Do You Know About Activated Charcoal?

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Charcoal, huh?

That’s weird to think that it has become a fab nowadays. It’s even strange to think that it’s healthy for you or that it’s even edible.

Did I really see an “activated charcoal” ice cream on Instagram? Yup, it’s definitely trending.

Activated charcoal has become a health craze. Yet, no one really knows it’s benefits and where it came from. This has been used since the 19th century. By using carbon with different gases it gets its activation name. The carbon helps developed pores that has the ability to catch toxins in the body. In the medical frame, activated charcoal is used in hospitals and emergency situations to treat poison. The World Health Organization has listed as activated charcoal as one of the essential medicines – meaning you’ll see them everywhere.

And they are not wrong.

Keeping one in a first aid kit is recommended. In case of an emergency dealing with toxins and chemicals. HOWEVER, you should call 911 first and let the operator know you have charcoal in reach. Then, the administer would know procedures that can help those intoxicated – the number of doses depends on the number of toxins. The health professionals will know what is enough to take the toxins out of the body.

Though, there are other ways you can use activated charcoal. Here are some benefits:

Brightens smiles: With the properties of activated charcoal, absorbs plaque and tidbits that stain teeth – leaving you with your white shiny teeth.

NO Hangovers: Since it’s magical powers are to trap toxins and chemicals until it is safely carried out of the body. Therefore, you won’t feel a massive headache after a night of drinking.

Burns and bug bites: This is great to know for South Florida where bug bites and sunburns are always occurring on the body. With a mix of coconut oil, it is a great reliever for those itchy and peeling spots.

Unfortunately, this activated concoction does have it’s side effects. For example, when used for treating a poison or overdosage, it needs to be administered ONLY by a healthcare facility. The side effects are vomiting. diarrhea, black stools or tongue, and constipation. It may even cause some gastrointestinal blockages.

When it comes to medical reasons, it’s best to talk to a health professional before consumption – to know if it’s suitable and how much is enough.

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