Bentonite Clay Detox: How Does It Work and Should You Do

Interestingly, Bentonite clay is excellent at combating dietary toxins such as Aflatoxins (a dangerous mould-like compound which can be found in products such as mouldy nuts, peanut butter and contaminated cooking oil) that can suppress the function of the immune system. Other healing clays, such as Palygorskite and Kaolinite, have also been shown to absorb toxins, bacteria, and viruses in the gastrointestinal tract.

Bentonite clay (also known as Montmorillonite) has grown in popularity, thanks to the publication of several natural health studies exploring its bodily benefits, both inside and out. Found most commonly in the foothills of Fort Benton, Wyoming, this aged volcanic ash is packed with health boosting minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium – all nutrients vital to keeping our health and wellbeing at its absolute best.

What are the benefits of drinking bentonite clay?

Alternatively, add half a teaspoon to a teaspoon to a bottle of water for a nutrient boost when you’re on the go. Just make sure to give your bottle a good shake before drinking!

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As with any changes to your diet, it is best to consult your doctor or health practitioner before making Bentonite clay a part of your regular routine. Make sure to buy your Bentonite clay from a trusted source – unscrupulous sellers have been found to sell Bentonite clay products containing lead, a substance hazardous to human health. As such, Bentonite clay may not be suitable for use by pregnant women, or children.

The fabulous skincare benefits of natural clays have been well known amongst the beauty savvy for millennia. In the modern day, clay is still used in a variety of face masks and skin creams – the healing qualities of the earth’s natural mineral riches making a wonderfully soothing skin treat. Less appealing is the thought of incorporating clays into our diets. That’s right, you can eat certain types of clay!

Its germ-busting, antibacterial properties mean that a Bentonite clay paste could be used as a natural toothpaste, or gargled as an antibacterial mouthwash. Whilst its earthy taste may be a change from the minty flavours we’re used to, Bentonite clay’s binding properties means that it can easily remove unwanted substances around our teeth and gums. Protecting our teeth and gums isn’t only the key to a bright smile – it has also been linked to a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease.