When I did my time as a retail Naturopath, there were so many questions about colloidal silver. Today, I wanted to clear the air. Because seriously, your gut health is at stake here!

What is colloidal silver?

It’s basically silver infused water. Silver electrodes are placed into large barrels of water, power turned on, and the water is delivered with silver molecules.

A quick google search on colloidal silver will come up with MASSIVE health claims. Like apple cider vinegar, yes it has its place, but there are heaps of other ways to kill bacteria and viruses from your body without loading it up with heavy metals. Heavy metals (like silver) are not healthy for you to ingest. They are very difficult for your body to excrete, and often end up stored in your fat cells!

So the ways I say colloidal silver are safe to use are:

  1. Cleaning- spray over surfaces that may have come into contact with bacteria/viruses
  2. Inside a neti pot (sinus rinse) for those who have chronic sinusitis, this may help ease your symptoms, however the real issue when sinus is chronic, comes down to your overall gut and immune health. Click here to ask me more
  3. Skin issues- such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, tinea, jock itch, scalp issues. Preferably not on open wounds, but the colloidal silver could help clear infections of the skin whether it be bacterial, viral or fungal. Keep in mind, that skin issues will often need internal treatment and dietary changes in order for complete resolution of symptoms to occur.

Please don’t take colloidal silver internally. Even though there might be lots of anecdotal evidence, I don’t believe it is safe for human consumption.

Colloidal silver is an antibiotic. It will wipe out gut bacteria, just like a pharmaceutical.

So what would I recommend instead?

Herbal medicine such as echinacea, andrographis, elderberry, pelargonium plus many more depending on symptoms and age of individual. Always check with your health professional before taking herbal medicine, especially if you take medication. If you need some help, you can get in touch with me and I can help you find the right path!

Supplementation with vitamin C, zinc, and antioxidants can also help. A high strength, practitioner prescribed probiotic is also recommended. Let’s work WITH the immune system, not against it.

The most important part with fighting off immune issues is having a whole food diet. Eat foods that are fresh and as close to how they occur in nature. Make a rainbow on your plate. Eat plenty of fibre, drink lots of water. These alone can be enough to PREVENT illness, and shorten the duration of sickness in your family.

And make sure you’re getting out in nature every single day. Sunshine on your skin and in your eye balls without sunglasses will help boost your vitamin D status. Another potent immune booster.

How have you used colloidal silver? Leave a comment below!