What is activated charcoal?
Charcoal is usually wood that has had nearly everything burned out of it - all of the water and volatile compounds are removed through slow, dry heat, leaving only carbon behind.
Activated charcoal is a bit different - during production, it is exposed to any one of several chemicals that make tiny pores and bubbles in its surface. This process increases the surface area of the charcoal, thereby increasing its ability to bind to or adsorb other chemicals. This reaction and absorption capacity is why it is called 'activated'.
A list of it's benefits in the detoxification process
Stops poisoning and overdoses
Supports kidney and liver function
May support digestive health
May lower cholesterol
May support oral health
Promotes wound healing
Considered very safe
How it works to detoxify you
If you suspect that your food or water is contaminated with certain compounds, activated charcoal may prevent your body from absorbing them.