Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Health Benefits of Buckwheat

Health Benefits of Buckwheat
Despite its name buckwheat is not wheat but a nutrient-packed, gluten-free seed that is high in both protein and fiber. Its health benefits include cholesterol-lowering effects, anti-hypertensition effects and improving digestion by reliving constipation.

Buckwheat is usually found as raw “buckwheat groats” or in flour form. Both are highly nutritious staples to keep in your kitchen since there can be used in numerous ways. It's easy to add cooked groats to stews, soups or cold salads.  Have a bowl of buckwheat for breakfast instead of oatmeal and use buckwheat flour in muffins and breads. Buckwheat pancakes is one of my favorites!

Buckwheat is Heart Healthy

Buckwheat groats contain high levels of rutin, which is a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, which can cause oxidative stress, affecting lipid levels as well as triggering a variety of diseases. One study that evaluated the heart healthy benefits of buckwheat groats, revealed that individuals who consumed 100 grams of buckwheat per day had lower levels of bad LDL-cholesterol levels, and had higher levels of the good HDL-cholesterol levels when compared to individuals who did not regularly consume buckwheat. The fiber and magnesium content in buckwheat groats makes it a good choice for reducing the formation of plaque in the heart, and improving the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body.


Digestion

Buckwheat helps in digesting food better because it is rich in fiber which adds bulk to bowel movements. It also helps bowels to move slowly and steadily through the digestive tract, and stimulate peristaltic motion. Fiber also helps to regulate bowel movements and reduce the occurrence of serious gastrointestinal issues, and colon and gastric cancer. It also helps lower the chances of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and diarrhea. Buckwheat’s neutral thermal properties help cleanse the intestines and strengthen them. This improves one’s appetite, and gets rid of dysentery and chronic diarrhea.

Balance blood sugar with buckwheat

The dietary fiber and resistant starches contained in buckwheat groats make them a good choice for diabetics. Since it takes the body a longer time to break down the complex carbohydrate, blood sugar levels rise evenly, preventing drastic spikes in blood sugar. Another compound in buckwheat groats is D-chiro-inositol, which helps to lower elevated glucose levels.

Relief from arthritis with groats

The rutin in buckwheat groats contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the severity of arthritis and other inflammatory disease. One study revealed that a dose of 500 mg/day of flavonoids, such as those found in buckwheat groats, provided relief from arthritis that was more effective than the traditional drugs used to treat the condition.

Buckwheat beauty benefits

Buckwheat groats can help promote strong hair as well as healthy looking skin. Buckwheat contains high levels of B complex vitamins, which, when combined with the rutin contained in buckwheat groats, can help to prevent or reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  It also has high amounts of selenium in it which is good for strengthening nails and teeth.

Anemia

Buckwheat is rich in iron, which is instrumental in forming red blood cells. A deficiency of iron leads to anemia, characterized by headaches, fatigue, mental slowness and other serious side-effects.

Blood pressure

Rutin in buckwheat helps cure high blood pressure. Rutin acts as a vasodilator which increases blood flow and reduces the chances of several types of heart problems and stroke.

Immune System Health

Its rich abundance of antioxidants has a great impact on the immune system, thereby protecting the body from disease. Its antioxidant components also eliminate free radicals, like selenium, tocopherols, flavonoids and phenolic acid.

With all its health benefits it's hard to not want to give buckwheat cereal to your babies but wait until he/she is at least eight months old.



One of my favorite buckwheat recipes is from Detoxinista.com


Easy Vegan Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

The best vegan buckwheat chocolate chip cookies! They are nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light colored buckwheat flour (healthiest is to grind sprouted buckwheat groats)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Foods makes them with cane sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, oil, water, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Then add in the vinegar, which will react with the baking soda to help the cookies rise a bit.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips, then use a tablespoon to scoop the dough into 12 mounds spaced evenly apart on the lined baking sheet. Flatten each cookie with your hands, as these cookies will only spread slightly. Bake until the edges are firm, about 10 minutes at 350ºF. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you'd like to replace some of the oil in this recipe, I've successfully made them using 1/4 cup melted coconut oil with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. In this case, please omit the water in the recipe. The resulting cookies will be softer due to the applesauce, like a cross between a cookie and a muffin top. If you'd like them to be firmer, place them in the fridge and serve cold.

