5 Impressive Health Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth

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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.

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diatomaceous earth, magnified (photo courtesy www.earthworkshealth.com)

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  • toothpastes

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    Diatomaceous earth is used in many products, including toothpaste.
  • water filters
  • products to kill fleas on pets
  • facial scrub
  • treatments to kill bedbugs
  • nutritional supplements
  • rodent-killing products
  • cleaning products
  • deodorant
  • 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.

I’ve found that it doesn’t have much flavor at all. And I can get it down easily in some Spicy V-8, lemon water or one of my protein smoothies.

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.

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Diatomaceous earth infographic (courtesy www.peststrategies.com)

The Takeaway

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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22 Essential Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Many people experience weight gain during the holidays. With the return of colder weather, comfy sweaters and family gatherings it’s easy to pack on a few pounds. Please tell me I’m not alone here.

But you can still enjoy the holidays and avoid holiday weight gain by following these essential tips.

22 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Eat a protein-rich snack before you go out.

If you arrive at a holiday party famished you’re likely to overeat. Avoid mindless snacking by choosing a healthy snack, such as the one of the following:

  • Greek yogurt and berries
  • a handful of healthy fat-rich nuts, such as almonds, pecans, cashews, or walnuts
  • an apple with peanut butter, or other nut butter
  • a protein shake, like My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • string cheese
  • jerky
  • hummus and veggies

For more healthy snack options, check out Top 20 Best Healthy Snacks.

2. Stay active.

Many families enjoy sitting around and watching parades, Christmas music specials or ballgames during the holidays.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these traditions, all this inactivity can lead to weight gain. This is especially true if we’re also eating too much rich food (1)

Rather than lounging around all day, consider:

  • taking a family walk, either outside or inside a mall
  • going ice skating
  • building a snowman with your kids
  • going sledding

These activities will burn calories and keep you fit while giving you the opportunity to bond with loved ones.

3. Pay attention to portion sizes

With all the delicious foods prepared during the holidays, it can be tempting to overeat. But, people who eat larger portion sizes tend to gain weight more than those who don’t (2). Makes sense, right?

Read food labels to discern correct portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your food.

4. Get adequate sleep.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain and a slowed metabolism (3, 4)? When we don’t sleep enough we tend to eat more and exercise less. Our hunger hormone levels increase and this raises calorie intake.

Read 16 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight for helpful sleeping advice.

5. Don’t hang out near the food at a party.

If you linger by the delicious dishes and desserts, the temptation to indulge is greater. But if you step away from the food and focus more on talking to people you’ll save calories, and you just might have more fun.

This tip reminds me of the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind”. The same thought applies to your pantry at home. Throw out the junk food so it’s not there tempting you to eat it.

6. Keep stress under control.

The holidays are stressful sometimes. There are people to see, presents to buy and wrap and recipes to make. But it’s important to keep our stress levels under control.

When we are chronically stressed, our levels of cortisone go up. This can cause us to eat more and gain weight (5).

Focus on activities that reduce stress, such as exercise and deep breathing techniques. And for more about reducing stress read 5 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress And Relax.

Also, I found a great app that helps you focus on reducing stress. It’s called Calm.

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Sharing healthy foods at holiday gatherings is fun!

7.  Prepare a healthy dish to share.

Bringing a healthy dish to holiday gatherings can give you something healthy to eat even if everything else is rich or sugar-laden. This can help you keep your healthy eating goals in check.

It also gives others the opportunity to try a delicious and healthful recipe!

8. Use a smaller plate.

Using large plates often leads us to consume more calories. If not kept in check, this can lead to weight gain (6). Using a small plate helps you control portion sizes and reduce overeating.

9. Avoid processed food.

This includes most foods in packages, boxes or bags. Processed foods are often stripped of nutrients. And most have added unhealthy fats, sugar and preservatives.

10. Keep a food diary.

Write down everything you eat or use an app to help you.

If you’re like me, I often underestimate how much I eat in a day.  Keeping a food diary helps me stay on track with my goals and be more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth.

My favorite tracking app is MyFitnessPal. You may want to try it.

11. Weigh yourself weekly.

Okay, so there are conflicting viewpoints when it comes to weighing yourself. Some people weigh a few times a week. Some never.

It’s good to keep in mind that weight fluctuations are normal day-to-day. But, many people find it helps them stay accountable and makes them more aware of their progress if they weigh weekly (7).

12. Watch your beverage and alcohol intake.

Soda, juice, alcohol and other beverages are full of empty calories and sugar. These factors contribute to weight gain (8).

The best thing to drink? You guessed it….water! (See number 16.)

13. Take smaller bites and chew your food thoroughly.

Eliminate distractions, such as electronics, and eat mindfully, savoring each delicious bite (9).

14. Keep a consistent workout routine.

Stick to your regular fitness routine as much as possible. Consistent training produces better results. Are you lacking motivation? Reading 3 Ways To Get Motivated And Stay Motivated To Work Out can help.

And that leads me to tip, #15.

15. Stay positive even if you get off track.

Don’t beat yourself up or stress about it. Simply restart your commitment a healthy life and get back on track. Simply focus on your health and fitness goals and keep moving forward with your plan.

It might help to use Motivational Quotes And Power Phrases.

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Lemon water is refreshing and healthy.

16. Drink a glass of water before meals and snacks.

Sometimes we think we’re hungry when our body simply needs water. Drinking water fills us up and helps prevent overeating (10).

Read 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water to learn more.

