Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Hey guys, Dr Axe here, founder of DrAxe

com and doctor of natural medicine In this video I'm going to share with you the four main benefits of activated charcoal Activated charcoal, I think you're going to be surprised when you hear about these four benefits and how it can be used on a regular basis or in emergency situations to even save somebody's life Now for starters, activated charcoal, the way it works is it doesn't work by absorbing toxins like some things do It works by adsorbing toxins

What adsorption means is that activated charcoal has many pores within it, and activated charcoal itself is full of negatively charged ions, and so what that does, it works like a magnet Imagine this, you've activated charcoal going through your bloodstream or through your gut What it does is it starts to attract positive elements So heavy metals and certain toxins, it actually works like a magnet and they're attracted to it They bind to the outside of and bind to the activated charcoal itself

So for that reason that's where you're going to get most of the benefits of activated charcoal is through its ability to adsorb toxins within the body For that reason, number one way it's used today is through water filtration If you've got to filter water, activated carbon or activated charcoal is actually used for water filtration systems So that's one of the things you'll see One of the second ways it's used today is through cleansing your body of mold

Mold today has a positive charge versus a negative charge of activated carbon So oftentimes what people will do is take the equivalent of three capsules three times a day of activated charcoal or a tablespoon three times a day, and that will bind to mold within your system and help your body excrete it Now if you do decide to do a mold cleanse and take activated charcoal, you want to double to triple your water intake, so typically drinking your weight in ounces of water a day So if you weigh 180 pounds, you want to drink about 180 ounces of water that day So again drinking a lot of water down is important because one of the side effects is it can cause constipation and cause you to back up if you're doing a large amount of activated charcoal or activated carbon as I'm talking about

So again, you do have to be careful for that reason But again it is amazing for cleansing your body of mold Again, if you've ever been in a moldy home or had a mold issue, using activated charcoal can work But again it's not something for that reason or in general you want to use long term Just for that short period of time

The number three thing that you can use activated charcoal or activated carbon for is for general detoxification As I mentioned earlier, it adsorbs the toxins If you've been exposed to heavy metals, such as mercury or lead, it can be used that way One of the things I've had many of my patients do in the past is I've worked with patients who've worked with mercury safe dentists and they've gone and had their amalgam and silver fillings removed Well, on that day I actually have them do large doses of probiotics along with activated charcoal to make sure if any of those vapors would somehow get in their system, activated charcoal is there along with the probiotics to help bind to it and help eliminate it from their system

So again, for that reason through toxic adsorbtion is a great way that you can use it again just for a short period of time, maybe a period of three days, one to three days using activated charcoal for that reason And last but not least, according to a medical study, activated charcoal is even more effective at helping your body eliminate things like alcohol poisoning and saving someone's life than pumping somebody's stomach So again, if you or someone you know ever swallows a poison or toxin, whether that be alcohol or something else, activated charcoal is something that a lot of medical professionals will use If you know somebody has just swallowed something they shouldn't have or something toxic, a tablespoon is what they'll typically recommend about in dose But that will bind to the toxins in the body, including things like alcohol, if somebody does have alcohol poisoning

So it's used that way as well So I don't recommend using activated charcoal on a daily basis But activated charcoal can be used in emergency situations, for short-term cleanses or as long as a month, if you're looking to lower your cholesterol or do a mold cleanse or something along those lines Now for daily use, or for I guess still more periodic typically, another great benefit is it can help whiten your teeth So using a just a bit of activated charcoal on your toothbrush

Usually you want to do that right before bed and right when you wake up in the morning It's also a natural teeth whitener as well Yu can check out some recipes for that online, very easy to find Well guys, I hope you've enjoyed this video By the way, if you want greater detail and more information about activated charcoal, check out my article

Just do a Google search for "Dr Axe activated charcoal" or just go to my website DrAxecom and search "activated charcoal" I've a long form article on this I think you'll love it, with even greater detail

I've given you my top four points here I've another six ways you can use activated charcoal to help benefit your health And hey, don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel here I've got some great information coming out on natural healing remedies that you don't want to miss Hey guys, thanks for watching

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