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Bentonite Colloid - Clay Detox

Psyllium and Bentonite: A Colloidal Gel

Healing Clays:  Bentonite and Psyllium


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Colon Cleansing & Detox with Bentonite and Psyllium

Please note that this article is a part of a series of articles that are always being updated. Interested visitors should also read:

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"Everyone wants a quick cleanse or a 24 hour detox. Sure, party for a decade and then try to clean up the whole mess in a few minutes, it's not going to happen. Any Cleansing or Detoxification Program is a total joke unless you do a thorough bowel cleansing for a few weeks FIRST!"

"...I have literally traveled around the world in search of what a normal bowel movement and bowel habit should be like. Now, how many people can say that?"

"...These relaxed primitive people all seemed to have one bowel movement within 20 to 30 minutes after each major meal that they ate. They just squat, it rapidly comes out within a minute, and they are done. No library of magazines, no squeezing, straining, grunting, meditation or prayer, it just came out effortlessly. They seem to average between 2 and 4 bowel movements a day..."
- Dr. Richard Schulze

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"Death begins in the colon... In my opinion, there is only one real disease, and that disease is 'autointoxiation' - the body poisoning itself. It's the filth in our system that kills us. I'm convinced that unless you clean out your colon you will never regain vibrant health."

- Dr. V. Earl Irons

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Bentonite and psyllium make an excellent combination for use internally. A mixture of both of these relatively inert substances has long been used to cleanse the digestive system, reduce or eliminate food allergies, eliminate constipation, and successfully combat candida infections. Utilizing psyllium with bentonite can eliminate most of the uncomfortable side effects that some people experience when using bentonite alone, and provides a gentle means of cleansing the colon.


Psyllium, also known as Isabgol, is a soluable plant fiber ( Plantago syllium ) containing 10 - 30% mucilage. Psyllium is well known for its binding properties, and is commonly used as a safe and effective natural laxative. As a soluable fiber food source, normal use reduces cholesterol adsorbed by the body.

Psyllium has also been used to treat diabetes, diverticular disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Psyllium can be used to treat any inflammatory conditions of the digestive system, including ulcerations.

Always increase water intake when using Psyllium internally. Drinking an extra six to eight ounces of water is strongly recommended.


While generally regarded as safe, a small minority of individuals do not tolerate psyllium well. Those experiencing discomfort should discontinue use, or start with a very small amount to allow the body to adjust.

Use of psyllium can reduce the effectiveness of prescribed lithium.

Use of psyllium can reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Do not use psyllium within two hours of any medicinal substances. Use at least 30 minutes prior to eating.

Always start slowly; use 1 tsp. of clay with psyllium rather than starting with 1 tablespoonful.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, it's not a joke.

Avoid ingesting clay/psyllium with oils.



Preparation: Psyllium & Bentonite

Preparing the Bentonite / Healing Clay Colloid with Psyllium

Please note: Both the Psyllium and the Bentonite MUST be fully hydrated prior to ingestion! We've received several emails from people following incorrect "psyllium and bentonite shake instructions", who have experienced discomfort due to the psyllium swelling in the stomach.

First, prepare the bentonite mixture by adding one teaspoonful to tablespoonful of clay to an 8 ounce glass of water. Mix completely so that the bentonite is completely dispersed throughout the water ( with no clay clumps present in the water ). Then, add one teaspoon to one tablespoonful of powdered psyllium husks to the clay colloid. Mix thoroughly. Before taking the psyllium and clay internally, be certain that the psyllium has had time to expand completely.

Clay And Psyllium Magma
This bentonite and psyllium magma was made by combining just enough psyllium to completely saturate the hydrated bentonite colloid. Please note that this image is only used as an example of a colloidal state; very few people should ingest a psyllium/clay colloid this dense without alot of detox experience.

Visually studying the colloid will allow an experienced user to be certain that the bentonite and psyllium is widely dispersed throughout the water medium. Avoid adding too much psyllium or bentonite. This will ensure that the end product remains in a colloidal state, with the charge layers intact and the particles fully hydrated. Following the one teaspoon guide is always a safe method to achieve a good product, but it shouldn't be assumed that this is the only method!


Clay and Psyllium - II
[ Careful visual study of the differences between a bentonite clay water and a psyllium and bentonite colloid will reveal that the bentonite and psyllium organize quite differently in the water medium than either do independently ]


Using Clay and Psyllium Internally for a Gentle Detox

Using bentonite and psyllium internally may be done in the same manner as clay used alone. We do recommend, however, that the addition of psyllium be limited to twice daily. If one elects to use the psyllium combination twice daily over a long period time, prudence suggests that the two doses should be administered first thing in the morning and in the late evening, at least 30 minutes before breakfeast and at least 30 minutes after dinner.