We have buckwheat bars on sale at the office for your snacking pleasure.  I have made buckwheat porridge as a substitute for oatmeal.  Buckwheat pancakes are delicious too! So get creative and enjoy buckwheat!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Is Your Bra Harming Your Health?



We've all seen them, those television ads showing women how beautiful they can look in those tight underwire pushup bras.  Of course, no one is bothering to tell women that these same bras could be increasing their chances for breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Michael Schacter, MD says in his article, The Prevention and Complimentary Treatment of Breast Cancer, "Over 85% of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes.  Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone.  Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow.   The nature of the bra, the tightness, and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of blockage of lymphatic drainage.  Thus, wearing a bra might contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast."


It's important to realize that nearly all underwire bras contain metal under wires, coated with plastic which creates even more potential risk for the wearer.  Metal acts an an antenna which will attract electromagnetic fields.  This can increase risks of cardiovascular disease.  Johns Hopkins performed research showing that there is a direct relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and the speed and rhythm of the heart.  To see more on how electromagnetic fields affect your health, read here.

Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer, authors of Dress to Kill, conducted a study of over 4,000 women and found that women who do not wear bras have a much lower risk of breast cancer.  There findings included:

  • Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of four chance of developing breast cancer.

  • Women who wore bras more than 12 hours per day, but not to bed, had a 1 out of 7 risk.

  • Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 52 risk.

  • Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer.

    Singer and Grismaijer also found that about 90% of fibrocystic patients improve when they quite wearing bras.  

Of course while some women would be happy to have any excuse to burn their bras, breasts can be heavy and having insufficient support can cause some women a great deal of discomfort.  Fortunately there are more and more options for women which will give them great support without restricting flows.  There is a whole series of new bras on the market which don't restrict the lymphatic flow.  Some places simply call them "wireless" bras.  Several examples of these bras include the Genie Bra, the Wire Bra and the Ahh Bra, but there are plenty more options like them.  Sports bras also work.  It may take some time to find the right wireless bra but do it for the health of it!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Healthy Benefits of Celery Juice

The Health Benefits of Celery Juice
I first came across the "phenomenon" of drinking pure celery juice, every morning, on an empty stomach, while delving deep into the pages of Medical Medium by Anthony Williams.   His most current book is Thyroid Healing and he has one coming out in October called Liver Rescue.  

I’m sure most of us are familiar with typical green juice, which usually consists of fistfuls of dark leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, along with cucumber and celery, and oftentimes herbs, lemon, ginger.  Usually apple is added for taste. It’s a powerhouse of a drink, with all those deep greens and their antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes transferred into a liquid form that can be easily sipped down, thus bypassing the energy-consuming process of digestion.
So when I read about the healing powers of celery juice, my interest was piqued, but drinking plain old celery juice seemed pretty boring compared to the green juice I’m used to. However, Williams, in Medical Medium, says celery juice, "is one of the most powerful and healing juices we can drink. Just 16 ounces of fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week."
Celery contains compounds called coumarins, which are known to enhance the activity of white blood cells and support the vascular system. It also helps to purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems. Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron, which all help to nourish the blood. Celery juice is also rich in organic sodium content, meaning it has the ability to dislodge calcium deposits from the joints and hold them in solution until they can be eliminated safely from the kidneys. Sounds pretty phenomenal right? You'll only know if you try it!

