If you haven’t heard of bentonite clay, benefits include speeding up your weight loss and helping you detox your way to looking younger. Wow! Now, we all baked mud pies in the yard when we were little kids, but we didn’t actually want to eat them, right? So the latest wellness trend taking over Hollywood is a bit of a surprise: A-list beauties like Salma Hayek are reportedly consuming bentonite clay (which is formed from volcanic ash and dug up from the ground) to detoxify and slim. In fact, Zoe Kravitz, who co-starred in the HBO series Big Little Lies, has said drinking clay helped her drop 20 pounds for a role.
Though it sounds like a new-age idea, the practice of consuming clay dates back centuries. Native cultures from the Andes, Central Africa and Australia have long ingested clay to prevent food poisoning and ease digestive distress.
How to Use Bentonite Clay for Weight Loss
Modern-day alternative-health experts recommend the clay for its rich stores of minerals, including magnesium and calcium, which they claim can power up cellular metabolism. Enthusiasts also believe clay has a negative electrical charge that allows it to bind to the positively charged ions in toxins and heavy metals so they can be removed from the body. That’s good news for slimming because when the liver has fewer toxins to process, it has more energy to burn fat for fuel.
But for all its purported benefits, medical scientists caution that bentonite clay is often little more than processed dirt–and that it can be contaminated with heavy metals, toxins, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Case in point: In 2016, the FDA warned consumers about two companies selling bentonite products that contained potentially harmful high levels of lead.
Yikes! We asked FIRST wellness columnist [Jorge Cruise] to weigh in on the bentonite clay detox trend. His take? The risks may outweigh the benefits.
“I’m a fan of clay face masks, but when it comes to consuming clay, the risks may be too great. If you try the remedy, make sure to drink plenty of liquid to flush your system. And consult your health-care provider–especially if you are on any medications, since clay can bind to the active compounds and reduce their efficacy.
Still want to try clay? Consider Juice Generation Pure Earth ($4, for a 1 oz. shot JuiceGeneration.com). It contains high-quality clay that is on the FDA’s “Generally Recognized as Safe” list. Salma Hayek’s company, Juice Generation, sells clay-based drinks–and the star is said to be a big fan herself!
NEXT: If You Want to Lose Weight, Celebrities Say You Should Avoid These Common Foods…
Gwyneth Paltrow Soy
Gwyneth Paltrow avoids soy.
"Soy is not a health food," Gwyneth's health coach Dr. Frank Lipman said. "If it's not fermented, I don’t recommend it. And again, most soy is genetically modified. For some people, grains in general. It's tricky after sugar and gluten. You've got to find a way where it doesn't feel like you're on a diet and you don't feel deprived."
Dr Oz High Fructose Corn Syrup
Dr. Oz says you should avoid high fructose corn syrup in beverages like soda.
"It's not very good for you," he said on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "It blocks the ability of a chemical called lectin, which is the way your fat tells your brain it's full.... [If you're drinking soda with a meal], you'll consume extra calories because of this."
Carrie Underwood Bread
Carrie Underwood doesn't eat bread.
"I'm vegan and I love bread, but recently, I started making dinner a breadless meal," she told Shape magazine in 2015. "I'll have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and I'll make a sandwich on Ezekiel bread for lunch, but in the evening I'll have protein and vegetables and no bread. When I wake up, my belly is flat!"
Alec Baldwin Sauce
Alec Baldwin doesn't eat sweet and sour sauce.
When a trip to the doctor revealed the 59-year-old actor's sugar intake was at "pre-diabetic" levels, he started cutting out sugar, including "his beloved sweet-and-sour Chinese sauce, a sugar-fest," according to his wife, Hilaria Baldwin in her book, The Living Clearly Method.
Taylor Schilling doesn't drink fruit juice.
"I don't roll with the juice cleanses," she said. "I will never do that. I like chicken and beans." Considering that some fruit juices have as much sugar as soda, it sounds like she's on to something.
Frozen Pizza Ted Allen
Chopped host Ted Allen doesn't eat frozen pizza.
“People should not eat frozen pizza. Ever. It’s terrible,” he said. “All of it’s awful, just packed with the lowest quality ingredients, lousy sauces, and they’re overpriced for what they are. It’s not a good product. There’s so much sodium, so many calories and artificial crap and preservatives.”
Tia Mowry Processed Foods
Tia Mowry cut out processed foods.
"As I started to make healthier choices in my own life, I saw things — like my endometriosis or my migraines — be put at bay," she said.
Although she also doesn't eat milk or gluten, processed foods in particular contain unnatural ingredients that can cause weight gain.
John Goodman Sugar
John Goodman dropped 100 pounds by not eating sugar.
“I know it sounds sappy, but it was a waste,” he said about this couch-potato days. “It takes a lot of creative energy to sit on your a-- and figure out what you’re going to eat next … I wanted to live life better.”
He also excercises on top of dieting.
Danica McKellar keeps her figure trim by cutting out dairy.
“I don’t eat gluten, I don’t eat dairy, I don’t eat sugar really, and the only thing I drink is water,” the Wonder Years star said in 2014. “I eat really, really clean. I’m very strict.”
Kirstie Alley Chees
Kirstie Alley doesn't eat cheese.
The 66-year-old finds cheese too triggering to eat, prompting her to want to eat more. Her solution? To cut out cheese entirely.
“I’m much more disciplined,” she said. “I discovered triple cream Brie cheese this year and I discovered how good that was, so I [don't keep it in the house]!"
Jonathan Knight Meat
Jonathan Knight lost weight after he stopped eating meat.
"Just seeing how animals are raised and the slaughterhouses freaked me out,” the New Kids on the Block star said. After cutting meat from his diet and eating more vegetables, the pounds started melting off. “Seven months later, I'm down to 175 pounds and I didn’t work out or anything."
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