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You’ve seen the hype, I’m sure. Activated Charcoal toothpaste for whitening your teeth, Activated Charcoal for reducing bloat, Activated Charcoal to help detox your face… Yay or Nay? Is it really worth the hype? In this post, I’ll be sharing my personal experiences from sampling Raw Organic Whole Food Activated Coconut Charcoal supplement from Peak Performance Life.
This is a sponsored post by Peak Performance Life. Free product and compensation was received in exchange for this post. Please Note: the compensation and free product never sways my judgement or opinions shared on products.
This past month, I participated in Pure Barre Lake Norman’s Clean Eating Challenge (I shared some tips here on how to get started if you want to read more), so trying this supplement out couldn’t have come at a better time! Now, with chatting bout a supplement that claims to ‘improve digestion’, this will probably be a not-so-glamorous post, if you catch my drift. Full disclosure!
What the Internet Says…
Because the internet is always right, right?… Activated Charcoal is used to treat drug overdoses or poisoning. The way activated charcoal is created – charcoal made from [in this instance organic coconut] is exposed to high heat and combined with a gas or activating agent to then increase its surface area. The increase in the surface area of the charcoal allows toxins and ‘nasty’ agents to then bind to it once you ingest it. Particularly useful if you are experiencing side effects from having a strongly alkaline or strongly acidic system. (that information from WebMD)
Please consult with a physician or medical provider before starting any new supplements.
WebMD also stated that activated charcoal can be additionally helpful to prevent gas, reduce high cholesterol, and prevent a hangover.
A hangover preventative measure?! Yes please!
PLEASE NOTE: Multiple sources are saying the results from activated charcoal have been inconsistent. Meaning nothing can be truly claimed as a benefit of taking activated charcoal as a supplement. Maybe it works for you, maybe it doesn’t. I did want to also point out that since activated charcoal can have adverse effects on absorbing your other medications you are taking simultaneously, if you choose to take an activated charcoal substance, please consult with your medical provider about when and if you can take it.
Peak Performance Raw Organic Whole Food Activated Coconut Charcoal
I was excited to try an activated charcoal product to see what results came for me! Read all about the claims and how this product worked for me, below.
Peak Performance Life’s Raw Organic Whole Food Activated Coconut Charcoal, as the name suggests is an organic coconut charcoal. right on the bottle it states it is made with non GMO ingredients, NOT manufactured with wheat, gluten, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, or tree nut ingredients, AND it is made with a completely Vegan capsule (cellulose and water are the only ingredients). Bonus, it’s made right here in the US!
Additionally, The Peak Performance Life Activated Coconut Charcoal says it provides 3 supplemental benefits:
- Supports Detoxification*
- Supports Digestion*
- Supports Teeth Whitening*
(* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.)
So, a few thoughts from me initially — the asterisk alone had me already skeptical. Especially with my hubby in the background saying activated charcoal doesn’t work. I did enter this trial period with an open mind and was very aware of how my body reacted when taking this supplement. I am most skeptical about how it will support teeth whitening if I am taking this supplement in pill form and it never touches my teeth. Others were telling me how (in vivid detail, I might add) this will work to help support detoxification by digestion… in the most *smooth* way possible… If you catch my drift. Keep reading to see how I used it, and how the trial went for me!
The bottle’s Suggested Use says “Take 2 capsules in the morning on an empty stomach and 2 to 3 hours before any meal, or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.” To me, these instructions were a little confusing so I took to Facebook to ask Peak Performance Life, themselves. They were very helpful and timely in their response.
As far as the clarification of suggested use goes; you take 2 capsules in the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach. THEN an additional 2 capsules, three hours before any meal (preferably a meal where you think you may be enjoying less than healthy foods). Not to exceed 4 capsules in a day.
How I used it:
I mentioned how my friends were telling my my digestion was going to be SUPER smooth, right? So I started off using this Activated Charcoal as suggested, 2 in the morning asap as I woke up, and 2 again 3 hours before dinner. I did that for the first week to fully encompass the results.
