I like to eat dirt. Is that weird?

I like to eat dirt. Is that weird?

Seriously, I like to eat dirt. Okay, maybe I should clarify that by “dirt” I mean clay. I eat clay. And by clay, I’m talking about Bentonite clay. But, yes, I really do eat clay. And I think you should, too*.

Say what?

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Bentonite clay is composed of aged volcanic ash found in different parts of the world. It is both versatile in its uses and it is super inexpensive. Clay has been shown to help in:

  • Cleansing the liver, colon and skin;
  • Balancing bacteria in the digestive tract;
  • Improving nutrient assimilation; and
  • Strengthening the immune system (1).

But that’s not all!

Bentonite clay can also eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, colitis, viral infections, and parasites. It is an effective treatment for arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain, wounds, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, animal and insect bites, acne, anemia and alcoholism; it is effective in treating all digestive conditions and aids in weight loss. Bentonite clay also re-mineralizes cells and tissues, alkalizes the body and is very effective in protecting our bodies against radiation (1).

Eat clay. Seriously, do it.

Clay has an amazing ability to help keep toxins from being absorbed into the body. When taken internally, the minerals that make up Bentonite clay work together to absorb heavy metals and other toxins in the gut. Even external use has benefits. Clay baths and topical application can also help with detox through clay’s strong drawing powers. Through a pulsing action, clay can actually draw out infections, gangrene, heavy metals, and toxins (2).

For me, I enjoy ingesting clay because it’s a natural way to boost my diet with minerals. It contains magnesium and approximately 67 other trace minerals. Especially because modern day soil is so depleted, your body will definitely thank you for giving it some mineral love.

Clay and its many wonders

Beyond the nutritional and detoxification benefits, there are so many uses for clay. It’s great to help with burns, diaper rash, and skin issues. I often enjoy doing a clay mask to feel like I have my own mini spa.

Best of all, it’s really cheap. If the thought of drinking “muddy” water doesn’t appeal to you, you can always buy some clay capsules. (It’s not as bad as it sounds. A little chalky, yes. But you really won’t feel like you are drinking dirt.) The most economical way to get your clay on is to buy the powder and do your own mixing. Just eat the clay!

Check out this video on how to eat clay (because we all need instructions, right?) or check out Redmond Clay’s online video library for more clay gems.

Would you ever eat clay?


1. http://www.naturalnews.com/032549_bentonite_clay_health_benefits.html

2. http://www.naturalnews.com/025854_clay_body_detox.html

*When taking bentonite clay internally, especially if you have health issues,  it is important that it be taken under the supervision of a health practitioner (something I am not, remember).


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  1. jpatti

    You know, I was thinking about eating dirt the other day. Not sanitized clay, but actual dirt.

    I’ve noticed some probiotic products are now marketed as awesome because they contain soil bacteria.

    Pretty sure soil contains them too. And it’s free. Right out in the yard.

    OK, I wasn’t thinking about sitting down in my garden with a spoon. But I was thinking about… not washing the stuff I pick from my garden.

    1. Post author

      Ha! I think this is my most favorite comment ever. Love it.

      I think if it’s your own soil and you know it hasn’t been treated with pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, why not? I’d make sure your area isn’t highly polluted because rain can bring that stuff down into the dirt. But otherwise, why not? I know there are a lot of benefits of playing and digging around in the dirt. :)

    2. Steviej Callender

      Hiya :) just read your comment and i have to say when i was younger i used to eat strange things like dirt, stones, paper chalk, sand e.c.t. that sort of thing. Yes it sounds strange but it is link to a minor disorder called Pica. It is closely linked to anemia (Lack of iron)
      After having a blood test it was found i had anemia. I was told boost my iron intake and take supplements. After about a week i felt no urge to eat paper, dirt e.c.t.


      Hope this was useful in some way :) Its interesting to know haha.

    3. katie

      It’s a good idea, until you bite down on that first bit of grit. Uck. Grainy. Patooie!

  2. heather

    why is taking these capsules with high blood pressure a bad idea? also i once tried drops of some sort and i felt soo sick it scared me. any thoughts? also how much water to drink a day??

    1. Post author

      Hi Heather! Honestly, I don’t know why it’s not recommended, I have just read in my research that you may want to talk to your healthcare provider first. (Since I am NOT a doctor.) 😉

      Not sure why the drop might have made you felt sick. What kind of drops were they?

