A single remedy for many ailments, we are talking about clay that can become a precious ally of health and beauty. Today we will discuss the results of a very interesting research that proposes the main properties of clay, its uses and applications. The research is available online and was published in the Iranian Journal of Public Health by an Iranian team (Moosavi et al, Iran J Public Health, 2017).
The article focuses on bentonite clay, a type of clay that is very easy to find, natural and which comes from areas of volcanic origin. Bentonite clay has a color that ranges from light gray to green, depending on the impurities present. The most important feature of clay is its high capacity to absorb and retain water, oils, gases and toxins. Hence the properties that we will now analyze.
Clay to purify the body of toxins
The main property of clay is to detoxify the body. For example, studies have shown that taking clay remedies increases the body's ability to excrete certain toxins, such as T-2, which is a mycotoxin produced by fungi and which can contaminate some foods such as grains. Not only that, bentonite clay is able to effectively absorb aflatoxins, which are other mycotoxins, which can develop on poorly preserved and poor quality cereals and nuts and which can cause liver damage. Indeed, studies have shown that clay is able to restore liver function, counteracting the damage of aflatoxins. It is noteworthy that the clay does not decrease the levels of vitamins and minerals ingested through food. In addition, clay is able to capture and facilitate the elimination of herbicides and chlorinated pesticides, which are toxic substances widely used against lice and termites and which tend to accumulate in the body. Finally, bentonite also proves useful against the accumulation of heavy metals.
Clay for Skin
Bentonite clay is also very beneficial when applied externally to the skin. Studies have shown that bentonite clay masks help fight acne and other skin blemishes like blackheads. Not only that, if bentonite is also included in the formulation of sunscreens, these have demonstrated a greater capacity than sunscreens that do not contain clay to absorb UV rays, preventing them from reaching the skin tissues, as well as significantly improving the resistance of the product to the water.
Then, bentonite clay can also be useful in case of skin irritations, such as diaper rashes. Indeed, bentonite-based products have been shown to act more effectively than other treatments, recognized as very useful in these cases, such as calendula.
Clay and irritable bowel
Clay can also be useful in case of irritable bowel syndrome, regulating intestinal transit and protecting the intestinal barrier.
Bentonite clay is therefore an excellent ally for the health of the body and the beauty of the skin. As mentioned in the article, clay can be applied as a skin mask. You can find powdered clay in specialty stores, herbalists and online, to mix with water to form a paste to spread on the face, leave on for ten minutes, then rinse.
As for internal use, you can buy clay suitable for this use in specialized shops. You can add a teaspoon of clay to a glass of water and let it sit overnight. The next day, in the morning on an empty stomach, drink the water but not the clay base. Never exceed the doses recommended on the package and ask your doctor for advice before starting any treatment to assess the individual situation. Clay for internal use must report this use on the label otherwise it cannot be taken for this purpose.