What are diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay, are they beneficial to health and wellness?
First let’s look at diatomaceous earth:
Food grade diatomaceous earth offers important benefits, particularly related to the fact that it is composed of approximately 85% amorphous silica. In the past, humans were able to consume enough silica in food, but as modern hybrid foods and toxic soil became a reality, studies suggest that only about 1/3 of the silica that we need is present in our fruits and vegetables. This is a sad fact, given that silica is such a necessary component for the health of our tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and bones. It is also needed for the health and strength of our skin, teeth and nails. It even contributes to the health of almost all of our vital organs, including the heart, liver and lungs.²
A strong abrasive, Diatomaceous Earth is composed of a unique combination of 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 3% magnesium and 2% iron, as well fifteen other trace minerals like boron, manganese, titanium, copper and zirconium.²
Silica is an important trace mineral for human beings, and one that many are unaware that they need. Dr. Barbara Hendel, author of “Water & Salt” has even stated that, “Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health.”²
The oldest use of diatomaceous earth has been as a toothpaste and facial scrub, due to its mild abrasive capacities. Similarly, it acts as a mild abrasive in animals, removing intestinal invaders and other harmful organisms from the digestive tract, stimulating digestion and absorption of nutrients by sweeping foreign bodies out of the system. Diatomaceous Earth is also chocked-full of naturally occurring trace minerals. These minerals promote strong nails, healthy skin and shinier hair in animal use.
Other Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth:
Increases mineral absorption: As silica is water-soluble and does not remain in the body for very long, supplementing with diatomaceous earth aids the body in keeping optimal absorption of these important minerals.
May aid in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
May contribute to more regular bowel movements, as it acts as an internal cleansing aid.
Used in livestock feed to control intestinal parasites, which are lacerated by the abrasiveness of diatomaceous earth. It has also shown great success in ridding animals of E.coli, as well as other forms of bacteria and viruses.
Contains anti-fungal properties.
Acts as a powerful overall detoxification agent — A strong natural bonding agent, diatomaceous earth sucks heavy metals (such as those contained in vaccines, drinking water and foods.
Other Interesting Info and Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is often used as a natural insecticide, as its absorption properties actually dehydrate the waxy outer layer off of the insects’ exoskeleton, causing them to expire. Food and medical-grade diatomaceous earth is also used as a safe and non-toxic way to de-worm pets, and it has even been used as a natural form of cat litter. The U.S. Centers for Disease control recommends it as a natural method for neutralizing toxic spills. It is also a common ingredient in oil-absorbing natural facial products and masks.
Mineral resources of Virginia By Thomas Leonard Watson, Ray Smith Bassler, Heinrich Ries, Roy Jay Holden, Virginia. Jamestown Exposition Commission. p.216-217. http://books.google.com/books?id=GmcoAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA216&dq=Diatomaceous+Earth#v=onepage&q=Diatomaceous%20Earth&f=false
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Ok, see we have a pretty good handle on diatomaceous earth, now, let’s take a peek at bentonite clay:
Bentonite clay has strong internal cleansing properties. As a result, it has become a very popular ingredient in some detoxification programs. It has helped people who were struck with symptoms of constipation, like bloating and gas. It has brought relief of symptoms from some diseases as serious as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Some of the benefits possible with taking Bentonite clay are:
After radiation treatment, it can remove toxic metals and chemicals
Healthful bacterial balance in the digestive system is promoted
Cleanses colon of toxins
Boosts immune system
What Makes Bentonite Clay So Effective?
It’s adsorptive and absorptive properties occurring naturally in the clay.
Adsorptive abilities lie in the fact that its molecules are negatively charges. So as it passes through the intestinal tract it attracts the toxins which are positively charged. When they are in contact with each other, they swap ions and are bound together and the toxic molecule is absorbed by the clay molecule.
Absorptive abilities come from the low number of minerals that comprise it — only 17 minerals. This low number indicates a higher potential to absorb other molecules. The toxin molecules that bonded with the clay molecules are internalized in the clay molecule. In this state, your body can expel the toxin-filled clay in normal bowel movements.
A Cautionary Word About Bentonite Clay
This is a powerful and effective substance. However, there are times when it should not be taken.
Aged people and pregnant women shouldn’t taken Bentonite Clay or products containing Bentonite Clay.
Should not be taken if you took medication or supplements less than two hours prior.
There are no known side effects related to ingesting pure organic Bentonite clay in the suggested doses. However, there has not been a longitudinal study on the effects from humans. It’s best to consult a healthcare professional before you use this substance.