Healing clays that have been used by cultures throughout history have been largely forgotten in recent times. Certain clays were renowned for their helpful nutrient base and their unique ability to squeeze and attract toxins out of the body. Many animals are known to turn to eating dirt and clay to assist the toxin and poison removal from their systems during times of distress and illness.
In recent times, healing clays such as bentonite and herbs such as psyllium husk have once again been gaining popularity for their superior uses of internal and external detoxification. These two superfoods work best when used together.
Psyllium husk – Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the plantain (mostly found in India) and is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health. It contains a spongy fibre that reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system, making it an excellent choice for healthy dieting. Psyllium can provide the fibre that is missing on low carbohydrate diets. Every 100 grams of psyllium provides 71 grams of soluble fibre; a similar amount of oat bran would contain only five grams of soluble fibre.
Psyllium has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome (a stress-related disorder with alternating bouts of diarrhoea and constipation). Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and haemorrhoids. It is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhoea.
In a study of people with ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disorder), psyllium seeds were as shown to be as effective as the prescription drug mesalamine in decreasing recurrences of the disease. In addition, a physician may recommend the use of psyllium as a bulking agent for mild to moderate cases of diarrhoea from either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease (another type of inflammatory bowel disorder).
Psyllium husk is a bulking fibre, which means once ingested it expands and forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon by drawing in water. Once this occurs, the husks are able to ‘scrub’ the intestines clean and transport waste through the intestinal tract. Used in conjunction with bentonite clay, it can remove waste after detoxification that is stored in the lower area of the body.
Bentonite clay – Bentonite clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. The name comes from the largest known deposit of bentonite clay, located in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
Bentonite is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. A good-quality bentonite should be grey or cream in colour. It has a very fine, velvety texture and is odourless and non-staining. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and in skin care recipes.
This special clay holds a unique ability to produce an ‘electrical charge’ when it comes into contact with hydration. Bentonite’s electrical components change when it comes into contact with fluids giving it the ability to absorb and attract toxins which can then be expelled from the body. Toxins include impurities, chemicals and heavy metals making this product one of the best for detoxification. Healing clays like Bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium.
Bentonite is a swelling clay. Once it comes into contact with water, it swells rapidly like a highly porous sponge, allowing its negative charge to attract any harmful substances that hold a positive charge. From there, the positively charged toxins and chemicals are drawn into and bound to the sponge electrically. Bentonite will absorb the toxin, chemical or heavy metals whilst releasing its beneficial minerals for the body to utilise. The clay cannot be digested by the stomach, so it assists in pulling excess hydrogen from within the body allowing the cells to replace it with oxygen.
Bentonite clayis a common ingredient in many detox and cleansing products. It has an alkalising effect on the body and when taken correctly, it can help balance gut bacteria. Bentonite clayhelps with:
- digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc. (Kaolin clay was common ingredient in medicines like Maalox and Rolaids for years);
- skin and allergy issues;
- providing minerals for the body;
- speedy recovery from vomiting anddiarrhoea;
- in oral health preparations and
- externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing.
The water activates its electromagnetic charge. Be sure to not to use a metallic spoon to stir the water. Preparing the glassful before bed is a good habit. The longer the clay sits in the water, the more it imparts its electromagnetic charge into the water, turning the water into medicine. The whole glass gets charged, so you don’t need very much of the physicality of the clay itself to draw toxins.A good drink to have daily is bentonite and psyllium husk. Add 1 teaspoon of each into the blender and fill up with 32oz of water, blend for 30 seconds and consume.
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