      I drink a couple of glasses a day. I put 1/4 cup of clay in a gallon pitcher and then fill it with water. I give it a couple of minutes for the clay to settle and then drink the water throughout the day. This helps from feeling like I’m tasting clay. I keep it in my fridge so it’s cold and I don’t taste any chalky clay stuff… even though it looks a little chalky. :) Check out the video link I posted above. Lots of good tips from the actual clay experts. Good luck!

    1. Post author

      I usually have a couple glasses a day. Just last week my gallon pitcher ran out and I was too lazy to fill it back up (I know, right? I blame my super slow filter). After a couple days I noticed I was feeling a little more… “backed up.” I quickly fixed my pitcher back up, went back to drinking 2 – 3 glass a day and was back on track. Amazing!

      I’d check out my link above to the redmond clay website (I’m not an affiliate, I just really like them.) They have lots of good resources to learn more about how much you may want to take depending on why you are taking it. I take more because I know my body has a hard time getting the minerals it needs.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama

    I love this!!! I’ve been drinking clay water for over four years. I love it! I’ve always just added a tsp to my bottle of water. I didn’t know you could take it different ways. I also add it to all my green vegetable and wheat grass juices. Rami Nagel suggests adding clay to vegetable juices to help remove toxins from the juice.

    1. Post author

      Awesome, Tiffany! I never thought about adding it to vegetable juice but it makes sense. I just have a gallon jug of water in my fridge so I can drink it throughout the day. A few weeks ago it ran out and I was apparently too lazy to refill it. After about four days I noticed a huge difference. (Let’s just say thing weren’t flowing like usual). Got right back on the clay water and things got better fast. So easy. :)

  4. Rachael A.

    I’m not sure, but I’m thinking the benefits of this clay water sound roughly similar to a concoction my mom mixed growing up that she called calcium water. She recently told me that unbeknownst to her one of my brother’s skeptical friends (who had access to a lab) tested the stuff, and found lots of minerals besides calcium and has since faithfully had his children drink it. 2 t. lime (not the fruit, the powdered stuff) plus 1/2 t. epsom salts mixed up with a gallon of water. Allow it to settle (just like this clay stuff) and drink. What do you think?

    1. Post author

      Interesting. I’m not super familiar with lime powder… so I guess it would depend on how it was processed. But it I know Epsom salt is a good source of magnesium. I’m sure there’s vitamins and mineral benefits to it… which is similar to clay. Clay has the added benefit of pulling toxins away from the body, too. It’s like a little magnet that pulls bad stuff out of the body. So cool. :)

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  8. Audrey

    I gotta weigh in here on the person pondering eating dirt right out of the yard, don’t know if anybody brought this up, but if a cat had pooped in the dirt somewhere, you have a chance of getting the parasite toxoplasmosis sp??? it affects the brain and there is no getting rid of it from what I have learned. for what it’s worth. :)

  9. anne

    Hi Robin! You were mentioning earlier that drinking the clay helped keep you regular. That is something i am always trying to find as my body has…let’s say… issues with that. haha! :) I was researching the Redmond Clay website and they mentioned “to help prevent constipation try adding fiber and lots of water to your diet etc”. I’m still researching but was wondering how it kept you regular — what is it in the clay?

    So happy to have found your blog!! I so appreciate learning how to be toxic free!! : )


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I think for me it was the minerals in the clay… something that I know I can easily get deficient in.

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  11. laura

    My jar of bentonite clay says not for internal use (I bought it specifically for facials). Are there different types?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Good question. I’d probably stick with what the label says. Could be how its processed? I know that Redmond clay is okay for internal use as they promote it that way.

  12. Laura

    Funny, as a nurse I learned about Pica in school. I ran across small bags of “dirt” being sold in a gas station, like on a candy rack just like gummy worms, while on vacation in N. Carolina once. I know pregnant women are fans, most likely bc they are largely anemic.

  13. Alonzo

    I was reading from another website that some clays are for external use only. Which clays are able to be used for cosmetics and internal detoxification? Is there a sure fire way to tell, ingredients that show be avoided, or types of clay that are specifically internal/external?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m not sure about every clay, but I know for sure that Redmond Bentonite clay is good for both external and internal use.

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