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Uses Of Bentonite Clay

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Bentonite clay has become a popular ingredient in many detoxification programs and has been traditionally used in order to promote internal cleansing. A lot of people have used it to address symptoms of constipation, such as gas and bloating.

Some people even cited bentonite clay as effective against more serious gastrointestinal conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome. According to research, it can also combat the effects of many toxins present in the environment and protect the immune system. Bentonite clay has a number of uses and in this article we will discuss all the important ones.

Heal psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema

Combine it with water and leave to dry on the skin as a clay mask. The clay can bind to toxins and bacteria which live on the surface of the skin. In addition, it also binds within pores in order to extract these from the pours. This helps to fight allergic reactions from irritating lotions of face washes, and also to reduce the outbreak of blemishes and alleviate redness. When applied topically to the skin, the clay can help to speed up healing time of wounds and calm skin infections, thanks to the clay’s special ability to act as an antibiotic treatment.

Used as a soaking liquid in the bath to remove toxins

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You can add the clay to your bath water and use it as a soaking liquid, which binds to the toxins that are dispelled from the skin. Your skin will feel hydrated, smooth, and less inflamed, all while you’re relaxing in the tub effortlessly.

It alkalizes your body

A lot of the foods which can be found in the “Standard American Diet” have an acidic reaction in our bodies. This means that they alter our bodies’ preferred pH level in order to make it more acidic than we would like for our bodies to be. If your diet is not healthy, your body will be more acidic. This is the case because our stomachs have to work extra hard in order to produce strong acids to break down these foods, creating the need for more alkalizing foods in order to balance things out.

In order to have proper digestion, your body requires enzymes which are made from alkalizing minerals. Therefore, when alkalizing foods don’t enter your body, acidity remains high and your digestion suffers. However, bentonite clay contains alkalizing minerals in contrast, which brings pH level in your body to a more optimal balance between alkalinity and acidity, helping to make the urine, saliva and blood more alkaline.

It boosts probiotics

By removing heavy metals from the gut, digestive-distress causing chemicals, and toxins, bentonite clay helps to promote probiotics or good bacteria living in your gut wall and to decrease the amount of harmful “bad bacteria.” An influx of aflatoxins can contribute to liver damage and even the onset of some cancers, if left unattended. Bentonite clay is able to withstand acids found in the gut and also to survive long enough to nid to toxins, because of its negatively charged electrons.

It relieves digestive problems

Bentonite clay helps to alleviate many digestive problems, thanks to its ability to neutralize bacteria and kill viruses. It is a safe way to remedy constipation, is often used as relief for vomiting and nausea by pregnant women, and helps with IBS. In addition, bentonite clay is also safe for pet consumption within your own home and can alleviate pet’s vomiting and nausea in the same way. In order to help reduce symptoms like vomiting, you can add bentonite clay to your pet’s water. All you have to do is mix a quarter cup or less of the clay into pet’s water until it dissolves. Your pet should not notice nor taste anything, but should feel better quickly.

It improves the health of teeth

When it comes to harmful outside “invaders” taking over, such as toxins and bacteria, the mouth is one of the most susceptible areas of our bodies. Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in your mouth and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, Bentonite clay has been used in natural toothpastes. In addition, it is even mixed with water and used as a daily rinse.

Used as a baby powder alternative

Bentonite clay can be applied to any area on the babies’ skin which is red, irritated, or needs soothing in the same way that powders are used. In addition, it’s naturally cleansing and very gentle, too. All you have to do is apply a small amount of the clay directly to the baby’s skin and allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping it away.

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