Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is not earth or dirt. It is the fossilized remains of Melosira preicelanica, 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.
How 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.
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