How and Why to Drink Bentonite Clay

How and Why to Drink Bentonite Clay (for anti-radiation, detoxification, gut-healing and more); with recipe

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Mineral-rich and volcanic in origin, bentonite clay could be considered a panacea amidst the world’s deluge of toxins. Chronic degenerative diseases and cancer are modern health epidemics. Here we discuss why and how to drink bentonite clay: Bentonite clay provides minerals to the body, even while it helps to repair the gut and detoxify the system. Bentonite clay cleanses the body of toxins and gives energy to cells. Anti-radiation and cleansing from plastics, yes, that too! Let’s look more closely…

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How Does Bentonite Clay Work?

For millennia, native people groups have recognized and used bentonite clay for its cleansing and energizing properties. Over 100 scientific studies have explored the historical and current uses for bentonite clay, confirming its healing properties and the extreme safety of its uses (source).

Bentonite clay is sponge-like and able to absorb forty times its own weight in positively charged substances (such as toxins and pathogens) throughout the alimentary canal. Bentonite clay can not be digested, so it helps the body to excrete these waste products.

Bentonite clay sweeps through the system cleansing or healing conditions that are otherwise difficult to combat:

  • Dietary toxins
  • SIBO
  • Flouride contamination
  • Toxic metals
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea, IBS
  • Ulcers
  • Hypothyroid
  • Insomnia

Every cell in the human body excretes waste. Bentonite clay absorbs that waste, relieving the body’s toxic burden. Organ function is benefited by the reduced toxic load: Bentonite clay absorbs toxins before they get processed by the liver and kidneys. Toxins are also absorbed before they get backed up in the colon. This allows the intestines and colon to absorb more dietary nutrition!

Bentonite clay is also alkalizing, renewing the body’s inner environment and making it inhospitable to the growth of cancer cells.

Bentonite clay energizes! It has an innate electromagnetic negative charge, hearkening back to its volcanic origins. This power allows bentonite clay to ignite cells with improved function and balance, revitalizing the whole body. Revitalization of cells allows the organs to function better and the body to rebuild itself.

Bentonite clay also attracts hydrogen. This allows cells to take in more oxygen!

Bentonite clay prevents and cures aflatoxin toxicity. Aflatoxin is a cancer-causing mold commonly found in peanut butter, corn and other foods. It’s an extreme immune-suppressant (source).

Bentonite clay is anti-bacterial.

Benefits of drinking bentonite clay? Healing of the digestive system, excretion of toxins, improved organ function, increased nutrition from food, oxygenation of cells, antibacterial (can replace antibiotics in some cases).

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Detoxing Plastics and Pathogens

Whether it’s from our phones, clothing, chewing gum, contact lenses, take-out boxes, plastic wrap, restaurant storage containers, or the plastics found in the water we drink, how do we detox the plastics that we touch and consume? (source)

I recently wrote about the value of sea salt, over the use of mined salt (read that post here); but sea salt’s one drawback is its contamination by plastic. The fact is: We can’t escape plastics in our modern world. But we can detox them. Our bodies can handle a certain toxic load; and our bodies are wired, if given the right dietary advantages, as well as low-stress, and good supplements, to be able to usher those toxins out of the body.

We can detox plastics through a great diet high in vegetables, supplements like diatomaceous earth (DE), spirulina or chlorella and the use of bentonite clay (source). Read here on how to take diatomaceous earth. I take DE daily. Here’s a great spirulina, and here’s a great chlorella. I use both of these mineral-rich green products and alternate them, taking them about 5 days a week.

On a related note, one of the MOST important steps in my healing process is practicing grounding, or earthing. (Read about it here.) My doctor restored my proper organ function through this practice. During the process, I learned about negative ions. Both pathogens and plastics, like toxins and heavy metals, are positively charged. Bentonite clay, in contrast, is negatively charged. It attracts pathogens and plastics to itself and ushers them out of the body.

Benefits of drinking bentonite clay? The removal of plastics and pathogens from the system!

Find bentonite clay here.

