Spot the difference: Sodium versus Calcium Bentonite Clay

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Bentonite clay, also known as a healing clay, have a lot of cosmetic and health benefits. It has been used for their nutrients and detoxifying properties throughout the years.

Also referred to as montmorillonite clay, bentonite clay is classified under the smectite family. Smectite clays are known to have swelling properties as it tends to expand when hydrated. It has four types: sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Nowadays, many people are more inclined to using sodium and calcium bentonite clay mainly because of its detoxifying properties and nutrient content. While both of these clays offer health benefits, they, too, have differences and similarities:

  • Both clays can be ingested, as long as they are thoroughly tested and approved for consumption.
  • Sodium and calcium bentonite clay can be applied externally.
  • Sodium bentonite clay is a better electrical conductor, which means it can attract more positively charged toxins than calcium bentonite can.
  • Calcium bentonite can be converted into sodium bentonite clay by simply adding a pinch of salt as it contains exchangeable ions.
  • Both clays are proven to get rid of toxins when hydrated. 


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