Many cultures have used clay as a way to nourish the body as well as rid the body of toxins. Even the animal kingdom uses clay as a way to remove poison from their system or when they are sick.
Bentonite clay has gained popularity for internal and external detoxification uses. Sometimes referred to as Montmorillonite, Bentonie is a powerful healing clay. It can be used externally as a mud pack or in a bath. Soaking in a Bentonite clay bath frequently exhausts the bather as it detoxifies the body. Bentonite clay is made of aged volcanic ash and most of it comes from Fort Benton, Wyoming.
What makes it so unusual? Bentonite clay is able to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated, so when it comes into contact with fluid, the electrical components change. This give the clay the ability to absorb toxins; it’s negative charge bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When Bentonite clay comes into contact with a toxin, it absorbs the toxin and then releases minerals into the body for its use.
Often a part of an overall detoxing program, Bentonite has an alkalizing effect on the body. This can help to balance the bacteria in your gut.
A study at Arizona State University found Bentonite clay to be helpful in the battle against MRSA, salmonella, E. Coli, and other bacteria.
Bentonite Clay works for many different illnesses and conditions including skin problems, bites, burns, stings. Most people first experience Bentonite clay as a face masak or in a detox bath. Some people use it to remineralize their teeth or to alkalize their mouths. It is effective as a baby powder for diaper rash, and has been used for pets who are sick and vomiting.
Readily available in health food stores, Bentonite clay might be a good choice for your next detoxing efforts.