CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – For those of us who’ve ever done an at-home facial mask, a clay mask was probably one of our first experiences. As oily, hormonal teens, we relied on them for their drawing properties, pulling out our bacteria and excess sebum, making us feel tight and clean. The main ingredient responsible for this powerful drawing action is usually bentonite clay. And we can also eat it.

Because it comes in a fine powder that we mix with water to form a paste for a mask, we can dilute the mixture into a drinkable concoction and toss it down the hatch for a similarly drawing experience for our insides. It pulls toxins from the digestive tract, helping us detox from specific issues. This doesn’t mean we should all be drinking bentonite clay all day, every day for total detoxification, though. Here’s what we need to know.