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Activated Charcoal . . . have you heard of it?

So today, we continue with another remedy for a "urinary tract infections".

Now . . . I'm sure you've all heard about using "charcoal" to brush your teeth to make them whiter and using it on your face as a mask to cleanse pores . . .

But have you heard of using it for a UTI???

Well . . . there are many benefits to charcoal . . . but let's discover what it's all about.

Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, "coconut shells", peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or wood/sawdust. And making "activated" charcoal, involves heating these carbon-rich materials to a very high temperature. This in turn . . . strips the charcoal of previously absorbed molecules and frees up "bonding".

Therefore . . . when taken orally . . . activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut, preventing their absorption.

You see . . . it works kind of like a battery.

The charcoal's porous texture has a "negative" electrical charge, which attracts "positively" charged molecules such as toxins and gases to it.

And because activated charcoal is "not" absorbed by the body . . . it can carry the toxins attached to its surface out of the body in our poop.

Cool huh . . .

And for those of you that have COPD . . . studies have demonstrated that iodinated activated charcoal improves lung function of people with moderate COPD because it attaches to the toxins in the lungs that cause the restriction of breathing.

It can also help people suffering from IBS due to its ability to absorb bacterial toxins and bile acids that may be contributing to the symptoms of IBS

And guess what???

Activated charcoal also loves to bind and attach to "VIRUSES".

Just saying . . .

I even use it for my horses.

I have a thoroughbred that has problem feet. And a few times a year she gets an abscess in the bottom of her foot. So I clean the foot, take some activated charcoal and sprinkle it on the area, rub it in good, cover it with a diaper, tape the diaper onto the hoof and let it do its job of attaching to the toxins in her foot.

In a day or two . . . boom . . . the abscess breaks and drains and my horse is good to go.

Oh, the wonders of alternative medicine.

It even works well on the skin if you or your fur babies have a wound that's infected . . . just sprinkle a little on the infected area, cover and wait. Activated charcoal will draw the infection out of the area because it attaches to the toxins.

Note: Now, if you're taking activated charcoal "internally" . . . best to take on an empty stomach