Bentonite Clay
Red Desert® Clay

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The Best clay For Removing Toxins and Unwanted Bacteria,
Internal Detoxification AND remineralizing our cells

All the different clays have value.
The ideal clay will ~

  • Move into the bloodstream and reach toxins which have bio-accumulated at the cellular level
  • Leave behind an array of minerals for strengthening bones, joints and tissues
  • Bind to unfriendly bacteria both internally and externally
  • In Addition:
  • Contain high naturally occurring silica for helping to move calcium into bones
  • Alkalize and neutralize acids (acid reflux)
  • Be beneficial for internal and external uses
  • Have the smallest particle sizes and the highest electrical charge
  • BOTH absorb and adsorb a wide range of toxins with each dosage
  • AND
  • Be gentle enough to eat daily

Bentonite clay versus Red Desert® clay
Although bentonite clay has many good uses, most are not recommended for internal cleansing. Bentonite is not a mineral. It is a nickname given to a sodium based industrial clay mined in Fort Benton, Wyoming back in 1920. A year later this mine closed. Since then the nickname "bentonite" has been applied to nearly all clay mined in any location with labels that are often not indicative of its actual content and capabilities. These different clays "termed" betonite can be radically and structurally different.

Do know that most clay purchased at health food stores labeled "bentonite clay" are going to be quite fine when applied externally and for the occasional consumption such as an upset stomach or diarrhea, or food poisoning; but not necessarily a good idea for daily internal detoxification.

Which clay is for me?
Montmorillonite is always going to be the clay of choice for internal cleansing. It is the preferred clay and the most valued and researched for detoxifying the body, removing unwanted bacteria and the most nutrient dense for remineralizing our cells.

If the clay is to be used only for external purposes, then most clay labeled "bentonite clay" will be sufficient. If you are dealing with buruli ulcer or MRSA then read:

Montmorillonite Study at Arizona State University
Studies on montmorillonite clay as a therapeutic agent were conducted most recently at the Arizona State University. The results were highly effective against numerous bacteria such as

  • E.coli
  • MRSA
  • Buruli Ulcer (a flesh eating skin infection)
  • Bacteria resistant to antibiotics

Click here to read about this research.

My Choice
With the urgent diagnoses I had back in 2002, it was vitally important for me to detoxify my entire body AND bring in the most nutrient dense foods and products to heal. When it came to adding edible clay to my regime in this healing process I chose a calcium montmorillonite - Red Desert Clay as it came with the scientific information I needed to understand how it would provide detoxification for my entire body and help with my osteopenia diagnosis at age 45. I was very fortunate and am very grateful to have received the education I needed from just the right people at the right time.


I have been eating this clay daily now for 13 years, and brushing my teeth after flossing as it binds to unfriendly bacteria in the gum line (my dental pockets disappeared over time).

I use it externally for facials, bug bites or stings and also apply the clay mud to unhealthy skin spots that appear here and there - although this is not to replace your dermatologist.

Due Note: Red Desert clay is quite effective at removing toxins and can bind to some medications. If you are taking medications of any kind, ask your pharmacist or doctor if you feel there might be contradictions. The book entitled THE CLAY CURE suggests taking medications 2 to 3 hours away from eating clay. However, if one is taking time release meds for example, then hypothetically the clay could contradict.



The Reason More Toxins Stick to Red Desert® Clay
More Information about How These Clays Differ

What makes a particular clay more valuable and desirable

How clay works can get a bit scientific and mind boggling. There is no need to be a mineralogist or geologist to decide what is best for you and the information offered below simplifies the details to help you decide.

To understand why and how "bentonite clay" differs from Red Desert clay would be to have a little knowledge of the particle size, the degree of electrical charge, the difference between adsorption and absorption, as well as the combination of the minerals contained. Red Desert clay (calcium montmorillonite) is the best example of these criteria - more info about this below.

