What is Activated Charcoal, and How Does it Affect Our Systems?

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Home Care near Bellville, OH – Be Cautious When Using Detox Systems

A lot of people look for popular diets or juices they can use to detoxify their systems. Some people turn to various herbs or supplements they see on TV or online. But medical experts warn people to be careful of what’s being advertised with claims to detoxify because it may actually have an opposite effect and harm you instead. One man learned the hard way by taking an activated charcoal supplement. He thought it would detoxify him but instead it may have triggered a painful intestinal disorder called colitis. You should be aware of the risks of some supplements.Home Care Bellville OH

How does Activated Charcoal affect our Bodies?

Activated charcoal is not the same thing you use in a BBQ grill. The BBQ type of charcoal is produced from petroleum, coconut shell, coal, wood or peat. Activated charcoal is similar but it’s made specifically for medicinal use. Extreme heat is used for the charcoal which causes it to develop tiny pores designed to trap chemicals. Activated charcoal then becomes a supplement able to absorb odors and gases. Doctors use it primarily to treat poisonings, overdose issues, and help eliminate intestinal gas.

Medical experts like Dr. Jessica Davis at George Washington University says people should be careful of ads claiming activated charcoal can cure intestinal problems such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, or inflammatory bowel disease. She notes the activated charcoal can actually harm the colon, causing it to become irritated which is what colitis is. Dr. Davis researched the case of the man who tried to use the charcoal for detoxification and says after taking it he had severe abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. He was diagnosed with possible colitis. Once he stopped taking the activated charcoal supplement and was put on antibiotics, his symptoms cleared up right away. Dr. Davis explains while it’s not 100% confirmed the charcoal supplements caused this man’s symptoms it is a high probability. Doctors suggest:

  • Be aware all supplements and natural supplements can have side effects.
  • All medications and supplements taken should be discussed with a doctor.
  • Avoid having a colon cleanse done. The colon system is able to clean and regulate itself.

Pursuing Good Health

While it’s important to know about the effects and benefits of supplements, a healthy diet based on real vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein will do much more for you. If you find it’s becoming hard to watch your own health while caregiving, you should consider hiring an in-home care service for your elderly loved one. A trained caregiver can meet your parent’s needs.

If you or an aging loved one needs home care services near Bellville Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Ashland, Bellville, Crestline, Galion, Loudonville, Mt. Gilead, Shelby, Wooster and the surrounding areas.

About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.