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DE is only a good source of silica - the rest is trace, including aluminium.
It was food grade DE, so I don't think that's a problem.
The dose I had was a tiny amount, which was dissolved in water after the remainder settled to the bottom, plus I only had a couple of gulps. Apparently, this is the best way to consume DE to make it bioavailable - taking DE straight off the spoon is mostly unavailable.
I'm gonna try the DE again tomorrow and if it causes my hypertension/heart pain, I think I'm going to try bamboo...
Bamboo stalk is a great source of silica, and it dilates the blood vessels lowering blood pressure.
I had some diatomaceous earth (DE) delivered today and decided to make myself some diatomaceous earth water.
The spoon of DE seemed to settle pretty quickly, although I was wondering if this is an overnight process.
I noticed after drinking the water that I experienced some kind of hypertension, which I could reproduce again (thought it was excessive coconut oil at first!). I'm also getting this weird stinging sensation somewhere around my heart, which is disquieting.
I really would like to use DE for the silica, although maybe it's another ingredient for the dumpster!
It is not likely the DE. Silica from DE is poorly absorbed. This is why I recommend adding it to the water first and letting it settle out. This allows the water to dissolve tiny amounts of the silica forming orthosilicic acid (OA). This is the form of silica absorbed and utilized by the body. OA though is pretty benign, especially at the levels you would absorb. And you also get OA from the insoluble fibers you eat and even from spring or well water. So something else you ingested was more likely the culprit.