Activated Charcoal – a Medicine Cabinet Must

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Do you love to save by eliminating unnecessary visits to the doctors? If so, Activated Charcoal -is a Must for the Medicine Cabinet.

Activated Charcoal – The Problem Solver

Activated Charcoal - a Medicine Cabinet Must - a problem solver. Practical and fast acting.


Activated charcoal has practical uses with fast results, leaving no doubt as to its value.

It is available in various forms, the most common are in tablets or capsules. A loose form is also available.

Do not use BBQ charcoal as it is not pure and has additives.

I have used activated charcoal for many years, I keep it at home and always carry it when I am eating out or traveling.


Internal uses of activated charcoal

  • Relief of intestinal gas is the most frequent use of activated charcoal. Intestinal gas is so annoying and uncomfortable, suddenly your belt is too tight as the abdomen swells.

4-6 280 mg capsules taken with plenty of water will give relief in 10-15 minutes. An added help is that the charcoal acts as a deodorizer, possibly saving some odor embarrassment.

Relief of annoying intestinal gas is one of the most frequent uses of activated charcoal. Click To Tweet


  • Eating out at restaurants you may notice intestinal discomfort soon after eating.

Many people routinely take two capsules every time they eat out. I find they work better taken after I eat, others take them before eating, so experiment to find what is best for you. My usual dose is four capsules, as long as you drink fluids with it, you can’t overdose.


  • Food poisoning – nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea –  take large amounts of activated charcoal and fluids.

“Adults take 25 grams at the onset of symptoms or when food poisoning is suspected, and children should be given 10 grams. Increase dosage as necessary. Remember, it’s essential that adequate water is consumed when activated charcoal is taken.” Source Dr. Axe

That is grams, not milligrams – there is 1000 mg in a gram.


  • The accidental or purposeful overdose of many drugs or substances, taking charcoal can prevent the body absorbing these drugs. Therefore the sooner charcoal is administered to a conscious person the better.

According to the University of Michigan Health System, 50 to 100 grams is used in cases of poisoning in adults and 10 to 25 grams for children.

Emergency centers the world over stock activated charcoal.  Make sure it is in your medicine cabinet as well.


  • Regularity – we hear a lot about the benefits of regular bowel movements. It is possible to have a bowel motion every day and still suffer from a toxic backlog. This backlog may cause you to feel sluggish, unmotivated, headachy or full blown migraines.

To test how long your bowel takes to eliminate waste – take 5 capsules of activated charcoal, make a note of the day and time you take it. The charcoal will show up in your stools as black. If you do not see the start of black stools the next day it suggests a sluggish system that may benefit from extra fiber, both soluble and insoluble, fluids, and exercise.


  • Headache and migraines.  Some years back I constantly suffered from these debilitating symptoms.

I found some success by taking activated charcoal at the first sign of a headache. This is an indication that they may be caused by toxins or food intolerances.


  • A rapid heart beat after eating can be the result of food intolerance or allergy, taking charcoal will settle the heart.

Be observant, listen to your body, do you get a rapid pounding heart beat each time you eat certain foods.  Obviously, heart conditions are referred to your doctor.


How Activated Charcoal Works

Activated Charcoal is one of the finest natural adsorbent agents. Each particle contains many small chambers and cavities that “capture” or bind-up unwanted materials and gas, which are then safely carried out of the digestive system.


I have listed just seven of the reasons why you need to keep activated charcoal on hand. In all cases taking this natural miracle needs to be timely, waiting will lessen the effect. Acting quickly within one hour to remove toxins can be lifesaving.  When urgent, call emergency.


Extra uses of activated charcoal

Other very important uses are for digestive cleansing, anti-aging outcomes, lowering bad cholesterol improving good cholesterol. Clearing brain fog.  Whitens teeth,  breath deodorizer, helps prevent hangovers, hair and skin enhancement.

Often used in water filtration systems to trap impurities including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals.

All of these benefits stem from the control of damaging toxins that can accumulate in our bodies. For more details check out the information provided by Dr.Axe or other websites writing about different aspects of charcoal uses.

Activated charcoal is a very practical, fast acting substance to always have ready to use.



Never take charcoal within 90 minutes of other medication or supplements as the medication may be absorbed and not be as effective.  Always drink extra fluids to prevent constipation.

Loose activated charcoal is very messy.  Take care, loose charcoal being a very fine powder could be breathed into the lungs. Using capsules eliminates both of these.


Make sure this natural miracle is in your medicine cabinet, (and in your handbag) don’t wait and wish you had it.


You will find it in your local health stores. Or you can purchase it at a 38% discount, at the time of writing the discount price is $7.44 (USD) for 100 capsules. Using my affiliate link will give you an additional 5% off. You will love their next day shipping.

Problems solved!

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