Scientists have learned through decades-long studies that we have lost 60-90% of the health-giving natural minerals in our fruits and vegetables over the past 70 years.
In 2004, Donald Davis, a researcher for the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, analysed 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950 to 1999 and reported shocking reductions in vitamins and minerals in all of them. For example, he found that broccoli had 130 mg of calcium in 1950, by 2004 it had only 43 mg. Even more alarming, 96% of the iron had been lost from apples. These are worrying declines in the natural minerals we need to sustain our bodies.
The problem lies in the fact that our soil has no minerals left in it to be absorbed by our produce. As researchers at the Rio Earth Summit noted, “Recent studies that compared the mineral content of soils today with soils 100 years ago, found that agricultural soils in the United States have been depleted of eighty-five percent of their minerals. The same dramatic declines are found the world over!
Why Is Our Soil So Depleted?
There are many reasons but the main ones are:
- Soil Erosion – caused by the bulldozing, burning, and cultivation of the plant material that was used to nourish the soil and the removal of the kind of plant cover fertile topsoil needs to thrive. All of these factors are causing the top three, fertile layers of our soil to erode away.
- Over-Farming – our mineral-rich topsoil has been so ravaged by over-farming that there is not enough fertile, natural mineral-containing soil left.
- Genetic Modification – scientists are breeding high yield varieties of plants with weak root systems that cannot absorb the few nutrients that are left in the soil.
- Pesticides – the use of pesticides negatively impacts the nutritional quality of food greatly.
- Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) Fertilisers – which do not replace the soil with necessary organic matter that produces nutrients.
So What Does This Mean For Us?
In simple terms, if our soil is nutritionally deficient, then our food is too!
Nutritional deficiencies are what scientists believe may be behind the epic increase in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and gut problems of all kinds.
More and more nutritional studies have linked many of today’s most prevalent, life threatening chronic diseases – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, bone loss and dementia to nutritional deficiencies.
Research is finding simple nutrition may eradicate many of these common conditions as it has with scurvy, pellagra, beriberi and others. The simple truth may be that susceptibility to disease is linked to either toxicity or nutritional deficiency.
Research “nutritional deficiencies and disease” or “magnesium deficiency and disease” online and you’ll see a multitude of recent studies confirming what we’re learning about the link between natural mineral deficiencies and disease.
Nutrient Deficiency May Be at the Heart of the current Obesity Epidemic!
Researchers are now looking to the problem of mineral deficiencies in our diets and how they cause cravings and overeating.
Part of the reason so many people are overweight today is because of the mineral decline in the food we eat. Our body wants minerals, so it creates cravings that signal us to eat more to get the amount of minerals it needs, because one serving of potatoes just doesn’t cut it anymore!!
Despite excessive dietary consumption, obese individuals have high rates of micro-nutrient deficiencies. Deficiencies of specific vitamins and minerals that play important roles in glucose metabolism and insulin signaling pathways may contribute to the development of diabetes in the obese population.
Nutritional deficiencies also create vicious food cravings . . . cravings for salty things, sweet things, starchy things, cold things. This is your body telling you, “I need more minerals—major minerals, trace minerals, minerals!”
You keep eating and eating yet nutritionally you are still starving.
Is Organic Food The Answer?
Organic and local foods are free of pesticides and dangerous chemicals, yes.
They have not lost nutrition through transport and mishandling, true.
They are fresher, more nutritious, and healthier than conventional produce in the sense that they haven’t lost minerals through transport, sitting in trucks, getting bruised and rotting, these kinds of issues, yes.
But… although local and organic vegetables are the epitome of “clean eating” they still come from nutrient depleted soils, and that, organic cannot fix.
What Is The Answer?
- Plant Based Minerals – the only kind of minerals that are completely absorbed by the body.
- Grow Our Own Vegetables – in plant based re-mineralised soil that guarantees a mineral-rich yield of produce.
- Create Awareness – about the dangerous lack of nutrients in our food supply.
But, while we work on re-mineralising our soil, we need to re-mineralise our bodies!!