Uses for Diatomaceous Earth
Have you heard about Diatomaceous Earth? If you haven’t got a clue about what we are talking, read further to find out what it is and how it can be used to achieve many health goals.
Diatomaceous Earth (what it is and its FDA classification)
The soft powder derived from the remains of diatom fossils, a type of aquatic organisms, is known as Diatomaceous Earth.
The uniqueness of this powder lies in the following:
- Its high silica content (important in building healthy and strong hair, nails, and skin)
- Its hardness (it has a hardness of 7, while diamonds are a 9) and its interesting appearance (when viewed through a microscope it appears as a small tube with many holes in it)
- Its strong negative charge.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is classified as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS), by the FDA, and some of its common uses include: a toothpaste ingredient, clarifying agent in beer or wine, and a natural pest repellent.
What Is It Good For?
Due to its special structure, diatomaceous earth represents a great, natural insect and pest repellent (intestinal parasites included), as well as a mild cleanser of the digestive system. In addition, it also helps to significantly enhance the quality and health of skin, hair, nails, and teeth.
Its powerful negative charge allows it to naturally bind to harmful agents and substances such as chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals, viruses, or radiation, and eliminate them from the organism. Furthermore, diatomaceous earth’ strong structure makes it capable of piercing the exoskeleton of insects on a microscopic level, making them dehydrate and die. It does not have any harmful effects on humans and animals.
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is acknowledged to be safe for human and animal use, and food-grade DE is regarded as safe for human consumption, even for pregnant and nursing women.
Here’s a list of some of its amazing uses:
As we mentioned in the text above, diatomaceous earth is commonly used to repel insects, pests and parasites, and to improve the health of skin, hair and nails. However, there are many other uses for it and the following are a few:
- Food Intolerances/GAPS Diet
The GAPS Diet focuses on removing foods that are difficult to digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods to give the intestinal lining a chance to heal and seal (GAPSdiet.com). Diatomaceous earth can be very helpful in the treatment of food intolerances as it helps rid the body of parasites that cause this health issue in the first place. Its nutritional content can make a visible difference in the patient’s attitude and digestion.
- Bed Bugs
Get rid of bed bugs by sprinkling some DE on your mattress each night.
- Reduction of Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Diatomaceous earth has a strong detoxifying effect and an ability to eliminate harmful agents and decrease inflammatory processes, which allow it to be highly beneficial for people who suffer from high blood pressure or increased cholesterol levels. Moreover, it contains nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, silicon, iron, and other trace minerals, all of which offer an array of health benefits.
This amazing powder can help you get rid of fleas in no time. Just sprinkle some of it everywhere in your home for a few days and repeat once a week for a few weeks and the fleas will be gone for good.
- Hair Growth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth contains about 85% silica. Due to its natural high silica content, it represents a great way to enhance hair growth.
- Skin Health
Owing to its strong abrasive nature, diatomaceous earth is commonly used as a toothpaste and facial exfoliator. Exfoliation helps to eliminate dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and restore its glow. The powder’s high silica content is essential for healthy skin, hair, teeth, and nails, which is why this product is frequently considered a powerful beauty mineral.
- Toenail Fungus
Eliminate toenail fungus infection by regularly sprinkling some DE in your socks.
- De-worm Pets and Discourage Fleas from Livestock
To prevent your pets from getting worms, sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on their food once in a while. Diatomaceous earth placed in the feed of livestock can help discourage fleas as well as other harmful bugs.
What’s IMPORTANT to know about DE:
You should ONLY use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for consumption, because other types of it are not considered safe and if inhaled, can have harmful impact on your lungs. This does not apply to food grade DE, as it is considered to be harmless if inhaled:
“After inhalation of amorphous diatomaceous earth, it is rapidly eliminated from lung tissue. However, crystalline diatomaceous earth is much smaller, and it may accumulate in lung tissue and lymph nodes. Very low levels of crystalline diatomaceous earth may be found in pesticide products.”
A detox reaction can be triggered by consumption of DE, which is why you should start consuming it gradually. Adults should start taking 1 teaspoon of it per day on an empty stomach and gradually increase the dose to 1 tablespoon per day. Children should start with ¼- ½ teaspoon a day and work up to a teaspoon per day.
Diatomaceous earth has a chalky consistency and tastes like a mild mixture of dirt and chalk, but don’t let this discourage you from trying it. To make it easier for consumption, you can mix it in some water, juice or coconut milk and consume it at once.
Although diatomaceous earth has been found to be useful for many health issues and it has been recognized as safe by the FDA, it is not meant to treat, heal, or prevent or diagnose any type of disease.
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