I woke up one day, remembering that I still have a pack of detox clay bath kit stored away under my cabinet since my last use about a year ago. Thinking back, I could now recall why I was chucking aside one of the best detoxification tools available to me and not utilizing it for my optimal health. That was the period of extreme stress and challenges when I was struggling badly with my Rheumatoid Arthritis flare-ups that attacked my whole body aggressively right after my pregnancy.
Now, I decide that I have to keep up with my mercury detoxification effort because the procedure has to continue for as long as it is necessary to remove most of the mercury accumulation and build-ups in our body in order to move myself ahead with my health goal. By the way, if you have read my earlier post - I Had All My Amalgams Removed – A Decision Deemed Necessary for Treating My Rheumatoid Arthritis - you’ll know that the motivation behind my decision to remove ALL my amalgam (mercury) fillings in my mouth and replaced them with the safe composites. The odourless and colourless mercury, unknowing to many, is in fact very toxic and it casts a shadow in black light. Mercury can readily pass through cell membranes, across blood barrier and into our central nervous system; causing neurological, immunological and psychological problems. There are literally hundreds of peer reviewed scientific papers that discussed the damaging effects that mercury has on our immune system.
In my other post – Detoxification after Amalgams Removal – What to Do to Prevent Mercury Intoxication – I had outlined all the detoxification steps that I took following my amalgams removal, and taking a therapeutic mercury detox clay bath is also a part of the protocol.
Why A Mercury Detox Clay Bath?
According to Jason Eaton, “There are many methods available in both alternative and natural medicine that are designed to “detoxify the body”. However, nearly all of them do exactly the opposite: They stimulate the body to release toxic byproducts stored in fat, organs, and other tissues. The result is that these substances are dumped back into the active metabolism. The body, then, is placed under a great deal of toxic stress, even to the point of toxic shock.
This poses quite a problem, for the body has stored these substances for a very specific reason: It has been incapable of eliminating the substances without causing significant damage. Therefore, the short cut “quick fix” methods to detoxify the body can actually be quite dangerous, and the natural and comprehensive methods can require a lot of attention, hard work, and anywhere from six months to three years to accomplish, and are often accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms as the body cleans itself.” What is lacking is an avenue to get the released toxins out of the body.
Enter clay baths. Clay baths stimulate the lymphatic system and deeply cleanse the body’s largest breathing organ (the skin). Acting both directly on the body and acting as a systematic catalyst, clay used in this manner interacts directly with the body’s immune system, and helps to remove the post-digestive burden placed on the major organs of the body. Taking a clay bath is like immersing oneself in a sea comprised of millions of minute crystals. So, what are you waiting for?
Preparing a Detox Clay Bath – How to Make a Clay Bath
Today, I’m going to give you a tour on how I prepare my mercury detox clay bath. Well, generally, there are a wide range of different heavy metal clay baths formulae you can choose such as Arsenic Detox, Radiation Detox, etc; so it really depends on your needs.And if you are unsure which heavy metals or toxins your body is burdened with, you can also always go for the general detoxification formulae. The specific brand and formulae I’m using is LL’s Magnetic Clay Detox Bath Formula – Mercury 1 Detox Kit which is good for 10 baths because of the many benefits and good reviews, some of which are listed below:
- Safe and effective as a single bath releases years of accumulated toxic pollutants out of body into the bathtub.
- Lab tests have shown that toxic levels of metals and chemicals greatly reduced through use of clay baths.
- Inexpensive and no costly equipment investment required.
- Also, the clay is 100% raw, untreated in its natural state.
Clay Bath Guidelines
Follow the guidelines below and determine the category that best defines your personal health situation. It is typically recommended that you begin your bath series with the least amount of clay formula in each category and gradually working up to the maximum amount.
Chronic Conditions & Environmental Sensitivity
- Use 1/2 to 1 cup of clay formula per bath
- Space your baths from 5-7 days apart
- Stay in tub for 10 – 15 minutes
Minor Ailments, Fatigue, Not Feeling ‘Up to Par’
- Use 1 to 2 cups of clay formula per bath
- Space your baths from 3-5 days apart
- Stay in tub for 15 – 20 minutes
Health Maintenance, Average Health, Active Life
- Use 1 to 3 cups of clay formula per bath
- Space your baths from 3-5 days apart
- Stay in tub for 20 minutes or more
Step by Step Clay Bath Instructions
Box Contents : Each bath kit usually comes with 5 pounds of clay (10 cups), herbal formula packet, pH testing strips, instructions, drain screen and a flat rubber stopper.
1. pH Testing
Firstly, take a pH strip for a saliva test and match against the pH colour chart. If your pH is 6.0 or above, you can take a full tub bath. If it is below 6.0, then a foot bath is the ideal (discussed below). For detoxification to be most effective, a pH of 7.0 to 7.4 is optimal.
2. Combine & Mix Dry Ingredients
Wear a mask to avoid inhaling clay dust. Open the large bag of clay and mix the contents of the herbal packets with the clay. Ensure that ALL herbal contents and clay are mixed thoroughly.
