I have used bentonite clay in detoxes primarily geared toward colon cleansing using Dr. Bernard Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care and I have only seen positive results. This system uses various herbs and supplements, including psyllium husks and flax seed water to detoxify the body, get rid of old fecal matter and basically rid the body of many toxins over a period of at least 2 to 3 cycles of the program [this can take a year to complete them all.
I would suggest contacting a natural health practitioner or even your MD (the latter may suggest not doing it at all-often they can be wrong), but use your judgment since if you are already on various medications you may need to adapt this program or only use it if you are in fairly good health, but never stop taking your medication when on this program; however you may need to adapt it slightly. Why? This program has no food for about a week and your medication may require food. Additionally, if you take bentonite clay alone or without the proper amount of water it can have a negative side effect. This program mentions clay water which indicates it is water based or has added hydration which is completely necessary for this clay.
I have been taking bentonite clay for detoxing and really love it. I tried drinking it mixed with water but couldn't stand the taste. I now eat the clay with applesauce (1-2 tsp clay with 1 cup applesauce). I have also eaten it with yogurt. I found the applesauce with clay will make you very full for several hours, almost like an appetite suppressant, which is great for those that are dieting or cutting back.
Bentonite is fantastic for internal cleansing but like everything you must tailor the quantity to your own digestive system. I have been taking it for 4 years with positive results and have learned that regular intake of even a small amount is beneficial. It is a bacteriacide absorbs toxins and raises pH
Here's how I take it:
Add 1 liter of water to your blender.
Mix 100g of bentonite (approx 4 dessert spoons)
Blend for 1-2 minutes.
Pour 90% of this mix into a resealable food grade plastic or glass bottle. Discard the residue.
Now you have a smooth pourable base mixture. Add 50ml to 100ml* of this to a large glass and top with warm water. Warm water makes it easier to take. So you have a light clay drink 250ml - 300ml
Drink one glass in the morning and one afternoon or night. At least 30 - 40 minutes away from main meals.
DO NOT take it close to life sustaining medications as it could lessen the effect of the medication.
Take for a number of consecutive days. there is no magic number of days but generally it is beneficial when taken for a few days on a regular basis. It can be continuted for weeks at a time if so desired. I suggest starting at the lower level and increase if things are going ok. in other words if bowel movements become too slow or constipation occurs then cease the intake until you clear and resume if you wish.
Make sure to include plenty of fibre and water in your diet.
Personally I don't like to include psyillium husks with it. I find it a bit much for my system when combined & I get good results with the just Bentonite.
Initially it may make your bowel movement a bit sluggish or perhaps you'll eliminate later in the day but i have never experienced constipation from it as described in some posts. If you find the amount suggested above is still too much then lessen it until agreeable. it will still be working just a bit slower.
* 50ml - 100ml of this mix converts to 5 - 10gms of clay . It is not very much. The most I have taken at one time is 300ml (30gm of clay)of the mixture without diluting it. It was a bit hard to get down but I had a lot of energy all day. I have not repeated that amount as I would have to force it down and don't care to. Gentle persistence pays off.
I was sorry to read the negative feedback on the bentonite clay, as I have had positive results using it. I have been using it with psyllium husk powder for 3 months now. I think it is wonderful! In general, I use 1 Tbl. liquid bentonite clay with 1 Tbl. psyllium husk powder in 1 c. of liquid. In the first month, I saw lots of increased energy. In the second month, I saw wonderful results with my skin. I suffer from excessive oily skin on my face and in my hair. The bentonite clay took all of that away and left my face feeling very soft all day long without using lotions or other topical creams. The oiliness in my hair completely went away. Just the other day I did an experiment and I went 4 days without washing my hair. I was waiting for the oily scalp to come back but it never did. In the 3rd month of using bentonite clay, I have seen good results with my hair being more healthy. It doesn't fall out nearly as much when I take a shower or brush my hair. It feels thicker and the individual hair strands feel stronger like they can withstand a lot without breaking or coming out. This has been my positive experience with bentonite clay and I will continue to take 1 Tbl. each day for....well, I guess indefinitely.
