Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is something that I wanted to write about as I have found the results too good to keep to myself - both for my skin and my overall wellbeing. I have noticed a great difference in the texture and overall aesthetic of my skin since consuming DE. My skin feels softer, plump and looks more youthful and I feel cleaner on the inside with less toxicity and heavy metals 'floating' around inside my body.
DE is a natural product made up of fossilized algae, and is over twelve million years old. The composition of DE is between 80-90% silica; an essential mineral component found within our ligaments, bones, skin, nails, hair and cartilage. Silica is a mineral which the body uses to produce collagen; the protein which keeps your skin youthful and plump.
DE comes in the form of a soft white powder and is used in many products such as skin products, foods and water filtering systems to naturally eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects and parasites by binding to them and drying them out. DE also improves the body’s use of calcium, protect joints and reduces the signs of ageing.
More benefits of DE include:
1. Improved detoxification
2. Enhanced immune system
3. Improved digestion
4. Healthy skin, hair and nails
5. Improved joint health
How to consume DE
Food Grade DE is safe for human consumption and my favourite powder can be found here.
When I first started taking DE, I would drink it for two weeks a month over a 6 month period. I now drink DE one week every month (the first 7 days of each month). I take two teaspoons of DE mixed with water once a day first thing in the morning upon waking. It is best taken on an empty stomach and is tasteless so very easy to drink. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day to amplify the benefits and to flush the DE through your body. By cycling my dosage every few weeks, it gives my body a break and is an effective and safe way to detox with the powder.
NOTE: Do not breathe the powder in through your nose or mouth, DE must be taken mixed with water as it can irritate your nasal passages and your lungs if inhaled in large amounts.