You’ve done the research and you are feeding your pet a perfectly balanced raw food diet. When it comes to trace minerals though, we still have 2 problems:
- Soil Depletion – without doubt, soil from decades ago was more nutrient rich than the soil today. In turn, today’s food sources are lacking nutrients. A Scientific American article cites modern American agricultural practices as one of the reasons today’s soil has been drained of nutrients. The article mentions a 2004 study done by the University of Texas at Austin in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The article also states “A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.”
- Daily Mineral Requirements – each and every day we may feed our pets the exact same thing. However, this could leave our pets lacking in certain trace minerals. Times of heat stress, travel, rigorous exercise, cold stress and other factors can lead to higher requirements of electrolytes and trace minerals. That is why it is necessary to have highly bioavailable ionic minerals to be used when the body requires them.