Can eating clay soil solve leaky gut-related issues?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 30, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Geophagy is (or was) common, from the equator to northern Europe. Although pica comes in many forms, most examples of geophagy ("earth eating") involve consumption of clay soils. This article suggests an adaptive explanation:


The gist is that clay stops the absorption of antinuntrients. In times of scarcity the behavior permits the eating of otherwise unpalatable foods. Could a clay supplement "shore up" a damaged gut in much the same way?



on July 31, 2011
at 02:35 AM

MDA had a writeup on this recently http://www.marksdailyapple.com/eating-earth-exploring-the-mysterious-world-of-geophagy/



on July 31, 2011
at 02:17 AM

i thought part of the clay thing was that it killed certain microbes or something.



on July 31, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Hmm, I wonder if clay sea salt would be similar?


on July 31, 2011
at 12:32 AM

holy crap that's long.. but I plan to read it- I find this fascinating!

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on July 31, 2011
at 02:50 PM

there is lavos heilerde sold in germany for such issues. ultrafine, ultrafine its for binding cholesterol, and then there is fine and normal. one for the skin and the other one for digestive problems, flushy pooh and gasses and also digestion problems. there is also green clay in german health food store. there is another clay supplement sold in usa. i remeber its this superchargend vegan supplement from this rawvegan bodybuilder.



on August 01, 2011
at 06:20 PM

I tried Redmond Clay for my tummy troubles (leaky gut, inflammation, bacterial overgrowth) for about 2 months. Didn't see any changes at all. http://www.redmondclay.com/

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