It can help with digestion

The discomforts of indigestion, bloating, and even acid reflux are often caused by low stomach acid. Studies have shown that people with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism often have low, or lack of, stomach acid, and low stomach acid sets off a wheel of undesirable health consequences. Many of us are all too familiar with the fact that when we’re stressed one of the first things to go out of whack can be our digestion. This is where the superhero of celery juice steps in, as its natural sodium content raises stomach acid, and when drunk first thing in the morning primes you for easy digestion for the rest of the day. Stomach acid is essential for breaking down food, particularly protein. If your stomach acid is lowered, the body then has to step in using more resources to try to digest that food, thus making you tired. This also leads to liver backlog, so there’s less chance your liver will be able to keep up with the onslaught of toxins it has to process from mere everyday life, as well as its job of balancing blood sugar and recycling and producing new hormones, among its many other tasks. If we don't give the body the nutrition it needs it never has a chance to reset, heal, and thrive. 

It can reduce cravings. 

Oftentimes, cravings are the body's way of calling out for nutrients that we are low or depleted in. For instance, if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, I've found you'll crave all salty foods. This is not a mistake of the body, as the adrenals need minerals to function at peak performance—like the minerals that are found in high-quality salt. Unfortunately we can often confuse this craving for wanting a bag of potato chips. Since celery juice helps with digestion the body can soak up all the goodness and nutrition now and cravings will subside.

More focus

Since stomach acid is essential for breaking down proteins, the amino acids from the protein can be broken down better after drinking celery juice. This allows the body to absorb the nutrition better.  Amino acids are precursors for creating neurotransmitters, so in theory, the simple act of drinking celery juice can make you smarter.  The surplus of energy one can get from food being digested better can also help feeling less overwhelmed.  This helps to reduce stress, thus creating a happy, healthy, natural cycle.  Celery is a major alkaline food.  This means it helps to purge the body of acid and toxins and cleanses the liver and bloodstream.
Want to try it out for yourself? Here's a quick and easy recipe for celery juice (no fancy juicer required!).

Ingredients
  • 1 head of organic celery.  Should make 16 ounces of juice.  
  • Splash of filtered water
Equipment
  • High-speed blender
  • Nut-milk bag
  • Large bowl
Method
  1. Wash and roughly chop the head of celery into rough chunks.
  2. Add to a blender along with a splash of water (to help the blades spin).
  3. Blend for a few seconds until broken down.
  4. Pour into a large bowl through a nut-milk bag.
  5. Squeeze through the juice, and compost the remaining fiber in the nut-milk bag. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefits.
To help detox heavy metals add a half cup of cilantro to the blender.  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

5 Natural Ways to Prevent Sunburns


As I was laying on the beach this Memorial Day weekend (I hope you enjoyed your weekend as well!) it occurred to me to write this blog.  In the past I have written about healthy sunscreens but there are other ways to prevent sunburns too.  

Sunlight is made up of about 1,500 different wavelengths.  It is comprised of infrared, visible and ultraviolet light, which filter through the atmosphere to reach us on earth in what we experience as crisp, beautiful daylight. Apart from the obvious necessity of sunlight for visibility, warmth and also for photosynthesis of the plants we eat, studies have revealed numerous benefits for humans including:

  • vitamin D synthesizing- the UVB rays of the sun react with cholesterol derivatives in the skin to produce this important vitamin. Without sunlight, this conversion cannot occur and the body must rely on the available sources in foods

  • increased daytime awareness- studies show that natural light (over artificial) enhances alertness, drive and focus

  • natural pain killer- several studies have shown that sunlight can have an analgesic effect, easing pain

  • mood enhancing- spending time in the sun increases serotonin, your feel-good hormone

  • cortisol regulating- research has highlighted the effects of natural light/dark cycles on maintaining a healthy flow of cortisol to modulate energy and stress

