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Important Note: There are many types of zeolite and many zeolite products on the market that differ greatly. The content presented here is based off of experience with ZeoCharge™ and may not be relevant for all zeolite products.
Please note that all of the content presented here is for educational purposes only. This is not medical advice or a recommendation of any kind.
What is Zeolite and How does it Work?
Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral that contains a very strong “cage-like” structure and negative charge. There are many types of naturally occurring zeolites. The zeolite that is being discussed in this article is called clinoptilolite, which is the form that has been studied most thoroughly for human consumption. Due to its strong negative charge, zeolite is attracted to positively charged elements which it collects in it’s cage-like structure.
Considering that many toxic elements- things like mercury, lead, cesium, ammonia, mycotoxins and many environmental toxicants- are positively charged, zeolite is pulled to the toxins, like a magnet, and sucks them 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 can Zeolite help Detox from my body?
Heavy Metals- Toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic can 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 trap these metals 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 Toxicants- 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, to the water you may be drinking – toxicants are everywhere. Over time these toxic substances 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 most of these toxic elements have a positive charge they will fall victim to zeolite’s strong binding capacity for safe removal from the body.
Mold Toxins- Mold toxicity is increasingly becoming recognized as a serious problem and a player in a number of chronic conditions. Mold toxins (mycotoxins) can result in strong immune responses that lead to a state of chronic inflammation and hypersensitivity. Zeolite can help bind to these mold toxins in your body before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your immune system.
Microbial Toxins- When microbes get out of balance in your body some of them start releasing toxic elements as waste products resulting in a constant supply of inflammation and irritation. These microbes turn in to little “toxin factories” that are constantly producing biotoxins that are putting extra stress on your system and often resulting in uncomfortable symptoms. Many of the symptoms that result from conditions associated with microbial imbalance such as Lyme Disease result primarily from the toxins produced by microbes, not the microbes themselves. These toxins make their way to the bloodstream where the immune system mounts an attack and inflammation occurs as a result. Zeolite helps bind many of these toxins before the they have a chance to wreak havoc on the body.
Metabolic Waste- As our bodies are hard at work day and night trying to remain in balance, toxic byproducts are produced which are known as metabolic waste. Ammonia is an example of a metabolic waste product produced by the body. Ammonia is highly toxic and can wreak havoc on your body if not effectively cleared. Ammonia is produced in a number of ways in the body including during protein digestion. Your liver takes the ammonia and converts it to urea which is then filtered through the kidneys and out of your body. Urea is also toxic but not as bad as ammonia. The process in which the body converts ammonia to urea is called the urea cycle. If your body’s ability to complete this process efficiently is impaired, as is often the case with poor liver function, ammonia builds up in the blood and becomes very toxic- causing damage to the central nervous system and can even cross into the brain where it is toxic to brain cells. If kidney function is impaired urea may build up which is also toxic. The good news is that zeolite binds to both ammonia and urea!
Histamine- As the body is hard at work protecting us from a daily invasion of toxic stressors, inflammatory substances such as histamine are produced by the immune system. If there is an excess of histamine produced it could result in a number of symptoms. Many people with overactive immune systems or with conditions such as Mast Cell Activation Syndrome produce a lot of histamine and often experience symptoms such as hives, itchy skin, flushing, and headaches on a regular basis. Zeolite can bind to excess histamine greatly reducing symptoms of histamine intolerance and can even help with seasonal allergies.
Radioactive Particles- Zeolite has been shown to bind to radioactive particles such as cesium and strontium.
Antioxidant Support- Zeolite is a unique antioxidant that combats oxidative stress in a number of ways. It directly traps free radicals in its cage rendering them inactive, it reduces free radical formation, and it enhances the body’s total antioxidant capacity which means the body can handle more free radicals before oxidative stress occurs. Oxidative stress results in accelerated cell damage and causes your body a great deal of problems.
pH Balance- Zeolite is an alkaline mineral that has a direct pH regulating affect. In addition, it helps promote a healthy pH balance by removing toxic elements that are throwing off the body's natural pH.
Reduces Inflammation- can help regulate inflammatory processes by removing toxic invaders that are stressing out your body and causing excess inflammation.
Energy- By assisting with the removal of toxins, zeolite can help reduce the workload of the body resulting in more energy!
Immune Support- Zeolite can help reduce stress on an overworked immune system by removing toxic elements that never give your body a break.
