The Science Behind Clay

Super-Charged Ions

Have you ever noticed how sitting by the ocean or walking through a forest produces a sense of calm and peacefulness? Turns out there is actually a scientific explanation. Air is filled with either negative or positive charges called ions. Fresh air in places like the ocean, the mountains and forests contain a plethora of beneficial negative ions and contribute to a feeling of well being. Negatively-charged ions can enhance our immune defenses, reduce susceptibility to colds and the flu as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, allergies and hay fever.

Positive ions on the other hand – of which there are many more in today’s environment than in times past – create an electrical imbalance in the atmosphere and in our bodies. Positive ions are also known as free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells and are thought to be responsible for degenerative health conditions, accelerated aging and even cancer. Positive ions are what comprise toxins, impurities, viruses and pollutants.

Negative ions are beneficial because of their ability to attract and stick to different positive ions or free radicals. This is the very dynamic that makes calcium bentonite clay such a powerful detoxifier. Calcium bentonite clay is highly charged with negative ions and looks to attract positive ions to it when ‘activated’. In its dry form, calcium bentonite clay is inert or doing nothing. When it becomes hydrated, the negative ions are activated and begin their work of attracting free radicals, impurities and other toxins to them. Some believe taking calcium bentonite clay in capsule form inhibits the effectiveness because the capsule has to be broken down by the stomach before the clay encounters liquid. Once there, it begins to activate but takes longer to enter your system.

Adsorption and Absorption

As our bodies do not absorb the clay, it is perfectly safe to consume. Taken internally, the clay is eliminated from our bodies through normal digestion and perspiration processes. Used externally as a poultice or bath, after working its magic, the clay is eliminated through our skin. The bottom line is that it is no coincidence people report feeling well, grounded, and energetic while using clay. It is the science behind calcium bentonite clay in action.

Adsorption refers to the process through which substances stick to the exterior of the clay structure. It is here on the surface of the clay structure where the ionic exchange between the clay and the toxins and other impure substances take place. This is a key part of our clay’s ability to detoxify and is explains the “living” aspect of our clay.

Absorption is a more familiar concept to most of us. It refers to the ability of the clay to act like a sponge and draw toxins and impurities from its environment. Absorptive clays expand to accommodate this process and are also known as expandable or swelling clays. This ability to swell provides pure calcium bentonite clay with greater drawing or detoxifying ability.

Laboratory Analysis and Material Safety Data Sheet

Earth’s LivingTMand it’s suppliers have gone to the expense of independent laboratory mineral analysis and microbial analysis on the clay sold on this website. These can be found by navigating to the More Clay Info page under Learn on the home page or clicking the hyperlink shown.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*

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