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Activated Charcoal Benefits for SIBO
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To learn about the benefits, mode of action, and contraindications of activated charcoal for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) for the purposes of gaining knowledge on the subject.
Mode of Action
Activated charcoal works by
absorbing toxic chemicals
and dead bacteria in the stomach and intestines.
According to Dr. Will Cole, "When charcoal is activated by heating at high temperatures in airtight spaces it breaks down into a fine black powder. This powdered form increases its power through creating more surface area which gives the activated charcoal the
ability to adsorb
Charcoal should be used in
conjunction with detoxification
, which kills the overactive bacteria in the small intestine. The charcoal is what helps
move the dead bacteria
out of the body.
The activated charcoal, when taken in oral form, will attract toxins and bacteria as it moves through the body,
exiting through bowel movements
For digestive health, activated charcoal not only absorbs dead bacteria, it also "
minimizes the gaseous air
found in the digestive system."
According to Dr. Eric Regier, approximately "
cases of bloated stomach are due to SIBO," so minimizing the gaseous air in the digestive system is a main benefit of activated charcoal for treating SIBO.
SIBO is often
triggered by food poisoning
, but activated charcoal can "help the body to
after food poisoning."
Based on the study "Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: Novel Insight in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome," a 400 mg dose of activated charcoal for seven days decreased H2 in SIBO patients, which then decreased "
There is a possibility that activated charcoal can trigger an "intestinal disorder known as
One man, who began taking a supplement that contained activated charcoal, sought medical care within days for "a
in his abdomen."
While the case of colitis is not confirmed to have been caused by the activated charcoal, the onset of his symptoms
coincided with taking it
and stopped when he was no longer taking it.
of activated charcoal can include black stool, constipation, slowing of the intestinal tract, blockages of the intestinal tract, "
into the lungs", and dehydration.
People who take acetylcysteine, acetylcysteine (antidote), citalopram, digoxin, dyphylline, methotrexate, theophylline, acarbose, leflunomide, or miglitol should be extremely cautious with taking activated charcoal as it has moderate or mild
interactions with these drugs
People with the following conditions should not take activated charcoal:
of the stomach or intestine
of the stomach or intestines
absence of bowel sounds
decreased blood volume
in the wall of the stomach or intestine
increased risk of bleeding
low seizure threshold
uncontrolled high blood pressure
mental status changes
a condition where the body is unable to
maintain adequate blood flow
People who are
to activated charcoal or ipecac should also not take activated charcoal.