Yes. I eat clay out of my rocket ship shot glass.

Clay is one of the most effective detoxifying foods available to us. While many people think it’s unnecessary to detox regularly, consider that we carry more of a toxic burden than any generation in history. Between pollution, toxins in our water, GMOs, and toxins in our food, a high-stress lifestyle and a lack of sleep, we are overloaded with toxins. Internal cleansing is more important than ever, especially considering the sharp increase in cancer that is only expected to worsen.

I know it may seem a bit odd to eat clay, but many of our ancestors have been eating clay for a very long time; it was first recorded in prehistoric times and dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. Indigenous cultures around the world still use clay, both internally and externally. It’s amazing how ancient, native wisdom is still alive and thriving, and so effective! Native Americans call it “ee-wah-kee” meaning “the mud that heals.” And it really does.

Bentonite clay is one of the most healing foods we have available to us.

This is because the ions in clay are negatively charged, while toxins are positively charged. The clay absorbs the toxins, meaning it binds to them and flushes them out of your system.

Clay binds to:

  • harmful bacteria
  • pathogens
  • fungi
  • parasites
  • heavy metals
  • viruses
  • yeast
  • radiation
  • herbicides, fungicides, pesticides

Clay binds to these harmful toxins but does not bind to beneficial gut flora, vitamins or minerals. It is said that after the Chernobyl meltdown, clay was given to the people exposed to radiation to flush it from their systems.

It is also said that clay is effective against the cold and flu.

Considering that the common cold and flu are both caused by viruses, which are positively charged, it makes sense that clay would bind to these and flush them from the system.

People with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis have also reported improved symptoms after taking the clay. Because the clay removed harmful toxins, particularly yeast and bad bacteria, it is extremely helpful for those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. If you suffer from any of these disorders, it’s wise to take a probiotic while taking the clay. This will help repopulate the gut with good bacteria.

Clay has also been used to treat food poisoning.

Food poisoning is often the result of harmful bacteria; if taken at the first signs of food poisoning, clay can often stop the process by binding to that harmful bacteria and flushing it from the system. Even if you already are in the throes of food poisoning, ingesting the clay can improve systems and heal you much more quickly.

Clay is also great for external uses.

For example, when a mask is applied to the face, it draws out the impurities in the pores. It can be mixed with water and applied to an insect bite, to draw out the venom. It can even be used to dental issues, like gingivitis or infections. When mixed with water and gargled for about ten minutes per day, it draws out the infection. Clay is also said to be helpful with ulcers.

Not all clay is created equal. Make sure you’re buying a good brand that is safe to take internally. I use this brand on my skin and in detox baths. Redmond Clay and Yerba Prima are two companies I trust and I’ve successfully used their clay internally.

How To Take It

Start small and work your way up. It’s good to start with half a tsp every other day. See how you respond. Make sure you are pooping regularly. This is important. The clay binds to toxins, so it effectively needs to leave your system.

Great Ways To Use Clay:

  • as a face mask mixed with apple cider vinegar
  • brush your teeth with it
  • take a detox bath (add 1 cup)
  • apply it to bug bites
  • boost the immune system
  • detox your hair—just mix it with ACV and apply
  • wash veggies with it
  • apply it to burns, rashes, or poison ivy

Find out the amazing health benefits of bentonite clay! It binds to toxins in the body and flushes them out, it's also great to use for clear, glowing skin!


  1. Which kind do you use to drink I have the stuff you said u use for skin and bath but can’t find one that is OK to take internally. Thanks for any info

  2. Should I be mixing the clay and taking it internally with a plastic spoon? I read that you should not let it touch anything metal.
    Just made a face mask by mixing with water and could not get a paste texture. It stayed very clumpy. Not sure how you could gargle when it seems to stay in big slimy clumps. Any suggestions? I’d love to try it.

  3. I am glad I came across this post. I heard about this several years ago on a program I used to watch on TV (I think it went off the air though, seems like it just disappeared, but oh well, it was good information when it was on). I always kept it kinda in the back of my mind to research it more. Seeing what you said on this has me once again interested in looking into it. If I remember right, the presenter on the TV show stated that in some ancient cultures clay was particularly eaten by pregnant women (but I can’t remember the exact reason). Very good information!

    • dani stout Reply

      I actually make a green smoothie with doTERRA’s TerraGreens powder and add it to that. I drink that smoothie usually with breakfast but whenever throughout the day is fine.

  4. I’ve used this externally for several issues and am pleased with the results. I didn’t know it could be taken internally, but would like to start. If it should not contact any metals, how would you gargle if you have silver fillings?

  5. Hello,

    For the benefit of others, including myself, can you please share info. which provides proof that bentonite does NOT carry out beneficial gut flora along with the pathogenic bacteria is has proven to bind to and remove?

    I’m still researching but haven’t yet discovered and concrete evidence. This can be very important for those with dysbiosis or compromised immune systems who want to use food grade bentonite.

    So far all I have found is the below:

    1) Intragastric administration of bentonite to rats for 28 days leads to hyperproduction of colonic yeast micro-flora (43)

    The point about bentonite and other clays used as an “intestinal broom” is that they don’t just carry out the bad bacteria in your gut. Clay cannot distinguish between species of microorganism – it just adsorbs it all and carries it out!

    Many thanks for any info. you can provide.

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