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Soil & Health

May 24, 2008

I heard of the connection between soil and health along time ago but as usual it’s taken a while for the full impact to sink in. The lack of minerals and nutrients in our soil is probably one of the most important issues we face and undoubtably the major cause of our health problems – I suspect it also has a lot to do with our dental problems since ‘re-minrealisation’ is an important part of tooth natural maintenance but I haven’t yet found someone who will make the whole connection for me.

Anyway, I reccomend this article for a quick overview:

Another major area where mineral deficiency manifests itself, in addition to poor health and immune system support, is obesity. Similar to the cats and dogs one sees eating grass when they instinctively know they are either deficient in vitamins and minerals or need extra ones to combat an illness or infection, I believe that the human body also sends such instinctive signals at times that it is missing vital nutrients, but we no longer recognize what it is our bodies are telling us and where to find what we need to silence the signals.

Such confused signals often lead to cravings, and so we eat and eat to try to satisfy them, but what we really crave is missing nutrition.

The biggest problem that I can see is that converting farmland to organic may not be enough – we may need to be more proactive to get minerals and nutrients back in the ground.

Anyway, the author promises further installments regarding this issue but Dan has mentioned that the rebuilding of soil can be done through a proces called bioremediation.

At the bottom of that article you’ll find a link to this article by the same author which gets even more specific about the problem

…we often hear that certain foods contain a certain amount of vitamins and minerals. This is especially true in fruits, vegetables, and other produce, but very few people understand the truth about this information, which is that most of the published values about this nutritional content are not correct. This is especially true among minerals, and that’s the point of this story.

Most of the produce you buy in a grocery store does not have anything close to the mineral profile it is supposed to have according to nutritional textbooks. This is because minerals are not manufactured by plants, whereas vitamins and phytonutrients are. When plants create such nutrients, they synthesize them through chemical and energetic processes that can only be called miraculous. But as capable as they are, plants do not create minerals. Minerals have to be absorbed through the soil, and if they are not present in the soil, then the plant’s roots cannot take them up

At the end the author suggests we buy concentrated sea water, dilute it and sprinkle it on the garden to replace minreals, but I’m wondering, can’t we just go to the beach with a bucket and get some for free?

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