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Benefits of Bentonite Clay

August 19, 2019

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, founder of
as well as a doctor of functional medicine. Today I want to talk to you about the many
benefits of Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite clay. Clay has been used for
thousands of years for healing benefits. In this video, I’m going to talk about many things
like how it can support skin health, reduce inflammation and especially support digestive
health as well as detoxification and cleansing. So, I actually have a bottle here. I’ve used
a couple different brands here. This is actually a liquid form. Most of the time I do it in
a powder form. Again, clay here, tremendous benefits. So, it’s surprising to some people when I
say that eating dirt or eating clay can actually be good for your body and I want to kind of
break this down on how this works. Clay, the reason it’s beneficial is it absorbs the toxins
and microorganisms. If your body has been exposed to any type of bad bacteria, heavy
metal or something that shouldn’t be in your body, clay really binds to things. In fact,
if you ever picked up clay yourself, you know it’s very sticky. Think of it that way. It’s
going through your body and sticking to and binding to those toxins, pulling them out
of your body. So again, really the first main benefit you’re
going to have with using Bentonite clay is that it really supports your body in healthy
detoxification. It absorbs the heavy metals. It absorbs to environmental pollutants. It
absorbs different types of bad bacteria, parasites and other chemicals that you may be exposed
to. Again, first main benefit is detoxification. The second benefit of Bentonite clay is that
it’s anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s also great for the skin for that reason. Women
have been putting on clay face masks for well over 100 years and seeing great results in
their skin by doing so. This has been shown to be an effective natural treatment for eczema,
psoriasis, dermatitis, as well as acne and supporting the slow aging or anti-aging of
your skin. Again, Bentonite clay is great for that reason as well. One of the things
you can do is make a clay face mask by mixing just a little bit of water with clay, rubbing
it on your face, leaving it on there for about 20 minutes and then rinsing it off. Clay will
actually bind to the bad bacteria on your skin that can cause things like acne as well
as other chemicals and pull them off your skin. By the way, a lot of women should practice
putting clay on their face because a lot of these makeups today that women use, are loaded
with different types of chemicals that can cause the skin to age prematurely. A lot of
those toxins can even get into the system over time, increasing the risk of different
diseases. So again, clay is amazing for detoxifying the skin, great for skin health and it’s also
great to be taken internally. The third main benefit of clay is how it supports
the digestive system. So, you can take about one teaspoon of clay a day mixed with water.
I recommend doing that right before you go to bed or first thing in the morning. You
want to do it between meals, about an hour apart from a meal. Again, it’s great for those
benefits as well. So, if you struggle with an issue, especially like diarrhea, loose
stools, leaky gut, those issues you can benefit from taking a teaspoon of clay a day. Again,
especially diarrhea as I mentioned. So again, just one teaspoon a day, but it will really
go through your system. If you have pathogenic bacteria, different types of let’s say metals
or toxins within the body, it’s going to go and absorb those and help your body eliminate
those. Then last but not least, what I would say
is the fourth main benefit of Bentonite clay, is that it can be as a natural multivitamin.
It’s absolutely true. In fact, when you look at the minerals that are found in clay, it’s
tremendous. In fact, the soil itself is packed with healthy minerals and clay especially.
Again, in a way, it can be used as a natural multivitamin. Now, obviously you need to consume
a lot of fruits and vegetables and these things on a regular basis, these health foods. Also
it is packed with minerals and it’s very alkalizing to the body. If you’re looking to get your
body more alkaline, it has a lot of alkaline minerals, especially things like iron, magnesium
and zinc, and a lot of those minerals in the soil that are alkaline in nature. This helps
reduce acidity and alkalize the body. So again, one teaspoon of clay a day is going
to bring your body tremendous health benefits. This is why I do recommend it. You think about
this, for the past 5,000 years, people ate dirt. Literally, when you pulled a carrot
out of the ground, we washed it off but some of that good bacteria and microorganisms stayed
on that piece of food. Today, we chlorinate our foods. We kill off all the bacteria which
isn’t good. We should be getting what are called SBOs. Those soil based organisms or
soil based microbes are great for our health and so clay is also going to contain probiotics
as well as other micronutrients that really support the health of your body. Again, if you really want to experience these
benefits from reducing inflammation, detoxifying your skin, detoxifying your intestines and
colon and getting more nutrients and vitamins in the body which also will help alkalize
the body, then I recommend doing one teaspoon of clay a day. By the way, when buying clay,
make sure it’s a food grade clay or a medicinal clay like Bentonite or Montmorillonite clay.
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  • Reply Strawberry Asuncion May 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    is it okay to use it everyday?

