Diatomaceous earth has a multitude health benefits and should be part of your survival medicine preps. The DE supplement is a basically the dietary form of silica, which is essential to many bodily functions, according to several recent health studies. Diatomaceous earth can reportedly help strengthen joints and bones, the immune system, and aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
DE is also highly regarded as an “internal cleanser” and is believed to have the ability to remove parasites, intestinal bacteria, various toxins and viruses such as E-coli, from the body. Diatomaceous earth is also reportedly helpful in removing heavy metals from the body and in treating tinnitus, insomnia, and headaches.
What Is This Beneficial Type Of Earth And Where Does It Come From?
Diatomaceous earth is comprised of the fossilized shells of diatoms. A diatom, is a one-celled water plant, such as algae and phytoplankton. The miniscule plants are an essential food source for nearly all marine life. Diatoms make their exoskeletons, or shells, from soluble silica – which is basically sand, from their surroundings. When the plants die, their shells sink to the bottom of the waterway and form thick and chalky fossilized bed overtime. The fossilized sediment is diatomite or diatomaceous earth.
It takes a massive amount of diatom shells to make Diatomaceous earth, yet DE remains plentiful around the globe. Diatomite is ground into a fine powder which is often referred to as “fossil shell flour” or diatomaceous earth. DE is approximately 33 percent silicon, 19 percent calcium, 5 percent sodium, 3 percent magnesium, 2 percent iron and small amounts of minerals like titanium, copper, boron, manganese, and zirconium.
Some health experts believe that an average-sized person should have seven grams of silica in their body in order to maintain “optimal” health. If those recommendations are accurate, the benefits of silica outweigh the need of essential minerals like calcium and iron. Keeping our bodies healthy will be even more important after the SHTF and we can’t go see a doctor or even get a dial tone after attempting to dial 911.
“As highly processed as our food diet tends to be, we often deprive our bodies of natural sources of silica. Foods like beets, alfalfa, oats, brown rice, leafy greens, and Bell peppers are good dietary sources of silica,” according to a report by Eat Local Grown. “Others foods like asparagus, parsley, sunflower seeds, barley, millet, and wheat contain less silica. Even with a balanced diet, however, it is estimated that only a third of the silica our body needs comes from food.”
During our younger years, the body is typically far more energetic and resilient, which is believed to be why those under 20 can absorb and maintain silica at a much higher level. As we age, the body uses up the stored silica if the daily diet does not resupply the mineral. By the time most people have reached adulthood, it is estimated that about 80 percent of the silica in the body has been used up.
Diatomaceous Earth Health and Hygiene Benefits
- Bone Health – Silica supplements are often recommended by to help repair bone damage by some members of the medical community. DE is also believed to promote the healing of fractured bones and to help minimize scarring.
- Alzheimer’s Prevention – Diatomaceous Earth may help support neurological health. Silica is believed to naturally reduce the buildup of aluminum in the body, which some reports indicate could be linked, at least in part, to Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientists added silica to water supplies laced with aluminum and found that the mineral “inhibited aluminum from being absorbed” in the test subjects. During the tests silica also reportedly increased the “elimination of aluminum” through urine. Lowered aluminum presence in the brain, liver, bone, kidneys, and spleen were also revealed during recent testing.
- Cardiovascular Health – Taking silica supplements have reportedly prompted the strengthening of blood vessels, “normalized” blood pressure, lowered cholesterol and plaque levels, and helped to keep both veins and arteries “more flexible.”
- Immune Health – DE or silica is also regarded as an aid in skin and digestive tissue health.
- Digestive Health – Diatomaceous earth has often been used to cleanse the digestive tract. Silica powder will reportedly help scrape away parasites, toxins, and viruses in the tract as well as “trapping” floating toxins.Once scraped or trapped, the toxins are excreted through bowel movements.
- Toothpaste – Sprinkle some DE on your toothpaste for added cleaning and whitening. The powder is abrasive, and not much is needed to remove stains, so use sparingly.
- Deodorant – Unlike baking soda, Diatomaceous earth does not boast much of an alkaline presence. DE powder is great for homemade deodorant makers who have experienced skin irritations and rashes when using recpies containing baking powder.
Diatomaceous Earth Dosage Recommendations
Many folks who take Diatomaceous earth supplements often ingest between a teaspoon and tablespoon of the water-soluble silica supplement each day. Before starting a DE supplement plan, consult your physician. Diatomaceous Earth has been approved by the FDA and has no known side effects, Do not ingest or breathe in “filter grade” DE, that substance should only be used as directed in swimming pool and in filter cleaning.Those who often use the silica supplement suggest taking it first thing in the morning or three hours after eating.
Pet And Livestock Uses
Food grade Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic and poses no known threats to pets and livestock. Silica supplements have often been used as a natural dewormer in animals. The talc-like powder can be also be used as an external flea treatment. When added to stored grains and feed, it helps to prevent bug infestations. DE powder has also reportedly been able to help reduce parasites in chickens.
Get Rid Of Pests Naturally
To humans and animals, DE powder is not believed to be harmful when ingested, but the results are very different on bugs. When poured where it can be ingested by beetle-type insects, such as bed bugs, fleas, ants, ticks, earwigs, and cockroaches, the silica powder can be deadly. When the little bugs eat the Diatomaceous earth powder, it harms their internal organs – imagine the harm to the human body if a person swallowed crushed glass. The powder ultimately causes dehydration and finally, death.