Diet charcoal detox: does it do more harm than good?

They existtante diete detox, alsothe one with coal?

In fact, we too have already spoken in another page of this site of thedetox diet.

What, then, is thedetox diet with charcoal?| ||114

Vediamolo insieme.

When I heard about this thing I was a little perplexed.

In fact, however, it is a very fashionable thing, especially he reads very often innewspapersor on the net.

And I have also read about people who have had a terrible stomach ache. So of course I did some research.

My first instinct when I heard people ingesting charcoal was: are you crazy?

Coal is good for barbecuing, not to eat it. And doesn't it taste awful?

But then I realized that this isActivated carbon.

The main idea is that activated charcoal has greater absorption, and that this can helpabsorb poisons. It is important to note that this type of absorption arises from a kind of magnet effect of the coal which causes any type of poison and all toxins to attach to itself, in fact it is used as a gastric lavage in case of real poisoning.

Ora da qui c’è chi ha preso l’idea di usare il carbone attivo come un integratore alimentare, dato che fa bene. Ma vediamo nello specifico di cosa si tratti.

The origins of coal as a detoxifier

Dieta detox al carbone: Le origini del carbone come disintossicante

In short, activated charcoal is used in the treatment,in regime di pronto soccorso, of different types of intoxication, including overdose. It does not prevent poisons from being absorbed by the body but binds to poisons that have been released into the body, for example we can talk about drugs that are still in the digestive tract and have not yet been absorbed.

They are doctors to determine the dosage and to administer the charcoal through various means, including tubes through the nose, mouth, or both. This is used to be done in a hospital setting and therefore the patient is highly monitored. If the administration of activated charcoal does not lead to a high enough reduction of the poison, the patient can undergo dialysis to eliminate the poison directly from the blood.

Gli studi show that activated charcoal is an effective absorbent of poison that is still in the body shortly after ingestion, but ineffective if the poison or drugs have been in the system longer.

Okay, it makes sense, so when given in hospital foroverdose or similar poisoning activated charcoal can be effective. The reasoning behind the diet, then, is that charcoal can detoxify the various poisons circulating in our bodies. Which doesn't make much sense, since if we ingest some food substance, whether it's good or bad, it is absorbed by our body in a fairly short time. Food doesn't just sit there in our intestines, it's not like we can set up a tent in the meantime!

So since coal is used as a detoxifier in hospitals, people have well thought of using it up a nice marketing strategy as a detoxifier in diets.

The reason?

Well, the money, of course. Talking about coal as useful in case of poisoning is one thing, working on it in a diet is really not very credible.

What else is coal used for?

Dieta detox al carbone: Per cos'altro è usato il carbone?

If you are thinking that activated carbon, with its ability to absorb chemicals, may have other uses, you'd be right. In fact, there are a number of commercial and environmental uses of activated charcoal that make me reconsider the idea of ​​ingesting it.

For example:

  • Wastewater treatment – ​​Coal may be usedin the water filter or similar filter. These carbon filters use activated carbon to remove contaminants and impurities with chemical absorption.
  • Air Filtration – You may also have noticed that black air filters they are filled with activated carbon. These filters, in fact, filter the air. They remove thevolatile organic compounds from the air and also eliminate the smell.
  • Hydrogen storage – the the use of activated carbon is something recent. One of the more interesting applications is that hydrogen, which is a gas at room temperature, is usually pressurized and stored as a liquid, so it is very cold. But research has shown that activated charcoal may allow it to be stored at room temperature.

Now I don't know about you, but none of these uses make me want to jump off my chair and gorge on it of activated carbon. Yes, I know, charcoal detox supplements come inlots of cute little pills and have various ingredients inside. But the key ingredient that is marketed is activated carbon. The same activated carbon that is used in water filters and the like.

Would you eat your water filter? I never would have guessed that.

=Side effects on 'intestine

If you think that ingesting charcoal could affect your intestines, you're absolutely right. Let's face it, coal is not something people ingest for its nutritional qualities. And it is not digested or absorbed in the body. Therefore, it can lead tointestinal blockage.

Now, if you already suffer from intestinal obstruction or if you are slow in that area, go easy on the charcoal.