  • Reply citticat2 May 23, 2018 at 6:06 am

    What if you have implants or crowns – does the Bentonite clay leach off the titanium and ruin the titanium

  • Reply Andris Lelis Travel May 23, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Betonite clay have Aluminium, is it good for detox anyway?

  • Reply Alison Patten May 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I heard bentonite clay can cause constipation, which I already suffer from and am trying to fix are the any suggestions to combat the constipating effects of the clay?

  • Reply big dave May 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    So your telling me is i need to let a oil Derrick pump blow bentonite on my face for a bit

  • Reply Bonni Burnam May 28, 2018 at 2:27 am

    I have scabs on my scalp, will help my skin on head to get rid of that?

  • Reply L Schl May 29, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Dr. Axe I been drinking 1 tsp of Bentonite mix, 1 Tbs of Psyllium Husk with 20 oz distilled water, what is your input in adding 1 oz of Magnesium Chloride mix & 10 drops of 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to the mix?

  • Reply M Petersen May 30, 2018 at 1:12 am

    What is the difference between bentonite Clay and zeolight

  • Reply dev bachu June 7, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Can I dig clay an usebit on my skin an making soap s

  • Reply Ray Felton June 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Dr. Axe is a hack. After reading his article on soy where he stated a side effect was cystic fibrosis I warn everyone to beware of anything he says. CF is a genetically inherited condition NOT a side effect of anything!

  • Reply Marow9 June 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Is Now Foods, Solutions, European Clay Powder good for internally detox ?

  • Reply leo bonita June 19, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    This supplement will drain the body of minerals so a mineral supplement must be taken well before the detox or well after it is not it does not flood the body with nutrition it pulls out toxins and it pulls out minerals, you will be mineral depleted if you take this supplement so just keep that in mind and have a "quality mineral supplement at home"…… I know I have taken this supplement hundreds of times /the baths /and also internally

  • Reply CelticBearWoman June 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Dr Axe, What about ppl who take meds daily as a health requirement (for chronic conditions, etc.) Will the clay draw out those meds as "Poisons'. Thx.

  • Reply Mango June 27, 2018 at 3:01 am

    eating aluminum powder is very healthy

  • Reply SILAS TATE July 2, 2018 at 11:22 am

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  • Reply TY Stith July 4, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Great video. Thank You!

  • Reply Aliah Raha July 20, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Dr. Josh Axe: can you please make a video about diotamacious earth?

  • Reply Divya Pilla August 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Please do tell me about diatomaceous earth. Is it good to ingest food grade DE ? If so how long of a time a person should be ingesting DE? I want to know more about DE.

  • Reply ian arevalo August 17, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    “Women” ? I’m a man and men use clay masks also

  • Reply Tiffeny Winter August 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    That true doctor clay is good thank you doctor God bless you

  • Reply Susan Titman August 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Where do u buy bentonite clay

  • Reply Luna fraga September 3, 2018 at 5:42 am

    For how long, Dr. should one use the 1 teaspoon?

  • Reply beerparty September 12, 2018 at 9:02 pm


  • Reply QUEEN beauty September 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Please do not used… I'm at the hospital right now due to take the clay, it's been giving me headaches and high blood pressure… Do not consume this. I have been sick for over month. Pls don't used this stuff….

  • Reply Amelia Roque September 27, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Os this good for ulcer or H.pylori or low stomach acid :

  • Reply Blue Rage September 30, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Except Bentonite clay contains Aluminum, Strontium, Barium…all the chemicals that are in chemtrails. See picture #2:

  • Reply Dawn Stephens October 7, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Is there a difference between bentonite and fuller's earth clay? Is so what? Thanks heaps !

  • Reply LLIP DER October 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Now with what i have learned about history last couple yrs when someone says we have been using this stuff for 1000s of yrs i dont know what to think.

  • Reply LLIP DER October 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    You mean they didnt wash there veggies with chlorinated flouride infused water hundreds of yrs ago ? Intresting i wonder what their dreams were like ,how did they feel ?

  • Reply Ginanjar Pool October 17, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Hai a buy bintonit from indonesia dhis my no 081390887842

  • Reply Probably Hood October 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Probably Hood October 17, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Is it okay to use expired bentonite clay? On the skin?

  • Reply Saint Hypster October 18, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Dr. Axe do more research. I studied that bentonite clay has dangerous amounts of lead in it. It does not remove lead out of your body. The lead from the clay when ingested, leaves the clay and gets into your stomach and blood stream. It can remove lead from water, but is dangerous for ingesting. Read the FDA WARNING

  • Reply David M November 6, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Is it okay if I do a face mask every day?

