What’s the dirt on Diatomaceous Earth?

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What’s the dirt on Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth is a unique powder made from the fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms. This chalky, white substance is only found in a few areas of the world and has been used for centuries in the body, in the garden, on pets, and around the home. With a high concentration of silica, Diatomaceous Earth, commonly abbreviated as D.E., facilitates growth in plants and helps to support the ligaments and tissues within the human body. 


When used internally, D.E. can help to strengthen and support the ligaments, muscles, and cartilage as well as help to carry calcium to different parts of the body and help to synthesize collagen. The silica in diatomaceous earth helps to remineralize the body, support joint health, as well as strengthening hair, nails, and skin! This natural detoxing agent helps to kill off some parasites, yeast, viruses, and bacteria and can even be used to help cleanse the blood! The silica concentration acts similar to an anti-oxidant, helping to break down damaging free radicals and providing slight anti-aging benefits. D.E. has been used for digestive ailments internally by helping to curb gas, absorb toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, as well as helping to support liver and kidney function within the body!1 


To take internally, begin with a teaspoon of D.E. mixed in with a large glass of water. It is best when taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before, or 2 hours after eating. Slowly increase the dosage over several weeks, maxing out at 1 tablespoon daily - split into 2 or more doses throughout the day. Initially as the body is detoxifying and the internal environment is changing, some symptoms such as mild headaches, fatigue, some bloating, or some mild body aches may occur. Drink extra water if this happens. 

This should not last longer than a couple of weeks and does not happen to everyone.1


Around the home, diatomaceous earth is a multi-use substance. This affordable powder can be used to absorb odors around the house. Some people have used this as a carpet powder (especially after a flea infestation) to help clean and purify the home. D.E. can be used as a water purifying agent, clearing out as much as 80% of viruses left behind in water after filtration! This is a safe product to use on pets as well. Simply rub a small amount of powder into the fur. The D.E. will absorb the waxy, lipid coating on the exoskeleton of fleas, bed bugs, dust mites, cockroaches, etc., acting as a safe and gentle pesticide that does not harm the pet. 


If choosing to try Diatomaceous Earth, be sure to avoid inhaling the powder as the silica component can be damaging to lungs. Drink plenty of water while taking the powder and of course always consult with a trusted natural health practitioner or Naturopathic Doctor before adding this product into your routine.

  1. https://draxe.com/nutrition/diatomaceous-earth/


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