When you hear about the healing benefits of clay, you probably think about spa treatments that involve mud baths and body wraps. But bentonite clay, while certainly beneficial when applied to the skin, has also been found to have health and healing benefits when used internally, which is to say, ingested. It might sound strange to eat clay, but the truth is that you’re not exactly scooping up spoonfuls of mud and shoveling it in your mouth. With bentonite clay quickly becoming a go-to detoxifier, there are several different products on the market designed to deliver a variety of results. But before you can choose one that’s right for you, it’s important that you understand some of the many health and healing benefits you stand to gain by using bentonite clay. Here are a few to consider.
- Purge dietary toxins. One of the most useful properties of bentonite clay is that it bonds with toxins, helping to draw them out of your body. And you might be surprised to learn that the foods you ingest could be laden with toxins that impair your health. What may shock you the most is the presence of aflatoxin, a carcinogen produced by mold commonly found in a variety of produce. Think about all the times you suffer a stomach ache or digestive issues. You might not realize it, but aflatoxin (or other food-borne toxins) could be to blame. Bentonite clay can help to remove such common toxins from your digestive tract and clear up side effects caused by ingesting them.
- Absorb VOCs. Volatile organic compounds are commonly found in paints, varnishes, building materials, and even office supplies like markers. They’re also present in pesticides. In short, they’re all around us all the time and by breathing them in you could be doing all kinds of damage. VOCs are not only known to cause minor symptoms like headache and nausea, but they have been linked to nervous system disorders and cancer. Bentonite clay may absorb these harmful VOCs in your system, although testing is still being done to determine the best delivery method.
- Attack toxic metals. Most of us don’t go out of our way to ingest known toxins like mercury and lead, but that doesn’t mean they don’t end up in our systems. If you eat fish frequently, for example, you could experience higher-than-normal levels of mercury. And if you live in an older home you might be exposed to lead paint. But bentonite clay can help to reduce the levels of these and other toxic metals in your body.
- Oxygenate cells. It is strange to think that something as simple as clay could affect you at a cellular level, but bentonite clay can attract hydrogen, drawing it out of your very cells in order to make room for oxygen, promoting energy and healing.
- Improve your immune system. In addition to the many other health benefits medicinal clay can provide, it has also been proven effective at killing bacteria and viruses, including the likes of MRSA and E. Coli. This is mainly accomplished by improving the health of your gut and boosting your immune system in the process. So if you’re looking for a reason to add living clay to your health routine, start at the beginning with the benefits to be gained from having a strong and healthy immune system.