Have you heard about the health benefits of food-grade diatomaceous earth?
This off-white powder, commonly referred to by its abbreviation, DE, is well-known as a natural insecticide, but strangely enough, it can also be very beneficial for human health.
Diatomaceous earth is one of the cheapest ways around to improve your health. You can get a 10-pound bag of it for under $30. That will last for at least a year!
Just make sure to always ask for food grade — that’s important. Also, be careful not to breathe it in, as breathing the dust can be harmful to your lungs.
Start with about a teaspoon a day and gradually work up to a heaping tablespoon. Many people have used it for years with no ill effects, but if you have any concerns, ask your doctor first.
Diatomaceous earth comes from the tiny skeletons of one-celled aquatic organisms called diatoms. Over millions of years, the skeletons have fossilized and formed sediment in bodies of water.
Today that sediment has become part of land masses and is mined for its health benefits as well as for industrial uses.
Under a microscope, these tiny fossilized skeletons are highly geometrical, like snowflakes. And like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. To see what they look like for yourself, CLICK HERE or go to Google Images and type in “diatomaceous earth under a microscope.”
DE is made up of various minerals, including silica. We have plenty of this essential trace mineral when we’re young, but as we age, we don’t have enough, and as a result we have a hard time making collagen.
Without enough collagen, our nails become brittle, our hair gets dull and lifeless, and our skin loses its elasticity.
As you probably know, collagen is an important protein that helps build our connective tissues that hold our bones, skin, cartilage, joints, and tendons together. Without it, we’d literally fall apart!
Here are some ways DE can help you be more youthful and vital:
1. Softer skin
One of the nicest things about regular use of DE is that it gives you softer, healthier skin with fewer wrinkles. Use it in conjunction with Micronized Purple Rice (MPR), and you’ll soon have the fabled “skin like electric velvet!”
MPR helps DE and other nutrients be absorbed through the cell walls better so they can be used more efficiently.
Be sure to drink plenty of water with your DE, too — you should be doing that anyway, but if you want ultra-soft skin, drink half your weight in ounces of pure water every day.
For even softer skin, mix your DE with about a quarter cup of aloe vera juice (inner fillet is best) and eight ounces of water. You can buy aloe vera juice by the gallon at health food stores. Look for the kind without preservatives. Store it in the fridge, and use it up in about a month, checking it often for mold. If you buy the kind with preservatives in it, it will last for months in the fridge — but it’s best to avoid preservatives.
2. Strong, shiny hair
Our hair contains a lot of silica, and as we age, we lose silica. That’s why older hair can look limp and dry, with no body. DE can help make it shiny, bouncy, and healthy. If you’re tired of lackluster hair, split ends, and hair that says “I’m aging,” give DE a try.
3. Healthy fingernails
Another common complaint that many women have about the aging process is nails that are brittle, split easily, and have ridges. DE can help.
Use it daily for a month of so, and your nails will take on that smooth, hard, strong look they had when you were younger, especially if you are also eating enough high-quality protein and use Micronized Purple Rice to help with absorption. Many customers report that MPR on its own helps a great deal with nails, but DE can also help, especially in stubborn cases.
One of the things DE is known for is its ability to remove worms and other unwelcome parasites from our bodies. It does this with mechanical action — literally sweeping them away.
DE can also help remove pathogens from our gut, allowing beneficial gut flora to flourish. This helps clear up constipation, diarrhea, and other intestinal issues, leading to better overall health.
Free radicals are toast with DE, too, because of its electrical activity. This contributes to softer skin as well.
5. Better heart health
The walls of our blood vessels are fortified with silica, which as we’ve discussed decreases in our bodies with age. Strengthening your arteries and veins with DE will help with your cardiovascular health overall.
Many people have reported that DE helps to lower their cholesterol, and it helps remove plaque from artery walls, too. Use it in conjunction with MPR and bring it down that much faster!
Have you used Diatomaceous Earth? If so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments below!
