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Eating Clay Everyday: The Most Basic Detox

Published on January 29, 2024

The use of clay by humans for medicinal and wellness purposes is most probably as old as mankind. There is no doubt that while living on a poisoned planet one should make drinking edible clay the very first thing one should do each morning. One should have no doubts about the toxicity of the air, water, and food we consume. It’s bad and getting worse every year.

Mercury, as was lead before it, is an intense accumulating neurotoxic heavy metal that’s in everything yet the government only gets hysterical about necessary life-giving carbon dioxide. A minimum of 20 tons of mercury is put into the atmosphere every day by the coal-fired plants of the world. And now we are hearing almost every day in the mainstream news about plastic pollution, which is also everywhere and accumulating.

Clay is seen by some as a live medium that helps generate and maintain life. Artificial intelligence likes to talk about the “Detox Science of the Pure” which appears to be a phrase that combines elements of detoxification and purity. Many years ago I wrote about the Healing Science of the Pure and it was about the properties of extraordinarily pure substances like clay. Detoxification, or detox, refers to the process of removing toxins and impurities from the body. The most basic property of something pure is to draw the impure to it like a sponge will suck up water.

Clay is an effective binding agent as its chemical structure allows other chemicals to bond with it and so lose their reactivity. Clay is therefore an effective deactivator of toxins from diet or pathogens. Clay is the primary ingredient of kaolin and Kaopectate that we use when suffering from gastrointestinal malaise.

Clay’s immediate action upon the body is directly on the digestive channel. This involves the clay binding with the toxic substances and removing them from the body with the stool. It performs this job with every kind of toxin including those that occur naturally as by-products of the body’s health processes, such as metabolic toxins.

Edible clay, also known as clay dirt or culinary clay, refers to certain types of clay that are safe for human consumption. The most commonly consumed edible clays include bentonite clay, kaolin clay, and certain types of clay-rich soils. These clays are typically sourced from specific regions and are known for their purity and safety for consumption. In some cultures, pregnant women consume clay as a remedy for morning sickness or to satisfy cravings.

Main Characteristics of Clay – (No Pharmaceutical has these Properties)

Detoxifies – Purifying
Nourishes – Calming
Stimulates – Relaxes
Invigorates – Drains
Regulates Ph
Improves Skin Elasticity
Pore Refining

The use of clay for both internal and external use puts in our hands the healing power of Mother Earth and there is little that can compare or compete in the world of medicine. There is no healing system more powerful than that which employs Nature’s primordial substances, materials so pure and close to nature that they yield benefits without the typical side effects of most medicines. Clay is so pure it tastes clean when used orally. Living Clay is the best I have ever come across and have been using it for years.

While edible clay is generally considered safe for consumption, it’s essential to source it from reputable suppliers to ensure it’s free from contaminants. Few if any companies advertise their clays for internal consumption because of legal issues. One should be aware that consuming large quantities of clay can lead to gastrointestinal issues or nutrient deficiencies due to its binding properties so please be intelligent about its use. Also, you will want to make sure you drink plenty of water.

Edible Clay assists in Heavy Metal and Chemical Detoxification. Many naturopaths recommend ingesting clay daily to maintain optimal health. It is recommended to take the clay on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for the best results. If you cannot take it first thing in the morning, at least make sure that it is in on an empty stomach, and before bed is another option.

If you’re taking any medication, it is recommended to wait 1-3 hours before ingesting clay, but please check with your physician, as medications vary in time release and content. Clay passes through the body like a vacuum cleaner or sponge carrying poisons out of the body. Since clay is not digested and assimilated as it passes through the alimentary canal, the clay and the absorbed positively charged ions are both eliminated together.

Bentonite Clay Uses

Detox and chelation can be made easier, shorter
and more effective with the help and use of clay.

For many of us, it is hard to imagine eating clay, however many people employ it topically. But the power of its exquisite purity is indispensable in the age of toxicity for there is nothing that has a stronger pulling power on the impurities in the body than clay does. Where I live we have scorpions, and believe me when one of my kids got bitten, clay was the first thing I raced for and it worked quickly to draw the venom out. I have used clay packs on my eyes, sleeping with them through the night bringing soothing relief to the stress they were feeling as I was battling cataracts.

For those suffering from gingivitis or any other infection or decay in the mouth, it’s good to know one can pack the clay into the mouth. For instance, many people have used it when they have a toothache, putting a clay pack in their mouth for an hour each day for four days. Not only does the pain go away, but the infection is drawn out by the clay. An alternative is chlorine dioxide and dentists use it for many mouth aliments.

“The Native Americans call it “Ee-Wah-Kee”
meaning “The-Mud-That-Heals.”

Our exposure to general chemical toxins in the environment is only getting worse, thus any reasonable and cost-effective method that reduces concentrations of toxic metals and other poisonous chemicals in the human body will find great use in the 21st century (the Age of Toxicity). Our world has never been as toxic as it is today and it will be even more toxic next year and the year after that. No one can maintain a pure state but we can approach medical treatments with an intelligence that will protect us.

