Bentonite Clay: The Benefits & Dangers

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Bentonite is heralded for its internal cleansing properties. This all-
natural clay has been used to help individuals afflicted with several 
different symptoms of constipation (such as bloating and gas) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As a result, Bentonite clay has become a popular ingredient of many detoxification programs.

Bentonite Clay

The Health Benefits of Bentonite Clay

When taken internally, Bentonite clay may provide multiple health benefits:

  • Helps detoxify the liver

  • Helps cleanse the colon
  • Helps boost the amount of bacterial balance in the digestive tract
  • Helps boost your immune system

  • Improves nutrient assimilation by the digestive system

This unique clay has very powerful adsorptive and absorptive properties. While the words may sound similar, they involve completely different processes.


Adsorption — The molecules comprising bentonite clay are negatively charged. The molecules of toxins, harmful bacteria, and other disease-causing agents are positively charged. As the Bentonite clay traverses the colon, the negative ions attract the toxic, positive ions and bond to them. Ions on the outer edges of both molecules swap sides, causing an exchange reaction which electrically “satisfies” the molecules. The two molecules are thus bound together and the clay molecule literally absorbs the toxic molecule.

Absorption — Bentonite clay possesses only seventeen minerals. Chemically speaking, the fewer minerals found in a clay, the higher its potential for absorption of other substances. The clay acts as a sponge as it absorbs the molecules that were initially exchanged and bonded in the adsorption process. The clay molecule takes the toxin molecule bonded to its exterior and assimilates it internally. Your body can then expel the toxin-filled clay molecules via normal bowel movements.

The Health Dangers of Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay should not be taken if you are pregnant, a senior citizen, or for at least two hours after taking other medications or nutritional supplements. It is possible for you to become constipated if you consume too much bentonite clay or not drink enough water with it in your system.

There are no known side effects are associated with ingesting pure organic sources of this healing clay in the recommended amounts. However, Bentonite clay has not been subject to a longitudinal clinical study focusing on its physiological effects in humans. While generally assumed as safe, it’s always best to consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking bentonite clay, or any new supplement.

Other Uses of Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay can be beneficial to your body because when it comes in contact with water, it absorbs it and swells up. It is because of this unique ability, that geotech and civil engineers use this clay while drilling for oil. Another common use of bentonite is to line the bottom and sides of empty landfills, so the toxic sludge that accumulates will not leak out of that area, or enter into that communities ground water. If you own a cat, look on the bag of kitty litter. Most likely, bentonite clay will be an ingredient. Because it absorbs liquid, such as cat urine, it is also a great addition to kitty liter.

8 Responses to “Bentonite Clay: The Benefits & Dangers”

  1. lenstroh80 says:

    This is amazing article this is the first time I hear about bentonite clay for internal treatment that provides great benefits specially in liver cleansing…

    I believe that fiber enriched foods are necessary for the elimination of toxic substances in the liver in that dumped poison elements I the colon by the liver can easily be eliminated .increase your intake of fiber rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables to enable the liver to completely purify our body system.

    To fully cleanse the liver, you are also required to take lots of food that are rich in proteins so that essential nutrients are available for the repairmen of tissues in the liver. Liver needs enough content of protein like foods in order to function well and fight strongly against harmful elements in our system. You need to eat more often foods such as fish, beans, nuts ,poultry and eggs, while at the same time you need to avoid chemical or pasteurized foods that have been grilled, fried of cooked in very high temperatures.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep it up

    Cheers
    Len

  2. Liver Liver says:

    When you say “Helps detoxify the liver
”. Deos that mean it will bring your liver back to pre-drinking levels? If so how soon and how effective?

    • JewDough says:

      If you are looking to try and fix you liver after having a big night of drinking, you can forget it.

      Sure bentonite clay will help into detoxifying you liver, but I would never rely on it to “fix” your liver after nights of heavy drinking, on a regular basis.

  3. Cynthia Robinson says:

    I had the occasion to use Bentonite Clay as a mask. It happened because of a week @ the Kushi Institute and the Macrobiotic Diet. I was told we would all detox but… I had no idea how intense mine would be. This past summer I was getting rid of hornets nests at my mothers home and although it had been a very calm day with no wind or breezes… at this one moment, when I sprayed exposed pipe on the roof, I had BLOWBACK… a sudden gust of wind blew the spray into my face.

    I panicked… ran to wash this stuff off me but it was so intense, it burned my skin anyway. Thinking that I I pretty much had cleansed my body was a fallacy. Macrobiotics forced it out of my system through it’s point of entry. YUP, my face swelled, eyes were nearly swollen shut… but staff at the institute was awesome. The director, who is not longer there, made me a batch of Bentonite Clay which I applied OFTEN through out the day. That was huge in pulling the toxins from my face and neck. Other staff brought me my meals because I could not venture outside my room. The pain of it all was pretty bad, and just laid in bed for at least 30 hours. I finally ventured out to a class in the kitchen which was right below my room… and everyone in my class was relieved to see me up and about. I continued to use the clay a few times a day even after the week was ended and I was home. I don’t know what I would have done without it.

    Thank G_d Mirea, the Director, took action and helped treat this condition. For her knowledge, action and compassion, I am very grateful.

  4. Vicki says:

    I was told I have hep c in 1996. I take a lot of liver detoxing things. I haven’t heard of this before now. Will it help out with Hep C ? If so I would like to add it to my list of supplements I take. I get my supplements from Doctor’s Nutrition here in Gulfport MS. I have been going there for years to get the things I need for this hep c. Please get back with me asap. Thanks, Vicki Lynn

  5. Mimi says:

    Thank you for this interesting post. You say bentonite should not be taken by senior citizens. Why? Particularly if they are not taking a lot of medications.

  6. Mingo says:

    Can Bentonite clay be used to stop severe bleeding like Kaolin Clay in “Quik Clot” blood clotting powder?


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