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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…
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
- Flouride contamination
- Toxic metals
- Diarrhea, IBS
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).
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 also detox plastics with supplements like diatomaceous earth (DE) and activated charcoal (source).
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.
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
- 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!
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.
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 processed foods and sugar. 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)
- 8 ounces water filtered (not distilled)
- ½ to 1 teaspoon (or more; see Instruction 5 below) bentonite clay see link for safe source of bentonite clay in Recipe Notes
- Put bentonite clay and about 2 ounces of filtered water in 2-4 cup mason jar with plastic or coated metal screw-on lid.
- Shake vigorously (about 60 seconds). Once mixed, add remaining 6 ounces of water. Shake again.
- Drink immediately; or let sit out overnight, and drink in the morning: Some sources say the overnight soaking is best to activate the clay.
- Follow by drinking additional filtered water.
- For general detox, use up to 2-½ teaspoons bentonite clay daily for 2 weeks, in divided doses, morning and night: about 1-¼ teaspoons in the morning and the same in the evening. For heavy metal detox, 1-¼ teaspoons can be taken 3 times daily. For general long term use, 1-¼ teaspoons can be taken once daily. More may be taken at any point, as desired. Increase gradually.
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.
BULK RECIPETo make a larger portion of Bentonite Clay water that you can drink daily, but only make once a week or so, follow this recipe:
- Place 2 ounces bentonite clay in 16 ounce jar.
- Add 16 ounces water, and shake vigorously.
- Allow to sit out for 24 hours, during which time the clay activates more.
- Shake, and drink about 2 ounces daily, or less depending on your body.
- Follow by drinking a full glass of water.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Its effect 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Do not take bentonite clay with any medication.
- Although it is unlikely to interfere with natural supplements, take bentonite clay 30-60 minutes away from or at a separate time from supplements.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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)
Dianne Shaw says
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!
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.
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
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!
Thank you for such a great article! I love bentonite clay for making face masks but I don’t usually drink it. I think I need to start!
Irena M says
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!
Thanks for commenting, Irena. Yeah, that’s a great correlation, that both clay and charcoal absorb or attract toxins to themselves!
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.
That’s great to hear, Katja. Thanks, too, for sharing your experience!
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 🙂
Hi Willow, thanks for your kind comments!! 🙂 and question! Bentonite clay is clay; and DE is fossilized single-celled diatoms. Here’s my post on DE so you can read more on it: https://eatbeautiful.net/2015/08/02/why-and-how-to-take-diatomaceous-earth-for-pathogen-overgrowth/ Blessings!!
Jeff Malo says
So with the recipe, will the clay not work if you leave it for more then 6 hours? Would it be more potent if you drank it right away or?
Christy Hollister says
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!
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!
Christy – please take D-mannose
@dlangley I wish more people knew about D-mannose! A nurse recommended it for my grandma when she was having recurring UTIs. It works.
Once I am not nursing, I will be all over this!
Sounds perfect!! 🙂
Renee Kohley says
This is absolutely fascinating Megan! I broke my wrist earlier this spring, and HATED all the xray exposure I was exposed to – I will have to try this!
Oh what a good idea, Renee! I’m sorry for you, and happy you have the option!
What an interesting ingredient to learn ! Thanks for sharing, Megan. I will definitely check it out !
Great ChihYu! 🙂 Thank you for commenting!
Wow thanks for all the great info, I never thought about consuming it before, although I have used it as a face mask!
Thanks for the informative article! I have made bentonite clay tooth paste but never thought to drink it! So many benefits.
You’re welcome, so true! 🙂
Never heard of the benefits of Bentonite clay before so I appreciate the education for sure, thank you.
You’re welcome, Darryl! Thank you for commenting, and I’m so glad it was helpful.
STACEY CRAWFORD says
I had no idea you could drink this! I have made masks and had detox baths with bentonite clay, but I learned something new today!
Oh good, Stacey, so glad. It’s funny, I’m the opposite. I started by ingesting it, well, I guess, other than making toothpaste! 🙂
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??
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!!
Joseph Rzeczycki says
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.
Hi Joseph, sounds like best to talk with your doctor! 🙂 Best wishes!
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.
Amira Sa'Di says
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.
Sarah Steidinger says
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?
