1) How Much Red Desert® Clay Should I Use?
How much clay to use is a personal choice. Internally I take one heaping tsp of edible clay every day in a glass of water. I also brush my teeth with some of the thick mud right after I have flossed.
NOTE: If you or your pet are taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist for the possibility of clay removing them from the body. The book The Clay Cure (available on our shopping cart) suggests taking clay 2 to 3 hours away from medications, but still check with your doctor.
If you are currently under chemotherapy or radiation, calcium montmorillonite clay will likely contradict with your treatment, for its job is to pull poisons out of the body.
This high quality clay is often used after these types of treatments – but always check with your doctor.
2) Can I Overdose on this Clay?
When taken in sensible amounts, it would be hard to overdose. Everyone is different and some will take tiny amounts and others much more. If you have health concerns always ask your holistic MD or naturopathic doctor to assist you.
3) How Long Will it Take for the Clay to Work?
Although the clay starts working right away, the greatest effect will be with consistency over time. Some people will notice acid reflux symptoms are relieved, others will feel detoxification symptoms and others will feel the decreased pain in their joints and have more energy within days.
I cannot stress enough ~ The greatest effect is with consistency over time. I have been eating the Red Desert® Clay every day for nearly 15 years. As toxins are removed from the body, the deeper inbedded toxins will migrate to the surface of the cell and continuously be removed OVER the MONTHS.
If the food and water we take in is high quality, detoxification will be faster. **AND Equally IMPORTANT** Since most people's diets are not sufficient in minerals, the clay will help supply some of these minerals to nourish the cells and build bone strength.
4) Can I Brush My Teeth With The Clay?
Yes. Red Desert® Clay is screened to the finest purity and tiniest particles. This clay has a wonderful affinity for unfriendly bacteria which sits around and under the gum-line. Often your dentist will comment that your pockets in the gum-line have disappeared.
5) Will the Red Desert® Clay Remove Candida Albicans?
Red Desert clay is quite helpful to cleanse the waste that yeast produce which ends up circulating in the bloodstream. It is also helpful when doing a candida cleanse to use the clay to remove the remains of the yeast die-off.
6) How Long is the Clay good For?
The Red Desert® Clay has been located in the desert for millions of years and will long outlive us. It does not need to be stored in any special conditions, however, it will clump a bit if it comes in contact with moisture or high humidity - Just store in the pantry.
7) Can I use the Edible Clay for Bathing?
8) Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects that we know of from eating our clay.
a. Before you eat our clay ask yourself: Do my bowels move like a rope, or like passing rocks? Most people who do not eat enough fiber or get enough magnesium, do not have smooth moving bowels. So consider taking magnesium to correct the situation – and adding lots of fiber and extra water to your daily regime. (We carry the magnesium on our shopping cart.)
Clay helps clean the colon and needs moisture as it moves through. If you find your bowels slow down eating the clay, increase the magnesium powder. Sometimes 2 teaspoons in the evening works well, and maybe another teaspoon in the morning. The other very helpful combination of herbs for slow bowels is VELOCITEA. It is super for cleansing the entire digestive tract i.e. liver, kidneys, colon and so forth.
b. Detoxification – Occasionally, we have hear from a customer using the clay who experienced headaches. This is not common, however some people are sensitive and when mercury or lead for example are leaving the body or other poisons, chemicals etc., you might not feel well. This is not usually the case as most people feel just fine or even have more energy. You may want to reduce your dosage.
c. Silica - Two people in the past 6 years have stated that their bodies cannot assimilate silica, which is a naturally occuring mineral in the clay 53%. Silica is present in about 1/4th of the earths crust; considered essential to human health, and is necessary for moving calcium into the bone cells.
Silicon (Si) is present in more than one fourth of the earth's crust and is widely distributed in the soil, plants and water. In the body, silicon is found in highest concentrations in connective tissues such as collagen, tendons, cartilage, the trachea, blood vessels (particularly the aorta), eyes, dental enamel, bone, hair, and skin, specifically the epidermis. Silicon-deficient diets resulted in retarded growth, poor bone development, and more atherosclerotic arterial plaques in animal studies. Silicon has a similar healing potential on cartilage
and joint degeneration as sulfur, so both can be helpful for various types of arthritis. by Ronald Roth, Acu-Cell Nutrition
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9) Why Is this Clay Termed a “Living Clay”?
Each particle of Red Desert® Clay is alive with its’ own ionic field of energy.