Weight Loss- Zeolite can help push you past your weight loss plateaus by removing toxins that are stored in fat that your body won’t burn as a protective mechanism to prevent the toxins from being released into your system. Get rid of the toxins and you don’t need the fat anymore!
Reduce Brain Fog- Zeolite can help with mental clarity, alertness, and help remove brain fog by removing toxic junk that is making it hard to think.
Repair Leaky Gut- Zeolite can help improve symptoms associated with leaky gut by removing toxic elements that are breaking down the gut lining and by helping regulate immune function and inflammatory processes.
Nutritional Status- zeolite helps optimize mineral levels be removing heavy metals that are competing for space in your cells with essential minerals. It helps optimize vitamin and nutrient levels by reducing stress on the body which results in using up vitamins and nutrients faster.
Is Zeolite Safe?
Yes, absolutely...well at least the high-quality clinoptilolite zeolite we utilize in ZeoCharge™. I can't speak to the safety of other zeolite products on the market. Our zeolite goes through a proprietary cleaning process to remove any toxic elements or contamination and is micronized for human consumption. It is noteworthy that there are many types of zeolite, but we are only talking about clinoptilolite zeolite here, which is the primary type of zeolite that is used in supplements. Zeolite is a natural mineral and has a variety of elements in it. It is important to note that the structure of clinoptilolite zeolite does not get broken down in the body. Because zeolite does not get broken down in the body, it does not leech any elements that make up the compound. Zeolite is not like an essential mineral that is utilized for cellular functions. It simply passes through your body collecting positively charged toxic elements and then is excreted. Warning- This is only true for purified clinoptilolite zeolite. Other forms of zeolite have not been studied for human health and I don't recommend consuming them.
The Zeolite Dosing Paradox
The biggest mistake I see people making with zeolite is taking too low of a dose. The traditional start low and slow approach to supplements does not apply with zeolite- a lower dose is more likely to cause detox reactions than a higher dose. Too low of a dose will results in redistribution of toxins, and an ineffective detox. Although it seems counter-intuitive, we recommend starting with a higher dose and working down to a lower dose. The higher the dose, the less likely you are to experience a detox reaction and redistribution of toxins. Taking a higher dose of a high-quality zeolite powder like ZeoCharge™ can expedite your results and reduce or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms associated with detox, even in sensitive individuals. Starting with a higher dose is especially important for individuals prone to detox reactions. It is very important to note that this observation is based on use with ZeoCharge™ and may not apply to all zeolite products. ZeoCharge™ meets certain criteria that makes this possible, many zeolite supplements do not.
Real World Example:
Let’s consider the experience of Heidi when starting on ZeoCharge™. Heidi is the “sensitive” type who has a difficult time with detox protocols due to terrible detox reactions that seem to happen every time she tries a new product or protocol. Some practitioners have even told her that she is “too sick to detox.” For years Heidi has been challenged with MCAS, chronic Lyme, mold toxicity, heavy metal toxicity, EMF sensitivity and the list goes on. Heidi has tried almost everything searching for something that will help her get back on track with her health. She hasn’t been able to stick with any of the detox protocols she has started due to the terrible detox reactions that she experiences. She has tried supplements along with technology such as infrared saunas but everything she tries seems to be too much for her body to handle. Heidi heard about ZeoCharge™ and decided to give it a try in hopes that this was the answer that she has been looking for. She was terrified of the recommendation of taking 10 grams so she decided to start with 400mg instead to see how she would react. Bad idea- Heidi ended up bed ridden for 3 days. Terrible weakness and neurological symptoms are a couple of the debilitating symptoms that resulted from this low dose. After receiving a call from Heidi informing me that the ZeoCharge™ did not work but made her worse I asked how much she took. After learning that she only took 400mg (25x less than than the 10 grams/10,000mg I recommended) I encouraged her to immediately take 20 grams. She was uncomfortable with the suggestion considering this was 50x the dose that just made her feel terrible but she decided to give it a try based on my explanation. She called me back about an hour later in a state of unbelief...She felt amazing! She gleefully explained that her fatigue and brain fog started lifting within 10 minutes of the 20 gram dose. Heidi began experimenting with various doses and confirmed that low doses made her feel terrible, while high doses made her feel better than she has felt in years. The higher the dose the better! Heidi is now taking between 10 and 20 grams per day and loving every spoonful of ZeoCharge™!
Here are Five Reasons why a Higher Dose is Gentler and more Effective than a Low Dose:
Reason One: A Higher Dose Prevents Redistribution of Toxic Elements.