While Bentonite has some marvelous properties it is also very high in lead about 730mcg per Tbs
I am going to be starting a detox/cleanse soon for candidia, sugar cravings, bloating and difficulty loosing weight. I have a few things on my list of what I want to try, but it feels like too much stuff. I am wondering if you have suggestions about what would be best. My list includes Bentonite Clay, DE, Charcoal, Organic Indian Triphala, Monolaurin, Pure gum spirits of turpentine. Or if you think i should give it all a try that would be good to know also.
Julie Peatt says
Thank you for sharing this information. It is new to me. I have taken charcoal tablets before but not clay in liquid.
How should I time it around my coffee with collagen and MCT oil?
Hi Julie, thanks for your question. Personally I would give it one hour. So after taking the bentonite clay with water, I continue to drink a lot of water for the next hour or so before having a meal.
Wonderful suggestion. I appreciate your reply and all that you do!
Hi, can you please clarify which Bentonite is better for internal detox, Calcium or Sodium.
I’d really appreciate your honest answer since there are MANY mixed thoughts and advice by people who’s read it or they’ve heard, etc, but not by professionals who actually use it and have plenty experience.
Thanks a lot in advance.
Hi Luis, calcium bentonite clay maybe draws more toxins to itself; possibly it is better with adsorption. But if any person is taking sodium bentonite clay, they should feel great about their choice, too, because both are good IMO, and edible sodium bentonite clay is more affordable. I can actually feel the sensation of new energy inside me and a happy stomach when I take sodium bentonite clay; so although calcium may be superior, it’s important to note that any well-sourced bentonite clay has the potential to offer great health benefits. First choice, though, is a great quality calcium bentonite clay. Thanks for the question!
Thank you for such useful information, I have never used bentonite clay before and I just heard about it hence I was researching and came across your article. I am taking glutathione everyday is it safe to also take bentonite clay?
May I ask how taking Glutathione has helped you? I’ve read a lot about it. I’d like to know about your personal experience 🙂
Why on earth can you not use distilled water for this?
Thank you so much for your info. Is there any differance among Sodium Bentonite and Calcium or Sodium clay. Is sodium bentonite clay can use internally. Thank you for your reply
Please could tell me which clay you use for drinking? Many thanks
Yes, I recommend this green clay: http://bit.ly/2NdHsy4 I also use this one, which is a bulk product but works great and lasts a super long time: https://amzn.to/2J8F3Qd
Carol L says
I have a product that has a clay in it. They do not specify which clay, unfortunately. It is specific for removal of dead candida. They say it is ok to take AT THE SAME TIME I’m taking their other product to repopulate the intestinal flora and kill the candida.. so taking a probiotic and other ‘medication’ for the yeast removal. I am not sure that it is a good idea to take them both at the same time. I feel that the clay, whichever one it is, will counter-act with the probiotic and the other products. Am I right, or is it ok to take both at the exact same time?
Thanks for responding.
Over the last few years, I have had three CT Scans with contrast, a nuclear stress test, mammogram, ultrasounds, x-rays and an angiogram. Thankfully nothing serious was found, but I have been concerned that all of the contrast and nuclear injections and radiation exposure was causing harm. I wanted to clean out my blood and my system but didnt know what was good for this. Is this clay something that could help even though all of these tests have long since been done? Does it build up in your arteries or kidneys at all, like if someone had calcifications or prone to kidney stones? Or is it not that kind of substance? I thought I had read that DE wasnt good because it could cause kidney stones so was wondering the same about the clay. Thanks so much!
Hi Karin, most of what you’ve described does not stay in the body but rather penetrates through and can change the body. I believe everyone should take bentonite clay (or a similar supplement that draws toxins to itself), to help prevent disease. This approach helps to eliminate the unknown factors and any concerns in regard to past treatments or exposures.
11 days ago I gave my dogs a single dose 3 month flea medication. They are now symptomatic and I have read nothing but horrible reviews of this product with dogs being poisoned, causing kidney and liver failure and even many deaths. A wolf rescue who sells holistic remedies for pets, suggested Bentonite Clay to detox the poison from these pills from my dogs. But I am wondering if it will help them at this point even though it is now 11 days since they have been exposed. Thank you so much!
Karin, I’m so sorry for your experience! Bentonite clay works to clean up internal toxins, and those are certainly still present in the situation you describe. I can’t say for sure, but based on your description, yes, the clay will help to expel internal toxins. You might also consider a low Vitamin A diet for the dogs so their livers can better detoxify. (Here’s an article that describes this issue in regard to humans, but it’s very apropos and true for dogs as well: https://eatbeautiful.net/2019/06/23/vitamin-a-detox-diet-free-printable-food-lists-avoid-eat-toxicity/)
This is by far the best article on bentonite clay I’ve come across – thank you! I’ve been taking colostrum and L-Glutamine about 45 minutes before breakfast for the past few months. Would it be okay to take the clay together with the colostrum and glutamine, or should they ideally be taken separately?
