Diatomaceous Earth Cleanse

23 Mar 2015
by Markus Kasunich

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Also called diatomite, diatomaceous earth is a natural sedimentary rock made from fossilized remains of hard-shelled algae called diatoms. It can easily be crumbled into a white powder. Particles of diatomaceous earth average in size between ten to two hundred micrometers. It is quite light, has an abrasive feel similar to pumice, and is highly porous. Diatomaceous earth contains about 90% silica, 4% alumina, and around 2% iron oxide…


Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

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Diatomaceous earth contains fifteen natural minerals, which are good for the body, especially the skin, nails, and hair. With its mildly abrasive properties, diatomaceous earth acts as a “sweeper” to rid the body of mucus, molds and other impurities on the intestinal wall, thus cleansing the digestive tract. Silica also helps rid the body of intestinal worms and parasites more effectively than other types of cleanses.

Although the human body contains high amounts of silica during youth, the level tends to deplete rapidly as the individual ages. Food-grade silica is water-soluble and easily excreted. Therefore it is important to replace it daily using diatomaceous earth.

Other benefits of the silica include: lower cholesterol and blood pressure, relief from arthritis, regular digestive functions, and increased energy. Moreover, diatomaceous earth helps rid the body of trace metals, which may be harmful, including mercury from seafood and heavy metal contamination from cookware or utensils. These various benefits of the compound provides a boost to the body’s immune system.

Note that when utilizing diatomaceous earth for cleansing your body, it is important to strictly consume ONLY FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth, which is safe and free of any harmful impurities. DO NOT CONFUSE WITH THE INDUSTRIAL GRADE PRODUCT:  There are 2 kinds of DE—food grade and filter grade (used in swimming pool and other filters)   Only the filter grade is dangerous to breathe.  The “dangerous” part of DE is the amount of crystalline silica that is in it.  Filter grade is 65% crystalline silica while food grade is less than 1/10 of 1%…  The world health org. has said that diatomaceous earth is safe to breathe as long as the crystalline content is under 2%.  Food grade is 20X lower than even that level. Click here to browse the Amazon shop to purchase FOOD GRADE DE. 


How to Use Diatomaceous Earth

The suggested daily dosage is one to two tablespoons in two cups of water morning (and night). You may experience experience the effects immediately.  It is chalky due to its consistency, but it is tasteless and odorless, so you can even mix it in your favorite beverage. I found mixing it in warm water made it easier to drink. Individual internal conditions vary, so you should give Distomaceous Earth adequate time to do its job. Typically benefits should be observed after about 10-14 days of continuous use. It can also be used as an ongoing supplemental for maintaining health…


“My first experience with this product was absolutely amazing… I did a 12-14 day cleanse with it and observed remarkable results. I was using the product as a experimental treatment for parasites, candida and mounting food sensitivities that had seemed to compound over the last year…  During the treatment I noticed the detoxification process in my body and the heavy metal clearing that that was purged through elimination.  Afterward, the affects of my ongoing food allergies and sensitivities were either drastically reduced or completely disappeared… I highly recommend this product for those of you who may want to explore this type of cleanse…”


Here are some personal suggestions for your cleanse:

  • Reduce or eliminate sugars, meats and heavy carbs – simply your diet for the process
  • Drink a lot of water. I noticed an increased dehydration due to the detox and cleansing
  • supplement with probiotics and other herbs to assist the production of healthy intestinal flora
  • You may also notice mind ‘agitation’ with old, negative and contractive thoughts and memories
  • you may find yourself feeling “raw” and being over-emotional and purging a lot old emotions
  • Rest, rest, rest…
  • Be aware of the Herxheimer Reaction (see below) which occurs during cleanses



The Herxheimer Reaction

The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.

This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place… LINK TO ARTICLE

Do your own research and see if this cleanse is a fit for you. I found it beneficial and will continue to use it in the future.


Also, this “wonder powder” has many uses, with one of its most prominent and important being that of pest control in agriculture. However, many households turn to Diatomaceous Earth, or DE, to safely and effectively keep their homes and gardens free of pests as well. But what is DE, is it safe to use around children and pets, and how effective is it really when it comes to pest control? Click here to read more about this:  





– Markus William Kasunich


disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and cannot legally prescribe medication or supplements. These are suggestions based on my own experience… Use this product at your own risk.  Also, this is not a sponsored or for profit post, and I have no affiliation with any of the companies that produce this product.




Markus is a holistic business, life & consciousness coach, published author and professional speaker. He offers private online coaching, retreats, workshops and classes on a wealth of topics. Through his integrated (Mind, Body, Spirit) approach of conscious living of he explores practical life-tools that inspire and empower your personal journey into the ever-evolving relationship with The Universe of You.


  1. rick

    Food grade DE does a much better job than stromectol. There is a minor herx effect and it does dry the skin a bit, but not enough to worry about. The initial effects of the substance working greatly outweigh the mild reaction.

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    This is very well written and I will use this as go to resource for people who ask me questions about it. It has all the important info.
    I have suffered with autoimmune disease for more than 10 years. My condition deteriorated and my stomach started to be effected. Long story short I found DE and it really helped me in amazing ways. After about a year I stopped (because I was feeling better) and after a few months the symptoms were starting to return. I am now back on and feeling the die off terribly. I will likely have to take it the rest of my life and in all honesty, that is fine with me because this die off is so unpleasant I don’t want to do it again!
    There is power in natural treatments like this. I have had better luck with this treatment than with all standard medications combined.
    Great article!

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    Is there anything that helps with the nausea? So far I’ve been able to keep it down but was hoping maybe someone found something to help with this.

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    Hey Rachel,

    My experience is that the nausea will eventually pass or at least mellow out as you continue to detox. Besides slowly building up the amount – starting with less DEC to start with, I think a certain amount of physical symptoms are just inherent in the process of detoxification.

    Try a slow build with less DEC and Let me know how it works for you.


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