I am starting to take Calcium Bentonite Clay for detox. I prefer the Calcium over Sodium because I don’t need the salt and extra absorbing properties. Yes I eat dirt, well technically it’s clay. Always take your clay on an empty stomach before bed as to not suck out all the minerals you are taking in for the day. From one of my neighbors Rose Mountain Herbs says:
” What is it?
Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. The type of bentonite offered by Mountain Rose herbs is a Sodium Bentonite.
How does it work?
Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an “electrical charge”. To state it another way… “Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge.
Where does it come from?
Bentonite clay is sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. The largest and most active deposits come from Wyoming and Montana. (Mountain Rose Herbs stocks a Wyoming variety). * How is it manufactured?* Bentonite is usually quarry mined from deposits that can range anywhere from 100 feet to several thousand feet. This depends on the health and vitality of the land it is processed from and how far a producer will go to find the right clay with the proper characteristics and consistency. From here it is mined from the earth and brought out into the sun to remove excess water and moisture and, to make it easier to work with. After the initial drying begins the final transformation. It gets processed (ground) with huge hydraulic crushers and it then goes through the final process of micronization, or “fine granulating”. This is usually done with the assistance of sophisticated and expensive granulators. Upon completion of this final process it gets inspected by a quality control team and is sent off for consumer use.” https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/bentonite-clay/profile
Sodium Bentonite clay(has mostly sodium cations)
Calcium Bentonite clay (has mostly calcium and magnesium cations)
The performance of these two different Bentonite clays is striking. While both have excellent drawing power, sodium Bentonite clay is an extreme swelling clay (absorbing 20-40 times its weight in water), which is dehydrating and potentially constipating if ingested. It becomes like plastic or putty. Plus its sodium payload is unnecessary for most Westerners concerned about salt in their diets. This clay often has an exaggerated caustic pH value that does not work well for many applications.
Calcium Bentonite clay has a slight swelling capacity and can be mixed with water and oils to create various kinds of preparations from drinks to pastes to masks or slippery massage substances. Plus it tends to have a good balance of minerals, and a moderately high pH value.