Bentonite clay is perhaps one of the world’s oldest natural detoxes. It can be applied to the skin or consumed internally, and is believed to treat a variety of ailments. Bentonite clay is actually derives from volcanic ash, and it makes for such a good detox because it is rich in calcium, copper, magnesium, silica, iron, potassium, and a variety of other nutrients.
Uses for Bentonite clay
Details can be found below on the many uses for and benefits of bentonite clay.
1. Removes Harmful Toxins
Because it has a powerful negative charge, bentonite clay is able to draw toxins with a positive charge to it, bind to them, and then escort them right out of the system. This allows for the binding of toxins both within and outside the body, removing bacteria, pesticides, pathogens, heavy metals, and toxins from the skin, blood, and organs.
2. Supports the Immune System
The antibiotic properties of bentonite clay also make it a powerful supporter of your immune system. It can help fight off viral infections and other diseases, and one Arizona State University study showed that it can even eliminate harmful bacteria such as e. Coli. The clay also protects your intestines and boosts probiotics, keeping a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut, which thus translates to a healthier body and immune system.
3. Digestive Aid
Although researchers aren’t exactly sure why, it is strongly believed that bentonite clay is effective in treating digestive issues, such as nausea, IBS, leaky gut syndrome, and diarrhea. One study did show that the clay was able to flush out rotavirus and coronavirus in animals, which could help to explain why it is also effective in treating stomach issues in humans. Bentonite clay has also been shown to help individuals recover from food poisoning and all of the unpleasant side effects that go along with it.
4. Balances pH
It is important for your body to maintain a healthy pH level, meaning that it is not too basic nor too acidic. Bentonite clay, along with plenty of plant-based vegetables, can help reduce acidity in the body, often caused by the foods we eat. Without something to reduce this acidity, you may suffer from inflammation, unexplained weight gain, skin issues, and more.
5. Increases Energy
If you need a natural boost of energy, turn to some bentonite clay rather than that extra cup of coffee. Consuming bentonite clay on a fairly regular basis can help energize your cells by removing excess hydrogen and allowing for more oxygen to enter your cells and body, which translates to increased energy.
6. Skin Aid
The clay can be applied topically to the skin to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, as well as many rashes and lacerations. Simply combine some of the clay with enough water to make a paste and apply to the affected area(s), letting it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing off; the clay will draw toxins out of your pores, leading to clearer, healthier skin. Bentonite clay also contains antibacterial properties and is often used to treat poison ivy as well as chicken pox.
7. Oral Health
No matter how often you floss, brush, and gargle, it is almost a guarantee that you will always have some bacteria in your mouth at any given time. To help kill bacteria in your mouth, make a toothpaste out of the clay with some water and brush as you normally would. You can also make a rinse by gargling with the clay and some water for about a minute, then spitting out.
8. Water Purifier
Bentonite clay is also a cheap, easy, and natural water purifier. Simply add 1 teaspoon to your glass of water.
Using Bentonite Clay
As already mentioned, you can use bentonite clay both externally and internally. If ingesting it, be sure to get food-grade calcium bentonite clay (NOT sodium bentonite clay), which will be an odorless, soft, green/gray/tan clay. Mix in about 1 teaspoon to 8 ounces of water, using a plastic spoon (very important that no metal is used) to dissolve it thoroughly; then drink up.
For external use, you will need sodium bentonite clay. As already mentioned previously, the clay can simply be added to enough water to make a paste for external treatments. With both clays, whether internal or external, the clay should never be white; this is a sign that it is not true bentonite clay.
Word of Caution
There are some common side effects that come along with using bentonite clay. One of them may be constipation, because of the work the clay is doing in the intestines; be sure to drink lots of water if ingesting bentonite clay. Also, if using the clay as a detox, be sure to do so slowly, and ease up if you have any adverse reactions.