People have been using activated charcoal for thousands of years. In World War I, activated charcoal was used in gas masks to prevent soldiers from being poisoned by chemical exposure, and it has been used to treat water (making it tasteless and odorless) since 1930. Activated charcoal works because it chemically binds other substances to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight. It also has an incredibly large surface area due to all of its pores . This is why just a bit of charcoal can absorb so many toxins, atoms, and ions. Activated charcoal is available for purchase in capsule form at your local nutrition store such as GNC or even online. I know what you are thinking-how in the hell is this supposed to work? Charcoal is highly absorbent and is known to help pull toxins from various surfaces. Ever wondered why when a person is poisoned, they pump their stomach with charcoal? This would be the reason why. The charcoal works the same way on your teeth, drawing out those stains and any residue and making them appear even whiter than before! I found this idea floating around Pinterest one day and couldn't believe it! After much researching, I cannot wait to give this a try. Apparently, you can also whiten your teeth using only a banana peel, too. To use activated charcoal as a natural teeth whitener, here is what to do:
- Break one capsule and pour into a small bowl.
- Start brushing the charcoal onto your teeth (no worries, it won't stain!)
- Brush for at least 3-5 minutes.
- Swish your mouth with water to rid any remaining charcoal.
- Do no more than once per week.