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What is a living clay?
Answer: A living clay is one
capable of change through bio-transmutation, transformation and
interactive exchange of elements and energy. A rock on the other hand
is incapable of transforming itself from within. It can only change
from outside influences of weathering by heat, wind and water.
Clay is a catalyst*
that assists the body in returning to and maintaining a state of well
being. Clay helps to balance the body with its alkaline pH and its
electromagnetic charge that stimulates and revitalizes latent cell
energy. Its high negative ionic charge gives living clay a strong
drawing, pulling, absorbing and capturing ability, that also reduces
1. A substance
that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate
or under different conditions (as at a lower temperature) than
agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.
In a nutshell what
does clay do?
1. Detoxes - Its
strong negative charged ions pull and hold positive charged ions
(toxins) through adsorption and absorption.
2. Balances - Clay is homeostatic. It brings the body into balance.
3. Alkalizes – It has a 8.5-10.0 pH.
4. Stimulates – It draws blood flow, oxygen and circulation for
Never underestimate what clay can do in supporting well being.
How does a Living
Clay remove toxins from the body?
Answer: Clay detoxes the
whole body from different applications; internal, external
(topical applications) and clay baths. All three work together in
unison. Taking the clay internally acts to absorb any fresh toxins
ingested before they are passed into the blood and body. This lightens
the work load of the body’s filtering systems (the lymphatic system,
liver and kidneys). Applying the clay externally to the skin acts to
stimulate latent cell activity and revitalize the cells which will
help the cells release the toxins. Next, the clay baths pull the
stirred up toxins from the body through the pores of the skin. A
living clay with a strong electromagnetic power pulls it from the soft
tissue deposits and its large absorption capacity holds the toxins
captive and eliminates them from the body. Imagine the toxins sucked
up into a vacuum cleaner and trapped in the bag. This is just the
short condensed answer. It does so much more to benefit the body’s
return to wellness.
Is Calcium Bentonite
Clay safe for internal use?
Answer: It depends on the
clay. Some clays are acidic and some have been contaminated
from environmental sources. Some have been subjected to chemical
treatments or extreme heat processes to clean the clay, taking away
the natural clay’s strength and effectiveness.
In his book, Earth
Cures, Raymond Dextreit explains it this way. "It is not possible
to foresee exactly what will happen with clay applications especially
at first, (it reacts different to each individual's body chemistry and
needs) but in every case, there is a remarkable improvement, if not a
complete healing. As there are no dangers to fear, there is no reason
to oppose giving it a try, even for an extended period of time."
said, all clays are different and not all clays pass a purity test.
It is important to know your clay and to request a Laboratory Quality
Control Report on the clay in question. Unfortunately, an all natural
clay is not currently recognized by the FDA as an internal dietary
supplement. To read the article, ”Criteria for Selecting a Quality
Healing Clay,” go to
Are metal minerals in
Answer: No, the trace
minerals in clay are bound tightly together and make up the whole of
the clay molecule. The clay particle size is too large to pass through
the colon wall into the blood stream. Two limited studies have
addressed the leaching and bioavailability of metals from clays (Mascolo
et al., 2004; Wiles et al., 2004). No significant differences were
observed in the contents of aluminum, antimony, barium, bromine,
caesium, calcium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium,
europium, hafnium, iron, lanthanum, lutetium, magnesium, manganese,
neodymium, nickel, samarium, scandium, selenium, sodium, strontium,
sulfur, tantalum, tellurium, terbium, thorium, titanium, uranium,
vanadium, ytterbium, zinc, or zirconium in the brain, kidney, liver,
or tibia from pregnant SD rats dosed with 2% sodium montmorillonite or
calcium montmorillonite clay compared with animals fed the basal diet.
The main element components of the clays were aluminum (10%), iron
(3%), and magnesium (0.5%) (as well as sodium in the sodium
montmorillonite, 1%), with small amounts (usually less than 0.1%) of
barium, caesium, manganese, strontium, zinc, and zirconium. The
authors concluded that at this dietary level, the clays did not
liberate significant amounts of trace elements (Wiles et al., 2004).
Is aluminum in
Answer: No. Myths about clay and the elements
that make up a clay molecule are rampant. One deals with aluminum.
Clay is a
compound. All of the elements that make up clay are bound together and
act as a whole.
