Sodium vs Calcium Bentonite Clay -
Which One Should Be Used?

After doing some basic research on edible living clay, it becomes clear that there are two main types of bentonite clay: sodium and calcium bentonite clay. Some suggest using the one, while others suggest the other. So the big question is: What are the differences? And most importantly, Which one should I use? I will lead you in the right direction so that you can answer both of these questions accurately.

Sodium Bentonite Clay

First, we have sodium bentonite clay. This type swells up when in contact with liquid, and it has numerous industrial uses. Some people suggest not consuming this type because of its swelling properties and because of its high sodium content.

On the other hand, others suggest this type as being good for internal use because its swelling ability allows for great surface area to extract more toxins from the body. However, it seems to be used most frequently externally, for detox baths, facials, poultices, and more.

Calcium Bentonite Clay

Next, we have calcium bentonite clay. This type seems to have the highest recommendations for internal use. Some say it is more effective at pulling toxins than the sodium type. The reasons are numerous and sometimes ambiguous, but some say that calcium bentonite has a greater positive impact on health than any other type of clay.

Which Clay To Use

With different beliefs and recommendations out there about sodium vs calcium bentonite clay, it can be confusing which to choose. However, the advice I offer is to simply look for clay that is labeled as being good for internal use. Never consume any clay that is not suggested for internal use.

The truth is, of the clays on the market that are suggested for internal use, they fall under two categories: sodium and calcium. To help bring clarity to your research, I have listed below a few sources of edible bentonite clay...

Redmond Clay sells a clay that is naturaly a mixture of sodium and calcium bentonite claysource. Their clay can be used both internally and externally.

Living Clay sells a calcium bentonite clay, which is great for internal use. But it can be used externally as well.

Earths Living Clay sells a calcium bentonite clay, great for internal use. It can also be used externally.

Sonne's #7 is not identified as being either sodium or calcium bentonite. Instead the term "colloidal" is used, which refers to the suspended state of clay in the water. Although this type of clay may be used externally, it is intended for internal use because it is diluted in water (Sonnes does not sell a powdered form, that I'm aware of).

These are just a few of many sources of calcium bentonite clay or sodium bentonite clay. Check your local health food store, too, and do some more searching online. You will find other sources. Just be careful to choose a source that you trust.

Now that you know what the differences are between sodium and calcium bentonite clay, hopefully now you have a better understanding of which type you can use for internal or external applications.

Ready to start consuming clay? Buy edible bentonite clay here.

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