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  • Experiment with the Unexpected: Sometimes, the quest for better sleep takes us down some interesting paths. This time, it led me to drinking bentonite clay!
  • Personal Results: Despite giving it a fair shot, consuming bentonite clay didn’t improve my sleep. However, everyone’s different, and what doesn’t work for one might work for others.
  • Detoxification & Health: Bentonite clay is often touted for its detoxification properties and is rich in minerals. But remember, our bodies already have robust detoxification systems.
  • The Adventure Continues: Not all experiments yield the expected results, but they always provide valuable insights. Here’s to more sleep adventures and finding what works best for each of us!
  • Quantified Sleep Toolkit: After months of experimenting with various strategies (including drinking mud!), I found what works for me and compiled it into my Quantified Sleep Toolkit. While each person’s sleep needs are unique, the strategies that helped me might just work for you too. Check out the Toolkit and embark on your own sleep optimization journey!

Greetings, fellow sleep enthusiasts! Ryan here, once again, on a quest to optimize sleep. Today’s tale is an interesting one. It involves dirt. More specifically, drinking dirt.

The Inspiration

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In my quest to combat insomnia, I’ve left no stone unturned. This time around, I was inspired by a review I stumbled upon on Earth Clinic.

A user from Auckland, New Zealand, reported significant improvements in their sleep after consuming bentonite clay (source).

Now, you might be wondering, “Ryan, why on earth would you drink clay?”

Well, bentonite clay, a type of volcanic ash, is reputed to have numerous health benefits, including detoxification. So, I decided to give it a shot.

The Experiment

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Over the course of a week, I incorporated bentonite clay into my routine. Not fresh from the ground, mind you, but a purified form safe for consumption. I stirred a tablespoon of the clay into my morning smoothie.

The taste was, let’s just say, interesting. A bit like sipping a gritty smoothie with a hint of that unique scent you get after a fresh rainfall. Earthy, indeed.

The Outcome

I repeated this experiment half a dozen times, hoping for a breakthrough in my battle against insomnia. I tracked my sleep meticulously, as always, looking for any signs of improvement.

However, despite my hopes, the bentonite clay didn’t seem to make any difference. My sleep metrics remained stubbornly the same.

The Science

There’s not a lot of scientific research directly linking bentonite clay to improved sleep. However, it is rich in minerals and is often touted for its detoxification properties.

Remember though, ‘detoxification’ is a term that’s often misused. Our bodies have robust detoxification systems, primarily through the liver and kidneys. While bentonite clay might aid in this process, we need more research to confirm this.

The Bentonite Clay Smoothie Recipe

For those adventurous souls willing to give this a try, here’s the recipe for my Bentonite Clay Smoothie:

  • 1 cup of your favorite plant-based milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • A handful of fresh spinach (for some added nutrients)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (because why not?)
  • 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay (make sure it’s food grade)

Blend all these ingredients until smooth, and voila, you have your Bentonite Clay Smoothie. Note: the earthy taste of clay might take some getting used to, but hey, isn’t that part of the fun?

Purported Health Benefits of Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay isn’t just for making interesting smoothies. It’s been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits. Remember, though, while some of these benefits are backed by scientific studies, many are based on personal anecdotes and traditional use. Always consult with a healthcare provider before trying new health interventions.

  1. Detoxification: Bentonite clay is said to help remove toxins from the body. It’s often used in “detox” products for this reason.
  2. Rich in Minerals: Bentonite clay is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron, which are essential for various bodily functions.
  3. Gut Health: Some people use bentonite clay to support gut health. It’s believed to help with digestive issues, though more research is needed to confirm this.
  4. Skin Health: Bentonite clay is a popular ingredient in skincare products. It’s thought to help with acne and other skin conditions.
  5. Oral Health: Bentonite clay has been used in natural toothpaste recipes, as it’s said to help remove plaque and whiten teeth.

There you have it, folks. Bentonite clay might not have improved my sleep, but it certainly has a fascinating range of purported benefits. As always, approach new health strategies with curiosity, but also with a healthy dose of skepticism. Here’s to more self-experiments!

The Takeaway

My personal experiment with bentonite clay didn’t yield the results I was hoping for, but that’s all part of the process. Sometimes, our experiments don’t pan out as we expect. However, they always provide valuable insights.

If you decide to give bentonite clay a shot, approach it with curiosity, but also with caution. And always consult with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

Here’s to more sleep experiments, and to finding what works best for each of us. Until next time, sleep well and dream big!

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