Redistribution occurs when things get stirred up and the body isn’t able to remove all of the toxins from circulation. The toxins that are not expelled from the body relocate to a new home in the body. Taking a higher dose of zeolite results in having enough available zeolite cages to deal with toxins currently in circulation and toxins that are pushed into circulation as things get stirred up in the body during the detox process. This prevents the body from being overwhelmed with toxins which results in redistribution and an overall stressful experience on the body.
Reason Two: A Higher Dose helps remove immune-stimulating toxins that are released during detox, preventing an unnecessary immune response resulting in inflammation.
As toxic elements are dumped into circulation the immune system starts attacking these elements which results in inflammation and stress on the body. Having available zeolite cages to bind to these toxic substances before the immune system attacks them will prevent inflammation and symptoms from occurring.
Reason Three: A higher dose of zeolite helps prevent or remove byproducts of detox that are stressful on the body such as excess histamine and free radicals. Available zeolite cages will help reduce current levels of free radicals and histamine along with any histamine and free radicals produced during the detox process.
Reason Four: A higher dose helps remove your “daily dose” of toxins that are lowering your body’s total detox potential. Removing these toxins allows your body to better deal with toxins dumped into circulation as things get stirred up during detox. Your daily dose of toxins is the total amount of new toxins your body is exposed to daily. The daily dose is made up of toxins from external exposure along with internal production. Most people don’t realize that the majority of the toxins the body is exposed to are generated from within. These internally produced toxins include metabolic waste and microbial waste. When you add these to other internally produced toxic substances such as free radicals and excess histamine, the daily dose of toxins adds up fast. If your body is already having a difficult time keeping up with its daily dose of toxins, starting a detox protocol to remove stored toxins may overload the body resulting in redistribution of toxins and uncomfortable detox symptoms. The higher your daily dose of toxins, the more zeolite you will need.
I believe that zeolite’s ability to help remove the body’s daily dose of toxins is why so many of these “too sick to detox” individuals have been able to successfully detox with zeolite. Once again the dose is crucial. A low dose could overwhelm the system if there aren’t enough available zeolite cages to remove the daily dose toxins from circulation before additional toxins start getting stirred up.
Reason Five: A higher dose helps raise your body’s natural detox capacity by balancing pH levels, reducing inflammation, optimizing immune function, reducing oxidative stress, and improving nutritional status.
The amount of toxins each person is able to handle will be determined by what I call natural detox capacity, which is simply your body’s ability to remove toxins through natural detox functions. The healthier your body is, the higher your natural detox capacity will be. There are many factors that will lower your natural detox capacity including chronic inflammation, an overstimulated immune system, oxidative stress, pH imbalance, and nutrient deficiencies to name a few. The goal is to have a natural detox capacity high enough to effectively remove the daily dose of toxins plus have energy to remove stored toxins. Your ability to avoid accumulation of toxic elements in your body is largely determined by your natural detox capacity. The lower your body’s natural detox capacity, the faster you will accumulate toxins. The healthier you are, the higher your natural detox capacity will be which means your body can handle a higher load of toxins and accumulation will be kept to a minimum. A less healthy individual will have a lower natural detox capacity and toxin accumulation will occur at a much higher rate. The more stress your body is under the lower your natural detox capacity will be. When the body is burdened with anything that makes it work harder than normal to stay in balance its ability to detox decreases and whatever toxins the body can’t remove will be pushed into organs and fatty tissue for storage. Not only does zeolite directly bind to toxins, but it can greatly improve your natural detox capacity. Just from binding to toxins in circulation it takes a load off of the body and helps it keep up with the daily dose of toxins. Now that the body has some help it will stop accumulating toxins and will start dumping toxins from storage for elimination. Zeolite reduces the formation of free radicals and prevents oxidative stress from occurring, it helps regulate the body’s pH, calms down the immune system, lowers inflammation, helps optimize essential nutrient levels, helps repair the lining of the gut, and more. All of these things will contribute to a higher natural detox capacity. Of course it taking the proper dose of zeolite is essential to achieve this. Taking too low of a dose could lower your body’s natural detox capacity, while taking a proper dose will raise it. If a low dose of zeolite is taken which results in redistribution of toxins and stress on the body, the body’s natural detox capacity will go down. If a proper dose is taken that removes stress on the body, natural detox capacity will rise.
For more information on the dosing paradox of zeolite please see our “Higher Dose Theory of Zeolite Page.”
How Much Zeolite Should I Take?
