Traditionally speaking, Spring cleaning refers to the home. We’ll empty closets, dust nooks and crannies that no one will see and spend the entire summer outside NOT enjoying the clean house.
That’s why this year I’m not focusing so much on detoxing the house, but detoxifying myself!
This post is the first of several I’m planning this season that reflect easy ways to detoxify the body, the products we use on ourselves as well as using non-toxic supplies around the house. When it comes to detoxifying the body, the first ingredient that I think of is Redmond Clay.
Long-time readers will remember that we’ve been using Redmond Clay for a couple of years now in our homemade toothpaste recipe. Actually, we attribute my husband overcoming gum disease and myself having a healthy check-up after not seeing the dentist for 2 years to Redmond Clay.
To say that Redmond Clay has been pivotal to improving our health sounds a bit sensational, except that it’s absolutely true!
Redmond Clay is 100% natural bentonite clay. They don’t add anything to it or take anything away and up until now, we’ve only used Redmond Clay externally. However, it works to detoxify the body internally in 3 remarkable ways:
“…the formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes with the wide surfaces having a negative charge… many toxins, heavy metals, and free radicals carry a positive charge… [the positive is attracted to the negative and creates] a bond that keeps the toxin and clay together in suspension until the body eliminates the pair together.”
“… 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…”
“Redmond Clay is quite alkaline and has proven effective in neutralizing heartburn, reflux, and upset stomachs…naturopathic professionals have started recommending high alkaline diets as a means of improving long-term health…”
Pretty cool, right?
How to Use Redmond Clay to Internally Detox
#1. Take a pill.
It’s super convenient and you don’t have to worry about the taste of the clay as you would with methods #2 and #3 below.
My only issue with this option is that I normally don’t keep the capsules at home.
#2. Add 1 teaspoon to an 8 oz glass of water and drink the whole thing.
This is the second easiest way to use Redmond Clay to detox internally, but after trying this myself, I can’t say it’s something I’m willing to do on a regular basis. My reasoning?
It doesn’t taste very good.
I can usually turn a blind eye to the taste of something if I know it’s for a good reason (like the idea of adding liver to my smoothie), and I’ve been brushing my teeth with Redmond Clay without any essential oil flavors since we had been living in a one-bedroom apartment for a few months.
Despite this, I seriously considered ditching the glass altogether about halfway through, which means it likely won’t last in the long term.
Next up, plan C.
#3. Add 1 teaspoon to an 8 oz glass of water, stir and allow the clay to settle. Then drink the water.
I tried this too, and while it’s more palatable that the first option, it’s still not something I’d be excited to drink every day.
Taking baby steps towards healthy living are just as much about overcoming mental hurdles as they are incorporating the small changes, so if I can’t get my head in the game, actually taking the small step of incorporating Redmond Clay into my weekly routine isn’t gonna happen.
And knowing the amazing health benefits of clay, I really want this to happen!
Finally, plan D.
#4. Incorporate the best foods known to detox the body into a smoothie and add the clay. Blend and drink.
Hands down, this is by far my favorite option. Not only does the smoothie taste really good (so good that I wrote a whole book about them), but I love knowing I’m getting the healthy detox benefits of all these foods AND Redmond Clay all at the same time.
Plus it’s something I know my husband will drink, and I can make a smaller batch for my kids too and they won’t even know it has clay in it.
In my mind, it’s the perfect way to detox internally with Redmond Clay!
- Combine ingredients in the order listed in a blender and process until smooth.
Additional Recipe Notes
This recipe makes one smoothie. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple as desired.
Redmond Clay is pretty powerful and when you first begin to detox, you might experience adverse side effects like headaches, nausea, fatigue or extreme energy and body aches. The key is to take it slowly by incorporating clay internally just once a week, and drinking lots of water. It’s safe to take Redmond Clay internally on a daily basis, but every person is different, so listen to your body when it comes to increasing or decreasing the frequency.
There’s no doubt though that using Redmond Clay internally as a way to naturally detox is a great baby step to take to a healthier season!
Note: I get asked all the time about the warning label on Redmond Clay. If you’ve ever wondered about the Proposition 65 or lead warnings on Redmond Clay, take a look at this information!
Do you use Redmond Clay internally? How do you do it? Share your experiences in the comments!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Redmond Clay. Obviously, I love Redmond Clay and have been using their products in my home long before this blog was born. As always, I would never recommend anything on Crumbs that I wouldn’t recommend to a close friend or neighbor, and all opinions here are my own.