Radiation Exposure

Have you had an x-ray recently, perhaps a mammogram? Or do you work in a hospital or dental office? Actually, being human in this modern age means exposure to low level radiation on a regular basis. Radiation exposure is all around us. Here are some common forms of radiation that most of us are exposed to daily:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • X-ray machines
  • Smoke detectors
  • WIFI routers
  • Cigarette smoke (source)

The millions of pores in bentonite clay draw in radioactive contaminants. Clay is used for the removal and storage of radioactive wastes because it will mop up any leakage, preventing further contamination. Even animals exposed to the Chernobyl disaster were considered edible after prolonged treatment with bentonite clay! Both Russian scientists and American military have habitually used bentonite clay to protect themselves from radiation poisoning (source).

After cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation therapy, a patient’s immune system is compromised. Bentonite’s negative ions allow it to strengthen and awaken that body. Bentonite clay increases one’s T-cell count, fights free radicals and was shown in one test to cause oxidative stress upon cancer cells (source and source).

Benefits of drinking bentonite clay? Healing from radiation poisoning and the strengthening of the immune system!

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Which Bentonite Clay to Choose

A company called Sonne’s removes the impurities from bentonite clay (dirt, mica and impurities) so the active ingredient, montmorillonite, is more concentrated. (Find Sonne’s Bentonite Clay here. Use code BEAUTIFUL10 at checkout for 10% off your order.) If you choose this gentle product, most adults take 1 tablespoon on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, in a glass of water. Another tablespoon is recommended before bed each night, in a glass of water. This regimen can be taken long term or short term, depending on an individual’s health goals and challenges. Consult your functional or naturopathic physician.

Here’s another great clay company. They offer green clay and have some wonderful testimonies as well as a free eBook.

Some recommend taking bentonite clay with psyllium husk. This plant material is effective for many as a laxative. Psyllium husk can effectively help to move the clay and toxins out of the system. But in a very few patients, psyllium husk actually has the opposite effect; it can cause blockage or constipation. Based on my own ingestion of bentonite clay and reading extensively on the topic, psyllium husk may be unnecessary and counter productive. The reason is: Psyllium husk is an insoluble fiber. Its abrasive texture is not gentle on the digestive tract, and it adds no other value to the body other than bulk.

The key to avoiding constipation when taking bentonite clay is to drink LOTS of water, a lot more than you usually do (I drink about 3-4 extra glasses per day), and having a proper diet. Our diet should be free of grains and sugar, if we’re attending to healing. While bentonite clay will firm up loose stools, it will likely not cause constipation unless there is old fecal matter in the colon and not enough water is consumed (source). Constipation will resolve with the continued use of clay and extra water. Some sources caution that constipation from drinking edible clay reveals the degeneration of the system. Clay more often and regularly is recommended over abandoning the practice (source). Consult your practitioner to be sure of what’s right for your body.

Others encourage the ingestion of castor oil to encourage an effective purge of the toxins. Again, be careful with this and start slow, as internal use of castor oil can cause diarrhea or GI discomfort.

Most sources recommend bentonite clay on its own, at least to start, which I found to work well. Remember to always take bentonite clay with lots of water.

I have also found it’s helpful to start with less bentonite clay, and work up to more after you see its effects. The recipe below starts with just half a teaspoon daily. This approach is gentle, yet I still notice the benefit. The amount can be doubled, tripled etc. when the patient is ready.

What most sources don’t expound upon enough, in my opinion, is the approach of starting slow. While many sources recommend drinking 1-3 teaspoons (or more) of clay mixed with water daily, there are some who remind us that after the below solution is mixed (see Recipe), it’s appropriate to drink just 1 ounce of the clay water daily for the first week. Week 2 the patient may increase to 2 ounces daily. And then 2 ounces twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.

Letting the mixture sit overnight, and allowing the sediment to settle and drinking just the clay water from the top of the mixture in the morning is another gentle approach.

When health goals have been reached some patients consume an ounce of clay water every 2-3 days for maintenance.

In addition to increasing one’s water intake, starting slow may be the best approach for avoiding constipation as well as seeing the benefits bentonite clay has to offer.

