I like to eat dirt. Is that weird?
Seriously, I like to eat dirt. Okay, maybe I should clarify that by “dirt” I mean clay. I eat clay. And by clay, I’m talking about Bentonite clay. But, yes, I really do eat clay. And I think you should, too*.
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Bentonite clay is composed of aged volcanic ash found in different parts of the world. It is both versatile in its uses and it is super inexpensive. Clay has been shown to help in:
- Cleansing the liver, colon and skin;
- Balancing bacteria in the digestive tract;
- Improving nutrient assimilation; and
- Strengthening the immune system (1).
But that’s not all!
Bentonite clay can also eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, colitis, viral infections, and parasites. It is an effective treatment for arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain, wounds, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, animal and insect bites, acne, anemia and alcoholism; it is effective in treating all digestive conditions and aids in weight loss. Bentonite clay also re-mineralizes cells and tissues, alkalizes the body and is very effective in protecting our bodies against radiation (1).
Eat clay. Seriously, do it.
Clay has an amazing ability to help keep toxins from being absorbed into the body. When taken internally, the minerals that make up Bentonite clay work together to absorb heavy metals and other toxins in the gut. Even external use has benefits. Clay baths and topical application can also help with detox through clay’s strong drawing powers. Through a pulsing action, clay can actually draw out infections, gangrene, heavy metals, and toxins (2).
For me, I enjoy ingesting clay because it’s a natural way to boost my diet with minerals. It contains magnesium and approximately 67 other trace minerals. Especially because modern day soil is so depleted, your body will definitely thank you for giving it some mineral love.
Clay and its many wonders
Beyond the nutritional and detoxification benefits, there are so many uses for clay. It’s great to help with burns, diaper rash, and skin issues. I often enjoy doing a clay mask to feel like I have my own mini spa.
Best of all, it’s really cheap. If the thought of drinking “muddy” water doesn’t appeal to you, you can always buy some clay capsules. (It’s not as bad as it sounds. A little chalky, yes. But you really won’t feel like you are drinking dirt.) The most economical way to get your clay on is to buy the powder and do your own mixing. Just eat the clay!
Check out this video on how to eat clay (because we all need instructions, right?) or check out Redmond Clay’s online video library for more clay gems.
Check out this free ebook from Redmond Clay: We Eat Clay for more information on the uses and application of clay. (I’m not affiliated with Redmond clay in any way. I just love their stuff!)
Would you ever eat clay?
(top image by (((Lee))), Flickr)