Foundations In Health Start With The Soil

The foundation of our health starts with our soil. Electrolytes are important for hydration, blood circulation, and muscular function. It used to be more readily available in our soil. Calcium is used in the clotting of blood. Also, it works with magnesium to prevent the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Together with sodium and potassium, calcium and magnesium are among the most important of electrolytes. It’s the humification of plants where you get all your minerals, that’s where you get probiotics (your good bacteria) and your amino acids too because it comes from plants. The oxygen-rich materials in the peatigenic layer such as cellulose and hemicellulose are decomposed readily by microbes resulting in the enrichment of carbon-rich lignin and humic acids.

Centuries ago, the earth was filled with vibrant plant life, soil microbes, and organic matter that made the soil absolutely ideal for growing. Recently, in Japan, ancient soil deposits were drilled nearly two miles beneath the ocean floor, revealing the strong presence of nutrients, and microbes still alive and preserved–unexposed to above sea level elements like pesticides and herbicides.

Our ancestors may have been able to receive fulvic and humic acid from the plants they consumed, but that is no longer the case. With the dawn of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, farmers became concerned about improving crop yield and increasing growth. In the past, they would let some parts of the field lie fallow, meaning the soil was able to rest for a period of time to replenish the nutrients and fulvic acid. During the 18th century, farmers instead began rotating crops. They would plant turnips, which had deeper roots that could reach nutrients other, shallower plants could not. They also planted clovers, which could convert nitrogen in the soil to other minerals. The lands became more industrialized, improving trade and opportunity for more money, so there was no longer time to let fields stay empty, which is what they needed to replenish the nutrients and minerals stripped from the soil when plants are grown.

It’s easy to see how modern-day farming practices have helped farmers produce more crops and make more money, but the plants and soil have become stripped of nutrients in the process. When a portion of crops were lost to insects like aphids or caterpillars, farmers developed pesticides and herbicides to prevent it. And with the development of the free market, farmers had to do anything they could to lower costs and produce more crops. While fertilizer used to be organic (from manure, fossils, crushed bones, or other materials), it has changed to become a commercial industry. Mineral deficiencies is a problem that fulvic acid may help. We are so depleted of nutrients that entire professions exist in measuring mineral content in hair and tissues and helping clients re-balance minerals. Mineral deficiencies are a problem for many reasons, including diet, soil, gut health impairments, lack of nutrient absorption, genetic factors, generational deficiencies, add on top endocrine disruptors and excitotoxins to the mix and we have a perfect cardiovascular storm.

There’s a reason why soil-based probiotics are a hot topic in health and wellness lately. People are realizing that our soil is depleted, we’re lacking minerals, and it’s time to go back to the earth for the answers. There are so many nutrients to choose from when you start replenishing your depleted body, but it can be dangerous to consume too much of one isolated mineral, because it throws off the mineral ratio. Certain minerals function together on a continuum, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium. For example, if you just take isolated magnesium, your sodium levels can be negatively impacted, which can, in turn, affect the ratio of sodium to potassium.

Can’t you just get what you need from your food?

No. Not anymore.  The food the Lord created when He made the earth is not the food that’s being grown here now.  Food is damaged after being repeatedly grown on the same soil-depleted land and sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers. Scientists are breeding new varieties of crops to grow faster and resist bugs.  The plants don’t have the time they need to absorb the same nutrients.  The soil loses its vitamins, minerals, and microbes faster than they can be replaced (and that’s only if they are using good seeds).  Many of the seeds now are made with genetically modified seeds.  Almost 80% of all corn grown in the US is made with GMO seeds.  This also affects any products containing corn (such as corn syrup).  We have NO idea what that does to the human body or DNA.

Maybe you can’t get enough from a plant, but you can from meat. Right? No. Plants contain fewer nutrients, the animals that eat them are also malnourished. A study from the Journal of Nutrition and Health found that copper levels in the UK are down 90% in dairy, 55% in meat, and 76% in vegetables.

