Few people give much thought to lowly diatoms, single –celled marine microorganisms that are found in large bodies of water. However, when these tiny organisms die, their skeletal remains settle to the bottom, become fossilized overtime and accumulate to produce one of nature’s most beneficial and healthful substances: diatomaceous earth.
Diatomaceous earth is often harvested from areas where large bodies of water once stood and is marketed in tow grades-industrial and food grade. Industrial grace diatomaceous is used for many purposes including water filtration systems in swimming pools.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is perhaps best known for its use as a non-toxic insecticide. However, food grade diatomaceous earth offers a host of health benefits too. The sharp points found on the fossilized diatom exoskeletons create a safe and non-toxic strong abrasive that scrubs intestinal walls and cuts up any parasites present in the digestive tract.
Additionally, as is passes the digestive tract, it attracts and absorbs pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. It also absorbs and removes pesticides, heavy metals, and drug residues. Diatomaceous earth also has many health benefits due to its mineral content, which consist of about 85% amorphous silica and approximately 20 trace minerals. The silica in diatomaceous earth is effective in preventing premature aging.
Silica can also help repair and maintain lung tissue elasticity. Regular intake of diatomaceous earth also has numerous other health benefits, some of which include:
-lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol
-relieving sore joints
- Healthier skin and hair
- Healthier teeth and gums
- Harder nails
Diatomaceous earth does not have an unpleasant taste. Simply mix one to two tablespoons daily in liquid or food. Since it does not dissolve, it may be necessary to stir a few times while drinking to prevent settling.
As some people experience high energy levels, it is best taken in the morning hours.
Always contact your health care practitioner before starting any supplement program.
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