There are ten things you should ask of any clay you are considering
for topical or internal use for health purposes.
Is it a
Calcium based Bentonite?
Is the clay
milled to at least a 325 screen mesh particle?
Is the pH at
least 8.5-9.9? The higher the better?
Is it a clay
that absorbs and adsorbs, a Living Clay capable of changing and
Is it a green
swelling clay of the Montmorillonite/Smectite group?
tasteless and odorless?
efficacy, its ionic charge ratio at least 20 to 1? (Drawing power)
Is it an all
natural clean clay direct from the mine source and not later
processed or purified?
Is it a clay
from a mine protected from the elements?
Is it a clay
that expands to a 3 to 1 ratio in volume? (Three part water to 1
part dry clay.)
WHY ARE THESE TEN QUESTIONS IMPORTANT?
is critical when you ingest clay that it be Calcium based as opposed
to Sodium based. Demand from any clay company that you be given a
copy of the MSDS sheet and a copy of the Mass Gas Spectrometer Test
results. These two documents will give you the specific mineral
composition of their clay. Any company who refuses to give you this
data is hiding something from you.
Most Sodium Bentonite is suitable for commercial and industrial uses
such as sealing farm ponds, sealing asphalt and in oil rig mud pits.
A good quality Calcium Bentonite Clay should contain the following as
its top three minerals in about the following percentages:
In addition it should contain no more than 2% in sodium. One popular
Sodium Bentonite contains 29% sodium! When doing a cleanse, detox or
tackling any health related issue, the last thing you want to do is to
ingest substantial amounts of salt.
It is also important that the clay be pure, clean and natural and
direct from the source mine - a subsurface mine has been protected
from the natural elements. Most clays that claim to be 100% pure have
been cleaned using either a heat process or a hydration process to
“wash” out impurities.
Both processes can take a 95% pure clay to a “100%” pure state, but in
doing so reduces the efficacy from around 15 to 1 down to 5 to 1. In
their attempt to make a purity claim they are actually destroying the
natural healing properties. Read labels carefully for any notation of
the clay having been cleaned, processed, filtered, recharged or
tampered with in any fashion other than milling.
Clays are all milled to some degree of “fineness.” This fineness
number typically runs from 50 to 325 screen mesh. A 50 screen mesh
feels like fine grain sand while a 325 mesh is almost as fine as
talcum powder. The finer the mesh the better the milling process and
in turn the better it hydrates when water is added. Suspension as a
colloidal is cleaner, quicker and more highly charged. If taken
internally in a capsule form it is imperative that Calcium Bentonite
Clay be screened to at least a 325 mesh so that it assimilates into a
colloidal in the shortest time possible after ingestion. I recommend
you not buy any Calcium Bentonite Clay that is milled to less than a
325 screen mesh.
The pH of your Calcium Bentonite Clay is crucial. One of its greatest
blessings to your health is its ability to increase your pH from acid
to alkaline. While all clays are alkaline, only 2-3 are 9.5 to 9.7 in
their natural state. I recommend you select a Calcium Bentonite Clay
with the highest pH available.
Naturally you want a tasteless, odorless clay that is creamy smooth
when hydrated. Unprotected clays tend to pick up odors. Be wary of
clays with strong odors.
Lastly, and of paramount importance is a clay’s efficacy rate – how
well it works. This piece of information is provided in a ratio from
such as 10 to 1. This means the following. A clay with a 10 to 1
efficacy rating removes 10 times it’s molecular weight in positive
charged ions from your body. By contrast, a clay with a 3 to 1
efficacy rating would remove 3 times its molecular weight in positive
charged ions (the bad stuff that attacks our bodies). In this example
a 10 to 1 ratio when compared to a 3 to 1 ratio means the first clay
would be over 3 times as effective as the second.
These clays capable of exchanging ions are called Living Clays or
Active clays. Clays ability to absorb and adsorb directly effect their
efficacy rate. Green swelling clays from the Montmorillonite/Smectite
group are known as healing clays because of this trait.
There are only a few clays on the market today with an efficacy ratio
greater than 12 to 1. A few natural Calcium Bentonite Clays have a 31
to 1 ratio. I recommend you read the literature carefully and call
the company reps to find the specifics on a clay. If they don’t know
the efficacy rate and mineral content, I would consider it a doubtful
Remember, the purpose of clay when used on a daily basis is to
continually remove positive charged ions – the things that attack our
body – from every cell in your body. The very best clay to accomplish
this goal is a pure, direct from the mine, natural Calcium Bentonite
Clay with a pH of 9.0-9.7, a screen mesh of 325 and an efficacy of at
least 30 to 1.
That being said, knowing what clay to use becomes the paramount
question. I've looked at two clays, and swore by looking at them they
were same... And yet, the swelling properties were quite different, as
were the tastes.
Keep in mind that not all Calcium Bentonites swell. If you really want
a good guideline, you can actually acquire a sample of
clays, find and/or hire a BodyTalk System Practitioner to test your
body's response to each clay. Most information on clay is from
personal experience stories handed down through time.
PerryA~ is the owner of
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