The Secret to Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails
Could it really be this simple? Can this extremely affordable substance really be the key to inner and outer health? What is it?
It’s Diatomaceous Earth (or DE.)
Before we get into “deets” let me tell you how I found out about diatomaceous earth.
I adore farmer’s markets and when I found out about the local “Yellow Green” Market a few minutes from my house, I had to check it out! It was pretty awesome…selling not just fruits and veggies, but it had booths with all sorts of handmade products from pastries to cosmetics (jackpot!) I happened upon one booth in which a man was selling natural skincare and cosmetics. After we chatted for a while, I noticed a large bottle filled with a sandy looking white powder. I asked him what it was.
As soon as I asked him, his whole face lit up. He proceeded to tell me how this substance, DE, had completely turned his life around. He had been grossly overweight and sick. He began taking the DE, lost all the extra weight, and beat the illness. From what he told me, I just wanted to buy the DE right then and there…but I’m the sort of person who will find out about something, then look it up online to “verify” what I’ve heard. So I did just that. And this is what I’ve found.
What Exactly is Diatomaceous Earth?
The name gives it away…it’s made up of earth. More specifically, it’s 89% silica, a trace element (throughout the article I’ll use the terms “DE” and “silica” interchangeably.) Dr. Barbara Hendel, in her book Water and Salt says this:
“Silica is the most important trace element in human health.”
It’s composed of tiny fossilized water plants and ground into a white powder. The better quality DE should be white in color as opposed to gray. Always be sure to purchase food grade DE. Again…always be sure to purchase food grade DE. I can’t stress this enough.
DE is a miracle product because it cleanses the entire body. When you take DE regularly, it’s like going on a perpetual total body cleanse. Most of us need this because we take in toxins on a daily basis. The human body holds 7 grams of silica, more than any other mineral. Silica helps with bodily functions and aides in mineral absorption. It helps detoxify the colon…and it’s been said death begins in the colon! According to EarthWorksHealth.com:
“Diatomaceous Earth (DE) has been reported to absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. DE is a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier.”
Here are a few more reported health benefits of DE:
[Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Osteoperosis, Weight Loss, Cosmetics, Hair, Nails, Teeth & Gums, Energy, Bacteria, Mucus, Anti-Aging, Urinary Infections, Headache]
While DE is beneficial for the entire body, when taken each day, it results in beautiful hair, skin, and nails.
What is the one nutrient which ensures young looking skin? It’s collagen. Guess what collagen is mostly made up of? Bingo! Silica. Silica deficiency in the body results in the breakdown of collagen. Silica assists in relieving skin problems such as rashes and acne. It also helps fade age spots.
Supplementing with silica far surpasses any other products for maintaining healthier and longer lasting collagen. Did that just blow your mind? Still, I wouldn’t throw out that $50 anti aging serum….you just probably won’t need to repurchase it!
How does silica help hair? Hair is made of 90% silica…and supplementing with DE promotes hair growth and strength. The same holds true for nails. If you’ve had problems with weak nails or they’re always breaking, silica is your solution. Since I’ve restarted my DE regimen, my nails have never looked more beautiful (and I always had problems with them being thin and breaking easily.)
Now, the questions are: how much to take and where do I get it from?
The general guidelines are 1-2 tablespoons a day mixed in any liquid. DE has no taste (expect maybe a bit sandy-kinda yucky, but you get used to it.) It can be added to juice, milk, or water. I prefer water. I usually add a little water and drink it like a shot, followed by more water to get the chalky taste out of my mouth. You should also do it in the morning, as an incredible energy burst is sure to follow. I then take another tablespoon in water later in the afternoon (around 3:00-4:00.) We even put it in our dog’s food since its a great flea, tick, and parasite preventative! Don’t be concerned with taking too much…the excess is eliminated through the kidneys and intestines.
Where to get it? Most health food stores do not carry it, so you must order it online. I’ve found a top quality one from More Than Alive. It’s extremely affordable at just $6.20 a pound! They also carry a 100 lb size for $100 (if you have somewhere to store it, why not get the 100lb?) They also have some great info on DE on this page, if you want to check it out.
So let’s take a hint from our European and Asian neighbors who use DE as a health and beauty aid for hair, skin, nails, bones and joints. There is nothing to lose and so much to gain. It won’t hurt to eat a little dirt.
[Now it's your turn!]
Do you make DE a regular part of your daily supplementation? Do you think you will start now that you know all this? Leave me a comment below and I’ll be your best friend! And let’s spread the knowledge by sharing this post. It’s much appreciated.
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
Disclaimer: The preceding post is for informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medical advice. If you purchase DE through my link, I will make an affiliate commission that will contribute to my Toxic Beauty fund.
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