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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How To Do Oil Pulling For Better Health

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What’s Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic Indian tradition of swishing or “pulling” oil in the mouth. It cleanses and pulls harmful toxins out of the body.

Did you know that bad bacteria can enter the bloodstream through our mouths and cause illness and disease?  Oil pulling kills Streptococcus mutans bacteria which cause tooth decay (1). It is affordable, and is also a great teeth whitener!

Oil Pulling Can Help If You Have Mercury Fillings

In recent years oil pulling has reemerged in the field of holistic health. In the midst of my battle with Lyme disease, two different doctors recommended I start oil pulling daily because of my struggle with detoxing and the fact that I had mercury fillings in my mouth. Mercury is highly toxic, and after hearing this suggestion a few times, I finally had them removed a couple of months ago.

If you’re interested in getting your fillings replaced with natural fillings like I did you can search online for a “holistic dentist”. Dr. Robert Sexauer is the dentist who was recommended to me and he did a great job! He’s a very kind and intelligent man who cares about his patient’s total health and is great to explain the process.  Because of what I’ve learned if our kids ever need to get a filling I will make sure the fillings are natural and not made of mercury.

Each day I do oil pulling for 20 minutes. This may sound like a long time, but once you get used to the process it’s not bad at all. I actually look forward to it because I know I’m doing something that can improve my health (and having a brighter smile isn’t bad either).

I like to use organic coconut oil, but you can also use sesame or olive oil. Many sources say to use one tablespoon, but I’ve found that taking a couple of teaspoons is plenty.

How To Do Oil Pulling:

  • Put 1 or 2 teaspoons (or up to 1 tablespoon) of oil in your mouth. If you use coconut oil, because it is solid at room temperature, you may need to chew it a bit at first to help to get it in a liquid form.
  • Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. I set the timer on my phone so that I don’t have to keep checking the clock. This way I’m able to get other things done while I’m swishing. The swishing needs to be hard enough to pull the oil through your teeth, but not so hard that it causes you stress or jaw pain. Using a gentle swishing movement is perfect! While you’re swishing make sure not to gargle or swallow any of the oil! Doing so would put the harmful toxins back into your body.
  • Spit the oil out in the trash. Do not spit in the sink because this could cause your plumbing to become clogged (and that would not be good!).
  • Rinse your mouth out with water, swishing well. Repeat until oil is gone.
  • Brush your teeth well.
  • Look in the mirror and enjoy your clean, white smile!

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Oil pulling has many benefits and is a great practice to add to your healthy living regimen. I want to encourage you to give a try and see what you think. I’d love to from you about your experiences with oil pulling too!

You might like to check out these related articles about coconut oil and oil pulling:

Have you tried oil pulling?

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8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health

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Oil pulling is trendy and everyone is talking about it. But it’s not just a passing fad.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that’s been around for ages and has multiple benefits. There are many reasons to start oil pulling, and I’d like to share some of them with you today:

8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling For Better Health:

1. Detoxifies the body

Our mouths are home to a variety of bacteria and harmful toxins. Examples of common toxins include pollution, pesticides, preservatives added to prepackaged foods, harmful bacteria and yeasts inside the body, chronic infections, stress and negative thinking.

Many people also have amalgam fillings in their teeth which are composed of about 50% mercury.

If the toxins build up in our bodies they can cause extensive damage and disease. Oil pulling helps “pull” the toxins out and eliminates them from our system.

Related: 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally

2. Freshens breath

Halitosis is a by-product released by bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling helps get rid of these bacteria, giving you fresh, clean breath.

3. Whitens teeth

In my experience oil pulling is an amazingly effective teeth whitener! It works just as well, if not better, as commercial teeth whiteners (such as Crest Whitestrips) which are full of bleach and other toxic ingredients that often taste terrible and cause tooth sensitivity.

4. Helps the body manage hormonal changes more efficiently

When the body has fewer toxins to clean out, it can spend more energy on other important functions such as balancing your hormones.

5. Helps prevent headaches and migraines

A major cause of headaches is an overload of toxins in the body. Oil pulling helps naturally cleanse the body of these harmful toxins, preventing future headaches and migraines.

Related: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

6. Removes plaque

Oil pulling helps reduce harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) which cause plaque that cause cavities (1).

7. Improves skin conditions

Removing toxins from the body has a positive impact on the skin too. It can help clear acne and other skin conditions.

8. Heals bleeding gums

Oil pulling reduces inflammation overall and helps reverse gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.

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Oil Pulling INFOGRAPHIC

Which Oil Should I Use For Oil Pulling?

I use coconut oil for daily oil pulling. You might like to try coconut oil too due to its many health benefits.

A reader recently asked me if there is a type of coconut oil that doesn’t have the coconut oil flavor. It’s important to note that virgin coconut oil generally has a mild flavor but if you don’t want to try this you may want to try expeller pressed refined coconut oil.

Although expeller pressed oil is refined it has the same health benefits as virgin coconut oil. And the refining process used to make the expeller pressed is all-natural so it is not harmful to you like other refined products can be.

Also, know that you don’t have to use coconut oil to do oil pulling.

You do want a high-quality, pure, organic plant-based oil. Coconut oil is one many people use, but you can also use sunflower, olive, sesame, walnut, avocado, black cumin seed and others.

If you’ve never done oil pulling before, you may want to read How To Do Oil Pulling For Better Health. It explains exactly what to do.

I hope this list of 8 reasons to start oil pulling for better health encourage you to try it for yourself and reap the health benefits!

Here is our favorite coconut oil. It’s high quality and affordable:

Related: 81 Uses For Coconut Oil


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7 Reasons To Take Probiotics

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Probiotics are the “good bacteria”.

Consequently, there are several compelling reasons to take probiotics. But, they are probably best known for impacting the health of our digestive tract.

I first heard about probiotics supplements 2 years ago.

I had recently learned I have Sjogren’s syndrome and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). These are both chronic autoimmune conditions.

When I was first diagnosed with Sjogren’s and MCTD my body was worn down from fighting untreated Lyme disease.

If I realized the importance of probiotics to health, I would have started taking them a long time ago.

So, whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, or you’re completely healthy, you may want to consider taking probiotics. They can help practically anyone.

The Impact Of GMOs

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are used to make processed foods. Unfortunately, GMOs destroy probiotics or the “good bacteria”.

It’s vital to replenish probiotics in our bodies because we eat these foods.

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Probiotic Benefits INFOGRAPHIC

7 Reasons To Take Probiotics

  1. They can help prevent autoimmunity and allergic reactions (1).
  2. Probiotics are effective in treating diarrhea, which is caused by taking antibiotics.
  3. They can help reduce anxiety and depression. Dr. Gershon refers to the gut as our “second brain”.
  4. Probiotics have been proven to destroy harmful bacteria (Helicobacter pylori ) which cause ulcers. They can also reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.
  5. They can lower cholesterol, which could help prevent cardiovascular disease (2).
  6. Probiotics can also lower the number of cancer-causing enzymes.

The Takeaway

Because of these benefits, you might like to consider taking a high-quality probiotic daily.

Take them in the morning an hour before breakfast, on an empty stomach. Or you can take them two hours after eating dinner.

Also, you can learn more about probiotics here: What Are Probiotics And Where Can I Find Them?


Do you take probiotics?

Please share below in the comment section. I love hearing from you!


You might like to watch this video about things to consider when choosing a probiotic supplement.

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