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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All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#4496 Mar 3, 2013
Mary clay eater wrote:
I bought the heilerde for 5 euro and it is 400g claypowder. When I taste it raw it was nothing like the kalaba and ghana clay I was use to. So I divided it into 2 and added water and abit of salt to acquire the taste. I moulded into small pieces and baked. Since it's been seen as a healing soil I didn't eat much. I was trying to follow the perscription on it. I found it better than kalaba clay but with time I started craving for real clay so I went to this afroshop around me and got 500g for 5 euro. I eat all within 2 days because it had this crunchy sour state and the best taste one can ever find. I went again to buy the the seller wouldn't sell it to me because I complained that I am pregnant and faint at times an that I'm also on iron tablets. She advised me that eating too much is also not healthy. Honestly she hast the best clay in town. Cheap, smooth and crunchy. Since then I have closed my mind and decided to stick to heilerde at least it has been researched and has no lead and other dangerous minerals. The heilerde has even abit of iron in it and I eat consciously. I can't wait to have my baby and go back eating the real clay. I have been clay clean for the past 4 days and I'm still counting. Hopefully I will be able to forget about it totally. It's sometimes embarrassing when people get to know about clay addiction but with determination and strong wills we shall overcome the addiction. <quoted text>
Thanks for sharing; please take good care of yourself.

When I next travel I plan to get some heilerde (as well as other things).

I had to look up what kalaba clay was, and see that it's actually kaolin (white dirt). That other clay you bought sounds perfect - "cheap, smooth and crunchy". Was that white dirt too, or some other type?
clay for ever

Houston, TX

#4497 Mar 3, 2013
Were in Houston can I find nzu or Ghana egg shape clay?
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#4498 Mar 3, 2013
SA ex eater wrote:
<quoted text> i wud luv to stop eating clay for good and eat cornstarch...but are there any side effects of cornstarch except being fat because i dnt mind that.....i am skinny anyway,a bit of meat would do...and do they sell it in SA shops?
If I had regular access to good clay I never would have started eating corn starch and I don't recommend it. Yes it tastes good, but I would take a good clay over starch any day. I found corn starch to be very addictive, and I know I'm far from the only one who feels that way. For too long I ate far too much and never did like the idea of eating all that processed corn but did it anyway.

I know that corn starch can mess with going to the bathroom, but from reading other forums I know that some people have suffered other bad effects that they think were from the starch. I suggest that if you really want to try it you read up on it yourself and then decide.

I don't know whether or not they sell it in SA, but just to let you know in my travels I have seen and bought products called 'corn flour' which is the same thing.
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#4499 Mar 3, 2013
Has anybody seen this video of a guy describing kaolinite and handling a piece of the white dirt? He talks about the earthy smell when it's wet...

mary tyler

Houston, TX

#4500 Mar 3, 2013
Yeah yeah my ghana clay is here

!
Ackee

Bronx, NY

#4501 Mar 3, 2013
I was looking at the Ghana clay on Ebay it looks real good. it looks just like the one in the video on youtube. It looks like the real deal.It is quite interesting that since I have been on this forum we have been having access to a variety of clay.
Ackee

Bronx, NY

#4502 Mar 3, 2013
clay for ever wrote:
Were in Houston can I find nzu or Ghana egg shape clay?
You might have to go on Ebay and get it.
Ackee

Bronx, NY

#4503 Mar 3, 2013
mary tyler wrote:
Yeah yeah my ghana clay is here
!
Is that the one on Ebay.
dirtnclay

UK

#4504 Mar 3, 2013
can someone please post the working ghana clay ebay link??
love clay

Eden, MD

#4506 Mar 3, 2013
@dirtnclay,I located the clay on ebay by typing in ghana clay and it came right up.
love clay

Eden, MD

#4507 Mar 3, 2013
@mary tyler,I am so happy your clay came enjoy!
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#4508 Mar 3, 2013
love clay wrote:
@dirtnclay,I located the clay on ebay by typing in ghana clay and it came right up.
It's strange, that it works for some people and not others, but I couldn't find it that way either - I only found it by doing a googlesearch for "visionimpactsales" because I remember somebody had posted that was the name of the seller.

I have a question that I asked before that I don't think anybody answered. I was wondering why some people pound and mould clay into shapes, instead of just eating it in natural chunks. Is it just for uniformity, or to make it easier to eat? Or some other reason?

Anybody know?

ackee

Bronx, NY

#4509 Mar 3, 2013
All things clay wrote:
<quoted text>
It's strange, that it works for some people and not others, but I couldn't find it that way either - I only found it by doing a googlesearch for "visionimpactsales" because I remember somebody had posted that was the name of the seller.
I have a question that I asked before that I don't think anybody answered. I was wondering why some people pound and mould clay into shapes, instead of just eating it in natural chunks. Is it just for uniformity, or to make it easier to eat? Or some other reason?
Anybody know?
maybe it is more discreet or maybe more appealing to the eyes or the people buying it. maybe easier to carry around and just pop it into the mouth.
Alabama Red

United States

#4510 Mar 3, 2013
mary tyler wrote:
Yeah yeah my ghana clay is here
!
I can't wait to get mine. Hopefully it will arrive by the end of this week or early next week. Enjoy!!!
Rinkie

Ashburn, VA

#4511 Mar 4, 2013
I eat a lot of slate pencilwhen ilive in gwalior there r found a slate pencil easily now in any stationary shop i crave this is sooooo good ,earthy crunchy but this is vey harm ful this may got a kidney stone so i stop this when i eat multani mitti this clay is not harm ful but u drink a lot of water
mary tyler

Bridge City, TX

#4512 Mar 4, 2013
Alabama Red wrote:
<quoted text>
I can't wait to get mine. Hopefully it will arrive by the end of this week or early next week. Enjoy!!!
Thanks Alabama Red I bake them a little and put them in a brown paper bag to keep the earthy taste.
Clayer 2

Johannesburg, South Africa

#4513 Mar 4, 2013
SA ex eater wrote:
<quoted text> i am in johannesburg,the red clay is mostly in pretoria...i havnt seen any in jozi ,only the white and brownish ones....i have only tasted the brown ones..how does the white clay tastes? Anyway i realy dont want to go back to eating it but i surely craves it n highly tempted... God bless me....
Hi SA ex eater- where in Pretoria do you get the red clay. i would also like to try it.
mitchelle

Johannesburg, South Africa

#4514 Mar 4, 2013
I used to eat soil from an early age, I ate it even more when I was pregnant, but during my last pregnancy the craving just disappeard without any medication, doctors says is due to lack of iron. and now again I crave it so bad I ended buying because sometimes i'd lick myself when I crave it. its totally bad and I wanna stop.
zaheera

Edinburgh, UK

#4515 Mar 4, 2013
Mine Ghana eggs too arrived today ...glad they are nice ..thank you soulsista...
SA ex eater

Ashburn, VA

#4517 Mar 4, 2013
Clayer 2 wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi SA ex eater- where in Pretoria do you get the red clay. i would also like to try it.
mostly in the streets.....der isnt a specific place but in town.it is displayed where they sell sweets,fruits and ada staff...gudluck

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