But what if eating dirt was actually a suggestion for better health? A tip for improved digestion, reduced risk of cancer, or slowing memory loss. Would you do it? If eating dirt could smooth wrinkles, promote heart health, or even protect you against the next outbreak of swine flu, would you take a great big bite of mud pie? What if it was proven that actually eating dirt could boost your health and vitality, thanks to a rich mixture of special compounds found deep within the soil? How about then?
For decades, gardeners and farmers across the country have used peat moss to boost the health of their flowerbeds and crops. But did they know that the nutrients found in that soil could also boost their own health. Fulvic acid is one of the main components of humus—the dark, nutrient-rich organic soil layer. It is considered organic because it is comprised of partially decomposed plant and animal matter. Fulvic acid contains more than 77 macro and trace minerals, most of which occur in their ionic form. This means that they are masters at conducing electricity and aiding in absorption. Fulvic acid is often added to the soil to help hold water in the soil, thus promoting better hydration of the soil. When you apply this to the human body, this means that fulvic acid keeps you well hydrated, helps transport much-needed minerals directly to your cells, and then helps those cells properly absorb the nutrients. Of course, when these critical minerals get into the circulatory system, they are used as electrolytes. That’s when they really go to work, especially when it comes to heart and vascular health. While fulvic acid has clear cardiovascular benefits, its strength seems to really lie in other areas, namely immune function. In one study, researchers tested the effects of both fulvic and humic acids on rats. They fed rats different concentrations of either fulvic for 26 days. The rats exhibited significant increases in immune response. In fact, these increases were seen as soon as day 14. Whether it is due to its detox benefits, super-hydration, or more, it appears that fulvic acid benefits your body inside and out.
Researchers collected more than 480 reports from missionaries, plantation doctors, explorers and anthropologists. These included who was eating dirt and under what circumstances. Seems that dirt doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrition—but it may protect against toxins, pathogens and parasites. Dirt is most commonly eaten by women in early stages of pregnancy and preadolescent children. Both are particularly at risk from parasites and pathogens. Also, people tend to eat dirt when they’re suffering from gastrointestinal distress. The distress probably doesn’t come from the dirt, which is usually clay found deep in the ground and that doesn’t house pathogens. Plus people often boil the clay before eating. Scientists say more research is needed to confirm the hypothesis that dirt has health benefits. But they hope this offers evidence that eating dirt isn’t, well, as bizarre as it may seem.