here, I am on a mission to eliminate toxic heavy metals from my body. Thanks to the chemotherapy I had four years ago, my body is still weighed down by them. However, even without chemo poison, many of us are heavy metal contaminated. This is thanks to pollutants in the air, at the hairdresser, at the petrol station, in our seafood, in our water, in our cosmetics, in tattoos – and pretty much everything else we consume. So, this is just one of the reasons why I have taken to eating a spoonful of dirt each morning."> here, I am on a mission to eliminate toxic heavy metals from my body. Thanks to the chemotherapy I had four years ago, my body is still weighed down by them. However, even without chemo poison, many of us are heavy metal contaminated. This is thanks to pollutants in the air, at the hairdresser, at the petrol station, in our seafood, in our water, in our cosmetics, in tattoos – and pretty much everything else we consume. So, this is just one of the reasons why I have taken to eating a spoonful of dirt each morning.">

I’ve Started Eating Clay. You Should Too!

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Posted August 6, 2012


No, I’m not crazy. I’ve haven’t gone and contracted pica (the name of the disease given to people who eat dirt). Eating clay is actually a very clever, amazing health-promoting thing to do.

As I wrote here, I am on a mission to eliminate toxic heavy metals from my body. Thanks to the chemotherapy I had four years ago, my body is still weighed down by them. However, even without chemo poison, many of us are heavy metal contaminated. This is thanks to pollutants in the air, at the hairdresser, at the petrol station, in our seafood, in our water, in our cosmetics, in tattoos – and pretty much everything else we consume. So, this is just one of the reasons why I have taken to eating a spoonful of dirt each morning.


WHY SHOULD WE EAT CLAY?

“Clay contains the minerals and energy that the defense mechanism needs; it improves bowel function and detoxifies the body of pollutants.” – John Tilden, M.D

According to the book The Clay Cure by Ran Knishinsky, clay can be credited with healing a wide range of illnesses. These include constipation, diarrhea, anemia, chronic infections, skin ailments such as eczema and acne, heavy-metal poisoning, exposure to pesticides and other toxins, arthritis, and stress.

The particles of clay are said to carry a negative electrical charge, whereas impurities, or toxins, carry a positive electrical charge.

When we eat clay, the positively charged toxins are attracted by the negatively charged edges of the clay mineral. An exchange reaction occurs where the clay swaps its ions for those of the other substance. Electrically satisfied, it holds the toxin in suspension until the body can eliminate both.


In layman’s terms: We eat the clay, the clay binds to toxins, and then we poop the toxins and the clay out.

Still Think I’m Nuts? People have actually been eating clay for yonks. In fact, over two hundred cultures world wide eat dirt on a daily basis. In Europe, clay is sold for its gastrointestinal benefits and its purification properties. It’s just that for some reason, the idea of eating dirt disgusts most westerners – even though we are more than happy to consume pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated and fluoridated water, meats pumped with hormones and antibiotics, and other synthetic substances disguises as food. That’s all the more reason why we should be eating clay, if you ask me!

Animals eat clay. They are instinctively drawn to clay and many herbivorous animals will eat clay after ingesting herbs loaded with tannins, a toxic substance.


THE HOW-TO OF CLAY EATING

It’s actually more like drinking than eating. Each morning, I dissolve a teaspoon or two of edible earth in a cup of water, and then drink it down. I was a little wary at first, but the taste is totally inoffensive and it’s very easy to drink.

Look for either Bentonite or Montmorillonite. These are the most common and most sought after clays that are suitable for eating. Their ability to adsorb and absorb toxins is greater than that of the clays in the other groups.

We buy our clay with the rest of our Gerson products from Ishi Medical. You could also ask at your local health store, or do a search online to find some near you.


Check out this video of Daniel Vitalis talking about the amazing benefits of eating clay:


Have you eaten clay before? Is this something you want to have a go at?

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Jess:

Welcome to the club! I have been eating clay for a few years. I prefer to moisten clay and shape into little balls and dot the mixture with organic peppermint essential oil. I will let the balls sit out overnight, store them in a glass jar and the next time I am on my way to yoga class I swallow a ball and drink plenty of water. During practice I mentally send my toxins to the clay while in the midst of a twist. One challenge I have found with eating clay is that it can clog the body up if I don’t consume enough water. I wish you great health!

