Shailene Woodley – star of teen dystopia Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars – has come out as a clay eater. The 22-year-old, who has previously out-Gooped Gwyneth Paltrow with her tales of foraging for stinging nettles and collecting water from fresh mountain streams, told talkshow host David Letterman that she ingests clay as part of a detoxification diet. "Clay binds to other materials in your body and helps your body excrete those materials that aren't necessarily the best for you," she said.
She went into more detail for blog Into The Gloss, explaining: "My friend started 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, pees and even you, yourself, will smell like metal."
Woodley seems to have been referring to the belief that a certain form of clay, because of its negative electrical charge, can help to expel positively charged toxins from the body. But is there anything to it?
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