We're back at it again with another weird wellness trend for the third instalment of our Wellness Watch series and this time, it's on charcoal detox. The trend of juicing and taking other detox consumables are not new to those who aim to go the healthier route, especially for those aiming for weight loss. But looking at past programs that involve this method, I don't see how this can be healthy considering that you're exchanging actual food for energy fuel with, well, just liquid.
So I was already skeptical when I was told I'll undergo a detox. Now, imagine my worry about the chances of poisoning considering that the word 'charcoal' is involved. So how did my detox experience roll out with all these qualms? Read on to find out.
Isn't charcoal bad for the body?
Our team found GoBlack Detox on Instagram. They claim to be the home of Activated Charcoal (AC) detox in the Philippines. According to them, they grow a line of 100% organic, food-grade activated charcoal products sourced from coconut shells. They emphasise that the charcoal they use isn't the same as the one we use for grilling. Okay, so no poison!
The term AC may also be familiar because it's found in some beauty products like teeth whiteners, face masks and can even be used to treat poisoning and drug overdose in some cases.