Drink Recipe when using powdered bentonite clay:

Bentonite Clay Drink (for detox)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Notes: Do not take with other supplements or medications.
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Megan
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces water filtered (not distilled)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon (or more; see Instruction 5 below) bentonite clay see link for safe source of bentonite clay in Recipe Notes
Instructions
  1. Put bentonite clay and about 2 ounces of filtered water in 2-4 cup mason jar with plastic or coated metal screw-on lid.
  2. Shake vigorously (about 60 seconds). Once mixed, add remaining 6 ounces of water. Shake again.
  3. Drink immediately; or let sit out overnight and drink in a.m.
  4. Follow by drinking additional filtered water.
  5. For general detox, use up to 2-1/2 teaspoons bentonite clay daily for 2 weeks, in divided doses, morning and night: about 1-1/4 teaspoons in the morning and the same in the evening. For heavy metal detox, 1-1/4 teaspoons can be taken 3 times daily. For general long term use, 1-1/4 teaspoons can be taken once daily. More may be taken at any point, as desired. Increase gradually.
Recipe Notes

Here's food-safe, bulk bentonite clay supplement, intended for internal use.

Here's psyllium husk, if you'd like to add it (1 teaspoon) to prevent constipation.

 

 

Is there Lead in Bentonite Clay?

The short answer is Yes, and aluminum too; but they’re not bioavailable. Here’s a helpful post if you’d like to read more on the topic (source).

Topical Use of Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is most commonly used topically. A clay paste is applied on the face and armpits; clay is dissolved in full body baths and for detox foot baths. This last option is both economical and effective for internal detoxification. Here’s one foot bath recipe that includes bentonite clay.

For anyone with an autistic child, diabetes or serious heavy metal contamination: You might consider whole body baths with bentonite clay for their cleansing and calming benefits. We have found it’s best to start with hot water in the blender; and blend the clay. Once dissolved, the blender contents can be added to the bath water. (Rinse clean the blender directly after use. See below for concerns about mixing clay with metal tools.)

For beauty purposes: Looking closely at animal husbandry practices, bentonite clay actually increases wool production in sheep! (source) I like to think it may give us more beautiful and abundant heads of hair too! Historically bentonite clay has been used in Iran for these purposes, although there are not yet scientific studies on the topic.

Other concerns?

  1. Use with metal? How to mix it? — Many voices have been raised over the use of metal mixing tools with bentonite clay. This concern is valid only if the metal is exposed for an extended period of time and especially if the clay is wet. Note, all clay is mined with metal tools! BUT: Don’t leave a metal implement in a glass of wet clay or clay water overnight. HOWEVER: It IS actually safe to use a metal whisk or metal-bladed blender with bentonite clay, briefly. After the clay is mixed, simply rinse the whisk or blender immediately and thoroughly (source). When mixing clay for internal use, the best method is outlined in the recipe above: Shake with water in glass jar.
  2. Keto/low carb? — Bentonite clay has no calories, a zero glycemic index and is not a digestible food. It is safe for Keto and low carb diets.
  3. When to take it — It’s recommended by most to take bentonite clay before a meal, by 30-60 minutes. The main reason is that clay is very alkaline (it has an 8.5-10 pH). Ideally, for digestion, the stomach should have a 1-2 pH, (which is why many of us take bitters or Betaine HCl). While we want alkalinity within our bodies (to avoid cancer and other illnesses), the stomach’s pH needs to be acidic while it’s digesting. Clay, will not, however rob our bodies of food’s nutrition! It is selective and draws positively charged toxins to itself. So it certainly can be taken with food. Some sources recommend taking bentonite clay with food, if extreme food sensitivities exist, to create a less caustic environment.
  4. Its affect on flora — Raymond Dextreit, author of Earth Cures, said “Clay is incomparable for maintaining or re-establishing a good normal flora…” All herbal authorities agree that bentonite clay works alongside the gut’s flora to create a more balanced microbiome.
  5. Pill or capsule form? — The clay needs to be in its liquid state for optimum benefit. Clay begins to work in the mouth, and is in its active state even in the mouth. Once a dry tablet or capsule dissolves, a lump of clay is left in the stomach. It needs water not only to activate it, but to carry it through, to coat the digestive system properly. Pills and capsules of clay should be avoided.
  6. How long to use — Perry Arledge, author of Calcium Bentonite Clay, explains the lasting effects of bentonite clay, but also encourages its long term use:

The vibrational resonance of the electromagnetic energy of clay in stimulating blood flow and circulation has a lingering essence. It’s somewhat like forgetting to plug your cell phone into a charger. It may take a few days to completely lose the charge. Clay is like a charger that keeps the body balanced and in equilibrium and thus energized. It is best to take clay on a daily basis and keep a steady balance in your body.

