We avoid the Stomach Bug with this essential that’s ALWAYS stocked in my “medicine bag”
I am a mom of many and I can not stand the sight or smell of puke. There is a lot of nasty stuff moms have to deal with, but the stomach bug is something I can’t handle well. Fortunately, we found a remedy that has been a sanity saver in my household. Activated Charcoal and Gripe Water are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for your medicine cupboard. This isn’t one of those things you can wait until you get sick and run to the store and get it. You must have it ON HAND for the stomach flu. From our experience, there is a small window of opportunity to get it into you system to help reduce and even eliminate symptoms altogether.
Our family “discovered” activated charcoal after many bouts of vomiting due to my youngest child’s sensitivities to chemicals and pesticides on his food. Unfortunately, even organic foods were making him ill. It was an internet search, that led me to a blog, and out of desperation we tried charcoal at the first sign of a food reaction. Amazingly, we reduced the vomiting from days and days to a couple hours and eventually timed it better to avoid any vomit at all.
This is how OUR family uses it.
2 capsules broken open into a teaspoon of gripe water (our favorite is Mother’s Bliss). The gripe water helps sometimes to settle the tummy just enough to allow the charcoal to stay down and start absorbing. We try to have a SIP of water to get the grit out of the mouth but sometimes all we could do is just that teaspoon full of the gripe water charcoal mix. Every 15 minutes a teaspoon full and within an hour he was feeling well enough to sit up in bed and watch a show. Two hours later, and a couple more teaspoons and gradual sips of water he was back to his happy self. No more ‘throw ups’ for a sensitive little guy.
The Stomach Flu BANISHED!
We had the opportunity to try it on the stomach flu that struck our house and YES! It worked with that as well. Unfortunately, the first two kids suffered the entire 3 days because we just didn’t catch it in time, but the other four of us got queasy, but nothing more. Same protocol every 15 minutes until nausea subsided…then adding spoonfuls of water.
So, who does it work?
Here’s the history that I found from an article at http://articles.perfectorigins.com/activated-charcoal-health-benefits/.
Professor Tourey stood before an auditorium packed with his esteemed colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine.
He held up a glass filled with a murky gray liquid and announced that this potion contained 15 grams of the deadly poison strychnine — ten times the lethal dose.
Then Professor Tourey did something that stunned and terrified his peers: he gulped down every drop of this lethal cocktail.
The auditorium at the French Academy of Medicine erupted in frantic shouts and screams. Men stormed the stage, prepared to drag Professor Tourey to the nearby hospital… or the morgue.
But remarkably, Professor Tourey wasn’t harmed by this apparently suicidal stunt. Why? Because he’d mixed the strychnine with activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal is one of the world’s oldest and trusted detoxification methods.
It’s been used since ancient times in Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions as a potent antidote for poisons. Today, you’ll find activated charcoal in hospital ER rooms around the world.
When a patient is rushed to an emergency room because of poisoning or a drug overdose, nurses and doctors give them activated charcoal. Millions of lives have been saved because of this amazing detoxifying agent.
But activated charcoal has health benefits that reach way beyond the ER room.
If you’re interested in better digestive health, less gas and strong protection against nasty foodborne illnesses, then activated charcoal could be a good fit for your lifestyle.
To understand how activated charcoal works you must first understand how it is made.
You make activated charcoal by burning a carbon source such as wood, peat or coconut shells at extremely high temperatures (1,700 — 1,800 °F). This creates char. The char is then heated in a furnace at even higher temperatures in the presence of steam.
The charcoal is “activated” because this process causes it to have a very fine particle size. These ultra-fine particles are peppered with millions of tiny pores. And these pores are the secret to activated charcoal’s amazing detoxifying properties.
Activated charcoal works by adsorbing (trapping) poisons, heavy metals, and intestinal gasses in these pores. But it doesn’t absorb these toxins.
Absorption is when a fluid permeates a solid or is dissolved by a liquid. Adsorption is a chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface.
Once activated charcoal enters the body it acts like a “toxin magnet”.
Because activated charcoal has a negative electrical charge it attracts and binds positively charged toxins like heavy metals and industrial toxins before they have a chance to cause harm.
Importantly, the human body cannot metabolize activated charcoal. It passes through the digestive system like a million microscopic magnets, grabbing toxins as it goes.
Eventually, this activated charcoal and its toxic payload is harmlessly passed out of your body when you use the bathroom.
Your Turn: Have you ever used activated charcoal? If so, what did you think? Share in the comments below!
Dr. Charles is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician who has certifications in wellness, nutritional response testing and killmode training protocols. Dr. Charles is a best selling author whose #1 weight loss book, “Fat Loss Factor”. has taken the Internet by storm in several countries around the world. His newest book, “Dare to Succeed”, was co-written with “Chicken Soup For the Soul” author Jack Canfield and has hit best seller status in 5 categories.