Tips: Getting Serious about Restoring the Bowels to Perfect Health

Complete bowel cleansing takes time. Here are some simple tips to help you on your way; ones that will not interfere with using natural earths and clays:

  • Restore the alkalinity of your soft tissues - Use PH testing strips to test your saliva every four hours for three days. If your average reading is below 6.75, then alkalizing needs to be a very serious priority. When we tested 50 random people, all individuals who reported excellent health measured 7.0. All chronically ill individuals accept for one had a problem with high acidity levels. Fresh lemon water can be used to help the body flush acids from the soft tissues of the body.
  • Use a program such as Dr. Schulze's intestinal formula #1. Why Dr. Schulze? There are better digestive cleansing programs available, but his formulas are very effective and simple to use.
  • Primal Defense Probiotics
  • Both Primal Defense and Dr. Schulze's formula are available here: http://www.risingstarlc.com/schulze5.htm
  • Individuals who do not respond to probiotics should consider researching fermented cabbage juice.
  • Modify your diet! There is no perfect "out of the box" dietary philosophy that we have been able to identify. People are individuals, and there are at least 12 core genetic factors that influence what type of diet may be best for any individual. If you have a very hard time eating correctly for your body, then get a whole food kosher meal product such as "Ultimate Meal" by Ultimate Life, and religiously make at least 1 shake daily, at least 5 times weekly.
  • Learn to listen to your body! It knows what it needs.
  • Conditions involving serious digestive failure can even take 1-2 years to resolve even when using an effective protocol.
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nikola – berlin
July 17, 2013 - 10:26
Subject: Sjogren disease

Hello, I was wondering if you have come across people with this disease and if the clay therapy can be of help/if there are any special suggestions to follow.
Thank you.

Felicity – London
July 17, 2013 - 09:26
Subject: Bentonite as a pre mixed fluid

I have just bought bentonite as a fluid and am keen to try the psyllium with it but am not sure of the dosage of pysllium to bentonite, recommended dosage of bentonite is 1 tablespoon twice daily. Any advice on this appreciated.

S Rose
May 09, 2013 - 10:29
Subject: When do the symptoms subside?

I've been taking 2T of bentonite and 2t of psyllium, 1-2 times a day for the past 9 days and I'm still experiencing major fatigue and headaches. The headaches have been difficult to manage through. I've also been taking a laxative 1.5 hours afterwards. During the 9 days I've eaten mostly raw fruits and vegetables, a little rice and for 2 meals I had fish. What I want to know is when are the headaches going to stop and am I that toxic that its 9 days in and I still have headaches? Does the lack of headache equal non-toxicity?

Reply to S Rose
Jason – Las Vegas
May 09, 2013 - 11:21
Subject: Re: When do the symptoms subside?


Everyone responds a bit different. I would suggest supporting liver cleansing and alkalizing by drinking alot of fresh lemon water (1/4 - 1/2 lemon in a glass of water).

If the detox reaction is unmanageable, you can slow down by reducing the amount of clay you are using, or by reducing the frequency of use.

Jeff – CT.
February 26, 2013 - 08:08
Subject: Re: Mica in Clay

Is the Mica in Bentonite Clay a concern?

Cherie – New Zealand
October 22, 2012 - 21:39

I started taking 3x1000mg capsules 4 times daily of Bentonite Clay, about 5 days ago, and I also take 2 tsp of Psyllium in a glass of water once a day at night before bed. This was all before I happily found this site, so think I'm somewhat on the right track. My question is, is what I'm taking sufficient to detox? Does the clay absolutely have to be hydrated first to reap the benefits, and can it be taken seperately to the psyllium? Also, I've read before that I should ideally only take psyllium for 2 weeks at a time, 4 times a year. Is that good advice?

Reply to Cherie
Eytons Earth
October 30, 2012 - 17:00

Hi Cherie:

No, the clay doesn't absolutely have to be prehydrated. Alot of people use capsules, although this bypasses the body's first detox response which occurs when clay enters the mouth.

Yes, it can be taken separately from Psyllium. However, taking clay and psyllium together changes the properties of both. Some people don't tolerate the combination well.

How often to use clay and/or psyllium? That really depends upon the state of your digestive system. Anyone giving advice for the duration of use without considering digestive health and one's eating habits is misunderstanding the potential for clay to help heal the body.

Luciyama – Bulgaria
July 29, 2012 - 23:52
Subject: Symptoms

All the symptoms such as headaches, nausea and disiness are signs of detoxfication not effects of either Bentonite or Psyllium. The worst you feel in the first 3 days, the better your detox program is working.

stephani – Nevada
July 09, 2012 - 22:32
Subject: huge benefits!!