  • Reply Sarah November 12, 2018 at 12:31 am

    What brand of bentonite clay do you recommend. I was researching and some have a warning about causing birth defects and reproductive issues.
    I have been suffering with what I believe is mold toxicity. Constant headaches and what seems like allergies and sinus inflammation. I lost my sense of smell too!!

  • Reply Cecile Soucie November 20, 2018 at 2:51 am

    What is zeolite is that the same as Benton

  • Reply Bobby Max November 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Could someone please help to with this confusion I'm in spain and here I can find green clay and red clay are these the same as one in the video

  • Reply Dina B November 24, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Will start my detox with bentonite clay tomorrow. Thank you!

  • Reply Joie OzyPunb November 25, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    This man may just be a regurgitator of some mag info he read somewhere.
    There is no way to ascertain he applies these and those substances/regimen to himself! Because experiencing these things yourself is to establish credibility…

  • Reply sirinrath krit December 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm


  • Reply Sony B December 10, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    What is the difference between the calcium and sodium bentonite clay ? Can you use both ?

  • Reply 4Jesus 4Eternity December 13, 2018 at 1:51 am

    You should not get clay from India due to the issues for lead, but it is about what brand and don't go cheap. I buy the liquid through vitamin shoppe that is already filtered and doesn't require any mixing.

  • Reply Sardukar Atraides December 13, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    How about Helcobacter pillory does is kills this type of bacteria ? Or protect from stomach acid Please if any one try this before for ulcers talk about it I’m dealing so bad with this bacteria acid reflects And pain

  • Reply spiritdetox December 15, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Here's a link to a good Detox Clay:

  • Reply Arthur Zasadny December 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

    You're full of crap – litterally and figuratively!

  • Reply Goddess Anonymous One December 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    So basically it's the same as diatomaceous earth, which I've been taking already.

  • Reply bearhood2004 December 21, 2018 at 6:37 am

    A travesty this guy called himself a DOCTOR! what a joke

  • Reply Muhammad Razif December 24, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Is it okay to drink apple cider vinegar mix w bentonite ?

  • Reply Paul Logvek December 27, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Is argil vert green clay safe for internal use? It says 100% natural on the label sun dried, but also says (for external use only!) Help?

  • Reply Paul Logvek December 27, 2018 at 7:20 am

    The only clay I found in my country

  • Reply Richard Folkman January 1, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Just subscribed and look forward to following your programs. The docs don't even talk about this product with us. Must be they know how well it works. Appreciate your clear delivery of content.

  • Reply JustinTrojan January 7, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I miss your beard – super hot

  • Reply jyotsna Pathania January 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm


  • Reply CrazyFish January 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Do you or anyone else know if Bentonite Clay also absorbs good nutrients from foods and powdered plants? I think 'activated charcoal' can do this, but i'm unsure about Bentonite clay. I am just wondering about the best time to take it.

  • Reply rty 345df January 14, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    does it detox thc in your kidneys ?

  • Reply Planet Feel Good January 19, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Great sharing Dr Josh~* Many Thanks!!

  • Reply Mel Clark January 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    While your detoxing do you get sick or headaches?
    and does this also detox the liver?

  • Reply Remy February 8, 2019 at 2:49 am

    When you say pathogens can that also be parasites as well? Or should we combine it with parasites cleansing herbs along with Bentonite clay?

  • Reply sab1910 February 8, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Has this helped anyone with IBS? If so how long did it take?

  • Reply Lana Iannuccilli February 9, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    How do I buy this clay?

  • Reply Shiva Maraj February 13, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Will sodium bentonite clay break my fast during intermittent fasting?

  • Reply sidrit xhuli February 15, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    how can i substitute bentonite clay.i can not find in albania

  • Reply Luis Medina February 21, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Which one is better for internal detox and pulling things out of your system: Sodium or Calcium bentonite clay? Thanks a lot in advance for your details when replying or posting!
    Maybe you have a video already made with details/differences between them, if you can direct me to it. Thanks again, Dr. Axe!

  • Reply L Wil March 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    It would be nice if you actually answered some of these questions.

  • Reply DUBSTEPgari1 March 14, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    So using the sand of the earth, will givr the same bennefits?

  • Reply Kathryn Storts March 14, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Great presentation!! Informative, concise, great enthusiasm. So glad I clicked on your channel! THANK YOU!

  • Reply John Rondi March 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    This made my stools so much looser. Should I keep taking it?