If I’m being honest here, which I always am, it was challenging for me to remember to take another serving 3 hours before dinner. Partly because dinner isn’t really at a ‘set’ time every night, and mostly because I forgot. So after the first week, I adjusted my daily servings to just 2 capsules in the morning before my coffee.
What I found:
Let me tell you what… There was definitely smooth operator happenings going on. Almost too much for me. With my line of work, I don’t always have the ability to run to the little girls room if the moment strikes. So, for functionality and supporting the claims of Supporting Digestion, I give this product an A++ for holding true to it’s word. I also believe that this supplement has helped diminish bloat and gas. Keeping in mind, this could have been a side effect from the Clean Eating Challenge I was participating simultaneously.
Side Note: If you choose to try this product, don’t be alarmed — the product itself is black, and will be eliminated from your body in the SAME color it enters your body.
Truthfully, I have no scientific quantitative way of sharing with you how this supplement supported detoxifying my system other than sharing that it surely flushed out the toxins via my digestion.
Teeth Whitening Support
This, by far, was the benefit of these supplements that baffled me the most. How IN THE WORLD was a capsule to help whiten my teeth? So, I went back to an old selfie, and a new selfie. Pictures taken 3 weeks apart.
Do you think it worked for my teeth? I think, personally, that if your main focus is teeth whitening, snag an activated charcoal tooth powder and brush those bad boys with it.
The Final Verdict
Personally, I think this product absolutely worked! I want to point out how much I appreciated the fact that this product is organic, nothing added but the coconut charcoal, and was made in the USA. Also, I do take the 2 servings per day when I have access to the appropriate necessities. Some days when my system is being a bit more stubborn, this supplement helps with moving that along (in conjunction with my Bulletproof Coffee). And you know FOR SURE, I’ll employ these activated charcoal pills when I indulge in a donut or four. 😉
I hope my personal experience with this product has helped you decide whether or not you would like to try Peak Performance Life’s Raw Organic Coconut Activated Charcoal. If you try it, be sure to let me know what you think of it by joining The Dynamic Life Collective! This is where my tribe comes together to chat all things – life hacks, product reviews, clean eating recipes, and other things to brighten your day and help you live a dynamic life!
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With the new year comes new goals. You saw tons of your friends on Social Media sharing that they are participating in X clean eating challenge, trying the X diet, eliminating X from their life as a resolution. You want to join in, but have […]
You’ve been there. Sitting in the carpool line, at the store, getting your hair done, scrolling Facebook. Scrolling past your friend’s vacation photos, some spammy copy/paste post, and there you have it – you land right on the page of a friend of a friend’s niece’s best friend’s aunt who was telling you all about ‘how to solve the x’ shenanigans that you’ve always been wondering a solution to. Through further super sleuthing, you come to find out this helpful gal happens to love watching Friends with a bottle of pinot and her cat, Bob. Did ya’ll just become best friends? Raise your hand if you’ve been there, you #nosyAF person, you. 😉
Being nosy isn’t a problem anymore and we are about to dive right into how the new Facebook Algorithm is going to help you and your clients/customers be even more proficient sleuths.
So, what’s happening to Facebook?
ALGORITHMS. A mathematical equation that attributes numerical data to your posts, determining how ‘important your post is’ and how long it needs to stay in front of peoples’ eyes. It’s what keeps the more popular (likes and comments) at the top of your newsfeed longer, and why Entrepreneurs as well as everyone utilizing Facebook for marketing are concerned about the new update.
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Mid December, Facebook dropped a press release that alerted all it’s users of upcoming changes – immediately taking toll on Facebook business pages, and inevitably personal pages – in hopes to reduce the amount of spam cluttering their platform. The overly summarized version is that Mark got into some hot water over the security of Facebook, there were Russians, and Spam, and Politics, and hacking… Do we need to say more? Probably not.
The Facebook Update:
The update is a big ole list of ‘what not to do’… don’t do this and don’t do that, and you’ve probably seen some crazy training videos that are focused on the negatives of this update. That’s where this post is going to be different. So let’s run down the list of ‘What not to do’ and then change our mindset on HOW we can overcome it.
