Clean Your Teeth by Getting Them Dirtier Than Ever!
What if I told you that your current toothpaste is not the best way to brighten your smile, would you believe me? There is a secret trick that involved smearing your mouth with something you would NEVER expect, but I’ll give you a hint… it’s the main ingredient when it comes to STARTING A BARBEQUE FIRE.
Activated charcoal is a substance used often in hospitals for food or alcohol properties. Why? Because it has very strong ABSORBANT properties!
Since activated charcoal is highly absorbent, it’s used to remove toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. This charcoal acts as a sponge-magnet to attract the bad stuff AND take it away from being processed by the body. In the case of taking it orally for food/alcohol poisoning, this means that instead of being absorbed by your GI tract during digestion, the charcoal shields the harmful aspects from interacting with your body, and is excreted as waste; cool!
In a study conducted by the University of Helsinki Hospital & Karolinska Institute discovered a bacteria involved in a common gum inflammation disease (periodontitis) influences the onset of pancreatic cancer. One effective way to reduce the inflammation of your gums is to remove as many toxins and bacteria that are living in your mouth (which are there every single day!)
As a fancy party trick – or a horrible accident – in the 1800s, two men took lethal doses of poisons survived without harm… their secret: they mixed the poisons with activated charcoal powder. Just take their word for it, don’t try to repeat these experiments!
Activated charcoal is extremely effective at binding to toxins from household cleaning chemicals, medicines, and other chemicals from the body, especially when taken within 30 minutes of ingestion. For this reason, it is a great first treatment for any kind of poisoning, but should not be taken within several hours of vitamins/nutrients that you WANT to be absorbed; the charcoal does not notice the difference between good and bad, it takes all of what it comes in contact with away.
Because of its intense effects on cleaning up, charcoal is not a substance I would take INTERNALLY regularly, as it can cause dehydration/constipation and negate mineral absorption if it is taken when it is not needed. Also, it should not be consumed at the same time as nutrient dense sources such as vitamins, proteins, fats, etc.; it lowers their effectiveness on improving the health o your body.
Instead, here’s another fun party trick for you
Planning on heading out for a night of drinking and want to beat the hangover? Consume 150-500mg of Activated Charcoal (along with WATER) before your few drinks. The alcohol will be sponged up by the charcoal instead of crushing your GI tract, making your morning much more comfortable and less hungover for sure! )*I am not a doctor, this is not qualified medical information, it is anecdotal observations*)
But did you know that you could also smear BLACK charcoal all over your teeth to make them BRIGHTER?
Although it temporarily makes the mouth look like your chewing mud, it has the same effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains from coffee, food, and drinks.
Don’t be worried (although I was a little bit my first time) because all of the black washes away, making your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth afterward. After a few uses, my teeth were noticeably whiter too.
Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH of the mouth, and thus makes it an effective way to help prevent cavities and kill bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis.
How to Use Activated Charcoal on Your Teeth
Personally, I use two different types based on how much of a mess I want to make, and how much time I have. One is the powder form of activated charcoal, and the other is an infused toothpaste with Mint & Coconut Oil (for all of you Die-hard Keto lovers). I cannot say one is more effective than the other, but the toothpaste leaves my mouth feeling minty, whereas the powder leaves a smoother texture on my teeth afterward.
Whichever method you choose, let the charcoal stay in your mouth for at least 2 minutes. When it is time to rinse, be sure to get all of the charcoal out of your mouth, maybe even needing a clean toothbrush to help get in tough places. You can use it as often as daily, or just a few times per week. I have also heard of mixing the charcoal with water and swishing with it for two minutes as a mouthwash… will have to try!
Are you crazy about your health and wellness? If you’re here, my guess is yes! You can find many different blends of charcoal on Amazon (duh) so make your order today, take some before and after pictures, and see the difference that comes with REALLY cleaning your teeth and gums.
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