I’ve known about activated charcoal for a while now, and I use it when I eat things I know may be “questionable”, or may cause me stomach pain of some kind. The stuff rocks.

One standard 50 g dose of activated charcoal has an actual surface area of about 10 football fields and has enough absorptive power to keep poisons from entering a person’s blood stream (see details here).

Charcoal attracts toxins, food, and other things floating around in the intestines and digestive tract and binds to them, pulling them out of the body with a bowel movement. This means that the body does not absorb toxins. 

I also tried using activated charcoal when my husband got a bout of the flu. The second my husband began to feel a little queasy, I gave him the charcoal. I was amazed at what happened!

When it comes to getting sick, Joe usually gets hit the worst out of all of us. We will have light symptoms for a day or two, and he’ll be laid out for days with a high fever. This time, it just didn’t happen. He did end up catching a fever, but his entire flu lasted about 5 hours, not 5 DAYS.

After trying it out, I did a little bit of research to find out that I was not the first to try activated charcoal against the flu. It seems many people have witnessed first-hand its effects in fighting this nasty bug. 

If you’d like more information on activated charcoal for your personal use, check out here and here.  

Charcoal can help with:

  • Fighting off sicknesses
  • Detoxification
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Hangovers (when taken at the onset of drinking alcohol)

If you get the go-ahead and you want to try activated charcoal, I recommend these brands. They’ve done great things for my family!


And, of course, before you go using it, be sure to ask your doctor if activated charcoal is OK for you to use. I’m not a doctor, and I cannot prescribe anything!

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