Clay is a fascinating simple natural remedy that has been on my mind for a while. I finally was pushed to actually research and try it this past fall when a friend was placing an order- saving on shipping is always a good motivator for trying new things! I tried bentonite clay, from Wyoming, one pound was plenty to experiment with at first and has lasted a couple months.
Clay Is a Fascinating Natural Remedy
- Clay is used both internally and externally.
- Clay pulls toxins and heavy metals out of the body.
- Clay provides the body with minerals such as silica, calcium, iron, and potassium.
- Clay has the unique ability to cling to the area in the body that is troubled; a bee sting, an irritation in the digestive tract, a spot of infection, etc.
- Clay has been used for thousands of years, by cultures around the world.
How Does Clay Detoxify?
How Does Clay Correct Mineral Deficiencies?
Clay contains minerals that are often missing from the foods we eat due to eating processed foods, or even whole foods with poor mineral content due to poor soil. Clay provides minerals to the body as needed, and anything not needed just keeps passing through.
Wet vs Dry Clay
- Clay does have quite a bit of aluminum in it (18% in this bentonite) but it is my understanding that due to the charged nature of the molecules in clay, it will not cause aluminum toxicity. (source)
- Starting slow is a good idea- I started with just 1/4 teaspoon for each of my small children a day, and worked up to 1 teaspoon (when I’m consistent with it… I try…) and double that for myself.
Our Experiences With Clay
Clay on GAPS
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has addressed this question: Is Bentonite Clay GAPS legal and is it recommended?No, it is not recommended to use bentonite clay, particularly when digestive symptoms are present. When you have been on the Full GAPS Diet for a while and your digestive symptoms are gone, then you can experiment with nutritional supplements and remedies (such as bentonite clay), if you feel that they may be helpful to you.
Clay is talked about in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, “It is also of unmost interest that among this group in the Andes, among those in central Africa, and among the Aborigines of Australia, each knapsack contained a ball of clay, a little of which was dissolved in water. Into this they dipped their morsels of food while eating. Their explanation was to prevent sick stomach. This is the medicine that is used by the native in these countries for combating dysentery and food infection.” p 238