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Activated Charcoal Pills – The Cure For Hang...

Activated Charcoal Pills – The Cure For Hangovers?

Yes guys. It’s true. Believe it or not, Cheng likes to have a drink or two.

Activated Charcoal Pills - The Cure For Hangovers?

Although YOU might not find it hard to believe, some of my closest friends (and even my boyfriend!) have questioned this statement. Not even exaggerating, every time I go out with friends, someone makes the comment along the lines of “Beverley, you don’t like beer, right?”

Literally, not once in my life have I EVER said I don’t like beer (note: being 15 and saying that doesn’t count).

I also want to point out that these are all different friend groups too… It’s not just ONE group of friends getting together each month to discuss my drink preferences.

I guess it’s just assumed that if you’re fit and like to workout, that you don’t like to drink, and you especially don’t like beer.

A hangover really identifies the kind of person you are when all the odds are stacked against you. Are you the kind of person who will push through your barriers and obstacles? Or will you lie in bed until 2 pm, too pathetic to move, hoping your boyfriend will hand feed you a breakfast bagel from Tim Hortons?

I know what kind of person I am.

Luckily for me, I don’t really get headaches when i’m hungover. It’s more a stomach issue for me. When i’m at my worst, I walk around half bent over; a walk which my boyfriend has dubbed ‘the hangover hunch.’ It’s so sad and ugly it gets a name.

Activated Charcoal Pills - The Cure For Hangovers?

How Does Activated Charcoal Work?

Recently I found out about the miracles of charcoal pills. Initially I had been using them to brush my teeth with because I had read that the properties of charcoal can help to whiten your teeth naturally. After doing it for a couple of weeks, I soon got tired of the mess it made, and stopped using them shortly after.

THEN, one night I stumbled across an article that discussed using activated charcoal to treat a drug overdose or ingestion of poison (including alcohol poisoning). Activated charcoal works by trapping and binding toxins to itself, so the chemicals will not reabsorb into the gastrointestinal tract.

I read all this while drinking my 2nd glass of wine and figured ‘why not? I’ll try it tonight!’ And to ensure I was doing this experiment properly, I made sure to finish off the bottle. When I came home later that night, I took two capsules of activated charcoal, drank a glass of water and went to bed.

The Result?

Needless to say, the hangover hunch has not made an appearance in a few months. Seriously, these pills are GOLD. Adam (who is the LORD of hangovers) swears by them. The other day I took them to Montreal for Osheaga, and he messaged me asking where they were. Hahahah. Poor boy. Go get yo own.

Activated Charcoal Pills - The Cure For Hangovers?

Where to Buy Them?

(PS. None of this is sponsored or affiliate links – I just want everyone to be able to party all summer and still kick ass the next day).

I bought mine from Shoppers Drug Mart and they work perfectly. You can also get them off Amazon and i’ve seen recommendations for this brand. It’s like $10 a package and it lasts forever (unless you’re a reaaaal drinker. Unlike myself).

Well, what are you still waiting for?! Crack that bottle of wine open and enjoy your Get Out of Jail Free card. You’re welcome xx

— make sure to consult your doctor before taking any sort of pill or supplement —

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  1. masala girl

    18 August

    haha this is awesome, i feel like activated charcoal is the new “thing” because i’ve heard it works for so many things! i bought a like, stick of it, because it purifies water!! haha.
    also, i’m not much of a drinker, but i am going into my junior year so who knows 😉 but definitely telling my friends, who need this. LOL

    • masala girl

      18 August

      oh also, at my farmers market, a guy sells bagels made with activated charcoal. double whammy!! haha.

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      It seriously is!! I love that its a) cheap and b) natural. Oh man, i think this year you might just find out how much you like to drink 😉

      • masala girl

        4 March

        re-reading this towards the end of the school year and LOL. yes.

  2. Wow, that’s crazy that these pills work so well! I guess when you consider that they’re used to treat ODs, it makes perfect sense. The next time I plan on throwing back a few, I’ll be sure to pick up some activated charcoal first! 😉

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Exactly! I didn’t even know they were used for poison until i started reading about it.

  3. So interesting! My sister uses activated charcoal to brush her teeth and who knew it has other benefits, too?!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Good for her for sticking with it! I just got too lazy haha. My teeth are sad

  4. LOVE THIS! I got introduced to activated charcoal pills a few years ago when I had terrible food poisoning…they worked miracles. I’ve never thought to take them for hangover prevention but hey considering I get hungover from 1 glass of wine I’m tying this next time I drink!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Agreed! It’s always so good to have some on hand for REAL medical emergencies haha.

  5. OK, I’m buying these! I’m a wine drinker and I always convince myself I’ll BE FIIIINNNNEEEE after a few glasses of Prosecco or a good Cab. LOL – wrong! Great to know girl thanks for sharing! (and just b/c we’re fit doesn’t mean we can drink beer – haha! People are crazy)

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Omg, it’s never just one or two glasses either. These babies will save your life 😉

  6. haha the hangover hunch! Oh my gosh that made me chuckle! I love me some wine but my body can really only handle a max of two glasses anymore! Otherwise I’m so ugh for days!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Haha it’s THE WORST, Ashley. I’m such a baby. Hope these help you!!

  7. Awesome to know! A local juice shop near me does activated charcoal lemonade which they market to be an amazing hangover remedy! Thanks for the tip!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Ooo yes! I’ve had charcoal infused drinks before and they’re soo cleansing. And you can’t taste anything!

  8. Oh my GAWD thank you for this!! I am definitely the latter in the two types of hangover people – I don’t even like anyone in the same room as me when I’m hungover because they’re stealing my oxygen.

    Off to Budapest tomorrow for what will be a bit of a shitshow week in Europe and am buying a bucketload of these!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Haha, our boyfriends put up with so much don’t they! Have an amazing time in Europe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful pictures

  9. YES activated charcoal!! So glad someone is posting about it. In addition to being a hangover cure they’re amazing for getting rid of painful bloat or bad gas lol. They were my lifesavers and the only thing that worked when I was having such awful stomach issues

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      That’s interesting to know!! I’m glad you shared that, I will definitely try it out next time I’m having stomach issues

  10. My friend told me about activated charcoal pills and they have been so helpful! I have a lot of digestive issues and these are a life-saver when I’m dealing with bloating or gas. They are great for traveling too if you’re in an uncomfortable situation.

  11. This is so interesting! I used to take these when I had major gas issues (sorry TMI but it’s extremely painful despite being just gas) and they definitely helped. And yeah about hangovers… I don’t really get headaches but the stomach oh my God it’s like having a stomach virus that won’t go away all day (but I never throw up) – must try these whenever I’m hungover next haha

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Okay you get the stomach thing then – it’s a nightmare!! I’m sure you rock the Hangover Hunch just like me 😉

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