The dose needed varies from person to person based on a number of factors. Basically, the more complex the health challenge the higher the dose that is needed. For ZeoCharge™ we have found that a starting dose of 10 grams per day (2 scoops), taken all at once, works great. If a headache or other detox symptoms occurs it is recommended to double the dose. The healthier you are, the less you need.
Maintenance dose for a healthy individual: 5 grams (one scoop) per day, taken all at once.
Dose for someone who is not as healthy as they would like to be: 10-30 grams per day, taken all at once.
Why is Zeolite considered a Smart Binder?
Because of it's strong negative charge zeolite always contains positively charged elements in it's cage and those elements will determine what zeolite binds to. Zeolite works by swapping what it has for what it prefers. So if the zeolite cage contains calcium it will hold on to the calcium until it finds something it likes better, like a heavy metal- let's say lead. Zeolite has a stronger affinity for lead than calcium so the zeolite will basically trade the calcium for lead. It will then hold the lead until it finds something it likes better and will make another trade. If it doesn't come across anything that it likes better it will keep holding the lead and will not bind to anything else. This process is what makes zeolite a selective or smart binder. It is not acting as a traditional chelator (claw) that is grabbing anything available. It is swapping the positively charged elements it has collected in its cage for other positively charged elements it is more attracted to. So basically if zeolite comes in contact with a toxic element it prefers over what it already has it will bind to it, otherwise it will leave it alone. The cleaner the zeolite, the greater the range of things it will bind to. But if the zeolite is too clean (minerals removed) it could lead to mineral loss. That's why ZeoCharge™ is re-mineralized after the cleaning process with ionic trace minerals.
Will Zeolite Bind to Essential Minerals and Vitamins in My Body?
Because zeolite has naturally occurring minerals held in its cage it will leave the other essential minerals, vitamins and nutrients alone because it prefers what it already has. When it comes across something it likes better, like a heavy metal such as mercury, lead, arsenic etc. it will swap the minerals it has for what it prefers. Zeolite is basically a selective magnet. It magnetically attracts elements into its cage, but only elements it has higher affinity for than the minerals it already contains.
Powdered Zeolite vs. Liquid Zeolite Supplements
There are basically two classes of zeolite supplements- liquid and powder. It is important to recognize that all zeolite starts in it's natural occurring mineral form and is reduced in size to a powder form. Some companies choose to mix the powder with water and it is referred to as liquid zeolite. Liquid zeolite supplements often contain smaller particle sizes than powdered zeolite products. They are marketed for full body and cellular detox while powdered zeolite is often marketing as a binder that stays in the gut. There are benefits to each product. ZeoCharge™ is essentially a combination of the best liquid and powdered zeolite supplements on the market, all in one. It takes the small particle size zeolite found in liquid zeolite products and combines it with larger particle sizes found in powdered products. It combines the benefits of both products resulting in the most effective and efficient zeolite detox available.
The Challenge with Liquid Zeolite Supplements
Both the quality of the zeolite and the quantity taken must be considered when taking a zeolite supplement. Although there are some quality liquid zeolite products on the market, they aren't able to provide the quantity of zeolite generally needed to get the best results. As discussed earlier in this article taking the proper dose of zeolite is crucial for detox success. Taking too low of a dose zeolite may result in negative outcomes, especially in individuals more prone to detox reactions. A low dose often results in undesirable detox symptoms, redistribution of toxins, and an inefficient detox. In order to effectively detox with zeolite, you need a relatively high dose, and the more toxic you are the higher dose you need. We believe that the therapeutic dose needed to offer an effective and efficient detox in many individuals cannot be achieved with liquid zeolite supplements. For most liquid zeolite products, you would need to take over 100 bottles per day to get the proper dose. Many people are tricked into thinking that their liquid zeolite supplement is working because they are experiencing a detox reaction. While the reaction indicates that something is happening in the body, it is a sign of an inefficient detox.
For reference, one jar of ZeoCharge™ contains 150 grams (150,000 milligrams) of zeolite. If you look on the label of your liquid zeolite supplement you will find that each bottle contains only a fraction of the amount of zeolite because the contents of the product is primarily water. Many liquid zeolite products don’t even include the dose in milligrams on the bottle. On of the more popular liquid zeolite supplements on the market does include the dose on the label, and if you do the math you will see that the entire bottle only includes 18mg of zeolite. That means that one jar of ZeoCharge™ contains 8,333x the amount of zeolite as this liquid zeolite product. I’m not saying that all liquid zeolite supplements are terrible or that they won’t help you, but I have found ZeoCharge™ to be a much more effective solution. If you are currently using a liquid zeolite supplement I invite you to give ZeoCharge™ a try to bring your detox game to a whole new level!