Hi Nick, thank you. I’m so glad it’s helpful. Although it is unlikely to interfere with natural supplements, take bentonite clay 30-60 minutes away from or at a separate time from supplements. After consuming bentonite clay, it’s best to wait 60 minutes to eat, allowing it to sweep through the stomach and do its good work, unaffected by the acidity required for digestion.
Thank you Megan – that’s most helpful 🙂
You’re welcome. So glad and happy to help.
Hi! Thank you so much for writing this article. I’m interested in incorporating bentonite clay into my daily diet by consuming it as mentioned above in a glass of water. BUT, I take 25 mg of synthroid every morning for hypothyroidism. I was wondering if you know of any side effects or how the clay may interact with the medication. Looking forward to your response. Thanks!
Hi Blair, I was on a thyroid medication for years as well, while taking clay too. It’s recommended to take medications an hour apart from clay. I took the thyroid pill first, then waited an hour, then took the clay with plenty of water. Best wishes!
May I ask how you got off your thyroid meds? I’m asking for someone I know
Hello, thank you for this wonderful post. Question: For how long can I do this? Everyday- for 3 mths. ? A day, a week?
Also, I tale synthroid for my hypothyroidism, should I not take that while on this?
Evelyn Norman says
I have serious bouts of itching all over my body on and off.
I have been to a dermatologist and he cannot figure what is causing this itch. He prescribed medication (sinequan 25mg) to be taken nightly or when needed. I still have flair ups.
My question to you is “ would I be benefitting from Bentonite”.
Cheryl Peterson says
I am having this problem too. I have also broken out with itching and also scabby patches all over my body. I recently found out that it could be related to a fatty liver or kidney problem. Also I have never eaten fried foods of any kind for all my life and now I’m 74 and for about 6 months started eating potato chips that are fried, of course. I heard from Pharmacist Ben on the radio that fried foods can be a culprit in itching. I’ve stopped eating anything fried now for a couple of days and will continue to do so and see what happens. I’m starting myself on diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay now to clean my insides out. I also am sweating out toxins in my far infrared sauna dome every night hoping this will help too.
Jess V says
I read that if your kidneys are not flushing properly itchy skin could be one of the symptoms. Wouldn’t hurt to check.
I have a question about #4 Cautions & Tips that you listed: “Do not take clay baths mixed with magnesium in bathwater.” What does that mean, exactly? Are you saying that municipal water has magnesium and, if used for bathwater, it can lead to the issues you described? Or, do some people actively add magnesium to bathwater? I’ve never heard of doing that, but who knows? I am interested in starting clay baths, but want to do it safely. I am just now looking into bentonite and its benefits. Another question I have relates to the lead content in bentonite clay. What are the most important points to know?
can a hiv patient take the clay internally
Can you get the same benefits from detox baths from bentonite, as you would from just drinking the clay, for digestive issues? Thxs in advance..
Hi AJ, the benefits are different. From the baths you’d be detoxing out from your skin. With drinking it, bentonite clay will draw internal toxins and expel them. For digestive issues, I see there being different benefits from each approach, (the baths being indirect).
I’ve just started to drink the bentonite solution.
If I may ask you two little questions that would be great…
You’ve mentioned about supplements and I was told that: “Don’t bother taking any vitamins, because the clay will absorb all the goodness out fo them. What is the final verdict there? I am taking Omega-3 supğplement along with MultiV…
And you mention Betaine or Bitters. Is that regarding to the better consumption of the clay or in case of an upset stomach?
Thank you very much….
Hi Cemster, it is recommended to take supplements apart from clay by one hour. Re the stomach pH, bentonite clay makes the stomach alkaline, but an acidic pH is needed for best digestion. The pH of the stomach can be amended by using Betaine HCl (with Pepsin) or digestive bitters. You’re welcome. 🙂
L Vee says
Hi and thanks for this valuable information. I have Manic Depression and I take a variety of antidepressants and mood stabilizers and supplements. I am eager to use the BClay but more afraid of stopping my meds. How would I get around this? (And thyroid medicine Eltroxin)
Hi L, you might look into neurofeedback as a helpful modality for mental health. No one should stop their meds without direct guidance from a doctor. I would look for a functional medical doctor (as well as investigate neurofeedback) if you’d like to include bentonite clay but are concerned about its interactions with your medications. Best wishes!
