Silica, the Understated Element
by Dr. Isabel SharkarSilica, so plentiful in the natural world, is one element that is not as abundant in our body as we age. It is found naturally in bamboo, 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.
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.
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.
Isabel Sharkar, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit IndigoHealthClinic.com.