What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is actually a natural substance made from bamboo, wood or coconut shells that is burned without oxygen to create char. this char then goes through a multi-step process to make it very, very porous. At this point, it’s considered “activated.”
The porous nature is what attracts metals, chemicals, and toxins to the activated charcoal. Think of activated charcoal as an impurity magnet. it works through adsorption, meaning it pulls toxins into itself. It’s then flushed through the body as waste, since the body cannot absorb activated charcoal.It draws out things like tannins from tea and helps rid our teeth of the yellow stains. As an extra bonus, activated charcoal is also great for bad breath!
How to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth with Activated Charcoal?
1.Wet toothbrush and dip into activated charcoal.
2.Start brushing! It will be a little bit “powdery” at the beginning, but your saliva will soon take over and spread the powder everywhere. You could also add a small amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush and dip into the charcoal powder if you prefer.
3.Gently brush for 3 to 5 minutes. Spit periodically into your cup, rather than sink. This will make clean up easier!
4.Rinse your mouth well with water. Be sure to brush your tongue too with water as it will be black.
5.Dump your spit cup into the toilet and flush.
6.Clean any excess powder residue on your sink.
Is it safe to use?
Yes! Activated Charcoal is definitely safe to use. Since it works by adsorbing toxins you do not need to worry about toxins suddenly reabsorbing into your body.
It draws toxins like a magnet and they leave with the activated charcoal. It also only adsorbs the bad. It will not suck up any of the good minerals in your tooth enamel so your teeth will not get damaged.
It’s also interesting to note that activated charcoal is what hospitals use for people who are dealing with an overdose or poisoning.