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Bentonite Clay Detox

large dogBentonite is a negatively charged, highly absorbent clay. Native American tribes call bentonite ‘Ea-Wah-Kee’ which means “the mud that heals”.

There are different types of bentonite clay, depending on the dominant mineral within it (sodium, calcium, potassium, etc.). Mainly comprised of aged volcanic ash, it’s healing qualities and ability to draw out toxins are known throughout the world.

Applications

Bentonite clay can be used for:

  • Digestive disturbances like constipation, bloating, gas
  • Skin and allergy issues
  • Recovery from vomiting and diarrhea

Bentonite clay can be applied either orally to draw toxins from the body or externally as a poultice – it’s healing qualities abound. Bentonite clay’s effectiveness is derived from its negative ionic charge, which pulls positively charged particles from the body via the bloodstream and then eliminates them through the kidneys and bowels. Not absorbed itself, the the clay just gets passed along with the bound toxins.

Topical Applications

There are several ways to give clay externally to your pets.

  • You can mix it with water in a glass container. Don’t allow the clay to touch metal or you’ll risk reducing it’s effectiveness. Apply it as a paste to itchy skin, bug bites or other skin maladies. Allow the clay to fully dry and then wash it off.
  • If a poultice is required for a more potent application, apply the paste to the area and wrap it carefully with wet gauze or cloth. Be very careful to monitor the wrap so it doesn’t shift or ‘cord’ around the area and tighten. Dampen and rewrap every two hours until the desired treatment has been achieved.
  • Add a 1/4 cup of Bentonite clay to a bath for a general detoxification.
  • For treating mastitis, apply a paste or mask to the affected area to help draw out the toxins in the body. Repeat hourly.

Internal Uses

Several reports state that canines have evolved to eat clay to counteract environmental and synthetic toxins, and to aid in recovering from sickness.

  • Add some bentonite clay to your pets water or give it orally with a dropper when he develops vomiting, diarrhea or other illness.
  • Calcium bentonite clay is effective for treating internal parasites.
  • Bentonite clay works great for detoxification of the liver and kidneys, which are prone to becoming overloaded.

How Much To Give

The beneficial qualities of bentonite clay can be achieved with 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon daily mixed with your pet’s water or on his food. Due to bentonite clay’s absorbent qualities, fresh water must always be available to your dog during.

Contraindications

Clay shouldn’t be given orally in the following cases:

Constipation or impaction
High fat diets
During pregnancy and nursing
During a course of medication

Due to it’s absorbent qualities and negative charge, bentonite clay may affect the impact or efficacy of other treatments.

 

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