ingredient spotlight: activated charcoal

 

we're fired up about activated charcoal!

 
We love charcoal!

Charcoal, when consumed in small doses, can be greatly beneficial. Yep, that charcoal. Although this odorless and tasteless powder has been around for centuries, it has recently made a comeback. We're excited to offer it in our Hangover Helper Monster Shot, which contains activated charcoal, coconut water, lemon, and cayenne. It's the perfect pick-me-up for a quick cleansing after a bit too much halloween fun or during a bout of digestive issues.

You might be wondering what exactly the charcoal does? Well, it's pretty cool. When consumed, activated charcoal binds to toxins and unwanted substances, cleansing the gut. It can be used to treat diarrhea, gas, indigestion, and in extreme cases, poisoning and overdoses. One important aspect to keep in mind is that activated charcoal only takes away the bad stuff, it does not add anything of nutritional value to your diet.

Wood is typically used to make charcoal; however our activated charcoal comes from coconut husks by burning the shells in a limited supply of oxygen. 

The uses and benefits of activated charcoal are quite vast, extending beyond just helping us with hangovers. Take a look at the list below and discover all the ways you can incorporate charcoal into your life, including teeth-whitening, shampoo, and skincare.

charcoal #goals

Teeth-Whitening: Curaproz “Black is White” Toothpaste. Shop here.

Hair Care: Hask Charcoal Dry Shampoo. Shop here.  
Apotheke Charcoal Shampoo and Conditioner. Shop here.

Skincare: Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask. Shop here
Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser. Shop here
pureSOL Konjac Facial Sponge. Shop here
Herbivore Cosmetics; Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap. Shop here.

Detox: Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal detoxifying and rejuvenating pills. Shop here.

Deodorant: Schmidts; Natural Charcoal Deodorant. Shop here.

 

a note from our nutritionist:

Had too much to drink last night? Activated charcoal has many benefits, which include reducing the effect of environmental toxins, relieving digestive discomfort, drawing out poison from your system, and preventing a hangover. It binds to poisons in your stomach and draws them out through your stool.

Activated charcoal can block the absorption of drugs and nutrients alike, so it’s important not take it with other medications, herbs, or supplements. In general, if you’re taking medications while taking activated charcoal, you should take the activated charcoal at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking the other drugs. There are several prescription drugs that are known to interact with activated charcoal, so please consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking medications.

Whenever you take activated charcoal, it’s imperative to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed. In addition, this helps to flush out the toxins quickly and prevents constipation.

You should not take activated charcoal if:
You are dehydrated
Are bleeding severely
You have problems with your digestion like blockages or constipation
You have leaky gut
You have had surgery recently
Talk to your doctor before taking activated charcoal if you have kidney or liver disease, or are taking prescription medications.

Note that activated charcoal does not reduce blood alcohol levels.  
— Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach

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