Following the clay bath guideline above, measure out the amount of clay-herb mixture needed for a bath session and set aside.
4. Preparing the Bath Tub
Unscrew or remove the stopper in the bath tub. Place the enclosed small square screen over the drain and secure with duck tape. Thereafter, a flat stopper is placed over the drain guard and secured with another strip of tape.
5. Wet Mixing of Clay
Allow warm (not hot) water of 102F to fill your bath tub while you prepare blending of the clay mixture. The clay, by nature, tends to ‘clump’ when immersed in water, the extra step taken to ensure that it is dissolved smoothly is to blend the mixture. I filled up the blender with 3/4 full hot water and pour in half of the measured clay mixture to start with. Taking it slowly will not cause the blender to clog up with the clump. Blend for 20 seconds and pour into the bath water. Fill up the blender again with water and repeat the blending process until you have used the desired amount of formula in the bath.
7. Clean Up of Tub
After the bath, remove the plastic drain stopper with the drain screen left on. As the tub drains, some residues will be left at the bottom of the tub. Rinse those residue down the drain with warm water and keep it running for another 1 minute to ensure your bath tub is properly drained. Be sure to carefully get out of the tub since clay can be slippery. Follow with a warm shower.
8. Rest & Replenish
Minerals and electrolytes may be removed by clay bath so it is recommended that they are replaced as you rest. Keep warm, drink plenty of water or herbal teas and of course, rest!
Alternative to Clay Tub Baths
Clay Foot Bath
Clay foot baths are highly recommended if you do not have any access to a bath tub or when you’re too ill, too toxic or too fragile for taking a tub bath. Our feet are a very powerful channel of detoxification of the body but it’s more gentle in application than the full tub baths. The suggested amount of clay for a foot bath is 1/2 to 2 cups for 20 to 40 minutes. If you are chronically ill, start with just 1/2 cup for 10 minutes and then gradually work up to full 2 cups.
Total mixture used in the foot bath should be just enough to cover above your ankles. Put your feet into the bucket and watch the time. Upon finish, rinse your feet well with warm water.
Slurries are prepared by mixing clay with warm water in a ratio that produces a mixture that is easily spreadable on your body, thick enough to stick. Take a large glass bowl and wooden spoon and start mixing. Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer of clay over your body, especially the torso. Then you can enter the bath tub as instructed above and as the clay disperses into the water, same or better result may be realised.
Some people actually report that when they apply slurry and immerse in water, some clay tend to adhere to certain body areas and this stands to reason due to strong ionic attraction between clay and many toxins. This event occurs rapidly with toxins that are close to the skin and carries on with more lengthy exposure as blood brings more toxins to the surface.
How Do I Know if the Clay Bath is Working For Me?
As Jason puts it, “the body’s natural defense system is far more intelligent than most researchers realize. Modern research in the genetic sciences is revealing that the complexity of the immune system is equal to the complexity of the human brain. The body may resist dumping accumulated toxins at first, as the experiences recorded by the immune system are actually responsible for the body’s choice to deposit the accumulated toxins being in body tissues (except for substances such as mercury, cadmium, etc).
Therefore, many individuals who have a compromised metabolism may actually feel a compulsion to exit the clay bath after 12-15 minutes. The body will, as time progresses and as internal conditions allow, re-learn to utilize the lymphatic system to a greater degree, and allow more substances to be released from the body in this manner, due to the improved efficiency.”
For me, I could feel my pulse increase not long after I submerged myself in the bath. There was a fair bit of tiredness and lightheadedness and sensation of pulling effects from my body – these are normal for healing baths which is indication of toxins moving. But after a good rest and replenishing myself with good deal of multivitamins and multiminerals, I was feeling calm and sedate. At this moment, it is too early to say with absoluteness that clay bath is working wonder for me, but from an honest judgment, I did experience a sensation of relief and wellness even though my last bath was nearly a year ago. But I do understand the patience required with embarking on a detoxification protocol like this because it is a gradual process and improvements often can be seen with longer series of baths, which are highly dependent on multiple factors such as age, amount of toxin burdens in the body, years of accumulation, etc. I still have my last heavy metal screening test kit which I plan to test out at the end of my far infrared (FIR) sauna and detox clay baths sessions. Wish me luck!
Lastly, I quote Dr. Miriam Jang, M.D. , author of “Breakthroughs In Autism”, a synopsis of the DAN protocol, “…One particular patient had very high levels of mercury and levels of lead that were off the charts. In 3 months of twice weekly clay baths, the lead came down dramatically and the mercury disappeared. The muscle weakness associated with high lead levels improved dramatically. Interestingly enough, another 5 months of these clay baths showed even lower levels of lead but the mercury reappeared. This supports the theory that mercury is sequestered in different areas of our body and it take time to get it all out.” Therefore, to all of you out there on chelation or detoxification protocols for mercury, hang in there, you’ll eventually reach there! Finally, to anyone wanting to try out detox clay bath, why not? You’re going to enjoy it.