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Diatomaceous Earth - Human Use

Diatomaceous Earth Human Use

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What is diatomaceous earth?

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Diatomaceous Earth (also referred to as "DE") is an all-natural remarkable product made from tiny fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton / water plants.

These plants have been part of the earth's ecology since prehistoric times. It is believed that thousands of years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite.

The diatoms are mined and ground up to produce a powder that looks and feels like talcum powder to us. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural compound.

Diatomaceous Earth Human Use Health Benefits

On this page, we have categorized some of the results from testimonial reports that we have reviewed regarding food grade diatomaceous earth human use health benefits, and wherever possible between this page and our "How DE Works" page, we try to reflect the science behind the testimonials.

Of course, most actual in depth health related studies are initiated and controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, and why should those companies study the value of health remedies found in nature that could actually hurt their bottom line?

So here, we will endeavor to discuss the results that diatomaceous earth food grade users have experienced by taking a heaping tablespoon of diatomaceous earth in their favorite juice or liquid on a daily basis without the benefit of an industry sponsored study.

For more background on how diatomaceous earth human use works within the body to create the benefits related on this page, see How DE Works.

Some people react with great skepticism regarding human consumption of diatomaceous earth human use so we do hope to help illuminate the logical reasoning behind the health claims of CONSUMERS regarding the use of food grade diatomaceous earth for human health.


Of 600 DE deposits in the USA, only 4 rate in purity by FDA standards to be "Food Grade".

Larry SmithDiatom Mine

My name is Larry Smith, (President of Earthworks Health, LLC and EarthworksHealth.com). For better health, people like me and my family take one or two tablespoons of diatomaceous earth human use in a liquid every day.

Many people benefit from just one teaspoon daily! I mix it with grapefruit juice and my wife mixes it with just water. Other options are mixing the diatomaceous earth with soda pop, juice, or whatever liquid you prefer.

Some mix diatomaceous earth food grade in protein shakes, applesauce or yogurt. Our food grade diatomaceous earth is pure. There is no actual flavor or taste to it. Since diatomaceous earth does not dissolve, stirring the mixture several times as you drink it will prevent settling.

Some folks experience higher energy levels, so it is probably best not to take just before sleeping. Not to worry about taking too much - any excess silica not needed by the body is naturally eliminated through the kidneys and intestines... but we must find our own comfortable levels.

Remarkable diatomaceous earth health human use benefits through Silica

As previously noted, like most wonderful natural products, this product requires an FDA Disclaimer: "This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Discussion of diatomaceous earth human use health benefits is based solely on personal experience and testimony shared by individual diatomaceous earth users and this company cannot market or label diatomaceous earth as a human health supplement with specific medical claims." Having said that,. It is required of us to use the term "may help" when referring to benefits of Diatomaceous Earth.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) may help to absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues.

Diatomaceous Earth may be a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier. Cleansing and detoxification alone has a myriad of positive effects in the human body.

Mechanisms are cited on "How Diatomaceous Earth Works" page. Adding to this is the widespread deficiency in human dietary sources of what is called "the most important trace element in human health" - Silica, and how rich diatomaceous earth is in this substance, we begin to understand the basis of the health benefits that so many have attested to.

Only a trace amount of the diatomaceous earth silica is absorbed into the blood stream, and just that amount is a substantial gain for the user.

A growing number of people count beneficial human side effects of diatomaceous earth and SILICA as being nothing short of vital to their well-being and exhibit genuine devotion toward its use.

The only cautionary side effect that we have found relating to food grade diatomaceous earth has to do with direct inhalation and is essentially the same caution that is advised when handling any fine powder. Diatomaceous Earth is a very fine powder. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is 89% Silica.

It was established in the 1940s that life can't exist without Silica. More recently, in her book "Water & Salt" Dr. Barbara Hendel states:

"Silica is the most important trace element in human health." Silica plays an important role in many bodily functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption.

The average human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, needing significantly more silica than even important minerals such as iron. Most people are, in fact, silica deficient.

Among other things, enough silica in the body is vital for calcium absorption to allow calcium supplements to work. If Silica deficient, as is the case in the vast majority of us, calcium supplementation can even be a negative.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an excellent natural and organic source of silica.

Other Reported Health Benefits of Silica / Diatomaceous Earth

Include Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure Levels, Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels, Better Calcium Utilization for help with Osteoporosis and Healthier Joints, Weight Loss, Improvement in Hair, Nails, Teeth & Gums, More Energy, and an overall feeling of Well Being.

Keep Reading On For A More Detailed Health Discussion.


Osteoporosis, Joints & Calcium
Osteoporosis is a symptom of the aging process. As calcium in our body system depletes, our bones become brittle and weak.

Taking only a calcium supplement cannot correct or stop this threatening and crippling disease because the body cannot assimilate and make use of the calcium without the presence of silica.

Evidence suggests that, instead of affecting healing, supplemental mineral calcium, on the contrary, accelerates the leaching away of bone calcium and thus hastens the degenerative process of osteoporosis and similar diseases that affect the supportive and connective tissues in the human body. The Silica found in diatomaceous earth human use enhances calcium absorption.

