Explaining Activated Charcoal
Don’t confuse activated charcoal with charcoal briquettes for barbecuing or anything else. Those contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Using the powder form of activated charcoal is what’s recommended. It’s easy to ingest as a fine powder in water. It’s tasteless, though a tad gritty.
It is derived from burning pure, untainted organic substances, such as coconuts or certain woods, without using chemicals in the process. You can get a one pound bag for around $10.00 US.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D., has his patients use it for detoxing even heavy metals, and he uses it himself. For heavy metal detoxifying, he recommends a total of 20 grams per day, spaced apart in two to four doses, over a 12 day period.
The action of activated charcoal involves adsorption, not absorption, of toxins from the intestinal tract. Adsorption is the electrical attraction of toxins to the surfaces of the fine charcoal particles. The charcoal itself is not absorbed into the body, so the toxins attached to the charcoal particles exit via the bowels. Don’t be surprised by black stools.
Some advise using it with a non-toxic toothpaste to remove plaques and stains from your teeth as well as bacteria from your mouth. A bit messy, perhaps, but considered highly effective for cleaning and sanitizing.
DISPELLING RUMORS AND CONTROVERSY
The controversy on ingesting activated charcoal is based on the notion that it also robs the body of nutrients. According to several solid sources, this is misinformation. Pharmaceutical medicines, which tend to be toxic, are removed partially or wholly, and nutrients from synthetic vitamin sources tend to be removed also. But not food nutrients.
It’s actually better to take the activated charcoal two hours away from food, because food hampers the charcoal’s detox activity.
This comes from the 1980 book Activated Charcoal by David O. Cooney:
Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal. (…) A level of 5 % of the total diet was given as charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total protein or urine pH.
Another rumor has it that activated charcoal causes constipation. This is only if you’re already blocked a bit, but it doesn’t cause it. As with any type of detox, one needs to be free of blockages to eliminate easily. Drinking more water and taking swig of pure organic Castor oil will usually take care of that. Diarrhea occasionally occurs as a temporary detox side effect.
But the common notion that many cling to is that drinking activated charcoal only removes toxins from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In an earlier article regarding clinoptilolite zeolite powder, which action is the same as activated charcoal’s, I had explained how the villi within the small intestines do the work of detoxing the whole body.
The surface area of the villi, small tube like appendages on the inner walls of small intestines, is sufficient to cover the area of a tennis court. The villi have blood circulating through them, and they capture the nutrients from the food that has been processed in the GI tract into the bloodstream that nourishes organ tissue cells.
Conversely, while they’re coated with the fine powder of activated charcoal, toxins in the blood are adsorbed by the powder and eliminated with your bowel movements. This is why it should be taken away from food. You want the small intestines to be as empty as possible so the exchange of blood toxins to activated charcoal is not blocked.
KEEP IT AROUND FOR EMERGENCIES
Even if you’re not keen on using activated charcoal for general or heavy metal detox purposes, it would be wise to have it on hand in a sealed glass jar for those accidental sips or bites of poisonous substances and venomous insect and snake bites. It is quick to prepare, easy to take, and inexpensive as a powder.
Dr. Al Sears thinks capsule amounts are too small and those little capsule containers create another hurdle if your attempting a heavy detox, but they may come in handy for intervening in an acute poisonous episode.
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