Aluminum silicate is a crystal
compound, and cannot be utilized by the body. Aluminum in this form is
completely inert. As long as the aluminum is bound in this form, it
poses no health risk. The aluminum in clay is never in an isolated
form, and is not absorbed into the body.
Processed aluminums or free aluminum are positively
charged toxins and are the ones absorbed into the body that cause
Is it true clay
responds differently to different people?
Answer: Yes. Clay is an
adaptogen. Different people will have different health problems and
different responses to the clay. For some they notice more regular
bowel movements and others may not have this success. Some get instant
results and others may take several weeks to see progress. It will
depend on your condition and degree of toxicity.
How much clay do I
need for a detox bath?
Answer: It depends on
the clay. Some cheaper clays have impurities, in other words they are
not as pure in clay content. This reduces their expansion properties,
thus they draw and hold smaller amounts of impurities and toxins.
Since all clays are different and vary in their abilities to draw and
hold, it is difficult to say precisely an amount that will apply to
all clays. One autism treatment center recommends 2 baths per week for
10 weeks using 2 cups of Living Clay for metal toxicity. For
maintenance and muscle relaxation baths, 1 cup is usually sufficient.
When it comes to cost, remember you are talking about ridding your
body of serious harmful toxic elements. The price of a pound of
quality clay is much cheaper than bottles of side-effect riddled
prescription medications or of invasive chelation processes. Clay is a
natural chelator. For directions for a clay bath go to
www.aboutclay.com and look for the videos
below the articles. It is recommended that you get a blood or hair
analysis test before you start so you can monitor your progress.
I was told by the
place where I had my amalgam fillings removed that you cannot detox
mercury by just internal use of clay, that you must do baths as well.
Is that true?
Answer: Yes. If your amalgams
have been leaking over time and the kidney and liver are in overload
from processing out the baddies in your system, the toxins become
stored in the soft tissues and joints of the body. As the toxins build
up, they can cause a variety of health problems. Clay baths will open
the pores of the skin and draw out the toxins. Full body wraps with
clay and infrared sauna clay sessions are also recommended. Internal
use of clay will only bind and remove any mercury from the amalgam
removal process that might be taken into the digestive track before it
is absorbed into the body, as well as toxins we ingest on a daily
Will Bentonite clays
leach nutrients and vitamins from the body?
Weston Price, D.D.S. and
author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, drew the
conclusion that clay increases the body's ability to absorb nutrients.
He drew this conclusion from studying cultures that used clay as a
daily part of their diet. Whether in fact this is due to the cleansing
and purifying affect of clays, or a whole combination of related
actions in the body, is unknown.
is certain is that clay does not leech valuable vitamins and minerals
from the body. Of further note, Raymond Dextreit, after 50 years of
clinical research in natural medicine, has found no indication that
clay negatively affects the nutritional system, although it CAN
interfere with drugs being taken internally.
experiments designed to find out how much such adsorption might
adversely affect the growth and health of experimental animals
indicated no ill effects when the intake of Bentonite was 25% of the
total diet. (Reference: Annals of the N.Y. Academy of Science, Vol.
57, page 678).
Why does it not
interfere with the absorption of minerals in your food? Why only “bad”
minerals, i.e. mercury-lead- etc.?
Answer: Clay is selective. It
is drawing the minerals that are of a toxic nature that have a
positive ion. These heavy metal minerals in man processed form are
broken down from their natural state. It seems that clay has, among
other properties, the ability to either stimulate a deficiency or
absorb an excess. It is a catalyst more than an agent. As a catalyst,
clay favors the transformations and operations of synthesis, thus
allowing better use of the absorbed elements like vitamins and
minerals we take or get from the food we eat.
The Indians said it
this way, ‘Clay has a wisdom of its own and it knows where to go and
what to get.’ Clay seems to have a universal intelligence, or you can
call it chemistry.
Does clay disrupt
your natural flora?
Answer: No. Aside from its
absorbent and revitalizing properties, clay is also a catalyst when
taken orally, for it favors the transformation of foods into nutritive
In his book, Earth
Cures, Raymond Dextreit wrote, “Clay is incomparable for
maintaining or re-establishing a good normal flora, for it favors the
development of useful ferments, while opposing the growth of
Bentonite clay also
promotes good digestion even though it forces the waste out. This is
because Bentonite clay has microorganisms and certain enzymes that
help the digestive system regain its natural flora. Remember that the
digestive system has its own set of good bacteria that helps maintain
the natural flow in the body. With the use of colon cleanse products;
there is a chance that this flow may be interrupted. But Bentonite
clay prevents this from happening, making the process of colon
cleansing effective as well as safe.
