Bentonite clay, a mineral rich and aged volcanic origin, is considered a remedy for a wide range of health conditions including the modern health epidemics like cancer and chronic degenerative diseases. At first it seems a bit odd to drink ‘mud’ but after reading you will understand why it really can make sense.
Yes, you can drink bentonite clay and it has many great benefits for your body and your inner organs. Bentonite clay helps to detoxify the body and repair the gut, in addition to providing minerals to the body. Bentonite gives energy to cells, anti-radiation properties and many more.
In this article, we discuss why to drink bentonite clay and how doing it without causing harm.
Let us have a closer look….
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is a commercial name given for a wide range of clays having high absorption rates. Bentonite is derived from Fort Benton, a place where it was first discovered. Bentonite predominantly consists of montmorillonite (a clay mineral belonging to the Smectite group), in addition to a variety of other minerals such as kaolin, illite, mica and non-clay minerals like gypsum, calcite, felspar and quartz. The use of Bentonite mainly depends on whether it has any of these other minerals.
As discussed earlier, the primary constituent of Bentonite is Montmorillonite, a clay mineral belonging to the Smectite group. Smectites are anhydrous aluminium silicate containing sodium, calcium, magnesium or iron. Bentonite clay is classified into 2 types depending on whether it contain sodium or calcium; and both have different physical properties. It is also possible for bentonite clay to have a mix of both calcium and sodium.
Sodium Clay vs Calcium Clay
Sodium bentonites are capable of swelling to many times their original volume when treated with water, and are used in various industries like paper, pharmaceutical, cement, paint and many more. That’s the reason why Sodium bentonite is not that good to take internally. Since it absorbs huge quantities of liquid compared to other types of bentonite clay, it swells in your stomach or intestines and might create a problems when taken internally. Try a product with sodium bentonite and you will see if your body tolerates it.
If you are searching bentonite clay for drinking purpose, then Calcium bentonite might be an even better choice. It is a form of clay that has unique properties to adsorb impurities from grease, fats, and oils. They can be broken down into fine particles and are called fullers earth. They do not swell as much like Sodium bentonite, thus making it a slightly safer product for internal use. Other things to remember is to get food grade calcium bentonite, if you are going to be ingesting it. Food grade clays are generally safer and more carefully handled than industrial grade clays.
How Does Bentonite Clay Work?
Bentonite clay is a detoxifying agent that can be used both internally and externally. They are highly beneficial in case of heavy metal poisoning and radiation build-up.
Each and every cell in our human body excrete waste materials. These waste products partly become poisonous and toxic to the body if it is allowed to buildup faster than it can be filtered or eliminated out of the system. Toxic buildup in our system can create symptoms like fatigue, acid reflux, digestive problems in the stomach and colon, gas and bloating, aching stiff joints, mental dullness and so on. Therefore, it is necessary to naturally remove the buildup of toxins and impurities from the body system effectively. Bentonite clay is the best detoxification agent because it is safe and effective. It has many healing properties due to its high negative ionic charge and alkaline pH, and it works on the entire system.
Bentonite clay is an inert super charged mineral, and gets its electromagnetic charge from the volcanic and thermo dynamic action that created it. When mixed with water, bentonite clay gets triggered and starts a healing process within the body. Also, it has the ability to adsorb harmful, toxic materials from the body, tightly bind them within the molecule and bring them out of the body safely.
Benefits of Drinking Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is one of the easiest, safest and least expensive detoxifying agent available today. It is a non-evasive treatment, and when used properly, it cause no harm to the body. Bentonite clay sweeps through the system, healing or cleansing conditions that are otherwise difficult to control, such as constipation, fluoride contamination, IBS, diarrhoea, hypothyroid, ulcers and many more. Here are the most important benefits of bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay has a range of health benefits, mainly due to its detoxifying properties. When mixed with water, bentonite clay swells and becomes inert. Drinking bentonite clay mixed with water helps clean and detoxify the body from inside. The clay swells while inside the body and due to it’s negative charge it attracts toxins, pathogens and heavy metals towards it. They are then adsorbed by the clay and excreted through feces. Since bentonite clay is inert, it will not change its structure during bowel movement.
