Diatomaceous Earth and Digestive Health

We’ve looked a couple of external diatomaceous earth uses, now lets look at what internal use can do.

diatomaceous earth and digestive health

Internal use of (food grade) diatomaceous earth (DE) can result in:

improved digestion (so important for chronic illness)
liver and kidney support
immune function (largely because of the digestive support)
joint, bone, and ligament health

For those of us with joint issues, this can be big news!  I’ve really enjoyed learning all about DE the past couple of weeks.

Silica within DE helps with normal bone metabolism and joint formation, and there is  evidence over the past 30 years suggesting there’s a positive association between dietary silicon intake and better bone mineral density. 

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging in 2007 showed that dietary silicon, like what is found in DE, supports the health of bone and connective tissue. Researchers believe that silicon helps synthesize collagen, which is the crucial protein used to form joints and lubricate connective tissue.

As shown above, there are loads of other things that DE can help with, such as creating more regular bowel movements and detoxing your digestive system. That increased collagen production also supports health digestion - allowing your body to absorb more nutrients. Collagen protein is strongly recommended for those with autoimmune issues.  An underlying issue in autoimmune disorders is often due “leaky gut,” and collagen aides in healing the gut barrier.

When we start healing the gut, our overall health and wellness improves.  A huge percentage of our immune system is based on the health our gut. That's why I take a probiotic daily and monitor the foods I eat (and don't eat).  Collagen is oh-so-helpful in improving the of health of your gut. It helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining and damaged cell walls. 

how diatomaceous earth can support your digestive health AND your joints and muscles

Tropical Earth Smoothie

1/2 cup Pineapple Juice
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 cup frozen Pineapple
1 Tablespoon Collagen (I buy THIS)
1 Teaspoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
2 drops doTERRA Lime Essential Oil

I generally throw something green (spinach, kale, something in there too, but  I didn’t have anything in the fridge today). This was very light and refreshing, and considering I have no a/c today, well… was perfect.  I could not taste the DE at all, or notice any type of change in texture to it.

The Lime oil adds some great flavor and aides in gently detoxing your body.

You’ll notice I also added collagen to my smoothie - yes the silicone helps synthesize collagen, but more is just a bonus.

Collagen (and gelatin) are naturally found in high quality broth and in cuts of meat that contain skin or bone, but you can also buy powdered gelatin (I like the Great Lakes brand).  If you’ve ever made bone broth and had it “gel” when it cooled, this is due to the gelatin and collagen naturally present in the bones.  This is definitely the best way to get collagen in your diet, but there are times when it’s not available to you - and this is a great alternative.

So for all us Spoonies out there dealing with autoimmune issues, DE and collagen are a simple additions to your diet that can give you big results.

(As always, if you have concerns, check with your doctor or nutritionist before adding new things to your diet)

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