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Bentonite Clay (also referred to as Montmorillonite) is not a mineral, but a commercial name for "Montmorillonite", the active mineral in many medicinal clays. The name "Montmorillonite" comes from the city Montmorillon, in France, where the medicinal clay was first identified. The name "Bentonite Clay" refers to a Clay first identified in cretaceous rocks in Fort Benton, Wyoming, USA. Although bentonite deposits can be found throughout the world, many of the largest concentrations of clay are located in the Great Plains area of North America.
"In a world where dietary choices are poor, environmental pollution is heavy, stress levels are high, and exercise is often a last priority, internal cleansing is more important than ever for optimum health." ~ Dr. Bernard Jensen.
Bentonite Clay also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead. Animals in the wild, are drawn to Clay deposits by instinct, they have been observed licking the Clay as part of their everyday diet as well as rolling in it to get relief from injuries. Bentonite Clay has a high concentration of minerals including Silica, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Iron and Potassium.
Some of the benefits are:
- Full spectrum detoxification.
- Alleviation of digestive disturbances like acid reflux.
- Relives constipation, bloating and gas.
- Helping with skin and allergy issues.
- Provides minerals for the body.
- Can help a quick recovery from vomiting and diarrhea.
- Externally for all types of skin issues.
- Supports rapid recovery on wounds.
Bentonite Clay acts upon the GI tract through its absorption and adsorption of various toxins, pathogens, metabolic wastes, and heavy metals. It is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins.
Bentonite Clay is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound. Bentonite Clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use.
One study found that bentonite clay, when combined with magnesium chloride, successfully reduced fluoride contained in fluoridated water. This may provide hope for the development of a natural filtration technique in the future, especially considering the rising concern of fluoride on human health. 
Combats Dietary Toxins
Aflatoxin is a type of mold-like compound produced by organisms that thrive on a variety of different food crops. These toxic substances are detectable in peanut butter and some cooking oils, and research shows that they can interfere with the functioning of the immune system.  Aflatoxins may also contribute to possible liver damage, Animal models have shown that bentonite clay may reduce health damage associated with the ingestion of dietary aflatoxin. 
Fights Environmental Toxins
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a term describing an assortment of chemicals emitted from cleaning supplies, paint, office equipment, permanent markers, pesticides, building materials, and hundreds of other everyday items. Breathing in these compounds is commonplace for many people, as indoor paints often contain many of these health-damaging chemicals. Bentonite clay has been shown to adsorb VOCs, possibly reducing human exposure to these dangerous compounds.   Determining the proper application of bentonite as a VOC-reducing agent is still being researched.
Toxic Metal Cleansing
Bentonite clay is typically used for cleansing the body of toxic metals, compounds that may degrade the health of the body over time. The most damaging toic metals are mercury, cadmium, lead, and benzene, compounds contained in some processed foods (especially those with high fructose corn syrup), drinking water, building materials, and the environment.  One study has revealed that bentonite clay may be helpful for reducing these harmful metals. 
Cleans Contaminated Soil
Soil near busy highways or roads can often be contaminated with a variety of metals, pollutants, and toxic chemicals. Much of the contamination in soil has been built up for decades, and many of these chemicals can interfere with the quality of the soil and crop production. Organic chemical compounds, like benzene, toluene, and xylene, are often found in contaminated soil. These aromatic chemicals are carcinogenic, and exposure to them over time can lead to negative health effects.  Bentonite clay may be helpful for reducing soil contaminates by acting as an amendment to chemically-adulterated soil. 
Immune System Support
Bentonite clay has been shown to be protective against agents responsible for reducing the effectiveness of the immune system, and animal models show that bentonite clay may be a possible immune system strengthener. In one study, broiler chickens were fed food containing aflatoxins to test their immune response. Aflatoxins seemed to initiate unfavorable effects in the immune system, an action that can increase the animals’ predisposition to a number of diseases. Following the administering of bentonite clay, the aflatoxins’ immune-degrading effects were significantly suppressed. 
Bentonite Clay and Diarrhea
In his book "The Clay Cure" (3a), Ran Knishinsky discusses how diarrhea can be remedied through the use of bentonite clay because of its ability to bind stools. Bentonite clay can take effect right away by binding to irritants in the gastrointestinal tract. It's a good idea to mix the bentonite clay with 1 cup of applesauce, which not only makes the clay more palatable, but also adds pectin, which is another binding agent.
According to a 2006 study published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry, which was performed by a team of scientists led by V. Correcher and entitled "Thermal Stability of the Thermoluminescence Trap Structure of Bentonite," Bentonite Clay was studied because of its known capabilities to break bond links, form hydrolyzed ions, and redox reactions. The study documented the "exponential distribution of trapped electrons."
