Tried a little too much ‘Skypero’ (Skype + apero) or is take-away a standard part of your weekend? Time to clean your body! Charcoal turns out to be a good way to remove toxins from your body. Read on and find out more about the black stuff!
What is it and how does it work?
Activated charcoal or activated carbon is obtained when your charcoal is treated with oxygen during production. This increases porosity and has the ability to absorb toxins, so they are not absorbed into your body. Activated charcoal is used in water filters and in medicine and is also available in powder form or in a small capsule.
A detox for your body
So taking activated charcoal is definitely a good idea when you want to detox your body. Harmful residues of medication, fungi, heavy metals or exhaust fumes, for example, are a perfect match for activated charcoal. Not only for your immune system, but also for your bowel function the black stuff can do wonders. We list what you can use it for, for example!
- Bye bye bloated feeling: Do you suffer from a bloated feeling (with accompanying gas formation) after eating? Random nausea? Charcoal does nothing but good for your stomach and intestines.
- Good for your kidneys: Charcoal can drastically reduce the amount of waste products your kidneys need to process. It can allow the kidneys to filter all toxins out of the blood.
- Lowers bad cholesterol: Charcoal binds bile acids (which can contain cholesterol) in the intestines so your body will not absorb them. Research shows that the intake of charcoal can even cause an increase in good cholesterol!
- Cleans your mouth: You may have seen it pass by in beautyland: black (!) toothpaste. Activated charcoal can bind impurities in your mouth, allowing your teeth to whiten a few shades. Plus, it can affect the PH value in your mouth, which could be a major cause of bad breath, gum disease and cavities.
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We can’t repeat it often enough… Drink enough water! Charcoal has a tendency to dry out your body. Moreover, drinking water makes it easier to get rid of toxins! It is recommended not to take activated charcoal within two hours before your medication or supplements, as it can reduce absorption.
Will you try out this special black powder?
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