What Is Activated Charcoal All About?

What Is Activated Charcoal All About?

June 25, 2017

I remember when I first heard about Activated Charcoal. I was having some ummmm, let’s just say, digestive problems and what do most of us go to when we are having problems? Mom! I asked my mom what I should do and she said to take charcoal supplements. Say What?! I’m supposed to swallow that black residue of carbon and ash leftover from bon fires? That didn’t sound like the best idea to me, but I did it anyways, because well, Mom knows best, right?! 

Thank goodness I listened to my Mom because it worked! It relieved me of my discomfort and solved my digestive problems! Activated Charcoal came in handy again when my husband used it and it made a world of difference for his wellbeing.

What is the difference between Charcoal and Activated Charcoal? Activated Charcoal is made up of non-toxic ingredients, with one added step to differentiate it. In order for it to become “activated” it is oxidized using steam or air at high temperatures. This is what gives it its medicinal properties. This process increases the porosity, which has a negative electric charge that attracts positive charged ions (i.e. free radicals, toxins, pollutants, etc.). Once the toxins bind to it, it passes through your body and is expelled. This process is called adsorption, which is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface. 

It is an essential product to have handy in your cabinet for yourself and your family. There are many ways it can be used and in the next post we share with you all of the amazing benefits and uses of activated charcoal!

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