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What is Diatomaceous Earth?
The main component of diatomaceous earth is silicon dioxide. This naturally occurring substance is mined from old lake beds. It's composed of diatoms that have fossilized over millennia in old fresh water lake zones.
Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized shells of microscopic water-dwelling organisms known as diatoms. Diatoms are one-celled plants (algae or phytoplankton) that are the primary food source for marine life. These plants have been part of the earth's ecology since prehistoric times, yet their species still exists today in both salty and fresh waters all over the world.
Diatom Nutri is 89 - 95 percent amorphous silica. As well as being very high in silica percentage it also contains 15 essential trace minerals including phosphorous, selenium, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is a natural powder that works in a purely physical/mechanical manner, not "chemical" and thus has no chemical toxicity. Food grade DE has NO odor.
Silica alone is in fact crucial to bones, tendons, skin, cartilage and blood vessels. Silica exists in the blood stream and important organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs.
As well as the trace minerals, Fossil Shell Flour particles are negatively charged. Heavy metals, bacteria and viruses, pesticides and drug residues, E-Coli are all typically positively charged.
Some of the reported potential benefits of daily consumption of D.E include:
Regardless of what health based goal you have in mind, when you are planning to use D.E, make sure it is food grade. Food grade Diatomaceous earth is the only type of DE safe for human consumption.
D.E is easy to take; simply add it to water and stir well. Because D.E won't dissolve, be sure to stir vigorously before consumption. As a detox or anti parasite/fungi protocol we recommend to take D.E 30 minutes before having food. As you begin to take DE you should start to notice changes within the first few weeks. As the silica works its way into your system you will begin to see your hair, skin, nails, appetite, and metabolism helped along. It is important to drink more water when on a D.E. protocol. See our label for instructions.
What Do Fossilized Shells Have to Do With Improving Your Health?
It’s all about the silica.
As I mentioned earlier, the shells of diatoms are made up mostly of silica (known by chemists as silicon dioxide). Silica is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet, but most of it is in a form that is un-absorbable by humans, and there are limited numbers of foods that contain an adequate amount of the absorbable form to supply the quantity our body needs. Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health. It plays an important role in many body functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. Nutritionists say that for optimal health, the average human body needs to hold approximately seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron and calcium. Silica can be found in such foods as alfalfa, beets, brown rice and oats. Bell peppers and leafy green vegetables also provide silica, while asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, parsley, sunflower seeds and grain husks, such as barley, millet and wheat contain smaller amounts.
Years ago, the silica found in our foods was adequate, but with today’s depleted soils, only about one-third of the silica needed by our body is supplied in our food. In our youth, our tissues absorb and maintain high levels of silica— enabling our bodies to remain flexible, resilient, and energetic— but as we age, and as our dietary sources of silica are not meeting our needs, our silica levels steadily decline until they become almost non-existent. In fact, 80% of all of our body’s silica is used up by the time we become adults.
Signs of Silica Deficiency
Silica plays an important role in promoting healthy bones, teeth, skin, tendons, blood vessels, nails, and hair. This basic mineral serves as a building block for so much of your body's structure.
Having silica available for your body is necessary to the basic upkeep of so many structures and functions. The silica that you take is almost like the concrete in a tall building: when it works alongside other minerals, it can build a durable and functional structure. But if you take away the basic mineral that your body uses so much of, you can begin to see some side effects.
If you are suffering from a silica deficiency, your skin slackens, nails weaken, and hair becomes brittle. Hair is normally the first one to show the signs of low silica intake. The average adult human has between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs on their head and each day an average of 100 hairs fall out. But the average person has around the same number of hairs grow back. With a silica deficiency, the number of hairs that begin growing each day falls off a cliff. This leads to thinning hair and, eventually, baldness.
Some people who are experiencing hair loss simply need to increase their silica intake to see the growth rebound. D.E. is an excellent mineral source of silica and for absolute best results it is good to combine it with eating some plant-derived silica such as is found in Horsetail herb or millet grain. As with many nutritional changes, it can take a few weeks before you will notice any new hair growth, it takes time for new hair to start developing beneath your scalp.
On the flip side, even if you aren't deficient, having added silica in your system can work wonders for your hair, skin, and nails. As previously stated, many companies use silica as a primary ingredient for healthy hair and skin supplements; even if you are just looking for better hair, a silica supplement like D.E is a simple way to see change in just a few weeks.
If you want good hair but are worried about spending money on costly supplements, know that our food grade D.E is, flat out, the most cost effective silica supplement on the market.
Taking D.E is just as easy as opening that tub of yogurt or pouring yourself some bran cereal, just mix one teaspoon with a drink each morning. It's that simple!