detoxify fasting cleansing
I am in the process of becoming healthier! One thing I have decided to try is bentonite clay for cleansing my colon. I have done fasts for up to 3 days in the past and know how good it is to feel cleansed from the inside out. I bought a bottle of Great Plains Bentonite (a liquid) at my health food store.
In doing research it sounds like people have been using clay for thousands of years. I know I have used clay masks on my face with good results, but I have never eaten it. Clay is supposed to work by some sort of ionic activity where it will attract and bind all sorts of nasty things lurking in your intestines. The bentonite is not digested at all and when it is expelled it takes all those nasties with it. Goodbye toxins!
I trust my health food store and they recommended Great Plains Bentonite. It claims to be the highest grade, very pure, and with a maximum ability to swell, adsorb, and bind toxins.
Where does Bentonite come from?
Bentonite is a natural clay mineral that exists in most continents of the world. Created in volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, and eventually all that volcanic ash became bentonite clay. Some of the largest deposits in the world exist in the Great Plains area of the United States. The scientific name for the type of bentonite clay I will be using is montmorillonite.
Properties of Bentonite
Bentonite has an enormous surface area made by microscopic platelets, each with negative charges on the flat surfaces and positive charges on the edges. When mixed with water, the water molecules cause these platelets to separate into a porous structure containing both negative and positive charges. This allows bentonite to absorb substances in the space between the platelets. The ionic charges give bentonite the ability to also adsorb (or bind) toxins and hold them until they are eliminated.
The bentonite will need to be shaken before use. It tends to thicken up when it sits for a while, but becomes more fluid when it's shaken.
Great Plains Bentonite
According to the people who make the Great Plains Bentonite, the use of advanced processing methods results in a bentonite surface area of over 960 square yards per serving. To put that in perspective, that is over 12 football fields of surface area per quart bottle! Among the toxins it is able to adsorb and bind are pathogenic viruses, pesticides, and herbicides.
Mixing it up with Psyllium
Adding psyllium to my regimen will add an extra oomph to my cleanse. The psyllium will add some bulk (fiber) and help flush those toxins right out.
So here is the Regimen
It is best to do this on an empty stomach otherwise you will be absorbing vitamins and nutrients. The easiest way to do it is first thing in the morning. I take one tablespoon of my liquid bentonite in 1 cup of water. It doesn't have much taste at all, but feels a little chalky as it goes down. Some people mix it with juice or applesauce, but I think it goes down easily with just water. I wait about 30 minutes and drink another cup of water. About 30 minutes after that I put 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk powder into another cup of water. The psyllium husk will bulk up and become thicker the longer it sits, so I try to drink it down quickly. I then drink another cup of water.
I feel pretty full after this. It is important to keep drinking water throughout the day. I usually wait to eat for a couple of hours after this regimen.
There are variations of this that I have seen people do. Some people mix the clay and psyllium together in water and then follow up with another big glass of water. Some people will repeat this throughout the day, but always at least 2 hours after eating, for example, mid-afternoon and also right before going to bed.