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Actress Shailene Woodley on the Benefits of Eating Clay

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Shailene by Emily Weiss via Into the Gloss
Shailene by Emily Weiss via Into the Gloss

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Like any Californian worth her weight in sunshine and argon oil, Divergent star Shailene Woodley has her own questionable-sounding-but-possibly- revolutionary home remedy. It is, "You should eat clay." As in the fine-grained soil. Allow her to expound on the process, as told to Into the Gloss:

For example, clay is one of the best things you can put in your body. One of my friends was making a clay toothpaste that you swallow instead of spit out. But I first heard about the benefits of eating clay from a taxi driver. He was African and was saying that, where he's from, the women eat clay when they're pregnant. [...] So, I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn't absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes.

Not too bad right? It gets grosser:

And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body. My friend starting eating it and the next day she called me and said, 'Dude, my shit smells like metal.' She was really worried, but we did some research together and everything said that when you first start eating clay, your bowel movements, pee, and even you, yourself, will smell like metal. You should obviously be careful about your source. Bentonite clay is good, but Mountain Rose Herbs has a great clay source. I get all of my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs, too.

Science has proven stranger things, but we'll wait until Gwyneth approves it before jumping on the bandwagon. Other natural remedies that Shailene condones include washing your mouth out with coconut oil and sunning your vagina. It's all about vitamin D, apparently.
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