Activated charcoal is a powerful natural remedy used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, flushing them out so the body cannot reabsorb them. It is made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural remedies, it is important to choose activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.
One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdose. It is used in emergency trauma centers around the world. In addition, it is used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, safely treat bile flow problems, and even prevent hangovers. Research shows that activated charcoal works better than stomach pumping (gastric lavage) in some situations.
Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. Typically, however, it is not used when petroleum, alcohol, lye, acid, or other corrosive poisons are ingested. However, it does not absorb toxins. Instead it works through the chemical process of adsorption. In the body, absorption is the response to elements, including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, that are absorbed and assimilated into the bloodstream. Adsorption is the chemical reaction where elements are bound to a surface.
The porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electrical charge that causes the positively charged toxins and gas to bind to it. Nooks and crannies in activated charcoal are created through a heating process.