With radiation leaking into the environment and the ocean, we need to think about ways to remove heavy and radioactive metals out of the body and prevent their accumulation in our cells and organs. Natural zeolite detox is one of the best and most effective ways to clear the body from heavy and radioactive metals.
What is Zeolite?
Zeolite clinoptilolite has been used for decades in various areas of industry and agriculture due to a number of properties: its ability to absorb toxins and poisons, odours, enrich soils and change their chemical structure, as well as a filtration agent.
Apart from that, zeolite has also been known and used for its ability to exchange heavy metals with the environment it comes into contact with. In many countries, this property has been used to decontaminate from heavy and radioactive metals and not only soil and objects, but humans and animals as well.
Zeolites are microporous minerals with a well-defined crystalline structure. They belong to a group of natural alumosilicates. Generally, they contain silicon, aluminium and oxygen in their framework and cations, water and/or other molecules within their pores. The word ‘zeolite’ consists of two parts: ‘zeo’ – boil, and ‘lithos’ – stone (‘boiling stones’).
This term was originally coined by Axel Fredrick Cronstedt, a Swedish mineralogist in the 18th century. He observed that upon heating a natural mineral rapidly, the stones began to dance about as the water evaporated. Clinoptilolite is the most abundant member of the 48 minerals in the zeolite group. Its approximate empirical formula is (Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Na)3-6Si30Al6O72.24H2O. Typical mineralogical composition: 95% Clinoptilolite, minor amounts of feldspar and smectite.
The reason zeolite clinoptilolite is now attracting so much interest lies in its strict crystalline structure with minute channels running in different directions, and a variety of freely exchangeable cations found within those channels – potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and others. These cations which have a lower atomic weight have the ability to be replaced with heavy and radioactive metals when placed in a liquid environment.
This property is called “selective cation exchange” and is used with great effect to remove heavy and radioactive metals from the environment. It was used during the Chernobyl disaster – a huge amount of zeolite was thrown into the reactors – about 500,000MT, and was used to decontaminate people and objects. People were given zeolite-based galettes to help remove radiation out of their bodies. It is also used nowadays by the military forces of various countries for the same reasons.
In Russia and some other countries, clinoptilolite is used in the production of food supplements. In some other countries (e.g. Cuba) clinoptilolite has been used to produce an anti-diarrhoea medicine which is successfully used to treat dysentery and other gastrointestinal disorders, including food poisoning.
The crystalline structure of zeolites is the only one which cannot be destroyed under any circumstances. It is what is called ‘permanently living’. One more very important factor is the catalytic property of clinoptilolite. It means it has the potential to speed up certain processes within the environment it is in.
Properties of zeolite
Natural zeolite clinoptilolite has the following properties:
- It attracts heavy and radioactive metals into its structure.
- It acts as a sponge for toxins.
- It promotes removal of free radicals.
- It is a sorbent for various impurities from the environment.
Zeolite is undergoing scientific research in various countries. Some results of this research have been publicised. Some of it is very exciting. However, time will pass before any official announcements are made about it, and medicines developed. In the meantime, we have to do our own research and make our own decisions.
Natural zeolite detox
Normally, detoxification would involve ingesting natural zeolite clinoptilolite powder – starting from about 1/2 teaspoonful mixed with about 150ml of water twice a day, before meals. This can be gradually increased to 1 teaspoon mixed with 250ml of water 3 times a day. Some natural practitioners suggest making a break of 1 week after 4 weeks of intake. We cannot give any recommendations ourselves though, so please conduct your own research and make an informed decision.
Another way is to use zeolite in a bath (500g per bathful of warm water, or 200g per 1-foot bath), 2-3 times a week). We are now developing a treatment which would involve the use of zeolite in a wrap.
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