Zeolite Buyer’s Guide
The two most important aspects to consider when utilizing zeolite for detox are quality and quantity. It's important to choose a quality, effective zeolite product and also to take it at the necessary dose. Utilizing a poor quality zeolite or taking the wrong dose can result in negative outcomes. Poor quality zeolite supplements may be contaminated with toxic elements which lower the total binding power of the zeolite in your body. Here are six things to look for in a zeolite product:
Natural Clinoptilolite Zeolite: There are a number of forms of zeolite and the one that has been studied and proven safe for human consumption is clinoptilolite. Many of the other types of zeolite have lower silicon content which makes them less stable which could lead to a breakdown of the zeolite structure in your body. In addition, many forms of zeolite have sharp edges opposed to the soft-edged clinoptilolite. There are a number of synthetic forms of zeolite that have been developed and some are being sold in supplements. I highly recommend avoiding these as studies show that synthetic zeolite can leech aluminum into the body, while natural clinoptilolite does not.
Private Zeolite Mine: Zeolite is used commercially for a number of applications and most zeolite companies purchase zeolite from commercial mines due to its low cost. The challenge with this is that precautions are not put into place to ensure that the zeolite is processed in a safe and clean way. Zeolite from commercial mines is often contaminated from industrial chemicals and other toxic junk. The zeolite used in ZeoCharge™ is selected from a private zeolite mine that is not used for commercial purposes. It is solely used for mining zeolite for human consumption.
Microninized: Zeolite Micronization is an expensive process that Zeolite supplement companies rarely invest in. A majority of zeolite supplement companies rely on milling to reduce the particle size. Milling, conducted at the mine, is where the Zeolite is crushed by machines, causing the structure of the Zeolite to be compromised. Micronization is a method of reducing the zeolite particle size safely by way of slicing, not crushing. It is much more expensive but essential to ensure a quality zeolite supplement.
Cleaned: Naturally occurring zeolite is often contaminated with a number of toxic elements due to its strong binding capabilities. It is important that the zeolite is cleaned via a proprietary cleaning process prior to micronization. The cleaner the zeolite, the more binding capacity it will have.
Particle size: A combination of small and large zeolite particles offers the most comprehensive zeolite detox. Toxins come in all different shapes and sizes so having a variety of particles sizes offers the most broad-spectrum solution. ZeoCharge™ contains a wide range of particle sizes to ensure a complete and effective whole body detox. ZeoCharge™ contains both small particles which enter into circulation and search for toxic elements to trap along with larger particles which stick around in the gut and acts as a binder.
Choose Powder: Although there are a number of quality liquid zeolite products on the market, we have found that they don’t compare in effectiveness to a high-quality, full-spectrum zeolite powder like ZeoCharge™ primarily due to the low zeolite content as they are diluted with water.
Are you Ready to Revolutionize your Health with Zeolite?
If you think that zeolite is something you would like to try, I encourage you to order a bottle or two (or 20) of ZeoCharge™ and experience this amazing product for yourself!
The serving size as stated on the container is 5 grams (one scoop) per day but keep in mind that if you would like to start off with the recommended higher dose of 10 grams per day it will require two jars of ZeoCharge™ for a one month supply. Remember - the healthier you are, the less you need. It is always better to start with a higher dose and work your way down. Enjoy the journey...happy detoxing!
The Ultimate Zeolite Experience!
The Ultimate Zeolite Experience is a 5-month protocol that includes 20 jars of ZeoCharge™. The protocol was developed off of the concepts presented in "The Higher Dose Theory of Zeolite" document. The idea of the protocol is to start with a high dose of ZeoCharge™ and work your way down each month. The first month you will go through six jars of ZeoCharge™ (6 scoops per day) and each month you will lower the dose by one scoop per day. At the end of the five month protocol you will have worked through 20 jars of ZeoCharge™.
What makes ZeoCharge™ different from other zeolite products?
There is zeolite, and then there is ZeoCharge™. We have taken an ancient remedy and supercharged it to meet the need for modern health challenges. ZeoCharge™ is a solution from nature, supercharged by science. There are three main things that set ZeoCharge™ apart- Its purity resulting in a strong binding capacity/magnetic force, its propriety particle size arrangement, and proof that it works. ZeoCharge™ combines the benefits of the best liquid and powdered zeolite supplements on the market.
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