Our appearance often reflects our inner condition. Broken hair and fingernails or pale, wrinkled skin indicate that something is wrong. For example, they may indicate a lack of silicon, the most abundant oxygen element on Earth. In nature, silicon is never found in pure form, but always in combination with oxygen as silicon dioxide. Its acid is called silica.
Where can you find silica?
Silica is found in scaffolds of the smallest marine animals, the diatoms. They already lived 80 million years ago in the great seas. The scaffolding of the dead diatoms deposited on the seabed and formed huge heaps. These remained when the sea retreated.
Larger deposits of silica are found in Germany in the Lüneburg Heath, at the Vogelsberg in Lusatia and in the surroundings of Berlin.
Silicon - essential trace element
In the case of silicon, the term trace element does not refer to the frequency of the natural occurrence, but to the concentration in human tissue. Although there are only about 1.4 grams in our body, silicon is still present in almost every cell. Especially the fast growing cells like skin, hair and nails contain a lot of silicic acid.
However, with age, the silicon content in the body decreases. The elasticity and elasticity of the connective tissue also diminish and the binding capacity of moisture is reduced. Silicon supports the skin's ability to retain moisture and positively influences the metabolism of the skin. At the same time it supports the structure of the connective tissue and promotes the growth of hair and fingernails.
It is also important for bone formation. Osteoporotic, brittle bones contain less silicon than stable, elastic ones. Since the organism requires silicon for many tasks, the trace element must be supplied with the food again and again.
Resistant hair and firm fingernails
The hair and fingernails contribute significantly to our appearance. You should therefore look vital and healthy. However, the daily stresses such as sun, wind and air pollution, mechanical stress or frequent care such as blow drying, dyeing or varnishing significantly affect the structures. These strains can damage or destroy the fibers in the hair that cause the shine - the hair becomes dry and brittle and it splits.
Even nails suffer from external influences, with unsightly fingernails can also be a result of deficiency symptoms. Fragile or soft nails indicate, for example, a poor general condition, a temporary defensive weakness or a lack of trace elements and minerals.
Therefore, it is important that the hair stays healthy and resistant from the inside out. The best way to do this is to have a balanced diet that provides the hair with all the trace elements you need. If this is not possible, they can also be supplied. The nail quality is also supported by an adequate supply of silicon. Since hair and nails take some time to regenerate and renew, a continuous supply of silica over several months is recommended.
Firm and healthy skin
With increasing age, the level of silicon may decrease in some tissues, for example in the blood vessels and the skin. A typical consequence is the cellulite. To slow changes in the scalp, give your body plenty of protein and fiber.
In addition, silicic acid supports the formation of collagen and elastin. Collagen makes the skin firm, elastin keeps it elastic and supple. The ingestion of silica, while not preventing the aging of the skin, can help provide the body with silicon that is so important to beauty.
Silica for the medicine cabinet
The large reactive surface area of colloidal silica has a high binding power against inflammatory agents such as bacteria or viruses, which are thereby rendered harmless. The anti-inflammatory effect has been demonstrated both in internal and external use:
- in the throat area
- in the gastrointestinal tract
- for wounds and minor injuries
- skin irritation
- Ulcers (like the open leg)
The simultaneous cooling effect of colloidal silica is beneficial in sunburn and other mild burns as well as insect bites.