Be careful eating charcoal
In pursuit of the latest advances in health, nutrition and beauty, some people are taking a dark turn — to activated charcoal. While it comes from the same material as grilling charcoal, it’s burned at a much higher temperature to produce a fine powder. Activated charcoal is now being used for skin treatments, detox and even whitening teeth. Ingesting it does have some positive medicinal effects, such as if you are experiencing a drug overdose, activated charcoal binds to your gut and can prevent toxins from being absorbed into your system. Sans a drug overdose, however, it’s indigestible and eating activated charcoal can strip your body of necessary vitamins and antioxidants as well as certain medications you may take for birth control. The science is still questionable over whether taking activated charcoal pills will help with gas and instead leave you constipated, so it might not be the best idea to take them after every meal.