I have bathed in bentonite clay but have never eaten it. :) I was raw vegan for six months two years go and part of my treatment plan was to bathe in the clay. I hope to get back to being mainly raw this coming summer and will incorporate the clay then. Yay!

I love Daniel Vitalis! Amazing man and so inspiring.

And this is a great example as to why I love your blog.
You inform me of weird, wacky, beneficial ways to become the best and healthiest version of me :) .

I will be looking into this for sure!

Interesting! I’m planning on organising my morning routine, so will look at adding this in. I suffer from urticaria which is a autoimmune disease and really want to detoxify my body, so will add this o my list! Thank jess, love your blog.

Or just take a detoxamin suppository. Works even better.

Where do you get clay to eat if there isn’t clay in our natural environment?

Hi Amber, we buy our clay with the rest of our Gerson products from Ishi Medical (www.ishimedical.com). You could also ask at your local health store, or do a search online to find some near you. x

We have been “drinking” food grade diatomaceous earth for about a month,increased energy and diminished aches and pains! Actually diatoms.But very detoxing.

Hi Jess I have been following your blog for sometime now and love all of your wonderful advice. You have introduced my morning rituals of Oil Pulling and Green Smoothies and now I am very excited to start eating clay….. can you please suggest where to purchase the clay? thanks for your daily dose of inspiration!! :)

I had heard about eating clay a few months ago and was actually intrigued about it, but hadn’t gotten a chance to really look into it. But reading your post about how you actually drink it and not eat it, I realized that I have had it before. I remember that when I was younger, my parents had heard about how good it is so we tried it for a while. I’m not sure why we stopped, but I can definitely say that it doesn’t have a bad taste, the only “issue” might be the end of the drink where there might be more of the clay left that didn’t get mixed into the drink, but it’s nothing too bad. I loved both your post and Daniel Vitalis’ video, and now I’m definitely going to look into it again.

Wishing you a great start to this week!

Where do you buy it Jess? Would Flannery’s stock it?

Hi Anne, I just added in a line about this – thanks for the prompt! We buy our clay with the rest of our Gerson products from Ishi Medical (www.ishimedical.com). You could also ask at your local health store, or do a search online to find some near you. x

Hi Anne, FYI I tried a Flannery’s in Brisbane and they don’t stock it : (

Hey Jess, I love that you do all this research on my behalf. Knowing you want to do the utmost for your own body is greatly influencing me ………………Thank You xx
Now next question …………..where do we buy Bentonite or Montmorillonite.
I’m from the Sunshine Coast so I’m presuming Forest Glen Organic shop might sell it ????

Hi Kerry, you’re welcome!! We buy our Montmorillonite clay with the rest of our Gerson products from Ishi Medical (www.ishimedical.com). Forest Glen has Bentonite, but I don’t think they have Montmorillonite. x

Hi Jess, is the Hydrated bentonite the same sort of thing? And is it something I should be doing everyday for ever? Thanks in advance Candice a new follower :)

There is also a similar practise to this you could try which works on the same principle but rather than eating clay it’s ingesting what is called, “Activated Charcoal.” I imagine the activated charcoal must work better as in composition it is a lot more porous however I’m sure that clay would be a much cheaper alternative.

Clay is awesome! One of the best info sites is http://www.aboutclay.com Also http://www.eytonsearth.com is really good too. The clay has to be calcium bentonite and not sodium bentonite. Has so many external uses as well – incredible drawing and healing properties and works fast!!! Corrynes from http://www.soap.net.au in Dunsborough stock it and it comes from Jurien Bay Western Australia. You will be AMAZED with what uses clay has! Once you start using it you will wonder how you ever lived without it!!!

apparently its good for removing candida in the digestive tract / bowel too….i was warned when i was taking it that you must be careful not to take it for too long as it can inhibit nutrient absorption…anyone heard about this also??…myth or truth i wonder …lovin your stuff jess :) x

Clay is awesome! One of the best info sites is http://www.aboutclay.com Also http://www.eytonsearth.com is really good too. The clay has to be calcium bentonite and not sodium bentonite. Has so many external uses as well – incredible drawing and healing properties and works fast!!! You will be AMAZED with what uses clay has! Once you start using it you will wonder how you ever lived without it!!!

you have to take the clay on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or after supplements as it will bind to and remove supplements from your body

Hi Jess, thanks for this great article. I used to eat clay many years ago and found it great for my skin and general well-being. I think it might be time to do it again! Dee

I just finished a detox where I had betonite clay 4x a day. Thanks for the article!

