Pica is a medical disorder characterized by
An appetite for substances largely non-nutritive (e.g., clay, coal, soil, chalk, paper, soap,ash, gum etc.)
or an abnormal appetite for some things that may be considered foods, such as food ingredients (e.g., flour, raw potato, raw rice, starch, ice cubes, salt)
Pica is seen in all ages, particularly in pregnant women, small children etc.
No one knows what causes craving for non-food items during pregnancy.
A combination of biochemical, psychological, and cultural factors may be at work. In some studies, these bizarre cravings have been linked to an iron deficiency — even though none of the craved items contain a significant amount of iron. And pica is sometimes listed as a symptom of iron-deficiency anemia.
If you crave non-food items, it doesn't necessarily mean you have any sort of deficiency, and it definitely doesn't mean you should consume them! In fact, eating non-food substances can interfere with your body's ability to absorb nutrients and may even cause a deficiency. eating dirt and most of the other items mentioned above can lead to illness, such as lead poisoning or bowel blockage etc.
If you're having any strong cravings for non-food items like mud, multani mitti, chalk, bricks etc it's a good idea to talk to your physician. While this kind of craving does occur in healthy pregnant women, it's worth getting checked for any underlying physical or psychological problem. And just talking with your practitioner about these feelings may help you deal with them in a healthy way.
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