Every once in a while a nutrition trend just takes over the internet. You’ll find it on all your favorite food blogs, fitness gurus will rave about it on YouTube, and you’ll see pictures of it on all your health nut friends’ social media. Right now that food trend is activated charcoal. People are doing everything from adding a scoop to their morning protein shake to making soft serve ice cream cones. So what’s the deal with activated charcoal? Is it just a fad or should you start including it in your diet? Our nutritional counselor discusses:
What Is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a type of food-grade charcoal made from bones, coconut shells, or olive pits. The charcoal is made by burning the ingredients at a very high temperature to “activate”. Activate basically means that the charcoal becomes very porous, unlike say the charcoal you find on your grill after a cookout.
Why Are People Raving About It?
Activated charcoal has been used for centuries across the world as an antidote to stomach problems like indigestion, gas, and nausea. In more modern times it has been used by medical professionals to treat things like drug and alcohol overdoses because the porous charcoal will absorb these toxins so they don’t enter your body. That is the premise that has the nutritional community excited. The idea that adding activated charcoal to your diet can help detoxify your body.
Should I Try It?
As with any nutritional fad, it’s best to wait until the medical community does testing before you start believing the claims. However, in small doses, activated charcoal is harmless. If you’d really like to try and see if it has benefits for you, go ahead. Although some people report stomach problems, so just be careful. Just make sure that no matter what you are using food-grade activated charcoal and following the recommended dosage amount.
Nutritional fads like activated charcoal come and go, so the best way to guarantee you stay healthy is with a good diet of fresh foods and plenty of exercise. We can help at Everlasting Changes. We combine both personal training with nutritional counseling into one package to help you achieve your fitness goals.
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