2. Anti-Radiation Effect
We are exposed to low-level of radiation on a regular basis just because we live on this planet. Addiotional some common forms of radiation exposure includes computers, cellular phones, smoke detectors, X-ray machines, WiFi routers and so on. In general, clay is used to remove and store radioactive wastes because it will mop up any leakage, thus preventing further contamination. Like any other clay, bentonite clay also draws in radioactive contaminants. Bentonite clay’s negative ions strengthens and awakens the body of cancer patients who have weakened immune system due to chemo-therapy and radiation treatments. It is also known to fight free radicals, cause oxidative stress upon cancer cells and increase T-cell count.
3. Healthy Gut
Bentonite clay is a great remedy for an array of gastrointestinal problems. It promotes digestion by removing toxins, heavy metals, and digestive-stress causing chemicals from the gut. Bentonite clay drinking is great for flushing out potential toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. When consumed, it binds with the toxins in the gut and releases its minerals into the body. The clay is then expelled from the body through feces. Studies suggest that bentonite is great in relieving diarrhea, acid reflux and nausea. It’s also known to help patients suffering from leaky gut syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The alkalising effect of bentonite helps balance gut bacteria. By removing harmful bacteria’s and toxins from the gut, bentonite clay allows your gut’s good bacteria to flourish and keeps you healthy. Bentonite clay is great in treating all kinds of digestive issues such as; Gas and bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, cleans the gut, provide minerals to the body, improves bowel function, helps speed healing from vomiting, kills viral infections, neutralizes gut bacteria’s, and relief from various digestive issues.
4. Hyperthyroidism Remedy
Animal studies have revealed bentonite clay has the ability to minimize the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Although the study has not been done on humans yet, the results suggest it lowers the amount of thyroxine in the blood, a hormone that is secreted in excess with patients suffering from hyperthyroidism.
5. Boost Immune System
Bentonite clay can remove bacteria or viruses from the digestive system, thus providing an overall immunity to the body. It can not only absorb and prevent the growth of common bacteria and viruses, but also treat more dangerous infection causing strains like E.coli, Salmonella, staph, and MRSA. Studies show that bentonite clay can even work on antibiotic resistant bacterial strains. However, when treating bacterial or viral infections using bentonite clay, it is essential to keep your doctor in loop. Never take clay with antibiotics, as it may lessen the efficiency of antibiotics.
6. Combat Dietary Toxins
Bentonite clay is effective at combating dietary toxins such as aflatoxins that can suppress the functions of the immune system. Aflatoxins are mold like compound found in products like moldy peanut butter, nuts, various grains and contaminated cooking oils.
7. To Alkalize the Body
Acidic foods that we eat everyday can disrupt our body’s natural pH . For good digestion, a good pH balance is essential. When the body’s internal environment is too acidic, it is not easy for the stomach to break down food and digest. For this reason, alkalizing minerals are necessary for the body which can be found in bentonite clay. When ingesting the clay, the minerals found in it helps to establish a balance between the body’s acidity and alkalinity by enhancing the alkalinity of the blood, urine, and saliva.
8. As a Mineral Supplement
Over consumption of processed food, poor soil quality, municipal water system that removes all trace minerals, lack of fruits and vegetables in our diet, and medications that affect nutrient absorption are just a few reasons most people don’t get enough minerals and trace minerals in their body. With so many options out there in the market, bentonite clay is the best way to remineralize the body as it is cheap, completely natural, affordable, tasteless, rich in minerals and trace minerals, plus works as a detox agent too. When you are purchasing bentonite clay for internal use, make sure you buy food grade and good quality products. Also, avoid using metal containers, as it can draw in metals out of it. So it is always better to use plastic, glass or wood utensils while mixing bentonite clay.
How and When Should I Drink Bentonite Clay?
Much like a dietary supplement, bentonite clay can be introduced into your body as a supplement, for an additional mineral boost. The body absorbs all the vital vitamins and minerals found in bentonite clay after ingestion. The most common and convenient way to take bentonite clay is by simply mixing it with water. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoonful of bentonite clay in 8 ounces of pure water, mix well, and drink immediately before it settles down. Follow with another 8 ounces of pure water.