Hi, I take Lipitor for high cholesterol, can I take clay as well?
Hi Manon, definitely ask a functional medical or naturopathic doctor. 🙂
Is it ok to injest the bentonite clay mixed with some water, but as a paste? I do that with my toothpaste, and I love it so much, I just wanna eat it! (But is this safe?). I know the essential oil ingestion is not safe-but if I make some paste w/out it?
Bentonite clay is safe to ingest, but is more effective shaken with water. If it clings to itself (as it would in paste form) it is less available to cling to other small particles. Best bet is to shake it hard with water, in a jar with a lid, and then to drink more water.
Are all brands of calcium Bentonite clay safe for drinking? The brand I have is called Health and Beauty Aztec Secret/ Indian Healing Clay. Bottom of the jar says 100%Natural Calcium Bentonite (green) Clay. Thanks!
Gregory Holston says
I heard on a radio program ( KGNU Boulder ) called Tributaries with Robin Clare interviewing a man by the name of Neal Borschtheart ( SP ) whose grandfather bought land containing Clay in Utah which he may be his now. He has written a book which I am unable to find unfortunately. He mentioned in the interview that he gives this to himself and family including children and swears to its health benefits. His recipe was mixing 1/4 cup of clay, brought from Unity Church, to a gallon of water and drinking. Not remembering how much to drink though. So tonight I drank about 10 ounces and only feel a little in my right stomach area, nothing overwhelming though. Please do not worry about me for that is not my intention. My question being, has anyone heard of the book written by him and or how I might resource this information? Your`s, Greg Holston
I’ve read a lot of articles, for fun, study and work, and this was by far my favorite. Informative, clear and concise. Thank you for writing the positives and the negatives.
I just started the clay regime and a food journal. Been having some serious gut/stomach pain and gas buildup. (Not sure what the cause is yet.) I’m on day two and I don’t know if I’m feeling better from some detoxing or if it’s from not eating certain foods (been doing some food elimination) First night took 1tablespoon mixed in 10oz of water at 4am (as recommended by my mother-in-law who told me about the clay) on an empty stomach. Then I read your article, took 1 1/4 teaspoon with 8oz before bed and then when I woke up. I’m going to keep doing this and see how I feel.
I really appreciate your informative article (and all the comments and answers!)
One question, since there’s iron in the clay and I can tend to be iron deficient, would drinking the clay regularly help with that?
Thanks so much.
Hi Shannon, thanks for your comments and kind words! Great question! It’s quite possible. Even MedicalNewsToday.com says that the minerals in bentonite clay, including iron, may provide additional benefits! I hope your new regime is going well! (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325241#how-does-bentonite-clay-work)
Hi, I would like to try taking bentonite clay baths.
But would this method still be effective as I’m not taking it internally? Thanks!
Hi Barbara, The benefits will be slightly different, but it is good to go with what’s right for your body.
Can you please address the reason why not to use distilled water with calcium bentonite clay?
I have been doing so because that’s what I have. But will switch to filtered water if necessary.
Hi Shari, I honestly don’t remember in regard to bentonite clay and now wish I’d made a note on that. But I did so much research for this post and for my own use that I certainly had reason for it. You might find the information on this website: http://www.bentoniteclayinfo.com/clay_info/articles/safe_to_ingest.htm Sorry I can’t help more. You might also like this article about the drawbacks of distilled water in general: https://www.livestrong.com/article/372479-what-are-the-dangers-of-drinking-distilled-water/
Bryan Wright says
Lots of comments here. So not sure if anyone has mentioned that psyllium husk is mostly Soluble Fiber. Not insoluble.
Frank grimes says
I really think the bentonite Clay is helping with my Candida detox die off, but when I drink it, I feel really bloated and it is as if my stomach is filled with water. I am drinking the Sonnes #7 morning and night, but had the same experience with other bentonite clays. Any experience/tips for this? Thanks!
