Pronounced Shee-la-jeet, Shilajit is an Ayurvedic secret everyone should know about – though not many people do. It is one of the most nutrient-dense mineral substances on the planet, and is an exudate from the Himalayan Mountains primarily; although there are other sources for this ‘panacea’ as it is called in the Charaka Samhita, the most respected of Ayurvedic texts.
Shilajits history is long, and the list of benefits for Shilajit is, too. A naturopathic doctor explains, “it is from decomposed plant matter from over 7000 different plants.” It also contains loads of vitamins, minerals, and humic acid and fulvic acid, which are key components to a good cleanse since they remove heavy metals from the body. Shilajit forms in a mineral layer in the mountains. It is scraped out and used as a supplement to the standard American diet or other diets devoid of important nutrients – which, let’s face it, is what about 90% of people on this planet today are consuming (or so it seems).
It is thought that porous fulvic and humic acids in Shilajit carry herbal compounds deep into the tissues of the body. These transport cavities may help capture toxins and escort them out of the body. Fulvic acid essentially neutralizes bad estrogens and even pesticides.
Americans are also devoid of many essential minerals we need for good health. Since we eat lots of sugar and foods that have no vitamins, our bodies become de-mineralized. Shilajit helps to replace those essential minerals which aids in not only cleansing, but helps the organs to work how they are supposed to, improving weight maintenance and unlocking extra energy we didn’t even realize we were missing out on.
David Wolfe says this about Shilajet, “it means destroyer of weakness.” It is estimated that Shilajit has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. It is quite possibly the very foundation of all of Ayurvedic medicine. Animals were observed eating it, and realized that there was something vital about the substance. It is probable that it contains over 80 trace minerals, depending upon where it is sourced.
From utilizing bentonite clay to consuming numerous specific foods, there are many ways to go about cleansing the body. Incorporating chlorella and cilantro has been shown to detox about 80% of heavy metals from within the body in about 42 days, while foods like garlic or milk thistle are great for cleansing the liver as well.
Now you know one more powerful detox method. Shilajit is considered one of the best internal cleansing substances ever discovered. You can watch a full video of Wolfe discussing Shilajit’s benefits, here.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.