Kids eat dirt. At least mine used to, and I always let them. For several reasons. To help build their immune system, to allow them to fully explore their world in every way possible, (putting things in their mouth is a huge part of that and dirt was not going to hurt them) and to help build up their gut flora. (My children take a good probiotic for their gut flora now.)
Even though my kids have outgrown their dirt eating days, I have not. Yes, you read that right. I eat dirt. Every day. Three times a day, actually. Its a special dirt. I don’t just go outside and grab a spoon full from the garden and crunch down. Its called Diatomaceous Earth, or DE. And its tasty too! Ok, no its not. It tastes like dust. But its easy to swallow and the benefits are wonderful, so I don’t mind. This is the brand we use.
– Strengthens blood vessels, lowers cholesterol, and regulates blood pressure.
– cleanses the digestive tract by removing toxins (this is a big one)
– As it sweeps out foreign matter, you will begin to notice better nutrient absorption and less fatigue.
– Decreases vertigo, tinnitus, and insomnia
Food grade DE is a very fine, soft powder and it mixes easily into liquids and foods. Start with a teaspoon a day and slowly work your way up. This is important! DE is a powerful detox-er and you don’t want to detox too quickly. Mix it into water, juice, or smoothies. Its best taken on an empty stomach, and I make sure to do that, but with kids its a bit harder, so I need to be sneakier. I started my kids off on 1/4 teaspoon and slowly worked them up to 1 teaspoon a day. I put it in their smoothies, or in a cup of applesauce and they can’t tell its in there, although I make sure to tell them. I feel its important to educate them on their health, and healthy choices.
Silica is water soluble. Once its in your body its easily absorbed by the intestinal wall and is also rapidly excreted. It does not accumulate in the body, so consistent daily supplementation is important. Its approved by the FDA, but you still might want to check with your doctor before use.
Its also a great bug killer! Fleas, ants, lice, bed bugs, cockroaches, ect. You can sprinkle it in your pets food or on their beds to rid them of pests. Be careful not to inhale it.
I worked myself up to 3 tablespoons, 3 times a day. Within a few weeks of taking it I noticed that my hair and nails were growing faster and stronger, and it has definitely helped with my intestinal issues and parasites. I also have more energy, and I feel it helps to raise my too-low blood pressure. I simply mix it with a glass of water and drink quickly. I find that warm water seems to help it go down easier, but that’s just my preference. Its really not that bad. Just… dusty…. Haha.