BEAUTY TUESDAY! Weird Science: Diatomaceous Earth. Fossils You Eat. Yup.

So – don’t think I’m weird.

But, on another model’s recommendation, I bought fossils and started adding them to my morning smoothie. Since doing so, my nails and hair are growing at a rate of knots, and any hint of thrush I used to get (sorry if TMI!) has vamoosed!

What is Diatomaceous Earth? It’s soft, sedimentary rock that is composed of the fossilized remains of algae. Er, thanks for the science lesson, Pearson. It’s used as an insecticide and for insulation – so why on EARTH would I put weird EARTH in my mouth?!

Well! You can get ‘human grade’ Diatomaceous Earth, which sounds deeply unsexy and a bit iffy, too. Look at this horrible bottle.

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It’s 85% silica! Do you know what silica is? Just in case you don’t, here’s the science bit. Silica is crucial in making up the collagen matrix – and I’m pretty sure we all know why we need collagen. This helps strengthen our tendons, muscles, organs and bones, as well as our teeth and gums. Silica maintains healthy skin – good for our appearance but also our health. It also helps fight brittleness in nails and hair.

So now the science part is (nearly) over, where have I seen improvements? Firstly, my skin and nails and hair definitely see the benefit. My hair is growing to Mermaid length and has even got thicker (confirmed by a hair stylist who works with me regularly). My nails don’t crack at all, and need cutting every 4 days.

I also am (sadly) prone to getting Candida, which can cause tiredness, brain fog and thrush (little asshats). DE is positively charged, and bad bacteria/fungi are negatively charged. When you have some DE, it travels through your digestive tract (sexiest post I’ve ever done), attracting those little negative buggers and, because it’s sharp (on a very small scale), it cuts ’em up and rids you of them. Like a fantastic bouncer who won’t ID you.

It’s definitely helping me, and I’m going to keep on using it, but it took me a while to work out how to take it without gagging. The first time I had it, I stirred it into a bowl of yogurt. It doesn’t have a taste at all. It was more the texture I wasn’t keen on – very slightly gritty and unenjoyable. Other people can just stir it into water and drink it down – no way could I do that!

So I chuck it in my morning smoothie. It suspends well and is completely undetectable. I use about a teaspoon a day – others use a dessert spoon or two, it really is up to you, but start out with 1/4 or 1/2 of a teaspoon.

Hold your breath when you pour it in, and don’t shake it about. You don’t want to breathe this stuff into your lungs, it could harm you.

From my research on the subject I can’t find any problems with the magic fossils, but if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have standing health disorders, I’d check with a medical professional first.

I know this is a weird one, but for me, it’s a bit of a lifesaver. I got it for under a tenner on Amazon (it’s currently on offer, here). The only other way I’ve learned to beat Candida is a very strict, sugar-free diet that was horribly restrictive. This means that if I do have pudding, I don’t need to go into panic mode (and did I mention the mermaid hair?…)

Rebecca x

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