Saturday, September 5, 2015


(by: Glenn Taylor)

Fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms, called diatoms form Diatomaceous Earth (DE). The skeleton of these tiny organisms is naturally made up of silica. 

For thousands of years, diatom has built up in sediments of streams, rivers, oceans, and lakes. Presently, these deposits are being mined out because of the increasing demand. Reasons of increasing popularity are functionality. DE, after all, not only works as an abrasive externally, it also has offers various internal benefits. 

Better Digestive Health
Diatomaceous Earth helps in removing harmful microorganisms from the intestine and the digestive system. DE acts as an internal cleanser and removes various heavy metals from the digestive track regularly. Studies have also shown that using DE is also beneficial for animal feed as it can rid animals from fleas and bugs (de Namor, et al. 2012; Bennett, Yee, Rhee & Cheng, 2011). 

More Regular Bowel Movements
Another important benefit of DE is that during bowel movement, it cleans the walls of the intestines. The hard shells of the diatoms scrub intestinal walls and boost the cleansing of the colon. This allows diatoms to remove all the toxins and excrete them efficiently. This normalizes skin health, fat burning, and improves the gut flora, leading to better bowel functionality. 

Healthier Colon
The detoxification of the colon improves the health of the colon. When food grade DE is ingested, it passes from the digestive tract into the colon. While passing, it attracts all the parasites, fungi, heavy metals, protozoa, viruses, and drug residues. This helps make the colon healthier and increases the functioning to an optimal level. 

Reduced Cholesterol
Another benefit of DE has been reported to be reduction in cholesterol levels. The silica present in DE gets absorbed into the blood stream and destroys the bad fats that increase the level of blood cholesterol. This has been affirmed by research studies as well, in which DE successfully reduced cholesterol levels of the blood (Wachter, et al. 1998). 

Healthier Hair and Nails
Silica helps in improving blood circulation and strengthening of the blood vessel. This increases the blood flow towards the scalp and encourages the growth of hair. Our hair is made up of 90 percent silica and DE is entirely made up of silica. Therefore, intake of food grade DE will allow hair to get their desired nutrition. Strengthening of blood vessels also augments the growth and development of nail and hair. A research study has indicated that silica found in DE increases the thickness and strength of the hair (Jugdaohsingh, 2007). 

Joint and Ligament Health
According to Dr. Barbara Hendel, “Silica is the most important trace element in human health.” Silica is directly involved with mineral absorption in the blood. This improves blood mineral density which leads to strengthening of bones or more specifically joints and ligaments. 

Clearer Skin 
Collagen is one of the most needed components for maintaining good, younger looking skin that retains moisture. It improves elasticity and reduces wrinkles, prevents the skin from sagging and drying. The silica in DE allows the body to maintain and produce collagen. DE is also used as a facial exfoliator and removes dead cells and skin to make the skin look younger and fresh.


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