Hi Frank, I do have a suggestion that may help, and that’s to add mineral drops to the water, which helps your body to assimilate the hydration. You may also benefit from a small amount of apple cider vinegar or gentian tincture at the same time to assist. (Mineral drops option: https://amzn.to/3bWbO26)
Thank you for this informative article. I have suffered from severe constipation since I was young. I’m on a diet that my chiropractor is supervising and I told him about my issues. He was very concerned and recommended I start taking Sonne’s #7 bentonite clay. Because it’s in liquid form do I still make the mixture the same way that you recommended or can I just add it to a glass of water and drink it down? I was also wondering how long it’ll take to feel the positive effects.
Hi Laurie, with Sonne’s #7 product, you can follow the directions on the bottle. They say for Adults: Add 1 tablespoon of Sonne’s #7 liquid clay detox to a glass of water. So, it’s a bit easier with their product. 🙂 Personally, I feel energized internally (a unique feeling, I believe from the negative ions!) immediately. I’m not sure what other benefits you’re hoping and watching for, so those will likely take longer. Are you and your chiropractor using bentonite clay specifically to address your constipation?/Is that what you mean by how long it will take to feel the positive effects? Remember it’s necessary to drink plenty of water with the clay.
Yes he recommended I take it to help my severe constipation and to remove toxins.
I have been suffering a relapse of CFS/ME/Fibro ONLY WORSE than I could imagine…after toxic mold poisoning. i’m taking LOT’S ‘o alt. med stuff… People rave about ho hum or just OK supplements all the time…but, oh well, I ordered food grade bentonite from Amazon. Looking for instruction I was blessed to come across your blog and took my first dose while reading. At 15 minutes after ingesting, I was startled to feel sudden energy I’m starved for. Even my vision is brighter. I hadn’t gotten to the sections about significant energy increase, so…no placebo influence there! Lol
Wow. A new feeling. Hope.
Hi Barbara, thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you felt that benefit and pray for your continued improvement. It can be a long process but it’s encouraging when we find tools that help us actually feel better! Best wishes!!
Keith E Stewart says
Hi! i’ve taken BC for years. problem is…i cannot for the life of me find a good calcium bentonite clay to take internally!!! I used to use Korum pure healng clay but the company no longer exsts. I prefer to mix my own (sonnes #7 is fine but imho quite “spendy”). any help would be greatly appreciated
Hi Keith, beyond the suggestions within the article I’m not sure I can be of help, but perhaps another reader will chime in. Best wishes!
Mark Butler says
The best way to mix the clay is with mineral water or carbonated water. For some reason, it helps to keep the clay suspended in the water and prevents clumps of clay in the mixture.
Thanks for sharing that tip, Mark!
Hi can BC reach the bladder? After years of antibiotic use I have a damaged bladder (I now treat uti’s naturally)
Can the clay help repair a damaged bladder?
Thank you ?
Hi Michelle, I don’t know, but if you are having recurrent UTIs, you may wish to look into deeper healing either way. I’m including here a link to my article about IC, which may be helpful: https://eatbeautiful.net/how-i-healed-my-interstitial-cystitis/ A lot of my clients are now taking nano-particle zeolite, too, because it restores gut function throughout the alimentary canal, including the bladder, detoxes the whole body (including the brain) and is gentle. It’s a little spendy, but I think it’s worth it. This is my personal link, as I became a distributor because I love it that much (but I would never share it unless I believed in it completely. I have my whole family on it). https://meganstevens.mycoseva.com The product is called Advanced TRS. Best wishes for bladder repair and wellness! 🙂
guillermina seyahian says
Hi Megan! By ignorance after drinking clay 2 times per day, during 2 weeks, I decided to put the bentonite myself and my daughter for a couple of days on every body organ. I think it was too much because we ended up with high fever and pains all over our bodies. I think we should detox one organ per time right?
We are still very tired and trying to recover after almost 5 days. However, though the “hit” I wonder if it become a powerful detox?.. I think we will wait 2 weeks to start again with it.. My question is, is it still good or made it negative?
My other question is which are the minerals contained in the clay? Does it contain Kalium? When using the clay do we need Iodine or is not necessary to supplement it? Thanks so much for your article and time
Hi there! Yes, it is best to start slow with bentonite clay, and I’m sorry to hear about your reactions. It is better to detox slowly. I would not reuse the same bentonite clay if that’s what you’re asking, in regard to whether it’s now negatively charged. The only minerals bio-available in bentonite clay are small amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Please consult your doctor in terms of your body’s need for iodine. Blessings and best!
hi!! Is it safe to have dissolved bentonite clay sitting in a BPA-free plastic bottle (Nalgene, with a recycling number 7) before drinking? Wouldn’t want to do that if the clay is attracting toxins out of the plastic and into the water. Best option aside from glass bottles (not practical for hiking with)? Thank you 🙂
Hi Dragon, I wouldn’t do the bentonite clay in a plastic bottle, good question, and I don’t think there’s a good option other than glass, … so maybe not a great hiking option. Best at home in glass? Sorry I’m not more help on that!
