Colon cleanse with bentonite clay
Eat clay? Really? Yes really. But not just any clay. This is not a recommendation to go digging in the yard to make “sopa de mud” for lunch. Instead, it is a natural clay called “bentonite.” It is being used more and more by alternative medicine practitioners for effective internal cleansing and detoxification.
Clay consumption for digestive health, toxin removal, and antibacterial properties is nothing new. In fact, it has been practiced by indigenous tribes for centuries. Even animals are instinctively drawn to clay and are observed to lick it up as part of their daily diet.
What is bentonite clay?
Bentonite is a trade name for the active mineral “montmorillonite”. Although medicinal clay was first identified in Montmorillon, France, the highest concentrations of bentonite are found in North America, in the Great Plains area. The name “bentonite” refers to Fort Benton, Wyoming, where it was discovered in Cretaceous rocks.
It is a clay composed of small platelets that have negative and positive electrical charges. When exposed to fluid, platelets swell and open up like little sponges. Open spaces draw toxins to them with electrical attraction and bind them together.
Health Benefits of Bentonite Colon Cleansing
Taken internally, bentonite clay is inert, meaning it is not digestible but passes through the body, carrying the toxins it contains. According to the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, bentonite has the ability to absorb pathogenic viruses along with pesticides and herbicides. It also absorbs heavy metals and other impurities.
As an internal cleanser, bentonite clay also removes old waste from the colon. This allows the body to better digest food to absorb and use the nutrients. This results in an improved complexion, increased energy and vitality, and fewer heartburn and gas problems.
Detoxification stimulates the immune system. Much of the body’s immune system is directed to the intestines to combat the continuous bombardment of toxins and pathogenic organisms. The old waste that builds up results in food literally composting in the intestines, requiring a significant boost in immune system power. Periodic cleansing of the body of accumulated old waste depletes needed energy and immune resources.
Promising Bentonite Clay Benefits
Researchers from the state of Arizona, in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, tested different clays from around the world to study their antibacterial activity. They have discovered clays from Nevada, Oregon, and France that have the ability to kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. This is a staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics and potentially fatal. It is becoming more common and of concern to health care providers. Bentonite clay may prove to be an effective treatment if the findings are effective in human trials.
Clay has also been shown to be effective in killing E. coli cells that cause food poisoning. It has also been shown to destroy Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells that cause gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections.
Eating this special “soil” can be very beneficial to your health. Used regularly, it maintains digestive health, maximizes nutrient absorption, detoxifies, and may even protect against dangerous bacteria and pathogenic viruses.