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What is Activated Charcoal

Updated: May 24, 2018


Activated charcoal is not the charcoal that grilling bricks are made of.


Activated charcoal is actually a fine, black, odourless, tasteless powder. It is made from coconut shells, coal or wood that becomes ‘activated ‘ when heated with gas. It is commonly used in hospital emergencies to treat poisoning, but for you it can be used in everyday life .


Just a small amount of activated charcoal has the potential to absorb toxins from the body and leave you feeling renewed. It is also popular for its detoxing benefits and can improve digestion.

The good news is that activated charcoal adds very little taste to whatever it’s added to. Lemonade will still taste like lemonade; juice will still taste like juice and a kale smoothie will still taste like a kale smoothie


If you don’t feel like being brave and drinking the black stuff, you can mix into a paste with water and use it as a facemask to remove impurities from the pores. Alternatively, you can use it on your toothbrush to help whiten your teeth!


Please note, if you are on medication, you should skip adding charcoal to your diet, and if you or someone you know does ingest poison, please don’t rely on activated charcoal. Stick to a trip to the Emergency Department


For maximum effect, try activated charcoal juice no more than one than once or twice a week. This should leave you feeling recharged for the time in-between.


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