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Zeolite #3: How It Works


We have described in the last two articles the almost incredible effects of zeolite on our health and wellbeing. Although these sound incredible: They are very true, indeed!

Why is that so? And how exactly does it do all those things?

Let’s try to describe things as simply as possible. My best take is something like this: zeolite as a mineral is built like a sponge, and it behaves exactly like one. In relation to its size, zeolite has an extremely large surface and can therefore bind and transport large amounts of different substances, just as a sponge can absorb a large amount of liquid. It comes in very handy that many “bad” substances fit exactly into the zeolite structure so that they can be specifically removed, such as ammonia, mercury or various preservatives. Zeolite thus supports our “internal garbage disposal system”, that should normally carry out these tasks, namely liver, kidneys and intestines. With the help of zeolite, various burdens on our body are disposed of much more quickly, resulting in us feeling  better and healthier!

Especially within the intestines zeolite not only ensures that toxins are quickly excreted, it also helps to maintain and build up the intestinal flora in which the largest part of our immune system is located. Thus the body can naturally optimize its defense.

I must admit that it is relatively easy to make such claims in human medicine. The placebo effect, hope, autosuggestion, belief in new and interesting remedies leads to patients often successfully persuading themselves of healing effects that do not exist at all, or only to a certain extent.

Zeolite however, is also used in areas where things are judged much more objectively and seen in a results-oriented way, so in this case we can be sure that there really must be something to it. Zeolite has long been used as an ion exchanger and absorbing medium in chemistry and biochemistry on a broad basis, as well as in several industries, such as the textile industry.

After the Chernobyl catastrophe, radioactively contaminated wastewater was treated with zeolite; zeolite is used in wastewater treatment plants to clean water contaminated with ammonia from fertilizers; in agriculture, coarse zeolite is used to remove heavy metals from the soil; and in pig and chicken farming, zeolite is added to animal feed to improve animal health and yield. Zeolite in a relatively coarse form has been proven to be the most effective agent in swimming pool filter cartridges.

All these applications measure the success of a technology very dryly by its success and by its cost/benefit ratio, and success proves zeolite right! Therefore, it is no wonder that more and more knowledge is now being searched, and gained, about the application of zeolite to humans.

Let us hope that zeolite will be used in medicine sometime in the future with the same matter-of-factness  and broad scope as in other fields!


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