Cautions and Tips

Here I want to briefly address concerns about the safety of consuming bentonite clay. While there are over a hundred scientific studies about its uses and safety, plus thousands of testimonials, there are still a couple of voices that say otherwise. My post is not meant to be one-sided. Simply put, I have personally benefited from the ingestion of bentonite clay. I actually love what it’s done for my body. But when I read the concerns voiced, I think it’s important to consider each point to be sure, of course! We want to be cautious and wise; that’s the whole reason we’re talking about taking bentonite clay to begin with: to further our own healing.

Here are some cautions and tips:

  1. Don’t ingest bentonite clay at the same time as DMSO, a prescription medicine sometimes taken for bladder and other conditions. They can, however, be taken separately.
  2. Do not take bentonite clay with any medication.
  3. Although it is unlikely to interfere with natural supplements, take bentonite clay 30-60 minutes away from or at a separate time from supplements.
  4. Do not take clay baths mixed with magnesium in bathwater. There are different actions occurring: Clay draws toxins in, while magnesium is absorbed by the body.
  5. After consuming bentonite clay and water, wait 60 minutes to eat, allowing it to sweep through the stomach and do its good work, unaffected by the acidity required for digestion. (Ideally, use Betaine HCl or Digestive Bitters to create the optimum pH for digestion directly before eating. Find them here and here.)
  6. Any other concerns about ingesting bentonite clay? Here’s a helpful article and website.

Best resources? Want to read more about healing clays? Here are four top books on the subject:

  • Our Earth, Our Cure (find it here)
  • Upon A Clay Tablet (find it here)
  • The Clay Cure (find it here)
  • Calcium Bentonite Clay (find it here)

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Additional References

https://www.allaboutfasting.com/colon-cleanse-recipe.html
http://www.calciumbentonite.net/bentoids/bentonite-background.html
https://www.holisticcancerfoundation.com/reducing-chemo-radiation-symptoms /
http://www.bentoniteclayinfo.com/clay_info.html
http://www.eytonsearth.org/clay-sleep-disorder.html
https://www.earthsnaturalclay.com/blogs/blog/87074183-boosting-liver-function-with-bentonite-clay

Comments 31

  1. Thank you very much for this AWESOME article! So informative and the recipe is great! I recently purchased bentonite clay for a cleansing I am doing to rid myself of candida over-growth. I’m hoping this will help. I am, as well, taking DE and am wondering if it is suitable to take one right after the other? I’m thinking yes, however, it would be great if you could confirm for me. Thanks so much!

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      Hi Dianne! Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad the article is helpful!! I do take both! But I actually separate them. Theoretically I don’t see how or why they’d interfere with one another. I can’t say definitively, but I do think they will work fine together. My protocol is to drink the bentonite clay an hour before breakfast, and I take DE with my meal.

  2. This is so interesting! Many many years ago when I first started my real food journey I heard about pascalite clay. I had no clue about it or what bentonite clay was then. But the person who shared about was having her husband who had cancer drink the clay daily. I was blown away by the health changes she shared that happened from consuming it. I’ve kind of forgotten about it since then except using it from time to time in baths or face masks. Thanks for putting together all of this helpful info for us!

  3. This was very insightful to read as I had no idea you could take bentonite clay internally. I’ve had charcoal before, especially after food poisnoning and I hear it’s good for hangovers 😉 but not other clays. It makes sense though. Very interesting!

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      Thanks for commenting, Irena. Yeah, that’s a great correlation, that both clay and charcoal absorb or attract toxins to themselves!

  4. I’ve used clay in masks and in baths. I’ve also ingested it during a cleanse many years ago. Thanks for reminding me about how awesome it is.

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  5. Thanks so much for such a fab article Megan. I had been feeling like I wanted to try taking clay then your email newsletter popped into my inbox….perfect timing :-)) What is the difference between DE and bentonite clay? I had thought they were the same thing….but they’re not? Thanks again so much. Love your website and writing / info 🙂

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  6. I never thought I would be reading about IC again after being symtom free for 18 years, maybe 1x a year I would have a very mild flare that would last about 2 days and be totally gone. I have been doing so well that I actually thought I was healed. I eat a very clean diet, exercise hard 5x a week and take an array of very good supps. as I research and have studied for decades to find out the best to take especially at the age of 69. I am in total shock, frustration and low emotionally since this very bad flare happened 3 weeks ago for no apparent reason. I have been able with no problem at all the past 4-1/2 years to have sex with my fiance with no pain at all during or afterwards. I am at a loss as to what to do to get this flare to leave and let me get back to my healthy and happy life.

