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TOP 5 TANTALIZING DRINK RECIPES WITH STUNNING HEALTH BENEFITS

Diatomaceous Earth Benefits: 5 Tantalizing Drink Recipes with Stunning Health Benefits

Some people are skeptical about eating diatomaceous earth for health benefits. It’s weird to think you can eat the same thing that you’re using to exterminate insects. But, isn’t that kind of a good thing? The pesticide you use in your garden, home, and yard is so safe you can eat it. Now, before we delve further into our discussion here, we have to talk a little bit about the different grades of diatomaceous earth. If you’re new to diatomaceous earth, this next section is a must read because it’s an important distinction to make. For our veteran diatomaceous earth-ers, feel free to skip the next section.

Stop! In the Name of Pool Grade Diatomaceous Earth

If the label on you diatomaceous earth says pool grade and your intending to eat it, just stop right there. Spit it out and throw it away. Or put it in your pool filter because that is it’s only intended use. Pool grade diatomaceous earth has been superheated so the diatoms form into crystals. This process turns the silica into crystalline silica. This process is necessary to make diatomaceous earth a more efficient filter for pools but makes it a big NO if you want to ingest DE.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is the Good Stuff to Eat

The title says it all really, but here is a bit of explanation for the newbies. Mined straight out of the earth, unaltered DE contains a high amount of amorphous silica. This is what makes it the good stuff and about 85 percent of diatomaceous earth is silica. Food grade diatomaceous earth contains other trace minerals, with “trace” meaning that it contains a quantity of less than 1 percent. The wonderful thing about food grade DE is it contains less than 1 percent crystalline silica.

Danielle Baethge: Recipe Mastermind

Danielle Baethge It's a Love/Love Thing

We caught up with our good friend Danielle whose blog It’s a Love/Love Thing covers many topics like family, school, natural care, and homemade, natural recipes. She’s used diatomaceous earth for a few years as well and has even written a blog post about makingHomemade Diatomaceous Earth Toothpaste. Here’s her DE story:

“I first found out about diatomaceous earth several years ago, when our house had a flea problem. Back then, DE was not easy to find and I don’t think I would have even thought to look for it on Amazon. I never did get a gold of any until about 2 years ago, when I started hearing about its interest detox properties.”

“The most remarkable effects I’ve noticed are increased energy and sugar cravings disappearing. I don’t know how to describe it; I just felt like my system was running cleaner and smoother. I also had an infection on my hand that would come every winter when my skin would get really dry. I started drinking kombucha and taking diatomaceous earth, and within a few days, this rash was gone. It was pretty amazing.”

One of the thing’s Danielle focuses on in her blog is nutrition and food preparation. She was kind enough to give us some alternative beverages for people to take their DE with. Have you ever had it with just water? It’s a bit gritty, which is fine, but it’s tasteless. Danielle’s recipes will enlighten the committed diatomaceous earth users and newbies alike, so take a look. You might even find new beverages you’ve never heard of.

DANIELLE’S 5 SIMPLE DRINK RECIPES FOR TAKING DIATOMACEOUS EARTH:

Coconut-Honey DE

coconut water with honey

Photo Credit: Danielle Baethge

If you’ve never heard of coconut water then you’re missing out. Not to be confused with coconut milk and oil, it’s the water found at the center of a coconut, and it’s harvested from young, green coconuts. Some people have referred to it as “Mother Nature’s Sports Drink”, and it has less calories, sodium, and contains more potassium than your run-of-the-mill sports drink. Read this article by WebMD about coconut water. When you’re out shopping for coconut water, read through the label and look for the most natural coconut water with no added sugars or juices.

Ingredients

6 oz coconut water

1 tsp honey

1 tsp diatomaceous earth

Directions:

Purchase coconut water from your local grocery store. Heat up some honey and mix it into the water and add the DE. Make sure you mix it as often as you drink.

Kombuchalk

kombucha tea

Alternatively it’s known as the mushroom tea, even though it’s not made out of mushrooms, but because the bacteria and yeast in the tea float to the top and look like a mushroom. This doesn’t sound too appetizing, but it’s actually quite a popular drink and has recently gained in popularity in the United States. People have found that adding diatomaceous earth to their diet can help with better digestive help, more regular bowel movements, stronger teeth and gums, healthier hair and nails, and clearer skin.

Ingredients

1 cup of Kombucha Tea

1 tsp diatomaceous earth

Directions

If you feel brave, you can try and make your own Kombucha Tea, or you can head to your local grocery store and purchase it there. Then just add a teaspoon of diatomaceous earth and give it a shake.

Banana Berry Smoothie

strawberry banana smoothie

This is a classic way to enjoy diatomaceous earth, and you won’t even know it’s in there. This is just one example of a smoothie with simple ingredients almost everybody has in the kitchen. If the movie Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves taught us anything, it’s that bananas are loaded with potassium, (I know, I shouldn’t make references to outdated 90s movies), but bananas are recognized by the FDA  for their ability to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Coupled with lower blood pressure, this study done by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found that DE may reduce blood cholesterol and positively influence lipid metabolism in people.

Ingredients

2 cups milk

1 Banana

Handful of assorted berries

1 tsp diatomaceous earth

Directions

Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix together. Refrigerate any unused portions.

DE Juice

carrot juice

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% for what an average adult needs per day. They also provide vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. Read on MedicalNewsToday.com to learn about other possible benefits of adding carrots to your diet. With juicing, you do lose the pulp of the fruit and vegetables so you lose some fiber, so be sure you get fiber in some other way. If you have a juicer and kids who are picky eaters, this is a great solution. When you juice carrots, they have a sweet, mild flavor that’s easy for the whole family to enjoy.

Ingredients

6 medium to large carrots

½ Granny Smith apple

Small chunk of red beet

1 tsp diatomaceous earth

Directions

Juice the carrots, apple, and beet together. Add 1 tsp of DE and enjoy!

Diatomaceous Coffee

coffee sized

If you’re too busy to take diatomaceous earth then simply add to your morning coffee. As you know, diatomaceous earth is loaded with silica, and we’re learning more about the exact correlation between silica and its potential health benefits. While this correlation is still being established, we know that bad things happen when the body is deficient in silica. According to the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging when there is a deficiency in silica, it induces deformities in the skull and peripheral bones, joints are poorly formed, cartilage contents are reduced, and there is a disruption of mineral balance in the femur and vertebrae. While there isn’t much by way of toxicity data; however, the few rodent studies that have been conducted show no adverse effects from adding silica to the diet.

Ingredients

1 cup of coffee

1 tsp diatomaceous earth

Directions

Simply add DE to your cup of coffee in the morning!

If you decide to eat DE, it should be a part of a healthy diet, and a commitment to live healthier. Check out Danielle’s blog for even more recipes and remember to comment below to let us know how your thoughts and questions.



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