HI U MOMMA AND Msmg, , , , , , , , , , , this post is right up ya'lls alley as it is about the benefits of clay, which you both advocate. I use it for my gut, but this is beyond that. Quite interesting.
Question-What does it mean to remove metals? I wanted to use the clay to remove toxins-but does it physically remove metal? I have a piece of titanium metal in my neck-I started using the clay and have had pain in my shoulder and neck-plus headaches. Is this die off or is the metal being pysically removed from my neck which would not be good as it is taking the place of a removed disk. I tried to find the answer on the internet as to what it means to have metals removed, but could not find it. Please let me know what the process consists of. Thanks for the help.
Please do more articles on bentonite clay. It's amazing -- Balances the pH levels quickly so you don't have to use baking soda, has all the minerals in it, takes out toxic heavy metals without taking out the good nutr. good for external skin ailments; good for detoxing vaccine damaged children.
I bought some betonite clay at Whole foods market for itchy skin that has no apparant cause. Came here looking for answers as to how to use external or internal. Confused! Product did not specify if calcium or sodium etc. however, was in Bulk food section of store... hhhmmmm Help!
I had an allergic reaction to a depillatory lotion. Feeling like I couldn't wash it off entirely because my skin was so inflamed and sensitive, and remembering how absorbent bentonite clay is, I applied a paste to my skin. It felt very soothing, and when I washed it off about 30 minutes later, all the pain and most of the inflammation was gone.
A friend of mine had an allergic reaction to tea tree oil applied to her skin, and bentonite clay was very soothing.
Bentonite clay should be helpful in exposure to poison ivy and other botanical (or synthetic) irritants, as it would absorb the oils that cause a prolonged reaction because they are difficult to wash off.
If using BC for irritated skin, I recommend making sure that your clay is well-hydrated before applying; it should be a soft texture, like yogurt or mayonnaise. Otherwise, the clay is very sticky when first mixed into water, and might be difficult and painful to apply (I always have a jar of hydrated BC on hand, because I have found it helpful for acid reflux).
Also, wash the clay off before it dries, or soak off gently in a tub, to prevent over-drying or having to pull on or scrub the skin.
I took sodium bentonite clay - 6 ounces per day for 3 days and a several week old problem of pain in stomach from low acid production went away very quickly, still using HCL betaine and enyzme tablets. Day 4, I can eat normally. It seems to have helped with candida as well and my energy levels are up and muscle pains vastly improved. I got a good quality one and it is better than other clays for internal use because of the ADSORB quality. Google absorbtion and adsorption for clay and you will get the technical explanation! I used it as a face mask - fantastic! Had a bath in, makes skin very smooth. Using it on hair next! Pam
Hi, If I want to use clay as a poultice for a very painful area of my body- in my case neck and shoulders, it feels like there is granulated stuff in there, shards of glass ( there is not literally glass inside of me, that is simply a description of what it feels like) what kind of clay do I use and how much or would a different kind of poultice be better?
please give me very clear directions and thank you. Yekara
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
I noticed a couple of warnings from users that were using Bentonite clay & Psyllium. Psyllium has been safe for me; however I cannot understand why anyone would use Bentonite clay to cleanse your intestinal tract. For years when I lived in Texas, we used Bentonite clay to seal ponds so they would not leak (it swells and seals and lasts for years). I can only imagine what that stuff would do to your intestinal tract. So I suspect the negative feedback is more on Bentonite clay and not psyllium.
I digested Psyllium and Bentonite clay for a colon cleanse. This was to ruin my whole life and caused immediate gastritis and triggered rosacea/rhinophyma. The onset of syptoms were abrum, immediate and extremely severe. I now have blepharitis and meibominaitis as a result. I was very stupid and digesting this product has ruined my whole life. DO NOT TAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
(Wellington, New Zealand)
I live in Ottawa Canada. Does anyone know where I can Purchase Bentonite Clay? I understand that it has great healing remedies. I don't want to purchase on-line really, really bad experience with that.
(Gatineau, Quebec, Canada)