Benefits and Dangers of Bentonite Clay

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Bentonite clay has strong internal cleansing properties and has become a popular ingredient in some detoxification programs. Many people have used bentonite clay to address symptoms of constipation [1], like bloating and gas. Some have even cited it as relieving symptoms of more serious conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Benefits of Bentonite Clay:

  • Remove toxic metals and chemicals following radiation treatments
  • Promotes healthy bacteria balance in the digestive system
  • Supports liver detoxification
  • Helps colon cleansing
  • Boosts immune system

Why is Bentonite Clay Effective?

Bentonite clay has negatively charged molecules, which give it adsorptive properties. It’s able to pass through the intestinal tract and attract the toxins which are positively charged. When they are in contact with each other, they swap ions and are bound together and the toxic molecule is absorbed by the clay molecule.

Its absorptive abilities come from the low number of minerals that comprise it- only 17 minerals. This low number indicates a higher potential to absorb other molecules. The toxin molecules that bonded with the clay molecules are internalized in the clay molecule. In this state, your body can expel the toxin-filled clay in normal bowel movements.

Bentonite Clay Cautions

Bentonite clay is powerful and effective. Using bentonite clay in accordance with instructions seems to be safe but you should always consult a healthcare professional to assess your individual needs.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Colon Cleansing & Constipation Resource Center. Constipation Symptoms. 2009 April 23.

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  • M_inOz

    Thanks for the information. My mom turned me on to Bentonite so I’m researching to learn more about it. Can you please tell me why elderly people shouldn’t take the clay? My parents are both nearly 70. Thanks

  • Cherish

    I am wondering also why elderly people cannot take the clay.

  • Jody

    I take synthroid every morning, is it ok to to take the clay in the afternoon? I have no thyroid and have to rely on the synthroid, I am just fearful of rendering the synthroid effects. Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Jody T.

  • Venice

    Hi Jody,
    If you’re taking synthroid in the morning, it’s best to take the Bentonite Clay just before you go to bed. This will give the clay enough time to do it’s magic whilst not interfering with your meds…. Good Luck….. This Clay is magic! Blessings….. Venice.

  • sjanl66

    I started the bentonite detox with the think HCG drops 500 calorie a day diet for 28 days. I did lose 30 pounds but after stopping the drops and the detox I started having joint pain in several areas of my body. My left wrist and hand was first then my left foot then I had a stiff neck then my left groin. My symptoms usually started in the evening or woke me up in the middle of the night from pain. My doctor tested me for gout but it was negative. I don’t know what to do , maybe stopping the detox is what caused me to have the symptoms.

  • fooligans

    I want to use clay that is along the walls of a tiny valley that makes up a 20 foot wide creek for my tadpoles, is it toxic? And if so, how do I remove the toxins? Thanks.

  • Caryn

    How on earth do you think anyone would know that?

  • Lisa

    Can this be taken at night to avoid interference with morning medications?

  • errol brown

    WHAT IS CONSIDERED ELDERLY AND HOW COME ELDERLY SHOULD NOT TAKE IT?

  • Adhanom

    what is the most popularity use of bentonite?

  • KT

    Hi,
    You may want to try having a food antibody test done. This should be a blood test to see what foods your body treats like a foreign invader/virus, causing all kinds of problems including autoimmune responses. It could be that the clay was removing the toxins/invaders and when you stopped they began rebuilding in your system. Just a thought. I have dropped my blood pressure from approx 145/90(on medication) to about 126/70(for 2 weeks now) just by following and elimination of foods I tested positive to. I pray this is helpful

  • Violet

    The title of this article is ‘Benefits and Dangers of Bentonite Clay’ which is why I clicked on it when it turned up in my Google search. BUT…you only list the benefits. Saying that it is strong and should be taken under the guidance of a healthcare professional is NOT addressing it’s dangers. Kind of weird, dude. :-) Perhaps you can answer my question anyway. I hope.

    For the last few years (prior to this last year) I would do the Blessed Herb Colon Cleanse about 2-3 times a year. It is essentially a 5-day fast (although I once went 9 days and went 7 another time) where you take their “toxin absorber” packet 5 times a day, with raw organic apple juice. The main ingredient in these packets, was of course, the clay, along with some ginger and pectin. The first several times I did the fast/cleanse, it was wonderful, I lost weight, felt lighter energetically, lost my water puffiness, etc. After a couple of years of this, my acupuncturist asked me to stop doing the cleanses. She said that my body was not strong enough to continue to pass the clay and what was happening is that it was getting stuck in my body. Now, that sounds alarming even without knowing what the clay does…considering that it can expand to about 10 times its size AND absorb metals and toxins…the fact that it wasn’t all being released when I did these cleanses, is pretty gnarly. I didn’t listen to her and did the cleanse maybe 3 or 4 times after her warning. NOW…it’s been almost a year since I did a cleanse, but my pre-existing conditions are worse, I gained over 30 lbs. in a matter of 2-3 months (95% or more was in my mid-section and my face), along with SEVERE bloating and water retention. I have developed weird skin conditions and skin tags, which I have never had before. Ever.

