Should we eat dirt?
According to traditional cultures, and even some contemporary medical experts, the answer is a resounding yes.
Now, if you're like me, there are a thousand questions stemming from this simple inquiry.
What kind of dirt? How much? Will it have bugs in it?! Can I get sick from eating dirt?
And a very real concern on everyone's mind now-a-days is, isn't all the soil contaminated with agricultural chemicals, pesticides and herbicides?
Fortunately, it seems, we've discovered and popularized a safe, effective and essential soil supplement. That soil supplement is called Humus. Humus is the carbonaceous substance in soil that makes it fertile, and gives soil it's ability to retain and transport minerals. Of course, over centuries of farming without returning fertility to the soil, our national soil humus content has declined precipitously, and with it, the mineral content of our food. We can even think of ourselves as extensions of the soil. The health of our bodies reflects the health and amount of humus in the soil. This makes sense, since the soil feeds not only the fruits and vegetables that we ingest, but the animals that we use for nourishment as well. If the soil becomes deficient in it's ability to deliver minerals to plants, then nothing eating those plants will have sufficient minerals, either. Deficiencies are always exacerbated the higher you go in the food chain. We are at the top of the food chain here.
For animals and humans, the supplements having the most beneficial effects are derivatives of humus; humic acid, humate, fulvic acid, and various proprietary blends of sedimentary deposits, or fossilized versions of these.
For anyone not paying attention, it is worth your time and financial investment to seriously consider seeking out a local supplier of ecologically farmed food. Organic is good, Biodynamic is better. If you want there to remain any fertile soil in which to grow food for your children, this is of critical importance right now.
So, it should now be evident why supplementing with humus would be a good idea. If our food is now depleted of essential humic and fulvic acids, as well as critical minerals and vitamins that depend on them, where else can we possibly find natural, bioavailable and cell-ready nutrients? Some might argue that taking a multimineral or multivitamin has them covered. I would challenge them to research just how much of that pill, or capsule, do they actually absorb and utilize? For the majority of supplements on the market, the answer is not very much.
The reason why this is, we have to think of ourselves in the context of how we came to be. Our bodies are designed to be immersed in the outdoor environment, surrounded 24/7. We are made and designed to extract nutrients in the forms readily found in plants and animals, in the context of the whole foods in which those nutrients are found. Historically, those whole foods would have grown in soil rich in humus. We would have ingested not only the minerals from the foods, but also small amounts of humus, or humic and fulvic acid on or in those foods. Ingesting the humus directly does the same thing for us that it does for plants; we absorb and utilize minerals more effectively.
To compound the problem with nutritional supplements, each nutrient is required in specific ratio to any other nutrient. Supplying nutrients in incorrect ratios actually requires your body to balance those incoming high density minerals with minerals already in the body. Sometimes those minerals are already incorporated into tissues. Demineralization of your tissues can occur when supplementing with unbalanced ratios of minerals. Trying to supply every nutrient in correct ratio through supplementation is a maddening endeavor, if not impossible.
Adding back this essential soil supplement to our diets today has proven incredibly beneficial to thousands, if not millions of people, by now. Even farm animals benefit from the inclusion of these supplements, and many studies have been done on the safety and efficacy of these substances.
Some noteworthy mentions on my radar include a product called Restore. This is a derivative of fossilized humus. There are many sources of fulvic acid, but I have been using one from Trace Minerals Research, and have seen others get enormous benefit from one called BlackMP Living Powder.
Of course, doing your research as a consumer is important, and I encourage you to do your due diligence, and find products that not only work for you but that you know you can trust.
~To your health~
Michelle Närhi, BS, ND, CNHP
Significantly reduces copper toxicity to porcine oviductal epithelia
Reduces cytotoxicity of Cadmium ion
Humic acid and FA supplementation resulted in strong humoral immune stimulation. Our data also indicate that FA content is responsible for the mild hypothyroid effect of humic substances.