Here are a few othergastrointestinal side effects caused by ingesting activated charcoal:

Pain and/or stomach bloating
Diarrhea
Constipation
Vomiting

Metabolism side effects

The problems we talked about above that activated charcoal can lead to intestinal blockage, we also have to say that this is the reason why many activated charcoal addsorbitol to their charcoal mix. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that acts as a laxative. However, sorbitol also has some metabolic side effectsmetabolism, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Shock
  • Alterazioni elettrolitiche
  • Hypernatremia – or high blood sodium levels
  • Hypomagnesaemia – or abnormally low blood magnesium levels

Sorbitol may also aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal problems, resulting in very severe stomach pain even with small amounts ingested. Since charcoal may aggravate stomach problems, if you have a sensitive stomach, it would be best to avoid it.

Blood side effects

Back to the hospital and using charcoal activated charcoal in cases of detoxification we must not forget that the dosage of activated charcoal for the poison is strictly monitored by doctors. But the wrong dosage can exacerbate the symptoms ofvariegate porphyria – a rare disease that affects about 1 in 300 people.

The fact is that many people they have no symptoms of this disease, even though they have it. This is a good thing, if you don't go overboard with the activated carbon. In this case an attack can be triggered and the condition can cause skin lesions, heavy blisters, and in the most severe cases possibleneuromuscular damage.

Even if this is a rare side effect, I just wanted to point out that coal, also in this case, worsens the condition of our blood, it certainly doesn't improve it.

Side effects on breathing

Gli effetti collaterali sulla respirazione hanno a che fare con il modo in cui viene somministrato il carbone attivo e molto probabilmente a meno che il carbone non venga inalato non dovrebbero esserci problemi nell’uso casalingo e non ospedaliero del carbone stesso. Indipendentemente da ciò, per farvi il quadro più che completo, il carbone attivo, quando somministrato nel percorso delle vie respiratorie può portare a chronic lung diseases.

The Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has publisheda study showing how activated charcoal can quickly lead to respiratory failure. Pretty scary, don't you think?

How our body really detoxes

Dieta detox al carbone: Come il nostro corpo realmente si disintossica

When I think of the word detox I always think of a miracle diet. As if following a diet plan for a couple of weeks could eliminate all the harmful elements that I have ingested or drunk in a lifetime. This is exactly the kind of thing people want to hear and it's too good to be true. Nothing beats learning good eating habits, nothing.

In an article in the Guardian  there is an interview withEdzard Ernst, professor emeritus of medicine complementary from the University of Exeter. And ok, I have a passion for Google too, I found out that it is one of the top 10 universities that exist in the UK.

Anyway, Dr. Ernst said: “there are two types of detox : one is respectable and the other is not. The respectable one is the medical treatment of life-threatening drug addicts. The other is word being hijacked by entrepreneurs and charlatans about a phony treatment that purportedly detoxifies the body of toxins you are supposed to have accumulated over the course of your life.”

Ernst goes on to say: “If toxins had accumulated in a way in which the body could not expel them, one should probably be dead or definitely need medical intervention. The healthy body has kidneys, liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying us as we speak. There is no known way – certainly not through detoxification treatments – to do something that works perfectly in a healthy body.”.

Now, when I read all this, I thought: I agree but those are harsh words!

The Huffington Post actually responded to the Guardian article and went deeper into what detox diets are that are aimed at freeing us from toxins. They point out that while the liver and kidneys and other organs rid us of many toxins in the body, these organs can become heavy and malfunction over time with inadequate nutrition or poor diet.

My warning, most of thedetox diets you see are bogus. But diets that are simply promoting healthy alternatives or trying to teach you to eat high-quality nutritious foods work. They work in the sense that they provide adequate nutrition for the body to do a better job.

ConclusionsDiera detox al carbone: Conclusioni

Now we should talk about "common sense". Isn't that a funny term? Because it seems that what we call common sense is actually not common at all. Deep down, we know that eating healthy, sleeping well, and getting some fitness into our lives is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our health. But it is difficult to change habits, we know it very well, it is useless to deny it.

In all these posts I have always tried to tell you about the things I believe in and the things that seem to me to be fashion scams or dictated by marketing and I've always told you how I believe moderation is the basis of everything.

Right now, the research on activated charcoal and its role as a dietary supplement is still limited. Most of the research is based on how it is used in medicine or industry, not as a supplement in a diet. My thoughts are clear: we are talking about an element that works like a magnet for poisons, it is used in cases of overdose and in my opinion these should be the cases in which to ingest it.

Besides this, it is useless that I tell you to try a detox diet that allows you to get enough vitamins, minerals, macronutrients and with good body hydration that will allow your liver and kidneys to function at peak performance. And that, above all, it will be the best basis for helping our organs to detoxify naturally, which happens every day

A controversial post, I know, even quite harsh!

Hai provato la disintossicazione con il carbone attivo? Hai riscontrato problemi?

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