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Activated Charcoal: A New Health Miracle?

By Genevieve Cunningham

It seems as though every time we turn around, there’s a brand new miracle health product on the market. It’s coconut oil -- it can solve all of your problems! No wait, try emu oil -- there’s nothing better! It can be hard to keep up, and after a while, we start to question everything new that becomes available. And though it’s good to be skeptical and to do your research, this can cause us to miss out on some great products! If you’re looking for the next best thing, but you’re sick of sifting through the masses, take a look at why you should give activated charcoal a try.

What Is It?

Activated charcoal is a natural product that is thought to stop toxins in the body. Made from coconut, this health product is thought to “soak up” the toxins before they invade the body and cause damage. In medical settings, it’s often used in the cases of overdoses or poisoning. It's very important to note that this kind of charcoal is not the kind used for cooking, so make sure you're buying a safe form when purchasing. 

How Is It Used?

When activated charcoal is used in an everyday setting, it’s used in a similar manner as when used in a medical setting. Though hospitals use it to help in cases of poison and such, regular people may use it to cleanse the body and as a disinfectant. This product may be consumed by mouth -- and if this option is chosen, there are numerous recipes available online. It can also be used on the exterior of the skin and even on the teeth.

What Are the Benefits?

So why should you even use it? When eaten or consumed orally, it’s thought that activated charcoal can eliminate bloat, remove toxins, and even lower cholesterol. When put on the skin, it’s thought to prevent excessive aging and even clear up acne. And when used on the teeth, it’s thought to whiten and remove stains. Does it work? For the most part, people agree that it does! But any concerns or questions should be directed to your doctor or healthcare professional.

Activated charcoal may be a new, slightly faddish product on the market, but the benefits are real and growing. If you really want to improve your health, give it a try. With proper usage, you may find that activated charcoal is worth the hassle and a serious improvement in your normal life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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