I was reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price and I came across the section on clay. This site quotes NAPD and otherwise contains a lot of information on clay.
Does anyone here eat clay or use it topically or otherwise? I know there are cosmetics/body products that contain some amount of clay.
Consuming clay has 2 main benefits- mineral absorption and toxin elimination.
Any recommendation to eat around or during meals? Price noted Peruvians eating clay with their meals to "prevent sour stomach", and eating with a meal could also enhance mineral absorption from clay. On the other hand, most recommendations I see say to eat it outside of meals, and clay could potentially absorb nutrients from the food.
Are there any specific concerns about clay consumption? I see there is a very high amount of iron. On the aforementioned clay website it claims that this is a non-issue because excess iron won't be absorbed. Then there are also concerns about getting good quality clay- any brand recommendations?
I've used this clay for years: http://www.pascalite.com/About.htm
I take 1/4 tsp mixed in water for nausea and upset stomach and just to add minerals. Externally as a poultice, it is the best thing for wasp stings, spider bites, etc. Sounds crazy I guess, but I wouldn't be without it.
It's called geophagy or pica. Eating clay may have some benefits but may also have some risks. Why not just take a mineral supplement if that's what you want? Or, if you want to risk the heavy metal and bacterial contamination, you can eat clay like a real caveman...
Umm, even assuming there is value to it, it sounds incredibly impractical. Where are you going to procure the clay? Is it free of contamination? Are you sure the clay you can procure will actually be high in the minerals you want; skimming through the link, it looks like not just any soil is eaten?
Also, the only times I've heard of humans eating soil is in response to extreme deprivation, such as in Haiti. Neither is Peru known for its wealth.
I think I'd stick to food we know to be high in minerals: seaweed, calf liver, tubers, spring water -- if you are lucky to have a local source.
Mildly interesting link though. Thanks.
Depends on where the clay comes from. I take French Green Clay, also known as Montmorillonite. One side effect is that of constipation, so you may have to titrate it to your constitution or until you are adjusted to it. However the main reason I take it is for bouts of diarrhea so it works wonders for that, but I know there are other health benefits. If you buy high quality clay you don't have to worry about heavy metals. Google it.
I suspect in prehistoric times people didn't clean their meat, so they were getting minerals from dirt that we miss today.
I've started using Redmond clay http://www.redmondclay.com/ and I've made it into a gel (1/2 c dry clay, 1 c water) and store it in the fridge. I've been eating/drinking a little bit each morning when I wake up. It tastes awful and I honestly have not noticed any benefits YET... but it's only been a few days.