As a health and lifestyle coach I write many blogs, host many workshops and facilitate many retreats coaching every day people how to transform their lives and become healthier and happier from the inside out. It wasn’t until my last retreat that I realised I have been keeping a major secret from everyone…
My number one, go to health fix!
Now I haven’t done this on purpose, I just hadn’t realised that no one is doing it! Well that is no one who hasn’t come across the amazing healing and health benefits from using this natural source of goodness.
I am about to let you in on a secret that will change your life.
Do you suffer from bloating, gas, hangovers, upset stomach?
Do you travel frequently, surf or spend time in the water?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions then you are in the right place, keep reading. It was whilst living in Bali, Indonesia that I came across this little life saver that now forms part of my weekly health routine. To be honest I am unsure why it isn’t sold in corner stores everywhere, it should be.
What is it I hear you screaming?! It is…
Activated charcoal can come in tablet or powder form and is typically known in the medical industry for the use of overdoses or poisoning. It works by naturally trapping chemicals, toxins and bacteria from your stomach and intestines in its tiny pores that you may have ingested and allows your body to then naturally eliminate them.
Activated charcoal is specifically manufactured for consumption and made from natural materials such as coconut shells, bamboo and wood. You cannot overdose on charcoal, it does not have any negative side effects however we recommend sticking to the prescribed amount on packaging, it is thought to be completely safe to use even when pregnant however in-depth studies have not been done on this. The only thing to note is if you are on any kind of medications, including the contraceptive pill, do not take activated charcoal within 2 hours either side of any medications as it may absorb the active ingredients.
With a sponge like effect activated charcoal absorbs and negates bad smelling and harmful gases in your stomach and intestines, balancing the bad effects of poor food choices and or food combinations that may have reacted badly in your digestive system eliminating bloat, gas and bad breath to name a few.
The top health benefits of using charcoal:
- Reduces bloating
- Eliminates gases in the gut and digestive system
- Improves bad breath
- Removes unwanted heavy metals and toxins
- Water filtration
- Can prevent hangovers
- Whitens teeth
- Parasite prevention
- Stops flatulence
Charcoal sticks are now accessible as water filtration solutions to remove toxins and metals from tap water. It naturally filters out impurities and provides cleaner, fresher drinking water. They typically last up to 4 months and can then be reused as a deodoriser in the fridge or containers. Charcoal is a natural product which will breakdown and can be disposed of easily.
We are recently seeing activated charcoal used in every day items such as beauty products, fine dining restaurants, cocktails and smoothie bowl recipes! It is worthy to note that taking activated charcoal will turn your stool grey or black as it travels through your system and is eliminated.
If you are experiencing any gut issues, I highly recommend trying activated charcoal as a quick remedy to alleviating painful symptoms. You can also add it to your toothpaste to remove built up stains just avoid using heavy granular forms of charcoal as this may be abrasive to teeth and gums, always use powder form.
Comment below and let us know what ways you use activated charcoal, or your preferred brand! I will also offer free health and lifestyle coaching advice in response to any of your questions, to get you started to a healthier, happier you. If this post helped you please share with friends and family.
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