Wow! I’ve never heard of eating clay- charcoal, yes, but not clay! Going to look into this one some more :-)

Hi Jess,
Thanks for the great article.
Would it work to sneak some clay into a smoothie or a juice ?

What can I say! I am trying to find out where I can get some over here! Just loving all the information you are providing for us. THANK YOU!

At what point will the toxins be eliminated from your body…how long does that process take? Also, how can you tell in the first place how much your body is weighed down by them?

Great post! I was wondering when you would do a post about clay. I have been having it for a few months, amazing stuff. I have bentonite edible clay every night before bed. I find it difficult to have in the morning due to the amount of different things Im taking atm to clear my body of toxins.
I have even convinced my mum, who is now eating clay too!

Thanks Jess!
I love that you posted this!
I was suffering from horrible adult acne, that came on really randomly after moving to a new city. I had a tough time getting rid of it, no topical ointment dr prescribed of other wise would do anything except cause massive skin peeling. I tried every detox diet, sweat therapy and as a last resort thought I would visit a specialist to look into lazer therapy. Turns out it was so bad they could only prescribe antibiotics..yuk. So as a last resort becasue i avoid antibiotics completely I started ingesting bentonite clay 2 Tbs, which I semi hydrated and would swigg down on an empty stomach before my morning smoothie. Within 1 week no new painful pimples came up, and with in a month my face was clear save for the scarring. And to top things off as a beneficial side effect I found out that it had removed lead from my body. which I then tested on my father who is chronically high in lead as he works in a metal refinery Needless to say it worked!! and I`ve found it useful for many other things including curing a sore throat seriously, I woke up with that little soreness that say, guess who`s going to be in bed early tonight, took my morning sip and sure enough the pain was gone..and did not return.I havn`t been sick since this so can`t say i`ve tested it but the friends I`ve recommended it to have all commented on the “new cure“
I love clay!

Hi Jess – I’m wondering if the clay could be added to green smoothie?

Cherie » If you drank it quick enough it probably could. However, it is best to drink the clay on an empty stomach so I would probably just have it on its own. :)

A long time ago, in Geology 101 class, my professor told me that the best thing for morning sickness was to eat clay!

I just bought some Hydrated Bentonite, will this work the same do you think? I also looked on eBay,and it looks like you can buy the powdered stuff there.

Will drinking at any time of the day work, or do you think it can only be in the morning?

Thanks Jess. And remember all – do not use metal spoon for mixing clay with water…

Hi Arianna, can you elaborate on why not to use a metal spoon? Cheers : )

Hi Jess! Is the clay you buy from ishimedical.com the one with the title “Clay 100% natural 1 LB”? This is the only clay I can see on their site, but it has no further description or pics so I’m not sure?

Also, do you have any problems with the clay being stopped by Customs in Australia? I just know how strict they are with ‘organic’ products and I’ve been burnt before ; )

Hey Jess….I couldn’t get anywhere on the site where you order your clay…. I need to know if you are using a sodium montmorillonite, calcium montmorillonite, or a combination of both. Thanks!

hey Barbara I know Im not jess but I just bought some after reading this awesome post. I went to an organic store and the stuff I got is called Edible Earth, It’s a blend of Calcium Bentonite & Calcium montmorillonite. :)

Hi, got myself some Edible Earth to help with detox, in connection with the coffee enama. Now I read that the UK FSA has tested it and it contains high levels of lead and arsecic. They have contacted the online store who sold it in the UK and they have removed it from sale. Yiekes!!
Anyone can tell me an alternative which is free of contaminate (and Mayberry backed up by some lab tests). Most of the products out there don’t have a certificate.
Has anyone tried “detoxi fibre” by garden of life?

