An otherwise healthy body collects and stores toxic materials within its fat warehouses, primarily through the consumption of contaminated food and water. People plagued by health issues that are treated by pharmaceutical drugs may have even greater amounts of toxins stored in their bodies.
Although there are numerous products marketed as effective detoxification agents, clay detoxification protocols have been used in many cultures for centuries. Here are some tips for choosing the right type of clay for detoxification as well as some popular ways of using the clay to gently remove toxins from the body.
Types Of Clay Used For Detoxification
When certain clays are mixed with water and placed in contact with toxins, they act as magnets that draw and absorb poisonous substances like heavy metals, chemical waste and residual radiation by-products. These substances are sometimes actively present in the body when it exchanges toxin-storing fat for lean muscles during body building exercises. The major types of clay used for cleansing are zeolite, kaolin, montmorillonite and bentonite. Bentonite clay is one of the most popular clays used for a variety of detoxification protocols.
Using Clay Externally To Detoxify
Clay used for detoxification purposes should be stored in an airtight, sealed container, and the clay should have no access to metals. When a person is ready to use the clay, they should wear a mask while handling the dry clay to avoid inhaling any small, lung-irritating particles. One of the most well-known ways to use the clay externally is in a mud bath. Even wild animals instinctively know the value of covering themselves in mineral-rich clay as shown in many documentaries. The same properties available to wildlife are accessible to anyone that has clay, a bathtub and about 20 minutes. When taking a clay detoxification bath, one simply needs to pour about 2 cups of clay into heated running water and stir vigorously. A person that soaks in the mixture for about 20 minutes gains the benefits of toxin absorption, often resulting in reduced headache pain and clearer skin. Another way to gain the benefits of external clay detoxification is by rubbing the clay water mixture directly on one’s body and rinsing after a few minutes.
Drinking Clay for Internal Detoxification
Living clays like bentonite are edible and used for internal detoxification when consumed as a mixed beverage. Just a teaspoon of the clay blended in a cup of water every other day may absorb toxins from the intestines. The clay is also known to help with digestive issues. Since the clay absorbs toxins as well as nutrients, one should drink the clay mixture at least an hour before or after eating.
If you have questions, contact an alternative healthcare practitioner for more specific directions about using clay for detoxification purposes.
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