Dr. Weston A Price, in his book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” reported that several native cultures including those in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia consumed clays in various ways, most often my carrying balls of dried clay in their bags and dissolving a small amount of the clay in water with meals to prevent poisoning from any toxins present. In a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing bad bacteria. What is promising as research continues in this area is that depending on the method in which the Bentonite Clay kills the infection, it may not be possible for the bacteria to develop a resistance to it as it does with antibiotics.
In another scientific study, Bentonite Clay was tested to determine its efficacy in reducing high-energy gamma irradiation of adenine. According to chemists at Duke University, adenine is one of the most important organic molecules found in the human body. Adenine is an integral part of human DNA, RNA, and ATP. In this study, published in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2002, irradiated adenine recovered much quicker in systems containing clay than in those which did not contain clay. Results showed that Bentonite Clay acts as a surface protector against radiation of adenine.
Psyyllium Husk & Magnesium
We recommend using Bentonite Clay in conjunction with Psyyllium Husk, the two work togther in giving you outstanding results. Psyllium is a soluble fibre that comes from the seeds of the herb Plantago ovata, which is widely grown in India. It is a common ingredient in laxatives. Toxin overload impairs various processes in your body, including metabolism. Psyllium fibre absorbs moisture and swells in the colon, helping to ease bowel movements and the removal of toxins. Magnesium Spray is essential to use before Bentonite Clay, if you really want to get the very best out of this incredible natural and powerful detox tool. Magnesium really should be one of the first things you make sure you've got enough of.
- Thakre D, Rayalu S, Kawade R, Meshram S, Subrt J, Labhsetwar N. Magnesium incorporated bentonite clay for defluoridation of drinking water. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2010 August 15;180(1-3):122-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.04.001.
- Cusumano V, Rossano F, Merendino RA, Arena A, Costa GB, ancuso G, Baroni A, Losi E. Immunobiological activities of mould products: functional impairment of human monocytes exposed to aflatoxin B1. Research in Microbiology. 1996 June:147(5):385-91.
- Julia R. Barrett. Liver Cancer and Aflatoxin: New Information from the Kenyan Outbreak. Environmental Health Perspectives. December 2005; 113(12): A837-A838. 3a - (3) Ran Knishinsky, "The Clay Cure" (Healing Arts Press, 1998)
- Thieu NQ, Ogie B, Pettersson H. Efficacy of bentonite clay in ameliorating aflatoxicosis in piglets fed aflatoxin contaminated diets. Tropical Animal Health and Production. 2008 December;40(8):649-56. doi: 10.1007/s11250-008-9144-3.
- Zaitan H, Bianchi D, Achak O, Charik T. A comparative study of the adsorption and desorption of o-xylene onto bentonite clay and alumina. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2008 May 1;153(1-2):852-9.
- Günister E, Isci S, Oztekin N, Erim FB, Ece OI, Gungor N. Effect of cationic surfactant adsorption on the rheological and surface properties of bentonite dispersions. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 2006 November 1;303(1):137-41.
- Jarup L. Hazards of heavy metal contamination. British Medical Bulletin. 2003;68:167-82.
- Oyanedel-Craver VA, Fuller M, Smith JA. Simultaneous sorption of benzene and heavy metals onto two organoclays. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 2007 May 15;309(2):485-92.
- Martyn T. Smith. Advances in Understanding Benzene Health Effects and Susceptibility. Annual Review of Public Health. Vol. 31: 133-148. April 2010. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.012809.103646.
- Gitipour S, Bowers MT, Bodocsi A. The Use of Modified Bentonite for Removal of Aromatic Organics from Contaminated Soil. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 1997 December 15;196(2):191-198.
- Ibrahim IK, Shareef AM, Al-Joubory KM. Ameliorative effects of sodium bentonite on phagocytosis and Newcastle disease antibody formation in broiler chickens during aflatoxicosis. Research in Veterinary Science. 2000 October;69(2):119-22.
- Calcium Bentonite Clay (100% Pure)
- Produced to eco-logical standards, non-irradiated and GMO-Free
Typical chemical anaylsis:
- SiO2 60.7%
- Al2O3 18.31%
- LOI 6.05%
- Fe2O3 3.95%
- MgO 3.32%
- K2O 3.14%
- CaO 2.85%
- Na2O 1.56%
- TiO2 0.49%
- Mn3O4 0.08%
- Montmorillonite 88%
- Mica 5%
- Feldspars 5%
- Quartz 2%
Other Typical Properties:
- Bulk Density 800 – 900 Kg/m3
- Swelling Volume 11 ml/2g
- Moisture Maximum 14% by weight
- CEC 76 meq/100g
Clay is best taken on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning or late evening, or at least 2 hours between meals. Adequate intake of fresh water is vital due to the absorptive nature of this product.
Adults For general health maintenance: Mix (1) one heaping teaspoon of Bentonite Clay in an large glass of pure water or juice and drink once daily. Alternatively a heaped teaspoon can be added to a litre of clean water (glass bottle) and sipped throughout the day.
