Let’s look at the mineral silica, describing its function in the body, the problems which arise when it’s deficient, and the best food sources and supplement forms for getting it into your body.
In the body silica’s personality varies according to it’s use. When biochemically active, it’s like a noisy, rackety jackhammer, busting through hardened spurs and stones, and clearing pockets of settled wastes and crowds of putrid onlookers (‘move it along, there’s nothing to see here’). This may happen with rapidity and force that can sometimes surprise you, as you feel a rumbling in your bowels and start calculating how quickly you can get to the nearest toilet.
When used structurally, silica provides the body – especially the nervous system – with integrity and resilience that can weather the wildest storms with a balanced calm and clarity. It’s particular qualities make it a very good preventative medicine.
Our diets often don’t provide us with sufficient amounts because of our fussy food preparation methods.
After oxygen, silica is the most abundant element in sand and soil, and is found as silicon dioxide.
The tetrahedral crystalline structure of a silicon molecule is pyramid of arrow-shaped (kind of like the active head of a jack-hammer ) and this is the reason why it’s potentially so active.
In the soil it, it helps to germinate the seeds by breaking through their hard outer shell and, if soil lacks silica, very few seeds would sprout naturally.
In the body, silica assists with the proper elimination of wastes. It helps to clear debris and waste products around areas of injury and tissue damage, during the healing and repair process. It helps break up hardened and crystallized wastes, such as uric crystals which settle in the joints of gout sufferers. It protects calcium metabolism, preventing distortion and loss, and it clears calcium deposits laid down as nodes and spurs on bones, which can cause pain and interfere with joint movement. Also high calcium amounts in the body prevent iron absorption which can lead to anemia. It aids the removal of kidney and gall stones, as well as lumps of unexcreted bowel waste putrefying in diverticular pockets within the intestines. Once the intestines are clear, this will also assist in easier absorption of beneficial minerals and vitamins long term.
Silica break down all the waste products and aid their movement back into the circulation and out through the proper elimination channels or, in the case of bowels, directly out through that route. It stimulates all organs of elimination, including the skin, lungs, kidney and bowels. As I mentioned before it is Not a quiet mineral 😉
Along with calcium, magnesium and several other trace minerals, silica hardens and gives resilience to bones and teeth, strengthens them and ensuring a proper, balanced ‘laying down’ of minerals onto the bone matrix.
People who drink a lot of cows milk may struggle to metabolize the calcium in it, and this can increase the body’s need for silica. Toddlers will naturally eat sand which indicates their body’s need for silica.
There are many wonderful vegetable sources of calcium available to create a balance without having to consume cows milk.
Silica is amazing in bringing out the best in your skin, hair and nails. Stop spending thousand of expensive treatments…try cleaning your body from the inside and witness a ‘miracle’.
Silica aids in elimination through the skin by literally piecing little holes in blocked up areas so that unexcreted garbage lying in cells and tissues just beneath the skins surface, can be released. This may result in a few extra white-head pimples, while the waste comes out but you can help this along by trying my favorite skin cleansing method by clicking HERE.
All this corrects both excessive sweating by promoting more balanced fluid excretion through all eliminative organs especially the kidneys.
It helps to overcome these skin problems:
Irritation, itching, Injuries, Burns, bites, Eczema, Scolds, Sunburn.
Thanks to the great binding capacity, silica inhibits inflammation and contributes to wound healing. a silica compress replaced every half an hour cools, soothes and heals burns ans sunburn.
Perhaps the most important role of silica, often called ‘the communication mineral’, is an integral component of the myelin nerve sheath. This is the insulating mineral which surrounds each individual nerve fiber in the body, a lot like the colored plastic coatings we see around electrical wires. this sheath insulates the signals traveling along the nerves, preventing outside interference, static, ‘crossed-wires’ and short circuits.
It ensures that each nerve delivers it’s information from the brain to the body, or from the body back to the brain, with the perfect clarity (no Chinese whispers!)
Silica gives resilience to the nervous system, providing us with the ability to bounce back more quickly after setbacks – physical, mental and emotional. it supports the cardiovascular system as well, by helping to maintain strength and resilience of the inner lining of the arterial walls, and preventing the arterial narrowing which occurs in the development of diseases such as arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis.
It is also suspected to play a role in protecting the brain from aluminum toxicity, which had been associated by some with Alzheimer’s disease.
So if you feel emotionally or circumstantially overloaded,
if you are wearing a little thin in your resilience to life,
or if you feel that life has sent you one hit too many,
you may need a bit Extra Silica.
Silica can help with:
- poor hair tone
- weak fingernails
- rough cuticles
- nail biting
- hair chewing
- lack of twinkle in your eye 😉
- aches and pain in your bones
- sneezing fits
- foot odour
- excessive sweating
- abnormal high calcium deposits, stones, spurs, uric acids crystals
Silica is usually found in the tough rough fibrous parts of vegetables, seeds and grains. these are the skins, stalks, seeds, bran and husk – the bits most people usually cut off and throw away.
Eat your apple or potato or cucumber or kiwi fruit with its skin. Eat the whole orange with pulp instead of just clear orange juice. Put the harder stalk portion of your lettuce into your salad also. When possible keep the husk on your grains and nuts. Don’t peel your carrots or mushroom. Don’t remove stringy bits from celery and beans etc. etc. (make sure your produce is organic so it does not contain those nasty pesticides that will deposit mostly in the skin)! Plus your teeth and jaw will thank you for this also 😉 as they need the workout naturally.
If you MUST be a softie and cut of everything of your fruits and vegies, why not throw them all together in a pot and boil them up to make a mineral rich stock, very high in silica. Vitamins are very sensitive to oxidation and heat but minerals are virtually indestructible.
Lettuce is one the best silica sources, and readily available with the outer darker coarser leaves being more mineral rich than the inner, soft baby leaves. Just remember: the darker the better.
Other great sources:
- high-bran cereal
- horseradish root
- pepita (pumpkin seeds)
- fresh apricots
- fresh apples
- brown rice
In fact most vegetable and grains have some silica…in those rough parts.
Keeping a silica-rich food in your daily diet, in the unprocessed form of vegetable, fruits and unrefined grains, is the best way to ensure that your body gets what it needs.
Silica is almost completely lost in processed and packaged foods and silica supplementation is a complex issue.
If you NEED to use supplements it is best to take Colloidal Silica and try a liquid silica supplements which contains it in the ‘orthosilicic acid’ form. A liquid supplement should not contain any preservative such as the controversial sodium benzoate that could potentially ‘undo’ the good you are trying to achieve by taking the supplement. The purer the supplement the better! You could also consider a homeopathic silica tissue salt.
When you look a the list of difficulties related to silica deficiency, it’s probably safe to say that each and every one of us is experiencing, a need for extra silica.
Check your diet habits…are you cutting of the crusts and peel your vegies and fruits? A little change can go a long way and we can re-train our body and minds for positive long term changes naturally.
Teaching our children today can result in silica deficiency, with all it’s nasty and unpleasant symptoms, to be a thing of the past in the future.
We’ll all be better equipped to go out and face this ‘stressful’ world, or simply be able to live life to the max as it was intended to be int he first place 🙂
A product that I have been using for supplementation myself is Silicea from Hubner, click on the picture for more:
To your health 🙂
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