I wrote a post a couple of years ago titled “Surviving The Stomach Bug.” And, with LOTS of stomach bug cases going around I thought I would repost it for you guys. Activated Charcoal has been such a great help for our family! We typically don’t give it to our two youngest kids (it stains anything that it gets on), but Ryan, our older two (who are currently 10 and 7), and I always take it whenever we get that stomach-bug feeling in the pit of our stomach.
We all know the feeling. You wake up at 2:30 in the morning with a pain in your stomach. You think to yourself, “If I can just go back to sleep it will go away.” But you can’t, and it doesn’t. You finally drag yourself to the bathroom (hopefully) where you successfully empty the previous night’s dinner.
Ahh… now you feel better. You crawl back into bed and drift back to sleep, only to awaken 30 minutes later with that same pain in your stomach. And you go through the cycle again.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to avoid this cycle?
We have found a way that works for our family!!
We always keep a few bottles of Activated Charcoal on hand for whenever one of us starts to get that “uh oh” feeling in our stomach. If we catch it soon enough, we can take 10-12 Activated Charcoal capsules and it almost always goes away. If we don’t catch it soon enough then we still take the charcoal, but we might still have to head to the bathroom (only once or twice though, instead of 4-8 times).
We also take activated charcoal internally for any food poisoning (thankfully we haven’t had to use it for this very often!), and we always take it with us camping or anytime we go hiking to have it on hand just in case we get a spider or snake bite. It pulls out toxins when it’s wet and applied to the skin (pretty neat, huh?) And obviously if we had a poisonous snake bite we would head to the hospital immediately, but we would apply the activated charcoal on the way there.
Activated Charcoal has saved us MANY trips to the doctor, and who knows how much money in prescriptions.
**As mentioned in the comments below, please be very careful about the timing of taking activated charcoal if you are currently taking other medications. It is always recommended to talk to your doctor first.**
You can get Activated Charcoal at your local health food store or you can find Activated Charcoal on Amazon (typically for much less than in the store).
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