"Living Clay has not been chemically treated in any way. The extent to which the clay mineral ions become active determines its classification as “living clay.” The formation of clay mineral spheres from hydrothermal activity, consistently hot temperatures and minimal rainfall, allows each particle of clay to create its own ionic field of energy, each particle becomes an ion...hence an abundance of negatively charged ions is referred to as Living clay." -By Neva Jensen.
10) What is the Difference Between Red Desert® Clay, Bentonite, Pascalite and Other Clay?
There are numerous factors which sets the Red Desert® Clay apart – location of the mine, the particle size, the combination of minerals contained, i.e. high silica content, and the scientific study conducted by NASA showing how it strengthens bones.
The Red Desert® Clay mine is located in the hot dry California southwest desert. The high heat and arid conditions keeps the clay particles in an 'open ion state' creating stronger pulling power for removing toxins. It also allows for high alkalinity and smaller particle size as explained below. It is termed “living clay.”
In the heat of the desert, the rainfall is minimal, moisture is nearly non-existent, and temperatures are consistently high; therefore there is almost no leaching of minerals. No drying is needed as found with other bentonites and montmorillonites. This means minerals and trace elements are not lost, and washing away of the ions and chemical hydrolysis is almost non existent.
Clay deposits found in colder Northern areas where there is significant rain, snowfall and leaching of minerals are not as likely to be found in an 'open ion state.' The ionic charge will be less and most are not meant for daily internal use when we look at the clay analysis.
A very important component of the "pulling power" of any clay is the PARTICLE SIZE. Most of the particle sizes
of Red Desert®
Clay are 2 to 3 microns in size. This microscopic size allows for a huge surface area of clay to pull
out toxins. This is very, very important. The smaller the clay particles, the larger the surface area...the greater the
amount of toxins, bacteria, impurities etc. are pulled out of the body.
Silica in the Red Desert® Clay is 55%, which is an essential mineral of significant value for bone formation… necessary for calcium absorption into the bone itself, for remineralization of bones and can aid in increasing cartilage between joints. Silica is present in your hair, nails, and skin and is needed for flexible arteries.
Bentonite is a tradename originally given to clay found near Fort Benton Wyoming in the 1920's; and it is a sodium montmorillonite. Betonite has become a nickname used for nearly every clay product, making it very confusing for people looking for quality edible clay. Example: the soil in my yard is going to be very different from the soil in your yard - However, they are both termed "soil."
Generally bentonite is used externally and not recommended for long term internal use as the composition of the minerals in some clays might contain high sodium for example, which may not be optimum for the body. Sometimes bentonite is sold already mixed with water to dilute the dosage taken.
Pascalite was the name of a French-Canadian trapper and prospector who began mining clay in 1930 in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, which has been marketed as Pascalite clay. This company classifies their clay as "calcium montmorillonite", however it is approximately .9% calcium and 9.7% silicon, and the particle sizes are quite large. The Pascalite is mined and then solar dried for about 9 months to remove all the moisture.
11) How Long Do I have to Use the Clay Before I Feel a Difference?
The Red Desert® Clay will start working right away on the entire body at removing environmental toxins, etc... keeping them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. At the same time minerals are left behind for absorption into the cells when eaten. The effects are wide and varied.
The greatest effect will be with consistency over time; although some customers feel an increase in energy within days.
12) Is This Clay From Volcanic Ash?
The original minerals that Red Desert® Clay consists of, contain rocks that were formed from volcanic activity during one period in earths history (tetonic activity) and transported by water and gravity to it's current location millions of years ago. The original rock, which formed the earth from the big bang, is the primary source of all elements on earth. What makes clay clay is the processes in nature, i.e. weathering over millions of years, exposure to the elements, water, freezing ice, thermal heat, nature grinding, etc.
13) Medications and Clay – okay to take both?
Good question but we must always refer everyone to their doctor or pharmacist for possible contradictions such as the possibility of this clay binding to medications you might be taking - i.e. chemotherapy, lithium and other drugs. Edible clay might interfere with the the absorption of time release antibiotics. Some people will eat clay after completing a round of meds, but check with your pharmacist. Don’t use clay during radiation or chemo treatments but ask them about taking this clay once treatments are complete.
The book The Clay Cure (available on our shopping cart) suggests taking clay 2 to 3 hours away from medications, which may work just fine, but do check with your physician or pharmacist first.
Stop eating clay while taking antibiotics, but take probiotics after completing a round of antibiotics to replace the beneficial flora.
BIRTH CONTROL PILLS - Ask your pharmacist if he/she feels the clay might interfere with the absorption of birth control pills; there is a hypothetical possibility, but this has not been proven.
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I-AM Perfectly Healthy is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.