Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9234 comments on the GoErie.com story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Why do I often crave eating clay?. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Q I have a habit that I have developed off and on for the past two years. I love the taste of clay.

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All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#7917 May 20, 2014
Adaku wrote:
All things clay.... How are you? Found the right clay yet?
I am fine Adaku, and so nice to hear from you.

I still haven't found the ultimate perfect clay, but there are a few that come close - Wanda's, Leslie's red, Soul Sista's chunks and moulded clay and Mavu's red soil cakes (even though I don't really like the idea of moulded clays, but I love the taste and texture of the moulded ones mentioned).

I haven't had any chunks in a long time though. For now my main thing is DE with some powdered clay, chalk, and the rare spoonful of cornstarch. I have just bought some Redmond clay, which is supposed to be very high in certain minerals (it says 1 tsp supplies 97% daily iron!) I firmly believe that my cravings are due to iron deficiency (I have been very anaemic for years), and am hoping that the Redmond clay will be the right thing for me and cure me.
Curious

United States

#7918 May 20, 2014
My order had shipped from Wanda ! My mouth is watering to the idea that my clay should be here in a few days . I'm so excited .
facefaceface

Lawrenceburg, IN

#7919 May 21, 2014
I haven't had any chalk in 2 days. I'm craving it so badly, but since I had surgery yesterday, I don't want to eat any until I'm more healed.
Icychalk

Mount Vernon, NY

#7920 May 21, 2014
I saw a bag of all natural cat litter in the store yesterday. It was made from fullers earth which is the same as multani mitti. I almost bought it but I felt like I was getting too crazy so I stopped myself.
I was trying to understand how my cravings started growing so fast. It began when I was pregnant (10 yrs ago). But then they went away after giving birth. Last summer it started up again and kept getting worse. I've read some people say that eating clay or chalk depleted them of iron but that didnt make sense cuz I always thought that mineral deficiencies caused the pica. I always had low iron and I take an iron supplement regularly so I thought maybe stress was causing my cravings to resurface. Then recently I started noticing I was feeling extremely fatigued and pale. My hair was falling out horribly and I realized that my iron must have dropped lower! I got so nervous and thought that maybe those people were right and I was causing it by eating these things. But then I thought the DE should've been helping. I was feeling awful and getting depressed. Then I realized that my dr. put me on Prilosec about 18 months ago due to a hiatal hernia. I started doing some research and read that many people suffered for malabsorption of vitamins and minerals due to acid blockers. We need our stomach acid to digest properly. Iron and b12 are especially affected. I am slowly taking myself off the meds and I'm trying more natural methods to treat the hernia. I am also taking extra iron and b12 as well as decreasing the gluten in my diet. I'm slowly starting to feel a little better. I still have my cravings. I'm wondering if one day they'll just go away if I get my levels back up.
@all things clay, please keep us updated on the Redmond clay. If its that high in iron and satisfies our cravings, it would be perfect!
Sorry for the long story but I hope this helps someone else that may be on acid blockers.
Icychalk

Mount Vernon, NY

#7921 May 21, 2014
I saw a bag of all natural cat litter in the store yesterday. It was made from fullers earth which is the same as multani mitti. I almost bought it but I felt like I was getting too crazy so I stopped myself.
I was trying to understand how my cravings started growing so fast. It began when I was pregnant (10 yrs ago). But then they went away. Last summer it started up again and kept getting worse. I've read some people say that eating clay or chalk depleted them of iron but that didnt make sense cuz I always thought that mineral deficiencies caused the pica. I always had low iron and I take an iron supplement regularly so I thought maybe stress was causing my cravings to resurface. Then recently I started noticing I was feeling extremely fatigued and pale. My hair was falling out horribly and I realized that my iron must have dropped lower! I got so nervous and thought that maybe those people were right and I was causing it by eating these things. But then I thought the DE should've been helping. I was feeling awful and getting depressed. Then I realized that my dr. put me on Prilosec about 18 months ago due to a hiatal hernia. I started doing some research and read that many people suffered for malabsorption of vitamins and minerals due to acid blockers. We need our stomach acid to digest properly. Iron and b12 are especially affected. I am slowly taking myself off the meds and I'm trying more natural methods to treat the hernia. I am also taking extra iron and b12 as well as decreasing the gluten in my diet. I'm slowly starting to feel a little better. I still have my cravings. I'm wondering if one day they'll just go away if I get my levels back up.
@all things clay, please keep us updated on the Redmond clay. If its that high in iron and satisfies our cravings, it would be perfect!
Sorry for the long story but I hope this helps someone else that may be on acid blockers.
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7922 May 21, 2014
Finally got of my lazy *ss and got to the market...Airing out the chunks right now as I am back home..Getting ready and set up for pictures,which you can watch later in the day or tomorrow for sure..Hope you will enjoy these too...Much love....
suri clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7923 May 21, 2014
I have a question.Can you just buy Insect dust DE in any petshop or do you need to order it online?I have a friend that went to Miami without telling me,but she called when she got there and I really want to try this DE on my two beautiful German Shepherds,who also quite enjoy clay occasionally,because I can't get rid of the fleas in their pelts.......
Icy chalk

