by Jessi Guidry 9.16.19

Don’t we all wish we could take one supplement to help alleviate a multitude of illnesses? Well, you CAN! Believe it or not, consuming clay can help heal the body from a variety of ailments because of its natural detoxification abilities. 

Bentonite clay forms from volcanic ash that has settled into the ground. For thousands of years, it has been used to remove impurities from the skin and body.  In addition to skin solutions, people add it to food and drinks to relieve digestive issues or remove toxins from the body.

How It Works:

The theory is that bentonite clay absorbs materials by sticking to their molecules or ions. As the clay leaves the body, it takes the toxins with it. When applied to the skin, bentonite clay absorbs oil and bacteria to alleviate irritation. When consumed into the body, it absorbs toxins and other unwanted substances from the digestive tract. Bentonite clay contains natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron which may provide additional benefits. 

Remove Toxins From The Body:

Various studies suggest that Bentonite clay may reduce the effects of toxins within the body. One study looked at the effects of Montmorillonite clay, which is very similar to Bentonite clay. on reducing aflatoxins that are linked with poor growth and related disabilities in children in Ghana, West Africa . This study showed that the children who received the clay each day for two weeks had fewer signs of aflatoxins in their urine than those that did not. 

Treat Skin Conditions: 

Bentonite clay’s absorbent power is helpful in treating oily skin, acne, allergic reactions, bug bites and other skin irritations. The clay can help remove sebum (oil) from the skin and has a calming effect on breakouts. When used as a clay mask, bentonite clay can help remove impurities to treat acne and reduce the risk of pimples or skin infections. 

Aid In Weight Loss:

Bentonite clay can be helpful to those looking to lose weight. When ingested on a regulr regimen, the clay reduces weight gain. When used in conjunction with a clean, organic, high-fat/low-carb diet and incorporating regular exercise, bentonite clay can further assist with losing unwanted weight. 

Relieve Constipation/Diarrhea: 

Because Bentonite clay sticks to toxins, it can be helpful for regulating the digestive tract. Ingesting this clay can also be helpful to people struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Small Intestinal Bowel Obstructions (SIBO).

Remove Lead/Heavy Metals:

Lead and other heavy metals can cause severe health problems. Bentonite clay is helpful in removing these metals just as it removes toxins and impurities. The clay has a negative charge, meaning it can bind to positively charged metals. When the body eliminates the clay, heavy metals are removed with it. One study showed Bentonite clay was even effective in removing lead from waste water. 

How To Use Externally: 

Mix the clay with distilled or reverse osmosis water to form a thick paste. Apply the mixture to irritated areas or the whole face. Leave on 20 minutes then rinse with warm water. Apply organic coconut oil to moisturize and continue healing. Repeat 2-3 times per week. 

How To Use Internally: 

Mix one tsp with 6-8 ounces of distilled or reverse osmosis water and drink once per day. Do this at least 2 hours before or after any medications or supplements because it can bind to some and reduce their effectiveness. 

In summary, Bentonite clay is an ancient remedy that holds promise for various health conditions in today’s modern society. 

 

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