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Using Sodium Bentonite


Tecopia Essentia - USP Grade Sodium Bentonite for Colon Cleansing

available from www.greenclays.com


Our USP grade sodium bentonite is selectively mined for purity, screen meshed to an ultrafine powder, and then water washed to remove excess minerals. The result is an extremely fine and clean clay powder that is an extremely powerful colon cleanser and detoxification agent.

This product is not designed to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical condition. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Sodium bentonite is classified by the FDA as GRAS.

The maker of this product has been studying edible and external-use clays from around the world for nearly twenty years. The following suggestions on how to use clay are based upon this research and experience.

How to Prepare Clay

The recommended starting dose is one teaspoonful of clay added to eight ounces of water. Due to the clay’s power to bind acids in the colon, it is better to use multiple doses rather than more clay added to water, unlike some of the other clays available for use as a supplement.

Add one teaspoonful of clay to eight ounces of clean water, in a glass or ceramic drinking glass. Mix the clay into the water, avoiding contact with metal and/or chemicals. Once the clay has equally dispersed into the water, it is ready to be consumed. An easier way to prepare and use clay is to use standard “shaker” commonly available for mixing supplements and drinks, but without using the steel ball that usually comes with the shaker.

Clay may be prepared (prehydrated) in advance for convenience, provided it is not contaminated. We recommend, as a precaution, that prehydrated clay only be stored for a month or so; and ideally it should be stored in a clean, sealed, air-tight container made out of glass or ceramic materials if being stored. For immediate use, or when storing for only a few days, plastic may be used.

Dry clay, in a sealed, air-tight container has no shelf life, provided it is stored in a cool, climate controlled, dry environment.

Using Clay Internally

The use of clay internally is dependent upon individual circumstances. Below, we have outlined some suggestions, based on the collective experience of countless individuals who have reported their experiences.


Please remember that clay use internally has been a human practice since before the dawn of human civilization; there is no single right way to take clay.

For a Healthy Lifestyle / Maintenance

Only small amounts of clay are generally required for those who wish to use a clay supplement as a natural part of a healthy lifestyle.

Clay taken once to twice daily, three to five times a week, is a sufficient amount.

Healthy individuals with healthy diets correct for their individual lifestyle and metabolism should take clay on an empty stomach to maximize the supplement’s effectiveness.

Clay should preferably be taken two hours before or after any other supplements, and for best effective as a colon cleanser, taken in between meals.

When sodium bentonite is taken internally, caution must be observed while adjusting to use. Due to the acid binding power of sodium bentonite, and its ability to absorb as well as sorpt, plenty of water must be consumed while adjusting.

For Individuals with Ailing Digestive Systems

Individuals who have chronic issues with the colon should work up to taking clay once first thing in the morning, and once prior to sleep. Many people will also need to take clay in between one meal on an empty stomach. Seek guidance from a medical doctor; take clay at least two hours separate from any medications. This usage schedule is dependent upon tolerance, and should be continued while an individual is experiencing acute systems.

Very few individuals in the modern world have perfect digestive systems. The more compromised the stomach, small intestine, and colon, the greater the response will be to introducing edible clay into the diet. Clay will work to help restore balance to the digestive system, but this may not occur without assistance.

Using edible clays does not directly cause constipation. Individuals with weakened digestive systems may begin to experience constipation as the clay works in the large intestine. This is a sign that clay supplementation is a good idea, not that clay supplementation should be abandoned.

There are a few methods of handling this situation.

  1. The muscles of the colon must be strengthened, and the entire colon stimulated. Acquire Dr. Schulze’s Intestinal Formula Number One. Follow Dr. Schulze’s instructions for using this product, while continuing with clay supplementation (continuing clay use every day, OR by following the 2 nd suggestion below). An alternate to the powerful formula by Dr. Schulz would be "Expel" by Tim O'Shea.
  2. Stagger clay use in order to allow the body to function properly. Use clay on day 1, 2, and 3. Stop use on day 4, 5, 6, and 7. Resume clay use on day 8, 9, 10, and 11. Pause for day 12, 13, and 14. An individual can repeat this cycle ad infinitum provided that chronic constipation does not occur.
  3. Reduce the dosage to allow the body to adjust.
  4. Consider supplementing with a quality probiotic. Fermented cabbage juice and clay work as a perfect combination. We strongly encourage individuals with imperfect digestion to learn how to use fermented cabbage juice and clay.

Discontinue use of clay supplement if constipation continues; always seek medical care in the event of chronic constipation. Please remember that this is a professional formulation, and it works best with a holistic health program and/or healthy lifestyle.

Discontinue clay use at night if clay effects sleep patterns (this can be a temporary effect of adjusting to clay use).

Very few people use clay internally three to four times daily for long periods of time; this usage schedule is recommended only for periods of digestive distress. However, there are situations where prolonged use of larger amounts of clay is required; please consult a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner.

For Individuals with Food Intolerances

Individuals who regularly experience food intolerances (not allergies) often greatly enjoy taking a small amount of clay with each and every meal.

Temporary Stomach Problems

A glass of clay water may be taken at the onset of any stomach upset, even if done on the way to one’s emergency room or primary health care provider, unless otherwise directed by an emergency services official.


Clay supplements contain iron, and should not be used by individuals with iron intolerance.

Clay use should be medically supervised in a case where the individual is on kidney dialysis.

Like any fine mesh product, avoid breathing clay dust.

Clay use can potentially interfere with medications. Only take clay after life-sustaining medications have fully digested and metabolized. Usually, two hours is sufficient; check with the prescribing physician or pharmacist.

Discontinue use immediately if clay supplementation causes any discomfort.

Further Notes

Remember that clay is a natural supplement, and dietary clays such as these are actually recognized by most of the world’s indigenous cultures as food sources.

Clays may not legally be used to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition.


Typical Example of the Certificate of Analysis: .pdf - Sodium Bentonite C of A

Further Research & References

Edible Clay Used by Primitives – Some history on edible clay use.


Links to Other Critical Books of Interest – Both “Restoring Your Digestive Health”, and “The Wellness Project” should be of great interest to those who are interested in researching how to heal the body’s metabolism and digestive system.

Dr. Schulze – Intestinal Formula #1 – Dr. Schulze’ website.

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