We culturally are aware of the harmful effects of the sun and using SPF lotions but know these good reasons for sun exposure too.  We just have to be smart about our sun exposure.  What you need to know about SPF lotions is that they rarely work as promised. SPF is the rating system used to designate how much UV radiation is blocked upon application. With the wide variety of products out there boasting these numbers, one would logically conclude that 30 SPF is twice as protective as 15 SPF, and so on...yet this isn’t necessarily the case. Generally speaking, SPF 15 is thought to block 94% of UV radiation, SPF 30 only 97% and SPF 45 98%. Complicating this issue further is the fact that these numbers are all highly variable based on the skin type of the user, how liberally the sunscreen is rubbed on, what kinds of activity one is engaged in, frequency of reapplication and what time of day you are spending in the sun. Therefore as companies continue to design evermore expensive, high SPF, “waterproof” sunscreens- there is little actual improvement on protective value. The Food and Drug Administration even recently proposed an upward limit of SPF 50 on labels in order to limit unrealistic claims about the efficacy of certain “ultra,” "mega," "superstar" sunscreens.


The next problem is the sheer chemical load pumped into these products. Many contain fragrance chemicals, parabens, harsh alcohols, toxic chemical solvents, titanium and petroleum oils that are both unstable and harmful- especially when applied with frequency to porous skin. Titanium dioxide, one of the most popular sunscreen compounds, is a “potential occupational carcinogen” according to the government, and octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), found in many conventional sunscreens, has been shown to cause damage to living tissue if it penetrates too deeply. Non-nano zinc oxide SPF lotions are the best way to go because the zinc will block the harmful rays and the non-nano part is it's size which is too big to penetrate into your skin.  It does the job just by sitting on top of your skin.  


So what can we do to naturally avoid burns while still catching a good amount of healing golden rays? While it is certainly true that red, peely, embarrassing sunburns are problematic and damaging to the skin, experts are now admitting that the dangers of the sun in general have been largely exaggerated, while the benefits underestimated. Newer medical research has revealed that sun exposure is not as closely linked to all skin cancers as previously thought, and other factors such as diet, exposure to environmental toxins and a paradoxical lack of vitamin D also play a role. As always, know your body, know your skin and make the choices that are most comfortable to you.


Limit Time in the Sun


Especially early in the season, your skin needs time to adjust so that the melanocytes kick into gear to produce their protective pigment (resulting in a tan). Also note that the body reaches its full capacity of producing Vitamin D in anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour midday, depending on your skin tone. So after this amount of time, cover up using loose, white clothing or by finding shade. And yes, although it may be counterintuitive, white clothing has actually been scientifically proven to help keep the body cooler than wearing no clothing.


Consume More Vitamin D

                            

While the sun helps us to manufacture vitamin D, consuming vitamin D rich foods like cod liver oil and/or supplementing with quality source of oral vitamin D3 can in turn help to protect us from the UV radiation of the sun.The more vitamin D you have in your body the more protected you are from the sun.  


Eat Saturated Fats


nourishing traditions

It’s true, healthy fats do truly relate to everything.  Including stable, robust fats in the diet is crucial to resilient skin. Dietary fats and oils provide building blocks for skin tissues.  Without the right fats the skin becomes dry and hair and nails become brittle.  Saturated fats are thought to increase total cholesterol and so use in limited amounts if your cholesterol is high.  Saturated fats include:

  • Dairy foods – such as butter, cream, ghee, regular-fat milk and cheese.

  • Meat – such as fatty cuts of beef, pork and lamb, processed meats like salami, sausages and the skin on chicken.

  • Lard

  • Coconut oil


Balance Your Mineral Intake

Deficiencies in certain minerals such as zinc and magnesium can cause photosensitivity and sun rashes. Be sure to have your mineral status checked by us and consume mineral rich foods from both plant and animal sources. Bone broths are particularly balanced in trace minerals.


