Minerals in the Earth
By Mélanie Préfontaine-Darius – Communications
It’s no secret that in recent decades soil minerals have become depleted, and because of this, our food quality has declined. We are seeing record amounts of plastic pollution, chemical exposure, and lower nutrient levels in our food supply. It is becoming incredibly difficult to find nutrient dense food for our families, and it is debatable whether or not it’s even possible to get enough nutrients solely from food anymore. Even a diet of fresh organic produce, organic proteins, and high quality fats may be deficient in key minerals due to the lack of soil quality.
In the ‘old days’, farmers carefully replenished the nutrient levels of their fields and pastures with compost, crop rotation, and soil rest intervals to maintain soil fertility. Now, some bypass this replenishing process through the use of chemical based fertilizers (that allow crops to continue growing), but deplete the soil of naturally occurring minerals and pH balancing microorganisms.
Every living organism, including bacteria, plants, animals, and humans, need minerals to function properly, this is fundamental. Humans need a wide array of minerals in certain amounts. The problem isn’t (yet) that minerals are no longer in the soil, it’s that they’re present in much smaller amounts than what we need for health.
As Minerals in the Soil Go Down, Disease Goes Up!
As soil has been rapidly depleted this last century and even more hastily in the past 30 years, it’s not a surprise that diseases of every kind have accelerated swiftly over the same period.
How do you feel in the morning, throughout the day and in the evening? Do you sleep well? Do you wake up energized and ready for work? Are you experiencing certain symptoms and can’t quite figure out what the source of the problem is?
What happens when your body mineral levels are low?
When you’re deficient in one or more minerals, your body can start to show symptoms.
For instance, those deficient in magnesium, may have constipation, anxiety, depression, moods swings, unable to settle down, headaches and sleep problems. Zinc is vital for immune function and brain health, so zinc deficiency can increase the chance of illness or skin problems (zinc should be taken with copper). Selenium is important for normal heart function, thyroid health, as a co-factor to glutathione and for fertility. A mineral needed in tiny amounts, like copper, is vital also, as a deficiency of copper can lead to irregular heartbeat or more severe heart problems.
The body starts to break down in a state of mineral deficiency, as it simply does not have the necessary elements to function as it is designed to. After being diagnosed with a disorder or disease, it is important that you obtain a complete biochemical analysis of the blood in order to determine where your deficiencies are. Often, you can resolve the underlying symptoms identified by correcting the nutritional deficiency/ies through food, supplementation or a combination of both. Remember that you may contributing to a mineral deficiency problem by consuming foods/liquids that are mineral stealers, also.
Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Linus Pauling concluded after years of studying that:
“You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”
How to get enough minerals in your diet
In an ideal world, we could get all of our minerals from food. But since that may no longer be possible, supplements can help.
Mineral supplements are nothing new, they have been around a long time. However, not all mineral supplements are the same. You may think that a regular, over the counter mineral or multivitamin and mineral supplement is replenishing your body and meeting your mineral needs, but even the best supplement will contain less than 40 minerals and very few trace elements.
Minerals derived in their natural, ionic state are known as organic minerals. This kind of mineral actually chelates or naturally removes inorganic minerals from the body, which is a good thing, because you don’t want minerals staying in your system for too long, or they can become toxic (hence the need for daily replenishment).
Organic minerals occur naturally in plants. Plants are supposed to extract 70-80 minerals from the soil, which in turn nourish us when we eat them, or the plants that animals eat (these minerals should pass from plant to animal to us).
Also, ionic minerals cannot be stored in the body for longer than a few hours, they are much like the water soluble vitamins; therefore, they cannot build up to toxic levels in the soft tissues.
The Best Organic Mineral Supplements
Intriguing substances called Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid and Shilajit may be the solution to a variety of health problems caused by soil depletion, as mentioned above. Let’s look at each of these.
Humic Acid is a naturally occurring ‘deep earth’ substance and a byproduct of humification, a process that has taken place over millions of years.
Humification requires certain unique geological conditions of pressure and temperature as well as the right combination of organic substances, which, over time, compresses this organic matter into a new and uniquely beneficial substance called Humic Acid. In short, Humic Acid is a mineral rich compound created from seaweed that existed millions of years ago.
On a cellular level, Humic Acid does its primary work outside the cell by preventing viruses and toxins from attaching, reducing inflammation, fighting malignant cell growth, and reversing many serious conditions by turning on physiological switches in the body that regulate disease.
In the stomach, it helps with processing foods and attacking foreign invaders and toxins. Humic Acid removes toxins from the gut before they ever enter the cells, supporting the immune system to function at peak performance.
Fulvic Acid is another ‘deep earth’ substance that’s extracted in special regions of the world containing these rich organic minerals at about 200-250 feet underground.
Like Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid is formed during the seaweed humification process that takes place over time. Fulvic Acid is the first set of molecules formed when the seaweed was entombed or buried as a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago covering the sea beds and ancient, mineral rich seaweed.
As time goes on, the seaweed and other organic components come together with Fulvic Acid to form Humic Acid (with the right pressure and enough time). Fulvic Acids are actually the precursors for making Humic Acid. Fulvic Acid is a much smaller molecule than Humic Acid, and it works uniquely in the body.
Fulvic Acid does most of its work inside the cell, making the cell membranes more permeable and carrying nutrients into the cells. One of the many benefits is that cells are getting a higher volume and a more usable form of nutrients. Fulvic Acid binds together with water (depending on the Fulvic Acid’s purity and concentration) and helps to support the body’s natural detoxification process.
Fulvic Acid supplements and Shilajit, a natural substance that’s rich in Fulvic Acid, are known for their potential immune and brain health benefits.
Shilajit, a substance secreted by rocks in certain mountain ranges around the world, including the Himalayas, is particularly high in Fulvic Acid. It is blackish brown and comprises 15–20% Fulvic Acid. Shilajit has been used therapeutically for centuries in traditional healing practices, including Ayurvedic medicine, to treat conditions like diabetes, altitude sickness, asthma, heart ailments, and digestive and nervous disorders. It has also been used to stimulate the immune system and enhance performance. Fulvic Acid is believed to be responsible for many of Shilajit’s medicinal properties.
As with any supplement, it’s important to pay special attention to the quality and form. Finally, these substances may react with certain medications, so it’s important to consult your healthcare provider before adding either to your routine.
As we celebrate Earth Day today, I encourage you to support our local farmers that are doing things the right way. It is also the perfect time to get started on your own vegetable garden, herb garden or to plant fruit trees.
I leave you with these mindful questions, what is the quality of the food that is currently in your refrigerator, pantry and freezer? How are these foods contributing to symptoms of dis-ease you may be experiencing? How are these foods contributing to your optimal health and well-being?
In good health,
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How to Replace Minerals in the food supply – from Dr. Mercola’s website
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About the Author
I no longer have an autoimmune disease and have been cancer free for more than ten years. I attribute much of this restorative success to the body's ability to self-regulate, my positive attitude and commitment to making specific lifestyle changes, being disciplined in the process and continuously learning/studying. I respect and understand that a one size fits all approach to health or medicine is the wrong approach and can leave many harmed. I am currently a student enrolled in a holistic nutrition program and anticipate successfully completing the program and becoming a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (C.H.N.C) in Alberta, soon. In good health, Mélanie.
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