It also has trace minerals like calcium, iron, copper, and zinc. Some people eat it to get these nutrients. That’s called geophagy. But the foods people typically eat already have these minerals.
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.
On the skin.
Detoxing Plastics and Pathogens.
Bentonite clay has been shown to act as a detoxifying agent. This property is referred to its poly-cationic nature, which leads to absorption of negative charge toxins (7).
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!
Some toxins might exist in foods of livestock. Lantana camara, a species of flowering plant, is known to be toxic to livestock such as cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and goats. When cows which were poisoned with Lantana camara, were treated 5 days after with oral bentonite, five of 6 calves given bentonite recovered while 5 of 6 calves in the control group died and comparing with activated charcoal, the plasma total bilirubin concentration was statistically more appropriate in bentonite treated cows (22). Then bentonite is suggested to act as a cheaper and more effective treatment comparing with charcol.