Mount Vernon, NY

#7924 May 21, 2014
suri clay wrote:
I have a question.Can you just buy Insect dust DE in any petshop or do you need to order it online?I have a friend that went to Miami without telling me,but she called when she got there and I really want to try this DE on my two beautiful German Shepherds,who also quite enjoy clay occasionally,because I can't get rid of the fleas in their pelts.......
Yes, if u are using it externally for fleas then you don't need food grade. But if you intend to use it for human or animal consumption, then you should only use food grade.
ann

New York, NY

#7925 May 21, 2014
Suri the pictures are wonderful. Have you eaten the red clay before. How is it compared to the white clay. Which do you prefer? I might have to move to Suriname. Which do you prefer?
suri clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7926 May 21, 2014
Icy chalk wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, if u are using it externally for fleas then you don't need food grade. But if you intend to use it for human or animal consumption, then you should only use food grade.
No,just externally.So I can get it at a petshop?Thanks and @ everyone:put the pictures on Why we crave and love Clay FB.

Found out that shipping is really expensive,I don't know how MAVU does it.Maybe I should try to get a hold of her.....
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7927 May 21, 2014
ann wrote:
Suri the pictures are wonderful. Have you eaten the red clay before. How is it compared to the white clay. Which do you prefer? I might have to move to Suriname. Which do you prefer?
I have never eaten the red clay before..I just saw it today actually..And I need to be honest with you..It has it's pro's and con's...It's earthy as heck,wonderful taste,but it is more sandy than clayey..It is non sticky,but everything kinda turns red..So you have to rinse and brush right away...The taste is great,but I prefer the white as that leaves less of a mess...;-))
facefaceface

Lawrenceburg, IN

#7928 May 21, 2014
Icy chalk wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, if u are using it externally for fleas then you don't need food grade. But if you intend to use it for human or animal consumption, then you should only use food grade.
But it's still important to make sure that it is approved for use around animals and children, even if it's not food grade.

There is DE is used for pool filtration and should never be used around or on any living thing.
Then you have DE that is okay for external use on animals or in the household, but isn't approved for eating.
And then you have food grade, which is good to eat.

So just carefully read the labels before you purchase!
facefaceface

Lawrenceburg, IN

#7929 May 21, 2014
Also my mouth is almost watering looking at those chunks on facebook. omg.
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#7930 May 21, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
Also my mouth is almost watering looking at those chunks on facebook. omg.
My mouth IS watering, those chunks look so good.

Suri that red looks and sounds like my perfect clay, even if it is messy. That's the kind of clay I keep hoping I can find here, but so far no luck.
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7931 May 22, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
<quoted text>
But it's still important to make sure that it is approved for use around animals and children, even if it's not food grade.
There is DE is used for pool filtration and should never be used around or on any living thing.
Then you have DE that is okay for external use on animals or in the household, but isn't approved for eating.
And then you have food grade, which is good to eat.
So just carefully read the labels before you purchase!
Will do,thanks for the heads up..
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7932 May 22, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
Also my mouth is almost watering looking at those chunks on facebook. omg.
If your mouth is ALMOST watering,I did something wrong..LOL..It should be watering,just like All Things Clay's is...
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7933 May 22, 2014
All things clay wrote:
<quoted text>
My mouth IS watering, those chunks look so good.
Suri that red looks and sounds like my perfect clay, even if it is messy. That's the kind of clay I keep hoping I can find here, but so far no luck.
I need it checked out by a lab though..It tastes wonderful,but I am afraid to swallow it and I would not recommed it,untill I know what is in it,as it is a new product.The only thing they could tell me is that it is used by the Indians that live in the forrest as medicine..But I don't know if that is internally or externally..It has a nice color,doesn't it?Is it a little like the tanzania soil cakes in concistency??
Icy chalk

