Mud glorious mud! Drink it, wear it, roll in it!
Clay, as we might better call it has been consumed by people and animals for thousands of years because it not only heals the body but also provides essential minerals and trace elements essential for health and the proper functioning of our bodies Let me show you 10 benefits of this cheap and wonderful natural source of health, healing and nutrion
What it does
Let me cut to the chase and tell you briefly what clay can do for you (I will explain the different types of clay later before you go rushing off to the local pond and start drinking and wallowing around in it like the local wilderbeest)
Clay absorbs the toxins in our bowels and once eliminated our energy levels increase.
It also contains other crucial elements for your body such as silica, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, sulphur and carbon. Additionally, it includes up to around 71 different trace elements all absolutely essential for health, curing illnesses and neutralising bacteria
It contains huge amounts of silica which penetrates the skeletal system to produce strong bones, healthy skin, hair and teeth as well as increasing collagen in your bones and skills so you will look younger too. (another source of silica too is common horsetail Equisetum arvense – that dear weed which gardeners hate because they can never get rid of it as its roots deep into the ground some 7 feet, and that’s the beauty of it – because it reaches so deep into the earth it extracts all those precious minerals from it. So we should applaud the common horsetail and use it to make our bodies healthy and strong
Where is the clay from?
So what exactly is the clay and where is it from? Clay is formed when volcanic ash which erupted out of a volcano. As the ash pours into nearby seas and lakes it collects pure minerals producing incredibly energised mineralized clay as it settled on sea beds.
There are 7 types of which volcanoes produce from their ash
- Smectite clays. (Bentonite is from the family of clay called Smectite and it is this clay that is one of the main ones for health
- Kaolin clays
- Illite clays
- Vermiculite clays
- Chlorite clays
- Iron oxyhydroxides
Which clay should I use?
The most common clay people use is bentonite clay, which is really named from the area it has recently been taken from in Benton Wyoming https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentonite
A characteristic of the smectites group of clays (which includes Bentonite clay remember) is that they can absorb many times their own volume and because of this it is magnificent for and absorption of toxins within the body. It has a much higher absorption rate than the other clays. In body cleansing it can help strip mucoid build up from the walls of the intestines when taking with a detox programme.
Now we are narrowed to using bentonite clay, we know that there are 4 main types of Bentonite clay but only 2 are relevant to uses for the body. The 4 are:
- Sodium Bentonite
- Calcium Bentonite
- Potassium Bentonite
- Aluminium Bentonite
Generally the one most people take is either the sodium bentonite or calcium bentonite. The sodium absorbs much more though does have a higher concentrate of sodium of course. Calcium bentonite on the other hand still has a high absorption rate and is great for healing as it has a high alkaline rate.
And what of our fertility?
Again, fertility is improved as our bodies are cleansed, alkaline balanced, nourished and made stronger through minerals
What can clay do – 10 uses for clay
1 Used on the Skin to Heal Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis, spots
Make the clay into a paste and make a mask on the skin. This will bind to bacteria and toxins which live within the skins pores and surfaces and will draw them out. It can help calm skin infections as it has antibiotic properties
- Bathe in clay to soak up toxins
Mix clay in the bath with magnesium (Epsom salts) as the both together draw all the toxins out of the body. Get the loofah on it and scrub away all the dead skin cells. Let your skin dry and settle and feel how soft it is. It may feel a tad dry initially after the detox but the natural oils will come back to the surface shortly making your skin lovely and smooth again
- Allows Cells to Receive More Oxygen
Bentonite clay pulls excess hydrogen from the cells which enables oxygen to replace it and more oxygen means you feel more energised and illness and damage to your body including muscles are alleviated.
- Alkalizes the Body
Our bodies need to be 80%:20% alkaline to acid. Most of the nation’s illnesses derive from having acidic bodies which are breeding grounds for diseases, poor health and low energy. This is far too big an issue to discuss here, suffice to say the more we can alkalise the body, the better and minerals are the perfect source to do this – everything from clay to other sea vegetables such as seaweed andgreen leafy vegetables to name but a few
- Good bacteria is enabled to flourish in the digestive system – probiotic
By cleaning the digestive tract and gut lining through removal of toxins, chemicals and bacteria, clay lays the ground for a cleaner environment thus enabling good bacteria to flourish. Remember good bacteria is one of the main defence systems in your immune system. The healthier our gut means we can fully absorb nutrients from our food thus avoiding malabsorption and nutritional deficiency.
6 Relieves Digestive Problems such as IBS
As bentonite clay helps remove and neutralise bacteria, the digestive system naturally improves. Its alkalising effect can calm and alleviate digestive problems too, soothing the digestive system. So forget the antacid tables. Clay (or even arrowroot powder which is very cheap or Japanese kudzu starch can neutralise acidic digestive systems too
Many people have candida albicans to greater or lesser degrees https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candida_albicans
Candida albicans is a fungus which can live almost anywhere in or on the body. It can grow in the digestive tract and its froms can grow through and penetrate the walls of the digestive tract, leading to allergies and bloating as proteins begin to penetrate the gut and toxins leak from the gut into the blood stream causing serious health problems. Clay will not seal the gut but by killing bacteria and helping remove it from the body through attaching itself to the intruder, it helps the immune system to function better
- Improves the Health of Teeth and Gums
The doorway into the body is through the mouth. Like a doorman on a club, we need to keep the entrance protected as the mouth itself also absorbs directly into the blood stream as well as permitting toxins and germs to go down into the body. Again through the absorption qualities of clay combined with its ability to neutralise bacteria, the body is protected. Use it to swill the mouth out for a few minutes (or buy clay toothpaste)
- Purifies Water – helps to
Flouride is not the tooth protector as some would have us believe. It is known to interfere with our endocrine system. Remember the endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things http://www.livescience.com/26496-endocrine-system.html
Throwing these out of balance can create chaos in our bodies and minds
Clay can help neutralise some of the fluoride in our drinking water (though it is not the main nor the only method for doing this)
- Mud pack for the face or put it on your baby’s bum!
Make a face mask to draw out those impurities (you can use fullers earth) or apply the dry clay to the skin of your baby’s bum when its irritated or sore. Wipe or rinse away after a few minutes
Seriously this is one of the most simple and profound things you can give to yourself on a daily basis. Remember we are ourselves composed of elements and minerals – our physical being is composed of such minerals which is why we require them, often in supplement form due to depletion of many minerals from our foods through pollution of our soil and water
Just check which is the best for your current situation, that it is for internal consumption, and ensure that before choosing that you select a quality provider