Water is depleted of minerals because of the plants and modern production methods. Then there are town filtration systems to think about. Many remove important minerals like magnesium, which is essential for 300 biochemical reactions in the body. In addition to that, they use chlorine and fluoride to sanitize the public drinking water. Both of these things wreak havoc on your gut and your hormones. 30 Canadian municipalities have banned fluoride in the water, including Waterloo and Calgary. Only four European countries back fluoride on a national scale. Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have purposely discontinued it for safety.

As if poor soil, chemical sprays, nutrient-depleted meat, and poisoned water aren’t enough working against you, nutrient absorption also declines with age.  The older we get, the less nutrients we absorb.  By the time you’re 40, you’re absorbing a fraction of what you are at age 20.  Nutrient deficiencies hurt your performance, cause DNA damage, make you age faster, and cause chronic disease.

Now that I have scared the tar out of you, let’s fix it!

So WHAT DO WE DO?

SUPPLEMENT.

Do you often feel tired, or feel you can’t shake the feeling of brain fog or malaise? Do you seem to never feel rested even though you sleep? Do you find yourself with skin issues, weight issues, hormone issues, sleep issues, unexplained pain, or swelling?  If you’re answering “YES” than you need to supplement.

Did you know that you can trace some of that back to nutritional deficiencies?

Supplements are not about curing disease.  They are about supporting the body so it can do what it was created to do.  Your body knows how to heal itself.  You just need to make sure it has the tools (the antioxidants, the probiotics) that it needs to be strong enough to fight. Fulvic Minerals are one way we can do just that!

Let’s talk nutrients.  That’s why you eat good things right?  I’d rather eat BBQ brisket than a salad!  But I know that a salad has good things in it that I won’t get elsewhere. Or does it?

Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 (22 years), found average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27%, iron levels 37% and vitamin c dropped 30%.  Potassium lost 14%. You would have to eat 8 oranges today to get the same amount of vit A that your grandparents got.  That data is from the reputable journal, Scientific American.

Fulvic acid is, in essence, the principal ‘active’ ingredient in humic acid. It is the driving force behind the performance of all humate-based materials. Fulvic acid is more biologically active than humic acid. Fulvic minerals are the compost’s tiniest particles, containing genetic information, nutrients, and antioxidant capability. Because the molecules of Fulvic minerals are so small, they can work both within and outside the cell.

The good news is that fulvic acid functions more like a food-based mineral bomb since it’s full of so many types of minerals and nutrients. It’s also bioavailable, so the benefits of fulvic acid are easy for your body to recognize and absorb. When you give your body a variety of sources, there’s a much better chance that multiple minerals will be absorbed by the body–not just one–leading to better body balance. Most importantly, they function in the Mitochondria, the cell’s power generator. Fulvic minerals also serve as a vehicle for the transport of nutrients. Nutrients can bind to Fulvic minerals and transport them to any cell or tissue in the body, bypassing all barriers.

Furthermore, fulvic minerals will help remove waste, heavy metals, pesticides, and anything else damaging the cell. Fulvic minerals have been demonstrated to improve cellular activities, muscle function, digestion, and heart and brain health. It also stimulates the immune system, which helps in defense of the body against viruses and illnesses. Nutrient deficiency causes cells to enter a state of crisis and defense. Fulvic acid, which has a carbon-based structure and contains over 70 minerals, can help to reduce this problem.

This feature of fulvic acid provides a healthier cellular environment necessary for cell replication and turnover. Fulvic mineral is a major source of key electrolytes and antioxidants and they help slow down the ageing process and manage inflammation.

It Contains Minerals Essential for Overall Health

Fulvic acid contains more than 70 trace minerals. Michael Karr, a Certified Professional Soil Scientist, describes which nutrients are needed in the soil of plants for proper growth, and they’re similar to essential minerals for humans, too. Plants need, of course, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. They also need so-called “macro-elements” phosphorus (for energy), magnesium (for chlorophyll), calcium, nitrogen (to produce enzymes and proteins), potassium (for drought preparation), and sulfur (for amino acids).

It Can Help Your Gut Health

Gut issues, like IBS, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and leaky gut (intestinal permeability that allows undigested food and toxins to cross over from your intestines to your bloodstream), are becoming a modern-day epidemic. But even seemingly less-threatening issues, like diarrhea and chronic constipation, are extremely prevalent, likely due to medications, pesticides, environmental concerns like BPA, stress, and many other reasons. One thing is for sure: healthy gut, healthy life. Many studies link a healthy gut, with plenty of beneficial bacteria, to better overall health.