Rub Coconut Oil on the Skin


homemade whipped coconut oil lotion

It may be delicious to eat, but cold pressed coconut oil is also a powerful healing agent when applied to the skin. There is anecdotal evidence showing that Polynesians frequently rubbed this precious oil on before spending long periods of time in the sun. Although it has been tested to block only about 20% of the sun’s rays, its value lies more in the powerful antioxidants it releases into the skin, which bolster natural defenses and prevents damage from long term sun exposure. For more info; Coconut Oil: Nature's Suntan Lotion by Dr. Bruce Fife 


Try Supplementing with Antioxidants

astaxanthin

Antioxidants are internal sunscreens and several trials using human cells have shown it to have protective effects on the skin. Many people experience skin benefits and an enhanced ability to tan from consuming antioxidants.  There are a lot of antioxidant supplements out there. JuvDefense + is one that I love and use in the office but it is best to get muscle tested at your next visit to see exactly which antioxidant supplement would be best.

For more info on natural skin health, read this

Best Natural Sunscreen!

It's not easy to find a healthy sunscreen but I like Raw for Beauty's sunscreen because it doesn't use chemicals or titanium dioxide but instead zinc oxide.  When you use RAW for BEAUTY Mineral & Botanical Sunscreen spf 25 you can be confidant that you are getting the highest quality, pure, and sustainable products that have been naturally sourced and healthy for both people and the planet. Unrefined, certified organic oils impart antioxidant rich protection to the skin. Pure vitamin E from sunflowers nourish the skin with non-GMO and gluten-free goodness. Their sunscreens use food grade organic coconut oil for added health and moisturizing benefits.  

What makes zinc oxide based sunscreen unique is the mode of action. Mineral sunscreens, unlike chemical sunscreens, create a barrier between your skin and the sun. They work by sitting on top of the skin and scattering and reflecting UV rays. They use a non-nano sized particle zinc oxide above 100 nm (the upper limit for nanoparticles). Scientific studies have shown that larger particles do not get absorbed into the skin and are therefore very safe.

Chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin to impart protection. Many harmful chemicals get absorbed into the body, including oxybenzone. The US Center for Disease Control found that 97% of Americans have this chemical in their blood. This ingredient is proven to disrupt normal hormone functions and should not be used on babies or children. Additional chemicals in sunscreens break down into free radicals or carcinogens. The Environmental Working Group, recommends to avoid spray sunscreens entirely. The ingredients in chemical sunscreens are not meant to be inhaled and can be extremely hazardous.



Key ingredients:
Non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 18%; Carrot seed oil; Carrot oil macerated*; Raspberry seed oil; Wheat germ oil;

Other Ingredients:
Virgin Coconut oil*; Hemp seed oil*; Macadamia seed oil*; Beeswax*; Soybean oil*; Cacao butter*; Shea butter*; Natural Coconut, Vanilla and Banana flavor oil extract, Tocopherol (Vit. E); Iron Oxide; Cinnamon powder*; Cacao powder*

*Certified Organic

The Vitamin E is made from sunflowers. It is non-GMO and gluten free. 

Directions for use:
Apply liberally and evenly 30 minutes before sun exposure
Reapply:
- After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating
- Immediately after towel drying
- At least every 2 hours


Sun Protection Measures
Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:
- Limit time in the sun, especially from 10am - 2pm
- Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses

For more info visit: https://www.raw4beauty.com/sunscreen

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Detox Foot Baths
Foot detoxes are becoming more and more popular as a way to rid the body of any harmful toxins. I purchased one and have been using it since 2006 and since it's popularity and patients asking about it I purchased one for the office now as well! Potential toxins can range from using aluminum foil, impurities in the air, to chemicals in your home and beauty products. If you're curious about what a foot detox is and if it can help you, here's what you need to know. 
A detox foot bath is a specific machine that helps to pull toxins out of the body through the feet by putting ions in the water of which your feet are soaking in.  These ions are a positive charge. The positive charge attracts the negatively charged toxins in your body. The ions in the foot bath water hold a charge that enables them to bind to any heavy metals and toxins in your body, similar to how a magnet works. This allows the toxins to be pulled out through the bottoms of your feet. 