For Osteoporosis
Silica may stop the pain and even restore the body's self-repair process. Osteoporosis symptoms attack women primarily after menopause but the degenerative process starts much earlier in their younger days.

More women are dying of fractures caused by osteoporosis than of cancer of the breast, cervix, and uterus combined. Silica is responsible for the depositing of minerals into the bones, especially calcium.

It speeds up the healing of fractures and also reduces scarring at the site of a fracture. More and more research evidence shows that through a transmutation process, silica is turned into calcium when it is needed.

That is why some scientists refer to silica as a precursor of calcium. Even when calcium is insufficient, the body can turn silica into calcium that the bones need.

Natural Weight Loss
We have been getting hundreds of reports from all over the United States that diatomaceous earth is helping people lose weight. Everyone is saying that diatomaceous earth taken in the morning helps curb their appetite throughout the day. Just one more reason to take it every day!

Detox Your Body
Diatomaceous Earth human use health benefits reported to include detox! According to Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN and Galen D. Knight, PhD in their article "Mad as a Hatter" there is no better product to detox HEAVY METALS and RADIATION from your body than with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth!

Nature's Internal Cosmetic
In Europe and Asia, diatomaceous earth health benefits are widely recognized to include use as a health and beauty product for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints. 

Tissue Degeneration
Tissue Degeneration accelerates due to aging when connective tissue develops an increasing inability to retain moisture when left unassisted.

Silica may help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue. With silica, vitality and life, which are often lost as the years accumulate, may be naturally maintained or even restored to your skin.

Collagen, largely made up of silica, is the glue that holds us together. If our body has enough silica glycosaminoglycan, the collagen will make us look younger.

Silica may help with skin problems and injuries including itching, rashes, abscesses, boils, acne, callouses, warts, eczemas, burns, frostbite, benign skin sores, insect bites and bed sores.

If you regularly follow a silica regimen, your skin may keep its youthful look. A good silica supplementation program works far better than other products for maintaining healthier and longer lasting collagen.

Hair That Grows
Hair is nature's greatest beauty enhancer. Hair deserves to be pampered. Hair at 90 micrograms of silica per gram is almost as rich in silica as are healthy bones, which contain 100 micrograms per gram.

Silica is a major component of hair. Using a good silica supplement should be part of your ongoing hair care program for revitalizing hair. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.

Teeth and Gums
By hardening the enamel, silica may prevent cavities and preserves teeth. Silica also may prevent bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Silica may also help fight ulceration and the decay of bones and teeth and also lessens inflammation.

Tough As Nails
Your nail plates are complex protein structures that grow four to five millimeters per month on average.

With silica supplementation, fragile nails become normal within a short period of time. Silica will beautify the appearance of your nails and improve their hardness, making them shinier and less prone to breaking.

Restorative Effects Of Silica
This may be most noticeable on your hair, skin, nails and teeth. Our skin and hair require silica essentially for the same purpose as do other tissues.

As we know, the supporting collagen underneath the skin enhances elasticity and beauty. Collagen owes that quality to silica, which provides a beautiful complexion that is more than skin deep.

More Reported Benefits Of diatomaceous earth human use

  • Silica maintains healthy cholesterol levels

  • Silica maintains healthy skin

  • Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels

  • Diatomaceous Earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge. It is believed that diatomaceous earth may sweep bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.

  • Silica supplementation may help repair and maintain vital lung tissue and protects them from pollution. By maintaining or restoring the elasticity of lung tissue, silica can reduce inflammation in bronchitis.

  • It may act as a cough decreasing agent. Silica may tone the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, and larynx) and reduce swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.

  • Silica supplementation keeps menopause free of stress and helps to prevent many unwanted side effects of menopause

  • Silica may work with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging and to preserve youthfulness.

  • Silica may help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.

  • The presence of sufficient silica in the intestines may reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. It may cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal mucus and ulcers. Silica may prevent or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation.

  • Silica may help normalize hemorrhoidal tissues.

  • In regulating and normalizing the bowels, silica may have a pleasant side effect; it may alleviate lower back pain, which often troubles the elderly.

  • Silica often  proves effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).

  • The intake of silica may act as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear.

  • May have anti-inflammatory and odor binding effects.

  • Silica can maintain healthy blood pressure levels..

  • Silica may decrease vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia.

  • Silica may help diabetes by promoting synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas.

  • Silica may help arterial disease by strengthening the blood vessels. Studies confirm that with age, silica disappears from the aorta, the heart's key blood vessel, thus weakening its critical connective tissue and resulting in a greater cardiac risk.

  • By improving the elasticity of the joints, silica may help rheumatism.

  • Silica may have inhibitory effects on coronary diseases.

Silica may help avoiding or alleviating Alzheimer's disease by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum and may flush out aluminum from the tissues. Silica can stimulate the immune system.


Most who use diatomaceous earth mixed with a juice or liquid say that they use one to two tablespoons daily.

Diatomaceous Earth FAQ:


Don't forget that Diatomaceous Earth has many Household Uses.

Content on this site is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of diatomaceous earth.

It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional.

User statements regarding this dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement.

* Any food grade diatomaceous earth uses other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly anecdotal reports of what countless numbers of users as well as we ourselves have done with diatomaceous earth.

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