The state with the highest diabetes %, cardiac disease %, cancer incidence, cancer deaths, and overall highest mortality in the country is Kerala.
Health & Environmental Sustainability are deeply intertwined. Read on to know, how the soil condition in Kerala is affecting the health of the individuals.
In the initial days of my health care research, I was wondering why Kerala alone has got the highest % of the occurrence of lifestyle diseases & chronic diseases
Few ‘experts’ were blaming the coconut oil they use for cooking (which is not the case & far from the truth). Few were blaming the high-carb diet. But, more or less, all Indians have a similar dietary routine (recipes might be different, but mostly a high-carb diet).
But, how come the diabetes % of Kerala is 2.5x that of the national average? I wanted to go deep to find out the real root cause.
Eventually, got to know that around 80% of soil samples in Kerala had a magnesium deficiency, 70% had a boron deficiency and 50% had a calcium deficiency.
I can’t emphasize enough how crucial minerals (&trace minerals) are important to our bodies.
More than 80% of Indians are deficient in vitamin D. All patients suffering from autoimmune diseases to Diabetes have one thing in common - vitamin D deficiency.
Again, how could people living in a tropical country like India are deficient in Vit. D? After going deep, I had a moment of epiphany, and found that they were deficient in Magnesium (All of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D seem to require magnesium).
Magnesium is also crucial for blood sugar regulation, blood pressure regulation, cardiac health, muscle tone, bowel movements, sleep, stress, overall relaxation so on & so forth
Calcium is another important mineral that is generally overlooked thinking that its only for bones and teeth. Be it, cancer proliferation/ acne /external tumour growth, they have one thing in common - calcium deficiency. Calcium is very important in intercellular communication. Any unwanted growth in the body is due to the lack of Calcium.
Boron is an important trace mineral that helps your body retain more Magnesium and Calcium. Boron lengthens the amount of time Vitamin D is available in the body.
So, it’s not a wonder, as the soil is lacking these crucial minerals, it’s affecting the health of the consumers. Up until now, this was just my theory and analysis. However, a clinical research team gave a report to the governor stating that 85% of Keralites are prone to Diabetes due to genetic Magnesium deficiency. This solidified my observations.
The impact of minerals (electrolytes) on our human body is generally overlooked. Many chronic illnesses could just be treated by giving appropriate doses of electrolytes. There are a few other significant factors as well. But, I am leaving it here as this goes beyond the scope of this forum.
Soil health is crucial for human health. Farmers must think beyond NPK. Other minerals and trace minerals are also significant
Soil mineralization is certainly required if the soil is lacking in minerals (& trace minerals). Soil pH needs to be maintained in order to retain minerals.
For home gardeners, mineral powders must be used along with the vermicompost
Besides consumer health, soil mineralization also helps in better crop yield