Activated charcoal will help the bloating, hangovers, blocking fat, teeth staining, from the holiday festival of calorie consumption. Activated charcoal is getting a lot of attention because it is simple and safe. As a medical, doctor I have used charcoal for the last 25 years to treat patients who have had a drug overdose. In the literature lots of scientific evidence to support the use of charcoal for particular drug overdose to prevent absorption into the bloodstream. I have studied all the popular uses of activated charcoal and listed are the best alternative healthy fixes.
1. Bloating After Eating
If you are like most people after a big holiday celebration you have consumed more calories and food than normal. The calorie consumption during a holiday can be as high as 4,000-6,000.That is counting all the sugary drinks, cakes, pies and cookies. The end result on your colon can be excessive bloating and indigestion. American Journal of Gastroenterology found that activated charcoal reduced bloating and abdominal cramps caused by gas after eating. Try 2-3 T of powdered activated charcoal in 8 oz of water.
Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. I have seen activated charcoal being used in emergency hangover kits on college campuses. Most alcohols have other chemicals in it and activated charcoal can prevent their absorption. An added benefit is to reduce the upset stomach associated with alcohol consumption. It sometimes decreases nausea and dyspepsia.
3.Blocks Fat and Fatty Liver
Just a day after a large fatty meal with or without alcohol could result in a fatty liver. I have evaluated college students who went on a Friday night drinking binge and found that the liver and blood had lots of fat content the next day. Not a pretty picture. The liver is the organ that detoxes the body. When you consume a large amount of fat and toxins like alcohol the liver runs out of its ability to detoxify. A University of Michigan study demonstrated that activated charcoal can adsorb cholesterol and bile acids present in the intestine, preventing their absorption. More studies have to be done to determine how much charcoal and how often it should be used. We use 25-50 grams in the hospital for drug overdoses. The amount should be much less but I have no science to determine the exact amount to give.
4. Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening
Say you eat a slice of blueberry pie, drink red wine and other discoloring foods and you fell asleep forgetting to brush your teeth. Just mix 1T activated charcoal in water to form a paste. Brush your teeth with the mixture waiting 2-3 minutes and rinse as normal. The stains from food are removed with activated charcoal.
5. A Charcoal Mask For Skin Acne and Discoloration
For some of us, the break out of acne is coming after the stress of the holiday. Activated charcoal can bind the environmental dirt, germs, and chemical on your skin that cause inflammation of the glands leading to acne. Add one teaspoon of powdered activated charcoal to warm water until it forms a paste like peanut butter consistency. Then add a teaspoon of honey. With the honey and activated charcoal, mixture apply a thin layer to the face. Leave on the face for about 10 minutes and then rinse off thoroughly. Protect your countertop and rinse the sink to prevent discoloration.