I learned a “dirty” little secret about our soil.
Our soil is not the same soil of 50 years ago. And our mineral content has been a steady 80-year decline. (Nutrition Security Institute)
According to the Nutrition Security Institute, our topsoil supply has decreased by over 50% in the last 50 years. Topsoil is needed for food production. In the topsoil is the microbial life that is critical to the production of nutritious food. In fact, the nutritional value of all harvested food is linked to the “biological activity of soil microbes, soil organic matter, mineral composition of the soil, fertilization practices and the genetics of the plant.” (Nutrition Security Institute)
Topsoil is needed for food production. In the topsoil is microbial life that is critical to the production of nutritious food.
In 2004, there was a study done under the supervision of Dr. Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The results were published in the 2004 publication of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, and discovered “reliable declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half-century.” They went further to state that the declining nutritional content was a result of agricultural practices designed to improve size, growth rate and pest resistance instead of nutrition.
So what “happened” to make the soil deficient in minerals?
If the plants and food we eat don’t have those trace minerals, we don’t have those trace minerals. Our immune system is vulnerable.
Farmers used to fertilize the soil by spreading manure, doing crop rotation, composting, and by spreading combinations of inorganic minerals such as lime and boron in the fields. Many left the fields farrow, or un-sown, for a period of time in order to restore fertility back to the soil.
That is rarely done now.
The current common practice of farmers is to fertilize the soil with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. They no longer rotate crops or allow fields to farrow. They found that by doing this practice, they increased the yield per acre. The problem was that without those essential nutrients, the plants became more prone to be “choked” by weeds and eaten by insects. To correct this, farmers started to spray their crops with Round-up, which contains glyphosate. More chemicals exposed to our bodies.
What is interesting, is that those healthy plants that were given trace minerals were able to ward off disease and remain healthy. Our bodies are just like the plants. If we give our bodies what they need, they will be healthy and able to fight off disease. Daily we are bombarded with chemicals, poor air, and water quality, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), pesticides, and food that is lacking nutrients.
So, if the plants and food we eat don’t have those trace minerals, we don’t have those trace minerals. Our immune system is vulnerable.
We need to supplement our bodies with 60 minerals a day. Without those minerals, whatever many vitamins we take are useless. The ideal mineral supplement is full spectrum, meaning 65-75 individual elements, organic, acidic, and negatively charged.
But buyer beware. Not all supplements are the same. Many don’t have what is on their label. There have been numerous news stories of products being analyzed and the majority of the product was a “filler”, not the mineral. It is vital that it is third-party verified. That means the company pays an independent company to randomly check the quality of the product to make sure it is what it says it is, and that the company maintains that standard for the consumer.
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