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IF IT BAD FOR YOUR LUNGS HOW CAN IT BE GOOD FOR OTHER THINGS??
Where can you purchase DE, food grade?
Where would you buy this from?
Where can Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth be purchased. I would love to try it. Lately a lot of people have talked about it, but no one offers any brand names or a place it can be purchased.
Thanks for your help. ~
How do we go about ordering this “white dirt”? So it works from the inside out??
Where can I purchase this
I believe DE is one of the components of the proverbial fountain of youth. I’ve been adding it to my meals for the past 30 years. My age is twice that, but I look and feel 1/2 that old.
I’ve been taking it even tho it’s not from you. A church friend told me that she takes it along w/crushed egg shells in OJ. She told me DE was also high in calcium so was good for her bones. That’s the reason I started taking it! Also, I mistakenly ordered it to kill bugs, but was later told by another dear friend “I got the WRONG kind! To KILL bugs I DON’T want Food-Grade!” She takes it for her hair/skin/nails.
So I was going to send it back until the other friend suggested I start on it! It couldn’t hurt me! Later, in my own research, I found SILICA DECREASES INFLAMMATION=which my body has lots of!
So I have built up to a TB and do mix w/water. I also mix it in other things like cottage cheese, kefir or buttermilk when I have it.
Another friend, has been giving it to her landlord’s dog whose had some skin problems. The dog’s coat has improved w/less itching! Her skin symptoms have also improved!
I’m GLAD to read this as I didn’t know NOT to breathe it! DON’T need problems w/my lungs! I know from DR Richard Schulze NOT to breathe herbs or you’ll end up coughing/sneezing! From his “Top 10 Herbs No Home Should Be Without.”
YOU MUST BE JOKING!
What brand of DE do you use. Can you tell me why that brand. I am interested but cautious.
As a piping designer I once had the opportunity to help build a DE processing in Santa Maria California for a client in Australia wherein the end product was industrial grade DE. I’d have never known that DE is food gradable but I do know that DE is one of the best filtration product known and I also used in my aquarium years ago. However one must be careful not to inhale the dust for it can have a carcinogenic effect on the lungs.
I bought a 10 lb bag of FOOD GRADE from Amazon – I also use it to kill ants – it dries up their outer protective shell & they shrivel up — put it in the entrance ways — note that if you put it outside & it gets wet – you have to re do it MAKE sure it is FOOD GRADE – & wear a mask to protect you lungs — you would be surprises the stuff you breath in & do not know it – best to be safe than sorry – I know a lot of people that ingest it you can also get it from hardware stores – but get FOOD GRADE
food grade worked very well to kill my ant problem I use Food GRADE for everything see my comment above
I have been drinking and using calcium bentonite Clay for about 25 years. I am 84. What is the difference, or is it the same?
My Journey of Purple Rice (MPR)
At 63 I am blessed to have had and still have great BP, Cholesterol, Triglyceride & A1C numbers in the normal ranges without any medications whatsoever.
What I do (hopefully did) have is some of the Auto-Immune disorders. Not knowing at the start of these episodes through the years that they are all interrelated. Thyroid at 14 years onward; Juvie RA symptoms, & anemia, manageable some years better than others till I hit my 50’s when it felt like I had crashed into a brick wall.
When I started on my 1st bottle I was already in the throes of a major flare-up.
Near then end of the 1st bottle I realized I started detoxing.
Half way thru the 2nd bottle I started sleeping better, deeper than before especially taking a dose 30 min before going to bed.
I started adding DE each day too.
My body’s inflammation is down drastically. I’ve weened down on my meds and hope to get more good news as I see my R.A. specialist later in June.
This past Jan. I had my 2-1/2 yr. eye checkup. The doc said there was a start of cataract & my pressure was a bit high. He wanted to relook at these in April of which I did not do, but went third week in this month of May instead. It was all great news. Peripheral scan showed No Eye Issues at all!!!! I credit it all to the MPR. Love this stuff!!
Diatomaceous Earth is one of the dangerous fads the Medical Medium warns people against.