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7 good reasons to add activated charcoal to your water

Identifying the healthiest and most nutritious diet is a focus for many of us, but to some degree, making the best water decisions can be even more important, bearing in mind potential contaminants and the risk to your and your family’s health.

Activated Charcoal, otherwise known as White Charcoal or Binchotan, is a 100% natural, recyclable and inexpensive way of mineralising and filtering your tap water. But just incase you needed more reasons to jump on the coal train, we’ve rounded up 7 sweet ones for you.


7 good reasons to add activated charcoal to your water

1. Purifies water – it adsorbs chlorine and other chemicals as well as heavy metals from tap water, amplifying the health benefits as well as rapidly improving the odour and taste of the water.
2. Mineralises your tap water – it releases naturally-occurring and beneficial minerals of its own back into your drinking water.
3. Balances pH – it has an alkaline effect, softening and improving the overall taste of your tap water.
4. Removes bacteria – tests have shown it removes E. Coli from contaminated water
5. 100% natural and biodegradable – you can enjoy the benefits of purified water, without the risk of damaging the environment or potential chemicals or toxins leaching into your water from plastic bottles
6. Inexpensive – activated charcoal, in its 100% natural form, is used widely in the US, Europe and Asia, and is much less of a burden on your purse than most other filtration systems available globally.
7. Acts as an antidote – combined with water and ingested in tablet or powder form, activated charcoal can be used as a dietary supplement and to treat drug overdose or a poisoning, as well as nausea. Essentially, it works as a binding agent, adsorbing the toxins doing damage to the body.

Ancient proof over scientific proof

Although it has not been proven in recent scientific studies, over centuries of use, the Japanese claim that activated charcoal also:

Purifies bath water – you are recommended to add approximately 300 g of activated charcoal to hot bath water. The Binchotan emits ultra infra-red rays, which enhance blood circulation, keeping your body warm and relaxed for a long time after.
Helps as a great rice additive – activated charcoal emits far infra-red rays when the temperature is raised in the rice pan/cooker. Inserting a piece of activated charcoal into a pot of rice during the cooking process should adsorb impurities from the water and help retain the natural taste of the rice.


Here’s a short video on how to KuroBo Activated Charcoal 

To benefit from the health giving properties of activated charcoal why not get yourself a limited edition, hand-blown 100% recycled glass KURO-Bō carafe to hold 2 litres of water, or alternatively a larger family-sized dispenser for water on your kitchen counter (one of those cute ones with a tap) and pop a few pieces of KURO-Bō activated charcoal inside – after activating of course. You and your loved ones will have easily accessible, clean filtered water at your disposal 24/7, and with water being such a precious resource – it makes sense to get as much vibrant health as possible from every sip.

If you’re keen to read a bit more about the health benefits of activated charcoal, head on over to the Blessed Barreness and Fooding It, to read about their positive experiences of using it.

With thanks to Camilla Morrisby for sharing her insights with us and KURO-Bō for their beautiful photography.

  • Sadek
    Posted at 09:27h, 27 February Reply

    Hi Kasper,
    This article was very, very useful indeed! I will certainly spread the word but wish more people are made aware of it. This method of purification is simple, most effective and dates back to ancient times. Pure water is a most fundamental and essential need for our health.

  • Sanduni
    Posted at 20:33h, 28 January Reply

    Many sites have included about ancient Egypt and the native American people but not Japanese people. The reality is many inventions done by Asians.

  • Charles Alvarez
    Posted at 10:20h, 14 June Reply

    Indeed an informative article! Activated charcoal is also used in health and beauty. It is used as a teeth whitening agent and in certain brands of toothpaste – or as a powder for its abilities to absorb build up and surface stains on the teeth. Charcoal is also used in many peel-off facial masks for its ability to cleanse deep down in the pores and suck out blackheads and other clogs that lead to pimples.

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