Mike speno says
Thank for your useful information …very helpful. Mike
Hi! Can anybody tell me if I should store my mason jar with green clay water in it; in the fridge or on the counter? can it be exposed to the sun? is it better or not? And to the heat or cold or does it not matter at all?
Thanks for informing me!
Hi Marie-Claude, how long are you planning on keeping the mason jar with clay water in it? Just overnight can be kept on the counter and at room temperature. Beyond that, in the fridge and in the dark is best. Update: I just added a bulk recipe as well. In this case, the 32-ounce recipe lasts for a week and can be kept on the counter. I wouldn’t store it in the direct sun, though, so fine to put in a cupboard.
Thank you so much for the info! I just realized that I was supposed to drink the whole thing each time! 😉 I At first I thought it was just a sip every day… must have read a bit too fast!
I was a bit scared too to drink more than a sip at first, but I’ll try more next time! Just to calm down my fears!
Thanks again very much!
Aw good, that clarifies lol. Glad you figured it out. Yes, great to go slowly at first; there’s no hurry. 🙂
Barbara King says
I like the Sonne bentonite, and believe it or not, but when you go to the bathroom, it never smells.
realky cleanes you out ,it is the best!!!!
Thanks for sharing your experience, Barbara! 🙂
Barbara King says
I love sonne bentonite. its the best!!!!
Hello, i would like your thoughts on drinking calcium – bentonite clay. I heard sodium- bentonite clay doesn’t expand and remove toxins as well as calcium-bentonite clay. Thank you
Hi Butch, I agree that calcium-bentonite clay is likely better for internal use for most people, whereas sodium bentonite clay can be used externally quite effectively. Calcium-b clay has a rectangular shape that adds to its adsorptive properties. The difference between it and sodium-b clay means that the surface area of the calcium bentonite clay molecule is 20x that of a sodium-bentonite clay molecule. The greater surface area, the greater the accumulation of positively-charged ions (toxins and impurities). Thanks for the great question.
Sandra Cobin says
Thanks I was reading your article you are the best, so were all the replies, I am 72 and have digestion problems my husband have gone through Chemo and radiation therapy for lung cancer I just received my green and red clay for mask and was looking for articles on how to mix them. I’ll let you know about the results plan on starting in the morning.
Great, Sandra, all the best to you and your husband. I hope it’s a great blessing to your bodies!
Kimberly Campbell says
Thank you a million for this post! I have a question regarding supplementation along with the clay in the morning. I take a tsp of Sole (salt water) in my first glass of water in the morning. How do I incorporate the bentonite clay water?
Hi Kimberly, typically bentonite clay water is separated from other supplements by 30 to 60 minutes, so you could probably decide which one you want to take first based on your experience with sole and your intuition, and then take the second one 30-60 minutes later, and then breakfast later after that. You’re welcome, and so happy it’s helpful! 🙂
Kimberly Campbell says
Perfect, thank you!
You’re welcome! 🙂
So very interesting! There was mold in my earlier home, and I m worried about gadolinium cause I have had MRIs in my past…don t know if clay can help getting rid of gadolinium, don t like having that kind of stuff in my body…
Many thanks for this article!
You’re welcome, Maria, so glad it is helpful! The other product that comes to mind for you is nanoparticle zeolite. I researched the various sources and found that one called TRS is the best. It crosses the blood brain barrier so could be a good choice for gadolinium. The company recommends doing the spray for 6 months minimum to see various effects from the beginning and then as you continue. It has to be purchased through a distributor. Here’s my distributor link (I became a distributor because so many of my clients were using it, and I love it so much): https://meganstevens.mycoseva.com If you decide to purchase: You’ll need to click the Shop Now button. The product is called Advanced TRS (I buy the 3-pack in glass bottles, which is a big money savings). It’s best to start the first day with 1 spray, then increase over time to 2 sprays in the morning and 3 at night. I hope that’s helpful, too! Best!
Cindy Knudsen says
Would MagnaWave therapy be about the same?
