Activated charcoal was once considered the universal antidote.
Nowadays, it continues to be promoted as a potent natural treatment.
What Is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a fine black-powder made from bone char, coconut-shells, peat, petroleum-coke, coal, olive-pits or sawdust.
The charcoal is “activated” by processing it at very high temperatures. The high temperatures change its internal structure, reducing the size of its pores and increasing its surface-area.
This results in a charcoal that is more porous than regular charcoal.
Activated charcoal shouldn’t be confused with charcoal-briquettes that are used to light your barbecue.
While both can be made from the same base materials, charcoal-briquettes have not been “activated” at high temperatures.
How Does Activated Charcoal Work?
Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut, preventing their absorption.
The charcoal’s porous texture has a negative electrical-charge, which causes it to attract positively charged molecules, such as toxins and gases. This helps it trap toxins and chemicals in the gut.
Because activated charcoal is not absorbed by your body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of your body in feces.
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