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Types of Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a claylike rock that formed from volcanic ash spewed into ancient lakes or seas. After filtering through the waters, it gathered up a number of pure minerals that created a layer of exceptionally-mineral rich clay that settled on the ancient seabed. Bentonite clay is just one among the 7 types of clay that can form from volcanic ash, and this type of clay possess microscopic layers that enables absorption and adsorption abilities. This makes bentonite clay a good alternative for detoxifying.

It is important to know, however, that there are two types of bentonite clay: the swelling bentonite or sodium bentonite clay and the southern or calcium bentonite clay. Both of these contain montmorillonite, the major component that gives it its clay-like nature. One type of bentonite clay is safe for consumption, while the other is mainly marketed for commercial use. In an article discussing different types of clay, Livestrong.com states that it “is highly absorbent, and is able to hold several hundred times its weight in water. This quality makes bentonite clay suitable as a liner for artificial ponds and koi ponds.”

Sodium bentonite has strong absorbency and propensity to clumping, which leads to it being used as sealants, liner for toxic waste lagoons and deserted oil and water wells. It is also used in drilling, clumping and bonding agents for cosmetics, cat litter, and medicines. Studies are being done to see the possibility of sodium bentonite to absorb and remove E. coli from affected food.

Calcium bentonite is the one that is generally used for consumption. Referred to as “living clay”, it has been used by various cultures for its health benefits for thousands of years. Beliefs of ingesting the calcium bentonite clay have been shown to help detoxify and cleanse the body of unwanted toxins, and helps improve the immune system to fight off infections and possible illnesses. According to Earth’s Natural Clay, using bentonite healing clay either externally or internally helps balance the ph level of the body through ion exchange.

The antibacterial properties of bentonite healing clay has lead many researchers and scientists to determine whether it can be used effectively to combat pathogens and other harmful bacteria that can possibly lead to serious health conditions and complications. Nevertheless, it is still vital to first consult your doctor regarding healing clays before using them to ensure that you will not be put at risk and to understand which healing clay would give you the best health benefits.

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