Heavy Metal Detoxification


Heavy Metal Detoxification

Diatomaceous earth is a popular natural way to cleanse heavy metals from your body. Today, we’re explaining everything you need to know about using diatomaceous earth for a heavy metal detox.

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is a powdery dirt-like substance found naturally in the earth’s soil. It’s made from small organisms that are millions of years old. Those organisms are called diatoms. Over the years, they become fossilized and ground into smaller and smaller particles. These small particles are chalky, powdery, and white. We call these particles “diatomite”, and the resulting mixture from the powder is known as diatomaceous earth.

How Does Diatomaceous Earth Help Cleanse Heavy Metals from the Body?

Diatoms are some of the oldest living creatures on the planet. They have a unique chemical structure that makes them ideal for cleansing the body.

Specifically, diatomaceous earth has microscopic sharp edges around the outside edges of each particle. These sharp edges literally eviscerate bacteria and harmful microorganisms within the body. That’s why diatomaceous earth is popular for getting rid of bacteria and other infections.

At the same time, diatomaceous earth particles also have a unique honeycomb structure. This honeycomb structure – similar to the one found in charcoal particles – attracts harmful heavy metals.

Heavy metals are absorbed into the honeycomb structure through positive/negative attraction. Specifically, diatomaceous earth has a negative charge while heavy metals are positively charged. The diatomaceous earth attracts all of these particles, trapping them inside the honeycomb structure. The honeycomb structure prevents the particles from entering the body. Instead, heavy metals are passed out of your body naturally without being absorbed.

Essentially, diatomaceous earth works like a scrubbing tool in your gastrointestinal tract. It pushes toxins like heavy metals out of your body.

Diatomaceous Earth Benefits

After taking diatomaceous earth, many people exhibit the following benefits:

— Natural Colon Detoxification
— Restoration Of Healthy Bowel Movements
— Anti-parasitic Activity And A Reduced Risk Of Infections And Viruses
— Reduced Aches And Pains
— Aids In The Reduction Of Stubborn Belly Fat And Weight Loss
— Strengthens Hair, Skin, And Nails
— Boosts The Health Of Your Teeth And Gums
— Restores Energy Levels

Ultimately, diatomaceous earth attracts positively-charged pathogens throughout the body. Those pathogens include many of the harmful compounds we try to avoid on a daily basis, including viruses, pathogenic fungi, bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, prescription drug residues, and even radiation. It safely passes these compounds out of our body in a way few no other food product can.

How to Take Diatomaceous Earth for Heavy Metal Detoxification

There are two main types of diatomaceous earth: food-grade and non-food-grade. Food-grade DE is the stuff you want to use when you’re cleaning your body or protecting your garden (DE acts as an excellent natural insecticide).

Non food-grade DE is typically cheaper and is used for situations where it does not need to be ingested by animals or humans. If you’re using DE to kill bed bugs, for example, then non-food-grade DE is perfectly acceptable (as long as you keep it away from your pets).

Once you’ve purchased food-grade diatomaceous earth (available on Amazon for about $13 USD for a 500 gram package), you can take it by mixing it with water.

Start by mixing one level teaspoon of diatomaceous earth into an 8 ounce glass of water before breakfast. Then, take another teaspoon in water before going to bed.

If you want to be extra careful about what you’re putting into your body, then use warm, distilled water as opposed to standard tap water.

Once you understand your body’s reaction to diatomaceous earth, you can start boosting your dosage. Consider taking about 3 level teaspoons of food-grade diatomaceous earth every day.

You can safely take DE repeatedly for months at a time. DE cleansing experts typically recommend taking three teaspoons of DE for four months, and then switching to a maintenance plan of one teaspoon afterwards.

How Safe is Diatomaceous Earth?

If you’ve read up to this point, then you’re probably curious about how safe it is to use diatomaceous earth. After all, the particles cut apart bacteria inside your body and have a unique honeycomb structure.

The truth is: diatomaceous earth is so safe that it’s approved by the FDA and is one of 370 food products that are part of the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) database. That database includes food products that have exhibited no harmful side effects in any significant studies to date.

One important reason why diatomaceous earth is safe is because it’s water-soluble. You cannot overdose on diatomaceous earth (within reason) because your body will simply pass excess DE out of the body in your urine. That’s it.

Whether you’re cleansing heavy metals from your body or reducing harmful bacteria in your digestive tract, diatomaceous earth is a valuable natural substance prized for its natural heavy metal detoxification.

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  1. Amy Pierson -Cleve Ohio

    I use daily! Please Please help Flint Michigan this should be used by everyone! They certainly need this information ASAP! Contact their City immediately.

    • Janna

      Thank you for thinking of us here in the Flint, MI area. ♥️

      • Amanda Sundermeyer

        If you have lead you mist take DE with boron or borax or you will put yourself into an arthritis from boron deficiency

  2. KellyeRN

    I just purchased SilaLive and the instructions state one Tablespoon full in water one to two times. The scoop that comes with the container is definitely approximately 30 grams (29.6 grams according to the scoop) which is more than one tablespoon and six times more than a teaspoon. The first few times I’ve taken it (1 Tablespoon full) I became seriously constipated. I have IBS but it is the diarrhea type. At first I was happy not to spend all my time in the bathroom, but now I’m a bit confused. What is the correct dose 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon mixed in water? I normally drink two + liters of water a day.

    • MarkE

      Start with a teaspoon and see how that feels before increasing the amount per day!

    • Christine

      You have to start with one teaspoon and slowly work up to two tablespoons per day because too much too fast is like a bomb on your parasites and all the dead feces builds up in your gut like a ton of dead bodies during a world war…STACKED. Its IMPORTANT to increase your water intake by up to SIX times per day and you should drink filtered water because tap water has fluoride chlorine and toxins. Also you should take the bentonite clay separately with it every day because the bentonite clay at tracks the toxins in your system and flushes them out AS WELL AS replaces the MINERAL that the diatomaceous earth flushes from your system. Its suggested that you take the carbs, the sugar,the GMOs, and the horrible antibiotic meat they sell at the store out of your diet. Please watch Dr. John Bergman on YouTube and learn the truth about how the food in America is poisonous… So poisonous that all other countries REFUSE to trade our food. 50% of Americans AND children now have cancer because of the food. You have to buy organic food and grass fed beef and range free chicken and eggs or you will just be making yourself a statistic. Its how they decrease population. Also watch Dr. John Bergmans video ” the truth about vaccinations” good luck and I’m proud of you for wanting to be health. Buying organic is not that much more expensive but its either that or just slowly die. True.

      • Kelly Evans

        Christine, thank you so much for this info. I know it’s been almost a year ago that you commented but the info is still true. I’ve been using DE for almost 10 years. Then stopped-and now I’m back on-so are my pets!
        I’m a Pet Nutritionist and I completely agree and try to do the same food for my pets-which, lets face it is extremely hard. But, something you said resonated with me-“population control”. Wow! I sometimes will buy “cheaper eggs” and “inexpensive milk/half and half” when I can certainly budget more and buy the organic kind but honestly there is a big price difference. It’s extremely hard when the same “treated product” is so much cheaper. -but like I tell my pet clients-pay now or pay later. Thank you for this info…truly…my health is too important!

      • Mel

        What do you say about the ones who live in there 90’s and don’t eat organic? I’m one who also believe exactly what you stated above but wonder how some are free of cancer etc.

    • Diane Weikel

      Hi KellyeRN! I would start with 1/2 teaspoon, then week later 1 teaspoon and gradually work up to 1 tablespoon. I’m no expert but I have been using DE for some time. 1 full tablespoon would be a shock to your system for the first time. Be sure to drink a full 8 oz of water after each dose.

  3. mary breidel

    Can this benefit anything to help concern pateince

  4. jen

    start with small doses and add more water to avoid constipation…work up to it…no hurry….just keep it in your diet and watch the improvements show up in the mirror!……..has helped with pain relief and helped eliminate need for pain meds


    DE or Diatomaceous Earth to me has a calming effect in regulating your body mechanics, but to me constipation is not a problem. I have worked up from 1 tsp daily to 4 Tablespoons daily and what I notice most is my bowel movements are real soft and when ready, you need to head to the toilet. I take mine, 1 Tbsp at a time with 8-10 ounces of warm coffee in one of the tall stainless drink cups. Stir it vigorously with the liquid and drink, but stir each time you have taken a drink break as the DE settles to the bottom. Just spiral motion stirring will mix it up for easy consumption. The taste is horrible at first, but over time you adjust and just remind yourself how good it is for you. GOOD TO THE LAST DROP!! Has definitely helped with my water consumption as you drink say 10 ounces with coffee and then follow with 10 ounces of water so dehydration is no problem. I do miss my Colombian Coffee taste versus the DE/ Colombian Coffee mixture. It is not the same, but do not plan on this being a forever ordeal. It greatly beats BIG PHARMA!!!

  6. AJS Douglas

    Is it solely because of the positive / negative charge going on between the DE and the metals?

  7. Karen

    Can I take this with my medications and vitamins?

  8. Linda

    Since DE is pure minerals, which are good for us, can it be used to replace minerals in our bodies if our supplements and food aren’t working for some reason? If so, how do we take it in order to replace needed minerals?

  9. CJ

    Go slow at first: start at 1/2 tsp. if you feel fine, then proceed to 1 tsp after 3-4 days. As long as you feel good/normal, progress to 1Tbls a day for daily maintenance. Detox – 2 TBLS a day for 3-4 months. If you start to feel flu-like symptoms, achy, etc. stay at that dosage until you start to feel better. The flu-like symptoms is your body de-toxing which is getting rid of unwanted/undesirable elements in your body. You want to de-tox slowly and avoid shocking your system into being sick.

    Drink water!

  10. James

    Make sure you use a non metal scoop/mixing spoon when transferring your DE from bag or container to your cup. The metal will remove the negative ionic charge of the DE making it ineffective attaching to positively charged ions in your body.

  11. Kelly Taddeo

    Can you use to detox heavy metals if you still have mercury anagrams?

  12. Sue

    Thanks for all the comments. I would like more info about how to give it to pets, specifically my dog. Any tips?
    We lived in a place that had toxins and the DE is helping me.

    One thing I noticed is many sites recommend taking it with fresh lemon juice. Maybe I am very sensitive, I notice when I take DE with lemon juice I feel the stinging from the DE very light surface scraping in the esophagus irritated by the sting of the lemon.

    I decided to do DE water (no lemon water for a month or maybe up to four months as recommended here) then switch back to lemon water, as I do think DE is mildly abrasive.

    RESULTS: I have noticed a swollen area on the leg where I had surgery several years ago, is finally going down. 🙂

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