Fulvic acid has the ability to boost the health of your digestive system by replenishing healthy nutrients and enzymes. According to the California College of Ayurveda, an herbal compound called “shilajit” (containing ionic minerals and fulvic and humic acids) has been used for centuries by Himalayans.

While supplementing with fulvic acid is a vital step, it’s also important to work on removing inflammatory foods and toxins, and especially completing a cleanse to remove any other interference while replenishing the nutrients your gut and body needs to heal.

Soil-Based Organisms (SBOs) Boost Your Immune System

It replenishes your body with naturally-occurring SBOs, which have been shown to improve immune system response. According to a recent study, this type of organism has been useful for anyone suffering from allergies, fatigue, insomnia, and chronic illness. Specifically, SBOs shift cytokines from TH2 to TH1 (TH1 cells are the host immunity effectors against intracellular bacteria and protozoa. They are triggered by IL-12 and their effector cytokines are IFN-γ and IL-2. TH2 cells are the host immunity effectors against extracellular parasites including helminths. They are triggered by IL-4 and IL-2, and their effector cytokines are IL-4, IL-5, IL-9, IL-10, IL-13 and IL-25). Clinically, people are enjoying better energy, less pain, and stronger immune systems. (No author, “Soil-based organisms improve immune function: shift cytokine profile from TH2 to TH1.)

Fulvic Acid Can Fight Pathogens

With the rate of parasitic infections at an all-time high, conventional medicine testing and treatment does not live up to the demand. Truthfully, nearly all of us are living with pathogens and parasites, and even if they’re not causing any destructive symptoms, they could be negatively impacting your health.

If pathogens are causing symptoms, like digestive issues, cramping, itching, rashes, or many other possible clues, fulvic acid can be a beneficial addition to your cleansing protocol.

Recent studies have shown that fulvic acid fights pathogens and boosts antioxidants, which are very important in preventing oxidative stress and maintaining a healthy immune system. One study in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery found fulvic acid to be useful even topically against fungal and bacterial pathogens (like staph) resistant to other drugs.

It Can Help with Absorption of Nutrients

Fulvic acid is bioavailable, meaning it’s easy for your body to absorb and process. Fulvic minerals help your body’s cells absorb nutrients. It also helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and other supplements. Because fulvic acid acts as an ion transporter, waste products, including age-causing free radicals, are removed. It gives or receives an electron, reducing the damage caused by free radicals throughout the body. To be neutralized, a free radical requires an electron. There are 14 Tera-trillion electrons (21 zeros!) available to give to free radicals in the fulvic acid molecule.

According to Ty Bollinger, (the Truth about Cancer), fulvic acid has a low molecular weight, so it can pass through your cells easily and transport minerals quickly. It can carry up to 60 times its own weight! (CITE)  It also “lowers the surface tension of water,” which allows the water to penetrate and hydrate other molecules with more efficiency.

How Humic/Fulvic Acid Naturally Binds and Fights Viruses

According to Dr. Laub, Fulvic acid binds so strongly to viruses that it can actually displace them from a cell’s surface – even after the virus has attached itself to the surface of a cell. Put another way, he states that “Humic acid has a greater affinity for the virus than the virus does for the host cell.”

Dr. Laub gives the example of an in vitro study he conducted in 1998 in which herpes simplex viruses were allowed to attach to host cells – and then Humic acid was added to the solution. The Humic acid actually displaced the herpes viruses from the infected cell surfaces.

Humic acid is flexible, because it is comprised of many chains of molecules – which Dr. Laub describes as a series of interconnected wagon wheels. The “spokes” go from one wagon wheel (molecule) to the next. And this flexibility is what gives Humic acid its antiviral properties.

Because of its size and flexibility, Humic acid turns out to be a “broad-spectrum” antiviral that can bind to many different viruses.  This is because Humic acid’s many “wagon wheels” contain many different and specific groups of atoms, each of which binds to different viruses.