It is recommended to take bentonite clay 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. The problem with drinking bentonite clay immediately after mixing is that, it continues to expand in your stomach and intestines and can cause constipation. To avoid this, you can let the mixture stay for a while before drinking. By this you are allowing the clay to swell as much as possible before it enters into the body. Then you can either drink the entire glass down, or just drink the clear water in the top of the glass. For most people, drinking the clear water is more than enough for treating their condition. But if you want to benefit 100% you have to drink the whole glass of course. Just start with one teaspoon and check how your body reacts.
How Often Can I Drink Bentonite Clay?
If you are planning to drink bentonite clay for detoxification, gut healing or any other health issues, you can take it for a short or long-term depending on your individuals health goals and challenges. But keep in mind, don’t overdo. Beginners can start with I teaspoon of clay a day. Rather than taking continuously, you can drink bentonite clay for 3 to 4 days continuously and then take a break for 2 to 3 days, and then resume. You can continue this pattern for the first few weeks as you may experience detox symptoms. Once you get adjusted to the process, you can take continuously depending on your health goals and challenges.
The key to avoid constipation during bentonite clay drinking is to take plenty of water; which means, a lot more than you usually drink. Plus take a proper diet.
Bentonite Clay Mixed With Psyllium Husk
Adding fiber to this mixture has been found helpful for many people, in order to help the clay move along through the digestive tract. Some recommend using psyllium husk for its excellent laxative effect. Though psyllium husk can remove toxins and clay effectively out of the system, in some cases, it has an opposite effect and causes constipation or blockage. There are certain times during the year I take psyllium husk for a few weeks and it really helps my digestion. Try it out for yourself.
Side Effects of Drinking Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay, when used externally in the form of cream and cosmetics do not create any adverse reaction. So, for this reason, the USFDA has approved Bentonite clay as “Generally regarded as safe”. However, drinking bentonite clay might create adverse reactions in the body.
- Do not ingest huge quantities of bentonite clay because of the way it expands in the body. It may clog up your lower intestines and can cause constipation. Some point out that too much clay consumption can lead to nutrient deficiencies. It may take a toll on your digestive system, teeth and gums too. To prevent any of these side effects from occurring when taking bentonite clay internally, always take the clay as recommended.
- Can expose you to metal contaminants. A few of the bentonite clay products found in the market might contain traces of lead and arsenic, both of which are toxic and highly unsafe to the body. Lead can adversely affect your cardiovascular system and kidneys, and can harm the CNS of a young child. Arsenic enhances the risk of developing lung, bladder and skin cancers. Purchasing bentonite clay from reputed sellers can help you avoid these dangers. Exactly check the product you take for ingestion. You can find a product recommendation here.
- Damage lungs: WHO warns that long term exposure to bentonite clay dust can cause structural and functional damage to your lungs. Quartz and silica, that may sometimes found in bentonite clay pose lung cancer risk too. The likelihood that you inhale huge amounts aren’t that high so this is just to complete this list.
- Kills good gut bacteria: Yes, you heard it right. Bentonite clay acts as an ‘intestinal broom’, and they don’t just carry out the bad bacteria’s out of the system but also strips away the gut’s good bacteria’s. However, you can always replenish your system with good bacteria’s by taking a probiotic supplement for enhanced digestive health.
Bentonite Clay Recipes to Drink
In this section we want to give you 2 recipes that you can use if you don’t want to drink the bentonite clay with pure water. Both recipes are pretty easy so there is not that much work involved.
Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
Bentonite clay taken with apple cider vinegar makes an excellent recipe for treating ulcerative colitis. For best results use equal amounts of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar with some water.
Add 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass or plastic bowl, and mix it by adding sufficient quantity of plain water. Stir until you get an even solution and drink it. Allow it to work in your system before taking the next dose, may be after a week.
