Are you feeding your dog dirt yet? If not, you need to be.
Yes, you read that right, I’m talking about dirt. But more specifically, the rich levels of humic and fulvic acid within these soils.
Did you know that healers have used soils to support optimum health for thousands of years?
One of the oldest soil remedies is shilajit. Ayurvedic practitioners have used it for more than 3000 years. And the Chinese have used peat on wounds since the 15th century.
Recently these acids are getting a lot of attention in conventional medicine too. Researchers are testing the ways healers have historically used them, such as:
- Treating wounds
- Relieving joint disease
- Aiding in digestion and gut health
- Providing energy and stamina
And they’re finding that ancient healers were right. These natural earth acids can heal and protect both humans and animals.
Because of its healing properties, fulvic acid is now being added to antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor medications.
And it’s not uncommon to find mud baths and clay therapies at many health spas. So if you’re not yet reaching for soil-based products, you need to be.
So let’s jump into what exactly humic and fulvic acids are, where they come from and why your dog needs them.
Sources Of Humic And Fulvic Acid
These acids are sourced from soils with a high amount of decomposed organic matter. These soils contain matter from fruits, vegetables, and ancient seaweed.
What’s really interesting is that they can’t be reproduced in labs. Studies have looked at their chemistry to better understand them … but it takes Mother Nature’s resources and time to create them.
Soil compositions can change and evolve as time passes. And this is why exact concentrations of these acids can vary and be hard to guarantee.
That’s why products that contain humic and fulvic acid will show an approximate level, rather than an exact concentration.
You can also find these acids within local vegetables that are grown in soil … but it can be hard to find in good amounts.
That’s because overfarming … as well as pesticides like Roundup … are robbing our soils of minerals. This leaves our crops with very low levels of minerals and acids.
And sadly our soils become more depleted each year. Back in 1992, the RIO Earth Summit estimated that US and Canadian soils were depleted by 85%! So you can imagine how low the levels are now.
But organic vegetables grow in healthier soil. So by choosing organic vegetables you can boost your dog’s intake of these healing acids. Reach for these vegetables, which supply the most acids:
- Root vegetables: beetroots, carrots, turnips, parsnips, radishes, dandelion roots, ginger, turmeric, arrowroot, maca, any other edible roots.
- Bulb vegetables: garlic.
- Leafy green vegetables.
Top Reasons To Add Humic And Fulvic Acid To Your Dog’s Diet
So now let’s focus now on the health benefits of these acids and why having them in your dog’s diet is important.
#1 Improve Gut Health And Digestion
Humic and fulvic acid provide excellent detoxification support for the body. They help to clear toxins and heavy metals quickly and they are high in antioxidants.
This means once toxins are removed, the antioxidants will support and repair any resulting cell damage. This added support is great if your dog suddenly eats something she shouldn’t.
One of the most important toxins humic acid can remove is glyphosate. And more importantly it’s able to bind to it before it has a chance to kill the good bacteria in your dog’s gut.
So consider having these on hand at all times. Especially your neighbors use pesticides, your guests feed your dog at holiday events or if your dog is a garbage thief.
You’ll need to be cautious though when you first introduce humic and fulvic acid into your dog’s diet. Because of its detoxification strength, it might loosen her stool for a few days.
So start with a low daily dose and adjust as needed. Normal stools will return as the acids promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria … balancing the gut.[RELATED: Feed Your Dog’s Microbiome (Not Just Your Dog)]
These acids also provide a wide range of nutrition support including:
- Trace minerals
- Amino acids
Fulvic acid also helps carry more nutrients to the body’s cells and balances their electrolyte levels. This provides your dog’s cells with the energy they need to use oxygen efficiently.
Which means she’ll have more energy and a stronger immune system. And this added energy allows her cells to fight against natural cell aging and damage.
#2 Provide Immune Support
A healthy dog is a happy dog. So you always want to do what you can to boost her immune system.
Fulvic acid is a great supplement to add to your rotation. That’s because it can modulate your dog’s immune system by regulating the amount of T cells and killer cells.
This ensures she has the right number of immune cells she needs to fight disease … and not an excess. Now, I know it may seem odd to not want extra immune cells …
… but too many killer cells in the body can lead to unwanted inflammation … like joint disease.
#3 Provide Skin Relief
Humic and fulvic acids offer natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory support. This makes them a great addition to your dog’s skincare routine, both internally and externally.
So spa days with mud baths and clay masks aren’t just for us humans. They’re also valuable for your dog, as they provide trace amounts of humic and fulvic acids.
So if your dog has skin issues due to allergies, bug bites or seasonally dry skin you’ll want to add these acids to her diet.
Reach for topical clay preparations for spot healing of her skin issues. These clays offer relief … while the acids you feed work to restore her gut health. And once her immune system is strong, you shouldn’t need the topical treatments as often.
How To Give Humic And Fulvic Acid To Your Dog
Because these acids are naturally found in the soil, use these outdoor activities to increase her exposure:
- Swimming in the ocean, a natural lake, river or hot springs
- Hiking and walking through parks and green spaces
- Eating from the ground instead of a bowl
- Digging in the dirt
Or, give them internally. There are supplements that contain both humic and fulvic acids. Often they are in soil-based probiotic supplements.
If you buy a product for dogs, follow the dosing instructions from the manufacturer … but remember start low and work up to a full dose.
If you buy a human product, assume it’s for a 150 lb person and adjust the dose based on your dog’s weight.
But check with your holistic vet if your dog has any thyroid concerns … because these acids can impact thyroid levels. So your dog may need a specific remedy plan alongside these supplements.
And if you’re mixing them into a paste to give orally or use topically make sure to use filtered water. Chlorine can interact with the acids and create compounds that can cause cancer.
So get out and about with your dog because you know she loves it. It’s time to embrace the mess and remember that a little dirt is good for your dog.[ RELATED: Healing With Dirt: Bentonite Clay For Dogs]