Diatomaceous Earth – Parasites & Detox

For anyone with gastrointestinal issues, a doctor should typically run tests for parasites, in addition to any other applicable tests. I read that 90% of Americans have parasites and most don’t even know it.

That is shocking, isn’t it?

I always wondered, how could you have parasites and not even know it? Don’t they drain the life out of you and show up in places people don’t want to talk about?  I grew up with a healthy concern for washing my hands to avoid things like tape worms, pin worm and hook worm. When you don’t walk in gross places and maintain a good sense of hygiene, you feel protected from those sorts of things.

But, they aren’t the only 3 parasites you can get and you can get them even if you do take precautions.

So, I did more research into parasites and found out the thousands of kinds that are known and that there are probably a ton that aren’t known yet. What freaked me out is how stealthy they are, if they don’t get too greedy you will never know they’re there.

I also learned that they can actually be beneficial in several ways and that the only reason to worry is if you get an over-growth, or infection, from them.

One tidbit I found particularly comforting is that parasitic worms in your body collect heavy metals and can actually protect you from toxicity and getting critically ill.

Whew! Lots of worry gone there.

Speaking of heavy metals, they are running rampant in our environment and certainly collecting in our bodies at alarming rates. Aluminum, lead and mercury are very common ones that accumulate from air and water pollution, cosmetics, tuna fish, food containers, paint, industrial products and chemicals,  some children’s toys even! What’s most concerning is that you can be suffering from heavy metal toxicity but it presents as headaches, nausea, aches and pains…and you could be mistaking it for any number of other ailments or just feeling exhausted a lot.

The other day, I finally hit a wall. I’d been feeling really exhausted, having some tummy trouble and found myself writing down that I felt like “something had a strangle hold on my energy and was killing me slowly”. That was my last and most clear clue because my particular meditation and writing process brings up a lot of subconcious thoughts and just like you can tell if you’re hungry, you can also tell about other things going on in your body if you pay attention. I’ll share that magic another day!

The point is, I was feeling particularly crappy and didn’t know why, so my first thought was to detox.

A little research led me to diatomaceous earth that is often used to detox heavy metals, purify water, treat parasites and improve joint, bone, skin, nails and hair health- the perfect all purpose tool for my problems!

The particular beauty is, diatamaceous earth (DE for short) is a “mechanical” anti-parasitic. Meaning that it has specific compounds that physically harm the parasites and causes them to die rather than a chemical anti-parasitic which can become ineffective when the critters develop a tolerance for it.

Interesting, no?

In all my research I couldn’t find a resource that showed that DE is harmful to humans, so I decided to give it a try.

How did I decide what kind of DE to order?

Long story short, I looked for recommendations and jumped on Amazon, found a brand and ordered it.

It comes with qualifications on the label that state it is “Food Grade”. This is important!

It also has instructions to start with 1 teaspoonful a day and increase slowly to no more than 2 Tablespoons per day and to stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated is important because you want to keep those toxins evacuating regularly andthe other properties of DE make it particularly drying.

The first day, I didn’t really notice anything, which was a relief. When starting a new protocol, I’m always a little nervous that there may be undesireable effects.

Day 2, who nelly! I had vivid dreams, nightmares even, and woke up hot and sweaty and a little woozy. I’m not sure how much was related to detox or just to the summer heat but it felt…different. Almost like a fever, but not. And I spent the better part of the day just trying to cool off and needed a lot of rest.

The good news is, that was probably evidence of die-off and toxins being released from storage into my body/bloodstream.  Parasites are crafty little buggers and try not to alert your immune system to their presence by giving off chemicals, hormones and such so they can fly under the radar.  When they die, your body’s natural defenses recognize them and do the things to keep you healthy, like fevers and frequent bathroom trips.

Toxins are another angry hoarde your body tends to isolate in fat stores when there’s too much to deal with, and let’s be honest, in this modern world there’s always too much toxic sludge in the air, water and food for our bodies to properly manage. So, when you do a forced detox, those toxins are released from isolation and can make you feel pretty darn craptastic.  In fact, I’d highly recommend having a qualified practitioner on call if you’re doing a serious detox because things can get hairy and people even require hospitalization if detoxing improperly. Seriously, be careful.

So here’s my body’s plan: isolate, eliminate, evacuate.

Since I’m not doing blood testing or any other monitoring techniques, I can’t tell you specifics but I can tell you…

Day 3…I started to feel a whole lot better. My energy returned to normal, I could think clearly and just felt lighter, you know?

Every day since, is about the same. I’m feeling better than pre-DE and if you know me, I enjoy new habits. This whole scoop of dirt in my water every morning makes me happy.

I’m still in the process and will be taking it for at least 6 weeks, as recommended by a doctor, for a complete cleanse. He suggested 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off and then 2 weeks on again.

I haven’t come across any contraindication of long term use, so I think the prescription was more for comfort than anything. It is a gritty thing to drink every day, although it’s tasteless as far as I can tell – so no big deal.

I’ll keep you posted of any news and I’d seriously love to hear if you have any experience with DE, personally.  Tell me!

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Cut Out Sugar & Disease

So, you wanna go sugar free but it’s SO HAARD! Right?

Everybody knows that lowering your sugar intake is the quickest and best way to avoid many illnesses.

A diet high in sugar has been linked to lowered immune response (meaning more colds and flus), diabetes (of course!), Alzheimers, heart disease, liver disease, insulin resistance, hormone imbalances and digestive issues…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

The problem is, if you’re eating the typical American diet, it’s full of highly processed sugars in too many forms to name here, like high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, corn sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar maltose, sucrose, and malt syrup which are a few of the most common names you’ll find in ingredients lists on most packaged foods.