    My thought, is that my acupuncturist was correct and this stuff is trapped, I’m guessing in my intestines/digestive tract, inside my body. Collecting toxins and expanded and may even be attracting parasites, which of course make the whole thing worse! I have a lot of things going on with my body, its fairly weak, organs and such, so it does seem logical that after the first few times doing the cleanse, my body couldn’t keep up. Here’s the kicker. I am one of the healthiest eaters I know. I eat STRICTLY organic, 80+ vegan or vegetarian, am strict about my sugar intake, don’t drink, don’t smoke etc. So the rapid weight gain is just a crazy and more than unlikely ‘natural’ phenomenon due to my healthy eating habits.

    HOW DO I GET THIS STUFF OUT OF ME?

    I found a doctor who manufactures her colon cleanse (along with kidney, liver/gallbladder, parasite, etc.) and she makes a point of stating that her cleanses DO NOT contain clay. The products are decently priced and she seems to be pretty alternative. Her name is Dr. Hulda Clark. She suggests that it is great to do the parasite cleanse and colon cleanse simultaneously. The parasite cleanse consists of clove, wormwood and black walnut hull tinctures and the colon/bowel/intestinal cleanse consists of betaine hydrochloride, turmeric, fennel, digestive enzymes, black walnut hull and Lugol’s solution. For constipation she recommends cascara segrada taken with magnesium.

    I keep getting bigger and bigger and more symptomatic. This is actually serious. Yes, by the way, I have consulted my doctors. They have no solutions. Out of their realm. So, I’m on my own. Please, your thoughts and/or additional suggestions.

  • Violet

    That was supposed to be 80 Percent veggie and/or vegan. :-)

  • arctourist

    only by properly glazing and firing clay can it be made waterproof and useful for holding water,like a cup or a bowl-
    don’t muddy up the water for them poor tadpoles–the rain is already toxic enough,y’know? how about this year-are there any frogs at all still left,i wonder?

  • arctourist

    hey violet-how are you? well i just took my first bit of calcium bentonite,having heard it can remove ‘toxins’,heavy metals–it seemed a no-brainer..
    well i guess moderation is a good idea…and it necessarily takes some time to get rid of a lifetime of accumulated taxins..i hope you feel better–have ever tried mms? i know that i feel much better since i started drinking distilled water!

  • Violet

    Hi. I’m hanging in there, thank you! Minerals is DEFINITELY something I’m on to..mainly magnesium. My mother has recently switched from spring water to distilled water…I am certainly willing to check it out. I am going to do the parasite cleanse I mentioned in my original comment and follow it with a non-clay colon cleanse. I have checked with an associate of the doctor who created the cleanse and she assures me that the cleanse will help remove the clay that is stuck inside me. So that’s good news. I will follow that with a kidney cleanse, a liver/gallbladder flush and then a heavy metals cleanse….all by the same doctor. It will be months of work, but I am certain it will change what is happening. After all of the cleanses are complete, I will continue with my usual raw B complex, ascorbic acid, d3, grapefruit seed extract, enzymes and a high dose of magnesium with malic acid. I figure by the beginning of the new year, I should be a different person. Health wise, that is! Lol. I will also start drinking distilled water and see if that makes a difference. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, I appreciate it! Wish me luck! Be well :-)

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    From what you describe, Dr. Clark’s program sounds reasonable. A lot of those ingredients are in Paratrex as well. Let us know how it works out for you.

  • Julia

    I started taking Bentonite Clay for my autoimune hives. These hives started after I had an ultra sound and hida scan with cck. I broke out with terrible uticartia that nothing would help except Prednisone and Methotrexate. These drugs are very dangerous and after six months I went to a Flexologist who told me to take the clay. I am now off the meds and have been taking the clay for 5 weeks and almost no hives at all. Don’t know how long to take it, but am afraid to stop and deal with those awful hives and meds.

  • MzzBee

    Hulda Clark died in 2009 so I don’t know how you found her.
    If you have clay “stuck” in you, you probably weren’t taking psyllium along with it — but you could start taking it now to “scrub” your intestinal tract.

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