It may sound strange at first, but did you know eating clay could actually be really good for your health? It’s especially beneficial for digestive health. Bentonite clay, which is made from volcanic ash, is one of the best healing clays out there. It’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals such as copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and more. In total, this popular clay contains around 70 trace minerals. While all of these nutrients benefit the body, that’s not the main reason it’s considered a “healing clay.”
Think back to grade school science class for a minute. Do you remember learning that opposites attract? Well, bentonite clay has a strong negative charge. For that reason, it acts as a magnet for positively charged toxins, bacteria, pesticides, pathogens, and healthy metals. Once bentonite clay is moistened, it immediately binds to nearby toxins. According to researchers, this is great for flushing out potentially harmful substances in the gut (AKA digestive tract).
When consumed, bentonite clay and the toxins it binds to move through the intestines. Eventually, they are both eliminated from the body. Researchers say it has shown to be promising in relieving nausea, acid reflux, and diarrhea. It’s also been known to help heal Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Additionally, by removing harmful toxins and bad bacteria in your intestines, you are allowing your gut’s good bacteria to flourish. If you’ve read any of our other articles then you know what a large role good bacteria (AKA probiotics) play in keeping us healthy.
How To Use Bentonite Clay For Digestive Relief
To reap the digestive benefits of bentonite clay it must be taken internally. First, buy a food-grade clay that is a greenish-tan color and soft to the touch. Then, add one teaspoon to an eight-ounce glass of water or freshly squeezed juice. Before you gulp down your drink, make sure the clay is completely dissolved. Whatever you do, don’t stir the clay with a metal spoon or allow it to touch anything metal. If it does, it will be stripped of its detoxing abilities. So instead, use a plastic spoon.
While bentonite clay is beneficial for digestive health, one of the main side effects is constipation. That’s because the clay pulls water from the colon as it passes through the intestines. For this reason, it’s important to drink a lot of water when consuming bentonite clay.
Before taking bentonite clay internally we recommend consulting with your doctor.