Lead is a natural part of our planet — in sea water, fresh water, in soil, and even in air. Every time you take a walk along a beach or breathe fresh mountain air, you are being exposed to the tiniest amount of lead — 50 – 400 parts per million (ppm) of the surface of our planet, according to the EPA.
Should we be worried?
Trace amounts of lead might sound like a very bad thing, but the FDA has determined that consuming less than 75 micrograms of lead does not lead to health complications. (For pregnant women and children, that number is 25 micrograms.)
The really good news is that on a chemical level, lead likes to make friends — nearly all the lead in our environment is bound to other elements like zinc, copper, silver, and others. In Redmond Clay, there is a trace amount of lead that bonded long ago with clay molecules and other trace elements. That bond prevents lead from accumulating in our bodies.
Why does a bond matter?
Natural chemistry is pretty amazing. Each cell in our bodies depends on a specific compound to stay alive: one part sodium (a caustic metal) and one part chloride (an explosive acid gas). Potentially deadly by themselves, these ions combine to create sodium chloride, or salt, without which we couldn’t survive.
Similarly, lead by itself is very different from lead that has already bonded to other elements or molecules. Ingesting lead that isn’t bonded is dangerous for the same reason ingesting already-bonded lead isn’t: the bond is really hard to break. The nature of bentonite clay means any lead is already bonded, which is why the FDA agrees it’s unlikely that any lead in bentonite clay would remain in the body if ingested — the existing molecular bond remains in place, and any lead is flushed from your system along with other toxins that bond to neighboring clay molecules.
A summary (for people who like short answers)
If chemistry was never your thing, here’s the big picture: Tiny amounts of lead are in our planet’s water, soil, and air. Alone, lead molecules pose health risks. When bonded with other elements and compounds, which is the case with Redmond Clay, the bond is too strong for our bodies to break. Any bonded lead leaves the natural way, still bound to the same molecules as when we ingested it.
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