What’s all the fuss about… activated charcoal water filters?

The whole team here can’t get enough of this little wonder stick, (which is worth £6.95 alone!) but is there more to this nifty little filter system than just making ordinary tap water taste incredible? Well, we asked the folks themselves to give us a run down of why activated charcoal is good for us…

Water infusion has been hotting up the health and wellbeing industry for a while now, with a range of infusion and filter water bottles on offer. In recent years, more and more people are turning up the tempo by using activated charcoal as a way of filtering and infusing their water.

Not to be confused with the stuff you put on your barbeque, activated charcoal has a wide range of reported health benefits. It is also one of the most effective ways of removing water impurities such as chlorine, which is commonly found in tap water.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal consists of a substance – usually wood, coal, coconut shell or bamboo – which has been burned without oxygen to create char. This is then heated to a high temperature and exposed to certain gases. The multi-step process makes it extremely porous, this is what we refer to when we say ‘activated’.

Once the charcoal has been activated, the increased surface area can bind to any substance. It acts as a powerful magnet, adsorbing any toxic molecules it comes into contact with. Adsorption, not to be confused with adsorption, is when molecules are drawn to the surface of the adsorbent rather than being absorbed into it. Activated charcoal is odorless, tasteless and nontoxic.

How does a charcoal water filter stick work?

Activated charcoal sticks, known as binchotan charcoal, have been used as water purifiers in Japan since the 17th century. They have an incredibly porous surface, which attracts contaminants found in tap water. These contaminant are then held in the surface of the carbon.

As well as filtering the water, the activated charcoal also infuses the water with minerals.

What are the health benefits of charcoal infused water?

  1. Added energy – any time the body is rid of toxin and oxidants, it responds by giving more energy and a better feeling of overall health. By removing toxins from your water, as well as the strong cleaning properties the activated charcoal puts into the water, it works as a filtration system in your body, as well as your water bottle
  2. Hangover cure – Due to the strong cleansing qualities mentioned above, activated charcoal can help to remove toxins from the liver after a night on the town
  3. Flatter tummy – activated charcoal helps to cleanse the intestines and colon, which can help people debloat. However, it doesn’t aid weight loss

How are Black+Blum charcoal filter water bottles different?

Most filter water bottles that use activated charcoal hide the filter by design. The Black+Blum charcoal filter water bottles, sold within the Eau Good range, use binchotan charcoal sticks in their raw state.

We believe this incredible source of power shouldn’t be hidden, and our water bottles are designed to showcase the filter while using it to its best potential. The design allows the filter to slot into the side of the bottle, ensuring it is always in contact with the water. Our water filters last up to six months if used daily.

Charcoal filter water bottles and keep your eyes peeled for our latest release, the Eau Good Duo, which has been specifically designed for our more active audience.

Head over to Black + Blum to find more  about their lovely brand, plus they share informative blog content and recipes too!

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