I have bleeped cancer and have begun a rigorous cleansing program using bentonite and psyllium. I take 1 tablespoon of bentonite and 2 tablespoons of psyllium with 10 ounces of water, followed immediately by 10 more ounces of water. I do this between 5 and 8 times a day, and I am drinking water as much as I can in between. I am on day 5 and working with a colon hydrotherapist for open-gravity colonics, also day 5. The results are mind-blowing. I would not take these things in this quantity, however, if not working with a colon hydrotherapist. These treatments are VERY productive.

Dr. Lisa – Florida
April 13, 2012 - 14:46
Subject: 12th year of annual cleansing!

Just wanted to jump in here and say hooray for clay and yum for psyllium. Or something cheerful. So far I haven't read some of the 'other' benefits that I've experienced from this cleanse over the years so thought I'd share. I never want to exercise. Until I'm on about day five of this cleanse. Then my body wants to move like Jagger!
My eyes get gold flecks in them (they're brown) and my skin gets softer and my hair gets shinier. After the first few detox days which are painful it is Always worth the effort. I suffer all of the above symptoms because I am a party girl and get pretty toxic. I try to do the cleanse for 21 days but usually some social event prevents me from the diet I stay strict to and lo and behold I have chicken or butter on a roll or whatever. Wine. Cigarette. whatever. Then fifty weeks go by and I cleanse again. I go for the mucoid plaque. Sometimes it takes awhile but a colonic helps. Good luck everyone. Am on day 5 now and getting ready to Dance!

Danny – United Kingdom
December 26, 2011 - 16:51
Subject: Candida + SIBO + Hypochlohydria

Hi there,

I have suffered with IBS-Diarrhea for almost every day of my life for the last 20 years. I got sick as a hospital as a teenager and while on antibiotics in hospital I think it may have messed up my stomach and my flora. I have since been confirmed with extreme intestinal Candida (Metrametrix test), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)-(Hydrogen Breath Test) and Hypochlohydria (low Stomach Acid). I also recently had to remove the h-pylori bug as well.

I recently started taking Idione drops after recently having tried Hydrogen Peroxide drops without success. I also just bought some bentonite clay (havent started yet) and am taking many natural antifungals, digestive enzymes, HCL Acid tablets and L-Glutamine.

Any other advice you could give?


Reply to Danny
December 26, 2011 - 16:58
Subject: Re: Candida + SIBO + Hypochlohydria

Hi Dan...

In combination with a good healing clay, I recommend looking into fermented cabbage juice... However, with your history, don't expect adjusting to fermented cabbage juice to be easy! And it may take quite some time to get healing benefits from the protocol, so once you do adjust, stick with it. Also, you'll need to work very hard to restore the antioxidant levels in your body. Go for the long haul, and avoid the quick fix.

Reply to Danny
sally – UK
August 19, 2012 - 10:52
Subject: Re: Candida + SIBO + Hypochlohydria

I am sorry to hear the difficulties you experience. Mydaughter and I have suffered similar problems and more. So far as the yeast is concerned have you tried a product called Lufenuron? I found natural antifungals were not aggressive enough to get rid of the problem for good. Take a minimum of 4-6 doses of Lufenuron. One dose takes three days to take and then lasts three weeks, so overall it takes about six months to work properly. Then dont forget to replace good bacteria.
Lufenurone works by attacking the CHITIN; it is stored in the fat around the body and is exreated via the gut. No side effects other than DIE OFF. Best of luck.

ilir – Cheshire, UK
December 17, 2011 - 06:07
Subject: The right dose and buying source?

I used to smoke until a year ago and also do have problems with my digestive system. The latter is basically slow digestion, bloatedness and a lot of gasses. So I've decided to start using the bentonite detox method. Initially intend to use half a teaspoon of bentonite and the same amount of psyllium powder mixed in a glass of water once a day every other day. I presume this is ok? I mean it is not too small an amount to have a positive effect?

Also I purchased the bentonite and psyllium from a UK website called naturallygreen.co.uk Does anyone know if this is a reliable source please?

Salman – England
December 14, 2011 - 16:34
Subject: My 3 day experience

I have just completed a 3 day detox with the Bentonite and Psyllium mix to address the degradation of my mental faculties and weakened immune system, perhaps due to a Mercury filling and or general exposure to chemical contaminants and food toxicity acbleepedulated over the course of many years.

My friend wbleepedis also a herbalist and naturopath recommended me to take 1 teaspoon twice a day for 3 days initially, consuming a liquid diet only.

I started to feel the benefits on the second day of my cleansing and today (4th day), wow! I feel like a new person, totally rejuvenated, my senses seem a lot more acute. My focus, clarity and memory retention are much clearer than they have been for years. I have a lot more energy.

I had to drink a lot of purified water to kickstart the bowel movement and avoid constipation.

Is it normal to experience significant benefits in such a relatively short time?

Thankyou for this very informative site.

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