How Does Zeolite Work?
Zeolite is an alkaline mineral that is very porous and is one of the very few minerals that is negatively charged by nature. Since most toxins, such as heavy metals, radiation, and pesticides, are positively charged, zeolite is pulled to the toxins, like a magnet, and sucks them up into its structure.
These dangerous substances become trapped in zeolite’s cage structure, and are then safely and gently carried out of the body.
What Does Zeolite Bind to?
Zeolite has a strong negative charge and thus is attracted to positively charged molecules. Since most of the things that don’t belong in our bodies are positively charged, zeolite can be an effective detox method for a number of toxic elements that are draining our health. Here are a few of the things zeolite binds to:
Heavy Metals– Heavy metals are toxic metals that accumulate in our bodies over time and put an enormous burden on our immune and nervous systems, and make our bodies work overtime to stay healthy. Eventually our bodies lose the ability to keep up with the excess demand and symptoms such as chronic fatigue, brain fog, irritability, and a host of other symptoms and conditions can manifest. Zeolite can target hidden metals such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic among other in your body and trap them in its cage-like structure for safe removal. Once the heavy metal burden is lifted your body can start functionally at its peak potential again.
Environmental Toxins– In the 21st century we face an unprecedented number of toxic stressors in our daily lives. From the air you breathe, to the food you eat – toxins are everywhere. Over time these toxins accumulate in your body wreaking havoc on your health. Fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, a weakened immune system, and countless health issues are common side effects when these toxins build up. Since these toxins have a positive charge most of them will fall victim to zeolites strong binding capacity for safe removal from the body.
Mold– Mold toxicity is increasingly becoming recognized as a serious problem and a player in a number of serious chronic conditions. Even if you are not currently exposed to mold in your home or workplace it is possible that mold from a previous exposure is multiplying in your body. Mold spores can linger and continue replicating in your body for years even in the absence of external mold exposure. Zeolite is an incredible detoxifier of mold and is a must have in any mold detox protocol.
Radioactive Materials– After being exposed to ionizing radiation, radioactive materials are left in your body and will stick around for years if you don’t take action to remove them. Chances are you’ve got a fair amount of radioactive materials hanging around in your body which have accumulated over the years from CT scans, Mammograms, X-Rays, naturally occurring radiation like radon, medical radiation procedures, nuclear fallout, etc. Zeolite is a fantastic tool to help remove leftover radiation from your body.
Microbial Pathogens- Zeolite can bind to number of pathogenic microbes including Candida and a host of viruses. Zeolite has antiviral properties due to its potential ability to absorb viral particles. A study conducted to evaluate the antiviral properties of micronized clinoptilolite zeolite (what we use in ZeoBoost™) showed promise that zeolite can be used to inhibit viral replication. The study stated that the antiviral effect of the zeolite seems to be non-specific and is more likely based on the incorporation of viral particles into pores of zeolite aggregates than ion exchange properties of clinoptilolite.
This means that zeolite may be effective against a whole host of viruses, not just the viruses used in the study. It is interesting to note that the low dose of zeolite in the study “induced a very low antiviral effect or the antiviral was not observed at all” but the high dose “induced a significant inhibitory effect upon viral proliferation.” This supports the views I have shared on previous blog posts and will cover later on this page about the importance of proper zeolite dosing.
Zeolite and Your Immune System
An effective two-step approach to optimizing the immune system is one: remove immune-drainers, and two: add immune boosters. Without removing toxic elements that are compromising immune function step two is very limited. Metals, environmental toxicants, molds, radioactive materials, and pathogenic microbes are a few of the immune-draining toxic elements that many of us have picked up over the years and are harboring in our bodies. Zeolite can absorb many of these toxic elements and remove them from your body, freeing your immune system to focus its energy on other issues such as viral invaders.
Zeolite vs Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay
There are a number of great natural binders out there including activated charcoal and bentonite clay.
These are fantastic products and can be very helpful in a detox protocol. But binders such as charcoal and bentonite clay don’t have the same capabilities as zeolite clay. Charcoal and bentonite are great at mopping up toxins in the gut and even in the blood stream. But they don’t have the binding capacity of a high-quality zeolite clay.
Quality Zeolite products have a stronger negative charge enabling them to pull toxic elements through the cell membrane, trapping them into its cage-like structure. This allows for a whole new level of detox. Bentonite clay and charcoal may be used in conjunction with zeolite in a detox protocol but it’s my opinion that zeolite should be included and considered the primary agent for a systemic detox.
Another key to consider when using bentonite clay is that it isn’t selective like zeolite meaning it attaches to everything with a positive charge including minerals. Zeolite selects what it binds to based on atomic weight so you don’t have to worry about it depleting your body of essential minerals.