Have you ever thought about doing a Bentonite detox? I must admit that it was something that I had been apprehensive about when I first discovered it years ago. The thought of consuming clay didn’t really excite me. Since then I have been following a Bentonite detox regularly and have found that it works wonders to help my body flush out toxins and waste that have accumulated over a period of time.
What are the benefits of a Bentonite Detox?
I have found that before I started a regular detox regime using Bentonite clay that I was struggling to maintain a weight that I felt comfortable with. I was also conscious that my transit time (the time it takes for consumed food to pass through my digestive tract) was longer than it should be for a person of my age.
As a result of following a regular Bentonite detox I have since been able to maintain my body weight at an optimal range. This is now between 82 and 83 kilograms consistently, where before it was tipping the low 100’s.
I also feel like I have more energy, where previously I felt lethargic and sluggish. This may largely be the result of dropping 20 kilograms, but it is also the result of flushing out the junk that had accumulated in my body. This was stopping my body from extracting the full complement of nutrients in the food I was eating.
I have noticed that since regularly doing a Bentonite detox that my skin looks more radiant. I’m also sleeping much better, where previously I had interrupted sleep and was waking up three to four times a night. My transit times have also improved to a point where food is not moving so slowly through my system that it is causing complications. In short, I feel amazing!
How do I Follow a Bentonite Detox?
This is something that can be taken as a slower paced process, or, if you are more accustomed to it, you can ramp it up a bit.
I suggest taking it slow and easy the first few times, until you get the hang of it. I also suggest that you seek advice and support from a specialist like your Dietitian or your Doctor. This is recommended to make sure that any underlying issues which may cause problems during your detox are not overlooked.
When starting out on a slow and easy pace, you can consume between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of a Bentonite detox blend each day. This is best followed by at least one liter of water.
Personally, I will have a tablespoon of Bentonite detox blend mixed with pure honey in the morning. This is followed by 2 glasses of water, 500 milliliters each, which are at room temperature. I don’t like to drink chilled water as this can cause shock to the stomach when there’s a whole liter. The cramps from this are not fun.
It is possible to consume less of the Bentonite detox blend than a whole tablespoon. If you find that you are feeling bloated, this may be due to not getting enough water after the Bentonite.
Eating for 2 to 3 hours after the Bentonite is not advised. Food will move through your system faster than the Bentonite detox blend and add to the cramping sensation. Another point to keep in mind is that the nutrients in the food will be absorbed by the Bentonite, reducing the effectiveness of the meal.
If you begin to feel hungry in the 2 to 3 hour window after consuming the Bentonite blend, drink another liter of water first as your body will be able to use this to help with the detox more than the food. When I first followed the instructions I was given to not eat after the Bentonite blend I was concerned that I would feel hungry.
I did this on a Monday and had fruit with me for the day at work. One banana, two apples, and one orange. I ended up bringing the apples home as I hadn’t felt hungry with the water I was drinking throughout the day.
If you choose to do a Bentonite detox, it is advisable to consider supporting this approach to colon cleansing with a visit to a therapist who does colonic irrigation, or colon hydrotherapy. Getting some help with moving the garbage out of your system quicker through these types of services makes the world of difference.
A Bentonite Detox Requires You to Drink More Water
I find that drinking 3 to 5 liters of water a day helps with flushing out during this detox. Any less, and I feel like I’m beginning to cramp and bloat. It sounds like a big challenge to get through 3 to 5 liters of water in a day, but it can be done.
Don’t add cordial or processed sugar flavors or coloring to your water. This will make the detox pointless. What I find works well for me is drinking herbal teas with no added sugar. My preference is for lemon and ginger for a spicy kick, chamomile for a sweet taste, or peppermint for a refreshing pop.
What to Avoid During a Bentonite Detox
During the Bentonite detox I will drink about a third of the water required in the form of herbal teas. These don’t contain any caffeine, that’s something you want to stay away from during your detox. Other things to avoid during the detox include:
Obviously, this is a big list and for some people, it can seem like there’s nothing left that they can have. If you can cut out half of this list during your detox and cut back on the remainder you’ll find that your results are better.
After the second and third time, you’ll have reduced in other areas where you may have struggled before. Your results will be better with each time. I like to use the Bentonite Detox blend on a 30 day breakfast plan every second month. If you are more hard core, you can do a four day Bentonite and water detox. This is where you will replace all meals with Bentonite and drink water after each serve.
If this is something you intend to do the best thing you can do in preparation is to seek advice from your practitioner first. Identifying why you want to detox to this extent is important. You need to know when you have achieved the goal you have set.
Reintroducing foods after a detox is a gradual process, and you may find that feel like you need to repeat the detox at regular intervals. Monthly is seen to be safe, but again, your circumstances will be different to others, so seek advice.
I will do a 4 day Bentonite detox each alternate month. So that’s 30 days of breakfast followed by 4 days of Bentonite and water. After that, I’ll reintroduce foods progressively, beginning with a raw fruit and vegetable diet over a few days before any variations.
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