17. Leave a few bites of food on your plate.

Are you a member of the “clean plate club”? It’s okay to admit it, I used to think I had to clean my plate too.

Try leaving a few bites of food on your plate. You probably won’t even miss them and the calories you’ve saved add up and can help prevent weight gain.

18. Eat loads of veggies.

Filling up with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits can help prevent obesity (11). They’re filled with vital nutrients and vitamins as well as healthy fiber.

19. Lift weights.

Building muscle is one of the best ways to increase your metabolism and burn more calories.

A great way to build muscle is by doing a kettlebell workout. You can check out 20 Reasons To Try A Kettlebell Workout to learn more.

20. Fill up on fiber.

Eating more fiber fills you up faster which can prevent you from eating as much and gaining weight (12).

Fiber-rich foods include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • legumes
  • whole grains.

21. Buddy up.

Find a friend who has similar health goals and give each other accountability. Having someone to work out or swap health recipes with can help you stay on track.

22. Avoid sugar and simple carbs.

Eating too much sugar is a common cause of weight gain and obesity (13).

When you come face to face with the desserts this holiday season, focus on selecting only your favorites and leaving the rest. This will save you from sugar overload and help keep your blood sugar in a manageable range.

For more on the dangers of sugar check out 20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health.

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22 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain (INFOGRAPHIC)

What are ways you try to stay healthy during the holidays?

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Easy Low Carb Keto One Pot Meal: Healthy And Delicious

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Last night I was craving beef and veggies and remembered a recipe I recently pinned to my Pinterest Ketogenic Low Carb Eating Plan board. Realizing I had most of the ingredients on hand I decided to go for it. And boy am I glad I did! The recipe was quick and easy to make in one pot. It’s super healthy too, full of antioxidant-rich veggies, garlic and ground beef for protein power.

I originally found the recipe over at BudgetBytes.com but I altered it a bit based on what I had in my fridge. I substituted a bag of coleslaw mix (which includes different types of cabbage and shredded carrots) to make it super fast and easy.

Also, I didn’t have the sriracha for heat so I left it out and added plenty of cracked black pepper. If you like spicy dishes like I do I think the sriracha would really kick it up a notch, so I’m going to buy some the next time I’m at the store. I’m also going to add in some chopped broccoli the next time I make it just because it sounds good.

I ate a huge bowl full and my craving was wholly satisfied. One of the benefits of doing intermittent fasting nearly every day is that I no longer have to count calories (though I track my macros on the MyFitnessPal app). I can eat until my hunger is satiated. And who doesn’t love that?! So, without further ado, the recipe:

Easy Low Carb Keto One Pot Meal

EASY ONE POT BEEF AND VEGGIE STIR FRY

Yield: 8

EASY ONE POT BEEF AND VEGGIE STIR FRY

Ingredients

    STIR FRY
  • 1 16-oz bag tri-color coleslaw mix
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp neutral-flavored cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
    STIR FRY SAUCE
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp sriracha
    GARNISHES (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Prep the sauce first. In a small bowl stir the sesame oil, soy sauce and sriracha together and set aside.
  2. Slice the onion. Mince the cloves of garlic. Peel and finely grate the ginger.
  3. Heat a larger pot or skillet over medium heat. Once it is heated add the cooking oil, ground beef, onion, ginger, garlic and salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned.
  4. Add the bag of cole slaw mix and continue to cook and stir until the cabbage is slightly wilted, or more if that's your preference. Add the stir fry sauce and combine completely. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds if you like and serve.
    RECIPE NOTES
  1. Feel free to add broccoli or any other vegetables you like.
  2. Prep Time: 15 minutes
  3. Cook Time: 15 minutes
  4. Servings: 8 - 1.5 cup servings
  5. Author: Adapted from BudgetBytes.com
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If you’re interested in the macros and nutrition information per one serving, I ran the recipe through MyFitnessPal and the results are as follows:

Calories: 194
Carbs: 7 g
Fat: 12 g
Protein: 13 g
Sugar: 3 g
Fiber: 2 g
Net Carbs: 5 g

Here are 6 Easy Ways To Cut Carbs And Lose Weight


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Health Food And My First Time to Trader Joe’s

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Trader Joe’s was started back in 1958 as a chain of little convenience stores called Pronto Markets. In ’67 their founder changed the name to Trader Joe’s. They made the stores bigger and selected fun Hawaiian shirts for employees to wear. The company works to cut costs and bring customers good value on the health food and other products they sell. They are quite popular and continue to open stores throughout the U.S. I only wish they’d open one close to where we live in southwest Missouri.

Health Food Obsession

health foodI wanted to go to Trader Joe’s for a long time. If you’re one of the lucky ones who live close to a Trader Joe’s it’s probably not a big deal to you. But for me, it was. I love trying the latest health foods!

That, and I tend to get excited about the little things in life.

If you’ve never been, they have fresh produce and all sorts of healthy foods, including gluten-free, vegan and kosher items. The prices are reasonable too, especially when you consider the quality of food you’re getting.

We bought some apples and the best natural peanut butter I’ve ever tasted. David, my dear husband, and I talked about how we can’t believe there’s not a Trader Joe’s in Springfield, close to where we live, and he started dreaming about opening one of our own. I love my entrepreneurial guy!

TJ’s has a website full of great recipes, tips for what to serve when entertaining guests, meal prep tips and all sorts of healthy information you might want to check out: Trader Joe’s


Do you have a favorite place to shop for healthy food? Have you been to Trader Joe’s?

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