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The Trace Mineral You’ve Never Heard Of For Health & Longevity

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Second only to Oxygen, Silica also referred to as Silicon Dioxide, is one of the most abundant elements on Earth.

“We need Silica for our bones, hair, skin, organs and blood vessels, wound healing and more.”

Our Planet’s Made Of Silica:

In fact, almost 30% of our planet’s crust is made of Silica. As such, it is a building block of most life on Earth. Biogeochemist and oceanographer, Christina De La Rocha states: “Silica was there, for example, when life began on Earth. It wasn’t just there, it was key… at the core of all terrain life.”(1) We need Silica for our bones, hair, skin, organs and blood vessels, wound healing and more.

In fact, since the health and science community recognized Silica as an essential trace element in 1972, its list of benefits just keeps growing. Studies have shown silica to promote increased cardio-vascular and lung function(2), pain relief(3), healthy blood circulation(4), bone and connective tissue strength(5), anti-aging(6), gut health(7), wound healing(8), healthy oral hygiene(9) and healthy looking hair and skin.(10) It can even help reverse the signs of sun damaged skin!(11)

Christina De La Rocha goes on to state “Our skeletons would be weak and malformed. Our hair and skin would be a wretched mess. Our organs would be falling apart. And our wounds would not heal if we hadn’t kept up an adequate daily intake of dietary silica so far throughout our lives”.

Silica And Aging:

We are born with an abundance of silica in our systems. Those levels remain high through our youth, giving us bone strength, joint flexibility, tight skin and thick lush hair. However, as we age, the level of silica in our systems drops. This can lead to joint weakness, increased risk for bone fractures, dry loose skin, hair loss, stiffness and elasticity loss in our body tissue and a number of other age-related problems.  

Today, Silica is even more important to our health because we live in the aluminum age. In the late 19th century, we learned how to make aluminum metal cheaply and efficiently and thus began The Aluminum Age. The Aluminum Age continues today as aluminum-made products pervade just about every aspect of our lives.

“Many will be incredulous to learn that in the Aluminum Age, there are no health-based standards or regulations relating to human exposure to aluminum. Nor are there laws protecting us from aluminum in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the cosmetics we use, the medicines we need, the supplements we take…

“In Alzheimer’s disease, aluminum accumulates in brain tissue to an extent that the brain’s coping mechanisms begin to fail.”

Aluminum is everywhere, and the result of living in the Aluminum Age is that every one of the cells that make up our body includes at least a few atoms of aluminum,” writes Dr. Christopher Exley, PHD FRSB.

Brain’s Coping Mechanisms:

“When aluminum loads exceed the body’s excretory capacity, they form deposits and accumulate in tissues. In Alzheimer’s disease, aluminum accumulates in brain tissue to an extent that the brain’s coping mechanisms begin to fail.

Think of your brain aluminum burden (while you still can) as a catalyst of the aging process that is bringing about age-related and eventually catastrophic changes in brain chemistry, well ahead of what should be your normal longevity. At a time when we are all living longer, and some dream of living forever, it is noticeable that advancing age is not ushering in better health. We may be living longer—but we are living unwell.”(12)

Silica-Rich Water Can Help Remove Aluminum From The Body:

Silica follows water molecules through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream where it bonds to aluminum and removes it from the body via sweat and urine. One 15-year study following over a thousand people age 65 and older found that drinking water rich in natural silica reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.(13)

Another study states “it has been shown that the performances to a cognitive test were positively correlated to the consumption of silica and that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was reduced in subjects who had the higher daily silica intake compared to the others. The silica is probably the natural antidote of the aluminum and could play a benefit role by decreasing the biodisponibility of aluminum, whose neurotoxicity is now clearly established.”(14)

How Do We Increase Silica In Our Bodies?

So how do we increase the amount of silica in our bodies? Eating fruits, vegetables and grains is one way as many of these are rich in silica – especially green beans, leafy greens, bananas, brown rice and lentils.

“Drinking water rich in naturally dissolved Silica is another.”

However, it should be noted that our bodies only absorb a fraction of the silica we ingest that way. Drinking water rich in naturally dissolved Silica is another. Silica in water is the easiest form for our bodies to absorb. We absorb at least 50% of the silica present in water(15), making it one of the best sources of silica supplementation.

References:

1 – Silica Stories – Christina De La Rocha – Springer Publishing 2017

2 –  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9278931/

3 –  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29202511/

4 – https://europepmc.org/article/MED/15991019

5 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25389960/

6 – Silica- The mineral building block that promotes healthy bone and connective tissue and helps prevent premature aging and cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s diseases – Dr. Edward A Lemmo, Ph.D – ppg 38 – 39 

7 – http://www.holisticwebs.com/cancer/silica.pdf

8 – https://europepmc.org/article/med/1325402

9 – https://www.uckele.com/articles/the-importance-of-silicon-in-the-diet/

10 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509882/ / https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00403-005-0584-6

11 – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00403-005-0584-6

12 – Surviving the Aluminum Age – Dr. Christopher Exley 4/24/2019 – https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/environmental-toxins/surviving-in-the-aluminum-age/#gsc.tab=0

13 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2809081/

14 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17435954/

15 – https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/10/18/6255/htm

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