Silica, abundantly found pretty much everywhere, is one element that is not so abundant in our body as we age. It is found naturally all around us in granite, quartz, rocks, sand, clay, soil and food. Along with oxygen, silicon is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. Every cell and internal gland in our bodies needs silica to function optimally.

We are born with an abundance of silica, which is why babies have such beautifully smooth and glowing skin. As we age our silica levels decrease, revealing the telltale signs of aging such as dry wrinkled skin, bone loss, weakened gums and teeth, thinning or loss of hair, and brittle nails to name a few. We must supplement silica from our environment around us. Without silica, our bodies would literally break apart!

What is silica?

Silicon maintains healthy hair, skin, and nails. It sits inside collagen, acting as glue, providing strength, flexibility and resilience to collagen and elastic connective tissues. Silica is a natural anti-inflammatory that soothes and calms skin irritations and helps to alleviate eczema and psoriasis. Silica contributes to skin’s youthful glow, brightness, firmness, smoothness, thickness, elasticity, strength, and hydration. It reduces skin’s facial pores, blemishes, and wrinkles while increasing elasticity and firmness of blood vessels. This improves the delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients to your skin cells.

Silica gives your skin its youthful glow, brightness, firmness, smoothness, thickness, elasticity, strength, and hydration.

It’s no wonder the symptoms of aging are linked with the degradation of silica production. As we age there are many ways to increase the amount of silica we absorb through the body, both internally and externally. Contact your local naturopath to see how you can benefit from adding more silica to your life. As with all things supplemental, make sure your ingredients are of highest quality.

Check out this article by Byrdie on silica that Dr. Isabel Sharkar was featured in Silica: The Best Kept Skin Secret You Should Know About, by Amy Lawrenson.

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