Bentonite Clay and Active Charcoal Detox Drink
Bentonite clay makes a great recipe with charcoal for treating digestion and to improve gut health. Both these elements come from mother earth and gives powerful cleansing and detoxifying effects to the body. Activated charcoal is very famous for its cleansing properties. It absorbs poison and heavy metals from the body. It minimizes cholesterol levels, gas and bloating and even hangovers. Like bentonite clay, charcoal also has a negative charge, porous surface which can attract and bind positively charged gases and chemicals to it.
Together, bentonite clay and charcoal makes a great colon cleanse drink. And, here is the recipe for you to try.
- 1 tbsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp activated charcoal
- 1 tsp flax seeds or chia seeds
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk
- 1 squeeze of fresh lemon
- 16 ounce of water
Add all the ingredients in a non-metal utensil, mix well and drink immediately. Add another 16 oz of water immediately, as you can get dehydrated by this recipe.
Is Bentonite Clay Safe to Drink?
For many, eating clay might not seem to be appetizing. However, consuming bentonite clay can offer immense health benefits to your detoxification and digestive system as I mentioned above. But you red the “side effect” section so now you are unsure what to do. You probably ask, is it safe to drink clay? Trust me, it is safe.
One important point to safe use of bentonite is to choose the right form of clay. Bentonite clay comes in many forms; food grade and non food grade, and sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite. Do not buy bentonite clay unless it is from a trusted source that uses third party testing to make sure the product is heavy metal free, as well from other contaminants. Make sure to always read labels on the back of all products before consuming.
Both sodium and calcium bentonite are edible clays, as long as it is a food grade. However, calcium bentonite is a little bit better for internal use as it uses adsorption (not to confuse with absorption) to detoxify the body. Adsorption is the ability to attract substance rather than getting soaked up. Due to this reason, calcium bentonite can make a better choice for internal use in pulling toxins out of the human body.
Use a Suitable Container to Mix the Clay
Yet another tip is to mix your bentonite drinking solution in glass, wood, or plastic containers. Because, bentonite latches on to heavy metals and draws them in, mixing them in metal utensil will render them ineffective.
Drinking bentonite clay can cause you constipation. Therefore, if you drink bentonite clay, it is important to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and help you with the elimination process.
Speak to your health care provider before taking bentonite clay if you are pregnant or giving it to children. I would avoid ingesting clay while pregnant at all. And also be aware of the fact that inhalation of bentonite powder can harm your lungs and irritate them.
Is There Lead in Bentonite Clay?
If you are using bentonite clay for detoxing or digestive health, you might have noticed the new warning label about lead. In fact, many people are concerned about the lead content in bentonite clay, especially when using it for internal purposes. This is actually something to care about because lead can be very harmful for the human body. But there is nothing to get concerned about the lead content in your clay. I’ll explain……
As you know, bentonite clay is a naturally occurring substance and it contains trace amount of various elements, including lead. How much lead does it contain? Only traces; lesser than what is found in your regular food products, cosmetics and lipsticks. Just check out the lead in tuna for example.
You Shouldn’t be Too Scared
In addition, lead is not bioavailable. which means it is not available for your body to absorb. Yes, I agree lead is poisonous even in tiny amounts, if it is able to build up in the body. However, the lead from natural sources and from bentonite remain bonded when they enter into the system, and the lead that is already bonded is not likely to stay in the system.
In simple words: Yes, there is lead in bentonite clay. But the trace amount of lead found in bentonite clay is not harmful as it is already bonded to another element and not likely to store or release in the body. If you are unsure just contact your physician and speak with him about the bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay is an excellent way to naturally detoxify your body and protect it from various illnesses. Continuous research is been conducted to find more uses for this ancient clay mineral. If you are looking forward to have a healthy gut, remineralize and detoxify your body, protect you from the present radiation hazards, eliminate toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from your body and so on, then try Bentonite clay. It is natural, relatively safe, reliable and inexpensive and has a wide range of uses for the whole family. Bentonite clay drinking supercharges your body with the essential nutrients and helps you stay fit and active throughout the day.
Disclaimer: We did a ton of research to give you the best information possible. Anyway, we can not guarantee you that everything is 100 % correct. If you are unsure please contact your physician before ingesting/drinking bentonite clay.