Why does Redmond Clay work?
How does a simple product like Redmond Clay work in so many different ways? We hear that question a lot and have spent years researching the answers. Much of the answer lies in understanding four key areas that give clay the ability to influence our health. These areas are adsorption, absorption, pH level, and trace minerals.
Adsorption isn’t the kind of word you hear every day, but it is key to Redmond Clay’s ability to help your body rid itself of toxins.
At a molecular level, the formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes with the wide surfaces having a negative charge and the thin edges having a positive charge. Nature hates a lonely ionic bond, so each negatively charged ion seeks to satisfy its bond by pairing with a substance carrying a positive ionic charge. As luck would have it, many toxins, heavy metals, and free radicals carry a positive charge. The negative ions in Redmond Clay are eager to attach to these toxins, swapping negative ions for positive, and creating a bond that keeps the toxin and clay together in suspension until the body eliminates the pair together.
If you’re a visual thinker, it’s a reasonably accurate metaphor to imagine Redmond Clay as a magnet, and toxins as little bits of metal. Once the two become paired, it’s simple for your body to dispose of the magnet, and the metal bits along with it.
If adsorption functions like a magnet, absorption functions like a sponge–it’s a slower and less selective process, but other elements in the gut become assimilated by clay, allowing the body to rid itself of potentially harmful material after absorption occurs. Montmorillonite clays like Redmond Clay are the only clays with the ability to absorb as well as adsorb, which is why they have become preferred for dietary use. Because clay is so absorbent, when using it internally, it is advisable to do so a couple of hours apart from traditional medications. Absorption is the key to Redmond Clay’s unusual ability to draw infection and toxins out of the body when applied externally on sores, scrapes, or other problem areas.
A pH level measures the acidity of a solution. Every substance has a pH level; solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are considered alkaline. With a pH level of 8.7-9.8, Redmond Clay is quite alkaline and has proven effective in neutralizing heartburn, reflux, and upset stomachs. Recent research has renewed interest in the internal pH levels of our bodies. Our bodies carefully regulate the pH level in our blood, and there is preliminary evidence suggesting that drinking alkaline mineral water may help prevent bone loss. Many naturopathic professionals have started recommending high alkaline diets as a means of improving long-term health, and Redmond Clay customers report a variety of benefits with regular consumption.
Minerals are essential to the chemical reactions that keep our bodies healthy, and our bodies can absorb but not create minerals on their own. As modern diets have become less mineral-dense, many health-conscious people have turned to trace mineral supplements to keep their bodies functioning properly.