Activated charcoal has honeycomb like characteristics which give it a very large surface area and makes it highly adsorptive. This term means that when taken internally the product draws gases and toxins present in the gastrointestinal tract to its surface area and then binds them. Once attached, the offending substances are carried away by the charcoal, which is NOT absorbed into the blood stream, allowing the substances to be excreted with faecal matter.
This makes activated charcoal the go to for when you think you may have eaten something not quite right, when you are travelling in areas not known for great water and food cleanliness, for when the kids bring home the tummy lurgies to share with the family, or for when your other half fumes out the house*.
Through its adsorbtive actions, activated charcoal may also help support the health and vitality of the skin. It basically acts like a magnet for dirt, oil, and other impurities so think of it when you are doing your weekly detoxifying scrub or mask – just open an activated charcoal capsule into your existing scrub or mask and apply.
A similar action can be employed for your teeth, by opening a capsule and sprinkling it on your toothpaste on your toothbrush. Brush your teeth gently and wash out your mouth until all the charcoal has cleared. Be aware that some say it may stain dental work so use a bit of caution and only do it about once a week – like you would a mask or treatment.
This magnet- like action also makes activated charcoal a great option when faced with minor skin irritations. Just open a capsule, sprinkle onto the site and cover with a plaster**.
And of course, we can’t forget about the inclusion of charcoal into lattes, smoothies and juices that have been all over Instagram lately. Not only does the inclusion of charcoal make an amazing jet black beverage but is also touted to help support a clean and healthy system***.
These actions make activated charcoal a definite must have for the first aid kit at home, for when your skin needs a bit of TLC, and is also a definite back pack essential to ensure you don’t just see the inside of the bathroom on trips to India, Bali or Thailand!
* Keep in mind that if a child under the age of five has vomiting and diarrhoea, or vomiting and or diarrhoea is persistent in an older child or adult, seek medical attention promptly.
** If you have anything more than a minor sting, bite or infection, it is in your best interests to visit your health professional.
*** Activated charcoal will adsorb essential medication so is best avoided in people who take medications. Also keep in mind that activated charcoal will adsorb nutrients so is best used on an irregular basis.
TAPS No: PP9494
Radiance Activated Charcoal capsules are made with Australian Hardwood and provide 260mg of pure virgin activated charcoal per capsule. Buy it now from our secure online shop. Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Pharmacare NZ Ltd., Auckland.
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