As mentioned previously, the majority of products termed "bentonite clay" contain a combination of various minerals meant for external applications or for industrial purposes. Some of these are sodium based with a mixture of elements and tastes, and acting very differently when used internally. Although many of these various clays do not share the same functions, they will do a fine job for most external applications.

A tidbit of info: There are seven categories of clay as follows: Kaolin, Illite, Smectite, Chlorite, Vermiculite, Mixed-layer group, Lath-form group. The most preferred species of edible clay is montmorillonite which is within the smectite group.

ABsorption and ADsorption Capabilities
A clay that both adsorbs and absorbs will remove the most toxins. Most products labeled bentonite clay will adsorb, but not absorb.

ADsorption is the process by which toxic substances stick to the outside surface of the clay.
ABsorption describes the sponge-like effect where toxins are also drawn inside the clay particle.

There is only one group of clay capable of both adsorption and absorption. This is the montmorillonite smetic group, although there are differences in the montmorillonite clays.

With the combination of tiny, tiny particle sizes and the adsorption/absorption capabilities, the structure of Red Desert clay is powerful for picking up many more of the positively charged toxic particles we want to eliminate from our cells.

Particle Size
Minerals in edible clay must be tiny enough to move into the bloodstream to reach our cells. Very important detail - and makes a significant difference.
A hair on one's head is likely between 50 and 75 microns in diameter. Two to three microns is the size of most of the Red Desert Clay particles. Very good indeed!

The Standard Test Method for Particle Size Analysis is an extensive test that quantifies the majority of particle sizes in a sample of clay, and the surface area to help the end user make the best decision when choosing edible clay.
This is difficult to measure since the particles are in odd spherical shapes - - - - something like this pyramid shape.

The reason more toxins stick to Red Desert® clay… due to surface area. Take one heaping teaspoon of Red Desert clay and lay the surface area of each particle of clay out in a straight line and it will equal the surface area of an Olympic size swimming pool !

Our test (25 page report) on Red Desert® edible clay revealed the huge surface area and the microscopically tiny particle sizes. This translates to adsorbing and absorbing more toxins from the body (many, many times its own weight) than any of the other clays we can find.

Specific montmorillonites clays, (such as Red Desert® clay) contain extremely fine-grained and thin-layered particle ions that are very loosely bound to each other allowing toxins to stick to the outside and inside surfaces of the clay and between the layers. (See absorption and adsorption.)

Clays labeled bentonite clay contain a wide variation of minerals because they are sourced from many, many different mines around the world and in general will have a much larger particle size. It would be rare for a clay termed bentonite to have a "particle analysis test" because there usually isn't a very large percentage of montmorillonite in its content, if any at all.

Electrical Charge
Every clay has an electrical charge which is its pulling power. The electrical charge in Red Desert® clay is quite strong due to the location where our clay is mined. The hot, dry, arid, desert conditions exceed 100 degrees regularly. This consistent heat causes our clay minerals to remain alkaline and retain its electrically active, negatively charged ion which gives it a high quality rate of ADsorption and ABsorption.

Most bentonite clays are mined in areas where rainfall, snow or moisture is present. In this scenario, there is stronger leaching of minerals which reduces their electrical charge. Once the bentonite is mined, it is then left to dry for months before it is bottled for use. However, these bentonite clays do have value or they wouldn't exist. Use them primarily for detoxification baths, mud facials, bug bites, insect bites, bee stings as well as mud packs for swelling of joints.

Which clay to use?
I am biased about my clay choice, but this is mostly because of my determination to help those, who like myself, desire a great clay for internal detoxification, daily maintenance and for assisting in bone strength.

Many of the products labeled "bentonite clay" are intended primarily for external uses and the occasional internal use. Most calcium montmorillonite clays are by far in a much better position to efficiently remove toxins internally and unwanted bacteria as well as provide essential minerals to the cells of the body more than any other clay I have found.

However, nothing trumps your intuition, so do follow that when making a decision about what clay is best for your situation. No matter what, do not let this be the only source of minerals you eat. We still need beta-carotene, chlorophyll and chocolate once in awhile!

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