All this being said,
if you have a concern, feel free to take probiotics and enzymes.
clays be taken as dietary supplements?
Although very small amounts of the dominant minerals ( i.e., calcium,
iron, zinc, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium and potassium) in clays
might be exchanged in the adsorption layer, it is not a sufficient
amount to meet daily requirements.
Is it safe to brush
my teeth with clay each day and pack my gums weekly if I have mercury
fillings, bridges with titanium, and gold crowns?
Answer: Yes. Clay is safe for
dental hygiene uses and will not affect the dental restorative
materials. Because of the diversity of chemicals and chemical
components going through our oral cavities, not to mention widely
fluctuating pH readings, the dental materials are developed not to
break down or dissolve when exposed to different substances. Be sure
to use a finely milled, non-gritty clay.
Answer: There are very few true 100%
Montmorillonite clays. Montmorillonite is a name given to a certain
clay originally found in Montmorillon, France. Some Montmorillonite
properties (mineral compositions) are found in different percentages
in most all clays. It has become a buzz word by association. It is
often found in your Bentonites but also in Illites, Kaolins and
Chlorites as well, all to different degrees.
Montmorillonite clay the same as calcium Bentonite?
and Bentonite clays have been used interchangeably over the years.
Today people are throwing the word
around loosely. There is a good article on
covering ‘Criteria for Selecting a Quality Healing Clay’ that is very
educational in understanding clay differences.
Will clay draw
moisture from the body and cause constipation?
Answer: No. When clay is
fully hydrated it will not turn into little clay bricks in the
intestines. Clay in and of itself does not cause constipation.
Hydrated clay is actually extremely slick. There are many reports that
clay has helped stop constipation and an equal amount of reports that
it stops diarrhea. This is because clay reacts differently in
different body systems and in response to different health problems.
Clay is all about homeostasis. Homeostasis is the ability of a system
or living organism to adjust its internal environment to maintain a
stable equilibrium; such as the ability of warm-blooded animals to
maintain a constant temperature. It is a dynamic equilibrium or
balance. A balanced system is essential for maintaining good health.
If you experience
constipation when taking clay, it is because the clay is pulling the
old mucoid, putrefied plaque that is lodged in the lower colon. As it
cleanses the colon of this build up, it is thrown into the colon canal
to be discharged from the body. Another cause is too much white bread
and pasta that cover the vilia in the small intestine where absorption
takes place. It is a gooey build up combined with heavy meats not
properly chewed and digested that are the major culprits. At the same
time, it is important to drink lots of water daily when taking clay to
help flush out the toxins and soften the old fecal matter.
Should I worry about
draining bath clay into my septic system?
Answer: No. We asked an
expert who was a former designer of residences. He is a licensed
builder and has constructed many residences on septic systems. He
stated that if your septic was designed adequately and is working
properly, the heavier clay particles will never get to the leach
field. They'll settle by their own weight to the bottom of the septic
If you do the math related to tank volume and frequency of your baths
and amounts of clay used, it would take years of clay baths before
significant build up would dictate tank pumping. Since a cubic foot of
clay would occupy only 1,728 square inches (at a one inch thickness)
and there are approximately 7,200 square inches of tank space on a
flat bottomed concrete tank, it would take 4.16 years, to accumulate a
mere inch of deposit, not in my opinion an amount that would be
deleterious to the tank’s function. (Information provided by Lawrence
(Luke) Luecking, a career builder and construction consultant.)
Below is a testimony
from one person’s experience with clay and a 50 year old septic tank:
I've been giving my daughter, who is
recovering from Asperger's, SID and Pandas, an average of 3 baths a
week for the last year, with 3-4 cups of clay in each one. I don't use
a strainer; I wash every bit of it down the drain and I haven't had
the first bit of trouble. In fact, it seems like all my drains work
better now than they did before clay. I used to get the drains
unplugged a couple times a year for other reasons, but haven't had a
problem since I started using clay. I'm on a septic system that is 50
years old and I've used several different kinds of clays.
