Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9263 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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UK CLAY

Gretton, UK

#8260 Jul 14, 2014
Thank you everyone for your support and tips. Just had my last chunk and will officially be starting tomorrow

Will definitely take on board the low sugar and more raw food! I'm not keen on piling on the pounds but I will try nuts with things get a little difficult

In regards to the pills, they never work for me. I have no idea why? Maybe I haven't been taking them long enough to work their magic but I will be relying on then alot more now
CrunchyT

Buffalo, NY

#8261 Jul 14, 2014
Hi everybody, I have been reading this board for a while but this is my first post. I am 38 and have been eating clay and chalk for 3 years now, on and off. My cravings started when my monthly bleeding increased. I have been diagnosed with fibroids about a year ago and my blood loss is severe. I am also anemic. I am convinced that cravings have to do with anemia. The problem is, iron is not easily absorbed from food/supplements taken orally. Also, if iron is taken with calcium (or you eat chalk/clay) it impedes the absorption even further. So for everyone who is trying to take iron supplements, take them at least two hours after you ate calcium rich foods (or clay/chalk) and give it a few hours for absorption before you eat clay/chalk again. It also helps to take iron with vitamin C, it helps absorption as well. I am now considering surgery to take care of my problem.
One more thing I wanted to share. I have recently purchased some clay from Good Ole Dirt website. They do advertise it as "sour clay". However, I did not expect it to be THAT sour! It literally tastes like it has been soaked in lemon juice. The clay has a bitter, chemical aftertaste and not very crunchy. Overall, NOT something I would recommend to those who look for earthy taste. The guest book on the seller's website has such great comments and not a single negative remark. I do not see how every single customer would be satisfied with that clay.
crazy 4 stuff

Los Angeles, CA

#8262 Jul 14, 2014
Facefaceface wrote:
Also nuts are very helpful with helping to quiet my cravings. I like the crunch and of course they taste good. But they are high in calories, so I don't suggest eating them all willy nilly.
I agree nuts help for me peanuts do but I find myself eating shelled peanuts just for the shell if I had the choice I'd just eat the shell
Curious

Locust Grove, GA

#8263 Jul 14, 2014
CrunchyT wrote:
Hi everybody, I have been reading this board for a while but this is my first post. I am 38 and have been eating clay and chalk for 3 years now, on and off. My cravings started when my monthly bleeding increased. I have been diagnosed with fibroids about a year ago and my blood loss is severe. I am also anemic. I am convinced that cravings have to do with anemia. The problem is, iron is not easily absorbed from food/supplements taken orally. Also, if iron is taken with calcium (or you eat chalk/clay) it impedes the absorption even further. So for everyone who is trying to take iron supplements, take them at least two hours after you ate calcium rich foods (or clay/chalk) and give it a few hours for absorption before you eat clay/chalk again. It also helps to take iron with vitamin C, it helps absorption as well. I am now considering surgery to take care of my problem.
One more thing I wanted to share. I have recently purchased some clay from Good Ole Dirt website. They do advertise it as "sour clay". However, I did not expect it to be THAT sour! It literally tastes like it has been soaked in lemon juice. The clay has a bitter, chemical aftertaste and not very crunchy. Overall, NOT something I would recommend to those who look for earthy taste. The guest book on the seller's website has such great comments and not a single negative remark. I do not see how every single customer would be satisfied with that clay.
I buy her clay every time I crave it which isn't often but shes my go to supplier and I absolutely love her clay. I don't recall it having a lemon flavor as many times I had bought from her. I'll say more of a bitter earthier flavor. To me it taste better than other white dirt clay, Everybody else clay taste plain to me.Have you tried any other white dirt supplier?
Mademoiselle

Warwick, RI

#8264 Jul 14, 2014
What stores do you purchase the clay?
Soul Sista wrote:
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hiya i was just wondering where do u get ur red clay - golu i really wana try sum.x
shante

