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Why Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth?

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image of a plus signWhat is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is not earth or dirt.  It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one-celled aquatic plants (diatoms).  Over the eons, as these diatoms fossilized, they retained their tubular shape and holes.  Their shape and hardness produces extremely pure and consistent DE.

There are different grades of DE.  Of the 600 deposits in the US, only four are considered food grade.  Lumino DE is rated food-grade by the USDA and considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.  It is almost pure white and consists of 89-94% silicon dioxide plus other trace minerals.

There are two original sources for DE: fresh water and salt water.  Our fresh water deposit began eons ago as pure snow.  The snow's run off provided the water source the diatoms lived in.  Diatoms in fresh water form a harder more uniform shaped shell than those in salt water.

The silica in Lumino DE is amorphous.  This is silica in its naturally occurring state.  It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs for survival.  DE is dangerous when the silica in it is crystallized by exposure to extreme heat.  This type of DE is never considered food grade.

image of a plus signHow Diatomaceous Earth works

Many harmful substances entering the body have a positive charge.  Diatomaceous Earth is a semi-conductive mineral.  When warmed by body heat it develops a negative charge and gives off electrons.  These charged mineral ions attract unhealthy microbes, free radicals, and other harmful metals.  Acting as magnets, they attract and absorb positive things that are small enough fit through the holes.  The trapped toxins are then excreted out of the body.  Because of its strong charge, each DE shell can absorb a large number of positively charged substances.  They then pass through the stomach and intestine, taking these harmful substances out of the body.

It has been postulated that parasites in the stomach or digestive tract are pierced by the sharp edges of the DE.  Another theory is they voluntarily leave because of the alkaline ph and negative electrical charge of DE.  DE does NOT affect beneficial bacteria.  Removing toxins and parasites result in a much healthier body with a stronger resistance to disease.

Diatomaceous Earth is hard.  On the hardness scale where diamonds are a nine, DE is a seven.  As these minute hard and sharp DE cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they scrub the walls.  After only a few months of taking DE, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus other deposits.  The advantage of this is: Regular bowel movements, this is the number one comment users make about DE.

DE can help to create a healthier Colon.  This is especially important as we get older.  A clean healthy colon keeps away polyps, cancers, and ulcers.  Many users report increased energy and needing less sleep.  This is a result of food and nutrients that are better absorbed into the blood stream.  With a coated colon many nutrients never get absorbed.

image of a plus signThe Benefits of Silica

A small amount of Diatomaceous Earth gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica.  One of the benefits of Silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats.  In an Austrian study patients using Diatomaceous Earth lowered their cholesterol by 40-50 points.

The benefits of silica are many.  In today's grains, there is a shortage of silica.  Years ago, the silica in our foodstuffs was adequate.  Today hybrids and depleted soils can supply only about 1/3 of the silica needed in our food.  DE is a simple and inexpensive way to get the silica your body needs.  Silica is important for the following reasons:

Less joint pain - Osteoporosis is a symptom of the aging process.  As calcium in our body system depletes, our bones become brittle and weak.  Taking a calcium supplement cannot correct or stop this threatening and crippling disease.  The body cannot assimilate and make use of the calcium without the presence of silica.  Instead of healing, supplemental mineral calcium then accelerates the leaching of bone calcium.  This hastens osteoporosis and similar diseases.  For osteoporosis, silica can stop the pain and even restore the bodies' self repair process.  Silica helps to deposit minerals into the bones, especially calcium.  It speeds up the healing of fractures and also reduces scarring at the site of a fracture.  Even when calcium is insufficient, the body can turn silica into calcium that the bones need.

Beautiful skin – In Europe and Asia DE is a health and beauty product for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints.  Due to ageing, tissue degeneration accelerates when connective tissues lose their moisture retention abilities.  Silica can help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue.  Collagen, mainly made up of silica, is the glue that holds us together.  If our body has enough silica, the collagen will make you look younger.  Silica helps with skin problems and injuries.  When used externally or internally it is beneficial for many skin ailments.  These include itching, rashes, abscesses, boils, acne, calluses, warts, eczemas, burns, frostbite, benign skin sores, insect bites and bedsores.  If you follow a silica regimen, your skin will keep its young look.

Hair that shines - Hair is nature's greatest beauty enhancer.  Hair at 90 micrograms per gram is almost as rich in silica as healthy bones that contain 100 micrograms per gram.  Silica is a major component of hair.

Healthier teeth and gums - By hardening the enamel, silica prevents cavities and preserves teeth.  Silica prevents bleeding gums, and gum atrophy.  Also, it slows recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could lead to tooth loss.

Stronger nails - Nail plates are complex protein structures that grow four to five millimeters per month.  With enough silica fragile nails become normal within a short time.  Silica will beautify the appearance of your nails.  It improves their hardness, making them shinier and less prone to breaking.

There is NO one perfect way to take DE.  The following is a general suggestion for use.  Start with 1-2 teaspoons per day mixed in liquid or food.  There is no unpleasant taste.  Since it will not dissolve, stirring several times while drinking will prevent settling.  Increase to 1-2 tablespoons twice a day.  As a general precaution some have experienced higher energy levels, so it is better not to take it right before sleeping.  Don't worry about getting too much.  Excess DE is eliminated.

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Diatomaceous Earth packaged under the Lumino label comes from an extremely pure fresh water deposit.  It is almost pure white and consists of at least 85% Silicon Dioxide.  Darker colored Diatomaceous Earth often contains an excess of other minerals such as iron, or a high percentage of clay.


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