By Naturopath, Amy Hotz\nHaving fantastic gut health and a well functioning digestive system is essential for optimal health. After overindulging during the holidays, now is the perfect time to give your digestive health some loving with the Heal Your Gut powder, created by wellness expert Lee Holmes. Lee has sourced the finest food grade diatomaceous earth powder to help promote a happy and healthy gut! Here are five reasons, this powder will help heal your gut and nourish your body.\nWhat is diatomaceous earth?\nDiatomaceous earth, also known as fossil shell flour is the fossilized shells of diatoms, (microscopic water dwelling algae). It is composed primarily of Silica (amorphous silica) and is a source of 20 other trace minerals. The food grade, naturopathic powder is a 100% natural, gluten free vegan powder that can be added to a smoothie, glass of water or mixed into your breakfast.\n5 Reasons this powder will heal your gut and nourish your body:\n1. Cleanses the Digestive System\nDiatomaceous earth may have a very cleansing effect on the digestive system. It acts like a broom and sweeps the digestive tract as it passes through, which may help remove waste, heavy metals and toxic build up (yes, all those processed snacks from the office end of year party).\n2. Anti-bacterial \u0026amp; Anti-fungal\nThis powder may not only help cleanse the gut but may has been traditionally used for its anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic therapeutics. The powder may help absorb and eliminate parasites and bacteria as it travels through the body.\n3.Reduce bloating, and gas!\nDiatomaceous earth has been used for its detoxifying and cleansing therapeutics and can help regulate your bowel movements. By cleansing the digestive system and absorbing toxins and waste as it moves through the body it may help alleviate bloating and gas! Add it to a glass of water with some fresh mint, fennel or chlorophyll for instant relief of flatulence.\n4. Strengthen your hair, skin and nails.\nHeal your gut powder is not only fantastic for your gut health but also works wonders for your skin, hair and nails. Diatomaceous earth is a great source of silica. Silica is a vital mineral for glowing skin and strong nails and is related to healthy connective tissue. Enjoy a daily dose of heal your gut powder to get a natural source of silica in your diet.\n5.Mineral Rich\nDiatomaceous earth is not only a source of Silica, but also contain over 15 other trace minerals that are beneficial for overall health and wellbeing. Add it to some water or your breakfast smoothie (or enjoy my heal your gut cleansing breakfast smoothie below) to add extra nutrition to your meals.\nHeal Your Gut Cleansing Breakfast Smoothie Recipe:\n\nIngredients:\n\n200ml fresh coconut water\n1 handful fresh mint\n1 tsp heal your gut powder\n½ cup frozen berries\n6 almonds\n1 serve protein\/ egg\/ yoghurt\n1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice.\n\nCombine all ingredients together in a blender.