Daily Health Tips:Eating The wrong Things!

Merry Christmas, y’all 😀

I hope y’all had a great day! The year is gradually coming to an end. How far have you gone with your goals for the year? Don’t give up yet. There’s still one week to go and then you can start taking stock for next year!

Now, I’m sure a lot of you ate a lot today. I hope you ate the right things? 😉 Let’s deal with a question that has to do with eating the wrong things.

Q: Does eating too much soil cause illness and where does this soil go in the body does it get out through waste and what will be the treatment if too much soil is found in my body?

The constant and repetitive eating of items that have no nutritional value like soil, ice shavings etc is called pica. The list of non-food items eaten include paint chips, hair, glue, soap, tooth paste, chalk, hair and the list goes on!

Causes of non-food cravings include:
• Pregnancy: it is thought, though, that women with pica in pregnancy probably had this before pregnancy or have a positive family history of it.
• Deficiency of some nutrients like iron and zinc. Talking about iron, do you know that one out of every two women of reproductive age in Nigeria is likely to have anaemia (shortage of red blood cells)? Out of this number, half of them are likely to have iron deficiency anaemia. Question is, are you likely to be one of these women? Do you eat enough green leafy veggies? Do you use iron fortified seasonings or foods? Discussion for another day!
• Poverty can also lead to this as children and adults alike look for ‘things’ to fill their tummies. In the same way, people on fad diets, look for non-food items with little or no calories to fill their tummies and take the edge off their hunger
• It has also been found that some developmental problems like autism may be responsible.
The exact cause of pica has to be found out as it puts one at risk of:
• Lead poisoning from eating paint
• Bacterial and parasitic infection from eating sand
• Constipation by eating things like hair or even obstruction of the intestines!

So, yes, the soil is passed out through faeces with the attendant complications.

Treatment is dependent on the cause. If pica is due to learned behaviour, a therapist will work with the person to ‘unlearn’ this and work on ways of restricting access to these non-food items. The doctor will also look out for nutrient deficiencies etc.

I hope this helps

Merry Christmas, y’all 😀



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