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  • Activated Charcoal for Food Poisoning

August 03, 2017

 You’ve likely heard of or experienced using charcoal for poisoning, but did you know you don’t have to go to the hospital for it? This little remedy is becoming quite the common go-to for many a tummy ache. 

Back in the day, when your kid would sneak into the kitchen cupboard and drink a bottle of cleaner, it wasn’t uncommon to make a run to the hospital for a charcoal flush. Now you can find activated charcoal in capsule form at your local grocery store. Not a bad thing to have on hand! Here are a few great uses for activated charcoal:

 

  • Food poisoning: it may be difficult to swallow some pills once you feel that wrench in your stomach hit, but it may just be worth it. Even if you end up “releasing” more of the charcoal out during those late night hours, it’s still helpful. Just scary looking, but not harmful.
  • Alcohol: if you decide to have a glass, one of the best pre-remedies for that hangover (or just that bit of an icky feeling) is to take a couple capsules of charcoal during your evening celebration. Wash them down with a glass of water, yes the whole glass, and keep that water flowing.
  • Eating less-than-awesome food: we all want a little treat now and then, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if your body isn’t used to ingesting your favorite treat, be it the sugar or the wheat, you might have an unpleasant result. Before you dip into your treat, take a couple capsules. 

 

That all sounds awesome, but how does it work? Those tiny little particles of charcoal that can easily smudge onto just about anything and everything have an incredible ability to absorb toxins. Because of the fine ground in activated charcoal, just one standard dose of 50 grams has the absorption surface area of up to 10 football fields. That’s a lot of area to cover the toxins you’ve ingested. Not only that, but charcoal cannot be digested, which means it passes through your system taking all those toxins with it.

Activated charcoal can calm your digestive system, reducing that ugly bloating feeling you get when you eat something you know you probably shouldn’t have. It’s a great thing to have on hand when going out for dinner, especially if you’re not sure what you’ll end up having to eat.

There are actually quite a few benefits of activated charcoal, of which you’ll find a great resource by looking here.

 

*Disclaimer: You should consult with a healthcare professional before seeking medical treatment of any kind. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a health concern please seek your healthcare professional.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/activated_charcoal/article_em.htm

https://wellnessmama.com/3334/food-poisoning-remedies/

 




5 Responses

Cali'Flour Foods
Cali'Flour Foods

October 15, 2018

Hello Amber! While charcoal is a very safe and effective supplement, we always recommend that you seek advice from your medical professional. Be sure to read your label carefully when studying supplements as well! Thanks for the comment!

Amber
Amber

October 15, 2018

My capsule is 280mg, this article says a standard dose is 50 grams. Should I casually take 178 capsules to meet that dose?

Barbara Baker
Barbara Baker

August 05, 2017

Thanks for the post. I’m going to give this a try next time!

Mary McLennan
Mary McLennan

August 04, 2017

I have Celiac’s Disease and suffer from bad tummy experiences here and there if accidentally glutened … when not feeling that well, I take 2 charcoal capsules and it does help tremendously!

Marjorie Bullock
Marjorie Bullock

August 04, 2017

Your photo is finally solving part a long time mystery! We live in a coastal harbor with large sandy tide shifts, and ‘rods’ approximately 6″ × 1″ have been washing up on the beach for years. They look just like yours! The beachfront used to be a local ‘dump’ for everything household, commercial and fishing until the practice was banned in the 1960’s.
We have asked local fishermen, The Harbormaster and friends employed by major aquariums. No one knows what they are or what they might have been used for.
Now, thanks to your article and attendant photo, we know,they are activated charcoal….not spend rods from a neculear power plant! Kidding re the latter, but it was one theory.
Anything else you could provide about their use and/ or household or marine application would be welcomed!
Thank you!
Marjorie

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