Bentonite clays has been used since ancient times because of its ability to remove impurities inside the body. It is a totally natural potent healing substances that once again has gained popularity for its detoxifying effects. One of the most effective healing clays is derived from old volcanic ash, although it can be obtained from many areas of the world, the largest deposits can be found in Fort Benton, Wyoming, hence the name bentonite clay.
What is bentonite clay?
The bentonite clay is made of volcanic ash that has aged and degraded. Clay that has a strong electromagnetic negative charge can affect the pH level of the body and provide the body with some essential minerals.
Bentonite clay comes in two basic types:
Bentonite Sodium, ignites when it is wet and can expand as much as 15 times the original size when added to water. Because of its high agglutination capacity and absorbency, sodium bentonite is commonly used as a sealant, it is a natural, non-toxic, safe and inexpensive treatment for porous soils. Recently, sodium bentonite has been studied as an absorbing agent To remove E. coli bacteria from food.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay
A very common assumption about taking bentonite clay internally is that it strips the body of vitamins, minerals and friendly bacteria from food and supplements.
However, the truth of the matter is, clay is negatively charged and only binds to substances with a positive charge. Examples of positively charged elements include:
- Harmful bacteria
- Heavy metals
- Harmful chemicals
So bentonite clay is attracted to these substances, binds to them, and flushes them out of the body, without interfering with the vital elements in the body. Due to the agglutination reaction of the clay, it prevents toxins from entering the intestinal walls and bloodstream. The toxins will be expelled along with the clay.
This is why bentonite is one of the key ingredients in most colon cleansing and detoxification products.
Bentonite is known for its detoxifying benefits, but there are many more ways to use it. Below are five benefits of bentonite clay you may not know:
1: Promotes oral health
Because it contains high amounts of minerals, bentonite is very good at promoting oral health, helping decayed teeth to remineralize slightly. It also offers soft abrasive properties, which can help to polish your teeth.
You can use it as toothpaste:
In a quarter cup ofhydrated clay, add a few drops of mint oil and tea tree oil.
2: Immune System Support
Bentonite clay has been found to protect against harmful agents that affect the immune system. In an animal study, hens were given foods containing aflatoxins – toxic metabolites of certain fungal species – to test the way they attacked the immune system in chickens. In this study, toxins appeared to suppress the immune system of animals, making them more predisposed to certain diseases.
3: Helps reduce allergies
Because clay is an immune boosting system, it can also help in reducing allergy symptoms. The good thing about bentonite clay is that it supports liver detoxification. When exposed to an allergen, your system releases histamines, which trigger allergy symptoms. If your liver is clogged with fatty tissues and toxins, you can not produce the antihistamines necessary to counteract allergic reactions
4: Promoting skin health
Bentonite clay has been used externally to relieve or support a variety of skin conditions.
For acne or oily skin – you can remove excess oil with cleansing and hardening of the pores. Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce pimples. For acne treatment, put some hydrated clay on the affected area and leave it overnight.
For soothing the skin (clay mask) – bathe in warm water mixed with the bentonite powder. Once your pores are open, rub some hydrated clay powder onto your skin and hold it for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You will feel rejuvenated and refreshed, as if you had a relaxing day at a spa. This method is also ideal for those suffering from eczema and psoriasis.
5: Promotes healthy digestion
Due to its highly absorbent nature, bentonite is an essential tool for cleaning the stomach, small and large intestines. Because the body can not digest it, the toxins attached to the clay are excreted through the bowel movement. Bentonite, when taken internally, is said to relieve heartburn, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcers and promote regularity.
What is the absorption in the detoxifying power of clay?
Absorption is the process by which charged particles of toxic substances combine with the charged particles on the outer surface of the clay molecules. When the clay has been “matured” (that is, mixed with water, then left at night to completely hydrate its internal molecular structure), the highly charged ionic bonds the clay molecules are even more able to search and attach to substances with opposing charge, such as toxins, contaminants, waste by-products and other toxic substances.