Protect Your Stomach Against Toxins, Parasites and Pathogens With One Unusual Substance
If you make a list of your favorite foods, it’s unlikely that dirt will make it into your top 10 list. Let’s be honest, it probably won’t even break the top 100. However, there’s a reason that playing in dirt is good for a child’s immune system. Eating dirt can actually be extremely healthy in certain circumstances.
WHO EATS DIRT?
Unless you have spent a lot of time in different cultures, it is unlikely that you have ever met someone who intentionally eats dirt. However, once you venture out of modern Western cultures, you can find that dirt consumption—also called geophagy—is relatively common.
HOW PEOPLE EAT DIRT
Whether you are talking about cultures who enjoy dirt for its health benefits or people who simply eat dirt to stay alive in emergency situations, it is rare to see people simply eat handfuls of earth. Rather, you may find that dirt cakes are fairly common. People form mud or dirt into thin patties or cakes, bake them in the sun or a makeshift oven, and then sell them for cheap.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIRT
If you are curious about how a little bit of dirt can substantially increase your health, find out about the most common health benefits of consuming dirt:
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