When Humic acid binds to the virus it does so through hydrogen bonding. You may remember from science class that positive atoms attract negative atoms – which is the same force that holds DNA together. Humic acid is somewhat unique in that it carries both positive and negative charges. So humic acid bonds to more viruses, and does so more strongly, than the viruses bond to our body’s cells.

Viruses have really sticky sites on them – like Velcro – that enable them to stick to body cells, and invade them. But Humic acids is also like a really sticky piece of Velcro. So, when Humic acid and a virus cell come in contact they bind together very strongly – like two pieces of Velcro.

Clinical research has demonstrated that highly flexible Humic acid can bind to a wide range of viruses, including influenza, Herpes (HSV), HIV, Ebola, Hantavirus and more. Dr. Laub is a renowned chemist and a Humic acid expert with nearly 150 peer-reviewed published research papers. However, because the C-19 was just identified in 2020, we know of no studies that have been completed yet that explore the effects of Humic acid on Covid-19. Only scientific studies will definitively prove whether Humic acid will also be effective at preventing or treating other viruses, such as the coronavirus. However, in light of Humic acid’s amazing broad-spectrum antiviral properties, immune support functions, and overall general health and wellness benefits, it is easy see why so many people have incorporated this 100% natural supplement into their daily health regimen. *This information is taken from an article originally posted on the website of Clinical Education, a nonprofit healthcare education organization.

Fulvic Acid Can Reduce Pain

With the opioid epidemic running rampant, more and more people are being harmed or even dying from overdosing on pain medications that are extremely addictive. It’s important to explore alternative treatments for pain, such as PRP injections, powerful (but natural) topical oils, and yes, even fulvic acid.

Research from the University of British Columbia has shown that fulvic acid helps reduce swelling and improves chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Other research indicates that humic and fulvic acids stimulate the GABA and Gylcine receptors in the body. These are natural neurotransmitter and amino acid systems that provide pain relief and improve your mood, helping you achieve a pain free and happy life.

Many researchers have used fulvic acid with high success rates in pain-management. One hospital reported a nearly 95% success rate when treating corneal ulcers with fulvic acid injections and drops. Another hospital found fulvic acid to be beneficial with pain related to ulcerative colon infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hemorrhoids. Amazingly, a Chinese hospital discovered that it not only helped elderly patients with their age-related aches and pains, but also stimulated their appetites, improved sleep, and raised energy.

It Can Support Your Brain Health and Improve Cognition

Studies show that fulvic acid may be useful in battling or preventing Alzheimer’s (Coronejo). An important study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease stated that fulvic and humic acids have cognitively-protective properties, concluding that fulvic acid showed promise in naturally treating other neurodegenerative disorders, as well. Additionally, in a hospital in India, researchers discovered that fulvic acid showed promise for not only anti-aging properties, but also reducing symptoms of dementia.

It Can Detox Heavy Metals

Fulvic acid can remove and transport metals from the body, specifically “metallo-proteins.” These proteins actually protect your body by storing excess metals, so they’re not just flowing freely in your blood. But you don’t want them in your body at all, and fulvic acid can help. In fact, consuming it orally for a month and a half decreased blood levels of toxic metals like cadmium, and additionally improved the function of organs of elimination. Fulvic acid has been shown to bind well to lead, as well. Fulvic and humic acid can remove metals from your body, but they can actually form complexes that assist the metals in safely exiting your body, too.

When introducing humic or fulvic acid to your diet, it’s a good idea to start slowly. It’s possible that a slight detox reaction could occur. As with all other supplements, it’s important to notice how your body reacts.

When you have our environment as toxic as ours, coupled with many who have emotional trauma either past or present from negative emotions such as a lack of love, joy, grief and sorrow we are asking for cardiovascular issues to be at the top of list of concerns.  Remove toxins from your body, mend relationships, and make sure your food comes from good soil and animals that eat the plants from good soil!

CAUTION:

All fulvic acid is not the same. Beware of fulvic products derived from fossilized matter like rock or shale. In this form the energy is spent and the benefits not even a fraction of those from a living source. Harsh chemicals are the primary extraction method and can be present in the end product along with toxic, heavy metals. To put it simply, your body is designed to assimilate nutrients from plants, not rock.

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