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Recently an old cat came to visit and never left. It’s previous own arrived with him and had a particular way of feeding him. As far as I could tell he was starving and with a younger cat in our home this older one had access to more food. What I didn’t realize was that the purpose of not feeding the cat was a strategy as he couldn’t digest it properly. In short order I had a very constipated cat!
It took some time and persistence to get him through this and for his system to start to work easier. I learned how to give a cat an enema and about Lactulose that a mobile vet clinic had suggested.
As things began to settle down I wondered about the condition of this cat and the possibility of any parasites it may have and passed on to our other cat. Researching a natural way of ridding them of anything they may have I came across Edible Diatomaceous Earth. I was drawn to the health benefits that I was reading about and decided to give it a try. I have added a small bit to their meal and tried it myself. It is healthy for humans and animals.
The first thing I noticed was a detox effect as it cleaned out my colon and bowel in a way that I have never experienced using any other product! Would I recommend this as a laxative? You bet I would! I used to love Avena’s Herbal Detox as when using it, I would have good results and not be left with any discomfort. It would leave my insides feeling happy. This is the same experience drinking a glass of Edible Diatomaceous Earth. The difference was it was immediate and my system became noticeably alkaline. I am impressed by this product and wish i would have known about it when doing a Mercury Detox some years ago!
What I learned about Edible Diatomaceous Earth
It is ground up fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms, the primary food source for marine life. Diatoms shells are made up mostly of silica. Silica is an important trace mineral for our health and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. For optimal health, the average human body needs to hold about seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron and calcium.
I decided to use it on the cats and then myself when reading that it could eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms. However I also learned that if used as a daily treatment, Edible Diatomaceous Earth can ease the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Silica is a destroyer of bad fat in the body! It is also an important component of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature. I learned that it increases the body’s use of calcium, improves bone mineralization, protects joints and fights the effects of aging. Not only is it a highly effective anti-inflammatory and internal cleansing agent for the body it has been known to help with vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.
How much to take:
I give the cats a 1/4 of a teaspoon or less mixed into their food, one meal a day.
I began mixing a tablespoon with water twice a day. The detox effects where quick and I cut back to once a day so my body could become used to its effects. It wasn’t painful, I simply found myself on the toilet all day long! After a week I increased the amount.
It is a fine and light powder due to its high porosity. It mixes easily into liquids and foods. Most people take a teaspoon or a tablespoon two or three times a day (up to a total of one-quarter cup per day) for best results.
It can be mix it into water, juice, smoothies or other foods.
It has been approved by the FDA and isn’t know to have any dangerous side effects. However, always check with your Doctor if you have any concerns.
It’s other uses:
- Tooth Whitener – I have added to my natural homemade toothpaste
- House Cleaning
- Fleas & Bed Bugs: Not long ago I worried about the cats and fleas. Now I have a solution as this powder can be used as a de-flier, and for bed bugs!
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.