It looks similar with some similar benefits! 🙂
Joy Muscato says
Thank you once again, Megan, for sharing so much of your research. I always have confidence when I consider your suggestions because I know you’re not just parroting someone else. You consider many sources.
I feel good about ordering some of the bulk bentonite clay through your amazon link because I can support your work in some small way. I’ll be showing your article to my whole family and most of us will probably be trying this.
THANK YOU again. <3
Kimberly Campbell says
Hi! Have you or some one you know of ever experienced face breakouts, skin issues, etc while using the Sonnes 7? I realize it’s a vleanse but thought after 10 days things would clear. Could it be an allergic reaction? I’m only taking 1 tsp. Once per day.
Hi Kimberly, this is certainly a possibility. For some people, bentonite clay can stir up toxins in a way that does increase certain symptoms. It may be a good thing to stop for now, and try another method.
I recommend looking into TRS nano-particle zeolite spray. It detoxes everything, including metals, plastics, estrogens, balances hormones, is super powerful and gentle at the same time. It’s also a great option when you don’t know what you’re dealing with but you want to start helping yourself.
I buy the three-pack to save money, and the company recommends doing the spray for 6 months minimum to see various effects from the beginning and then as you continue. You have to buy through a distributor, so I became one for my clients. Here’s my distributor link: https://meganstevens.mycoseva.com If you decide to buy it, click the Shop Now button.
The product is called Advanced TRS (I buy the 3-pack in glass bottles). It’s best to start the first day with 1 spray, then increase each day, assuming no major detox symptoms, gradually by 1 spray each day until you reach 5 sprays daily, 2 in the morning, 3 at night. The spray can also be sprayed directly on any canker sores, rashes, in the eyes, provides immediate relief on burns, etc. I think you save money if you put yourself on autoship, but you’ll see it’s expensive, so whatever works best for you. Best wishes!
Thank you so much for all the great info! I’ll
keep the TRS in mind following this experiment!
Bless You and Your Family!
Bless you and yours, too, Kimberly, and great! 🙂
I’ve only drank the clay sporadically so now I’d like to make it a daily routine. Best for me would be to drink it right before bed. Is that fine?
It is best to drink bentonite clay on an empty stomach with plenty of water. If you can do that before bed, there is not a problem with sleeping after drinking it.
Richard Deckard says
Can I drink this right before bed?
It is best to drink bentonite clay on an empty stomach with plenty of water. If you can do that before bed, there is not a problem with sleeping after drinking it.
Michele T. says
Hello Megan, I’m so glad I came across your article. I just completed a year of chemo cocktail and 6 weeks of radiation. I was wondering it this Bentonite will not only help me detox, but also help my body to recover faster from the damage that has been done to my body. And finally, I take a thyroid med first thing in the morning and have to wait an hour before I can eat. And I also take meds with my breakfast. I also take meds at bedtime. So, can you tell me when a better time would be to take this? Thanks so much for the info!
Hi Michele, congrats at the stage you’re at with recovery. I can’t tell you if bentonite will help with repairing damage, sorry. Bentonite clay could be taken anytime it’s convenient on an empty stomach and about an hour before eating.
Can the Liquid SODIUM Clay you’ve recommended be used on pets (like dogs and cats)?? Because I too have heard to watch out for SODIUM clay (even for people) because its pyramid shaped grains are very abrasive on the system, as opposed to CALCIUM clay which is rectangular….
Hi Lilu, I don’t recommend either, because I’m not a doctor, but I would ask your vet to be safe.
hi Megan, I would like to take bentonite clay for a long period of time to pull out toxins from the body. I will do a tsp per day but am not sure how to approach the long term as to whether to take it every day or not. Somebody in this q and a said that he thought 2 weeks on 2 weeks off for dosage. I was thinking 6 weeks on 4 weeks off. What would your routine be if taking it for yourself? . Thanks.
Hi Norm, you might consider trying it on your body to see what works best for you. I’ve done more like what you’re suggesting for yourself, 6 weeks on, 4 weeks off. Best.
I recently just bought the clay and drank it with the psyllium husk. After doing so it popped in my head that I have metal fillings. I’m assuming that I shouldn’t be taking this. Or is there somehow I can take this safely?
Hi Debbie, if anything, bentonite clay is understood to be helpful with fillings, as it draws toxins, including heavy metals, to itself. It will not increase exposure to metals; it should decrease it.
Thank you for your reply. That’s good to know I will continue.