What causes the
lingering effects of clay? Clay continues to work for days after
washing it off or after stopping taking it internally. How does it do
Answer: It is one of the many
mysteries of clay. It likely has to do with several factors.
1. Balancing the
system and pH. An alkaline pH will not simply revert to acidic
2. The re-entry of
toxins entering the body through the intestines might take several
days to overload the liver and kidneys.
3. The vibrational
resonance of the electromagnetic energy of clay in stimulating blood
flow and circulation has a lingering essence.
It’s somewhat like
forgetting to plug your cell phone into a charger. It may take a few
days to completely lose the charge. Clay is like a charger that keeps
the body balanced and in equilibrium and thus energized. It is best to
take clay on a daily basis and keep a steady balance in your body.
Is it good to add
magnesium oil to a clay bath?
Answer: No. Clay draws out,
magnesium oil soaks in. It’s best to use them separately as their
primary functions are different. For the same reason, it’s not
recommended to use clay in conjunction with DMSO.
What is the best way
to prepare the liquid clay?
Answer: For a single serving,
mix a rounded teaspoon of clay powder in 2 ounces of water and shake
well. This 2 oz. amount is a single serving.
For larger batches,
place 4 cups of water in a blender and add one half cup of the clay
powder and blend on high until thoroughly mixed. Pour it into a glass
or food grade plastic bottle with plastic lid. Wash the blender
immediately, taking care to clean the blades.
For a smaller amount,
add one fourth a cup of clay powder to 16 ounces of water and shake
until all lumps are gone. When you get to the residue in the bottom
add more water, shake well and water your plants. They love clay too.
*Always shake but
not stir clay when mixing.
use distilled water with clay?
Answer: You can
but it is not the best choice. Distilled water may be acidic and is
stripped of minerals. It tends to dry the skin when mixed with clay
for topical use. Try a purified, filtered water.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), distilled
water has a pH of between 5.6 and 7, because distilled water reacts
with carbon dioxide in the air and forms carbonic acid. This weak
acid, as it is called, actually lowers the pH levels.
Once mixed, how much
liquid clay is considered to be one serving?
Answer: For a single serving:
Mix a rounded teaspoon
of clay powder in 2 ounces of water. Shake well. This 2 oz. amount is
a single serving.
For general detox: Drink
2 oz. of the premixed liquid clay morning and night for 14 days.
For heavy metal
detox: Drink 2 oz. of the premixed liquid clay 3 times a day for 14
For maintenance regime:
2 oz. of the premixed liquid clay daily.
More may be taken if
prescription medications, check with your pharmacist and tell him you
are wanting to take a 8.5-10 pH Calcium Bentonite Clay.
Also ask how long it takes to absorb your
medicines and take the clay after absorption has taken place.
Should clay be taken
on an empty stomach or with food?
Answer: It may be taken at
any time. It varies with your needs. If you are eating rich, high fat
foods or may have food allergies, it is recommended to take some
before and after eating. It was once thought that taking it on an
empty stomach would help the clay cleanse better without interference
from food. Clay is drawn to where it is most needed.
“Clay does act with
wisdom—it goes to the unhealthy spot. Used internally, whether
absorbed orally, anally or vaginally, clay goes to the place where
harm is; there it lodges, perhaps for several days, until finally it
draws out the pus, black blood, infection etc. with its evacuation.”
The Healing Clay, Michel Abehsera, Page 10
Just get some in you
or on you and it works 95% of the time. It is difficult to overdose on
clay. It is much like Vitamin C.
take clay if I am taking prescription medication? I've noticed some
say to wait two to three hours after taking medicine, before using
clay internally. Does anyone specifically know what the problem is?
Answer: It is
mostly precaution because there might be a conflict with the medicine
and the clay. If you are taking medicines ask your pharmacist if
taking a Calcium Bentonite Clay with a 8.5-10 pH will interfere with
the medicine. Secondly, ask how long it takes to absorb your medicines
and take the clay after absorption has taken place.
Is it better to take
clay in a liquid or gel state than a tablet or capsule?
Answer: To obtain maximum
effectiveness in the human body, the clay should be in a liquid or
colloidal-gel state. In this activated state, the body responds
immediately, as soon as the clay enters the mouth. This is why it is
not recommended to take clay in capsules or in a tablet form. Doing so
slows the activation of the clay and the mouth and esophagus miss the
direct effects of the clay. It will require time for the stomach acid
to dissolve the capsule coating and then require water to fully
hydrate the clay to an active state. The water you took with the
capsule has long passed through the stomach. Now you have a lump of
clay in the stomach and it is not as effective at coating the stomach
and intestinal track. You can always mix the liquid clay with juice
or in a smoothie.