Mount Vernon, NY

#7934 May 22, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
<quoted text>
But it's still important to make sure that it is approved for use around animals and children, even if it's not food grade.
There is DE is used for pool filtration and should never be used around or on any living thing.
Then you have DE that is okay for external use on animals or in the household, but isn't approved for eating.
And then you have food grade, which is good to eat.
So just carefully read the labels before you purchase!
You're absolutely right. I forgot about the type used for filtration. I'm sure the pet store will be selling you the appropriate one for fleas. My sister in law uses it all the time as she runs an animal rescue. She was surprised to see that I ate it. Lol
Icy chalk

Mount Vernon, NY

#7935 May 22, 2014
I saw that natural litter again today. My curiosity got the best of me so I bought it. I saw a woman on tv talk about using clay litter as a face mask which made me curious. Like I said before, this particular one is made from fullers earth. I tasted it straight out of the bag and it was soft then creamy with a slight grit. There wasn't much of a taste. I added water and made it into a thick paste which I molded into pieces and baked. It got hard and crumbly but not that crunchy. Still not much of a flavor. I usually like to feel the texture of grit or tiny pcs rubbing on my tongue that eventually break down or dissolve. This grit stayed in my teeth like invisible sand that I felt long after I swallowed the clay. I don't like that feeling. :( back to the drawing board
looking for clay

Southlake, TX

#7936 May 22, 2014
Icychalk wrote:
I saw a bag of all natural cat litter in the store yesterday. It was made from fullers earth which is the same as multani mitti. I almost bought it but I felt like I was getting too crazy so I stopped myself.
I was trying to understand how my cravings started growing so fast. It began when I was pregnant (10 yrs ago). But then they went away after giving birth. Last summer it started up again and kept getting worse. I've read some people say that eating clay or chalk depleted them of iron but that didnt make sense cuz I always thought that mineral deficiencies caused the pica. I always had low iron and I take an iron supplement regularly so I thought maybe stress was causing my cravings to resurface. Then recently I started noticing I was feeling extremely fatigued and pale. My hair was falling out horribly and I realized that my iron must have dropped lower! I got so nervous and thought that maybe those people were right and I was causing it by eating these things. But then I thought the DE should've been helping. I was feeling awful and getting depressed. Then I realized that my dr. put me on Prilosec about 18 months ago due to a hiatal hernia. I started doing some research and read that many people suffered for malabsorption of vitamins and minerals due to acid blockers. We need our stomach acid to digest properly. Iron and b12 are especially affected. I am slowly taking myself off the meds and I'm trying more natural methods to treat the hernia. I am also taking extra iron and b12 as well as decreasing the gluten in my diet. I'm slowly starting to feel a little better. I still have my cravings. I'm wondering if one day they'll just go away if I get my levels back up.
@all things clay, please keep us updated on the Redmond clay. If its that high in iron and satisfies our cravings, it would be perfect!
Sorry for the long story but I hope this helps someone else that may be on acid blockers.
IcyClay, a craving for clay is usually because of a lack of iron or other minerals. This causes the craving, but then it can become a vicious cycle because the clay (depending on the type) then binds with various minerals in our digestive system an makes the deficiency worse. I am a dialysis patient who gets regular blood work done. I have found a direct correlation between my anemia and how much cornstarch or clay I am eating. You may need to talk to a doctor about getting iron infusions. My doctor told me that oral iron supplements are very hard for the body to absorb, so iron must be given through an infusion directly to the bloodstream. At one time I had to give myself shots for my anemia.

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