Tuesday, April 24, 2007

DIY Colon Cleansing- Bentonite & Psyllium

I wanted to write this article to explain what I mean when I refer to a P&B (Psyllium & Bentonite) shake. I plan to use these on almost a daily basis so it is important that you understand what they are so you will not have any confusion when you read my raw food diet diaries.

Bentonite & Psyllium is an easy and effective way to cleanse the colon and entire digestive system. This cleanse works especially well when used in conjunction with the Master Cleanse or a Parasite Cleanse. When all three are used together it is referred to as "The Ultimate Fast."

Bentonite is a clay and has been used medicinally for centuries by indigenous people around the world. Although bentonite clay comes from the earth, it is not dirt, it is made from volcanic ash. It is one of the most effective detoxifying agents available because it is not digested, but instead acts like a huge sponge to attract toxins in the body.

Bentonite will absorb heavy metals, free radicals, pathogenic viruses, mold, herbicides and pesticides from within the body. This works because the bentonite clay is negatively charged while toxins are positively charged. It attracts the toxins like putting a magnet over metal shavings. What is even more spectacular is that it doesn't just remove these toxins simply from the intestinal tract, but also attracts them from all over the body and carries them out.

The brand of bentonite I use is Great Plains Bentonite by Yerba Prima. They have the purest and most absorbent bentonite I have come across. Their bentonite is so absorbent that one tablespoon of it has a total absorptive surface are of 900 square yards. That can pull out quite a bit of toxins.

As your colon becomes cleaner, you will be able to better digest food and will have the ability to absorb more nutrients and minerals. However, because of the strong absorbent capabilities of bentonite, do not eat or take medication within one hour before or one hour after taking your bentonite. You wouldn't want it all to get absorbed into the bentonite and carried out.

The psyllium is used to push the bentonite along through the digestive tract. Without the psyllium, bentonite would be extremely slow moving through your system.

To make a Bentonite & Psyllium shake (commonly referred to as a P&B shake), you simply mix 1 tablespoon of liquid bentonite and 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk powder in a drink or water or juice. You want to shake it up and drink it immediately because the psyllium will start to expand. If you don't want to use the powder, you can use 4 psyllium husk capsules (which is what I do.) After you down the drink, make sure to drink another glass of water in order to get all the psyllium down.

You can start with one P&B shake a day and work your way up as you feel comfortable. It may take several weeks to fully cleanse the digestive tract so make sure to stay consistent. Many people work their way up to 3-5 shakes per day. Do what you can handle.

Great book about colon cleansing and why a clean colon is so important to our health: