Popular Diatomaceous Earth Uses
As mentioned, common products that contain diatomaceous earth include dusts, powders and pressurized liquids that are used on the outside of buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in human and pet foods.
What kind of benefits can you expect from using DE in these ways? These can include:
- improved digestion and more regular bowel movements
- better liver and colon functioning
- improved detoxification and removal of heavy metals
- stronger immune function and protection from illnesses
- a cleaner home, free from parasites, bed bugs and viruses
- healthier-looking skin, hair and nails
- stronger bones and protection from fractures or osteoporosis
- improved joint and ligament health
- improved energy
- for dogs and cats, cleaner skin and flea control
Diatomaceous earth is safe for humans and animals to consume and also beneficial for skin, so it’s used both inside and outside the body. The Food and Drug Administration lists food grade diatomaceous earth as “Generally Recognized as Safe,” which means it’s legally allowed to be added to many different types of foods, beverages and supplements. Small amounts of silica are normally present in all body tissues and usually found in urine, too, so it’s well-tolerated and not known to cause many side effects.
Today, there are over 150 pesticide-related products registered for use both indoors and outdoors that contain DE. There are also thousands of non-pesticide, food grade diatomaceous earth products that are used on the skin, in food, and in supplements or medications.
Some of the most popular diatomaceous earth uses include:
- products used on dogs and cats to kill fleas
- bed bug-killing treatments
- sprays and products used for insect control, including cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders
- rodent sprays
- water filters
- skin care products
- foods and beverages, such as in beer and wine
- anti-caking and clarifying ingredients used in food manufacturing
- supplements and medicines
- rubbers and paints used in construction
- abrasive products used as defoliators and for cleaning
Here are the recommended steps for safely using diatomaceous earth as a detoxification agent and to protect bones and joints:
- Take about one teaspoon of food-grade diatomaceous earth with water once a day. It’s best used on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating.
- Drink an additional cup of water after each dose of diatomaceous earth to improve its effects. In general, make sure to consume plenty of water with diatomaceous earth and remember to stay hydrated.
- Increase your dosage slowly over several weeks, working your way up from one teaspoon to two teaspoons daily, or one tablespoon max. Split the dosage into two parts taken in the morning and one at night.
- Take DE 10 days on and 10 days off for 90 days to effectively and safely detox. Another strategy is to take it daily for a few weeks at a time as you track symptoms, stopping and starting again throughout the year. It’s safest when you give your body breaks and don’t use it continuously for very long periods of time.
- As a note of caution, initially you might notice some mild side effects that can develop as your gut environment changes, yeast dies off and your body releases stored toxins. This can include mild headaches, fatigue and flu-like symptoms, which should diminish within a couple weeks.