Asked Questions about Calcium Bentonite Clay
by Perry A~ Arledge
information in this piece is meant to supplement and not to be a
substitute for professional medical care or treatment.
This information should not be used to treat a serious ailment
without prior consultation with a qualified health-care
What is a living clay?
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 free radicals.
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 otherwise possible
2: an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or
In a nutshell what does clay do?
1. Detoxes - Its strong negative charged ions pull and hold
positive charged ions (toxins) through adsorption and
2. Balances - Clay is homeostatic. It brings the body into
3. Alkalizes – It has a 8.5-10.0 pH.
4. Stimulates – It draws blood flow, oxygen and circulation
Never underestimate what clay can do in supporting well being.
How does Calcium Bentonite Clay remove toxins from the body?
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 calcium
bentonite 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?
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
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
Are metal minerals in clay dangerous?
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 Clay Dangerous?
Myths about clay and the elements that make up a clay molecule
are rampant. One deals with aluminum. Clay is a super
stable 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
Is it true clay responds differently to different people?
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?
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 calcium bentonite 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. 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?
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
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.
What 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.?
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.
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?
Aside from its absorbent and revitalizing properties, clay is
also a catalyst when taken orally, for it favors the
transformation of foods into nutritive elements.
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 pathogenic bacill.”
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
Should 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
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.
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
Is Montmorillonite clay the same as calcium Bentonite?
clays and Bentonite clays have been used interchangeably over
Will clay draw moisture from the body and cause constipation?
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
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
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 tank compartments.
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:
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.
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 this?
is one of the many mysteries of clay. It likely has to do
with several factors.
the system and pH. An alkaline pH will not simply revert to
2. The re-entry
of toxins entering the body through the intestines might take
several days to overload the liver and kidneys.
vibrational resonance of the electromagnetic energy of clay in
stimulating blood flow and circulation has a lingering essence.
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.
good to add magnesium oil to a clay bath?
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
the best way to prepare the liquid clay?
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
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
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.
shake but not stir clay when mixing.
Can I use distilled water with clay?
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.
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
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.
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
maintenance regime: 2 oz. of the premixed liquid clay daily.
More may be
taken if desired.
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.
clay be taken on an empty stomach or with food?
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.
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.
Can I 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?
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.
better to take clay in a liquid or gel state than a tablet or
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.
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 blender.
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.
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.
Bath" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EUqv-XRdxA
Why do they say not to store or leave metal in clays?
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 2 cups?
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
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 particles.
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.
the best way to warm clay?
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.
Calcium Bentonite Clay have calories?
Clay has a zero glycemic index and is not a digestible food
substance so it would have no calories.
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.
calcium bentonite clay help allergies?
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 could tone 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.
safe for elderly and pregnant women?
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
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 milk.
It is always
important however to have a pure clean clay for internal use.
consult with your pharmacist if you are taking medications.
Arledge is the author of Calcium Bentonite Clay Nature’s
Pathway to Healing (www.TheClayBook.com)
and numerous clay articles (www.BentoniteClayInfo.com).
She is a frequent guest on health talk radio shows. She is
dedicated to spreading the word about clay's healing potential
and putting attention on safe healing with Bentonite Clay.
She is available for lectures, radio interviews, and answering
questions on clay therapy. Perry A~ can be reached at
1-512-773-0335 and email@example.com.
© 2015 Perry A~