Happily finding myself kicking back in Maui (miles away from Auckland’s spectacular weather) I have discovered that there’s nowhere better to detox than Hawaii…. infact, there’s nowhere better to do anything than Hawaii. So here I sit in the sunshine armed with my laptop and a cleansing coconut and spinach smoothie working away.
Hawaii is known for its rich history of traditional natural therapies. Detox being one of my main interests (along with sunbathing) this month I was particularly drawn to Bentonite: volcanic clay popular in Hawaii. Bentonite clay (a sedimentary clay made from volcanic ash) has been used by many civilizations and cultures over the years due to its believed healing and calming properties and is particularly useful for cleansing the body’s colon. When ingested, Bentonite attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can be combined with water and also psyllium husk to make a bowel-cleansing regime. If you suffer from irregular bowel movements, constipation, wind, bloating or always seem to be feeling hungry, your digestive system may not be working properly and could perhaps benefit from a gentle cleanse.
Bentonite and psyllium colon cleanse recipe:
Bentonite clay and psyllium smoothies are a traditional naturopathic regime to cleanse the bowel of excess toxin build up. To make your own simply add one tablespoon of bentonite clay liquid and one tablespoon of psyllium husk powder to half a glass apple juice and water. Have this smoothie before Breakfast (on an empty stomach) for 2 – 3 days. You must not eat one hour before or after drinking the smoothie. The Bentonite clay needs to absorb the toxins and the psyllium husks need to scrub your intestines uninterrupted by the food. Eat fresh leafy greens and avoid processed foods and sugar for these 2 – 3 days.
I recommend Yerba Prima Bentonite Liquid Clay available here