You know when you hear about a new superfood or ingredient and you think, well that’s great but how the hell am I meant to incorporate it into my life? That’s how we first felt when we heard about this fine, dust-like, black power called activated charcoal too.
Activated charcoal is perhaps one of the lesser-known health hacks, but once you understand how to use it and see what an impact it can on your health, you’ll be singing it praises. At first glance, it’s pretty unassuming. It’s a fine, odourless black powder but its outstanding toxin absorbing ability means it’s an incredibly useful ingredient for a huge range of health, medical and cosmetic uses.
You might be thinking, cool I’ll just eat the burnt crusts on my toast, but it’s not quite the same. The process of making activated charcoal involves the heating of extremely carbon-rich materials like wood and coconut shells to sky-high temperatures. Through the whole process, previously bonded molecules are freed up and the overall surface area of the charcoal is increased wildly. So much so, a teaspoon of activated charcoal has an equal surface area to that of a football field.
But why is this important? Activated charcoal acts in the same way as a sponge to absorb toxins and so this insanely huge surface area acts as one giant sponge. This means toxic particles are more likely to bind to the charcoal and way less likely to do harm in your body. Win!
The uses for activated charcoal range extensively but if you are new to the super toxin buster, we’d suggest starting with the five uses below:
5 Ways to incorporate it into your life:
Activated charcoal has been a solid player in the oral care game for a while. It is used to remove plaque and whitens teeth in the process. Red Seal has created its Whitening Toothpaste especially with activated charcoal in a sphere form. This way the charcoal dissolves where it is most needed and gives the area a deep, deep clean.
If you would like to learn a more about Red Seal’s Whitening Toothpaste with Activated Charcoal Spheres visit https://www.redseal.co.nz/.
Whether you make your own or buy a ready-made mask that includes the powerhouse ingredient, activated charcoal can do wonders for your skin! Working to gently extract impurities activated charcoal can help reduce the appearance of pores, blackheads and acne.
Sometimes we all feel like we need a little reset and refresh. With its powerful toxin-clearing properties, activated charcoal makes for a great companion when taking on a little detox. Drinking charcoal water or adding activated charcoal to a juice or smoothie is said to have an overall feel-good effect. As with any detox, be sure to consume in moderation along with a lot of that great H2O stuff.
Acting to absorb any chemical or nasties in your water, activated charcoal is a wonderful natural way to filter water. Not only does it give water a good clean up by attracting and binding to contaminants, but it also leaves you with water that tastes fresher and purer too.
The rise of natural deodorants is on a steep incline, and right there on that path are deodorants containing activated charcoal. Being odourless itself and with its ability to absorb harmful gases and smells it makes a wonderful natural deodorant for underarms, feet and even your fridge!
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