  • Reply ButterMeBella Isabel March 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    What is the life of the Bentonite if taken orally? I ask because I hear it activates with water but once you take it and it absorbs metals I’m sure if the activation dies out after a certain time then it drops the metals?
    I just meant to know how often?
    I know the ALA should be taken every 3-4 hours but I rather use Bentonite.
    Please help!

  • Reply Sergio Franco Soto March 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I have a question not related to this if you can help.. what do you think of Colloidal Silver and Colloidal Gold? Thank you

  • Reply Lexie March 31, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I heard people put it in their hair.

  • Reply Linda Honeck April 3, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Great info. Can one take enzymes and probiotics while taking clay? Take an hour or so before or after? Does clay remove parasites? Thank you for the great info.

  • Reply Oziel Garza-Ornelas April 4, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    How is liquid Bentonite clay used, Dr? To have the equivalent of one teaspoon a day?

  • Reply kathy pittinger April 5, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I have begun to consume calcium bentonite in the morning and evening, 1/2 Tbs mixed with one cup of water as a means to assist with detox for heavy metals. I am also taking 1 tsp of turmeric mixed with 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbs lemon juice, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp stevia. My question is what are the contraindications of taking the calcium bentonite so close in time to the turmeric? What do you recommend? Currently, I take the calcium bentonite upon waking, wait about 30 minutes and then take the turmeric tonic. I take the second dose of calcium bentonite right before going to bed. Another question is if there are contraindications with magnesium therolate as I take that before going to bed too – could the clay interfere with its absorption? Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Maurice Fortune April 14, 2019 at 3:23 am

    What happens if I drink the whole bottle

  • Reply Kozmic Karma Koala April 14, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Love ya Doc ! Have not seen you in ages. You are a true Sage !!

  • Reply Good Deeds Rock TV April 17, 2019 at 2:12 am

    What about zeolite?

  • Reply gamegirl April 18, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Can you add it to hot tea? Or will the hear kill the benefits?

  • Reply tyrone james April 18, 2019 at 8:13 am

    What about lead contamination? I've heard controversy about lead being in it.

  • Reply CakeAngel May 1, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    which kind of bentonite clay is better for internal use? sodium or calcium?

  • Reply Chavothemotto May 5, 2019 at 2:58 am

    But doesn’t this have lead in it

  • Reply gets187 May 7, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Does this help passing a drug test ?

  • Reply Linda Scott May 16, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I just read that the minerals in bentonite clay are not bioavailable.

  • Reply vishwanath Halli May 21, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Sir Ithis type mud having in my village

  • Reply Genevieve Baldwin May 30, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I drink bentonite clay. I love it.

  • Reply Xavier Atienza June 4, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Trying this out now hehe

  • Reply Angela Marion June 5, 2019 at 7:42 am

    is the Aztec Indian healing bentonite clay the same kinda clay.

  • Reply Naseem Naz Khan June 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

    If take one T-spoon, internally, how many weeks, months etc. you take for? Please reply.

  • Reply Clayton Holton June 18, 2019 at 1:12 am

    good job looking foward to seeing more!

  • Reply Rose Mutonyi June 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I eat clay and people think I have a healthy problem, am trying hard to stop but I can't. I wish I can take a picture of the clay I eat and you advice me if it's good or bad. Thanks

  • Reply Valerie Escabi June 22, 2019 at 1:21 am


  • Reply Valerie Escabi June 22, 2019 at 1:25 am

    What are the best bentonite clay I can use to drink

  • Reply vasim hatwadkar June 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Can it be taken for constipation

  • Reply Edens Favs June 25, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I bought 1 kg of Bentonite Clay, but now I am worried to use it as I read in an article online that it contains lead which is dangerous. Is that really true? Can it do harm if I take 1/2 teaspoon internally for a longer period of time? I suffer from rosacea and constipation. Thanks for helping.

  • Reply Jasmine Franklin June 26, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Has anyone used while nursing?

  • Reply Ruby Moorman July 6, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    What are the 1000 uses & is Calcium or sodium better please? What's the best 3 brands with calcium, as concerned with the sodium with my Thyroid issues, Eczema with other chronic medical conditions, OR is this a concern please? GREAT video as always Dr Axe, thank you. ????????????

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  • Reply P WHALES July 17, 2019 at 3:00 am

    My cousins grew up in rural South Carolina and they would dig up red clay eat bits of it

  • Reply Maxwell Josephsen July 27, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Is this dude an anti-vaxer

  • Reply Rebecca m August 8, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I ordered bentonite clay chunks is it the same.

  • Reply Thales Schuster August 13, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I think i am in love

  • Reply Rebecca m August 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Ok question i ordered some bentonite clay. But not in powder its the whole clay chunk. Natural is it the same.i gotta grind it to make powerd.

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