Activated Charcoal: Reducing Intestinal Gas
A Bit of History
Activated charcoal was first used for its health properties in the 1800's, when people would disperse the powder in water. It wasn't until the 1920's that it was made into capsule form, which made it more appealing to the mass market.
Charcoal has traditionally been used all over Europe and the US as a medicine and to treat acute poisonings.
What is Steam Activated Charcoal?
This is a special product which involves heating charcoal to high temperature to alter its structure, opening millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. This special process results in highly porous charcoal which increase its surface area, making it capable of absorbing unwanted substances.
What will activated charcoal do for you?
When taken appropriately activated charcoal has a role in gastrointestinal health.It helps to reduce excessive flatulence after eating. Flatulence can be caused by many factors including: swallowing air (usually from chewing gum, smoking and eating too quickly) ceratin foods, such as cruciferous vegetables, pulses and fruit( cabbage, broccoli, beans, lentils, raisins and prunes)
These foods contain fibres or sugars which are hard to digest and are broken down by harmless bacteria in the bowel, causing gas in the system. Also the conditions , gastroenteritis, IBS, Lactose intolerance and coeliac disease can cause flatulence.
How does steam activated charcoal work?
When activated charcoal is taken orally it is dispersed through the digestive system when substances (such as chemicals and toxins) bind to it and become trapped through many receptor sites.This creates a new molecule which is too large to pass through the walls of the intestine and therefore passes naturally throught the body where it is eliminated through faecal matter.The number of receptor sites on each molecule of activaed charcoal is limited, so once these sites have all been occupied the charcoal ceases to have any further benefit. Therefore regular consumption of charcoal is required for chronic conditions.
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