As one goes through a foot detox the water will change color depending on the toxins being pulled out.  Water will change color even without your feet in the water due to the impurities in water but it will change differently.  I have seen successive foot baths done on a number of people with the water all looking different as an end result.  Colors and effects of the water that one may see depends on what is being detoxed from the body:

Black or blue flecks - heavy metals
white flecks - fungus/yeast
color changing orange - toxins from joints
oily bubbles - toxins from lymphatic system


Most everyone, except for pregnant women and those with open sores or an infection on their feet, can benefit from doing a foot detox bath.  It can be beneficial if you are experiencing athlete's foot, arthritis, allergies, chronic pain, chemical sensitivities, autoimmune disease, edema, inflammation and psoriasis.  The number and frequency of foot detox baths varies for everyone and will be determined with your practitioner.  There are quite a few ionic foot bath machines.  After all my research there are only two machines I have experience with and know get good results, KiScience Advanced Hydrogen Detox Foot Spa and EB Pro Foot Bath.  They now have foot detox pads which I don't have experience with but if you do please share!  If you are interested in doing a foot detox bath in the office it takes about 25 minutes and costs $45.  




Friday, May 11, 2018

Health Benefits of

Diatomaceous Earth

Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is a white powder that is almost entirely made of silica.  Silica is a mineral that is already in our body and is an important component of our  ligaments, cartilage, and muscles. When taken as a supplement DE may help to absorb mercury, E. coli, parasites, viruses, pesticide, radiation, drug residues and other toxins.

The only cautionary side effect that we have found relating to food grade diatomaceous earth has to do with direct inhalation and is essentially the same caution that is advised when handling any fine powder. Diatomaceous Earth is a very fine powder. 

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is 89% Silica.  It was established in the 1940s that life can’t exist without Silica. More recently, in her book “Water & Salt” Dr. Barbara Hendel states: “Silica is the most important trace element in human health.” Silica plays an important role in many bodily functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption.

Yet most people are, in fact, silica deficient.  We carry around 90mcgs of silica per 1 gram of hair we have on our bodies and we carry around 100mcgs of silica per 1 gram of bone.  Silica is in all of our connective tissue and it is so very important to include this mineral in our diets. Silica is mostly found in the fiber portions of whole grains, and the skins of fruits and vegetables.

Among other things, enough silica in the body is vital for calcium absorption to allow calcium supplements to work.

Reported Health Benefits of Silica / Diatomaceous Earth Include:

  1. Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
  2. Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels
  3. Better Calcium Utilization for help with Osteoporosis and Healthier Joints
  4. Stimulates Weight Loss
  5. Improvement in Hair, Nails, Teeth & Gums
  6. More Energy


According to Kayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN and Galen D. Knight, PhD in their article “Mad as a Hatter” there is no better product to detox heavy metals and radiation from your body than with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth!

Take diatomaceous earth daily on an empty stomach. I recommend starting small and slowly working your way up to a higher dose; begin with a teaspoon added to at least 12 ounces of liquid. Mix vigorously and drink immediately.  Some people don't like the mildly chalky flavor and gritty texture. If that describes you, try adding DE to a drink with more flavor (milk, orange juice, coffee, smoothies) or to light foods like yogurt, oatmeal, or applesauce.

As your body begins to detox, you may experience what is commonly known as "die off," which sometimes gives people mild flu-like symptoms for a couple days. This is a side effect of toxins leaving your body, not a side effect of DE itself. You can counteract these symptoms by increasing your fluid consumption, as well as reducing your DE dose for a couple days.

For gum health, because DE is one of the most nourishing substances for your gums, as your gums are connective tissue, which needs silica. To use it, mix 1 heaping tablespoon with water into a paste consistency. Pack it into your gums overnight after you brushed your teeth. Your gums will absorb the diatomaceous earth.  

If you have other ideas on how to use DE please share!