Just like there’s an “app” for everything, there’s a natural remedy for just about any health issue you can think of. Activated charcoal is one of those remedies. It’s a great substance for removing toxins from the body, and its uses are countless.
Stomach bug? Activated charcoal.
Kid accidentally swallowed a bottle of poison from your cabinet? Activated charcoal.
Got a big pimple on your forehead the day before your wedding? Activated charcoal.
Teeth yellow? Activated charcoal.
It sounds like a strange way to detox, but it works. I’ve seen it take a child sick with norovirus from throwing up every 15 minutes to sleeping for 6 hours straight and feeling completely normal again the next day. I recommend it to any of my patients who are looking for a natural detox solution. You can buy this stuff at any health food store or online, in capsule or powder form. And it can be used for a variety of ailments.
How does activated charcoal detox your body?
Activated charcoal has a porous surface with a negative electric charge. Most unwanted toxins and gas are positively charged, so if you’re familiar with the phrase, “opposites attract,” then you already know how this works. Very simply, the charcoal binds to unwanted toxins and gas to rid them from your body. Taking it regularly can help you detox your body from the toxins we take in every day from our air, food, water, and personal care products.
Here are a few unique uses for activated charcoal as a natural detoxifier:
Digestive problems. Whether you have indigestion from something you ate, or you caught a contagious stomach bug, this amazing substance can relieve the symptoms you’re experiencing within minutes.
Acne. Mix the powder form of activated charcoal with just enough water to make a paste and spread it on your face like a mask. Do this face mask treatment once or twice a week for 30 minutes each time, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how infrequent your breakouts will become.
Odor eliminator and teeth whitener. Brush your teeth with activated charcoal to relieve bad breath and whiten the enamel. I know it seems weird that you can use a black substance to whiten your teeth, but it’s true!
General detoxification. Even if you don’t have an ailment, you can still use activated charcoal to detox from eating processed foods or to prevent illness when you come in contact with someone who’s been sick. Because it binds to toxins that we take in every day, and which often lead to sickness, fatigue, and a host of other problems, you’re sure to notice a difference when you use it. Be sure to take it between meals and a few hours after taking vitamins and other supplements, as it may interfere with their absorption by your body.
Do you have a positive experience with activated charcoal as a natural detoxifier? Share it with us in the comments below!
When you hear the word “DETOX”, you might have a tendency to freak out and think “this will be really hard.” Or you may think you’ll have to stay home next to a bathroom all day!
But detoxes really aren’t that scary.
The truth is, your body has its own natural detoxification system that runs every day through your kidneys, liver, and lymphatic system. That system is fueled by your nervous system and your endocrine system (aka your hormones). It is designed to excrete unwanted chemicals, pesticides, oxidized cells, and more.
While some people may be in need of a major detoxification regimen from time to time, everyone can give their natural detoxification system a boost with a simple water recipe drank daily.
Your body is made up of 90% water, so it’s imperative that you make sure you’re drinking enough every day. Below are 4 different ingredients you can add to your water to aid your body’s natural detoxification. You’ll reap many benefits, including more energy; clearer, hydrated skin; regular digestion; boosted metabolism and more!
Cucumber Water Recipe : Wash and cut an organic cucumber into thin round slices, and add it to your regular water. Keep sipping it throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties, which also help to curb acne.
Ginger Water Recipe: Ginger root cleanses your system completely. It aids in digestion and perfects your metabolism. This is also very important to avoid skin breakouts and acne. Simply cut it into julienne slices and add it to your water. Ginger is very potent, so be sure to add in small amounts until you’re comfortable with the taste.
Mint Water Recipe: Mint is very good for digestion; it also helps to eliminate toxins in the stomach. It also adds a sweet taste and fresh aroma to your water, making it an instantly refreshing drink. All you need is a few leaves!
Lemon Water Recipe: Lemon not only cleanses the body, but alkalizes too. Add a couple of thinly sliced lemons into a jug of water for extra vitamin C and reap the benefits of natural detoxification!
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Thanks for joining us in our 12 Days of Christmas celebration! We are excited for the Day 5 challenge, because it’s one of the easiest action steps you can take to start getting healthier, and one of the fastest ways to notice a difference in your body.
In case you haven’t been keeping up with our announcements last week, we are celebrating 12 Days of Christmas, QCHC-style and inviting all of our patients, friends and family members to celebrate with us by taking one action step each day toward a healthier New Year. Here’s the breakdown of the first 4 days of challenges, which began last week:
Day 1: Try this healthy holiday recipe.
Day 2: Drink alkalizing lemon water before bed.
Day 3: Take a few minutes to forgive someone who has wronged you.
Day 4: Get moving! (Exercise)
And, without further ado, here’s your Day 5 Challenge:
Day 5: Stay Hydrated!
Learn how much water you need to drink in order to stay hydrated, and commit today to begin drinking that amount every day.
Here are 10 reasons to get and keep you motivated to stay hydrated:
- Water composes 75% of your brain.
- Water regulates your body temperature.
- Staying hydrated keeps your skin looking young and slows the aging process.
- Water protects your heart.
- It helps you burn fat.
- It prevents constipation.
- Staying hydrated decreases fatigue.
- Water carries oxygen to your cells.
- It helps flush toxins out of your body (which in turn helps you lose weight.)
- Finally, it helps you control your calorie intake.
The question remains…
How much water do you really need to drink?
Many people will say “8 glasses a day,” but that’s arbitrary. How much you really need depends on your body weight. We use the following simple formula to calculate how much water is necessary for optimal hydration:
Your weight (in lbs.) ÷ 2 = Amount of water you should drink each day (in oz.)
1 glass is equal to 8 ounces. So if you weigh 130 lbs., you’d simply divide that by 2 to arrive at 65 oz. of water, or roughly 8 glasses a day.
There you have it. Commit to start drinking more water and staying hydrated each day, and we’re sure you’ll notice a difference in how you feel.
Stay tuned for our Day 6 Challenge to be posted tomorrow! And while you’re at it…
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