Geophagy and the History of Eating Clay
Though the practice of consuming what is considered by some to be an inedible substance sounds isolated and esoteric, the cultural dietary history of calcium bentonite clay for health and nutritional purposes is well-documented. In fact, today many of the world’s impoverished nations still attain a significant portion of their bodily mineral requirements directly from the Earth.
In some cultures, quality clays have been more highly valued than the more conventional treasures of precious metals and jewels. Several different Native American tribes depended on the negative ionic properties of local clays to leech toxins from potentially hazardous food and drinking sources, such as bitter acorns or diseased waters. Had accidental ingestion of toxic compounds occurred, digestion of clay was usually enough to bind with and pass the offending agents out of the body. Instinctually, animals all the way from bugs to bird to primates will eat natural deposits of clay as a response to accidental toxic ingestion or mineral scarcity.
In other cultures, including present day India, inhabitants consume small amounts of Earth everyday to ensure proper mineralization, and many live long, healthy lives in conditions that would otherwise be considered counter to a healthy lifestyle. Many attribute their longevity and vitality to the clay they incorporate into their diet and lifestyle.
While a clay compress or poultice can provide help and relief to a particular localized area on the body, drinking clay can have the same effects for internal organs and every part of the body reached by the circulatory system. Clay ingestion has specifically been noted for its use on the gastrointestinal tract and maladies that commonly plague it including constipation and inflammation.
Today, through improved scientific understanding and refined production methods, people no longer have to eat handfuls of dirt to achieve these same results. Humans know specifically which clays hold which qualities and mineral concentrations. Subsurface volcanic calcium bentonite green clay has historically been preferred over other types of clay for its internal uses as a food and a supplement.
A little goes a long way with Earth’s Living calcium bentonite clay, which becomes activated once hydrated. Mix 1 part clay to 8 parts filtered water or juice and shake well prior to drinking. Add a natural sweetener if desired. Clay can also be added to shakes and smoothies. Many cultures have even been known to bake clay into their breads and other staple foods. Let us know the creative ways you incorporate clay into your diet so that we can share them with others!
For internal use, we suggest mixing one part pure calcium bentonite green clay with eight parts purified water or juice. An example of this 1:8 ratio is to mix 1/2 cup (4 ounces) dry clay with 4 cups (32 ounces) of water. Clay only becomes ‘living’ or activated when it is hydrated. Mix the clay and liquid in a glass or food-grade plastic bottle and shake well. Avoid metal containers or utensils. Once mixed well, drink as desired. We typically recommend drinking 1 ounce of clay water a day for the first week. Provided the body is not constipated, week 2 we recommend 2 ounces of clay water daily. This is a good general health and wellness amount. When addressing health concerns, some people drink more than 2 ounces daily until the issue is resolved and then cut back.
Hydrated clay may be stored on the counter, covered. It need not be refrigerated. Some people report enjoying the clay more when it is cold, however, that’s a matter of preference. All orders come with printed instructions on mixing and storing clay. A downloadable brochure with instructions is available on the More Clay Info page under Learn or by following the hyperlink shown.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*