In the 21st century, the center of pharmacology needs to be
shifted away from medicines that add to people’s already heavy
toxic burdens to medicines and protocols that reduce these burdens.

Clay assists the body’s eliminatory process by acting as a bulking agent, similar to psyllium fiber, sweeping out the old matter that doesn’t need to be there. It is not digested in the same manner as food as it passes through the alimentary canal. Instead, it stimulates intestinal peristalsis, the muscular contractions that move food and stool through the bowels. The clay and the adsorbed toxins are both eliminated together. This keeps the toxins from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream, which is a safer way to go about the detoxification process and is one of the reasons I ingest clay every day.

Living Clay is a weathered volcanic ash made up of numerous trace minerals in their natural oxide form that has evolved over millions of years into a super-charged, triple-swelling, green Calcium Bentonite Clay with Montmorillonite properties. Its negative electromagnetic charge gives it a strong vacuum-like ability to capture and discharge positively charged toxins from the body.

What are the Calcium Bentonite Clay Benefits?

  • Soothes and Purifies the Digestive Tract
  • Remineralizes Cells and Tissues
  • Promotes Bacterial Balance in the Colon
  • Assists in Heavy Metal and Chemical Detoxification
  • Augments Digestive Efficiency
  • Supports Nutrient Assimilation in the Gut
  • Alkalizes the Body

Calcium Bentonite Clay literally removes the positively charged molecules that attack our bodies, from our bodies. According to an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Detoxification and Mineral Supplementation As Functions of Geophagy” (Johns and Duquette 1991), clay is a potent detoxifier, a catalyst that assists the body in the removal of chemical poisons and heavy metals (positively charged ions) from the body.

Clay is effective for many ailments. It will remove impurities including bacteria, fungi, parasites, chemicals, and toxins, and even help resolve viral infections. It has been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds, colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, constipation and intestinal problems, acne, anemia, and a variety of other health issues. Just about everything unhealthy, everything impure is irresistibly attracted to clay and becomes subject to immediate elimination.

Healing clay not only draws toxic material out of the
body if taken internally, but also reduces pain and
infection in open wounds on both humans and animals.


“Adsorption” and “Absorption” are two words that look alike, but their difference is critical in understanding the functions of clay minerals. Read below to discover how positively charged toxins inside your cells, can be either bound or magnetized, by the negatively charged clay molecules and taken safely out of your body.

Adsorption characterizes the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of the adsorbent medium. The clay possesses unsatisfied ionic bonds around the edges of its mineral particles. It naturally seeks to satisfy those bonds. For this to happen, it must meet with a substance carrying an opposite electrical (ionic) charge. When this occurs, the ions held around the outside structural units of the adsorbent medium and the substance are exchanged.

The particles of clay are said to carry a negative electrical charge, whereas impurities, bacteria, or toxins, carry a positive electrical charge. For this very reason clay has been used to adsorb the colloidal impurities in beer, wine, and cider. The impurities in wine carry positive charges and can be agglomerated (brought together) and removed by stirring a small amount of negatively charged clay material into the wine. The clay particles attract the wine impurities and they settle out together (flocculate).

The process works the same in the human body. When clay is taken internally, the positively charged toxins are attracted by the negatively charged surfaces of the clay mineral. An exchange reaction occurs whereby the clay swaps its ions for those of the other substance. Now, electrically satisfied, it holds the toxin in suspension till the body can eliminate both.

The term active, or alive, indicates the ionic exchange capacities of a given clay mineral. The degree to which the clay-mineral ions become active determines its classification as alive. Living bodies can grow and change their form and size by taking within them lifeless material of certain kinds, and by transforming it into a part of themselves. No dead body can adsorb. It is physically impossible.

Absorption is a much more slow and involved process than adsorption. Here, the clay acts more like a sponge, drawing substances into its internal structure. For absorption to occur, the substance must undergo a chemical change to penetrate the medium’s barrier. Once it has done that, it enters between the unit layers of the structure. Instead of the toxins, for instance, sticking only to the surface, they are pulled inside the clay. This is the reason why absorptive clays are labeled expandable clays. The more substances the clay absorbs into its internal structure, the more it expands and its layers swell.

Any clay mineral with an inner layer charge is an absorbent. Having an inner layer charge means having charged ions, sitting between layers, that are surrounded by water molecules. In this way, the clay will expand as the substance to be absorbed fills the spaces between the stacked silicate layers. Some clays are gentler in their absorption, whereas others are more radical. Absorption takes place with clay when the clay draws particulates into its internals layered structure, much like a sponge. Clay minerals have an inner layer charge that acts like an absorbent and can absorb and bond with many toxic elements, both man-made and natural.

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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