I must admit I initially balked at the idea of ingesting clay, but after reading about some of the health benefits (which include killing parasites and candida overgrowth – 2 things I recently struggled with) I decided to give it a try. The bottle sat on my counter unopened for several days, until I worked up the nerve to mix a teaspoon with water and drink it down. And much to my amazement, I felt better! I decided to do some more research and discovered that bentonite clay carries a negative charge, which is one of the reasons it works so well to detoxify the body – attracting positively charged pathogens as well as heavy metals and drawing them out of the colon.
My daughter was recently sick for 3 days with a fever (we suspected she had strep – it had been making the rounds). On day 3 I decided to give her a half-teaspoon of the bentonite. An hour later she was up and playing as if she had never been sick, so I checked her temperature: it had dropped from 102 to 98.7. Wow. So, I’m a believer now in the power of clay. Here are some of the benefits:
1. Kills bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites in the intestines
2. Absorbs toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals from the digestive tract
3. Helps to alkalize the body
4. Allows cells to receive more oxygen
5. Helps alleviate symptoms of IBS & Chron’s disease
6. Relieves digestive symptoms: nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation
7. Supports healthy gut bacteria (by killing pathogens)
8. Helps improve immunity (by supporting detoxification)
9. Removes fluoride from water
10. Can be used externally as baby powder, or applied as a paste to bug bites, wounds, rashes, eczema, psoriasis etc – or used for teeth whitening!
If you’re new to taking bentonite clay, start with 1/2 teaspoon and see how you feel. I take 1 to 2 teaspoons mixed in water with a tablespoon of psyllium husk to help flush things out. Use a wooden or plastic (non-metal) spoon for mixing, so as to preserve the negative charge. Not all bentonite is intended for internal use, so be sure to buy one that’s food-grade (I use this brand of bentonite). It’s also helpful to take a good probiotic daily (at a different time than the bentonite mixture) to replenish healthy bacteria and “crowd out” the bad guys.
Have you tried bentonite clay? Please post and share your experience!