Thanks

Hi- I’m 6 wks preg and having morning sickness. Someone recommended eating clay. I have concerns as lots of “natural products” out there are cheaper versions and not as pure so I’m wondering if I have a high quality product that is not harmful to my body (AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY- Calcium Bentonite Clay). I’ve tried it twice and notice that my mouth seemed very dry for hours after and I was wondering if that was the affect of the clay. I read here to drink lots of water so maybe I didn’t drink enough… Is the product I am using good?

i read to now eat when you pregnant big no no

I am in sydney and i do a Blessed Herbs detox about once a year, it entails a week of fasting on juice and consuming packets of clay every three hours. You don’t really feel hungry and it is really easily set to follow the steps. It seems expensive but you always get more in a pack than you need, and i save up the left overs for the next deto. And once you have done it once you can just buy the sachets you need as a top up.
After doing the colon cleansing, i have never felt so clean and healthy. When i first started i was a nurse working permanent night shifts and I was overweight, with terrible digestion/ constipation and not close to healthy. It still made me feel amazing and a great way to start a new year detox. Gets rid of all cravings with the week too.
Never had a problem shipping to Australia either.
Hope that helps someone.

I am wondering if I can do a clay mask daily, twice daily? I had severe cystic acne and lots of scaring as a result. My face is breaking out again with acne, not cystic as of yet….
thank you

Hi Jess. I hope all is well. I couldn’t see the products on ishimedical.com

I went to my local health store and I asked for clay. They gave me “Great Plains@ bentonite detox. It’s in a liquid form. Is that just as good or should I return it? Thank you for your time :)

Im going to order some from the website and give it a go
seems to have so many benefits, why have we not heard of it before!
:)

Hi there,
I’m really enjoying Australian Healing Clay – it’s a premium edible bentonite clay and is nice to support Australian made. It’s available at http://www.nourishinghub.com.au
Enjoy!

Where can I buy the clay?

Have a look in health food stores or online. :)

I’ve had amazing success getting rid of acne with clearskinclay from Whatababe Skincare. I drink it and use it as a mask regularly. My acne completely disappeared after about 2 weeks of use. You might want to check that one out.

Hello my grandmother loves white dirt, but she only eats it from Alabama!! May I ask you where do you buy yours from? Thank You (P.S she’s from down south and I’m from Michigan )

I’ve bought clay from the whatababe skincare website. I think this clay is only available for purchase online.

Hi Im 48 years old just all of sudden i started craving of eating clay im going crazy .I bought some in austrila some from Pakistan im ready to try any earth.driking one is not very excting .i like to suck and slowley melt in my moth.im sure it is doning some good
please help me find one .im in Englad.

Hey there, I’ve just heard about Bentonite clay and I literally just had a nice scoop of that and psylium husks. Went down fine. However, it’s cosmetic grade! Is that a definite no-go? I know I can use it in other ways, but what is the difference? Thanks for your help.

Hello, I am really interested about eating clay. But there has been a few accusations about certain clays having in high levels of arsenic and lead. Is Edible Earth a high quality clay product that can be eaten?
I have horrible digestive problems and need a cure. Please help!!!

Hi Jess:
I just want to know if I can drink clay at the same time that I’m taking all the medicine included with the Gerson Therapy. Does the clay interact with the treatment? If you drank the clay during your treatment, Would you let me know how you did it, please?

No, clay will absorbe your medicals. Always take clay separately from other pills.

I am Jamaican and as a child I can remember my friends and I eating clay.
We loved it however I was unaware of its benefits. When it rained the clay smelled so good so it attracted us to eat it. I like it when its in a powery form it taste great. Thank you for letting me know we were not crazy.

The concentration of minerals that our body can assimilate from clay is just derisory. An apple (90% water) is largely more nourishing than clay.
The one way to live healthier in a metropoly is just moving away from the metropoly. DOT.
Everything else is just business.

Hi ! I have heard that bentonite (fuller’s earth) contains large amount of alluminium. would it be safe to eat bentonite then?

