Cilantro and Clay Detox

Cilantro and Clay DetoxIn his newly released book, Radical Healing: 2nd Ed., (Himalayan Institute Press), Rudolph Ballentine includes a comprehensive chapter on detoxification, drawing from Ayurveda, homeopathy, and Chinese Medicine.

One of his detox strategies that can be done by anyone is called the Cilantro Detox, which simply involves eating 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro per day, for two weeks. This delicious herb works to “remove heavy metals (and probably some chemical toxins)” from the tissues.

Once the heavy metals are released from the tissues, they must be removed quickly from the body. Enter Bentonite Clay, which Ballentine says will bind with heavy metals and escort them out through the bowels. Bentonite clay can be found at any health food store. Simply stir a tablespoonful into a glass of water, and drink it down on an empty stomach. This is to be done every day for two weeks during the cilantro detox, preferably first thing in the morning.

Another fan of edible clay is Mark Sircus, OMD, who states on the OMVA website: “Clay maintains its molecular integrity; it does not break down and assimilate into the body. It maintains a molecular whole as it passes through the body acting like a vacuum cleaner or sponge carrying poisons out of the body.”

Julia Woodford founded Vitality Magazine in 1989, and has been its Editor-in-Chief for the past 30 years. Prior to a career in publishing, her studies included Political Economics at York University, Journalism at Ryerson University, and Psychology, PhysEd, and Anthropology at University of Toronto. She remains a lifelong student of herbalism, nutritional medicine, and the healing arts to this day. You can read her columns on the Vitality website. She is also the Show Manager for Whole Life Expo, Canada’s largest showcase of natural health and green living. Learn more at the Expo website In 2018 she received a “Hall of Fame” award from National Nutrition. In 2019, she was nominated for a “Person of the Year” award by National Nutrition.


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  1. C
    June 01, 10:58 Charlie

    should children and teens use a smaller dose?

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    June 01, 10:59 Charlie

    also should the cilantro be taken throughout the day or eaten in one setting?

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      June 04, 00:18 Julia Woodford

      Generally it is recommended to measure out a quarter cup of cilantro, and then eat it from the cup or on top of a meal. Not throughout the day.

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