Nature’s Celebratory Detox Secret

by Dr. David Minkoff December 29, 2018 4 min read

Nature’s Celebratory Detox Secret

How this ancient remedy can help you stay healthy and feeling great no matter what you eat or drink.

Holiday parties, celebrations, family gatherings, sporting events, you name it, we're always finding a reason to come together, make a toast and chow down on some delicious foods. Unfortunately, with all the togetherness and revelry, we often sacrifice our health.

Carbs, sugar, alcohol and other less-than-healthy options abound.

Fortunately, there is a secret nutritional weapon, a simple solution used for thousands of years to protect the body from the damaging effects of toxins.

And now YOU can use it to eat, drink, and be merry… maybe even overindulge just a bit, without the damaging after-effects of weekend libations and low-quality food.

What Toxins REALLY Do To You

Before we get to the solution, let’s get clear about toxins: what they are and what they do to you. “Toxin” can mean a lot of things, but here it refers to compounds with a damaging effect on your health.

This means:

  • Pesticides like paraquots and glyphosate
  • Preservatives in processed foods
  • Sulfites from low-quality wine and beer
  • Phytates from improperly cooked food
  • Harmful bacterial components
  • Heavy metals found in fish and industrial agricultural products
  • Mold toxins (more common that you would like to believe!)
  • Chemical residues in refined sugar
  • And much, much more

There is no “safe” level of toxic exposure. They all negatively impact your health, whether you notice it or not. Toxins can impair your mitochondria, the energy factories of your cells. They cause cellular damage, leading to systemic inflammation and aggravate injuries or underlying chronic conditions.

They can even compromise your immune system and cause allergies or make you susceptible to cold and flu viruses.

Toxins sap your energy and create a drag on your health. And worse, they accumulate, so every subsequent exposure brings down your energy, your mood, your mental clarity, and overall health even more.

Protecting yourself from the effects of toxic exposure is just as important as exercise or eating a healthy diet.

So now that we know why we want to protect ourselves, let’s look at nature’s greatest detox secret: Activated Charcoal

What is Activated Charcoal?

Charcoal has been a part of every major medical tradition around the world for thousands of years. Typically, it is used as a detox remedy. It’s even used today in modern Western medicine to counteract the effects of acute toxic exposure.

Regular charcoal is a product of burning a carbon source like wood, the same kind you would use for a barbecue. Activated charcoal today, however, mostly comes from coconut shells.

The “activated” part comes from exposing the charcoal to extremely high temperatures. This changes the chemical structure, removing any remaining oxygen to create an even smaller structure with millions of tiny pores and a slight negative charge. [1]

How Does Activated Charcoal Work?

The pores created in activated charcoal exponentially increase the surface area of the charcoal.

"Just two grams of activated charcoal powder has roughly the same surface area as an entire football field."

Most toxins have a positive charge, which is bound by the negative charge of the charcoal.

Activated charcoals unique combination of massive surface area with a negative charge creates a giant toxin-binding trap, neutralizing them to be safely eliminated through the bowels. [2]

Benefits of Activated Charcoal

The benefits of activated charcoal go well beyond the detox benefits of increased energy, enhanced immunity, and improved mental clarity.

Because it neutralizes the common toxins found throughout our environment and food supply [3], it actually contributes to longevity. It prevents many of the damaging effects of oxidation we find in aging. One study even found that it increased the lifespan of test animals by 34%! [4]

In addition, since activated charcoal binds toxins primarily in the gut, it even relieves digestive issues like gas and bloating, which are caused by difficult-to-digest molecules in foods like beans [5].

How to Use Activated Charcoal

The best way to use activated charcoal is as a preventative medicine.

Take activated charcoal before you enter into any situation that will expose you to toxins. For example:

  • Eating out at restaurants
  • Eating processed junk foods
  • Parties with non-organic catering
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Flying on an airplane (airports and airplanes are full of environmental toxins [6])

It’s best to take 1000mg between meals or 2-3 hours after any medications or supplements. Because activated charcoal is so absorptive, it can interfere with proper absorption of the medication.

Also, remember to drink plenty of water when you use activated charcoal. If you are not properly hydrated activated charcoal can cause minor constipation.

Take activated charcoal powder or capsules when you eat out at restaurants, drink bad quality coffee, when you travel, when you feel moody or tired, and when you drink alcohol.

And finally, If you are already on a detox protocol or struggling with toxicity issues, consult your health professional before adding activated charcoal

Raise your glass: A toast to your optimal health!

With activated charcoal as your secret weapon, now you can party on free of the typical fuzzy brain, slow-motion beginning.

Instead, you can protect your health with just a couple of pills, still party like it’s 1999, and move forward into Monday with high energy and good spirits.


References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26409027 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25455049 
  3. http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/4987
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2479433 
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3521259 
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207480/
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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