Activated Charcoal has been very popular in the world of wellness lately. Activated charcoal traps toxins and prevents the body from absorbing them. The charcoal has a negatively charged porous surface. The negative charge causes the charcoal to attract positively charged toxins and the porous surface helps the charcoal trap those toxins. Because the charcoal is not absorbed by the body, it carries toxins out of the body with your stool.
Activated charcoal is used in many poisoning and overdose situations. If taken within 5 minutes of ingesting a substance, it reduces the absorption rate by up to 74%. It is not effective for all types of toxins, but it has been widely used in the US for a lot of poisoning cases since the 1800s. Another benefit of activated charcoal is that it can reduce cholesterol. The charcoal molecules can bind to cholesterol and prevent the body from absorbing it.
I recently wrote an article about how to reduce bloating. Read it HERE. One thing I didn’t find when doing research was activated charcoal. The research for this post taught me that activated charcoal can help reduce bloating and gas. Activated charcoal reduces the absorption of certain bacterias that can cause gas.
Recently I started taking a supplement by Codeage(find it here). It contains activated charcoal along with some other detoxifying substances. The supplement helps your body bind toxins and get them out of the body before your body absorbs them. I just started it but I feel great already! Comment below if you want to know more about it!