Activated Charcoal…You do WHAT with it?

Have you ever heard of eating activated charcoal? Did you know it’s actually a great natural remedy? Now I’m not talking about your run of the mill piece of coal you would find in a fireplace. This is specifically formulated to absorb the “nasties” in your stomach. It actually has quite a few uses and I find it great to keep on hand in the house. So how do I use it, you ask?

Activated charcoal is well known as a remedy that absorbs most organic toxins, chemicals and poisons before they can harm the body. It can also be used to whiten teeth naturally!

According to this article, activated charcoal has a long history of medicinal use:

“It was 1831. In front of his distinguished colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine, Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell the tale. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal.

That’s how powerful activated charcoal is as an emergency decontaminant in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the stomach and intestines. Activated charcoal is considered to be the most effective single agent available. It is used after a person swallows or adsorbs almost any toxic drug or chemical.

  • Activated charcoal is estimated to reduce absorption of poisonous substances up to 60%.
  • It works by adsorbing chemicals, thus reducing their toxicity (poisonous nature), through the entire length of the stomach and small and large intestines (GI tract).
  • Activated charcoal itself is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.
  • Activated charcoal is often given after the stomach is pumped (gastric lavage). Gastric lavage is only effective immediately after swallowing a toxic substance (within about one-half hour) and does not have effects that reach beyond the stomach as activated charcoal does.”

Activated charcoal can be found in powder or capsule form. I personally buy the capsules because I can ingest a capsule if I prefer not to have the charcoal powder in my mouth, or I can open the capsule if I want the powder in my mouth (to whiten teeth).

It is available for purchase in most health food stores, many online supplement websites and even on