Whats The Deal With Activated Charcoal

What The Deal With Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal (also known as activated carbon) is NOT your everyday BBQ or Burnt Toast Charcoal !

Activated Charcoal (also known as activated carbon) is NOT your everyday BBQ or Burnt Toast Charcoal. It’s a highly porous substance that’s made especially for use as a medicine. Like most super food trends its been around for hundreds of years and was originally used to cleanse and detoxify the body of chemicals and poisons.
Activated charcoal has been carbonised and specially treated to ensure its safe to ingest. and to create it’s porous surface that is super absorbent.
To make activated charcoal, it’s heated in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop internal spaces, and a porous surface that is super absorbent. It’s these pores that help the activated charcoal to “trap” chemicals and detoxify the body.

How does Activated Charcoal work?

Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals inside its millions of tiny pores
The surface of activated charcoal has a negative electrical charge. This negative charge is like a magnet that causes positively charged toxins, gases and elements to attracted and bond.
Activated charcoal does not work by absorbing toxins. It binds with these toxins stopping them from being absorbed into your body and allowing the charcoal and toxins to pass threw threw over time.
Activated charcoal has the ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold them there. This is called “adsorption” (not absorption).
Activated charcoal can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in harmful substances. One teaspoonful of it has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet.

Health benefits ?

Digestive cleans and detox treatment
Treats bad breath as it cleans mouth and digestive track
Study have also shown that it can also lower your blood cholesterol
Alleviate bloating and farts
Water filtrations
Whiting teeth
Helps with hangovers
Clean and purify skin and hair
Used to treat poisonings

Do’s and Dont’s

Don’t – take Activated Charcoal while taking other supplements or medication.
Do – Activated charcoal absorbs lots of water so Hydrate with plenty of water throughout the day.
Do – Consult your Doctor if your taking any other medicines or drugs before taking activated charcoal

“Try adding a tablespoon of Charcoal to your favourite

Bondi Harvest smoothie or juice”


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