Living Clay is a calcium-based, all-natural Bentonite clay of the Montmorillonite / Smectite group. Unlike other clays, only Smectites can absorb and adsorb. It is characterized by its expandable properties. Living Clay is often referred to as a green swelling clay. This rare natural desert clay, obtained from a sub-surface mine in California, has been protected from leaching by the climate. In addition, this particular clay deposit was sealed away and isolated from the natural elements by a cap of zeolite minerals for million years.
Because its adsorptive properties have not been compromised by air or ground water contaminants, this highly-charged, all-natural Calcium Bentonite Clay has a drawing power of 33 times its molecular weight. Its extremely strong adsorptive and absorptive properties make it ideal for use in deep cleansing, clarifying of the skin, facial masks, body wraps, detoxification and many other uses.
Living Clay has a 9.7 pH, is odorless, highly energized and is a 325 screen mesh, making it hydrate to a smooth non-gritty consistency like thick, creamy pudding.
Clays capable of exchanging ions are called Living Clays or Active Clays. Clays’ ability to absorb and adsorb directly affect their efficacy rate. Green swelling clays from the Montmorillonite / Smectite group are known as healing clays because of this trait. According to Raymond Dextreit, an expert on clays and author of the book, Our Earth, Our Cure, the green family of clays is the most desirable all-purpose healing clay.
Clay is a catalyst that assists the body in detoxification and in removing positive-charged ions from the body. In turn, Living Clay creates a better platform for the body to begin healing itself. It propels the immune system to a healthy balance and strengthens the body to a higher point of resistance to all that attacks it. Secondly, it acts as a stimulus and as such increases circulation. Thirdly, it balances the body’s pH.
It is also important that the clay be pure, clean and natural and direct from the source mine. A subsurface mine has been protected from the natural elements. Most clays are claimed to be 100% pure have been cleaned using either a heat process or a hydration process to wash out impurities. Both processes can take a 95% pure clay to a 100% pure state, but in doing so reduce the efficacy from around 15 to 1 down to 5 to 1. In their attempt to make a purity claim, they are actually destroying the natural healing properties. Read labels carefully for any notation of the clay having been cleaned, processed, filtered, recharged or tampered with in any fashion other than milling.
The ionic charge of pure, natural Calcium Bentonite Clay is 100% negative. This unique clay adsorbs and absorbs (Characteristics of the Smectite Family of clays) positive-charged ions in a similar fashion. Most everything that attacks our bodies –- bacteria, parasites, viruses, fungi, diseases, toxic chemicals, etc. –- is of a positive ionic charge. The beauty of Living Clay is that it is blind. It doesn’t know an eczema molecule from a staph bacteria molecule, or a viral molecule. What it does know is a positive charge. When clay is taken internally, because of its large surface area and negative charge, it dominates positive-charged particles (toxins and bacteria) . . . drawing them to it and carrying them out of the body. Calcium Bentonite Clay literally removes positive-charged molecules that attack our bodies from our bodies on a daily basis, if taken daily.
Many people are concerned about natural metals in clays. Metals in clays are never in isolated form and are not adsorbed into the body. Therefore, the metals in a clay’s make-up are not harmful, as the body does not digest them. This is why clay is known first and foremost as a strong, safe detoxifier. For clays with a high pH, it is also known as a balancer . . . bringing the body to a balanced state. Most people are naturally on the acidic side, and acidity is the breeding ground for bacteria and diseases.
What keeps the immune system running is the energy that feeds it, the substance of life. The body will not run well, or will at least run with all sorts of mechanical problems, when there is no energy to support it. Therefore, in order to create health, the body must be stimulated and re-stimulated by another working energy like Living Clay. When the immune system does not function at its best, the clay stimulates the body’s inner resources to awaken the stagnant energy. It supplies the body with the available magnetism to run well.