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A Stick Of Charcoal Makes Your Water Healthy

It may sound a bit weird but  as a matter of fact, adding a stick of charcoal to your water could improve its taste and even benefit your health, it is claimed.

 Known as binchotan charcoal, fans say the portable sticks are an effective way to filter impurities.

 Dan Black, founder of the firm black+blum which sells the sticks in the UK, said charcoal has been used as a purifier in Japan since the 17th century and can also release minerals into ordinary tap water.

 “It has an incredibly porous surface,” he said. “The ions of contaminants are attracted to the surface of the carbon, where they will be held.”

 One £4.50 stick should last about six months, Black added.

 But it will need to be ‘refreshed’ after the first three months, by boiling it in water for ten minutes and leaving it to dry in sunlight.

 British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy Chairman Miguel Toribio-Mateas, said, “Activated charcoal provides an effective means for the removal of chlorine and chlorinated by-products from water, as well as various types of sediments.”

 And he said that other toxins, which get into the waterways and subsequently our drinking water, could also be removed.

 “There’s good evidence that solvents, for example in paints, are also neutralised by activated charcoal,” he said.

 The sticks are made by heating wood to 1,000 degrees Celsius, before covering it in a powder made from earth, sand and ash. Traditionally used to stop the body absorbing poisons, activated charcoal has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years as something of a health and beauty wonder product.

 Some claim it can help reduce gas and bloating and help with weight loss, while others swear by it as a natural teeth whitene

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