I found this and some other information so it seems that is not much of a concern. Can’t really find the real science though. All hearsay so far. “Some people are concerned about the aluminum in bentonite. Yes, it does have aluminum. For aluminum is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth. However, Bentonite has a negative electrical charge, so bentonite cannot be absorbed by the body. The epithelium cells of the gut are also negatively charged. Like the polar opposites of two magnets repelling one another, the cells of our bowels absolutely repel the bentonite from entering the inner sanctum of our bodies. This means that you never need to be concerned about taking psyllium shakes. Dr. Anderson has probably set the world’s record in the consuming of bentonite. Not only has he no signs of aluminum poisoning, but also hair analysis has never indicated any abnormal levels of aluminum in his body. And does he still use bentonite? Absolutely. “

Just had to write that I love your button “Hook me up Yo.” And I just got some Bentonite. I did some online research and I think I have a good product. Haven’t started yet. Will let you know my findings.

I have been looking at using the edible earth for digestive problems many years now from mercury toxicity. I recently read on Amazons website that there have been reports of high levels of arsenic and lead in this product and noticed Amazon has pulled the product. The FSA in the UK did a report on it as well. What do you know of this and is it true since I don’t care to compound my problems. I really want to try this stuff if it is safe!

My girlfriend is ingesting 3TB with 4 oz. of warm water. She is supposed to take an evening dose, but she hates it so much, and she is so busy with her schedule, she only remembers 3 times a week to take an evening dose, when attitude permits. She complains thatr, “The flavour is horrible, the texture is disgusting, and it remains for a very long time.” She brushes her teeth religiously, and washes her mouth out, but the flavour and texture is very, “yucky.” Does anyone have any remedies for this problem?

Hi!

I can’t get my hands on any type of edible clay but “Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay” is easily available. Even though it is marketed as clay for external use my vendor said that it is also edible as it is 100% pure bentonite clay. Would you agree?

does it hv any side effect at all …i heard it can clot and block one,s womb

Hi im very interested in white clay. A French girlfriend of mine has the tablets and I can’t seem to find anywhere in perth, western Australia that sells it. Do you know where I can go purchase it from?

I’ve just come across calcium bentonite and that the military found it be an effective treatment for soldiers exposed to chemical warfare.

Great article, will try this out.

I am a nigerian and live in nigeria. I have been eating clay for over 10yrs now and is still eating. People say it causes aneamia and I get scared sometimes because there are times when I feel a bit light headed and dizzy. I eat a lot of it daily and try to drink so much water. I have very clear skin, my bowel movement is good but sometimes hard and I tink it is hard on days when I don’t take a lot of water. My question is, are there no side effect in the long run if I take too much of it? Does it cause aneamia? Finally Is clay addictive, because I crave it like a smoker craves cigarette. Pls reply urgently with proofs if any.

Is not very inspiring watching a video with a guy promoting clay while showing his arms full of tattoos.

LOL. OMG, look at his tattoos. Does he realise that the ink from them is toxic? That he is essentially bathing in toxins 24/7? not sure if the clay can cope with that situation. But I wish him well on his journey.

Hey can I ask if this has helped any signs of skin inflammation, acne,clogged pores?

Dear Jess,
my name is Philipp from Germany.
Great to read about “eating Bentonite-clay”.
I did this also years before. Now I discovered a improved version of
it – called “activated zeolithe” – pure volcanicpowder, especially treated in a turbo-mill, so that effect of electrical charge is 100-fold…..and so also the positive results!
Here in Germany it is available in this high degree of quality, as
medical product. Just look at the web-page…….

Take care
Best wishes
Philipp*

Have been shopping at health food stores for over 35 years and tried a lot of things. When it comes down to the best healing tool ever found was Terramin (on Amazon) Calcium Montmorillonite IONIC minerals, 57 of them that are like over 15 million y/o. Minerals are what the foundation of our body is built from. There are so many minerals that our bodies love and can use to regenerate and detox our bodies while supplying daily needs, but depleted soils have left people starved for nutrition. Something about the taste (there is none), the fineness of the powder which shows just how perfect these minerals are for perfect absorption. Kind of like breathing. Now my body is thrilled when I use them. Have taken away internal pain of something like heartburn, hangover, sickness, and put on skin for pain/itching relief healed wounds, rashes, and brush teeth too as helping my gums come back. Clay is where it is at for healing. Love it can live with all those chemicals sold at drug store.

What kind of clay?