- Yes, that weird little kid down the road eating mud – he’s probably doing himself good
- When you suffer from stomach pain – here’s an unusual remedy for flatulence, Constipation, Heartburn, Bloating and Colitis
There’s a toddler who lives a few doors down from us.
He’s one of those with a constant bubble of snot oozing out of his nose.
A few weeks ago when I walked past their gate he was sat in their little front garden area… smearing his mouth in mud.
My first reaction was – ugh, that’s disgusting.
My second reaction was – thank goodness I’m not changing that kids’ nappy later on.
But I shouldn’t have been so judgemental.
As you’ll see, Little Roddy (for that is his name) might have been doing himself some good.
In fact, if you suffer from flatulence, constipation, heartburn, bloating or colitis this is going to really interest you (in fact, I’d recommend you check this out first).
A VERY brief history of eating soil
Aristotle was Greek philosopher who lived more than 300 years before Jesus.
He was clever chap, as I’m sure you’re aware.
A lot of people talk about his contribution to modern thinking and scientific reasoning.
But here’s something I didn’t know until last week…
Aristotle was the first person in recorded history to refer to a strange human habit…
…the eating of soil.
This was something many people did for medicinal purposes, long before they really knew why. A bit like my tiny neighbour Roddy, really.
Aristole wasn’t the last person to comment on this weird habit either.
The Roman, Pliny the Elder (23–79 AD), describes how people who lived in the Naples area would eat small amounts of local volcanic soils to cure stomach problems.
Then in the 14th century, the famous travelling merchant Marco Polo described how he saw Muslim pilgrims curing their fevers by eating what he called ‘‘pink earth”.
And that’s the clue…
It was the clay in the soil that gave it that pinkish hue – and also its healing qualities.
This is because certain forms of clay stick to the mucus membrane in your intestines where they attract and absorb toxins, bacteria, and even viruses. It can then flush out those toxins when you go to the toilet.
It might sound strange, but if you look at this page, you’ll see a report about a 2011 study from Tufts University in the USA where subjects were given tiny amounts of clay-rich soil along with their regular food.
The result – fewer stomach upsets, more energy and generally better health.
The study concluded: “Negatively charged clay molecules easily bind to positively charged toxins in the stomach and gut-preventing those toxins from entering the bloodstream by ferrying them through the intestines and out of the body in faeces.”
Healing through your stomach
As I explained in my last email, your intestines and stomach really are key to your good health.
There are millions of bacteria inside you, most of which keep your body functions at their best, and others which
get out of hand – pathogenic bacteria which can cause problems.
It’s a battleground at times – and if you have IBS, bloating, flatulence, constipation or any stomach problems like that, it might feel like one too! Perhaps a battle that you’re losing!
Every day your stomach has to deal with all kinds of irritants and challenges.
For instance, you might eat foods of which your body is intolerant – for instance, lactose, gluten or wheat. Many people have small, yet undiagnosed intolerances of certain food groups that upset the stomach without them realising the cause.
There are also all kinds of irritants in processed foods – artificial sweeteners and flavourings as well as fructose. These aren’t what nature intended your poor stomach to deal with. Some people can handle them better than others.
Or you could be taking medicine. This is particularly true if you’re on anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and diclofenac. These can irritate the stomach. As can regular use of Aspirin.
You might also have chronic stomach problems related to past illnesses, poor diet and stress.
Like I say, there are a lot of challenges for your gut.
One potential remedy, as I mentioned last week, is to try and balance out the bacteria with yoghurt, though this is an option heavily under debate right now.
However, this alternative might be the thing for you.
How clay, bees and flowers can help your stomach
There’s a remedy called Propargile which takes the therapeutic powers of clay, then combines them with two other ingredients – pollen and propolis.
- Propolis is what bees use to sterilise the hive before their queen lays her eggs. It helps stop bacteria spreading through the hive. In humans it can help treat gastrointestinal problems.
- Pollen, the fertilising dust from flowers, is abundant in proteins, amino acids and enzymes that can aid your digestion
The result is a three-pronged natural remedy for stomach pain, bloating and discomfort. You can read more about it here.
Right, I’m off to get stuck into writing the next issue. It’s about why you should ignore all those GET A GREAT BEACH BODY articles in the newspapers right now.