I learned a ton about diatomaceous earth the hard way - after it made me sick!
Actually, my reason for trying this earthy remedy had nothing to do with parasites. I just wanted to give my hair, skin, and nails a much-needed boost. And DE, with its rich supply of silica, was easy and "dirt cheap."
Don’t get me wrong. DE is safe. Just choose a quality food-grade product, be careful not to breathe the dust, and that's about all you need to know. Except one other little detail.
Also called fossil shell flour, DE is made of crumbled diatoms (a type of algae with a hard shell). This fine powder has many uses. But for the home consumer, DE is best loved for two very opposite goals – killing bugs and healing humans or pets.
No one in their right mind would eat dirt, would they? Actually, you already have! DE is commonly mixed with grain to keep pests away.
DE does kill certain parasites, fleas, bed bugs, and other insects. But food-grade DE is completely safe for humans and pets. And with its high silica content (80-90%), its healing potential is fantastic.
First choose a trustworthy company selling food-grade diatomaceous earth, which is the less-abrasive form that is safe to take internally. Go ahead and buy a pound or more. It is inexpensive, and you may get hooked on how good you look and feel.
Start small, with maybe 1 teaspoon mixed in a little water or other beverage. The flavor is neutral and mild, kinda like dirt! Drink the mixture whenever you choose - with meals or in between.
If you do fine with that, add more. The usual dose is 1 to 2 tablespoons a day, but there is no hard and fast rule.
If you experience symptoms like headache, fatigue, brain fog, nausea, gut disturbance, or skin issues, it's probably a die-off or healing crisis.
Don't freak out, but do cut back the dose a bit if your symptoms are strong. Your body will tell you what to do.
Within a few days to a couple of weeks, the toxic overload should pass. And then comes the fun part - more energy, regularity, or other positive changes in your body.
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