Diatomaceous Earth - The next big thing in health and well being?
Posted Friday 28th April 2017 at 2:30pm
You may have never heard of Diatomaceous Earth before, even though it’s been a part of the earth’s ecology for millions of years, but based on its remarkable health benefits we think it’s time the word got out. Like kale and goji berries before it, Diatomaceous Earth, or DE, may very well be the next big thing in the wellness industry.
Diatomaceous earth is an all-natural product made from tiny fossilised water plants or algae called diatoms. You’ve probably used DE before and not even realised it. It’s commonly found in pet nutrition products, sprays and products used to kill bugs, water filters, skin care products, toothpastes, foods and beverages such as beer and wine, and even in supplements and medicines.
Wait, I know what you’re thinking- did they just say it’s used to kill bugs and it’s used in food and beverages? Yep!
DE is available in two different grades: food grade (meant to be taken internally by humans) and non-food grade (used in industrial practices). The FDA in the US lists food grade diatomaceous earth as “Generally Recognised as Safe” and it has been used in household, beauty, food and pesticide products since the 1960s.
So how does it work and what is it exactly?
DE usually comes in the form of a white powder comprised of ground up diatoms (fossilised remains of tiny aquatic organisms) and is used to naturally eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out. It also has the ability to improve bone mineralisation, protect joints and fight the effects of ageing.
Sure, we’ve all heard about juice cleanses for detoxification, but DE takes detoxing to a whole new level.
Diatomaceous earth helps to eliminate unhealthy bacteria, parasites, fungi, protozoa, endotoxins, pesticides and drug residues, e-coli, heavy metals (including methyl mercury), and protein toxins produced by some intestinal infections from the body. It does this by becoming negatively charged and attracting harmful microbes, free radicals and positively charged waste and helping the body to excrete them safely.
Parasites in the stomach or digestive tract are killed by the sharp edges of the DE. These edges also help to clean the walls of the intestines to remove mucus and mould, allowing the body to absorb more of the nutrients in the foods we eat.
A small amount of DE is absorbed into the blood stream as silica. Silica works similarly to antioxidants found in high-antioxidant foods, fighting free radical damage and detoxifying the blood.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that silica helps eliminate heavy metals such as aluminium from the body. It can also be beneficial to bone and connective tissue and can help prevent osteoporosis.
DE health benefits include:
- Improved digestion and more regular bowel movements
- Better liver and colon functioning
- Improved detoxification and removal of heavy metals
- Stronger immune function and protection from illnesses
- Healthier looking skin, hair and nails
- Stronger bones and protection from fractures or osteoporosis
- Improved joint and ligament health
- Improved energy
Ready to try Diatomaceous Earth for yourself?
Come into TMP Organics and pick up your pack of Fossil Power Diatomaceous Earth or Supercharged Food Heal Your Gut Powder and experience the benefits for yourself.
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