It’s estimated that we each eat around 60 pounds per year – that’s more than a pound of sugar each week,for the average American!  Imagine if you’re one of those who has a sweet tooth, you’re probably getting even more.

What’s worse are the artificial sweeteners though! Sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (Nutrasweet) and saccharin (Sweet ‘n Low) are common sugar free substitutes but are linked to terrible diseases as well, like cancer, mental illness and obesity! So, it’s great to give up the sugar, but I would urge you not to do so in favor of these chemical nightmares!

So, rule #1: NO ARTIFICAL SWEETENERS

Now, as you’re starting to recognize all the places sugar shows up while scanning the ingredients on your foods, it may seem impossible to give it all up. Overwhelming in the least, right? I’ve been there too, believe me!

So, please keep in mind that it’s OK if going cold turkey is too much for you right now and also keep in mind that it could send you into painful withdrawal too, especially if you’re like most Americans who are consuming hundreds of pounds of it every year.

Baby steps are always a good way to start and a HUGE way to honor yourself and your health.

Be proud of yourself for every effort you make, I am!

On a typical day, you may be drinking sodas, sweetened coffees, snacking on crackers and cookies with added sugar and even your meat (prepared or raw) can contain a solution that includes sugar, disguised under many names like dextrose, malt syrup or food starch. Even your container of table salt sneaks in sugar under the guise of dextrose!

So, rule #2: Take it easy on yourself and cut the sugar gradually so you don’t feel deprived or even suffer withdrawal symptoms (this is a real thing!).

If you haven’t heard about the problem that all the sugar is causing, let me tell you a little more about it and then, be sure to scroll down and grab your cheat sheets to reference for super easy and satisfying substitutes to help you get started and a list of diseases and resources where you can learn more about your risk of developing them so you can see why it’s so important for YOU (and that will also help when temptation strikes to remember WHY you want to avoid too much sugar in your diet).

Let’s start with high fructose corn syrup because it is present in so many foods and drinks like almost every kind of soda, pie filling, frosting, crackers, cookies, prepared side dishes and even meats!

It’s often disguised under other names such as:

*Fructose      *Maize syrup      *Glucose syrup      *Glucose/fructose syrup      *Tapioca syrup      *Fruit fructose

*Crystalline fructose      *Glucose-fructose      *Isoglucose

That’s an awful lot of ways to say the same thing, isn’t it?

Well respected, Dr. Mark Hyman states that the average American consumes 60 pounds of it per year. Wow! That means some of us are consuming even more. He goes on to point out:

“When used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more.”  http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/05/13/5-reasons-high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/

“In moderation” it causes disease and a lot of us are waaaay over the “moderation” threshold.

Dr. Josh Axe also shows the dangers of it including cancer, obesity, liver disease, heart disease and leaky gut! https://draxe.com/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers/

In case you haven’t heard of “leaky gut”, it isn’t diarrhea, it’s when the cells that line your digestive tract, whose job it is to keep the bad stuff out of your bloodstream, become injured and start to let the toxins through. Leaky gut can cause TONS of symptoms from tiredness, forgetfulness, upset tummies, chronic inflammation, food allergies and intolerances, mood disorders, mental illness, organ failure and more. Basically, imagine if you had an IV of bad stuff dripping into your blood stream, it can wreak havoc on every single part of your body. So bad!

Other renowned resources such as the Mayo Clinic also publish findings around the dangers of regular sugar consumption “such as weight gain, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high triglyceride levels. All of these boost your risk of heart disease. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/high-fructose-corn-syrup/faq-20058201

Here is a great article from the Harvard Medical School that explains some of the problems with artificial sweeteners including weight GAIN (yes, they can cause obesity), addiction and type 2 diabetes, just the things you may be trying to avoid: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/artificial-sweeteners-sugar-free-but-at-what-cost-201207165030

I hope you can see that there is more than enough evidence to support limiting your intake of sugar in order to live to a healthy, happy old age and you’re ready to get started with me, right now!

It’s SO EASY! I promise.

I’ve included a reference sheet below with some super simple swaps you can start to make for healthier sweeteners as you’re weeding more and more out of your diet.

As always, I suggest starting with the easiest and most frequent things you do. If you have a daily coffee habit, it’s so easy to swap out a sugary creamer that you might be using for some canned coconut milk, which is so creamy and naturally sweet. Or if you have an afternoon chocolate craving every day, try stocking up with some high quality, organic dark chocolate instead of going for one of those cheap snack-machine nightmares. You can find inexpensive options online, I’ve even found it at Walmart and it was so delicious! If gummy candy is your thing, try dried fruit or trail mix. Another quick tip: don’t be afraid of high quality (I mean nutritious) fats that are found in nuts, seeds and pasture raised meats, eggs and dairy. They not only contain essential nutrients but they are superbly satisfying against sugar cravings.

Then, start looking toward your meals and swap out whole foods for those packaged products with long ingredients lists that require a PhD in chemistry to translate. Simple things like using fresh potatoes instead of mashed potato mixes from a box, real cheese instead of powdered packets in your macaroni (gluten free, I hope!) and sprinkling your own spices on dishes instead of those packets full of mystery fillers, makes a HUGE difference! Most of those “convenience” items have hidden sugars and other processed food-like products in them that we can do well without.

Now, I’d really like to hear from you so please leave me a comment below and come over to FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn where I’m posting regularly with more tips and ideas. The more you share the better we all can learn to live better and avoid those chronic diseases that destroy our health and keep us from living a gorgeous life we love, with the people we love!

Know what I mean?

Now grab these resource pages and let’s get going!

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