    I did a lot of research the past week and I have started Castor Oil Packs, Marshmellow Tea and I just ordered Sonne Benonite clay…I am so hoping and praying this regime will get rid of the pain and spasms!

    Thank You Megan for this detailed article!

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      Oh Christy, I’m SO sorry!! No changes in your diet either? There are sometimes factors that can add up over time. I love what you’re trying, and may these methods really make a breakthrough. Keep in touch and best wishes!! xo!

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      Oh good, Stacey, so glad. It’s funny, I’m the opposite. I started by ingesting it, well, I guess, other than making toothpaste! 🙂

  7. Hi Megan! I have just “stumbled” on the concept of taking bentonite clay internally and I love your informative article! For almost 10 years I have been dealing with an autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s) that I beIieve is being driven by underlying gut infection/bacterial imbalance (I had a stool test done which showed pathogenic bacteria and insufficient beneficial bacteria, even though I’ve taken probiotics for years). I follow a clean whole foods paleo diet and do not take medications as I want to heal myself as naturally as possible! Do you think this practice of taking bentonite could potentially help correct my gut imbalance??

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      Hi Jenna, I’m not in a position to speak to your particular situation. I recommend you find a great functional doctor. Bentonite clay is one good step in an overall detox protocol. Best wishes!!

  8. Very interesting. My concern is absorbing too much iron if I drank this bc oral clay tends to increase my serum ferritin (iron). I have a history of things doing that to me. If I mixed it in water and let it settle to the bottom and drank it in the AM and not the settled mud in the bottom, would I benefit and miss most of the iron content, or would that be a waste of clay? Constipation is also my tendency.

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  9. Ive been using and drinking bentonite for about 30 years, not on a daily regimen but as needed, learning about it when I was director of a wholistic health spa. I purchased 100 pounds 30 years ago and still have about 30 pounds left. It doesnt go bad, and revitalizes when exposed to air. Mixed with water in a thin paste, it’s very effective with zits, acne and other skin problems, and small wounds. If you make a larger amount to be used over a period of time, add some hydrogen peroxide to your water. Make a ‘volcano’ looking small mound of paste over the spot and leave on as long as possible, preferrably until it falls off. For zits apply at bedtime being careful to not touch while still wet. Do not pick it off when dry. Do not get in the eyes. For small oozing wounds, dry clay powder can be sprinkled on until it stops absorbing. One caution in drinking clay water is that if taken daily it may pull nutrients out of the intestines, so best to use it more sporadically, like 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off, e.g. I have some lab testing reports done in the 70’s or 80’s that addressed effectiveness with skin cancer as being very positive. I personally have applied the clay paste to people either with untreated skin cancers or right after removal. Healing on areas where cancers were removed is much faster, and the clay greatly reduces inflammation. However, in dealing with any cancers, if detected it is best to seek out the most recent medical treatments rather than take a chance and lose time. Some cancers can spread rapidly. The clay paste can also remove warts if applied for about 2 weeks and let to dry. When my son was about 7 he had a plugged saliva duct in his mouth. I put clay powder on it for only a few days and it totally cured it. His dentist said he never saw anything like it. The clay water is also effective in a douche, and can stop a UTI in many cases. It should be held inside for as long as possible. In any toxic situation, the negative charge in the clay seeks out positively charged toxins, and absorbs them. For many conditions it is an excellent natural alternative, and relatively safe to experiment. Just use common sense.

  10. It’s all good except the part about radiation is misleading in one way and wrong in another. “The millions of pores in bentonite clay draw in radioactive contaminants.” There are no pores in the Bentonite clay, it adsorbs particles not absorbs them. The radiation sources that you listed do indeed damage the body, but Bentonite can do nothing for any of the radiation exposures that you listed except for the cigarette smoke in a very limited way. Those other forms of radiation listed are electromagnetic, and once the device is turned off the radiation stops, nothing to remove. What Bentonite clay is excellent in removing are the increasingly present Fukushima fallout particles that so many are in obvious denial about.

  11. How about taking this while nursing? Any recommendations?

    And when you say don’t take with any medications…like what’s safe, taking it 30-60 minutes before medications or after?
    Thanks!

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