South Africa

#8265 Jul 15, 2014
Hi guys m a South african girl who loveeeeeeeees eating clay soil..I started eating it at the age of 16 nd just never stop,to me the cravings is very irresistible nd very hard to stop the addiction,trust me I have tried 4 the past 2years....My problem is when I eat it I tend 2 get very constipated,hence I have resulted 2 not swallowing but spiting out some of da big chunks I chew on...Would love to stop but hey dey will have to create a rehabilitation centre to help my addiction
ann

Brooklyn, NY

#8266 Jul 15, 2014
shante wrote:
Hi guys m a South african girl who loveeeeeeeees eating clay soil..I started eating it at the age of 16 nd just never stop,to me the cravings is very irresistible nd very hard to stop the addiction,trust me I have tried 4 the past 2years....My problem is when I eat it I tend 2 get very constipated,hence I have resulted 2 not swallowing but spiting out some of da big chunks I chew on...Would love to stop but hey dey will have to create a rehabilitation centre to help my addiction
So true. It is a difficult thing to stop. I think for some of us the texture and earthiness of the clay can get us. That crunch from that bite and the earthiness from it can make it taste so good. It can be a stress reliever for some reason. It is almost euphoric.
Mel

South Africa

#8267 Jul 15, 2014
Hi Shante,
Were bout in SA u from and wat types of clay have u eaten. I'm also from SA, I have tasted da white clay and da big blocks of yellow clay that is sold in JHB.
CrunchyT

Buffalo, NY

#8269 Jul 15, 2014
Curious wrote:
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I buy her clay every time I crave it which isn't often but shes my go to supplier and I absolutely love her clay. I don't recall it having a lemon flavor as many times I had bought from her. I'll say more of a bitter earthier flavor. To me it taste better than other white dirt clay, Everybody else clay taste plain to me.Have you tried any other white dirt supplier?
I tried GeorgiaWhiteDirt and Mutt and Jeff. To me, they have almost identical texture and taste, but Mutt and Jeff is a better value. I also tried several types of powdered clay purchased from amazon: red and green French clay powders (green clay shipped from Europe; not very expensive but two-three weeks waiting time), Indian healing clay, and yellow clay supplied by a specialty Russian store (this tastes the best, but it is the most expensive that I have tried).
Curious

Norcross, GA

#8270 Jul 15, 2014
CrunchyT wrote:
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I tried GeorgiaWhiteDirt and Mutt and Jeff. To me, they have almost identical texture and taste, but Mutt and Jeff is a better value. I also tried several types of powdered clay purchased from amazon: red and green French clay powders (green clay shipped from Europe; not very expensive but two-three weeks waiting time), Indian healing clay, and yellow clay supplied by a specialty Russian store (this tastes the best, but it is the most expensive that I have tried).
Except for the yellow clay , which clay is your favorite clay ?
crazy 4 stuff

Los Angeles, CA

#8271 Jul 15, 2014
suri clay wrote:
Hey everybody,finally back to my own self.Got the chunks for MAVU,on their way as we speak.Will post pictures later on on FB edible clay......Ann,how are you?Did not forget.....See those two smaller pieces????
Just curious what happened with the mavu deal?
Smore

Lancaster, PA

#8274 Jul 16, 2014
Hi everyone! I've been craving the gray colored roasted clay called matti from India or Africa. I'm not sure. Does anyone have a supplier I can but from? Reply here please. Thanks!
suri clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#8275 Jul 16, 2014
crazy 4 stuff wrote:
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Just curious what happened with the mavu deal?
Since the prices for air freight were a little too steep for me,I send them via sea freight a long with some other stuff to Holland,and as soon as it is received in Holland,they will post it to MAVU from there.And a friend of mine is willing to start up a little clay business via FedEx....So it's all good.
Nessa

