Charcoal cleanses can be done at any time and really good as a as a general gut reset when the seasons change, i.e. March, June, September and December.
Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so that the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It can be made from a variety of sources, like coconut shells. To make activated charcoal these natural sources are “activated” with gases at high temperatures, which expands its surface. This results in a very porous final product, which allows for the adsorption of drugs and toxins.
What is the difference between charcoal and activated charcoal? Barbecue charcoal contains many toxins and chemicals and should not be consumed. Activated charcoal is made from natural sources and is used for things like excess gas, bloating, food poisoning and overdoses. It’s also a natural way to cleanse the body of chemicals that build up over time and deplete your health.
It’s also important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill!
How does activated charcoal work?
The millions of tiny pores of the charcoal trap toxins, drugs and chemicals.
But is does not absorb the toxins. Instead, it works through adsorption. Adsorption is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface.
How does a charcoal cleanse work?
As the charcoal moves through the digestive system, it binds to gas, toxins, chemicals, pesticides and ‘bad’ bugs.
And it seems that activated charcoal doesn’t bind the beneficial bacteria along with the bad bacteria in your gut. In a study they found that “activated charcoal showed lower binding capacity to the normal bacterial flora tested than that to E. coli O157:H7 strains.”1 It seems that the toxin-producing strains of E. coli were adsorbed by the activated charcoal while normal bacterial flora did not bind to the charcoal.
Who would benefit from a charcoal cleanse?
It is recommended to people who suffer with embarrassing intestinal gas and uncomfortable bloating, it may reduce the effects of a gut infection, food poisoning (Start taking charcoal straight away at the first signs of food poisoning, three capsules before meals and three capsules after meals, until symptoms begin to subside)
1. Naka, Watarai, Tana, et al. (2001) ‘Adsorption effect of activated charcoal on enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli’, J Vet Med Sci, Mar;63(3):281-5. doi: 10.1292/jvms.63.281.