Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is a gentle abrasive that's also highly absorbent, and it's almost entirely made of silica - an important component of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature. This unique resume makes DE one of the cheapest and most versatile health products on the market.
Diatomaceous earth is an amazing dietary supplement because it (1) helps move things out of your intestines and (2) helps promote healthier hair, skin, bones, and joints.
Take diatomaceous earth on an empty stomach. We recommend starting small and slowly working your way up to a higher dose; begin with a teaspoon added to at least 12 ounces of liquid. Mix vigorously and drink immediately.
Some people don't like the mildly chalky flavor and gritty texture that are typical of DE mixed with water. If that describes you, try adding DE to a drink with more flavor (milk, orange juice, coffee, smoothies) or to light foods like yogurt, oatmeal, or applesauce.
As your body begins to detox from the DE, you may experience what is commonly known as "die off," which sometimes gives people mild flu-like symptoms for a couple days. This is a side effect of toxins leaving your body, not a side effect of DE itself. You can counteract these symptoms by increasing your fluid consumption, as well as reducing your DE dose for a couple days.
Now that you know how to take diatomaceous earth, let's talk about what diatomaceous earth can do for you. As stated before, taking DE can help promote healthier hair, skin, bones, and joints.
The silica in diatomaceous earth is actually a primary ingredient in many of the over-priced hair supplements at your local pharmacy. If you have thinning hair, you can begin to see new hair growth after a few weeks of taking DE, giving your hair a fuller, healthier look.
Collagen, another fundamental building block of healthy skin production, is helped by the presence of silica from diatomaceous earth. That extra silica can make your skin smoother and healthier.
The silica in diatomaceous earth is not only an essential component of hair, it is essential for nails, too. So if you have brittle nails, take some DE to see them get stronger in just a few weeks.
Taking diatomaceous earth won't just help the way you look externally, but it will also help you internally.
DE can actually help create more regular bowel movements and detox your digestive system.
The increased collagen production that results from adding silica to your diet can support healthy digestion, allowing your body to absorb more nutrients and flush out more unnecessary waste.
Looking to lose some weight? Collagen helps support a healthy metabolism and can help you manage your weight when combined with diet and exercise.
Collagen helps promote joint health and can reduce joint pain over time and strengthen the cartilage that cushions our joint movements.
Studies have also shown that DE, when taken daily, can help promote healthy cholesterol levels.
Silica is also an ingredient in many dental, skincare, and cosmetic products. Why bother spending money on costly cosmetics and personal care products when you can use silica-rich diatomaceous earth?