- NO Spam Accounts.
- NO ‘baiting’ Calls to Action. (Comment, Tag, Like, Follow, Share, Vote, React)
- NO artificially boosting your own content. (Commenting on posts to boost them back to the top of the feed – for example: commenting on your most previous live video that you are about to go live again.)
- NO links in post caption or in the comments.
- NO copy/paste posts with stock images.
PHEW – anyone have the urge to do ALL of those things right now just because they said you can’t? You rebel, you.
The Mindset Shift
Everyone knows the key to growth is found in reframing your mindset. A simple mindset shift from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘YES, I can!’ can create amazing positive affirmations AND results. So let’s take a moment, breathe and regroup. It’s so easy to think about all the things you can’t do instead of all the things you CAN do! Your business is not tanking. Your Facebook page will be fine. And, most importantly, this update is FANTASTIC for your growth.
It’s time to make social media social again. That is essentially what this new Facebook update is forcing you to do.
5 Crucial Tips for the New Facebook Update:
Let’s break down the 5 NO’s and reframe them in a positive way that you can act on. These 5 tips only skim the surface of the detail we get into in our group – check it out if you think it would be a great fit.
Tip #1: AUDIT your account.
Facebook is cracking down on SPAM and spammy accounts so be sure all your profile information is complete, up to date, and allows people to be #nosyAF. We want people to be nosy, they will learn about us, and if we are utilizing our accounts as thoroughly as we can, if the snooper is someone that fits your target audience (aka Tribe), they will seek you out even more. This is probably the most important thing you can do IMMEDIATELY. So, bookmark this post, share it with friends (tab on the left hand of the screen) and go make sure your account is up to par!
Tip #2: GENUINE Calls to Action (CTA).
Have you ever gotten sucked into a Live video or a novel-length post that claimed something the post-er never talked about? Yeah we’ve been there too… The lockdown on click-bait style calls to action is something we are SO excited for! The limitation on verbiage in your posts proves to promote ACTUAL engagement, rather than asking people to act. So, get to know your audience and see what gets them going. This will actually give you a BETTER insight to what posts actually perform well and which ones do not. It’s time to get creative, folks!
Tip #3: Consistent ‘On Brand’ Content.
Be consistent, be YOU, and build your foundation. They say ‘if you build it they will come’, and that’s not entirely the case for social media… It’s more along the lines of ‘If you build it, nurture it, stay consistent with it, engage, they will come and stay.’ There is a lot of controversy over whether you should ditch your Facebook page if you have under a certain number of followers due to the limitations on reach, etc. We are firm believers that if utilized properly, and your content is scheduled with intent, you should absolutely continue to utilize your Facebook business page. As your brand/business grows, you will need somewhere professional and official to send your fans and customers for updates — you can’t have them messaging your personal facebook page forever.
Tip #4: Leave them wanting more.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. You blog, you are a YouTube content creator, or something along those lines. You have content that you utilize Facebook to promote that just so happens to live off the Facebook platform. THIS IS THE EXCEPTION. The idea behind this update lies within the fact that Facebook wants to keep humans on their platform as long as possible. The have companies paying for ads and for them to get paid, they need eyeballs to see those ads (or ears to hear them). Now, that being said, posts that keep people engaging on the Facebook platform WILL perform better than those with links, so be sure to schedule intentionally. Maybe sprinkle some different types of media posts into your feed – Live video (it’s here to stay and Facebook is dumping boatloads of money into improving it. Are you using it? Our Social Media Masterminders are. AND they’ll be learning how to ROCK it, too!), interactive/opinion posts, etc. Be creative. Add value. Solve a problem. Let them be #nosyAF.
Tip #5: Original Content!
Let your followers see YOU! Post about what you know about. Take your own photos, post your own captions, come up with your own ideas. It’s ok to be creative! Need help with content creation? We have you covered there! Yet another topic we cover in our group!
So, take a deep breath, and know that if you solve your tribe’s problems, add value to their day, and connect the dots, you will continue to ROCK at social media.
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