Great, Debbie, and happy to help. 🙂
We just found out yesterday our tap water has PFAS in it. ??!! I drink mostly filtered water and purified water, however we make our coffee with tap water. Will taking the bentonite clay help clean this out of our system? I’m so frustrated and angry about this. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, had bilateral mastectomy and radiation, no chemo thankfully. But, I’ve been trying to do so good, no sugar, more clean eating. Just started taking the bentonite clay regularly. Your tips on timing, etc have been very helpful.
Again my question: Will taking the bentonite clay help clean the PFAS out of our system?
So sorry, Linda; it is such a caustic world we now live in. And yet we try so hard to live clean and stay healthy. Personally, I would not rely on bentonite clay alone. I’d look into a good whole home filtration system, and then hopefully bentonite clay adds another layer of aid and caution. For those readers who aren’t familiar with PFAS: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-explained Certainly bentonite clay has the ability to bind to chemicals and help detox them from the body, but there hasn’t been enough testing on PFAS specifically to say for sure the details of what that would look like and to what extent. Great question.
HI, I’ve just ordered some to help with what appears to be dermatitis. What does the clay mixture taste like? What sort of immediate effects should I expect please? Like more frequent bowel movements? Just making sure I’m prepared when the detoxification process kicks in. Thanks.
Hi Carrie, if anything the clay can slow down the bowels slightly at first, which is why it’s good to start slowly, with a small amount and plenty of water. You likely will not notice any detox process “kick in” as much as a gradual change in bowel movements. Personally, I feel an inner energy surge through me every time I drink it. I love the feeling. But I’m super sensitive, so I’m sure not everyone will feel that. Re the taste, it’s chalky, a bit powdery, not completely pleasant, takes some getting use to. The slightly more expensive, better sourced brands of bentonite clay are also more palatable, and starting with less helps you get used to the texture and milky chalky clay flavor.
I appreciate your quick reply Megan! Thinking logically, how then does the toxin leave the body if it slows down the bowel? Isn’t the whole idea to flush the body of toxins quickly? Would 6 ounces a day (following your bulk recipe) be too much to start for the first week? Thanks Megan!
Happy to help. It isn’t really an issue of logic because clay is a naturally occurring substance that helps our bodies by drawing toxins to itself and then exiting the body. The rate at which it exits is not its benefit; it’s just a characteristic. No, quickly is not the benefit. And it won’t slow everyone’s bowels. If you’re concerned, I’d start with less instead of more, so perhaps 1/2 a teaspoon stirred into 8 ounces of water. It may not slow but rather thicken your bowels. As long as you’re still having the same amount of bowel movements daily, you can pace your increase of BC. Again, you may not notice any change in the rate of your bowel movements, especially if you start and increase slowly. Best!
Barbara king. says
I take Sonne Detoxificant, it is the best. everyone needs to take clay, you will feel so much better.
Thanks for sharing!
How long can the clay last once hydrated with water? Also, does it need to be refrigerated after hydrating the dry clay? I read somewhere that it needs to stay out but I’d that for ling periods of time?
Hi Rita, You could make a batch and leave it at room temp, in a dark spot, like a cupboard, and then make a new batch, for up to a week. However, there is no problem with refrigerating it. As long as the basic rules are followed for how to mix it, and what container it’s stored in (glass, not plastic or metal), there is no harm in chilling it.
I have been doing research for awhile and the main cause of UTI is actually parasites. Your doctor will not tell you or even do any research. Most are pharmaceutical pimps.There is video of a nurse circulating around that is trying to get the message out.There was a lady technician leaving notes on her paperwork finding parasites and her senior was erasing her findings.
Tammy hazel says
Hi I love the article iwatto know what is the best bentonite clay to ingest?
Hi Tammy, thank you, and I’m so glad it’s helpful. A few clays are mentioned in the article. I like the smaller companies the best, personally, where you can reach out to them and ask them about impurities and be sure their clays have no heavy metals. So not the big bulk clay, but the smaller companies, including this one by Sonne’s.
Rosemary Lee says
I have been diagnosed with left side servers diverticulitis. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to start drinking Indian clay water ? And what type of water , Spring water ok ? Bless you I’m 68 yrs old .
Hi Rosemary, filtered water is used, and yes, it could be spring water (just not distilled). Instead of clay for your condition, I’d point you to my doctor, who’s the best at helping his patients overcome a variety of diagnoses through true liver detox, which improves bile duct function and GI health. Here’s his website: https://nutritiondetective.com/ Best wishes!