I recently purchased a big bag of organic, food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) online.
To the human eye, it looks like a fine powder, much like baking flour. But under a microscope, it resembles Chex cereal.
It looks and sounds kinda strange I’ll admit.
But let’s dig a little deeper to learn why so many people are raving about diatomaceous earth and find out what it can do for you.
What Is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth is made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, an ancient type of algae. Over time, these microscopic shells accumulated in freshwater lakes and formed large silica deposits.
The deposits are ground into a fine, chalk-like powder which becomes the diatomaceous earth.
Under a microscope, you can see DE has sharp, course edges. And this makes it effective for a variety of uses.
Different Grades Of Diatomaceous Earth
- Food Grade–As the name implies, organic food grade DE is safe for humans and animals to eat. Due to its high silica and trace mineral content, it is often taken as a supplement, as well as a variety of other uses.
- Pool Grade–This purpose of this type of DE is only to be used as a filter aid for swimming pools. It can be toxic if inhaled and even cause cancer, so caution must be used when handling.
- Pest Control Grade–Pest control grade DE is used specifically to get rid of, you guessed it, pests! DE is a great natural insecticide. It’s especially effective for getting rid of fleas, ants, and bed bugs.
5 Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth
1. Healthy Skin And Nails
The silica in DE strengthens nails. (1)
Also, DE is a great facial exfoliator, ridding the skin’s surface of dead skin cells.
2. Healthy Teeth
Because DE is naturally abrasive, it’s used in many kinds of toothpaste and is effective at polishing teeth. Furthermore, it draws stains out of teeth, making them whiter. Plus, the silica in DE strengthens the enamel of our teeth. (2)
3. Gets Rid Of Parasites And Detox
One study in The Oxford Journal Of Poultry Science found DE to be an effective parasite cleanse. (3)
Estimates of the percentage of Americans infected by parasites vary, some as high as 80%. But, the bottom line is that you don’t have to visit a foreign country or drink “bad” water to get parasites. Many people report DE helping them get rid of parasites.
It’s also great at binding to bacteria, viruses and heavy metals which gives the body a good detoxification. And it makes sense because supplementing with DE daily gives your digestive tract a good scrub.
4. Improved Bone and Joint Health
Supplementing your diet with silicon has been proven to increase bone mineral density and proper joint formation. (4)
So, this makes DE perfect for anyone wanting to prevent osteoporosis and grow strong bones, joints and healthy ligaments.
5. Kills Insects Without Harmful Chemicals
DE is an excellent natural choice for eliminating bed bugs, fleas, dust mites and cockroaches. According to pctonline.com:
Both silica gel and diatomaceous earth kill insects by removing a portion of the razor-thin, waxy outer coating that helps them conserve moisture. As a result, they desiccate and die from dehydration.
Popular Uses For Diatomaceous Earth
- water filters
- products to kill fleas on pets
- facial scrub
- treatments to kill bedbugs
- nutritional supplements
- rodent-killing products
- cleaning products
- stain remover
- fridge deodorizer
How To Take Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Most people start by taking 1 teaspoon one time per day for several days in liquid or food. After your body adjusts you may want to gradually increase this amount up to 1 tablespoon.
It’s important to mention that the DE will not completely dissolve, so you’ll have to keep stirring it until you drink the entire glass of liquid down. Or you can incorporate it into a smoothie.
Just make sure to drink plenty of water.
Diatomaceous Earth Precautions
Please note that DE is not recommended for people who have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis. (6)
Also, be careful not to inhale the powder into your lungs when measuring your dose.
For more great safety tips about diatomaceous earth check out the infographic below.
As you can see, DE is used for many purposes, such as cleaning, deodorizing and killing unwanted bugs.
Consequently, taken internally, food grade diatomaceous earth has some amazing health benefits including healthier teeth and gums, skin and hair, getting rid of parasites and improved joint and bone health.
Have you tried DE? What’s your favorite use for diatomaceous earth?
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