Activated Charcoal: How I Use It & Why

Activated Charcoal

“Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.” – Dr. Axe.

I read a lot about activated charcoal before purchasing it a few months ago. It’s one of those natural ingredients that can be used for multiple things; from external uses like teeth whitening and face masks, to internal uses like flushing out toxins from the body. I bought it mainly for internal reasons. I was having trouble with my skin, which I’ve mentioned many times before, and from Chinese face mapping it showed my problems internally were caused by my intestines. I had read that activated charcoal traps and pulls out toxins from the body, so I made my purchase.

What is it?

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a byproduct of burning carbon sources including coconut shells. It is made using carbon exposed at high temperatures. During the heating process the carbon develops pores which increases the nutrients on its surface level. These pores then have the ability to trap and collect toxins, and remove them when digested through the body. (information from Simply Supplements.) Dave Asprey from Bulletroof says that activated charcoal has been used for more than 10,000 years in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic procedures. The toxins that the charcoal can trap includes certain poisons, heavy metals and other toxins from food and general lifestyle. This increases the bodies detoxification process. (Read more at Bulletproof.)


Activated charcoal has many uses and can be found is different products on the market, from face masks to toothpaste. More uses include:

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Itchiness of Bites and Stings
  • Eliminating gas and bloating: “When consumed in tablet or capsule form, activated charcoal absorbs the bacteria in the intestines and can relieve bloating, discomfort and flatulence. It works by binding with by-products within the intestines that cause the discomfort and is best taken two hours before a meal or one hour after.” – Holland & Barrett.
  • Prevents Hangovers
  • Mould Cleansing from surfaces where mould grows, along with detoxing mould from the body.
  • Water Filtration
  • Digestive Cleanse: “Activated charcoal uses help promote a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions, oxidative damage and poor immune system function. By removing the toxins from your system, you can reduce joint pain, increase energy and increase mental function.” – Dr. Axe.
  • Anti-Aging
  • Removes Bad Breath and Body Oder

 Results & Review

I started taking activated charcoal a few months ago for a few reasons. As mentioned above, I wanted to detox my body to help my skin. I also wanted something to help when I had a bad reaction to vegan junk food. I heard from Bulletproof that after eating a high fat meal activated charcoal can bind the toxins and pull them out of the body quicker. It may be a placebo affect from reading this, but I do like to drink charcoal after a veggie burger or vegan pizza. I also like to drink it before I have a detox bath with Epson salts. The body natural detoxes all of the time anyway, but doing these things in conjunction helps my skin to sweat and my body to detox out toxins stick inside it. I do notice that my body isn’t bloated or gassy after drinking activated charcoal. I’m intolerant to garlic, so I have a bad reaction to it in terms of digestion. I find activated charcoal helps even though I don’t eat it often. The same with when I eat a meal with white bread, which I know a lot of people react badly too as gluten is an inflammatory food.

More sources of information: Dr. Axe, Bulletproof, Simple Supplements.


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