Bentonite Clay Detox for Healing Inside and Out

Bentonite clay detox for daily balance and healing

Some health ideas are duds. Others are Band-Aids. But bentonite clay, for me, is a keeper. It's natural (even instinctive), easy, inexpensive, and restores balance to the entire body.

Quick Fix for a Cleansing Headache

I latched onto bentonite as more than a colon cleanser when I began intermittent fasting. My routine is eating in an 8-hour window (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and fasting the other 16.

On occasion, I would get a doozy of a cleansing headache, and nothing beat the fast relief of bentonite. I soon realized how good bentonite made me feel, and it became my daily routine. And the facial masks? Wow! It's like getting a new face.

What Is Bentonite Clay?

Think of healing clays as complex mineral recipes, each named for their dominant player. There are dozens out there. But for detox? Nothing beats bentonite.

Calcium or Sodium Bentonite

Calcium bentonite, named for its high concentration of calcium ions, tends to be neutral or slightly acidic with a pH of 6 to 7. It has a large active surface due to its very small particle size. It does not swell like sodium bentonite.

Sodium bentonite, though often misunderstood, could be the better choice.

It is the most alkaline of all the healing clays, usually with a pH of 9 to 10.  It can also swell up to 14 times in volume, creating an enormous active surface for powerful detox.

Cation Exchange Rate for Cleansing

Cation exchange is what makes clays so powerful for detox. Because most toxic substances in the body are positively charged, the negative ions in clay naturally pull them out of the body. Bentonite has the highest cation exchange rate of all the healing clays, usually 70 to 100.

Health Benefits of Clay Detox

Since ancient times, people have used clay to purify water and food supplies, detox the body, and eliminate parasites. Soldiers used clay rations to halt infection and quiet hunger pangs. Sick animals instinctively eat clay or roll in the mud.

What Bentonite Can Do for You

  • Give your skin a "bentonite glow."
  • Promote healthy gums and teeth.
  • Alkalize your body.
  • Boost your immunity.
  • Remove toxic heavy metals.
  • Improve digestion and elimination.

Bentonite Clay Side Effects and Warnings

Bentonite is a powerful detox, so go slow and expect cleansing symptoms at first.

Does Clay Mess with Your Gut?

Yes, but in a good way. The strong pulling action of bentonite will dislodge mucoid plaque from the bowel, at first causing gas, cramping, constipation, or other upset. Ride out this phase, decreasing your dose if necessary, and you will love the smooth regularity bentonite provides.

Drugs and Bentonite Don't Mix

Take medications at least 1-3 hours before or after ingesting bentonite. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure, because drugs are released differently in the body.

Avoid Contact with Metal

Avoid using metal to stir or store bentonite, not for safety but to avoid diluting its effect. Any heavy metals absorbed are bound tightly in the clay and will not affect your body.

Is the Aluminum in Bentonite Safe?

The trace amounts of natural aluminum in sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite clay have a strong negative charge and cannot be absorbed by the body. They simply pass through the body, taking a lot of bad stuff with them.

Selecting and Mixing Your Bentonite

Only choose an edible clay you can trust. Learn about the source of the clay, its mineral content, and especially the company. My favorite so far is this sodium bentonite.

Powder or Liquid, Which Is Best?

Liquid is convenient, but don't be afraid to try powdered. To mix, just combine the powder and water in a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to combine, then let the mixture hydrate at least 15 minutes, but overnight is best. Store at room temperature.

How to Mix the Clay Thick or Thin

Clays are quite different in how they reconstitute. Start with the least amount of water then wait at least 15 minutes for the clay to thicken. Add more water if desired.

Liquid Bentonite (Thin) = 1 part clay powder + 8-12 parts water.
Liquid Bentonite (Thick) = 1 part clay powder + 4-6 parts water.
Bentonite Skin Mask = 1 part powder + 2-3 parts water.

How to Do a Bentonite Clay Cleanse

Internal Cleansing

Begin with 1 serving a day (avoiding medications). Pour yourself 2 tablespoons thin liquid in a glass or 1 tablespoon thick liquid on a spoon. As your body adjusts, increase the amount you consume as desired. P&B shakes are a nice variation.

Bentonite clay masks are used in many spas

Bentonite Clay Mask

If you have never tried a bentonite clay facial mask, you are in for a treat!

Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eyes and mouth, and let dry. You will feel a strong pulling sensation. Rinse off, and notice smaller pores, a more even skin tone, and a healthy glow.

Drinking clay combined with applying clay masks effectively treats acne and other difficult skin conditions. Jump start your results with two weeks of daily masks and internal cleansing then go from there.

Clay Detox Bath

For best results, add 4 cups thin liquid clay to a tub of hot water and soak 20 minutes.  You can also stir 2 cups powdered clay into the hot water with a nonmetal whisk.

A Healing Gift that Keeps on Giving

Once you experience the healing, detox, headache and nausea relief, clearer skin, and you name it, you may find yourself hooked on bentonite (like I am). It just keeps getting better!

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