t 88% directly associated with the lack of magnesium in our soil and consequently in our food.
Got a headache now?
Well, could be a mineral deficiency causing it since that apple you ate for a snack has lost around 48% of the calcium and 83% of the magnesium of that same apple eighty years ago. Both of these mineral are needed to prevent excessive muscle tension in the body, one of the leading causes of headaches and muscle pain in general, probably also a huge contributing factor in the overuse of painkillers in this country, so…
What can you do to grow better food?
It is impossible to grow nutritionally valuable crops in soil that has been stripped of minerals and microorganisms. The answer then, seems quite simple. Put the minerals and the microorganisms back, right? But how? Compost, compost everything and anything you can. There are numerous ways to compost and infinite resources available for starting composting including ready made compost bins. Through composting you are maintaining a level of microorganisms necessary to break down minerals into a form your veggies can digest and transfer to you when consumed.
Bacteria is not all bad.
Recent studies have found that there are soil bacteria that release antibiotic substances that can suppress disease-causing microorganisms in the soil. It has been known for many years that many bacteria species are extremely important in decomposing organic matter for healthy soil. Additionally, Rhizobium bacteria can attach themselves to the roots of peas and beans, extract free nitrogen from the air, and change it to a nitrogen form that legumes can use. Plants alone can not remove nitrogen from the air.
Once these microorganisms are established in your garden soil, they survive year after year providing a “biologically alive” environment rich with minerals so your veggies will be full of nutritional value and flavor. Layer compost and organic mulch on top of the planting area before winter and if need be add trace minerals such as sea minerals or volcanic rock dust to deter pests and optimize the mineral content of your soil and the food you grow in it.
Kate Hunter enjoys organic gardening, whole food cooking, crafting, making natural products, and following up on politics and the latest health food news. After changing her major from art to biology to English, she finally obtained a B.A. in English with an emphasis on writing from Southern Oregon University and has been writing about nutrition, healthy living, cooking, and gardening for over nine years. Kate is a published author both online and in print and has owned, operated, and published a literary journal. She is a mother of three, speaks sarcasm, some Spanish, but mostly English and spends her time baking, taking pictures, canning, growing and drying herbs, reading, selling natural products and homemade crafts in her Etsy store Turnip Mims, and checking food labels of course.