First off let me say that we use DE all the time with our chickens and on our dogs.
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock. It’s derived from the remains of diatoms, or oceanic unicellular algae. Diatoms are over 30 million years old and are formed from the cementation of microscopic algae-like plant remains into the earth’s surface. These clay-like, chalky remains are usually found in the form of a thick, white, siliceous powder known as diatomaceous earth. Often used to support body cleansing, some research also suggests it’s a natural tool for promoting normal blood lipids, detoxing toxic metals, and fighting harmful intestinal organisms. Care should be used when using DE as they are fine particles and can be ingested. Use a mask or with plenty of ventilation!
The use of diatomaceous earth knows no bounds, and has many applications in cosmetic, agricultural, and cleansing realms. It’s been extensively investigated and some interesting benefits have been discovered.
1. Natural Source of Silica
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is composed of approximately 85% silica. This important, trace mineral is required by tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and bones. The nutrient even contributes to almost every vital organ, including the heart, liver, and lungs. Food was the primary source of naturally-occurring silica before modern farming practices depleted the soil. It is suggested that only 1/3 of the silica we need is available in natural, plant-based foods.
2. Promotes Skin Health
Because diatomaceous earth is a strong abrasive, it is often used as a toothpaste and facial exfoliator. The process of exfoliation is important in skin care as it helps to remove dead skin cells that may give the appearance of tired, worn-out skin. The product’s natural silica content is also necessary for healthy skin, teeth, hair, and nails, and the product is often touted as a potent beauty mineral.
3. Supports Heart Health
Research has also shown that food-grade diatomaceous may offer positive benefits for cholesterol levels and encourage heart health. Nutrients such as silicon, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and other trace minerals are available in diatomaceous earth, giving rise to a practically endless supply of health benefits. Most of these nutrients play a role in building and repairing of muscles and bones.
4. Natural Pesticide
One of the most common uses for diatomaceous earth is as a natural insecticide. Studies indicate that this clay-like powder can kill the harmful insects that threaten crops and home life.  Due to the incessant use of pesticides, many insects have become resistant to chemical deterrents. This organic pest control method is helpful for reducing the amount of environmental toxins we’re all exposed to.We put DE on our dogs all the time for flea control as well as our chickens. Simply sprinkle and rub into the fur or feathers to get ride of lice, fleas and mites. You can also put it in the animals food as well to kill worms and other parasites. Its 100% natural way to kill these nasty bugs. Alternatively you can also sprinkle it in your chicken coop. We will put DE in a pile of wood ash from the fireplace for our chickens all the time. We have also used DE on our carpets to combat some nasty fleas once. It worked quite well.
5. Internal Cleanser
Diatomaceous earth acts as a mild abrasive topically as well as internally. It can help to remove intestinal invaders and other harmful organisms from the digestive tract. As an internal cleanser, diatomaceous earth may aid cleansing by supporting regularity and assist in removing toxic metals. Some studies have shown diatomaceous earth to be very successful in ridding animals of harmful organisms. Food-grade diatomaceous earth placed in the feed of livestock may help discourage fleas and other harmful bugs. Make sure that all diatomaceous earth is labeled “food grade” and is untreated and unheated!
6. Weight Loss
Many people report that diatomaceous earth helps them lose weight. While we don’t claim DE is a weight loss wonder food, we do recognize the widespread testimonials of people who have lost weight while taking DE.
As far as we know, there isn’t anything in DE that inherently makes it a fat burner, yet taking DE can benefit your overall health in ways that lead to weight loss. For example, DE can promote digestive health by cleansing your body of toxins that slow it down. Getting rid of these toxins improves your body’s functionality, which may help you shed weight faster as you exercise and eat well. Detoxing also creates a general sense of energy and well-being, which can help you have the energy you need to exercise.
Some people also find that taking DE first thing in the morning curbs their appetite throughout the day, helping them control how much they eat. People also say that DE helps them control cravings for things like sugar.
There is yet another way taking DE can contribute to weight loss. People who take DE generally drink a lot more water. This helps DE move through your body easily without causing constipation. Drinking more water like this helps flush out your system, and people who drink more water are generally drinking less soft drinks and other high-calorie beverages.
So, can DE itself help you lose weight? We’re willing to bet that it can, but it probably does so indirectly. It can clean the junk out of your body and give you the boost you need to exercise and treat your body right, which, after all, is the best weight loss plan out there.
Directions : If you’re starting DE for the first time or haven’t had any for a while, we recommend starting with a teaspoon 1-2 times a day. After about a week you can start to increase that up to a tablespoon a day if you wish. The reason we recommend starting slow is to give your body time to adjust. DE can sometimes cause constipation, and so a smaller initial dose will allow you to see if you need to adjust water or fiber intake before committing to a full dose.
We buy our DE from Ebay and sometimes Amazon. The price fluctuates a bit as you can see. Just make sure you get Food grade!
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