Children: Take 1/2 teaspoon per 50lbs of bodyweight.
Face Mask: For smooth and healthy skin, make a paste of bentonite and water and apply to face as a mask (a similar mask is used in many spas). Leave on for 10-20 minutes and wash off with warm water. If you feel a pulling and tightening sensation, it means the mask is working. Typically do this once or twice a week. Note: You may experience slight redness of the skin directly after removing the mask. This is totally normal and should disappear in about 30 minutes. If you’re nervous about this, perform a spot test elsewhere on your body 24 hours prior to using this mask on your face.
Detox Bath: First we highly recommend using Magnesium Spray, this will massively help detoxification happen. Then add about 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that softens skin.
Clay Foot Baths: While not quite as effective as a full body soak, are proving to be very beneficial as well. So, if you can't do a full body clay bath, a Calcium Bentonite foot bath is the next best thing. To prepare your clay foot bath, you'll need a plastic tub. Most people prefer a container that's deep, in which they can submerge their whole foot. Do not use a metal tub because the metal will react badly to the clay. A plastic shoebox, or even a five gallon plastic bucket will work fine. Place a towel on the floor to catch any splashes, and set your tub on the towel. Fill the tub about 50-60% full with warm water. Add a half cup of Calcium Bentonite Clay or more, and whisk it around until it's fully dissolved. Submerge your feet, and relax for 15-30 minutes. If some of the clay settles to the bottom of the tub, that'™s fine. You can wiggle your feet a bit to mix it back into the water. After your foot soak, dry your feet and apply a natural moisturiser.
For Hair: As a shampoo replacement Bentonite Clay may also be used like a shampoo trapping and removing dirt, debris, build up and other particles from your hair and scalp.
- Mix 1 to 2 parts Bentonite clay
- Slowly add *water to the clay until you achieve a pancake mix texture.
- Apply to your hair (dry or wet)
- Allow to set for between 15 - 20 minutes
Skin Poultice for Bites/Burns/Cuts/Stings: For more severe issues, create a poultice by putting a thick layer of clay on the skin and applying a wet gauze or cloth over it. Wrap the area and leave the poultice on, changing every 2 hours.
Warning: Do not store or mix the clay in metal. Keep container closed and in a dry place when not in use. Do not take the clay with medications and/or dietary supplements, as it may bind with other substances, possibly reducing their effectiveness. Please consult your physician if you if you are taking any prescription medication.
In some cases, a Psyllium - Clay colon cleanse can cause constipation. The reason Bentonite Clay may lead to constipation is because of its ability to absorb many times its weight in pathogens and toxins. Degenerative conditions in the digestive tract can also lead to constipation. Taking vitamin C or magnesium might help, according to Krohn and Taylor. Also, psyllium can cause bloating or gas and interact with some medications, warns the University of Maryland Medical Centre. Do not take psyllium if you have difficulty swallowing or have kidney disease.
- Size: 500g.
- Container: Kraft Paper Pouch.
- Estimated shelf life from purchase: Bentonite Clay does not expire, we do label it however as a 4 year expiry.
- Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
Q. What does bentonite mean?
A. Bentonite is the most abundant of all clays. The term "bentonite" is a catch-all for numerous variations of smectite absorbent (swelling) clays derived from weathered volcanic ash. A Bentonite often contains a high percentage of Montmorillonite, Illite or Kaolin clays. For the most part Bentonites are classified as Sodium Bentonites, Potassium Bentonites or Calcium Bentonites. The one common characteristic of a Bentonite is that they absorb moisture more so than other clays.
Q. What is the difference between Sodium and Calcium Bentonite?
A. Sodium is the most swelling of the clays and as a result the most clogging. Calcium clays are valuable therapeutic clays both internally and externally and less clogging. It is important to supplement with extra magnesium whilst using calcium bentonite to balance these two minerals. Magnesium is the most deficient of the the two in modern diets.
Q. Can I use calcium bentonite clay topically for seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, acne, or psoriasis?
A. Yes it works great for all of those conditions. Just mix up a small batch following the instructions below (1 part clay, 3 parts water). Apply liberally to affected areas (skin) and let stand for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use 2-3 times per week, or as often as necessary for clean, clear, healthy skin.
Q. Can I use calcium bentonite clay on my scalp?
A. Yes, the clay is excellent for treating dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and itchy scalp. Make a batch consisting of 1 part clay and 3 parts water following the instructions below. You can also substitute apple cider vinegar in place of water for a more pH balanced mixture. Apply liberally to entire scalp and let stand for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water (shampoo optional). Apply 2-3 times per week, or as often as necessary for clean, clear, healthy scalp.
Q. Should I drink calcium bentonite clay or use it topically?
A. For skin or scalp conditions like SD & eczema, you will have better results by applying the clay topically 2-3 times per week. For overall body detoxification, you will achieve better results from drinking the clay every day. Doing both is recommended for optimum results and good health.
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