What is the easiest
way to prepare dry clay for a clay bath?
Sprinkling clay over
the bath water can be dusty. There is a quick and easy way to mix the
clay and eliminate this problem. The only equipment you need is a
For a two cup clay
bath, mix in the blender:
3 cups of water
2 cups of clay powder, and top off with water.
Hit the start button
and blend until smooth and all lumps are gone.
Add the liquefied
clay mix to the hot bath water and rinse the blender under the tap,
getting all the clay out. It is important not to leave any clay in the
blender on the metal blades. Wash it thoroughly and then go jump in
the tub for a 15-20 minute soak.
Why do they say not
to store or leave metal in clays?
Answer: Clay is known to draw
toxic metals (metals that deteriorate). A cheap kitchen spoon left in
clay overnight was found to have rust on the edges the next day.
Titanium (as is used in internal staples), gold and other such metals
don’t seem to pose a problem. Metals such as canning jar lids and
coffee cans will deteriorate rapidly when in placed in contact with
clay. It’s fine to use a blender with metal blades or a wire whisk to
mix clay. Just make sure to wash them immediately after use.
In general, is more
clay concentration better? For example, when taking a bath – does it
pull more toxins out of your body if you use 10 cups of clay vs. only
Answer: On a wound, a thicker
application is better. For baths, it depends on the type of clay. The
purer the clay the stronger it is. Smectites have the ability to
adsorb as well as absorb. All families of clays do not have the high
cation exchange capacity of smectites.
According to Robert T
Martin, B.S., University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Cornell University, and
Mineralogist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one gram of
this product has a surface area of 800 square meters. The greater the
surface area the greater its power to pick up positively charged
On the other hand if
you ever have an opportunity to take a full body clay mud bath, do it!
Native Americans used to bury themselves in hot sand or clay muds for
healing. Generally speaking, 10 cups or 4 pounds of clay is
unnecessary when using 2-3 cups of a premium clay. Again this depends
on the type and purity of the clay you are using. The general rule of
thumb is: if you are not getting the results you want use more clay.
What is the best way
to warm clay?
For small amount,
holding it in your warm hands a short while will work. Or put it in a
plastic storage bag and warm it in a bowl of hot water. Then, snip one
corner and squeeze it out.
Living Clay have calories?
Clay has a zero glycemic index and is not a digestible food substance
so it would have no calories.
The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from
0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar
levels after eating.
Will a living clay
Answer: Clay will help if the
allergies are due to clogged detoxification channels
(liver, kidney, lung, large intestine).
If they are due to histamine reactions, if won't help. However, it
the reaction down IF your allergies are part true histamine response,
part clogged detox channels. Clay does not stop a histamine reaction.
This occurs in the blood.
Clay attracts toxins from the small and large intestine and pulls them
out of the
body, speeding up the natural elimination process (that may be
suffering from some blockages). Because your toxic load is reduced,
you will feel a lessened symptomatic expression of the reaction.
So the answer is yes and no.
Is clay safe for
elderly and pregnant women?
Answer: Yes. Elderly people
have accumulated more toxins over the years and as they get older they
get out of balance and usually more acidic. Clay will support them in
returning to a state of equilibrium.
In many aboriginal
tribes, the pregnant women craved eating clay. They did not eat
balanced meals and take pregnancy vitamins, so they were drawn
instinctively to eating clay to get their needs met. They believed it
would help them get pregnant (cycling in) and thought it would help
support a strong healthy fetus. They also used it topically to turn an
out of position baby and to rub on their breasts to bring down their
It is always
important however to have a pure clean clay for internal use.
As always consult
with your pharmacist if you are taking medications.
were compiled by Perry A~, author of Living Clay: Nature’s Own
Miracle Cure in answer to questions most often directed to her.
She is a frequent contributor to Natural News and other health
publications. She has been an ongoing student in the study and
research of Bentonite Clays since the early 1990s. She is available
for radio interviews, talks, and for questions about clay. She can be
reached at 1-866-262-5611 or email@example.com.