so they are not reabsorbed. Made from a variety of sources, and can be used for natural healing, however it’s important to select ‘activated charcoal’ made from coconut shells or other natural sources.

IT TREATS BURNS AND BUG BITES.

Itchy bug bites: Mixed with a little coconut oil and rub it over the bites to ease the itch or bite.

IT EVEN HELPS HANGOVERS!

Activated charcoal is good at trapping toxins into its tiny pores holding onto it, until they are carried out of the body. So if your’e planning a night out on the town, try taking some activated charcoal before heading out, it may just help with the hangover, not that we are condoning drink to excess, always drink responsibly!

WHITENS TEETH

I know it’s bizarre to think that charcoal could actually whiten teeth, but you’d be surprised. We would recommend discussing this with your dentist to find a suitable product, as any tooth whitening products can damage tooth enamel.

REDUCE OR ELIMINATE GAS

Activated charcoal can be effective at reducing gas. It can also relieve an upset stomach or nausea. Activated charcoal can be purchased in tablet form from your local pharmacy.

OUTBREAKS

Because activated charcoal has the ability to help remove toxins, it may help reduce acne and other skin imperfections. Look for products such as face soaps/scrubs that contain activated charcoal.

SHAMPOO

Shampoo that contains charcoal can absorb oil from greasy hair whilst moisturising dry hair and dry scalps. After using it for a while, you may find that you can even wash your hair less frequently. Result! Look out for shampoo products in your local stores.

FILTERS WATER

Again to remove impurities, charcoal water filters are a good option. Activated charcoal traps chlorine and other chemicals, it also mineralises the water by balancing the pH levels as it’s been suggested that having too much acid in your body can have a negative effect on your health.

DEODORANT

It’s believed by some that by including activated charcoal into your daily diet, the substance will remove the toxins from your gut that end up escaping from your pores, therefore making deodorant redundant! I’m not sure about this one!

 

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