The Gift from Mother Earth
the substance that started it all for Mother Earth Labs, but what is it?
To understand the Gift From Mother Earth, let’s go back – WAY back - to the Cretaceous Period, when our planet looked very different than it does today. North America was split in half by the Western Interior
Seaway, and just at the edge, near what is now the Northwest corner of New Mexico, rich sedimentary geological layers were formed in warm delta-like conditions. The conditions here were ideal for incredibly rich and abundant plant life to thrive. Even more importantly, it allowed for a multitude of different plant species to prosper when they otherwise couldn’t at any other location on Earth. What followed was the development of some of the highest quality lignite mineral deposits in the world.
Tucked within the millions of acres that create today’s Fruitland Formation, far away from civilization and pollution, is our private mine where we extract raw lignite. This material carries with it a very high concentration of fulvic acid, and as a result it has a natural mineral profile that is ideal for supporting whole-body health and wellness.
These rich lignite deposits form when plant material dies and bacteria break it down into its component parts, creating a collection of complex organic molecules known as Humic Substances. But before we get into all the health benefits of these incredible molecules, let’s discuss why mineral supplementation is necessary in our modern world.
Undernourished with Increased Nutritional Demand
Humic and fulvic transform inorganic mineral rocks and metals into their activated, water-soluble mineral forms — forms that plants, animals, and humans can use. Once these minerals are water-soluble, plants can easily uptake them and, with the help of fulvic acid, enter plant cells where they can be used to create vitamins and phytonutrients. At this point in the food chain, ideally, we would consume these plants and get all of these essential minerals and vitamins to help fuel our daily biological functions.
Then the trouble comes in...
Today’s farming practices involve using significant amounts of natural and synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other soil additives, while often failing to incorporate healthy crop rotation practices. This causes a significant decline in soil bacteria and available nutrients. Essentially, what it comes down to is that humate- and nutrient- deficient soils can only ever produce foods that offer inadequate nutrition.
In fact, several studies, including one based on United States Department of Agriculture data, have shown US crops to have significantly less calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C, and many other nutrients compared to crops grown just 50 years ago. This means that no matter how much effort we put into consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other plant foods, we still won’t get the nutrition previous generations enjoyed. To add insult to injury, our livestock are fed unnatural diets with nutrient deficient foods and continuously given doses of hormones, antibiotics, and other damaging compounds that lead to less nutritious meats on our plates.
Further, our modern lives are filled with high and consistent states of stress, reduced sleep duration and quality, and compromised digestion. All of this adds up and increases our body's nutritional needs - needs that are not being met by even the highest-quality, locally grown, organic foods.
Hope is not lost!
By supplementing with high-quality humic and fulvic substances, we can still get these missing nutrients each day and delight in the amazing benefits they offer, so let’s get to the good stuff…
Humic and Fulvic naturally carry a baseline of up to 74 trace minerals and elements - that means everything on the periodic table. Our bodies require most of the minerals and elements in specific ratios to function optimally. For example, if we consume too much zinc, our copper stores will be depleted. Just take a look at the mineral wheel below! Each mineral relates to several others, and an uneven balance can affect how well our bodies perform even basic biological functions.
What about the heavy metals, you ask? While our products are not necessarily completely free of heavy metals, we ensure there is no more cadmium, mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, or other such heavy metals than there are in clean mountain top air and fresh country streams. Besides, humic and fulvic substances have been shown in several independent studies to possess a unique ability to recognize and bind with these metals, shuttling them out of the body.
You may keep hearing or reading that humic and fulvic help increase nutrient absorption and delivery to our cells, but how exactly does that happen? It’s all about cellular energetics — a benchmark that defines a superior quality humic and fulvic product. Mother Earth Labs' humic and fulvic supplement, The Gift from Mother Earth, is a highly energetic, electron-rich, oxygenated substance, and each batch is tested to ensure a high pH and oxidation reduction potential (ORP). ORP is a measurement of electron donation potential and is very important for our cells.
When our cells come into contact with free radicals, they lose electrons, and this disrupts the charge difference between the inside and outside of the cellular membrane. When this charge difference is out of balance, nutrients are not able to get inside the cell where they can be used and cells cannot release toxins. Humic and Fulvics’ high ORP allows these substances to donate electrons to the unbalanced membranes, thereby increasing overall cellular integrity. With cellular integrity and electrical potential intact, our cells function as they should — by allowing nutrients in and waste byproducts out.
Fulvic Offers Superior Detoxification
Speaking of getting waste byproducts out, fulvic acid is a superior way to enhance detoxification. When functioning optimally, our bodies are extremely efficient at flushing toxins out through various detox pathways. However, when we do not receive the nutrition we need, have health challenges, or are over-exposed to toxic environments and high stress, our bodies do not function optimally. By correcting, or even just increasing, the electrical potential of our cells, fulvic encourages cells to release waste products. Fulvic is then able to recognize and bind with these substances and carry them through the liver and kidneys to be processed and excreted by the body.
Due to the effectiveness of our Humic and Fulvic supplement, it is often suggested by healthcare practitioners to start slowly at a reduced dose with plenty of non-chlorinated water to avoid overloading detox pathways. Always remember to check with your healthcare practitioner before taking a supplement, especially if you have or suspect you may have weakened kidney or liver function or high blood pressure. It is important to ensure you are taking the products that are best for your specific needs.
Now that we know all about fulvic, what good are the other humic acids?
The larger humic molecules are not easily absorbed through our intestinal walls, so they stay in the digestive tract where they offer other health benefits. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, has been shown to wreak havoc in our digestive tracts, but this is where the larger humic molecules shine. Studies have shown humic acids to assist in the removal of glyphosate and other toxins in the digestive tract as well as reducing the overall absorption of these harmful chemicals.
Humic also has powerful redox support that helps strengthen the contact between intestinal cells, improving “tight junction function” and reducing issues related to leaky gut. It also helps our body maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance, and promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria by acting like a prebiotic fiber. Further, when we are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, our bodies will attempt to reclaim them from fecal matter. This process can lead to the reabsorption of toxins and the elimination of constipation and other bowel issues. Finally, Humic helps provide the building blocks necessary for the production of digestive enzymes.
There simply is no better supplement than Humic and Fulvic for supporting and offering protection to our bodies at the cellular level.