From the Earth
Everything on our planet is made up from a combination of 96 different elements. Of these only a select few are actually required for life. Every single living creature and plant on the planet, from microscopic bacteria and tiny saplings, to gigantic whales and towering trees, relies on just a handful of elements, albeit in differing proportions.
In the early stages of our Earth’s history, living beings did not exist. Our raw components, the elements, were bound and locked up in rock and red hot lava. But deep down in the heat of a hydrothermal sea vent, something miraculous happened – life was formed. Since this turning point between a billion and a trillion species of prokaryotes have evolved and 8.7 million eukaryotes, including human beings, now exist on the planet. Just think, you are a product of millions of years of evolutionary success, a direct lineage to the first bacteria under the sea 3.8 billion years ago.
But, what are we?
Essentially we evolved from rock. Right to our core, we’re made up of the raw elements of life. Our very tissues are formed from elements once sourced from the bedrock beneath our feet; bones strengthened by calcium, iron rich blood, nerve impulses triggered by balances of sodium and potassium. In fact, there’s a full suite of elements that we need in order to function as we should. Even our reactions, emotions and senses are powered by a flood of trace minerals.
Of course, we can’t gather our nutrients from the rock directly, instead we obtain them from the food we consume, from plants, animals, from the fluids we drink and from the tiny amount of soil we consume daily.
Unlike plants, animals are fuelled by food – glucose to be exact. Our metabolism requires a steady flow of calories in and this energy supports our daily exertion. But, food also provides us with a boost of all of those vital minerals we require to function healthily – selenium for a healthy immune system, iodine for strong teeth or cobalt to protect our heart. This is the medicinal cabinet that keeps our tissues strong and gives us vitality.
We think of it as deep nutrition, and this can only be achieved by eating food that is rich in these minerals: food that is grown in healthy, biology rich soil.
Quantity Vs. Quality
In our attempt to produce the quantity of food needed to support our expanding population, sometimes we’ve naïvely, and out of necessity, had to sacrifice quality. We pump the ground with only a handful of the nutrients required for healthy plant function, but these key elements still promote growth. The resulting plants appear large on the outside, but they lack the broad range of elements that contribute to health and vitality. They are starving, hungry for the diverse abundance of nutrients found in soils nurtured by biology, rather than augmented by an imbalance of a few key elements.
As a society, we’ve become accustomed to this high productivity, low quality imbalance. Despite our increasing awareness of medicine and nutrition, we still see ill health and a lack of vitality, not just in our crops, but also in ourselves. Food is arriving from every part of the globe, each crop from a different soil type, yet still we are hungry for nutritional fullness. The soil, our crops and our bodies have an internal longing for complete nutritional balance.
To find this balance, we must look back to our evolution, to the processes that led to life and the microbes that enabled life to exist. In nature, cycles of vitamins, nutrients and other raw elements enable life to thrive. If we can mimic the journey of these nutrients in our own soil, we may well return to nutritional completeness.
In our next blog, we’ll expand on this theme, looking closely at how we can mimic what occurs in ecosystems untouched by man. We’ll delve into the process of nutrient availability and the impressive flow of elements from rock, right through to bio-available ions ready to become part of a plant.