With its safe and effective ‘full body detoxification’, bentonite clay (calcium bentonite) is one of the staples of any sound and healthy alkalisation and cleansing protocol.
Bentonite clay removes toxins, helps to reduce inflammation, and is unique in its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. This charge is one of the keys to bentonite clay being so effective at aborption of and removal of toxins, heavy metals and chemicals from the bloodstream.
The history of using healing clays dates back thousands of years, and can be found in dozens of ancient cultures. We can also see clues within the animal kingdom, as those animals in regions where volcanos once existed, will often eat the clay earth to rid their bodies of poisons accidentally ingested, heal diseases and restore balance. The animal kingdom knows the benefits of plants and minerals!
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite Clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. The name comes from the largest known deposit of Bentonite Clay located in Fort Benton, Wyoming, where numerous volcanos are present, so the name of the clay stems from the town where today much of the supply is still harvested. However, another ancient source of this volcanic clay comes from Southern Italy and from Montmorillon in France, and so it is sometimes called “Montmorillonite clay”.
The use of calcium bentonite clays include many of the cultures in the Andes, Central Africa and among the indigenous Australian Aboriginal peoples.
Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins.
When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps oxygenate the cells as it pulls excess hydrogen, allowing the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
The clay rapidly swells, when in contact with water, becoming purous like a sponge, as a result of its electrical charge. Then it holds those toxins and heavy metals like a powerful magnet, so that they can be transported out of the body.
Uses of Bentonite Clay in Healing
Among the historic and scientifically proven uses for calcium bentonite clay, which we’ve used clinically in our practice for a little over 17 years, are:
- Help with digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc. (Kaolin clay was common ingredient in medicines like Maalox and Rolaids for years)
- Helping with skin and allergy issues
- To help provide minerals for the body
- To help speed recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
- In oral health preperations
- Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing
- Quickly and naturally helping the body to eliminate lead poisoning and other heavy metal toxins. (“Heavy metal toxins” usually refer to substances like mercury, cadmium, lead, and benzene. These can unfortunately be found in increasing amounts in foods that contain high fructose corn syrup or certain types of fish).
Bentonite clay benefits your body by helping to expel many of these toxins safely and effectively, and therefore increases cellular immunity and reduces inflammation.
A Potent Source of Minerals
One of the big challenges in addressing mineral deficiencies in our diets often ends up being that many mineral supplements are “heavy” and difficult to tolerate. What’s more, these “heavy” and often carbonated mineral supplements are not easily absorbed by our bodies.
Just a single tablespoon of organic calcium bentonite clay (like the source we exclusively use with patients, clients and in our own homes, which is Clay Vitality Detox Powder from goDésana) supplies the following mineral array (click to enlarge):
Pure bentonite clay has many practical applications, and because of its powerful natural properties, it has been referred to as “healing clay” thoughout the ages. Clay can be used both internally and externally, but it has to be the right type of clay to be both safe and effective. We only recommend the use of Clay Vitality Detox Powder for both internal and external uses (or Clay Vitality Detox Mud for external use).
Additional Healthful Uses of Bentonite Clay includea:
1. Helping to Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Skin Conditions
Mixing a small amount of bentonite clay with spring water, and then applying it to areas affected by skin conditions, such as eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis or rosacea, as well as poison ivy or poison oak exposures, and then allowing the clay to dry, allows the clay to bind with bacteria, toxins and debris on the skin and in the pores, extracting the cause of irritation, alleviating redness and inflammation.
2. Natural Healing Aid
Bentonite clay has antibiotic properties, when applied topically to the skin, which can help reduce inflammation, calm skin infections and aid the body in healing of wounds.
3. Oxygenating the Body
By pulling excess hydrogen from the cells, your body will be able to more efficiently oxygenate itself, resulting in greater energy, clarity and capacity for healing.
4. As a Bath Soak
Bentonite clay, particularly when added to Himalayan or Dead Sea Salt, and added to your bath water, creates a hydrating, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory “spa escape” that allows toxins being dispelled from the skin to become bound to the clay, while the skin absorbs the minerals and restores pH balance.
5. Alkalising the Body
Bentonite clay contains alkalising minerals, which when consumed in a glass of spring water, have a powerful effect in helping the body to restore alkaline pH balance.
6. Prebiotic Support
Research has also shown that bentonite clay can bind to particular toxins like “aflatoxins” that are common in the standard diet, found in things like peanuts and some grains.
When left unattended, aflatoxins can contribute to liver damage and potentially even the onset of certain cancers.
Because of bentonite clay’s negatively charged electrons, it is able to withstand acids found in the gut and to survive long enough to bind to toxins. Just one tablespoon of Clay Vitality in a glass of spring water daily can give your body the healing edge it needs to detoxify and cleanse, while gently restoring it to a healthy alkaline state.
7. Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Protection
According to a study from Arizona State University (cf: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9850994), bentonite clay was found to be an effective means of killing e. Coli and MRSA.
8. Relieves Digestive Problems
Because it helps to neutralise bacteria in the gut, and kill viruses, bentonite clay can be useful in alleviating nausea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or food poisoning. (3-4 tablespoons in a glass of spring water would be recommended for this sort of condition).
9. Immune System Booster
Because so much of the immune system’s function is within the gut, by using bentonite clay to protect the intestinal wall, and help absorb and eliminate pesticides, toxins, bacteria, and chemicals that could potentially enter the blood, the body is better able to organically and naturally improve immune response. (cf: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2413170/)
10. Improving Dental Health
Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth, such as around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick. because of Bentonite’s anti-bacterial properties it has been used in natural toothpastes and even mixed with water and used as a daily rinse.
One Last Powerful Benefit of Bentonite Clay
I recommend adding bentonite clay to any tap water you may be drinking, in addition to adding 20 drops of beCalm Magnesium biomineral formula, to help eliminate flouride in your drinking water. (I actually advise not drinking tap water, but if you must, this can be a helpful tip!)
Studies show that this could be the most effective means of deflouridation of our drinking water. (See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20462694)
You can detox your body safely with our premier and alkalizing 9+ pH Clay Vitality, as it is a unique and rare, green swelling Calcium Bentonite clay with Montmorillonite properties from the Smectite family of clays.
Developed from weathered volcanic ash rich in trace minerals, Clay Vitality is a powerful agent of stimulation, transformation, detoxing, and transmission of energy that speeds cellular revitalisation.
Because its properties have not been compromised by air or ground water contaminants, this highly charged, all natural Calcium Bentonite clay has a drawing power of 32 times its molecular weight. Making it ideal for use in deep cleansing, detoxing, clarifying of the skin, facial masks, body wraps, and many other uses.
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