Willard, NC

#8276 Jul 16, 2014
Adaku wrote:
<quoted text>i will tell yu something weird. After eating clay especially the nzu type for so long I realised that I often struggled with remembering things. I found reading so difficult, I wish I could explain how. Before I have up nzu totally, I bought some forever living products and try to detox. While I was on it, I did not taste nzu becos my supplier ran out not becos of any other reason. I felt good and for the first time in years I read my books without that familiar tug of struggling. But yu knw how the craves are, I bought my stash again after my supplier restocked and even though I was still detoxing, I could feel the struggle creeping in again, I couldn't explain it so I googled the effect of lead on the brain and realised it can cause short term memory issues amongst other things. I believe now that nzu has a lot of lead and considering how long I have been eating it, besides making me bleed and I do not doubt it has some CNS effects. Long story short, I have been off for over 7months which is the longest I have ever been, with the detox and healthy feeding I feel great and reading has been effortless for me.My check factor is the fact that I can read and retain which is a need stronger than the crave and I guess that is why I have managed to stye off it. Find that thing that is more important to you than clay/chalk and that may help.
Hello!!! I understand the struggle!! I ate cornstarch and KUZU or BOT SAN DAY arrowroot starch chunks (an ASIAN version of starch, which came in the form of little starch nuggets)Iafter almost 20 years of critically low iron, I have been clean for 7 months now!! I began eating aztec healing clay ( 4 spoons a day) which cleaned me out and started me onmy healthy journey.. I lost over 20 pounds within 2 months and I felt great.. I am now on daily Iron pills to help raise my iron levels faster and I still dont crave starch, Ice, Kuzu, or Bot San Day at all!!
Jasmine

Gladesville, Australia

#8277 Jul 16, 2014
clayeater wrote:
Hey do u know any site from i can buy these edible clays in india at cheap prices...!
---->You can go some local market and get the clay (Malatni Mitti or fullers earth) at very reasional price.You would get very good quality & tasty too.
If you ever get chance to go to Rajasthan/Haryana, you will get easily.
Dont shop online.
Jasmine

Gladesville, Australia

#8278 Jul 16, 2014
Smore wrote:
Hi everyone! I've been craving the gray colored roasted clay called matti from India or Africa. I'm not sure. Does anyone have a supplier I can but from? Reply here please. Thanks!
I can send you , just let me know the quantity & how would I send
nhlasto89

Zimbabwe

#8279 Jul 16, 2014
hey pips,i don noe if any of u has ever experienced this but u noe for 3 weeks now i have been constipated and when i feel my lower stomach i feel this hard thing inside of me and i think itz clay coz i had been eating too much clay (the white smooth one) and when i eat i throw up i even missed my period last month..

Since: Jul 14

Lancaster, PA

#8280 Jul 17, 2014
Hello all, I am looking for the gray backed clay from India. It is called Matti. Does anyone have a good supplier that I may buy some more clay from? Please let me know.
ann

New York, NY

#8282 Jul 17, 2014
nhlasto89 wrote:
hey pips,i don noe if any of u has ever experienced this but u noe for 3 weeks now i have been constipated and when i feel my lower stomach i feel this hard thing inside of me and i think itz clay coz i had been eating too much clay (the white smooth one) and when i eat i throw up i even missed my period last month..
You have definetly over indulge. You were eating and not drinking enough water. Many have recommended drinking grapefruit juice or lemon water to help. Please try not to eat so much you can damage your system. Hope you get better soon.
Adaku

Aberdeen, UK

#8283 Jul 17, 2014
nhlasto89 wrote:
hey pips,i don noe if any of u has ever experienced this but u noe for 3 weeks now i have been constipated and when i feel my lower stomach i feel this hard thing inside of me and i think itz clay coz i had been eating too much clay (the white smooth one) and when i eat i throw up i even missed my period last month..
i think yu have to evacuate yur tummy, missing periods and vomiting though sounds quite preggy. Jus do preg test before start doing anything.

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