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Think Twice Before Tossing Eggshells - Earth911.com

Think Twice Before Tossing Eggshells - Earth911.com | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it

We have all heard plenty of hype about the health benefits of the “incredible, edible egg,” but the compact little cases they come in do more than just carry your chickens before they hatch. Although eggshells are beneficial for the soil, most of us don’t think twice about tossing our shells after they’ve been cracked open. In fact, the U.S. dumps about 150,000 tons of eggshells in the garbage every year.

Why not just throw them away? Because these super shells are pretty spectacular. For starters, they’re made up of 93 to 97 percent calcium carbonate, plus they contain nitrogen and phosphoric acid, so they’re beneficial for the soil. Here are just a few uses for them outside the kitchen:

1. Fertilizer for the garden. Rinse and dry eggshells, grind them up and mix them into the soil. They’ll give your plants a healthy boost of sulfur, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.

2. Snail deterrent. Crushed eggshells are kryptonite to snails and slugs! Loosely crush eggshells (you want them to have rough, jagged edges) and scatter them in a circular pattern around your plants. The shells’ sharp edges will keep snails and slugs from crossing to get to your plants.

3. Better compost. It’s common for gardeners to add lime to their compost because it has calcium carbonate, which helps balance out acidity. As mentioned earlier, that’s the main ingredient in eggshells, so instead of purchasing lime, use eggshells instead. After drying the shells, crush them into small pieces and add them to your compost.

To dry the shells, set them outside and use the sun’s natural heat and warmth, or heat them in an oven in wet or cooler weather.

 

 

 

 


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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, September 4, 2013 3:19 PM

Nature has all the answers we will ever need. Let's practice being open to the abundant richness which nature gives freely to us.

 

Eggshells - another miracle - offering holistic uses (I'm using this word in place of the word 'natural' which has become overused).

Instead of throwing away your eggshells or even putting them in your compost bins use them in these holistic ways: (*Portland, OR city offers compost bins to home owners as part of their Recycling/Trash Removal- a very progressive, GREEN city which I call Home)

 

1. Fertilizer for our gardens; giving our plants a healthy boost of sulfur, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Rinse and dry eggshells, grind them up, and mix into soil.

 

2. Snail and slug deterrent. Snails and slugs do not like crushed eggshells. Loosely crush them - you want to have jagged, rough edges and scatter them in a circular pattern around your plants. The shell's jagged edges will keep snails and slugs from crossing to get to your plants.

 

3. Better compost - instead of adding lime to your compost, use eggshells instead.

 

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Dr. Hyman’s Super Salad Bar - Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Hyman’s Super Salad Bar - Dr. Mark Hyman | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
Why go to a salad bar when you can create your own at home? As always, preparation is the key to success. To get our kitchens and ourselves prepared to enjoy a delicious salad from home, be sure to take a little time to set up your own salad bar fixings. Here’s what to do: …
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Grab-and-Go Breakfasts - Dr. Mark Hyman

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These grab-and-go breakfast options require little to no assembly for when you need to dash out the door first thing in the morning. When possible, I suggest preparing some of these recipes over the weekend to set yourself up for success during the busy week ahead. And remember, always do the best you can under …
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Look For These 46 Ways Added Sugar Can Appear on Your Food Label

Look For These 46 Ways Added Sugar Can Appear on Your Food Label | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
Sugar is added to so many processed foods — even salty ones. Dietitian Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite for Health, shared this infographic to help us

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How many of you read the ingredients lists of the foods you buy?  Am I alone in driving my family nuts over this?

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The Top 5 Splurgy Healthy Foods That Are Totally Worth The Money

The Top 5 Splurgy Healthy Foods That Are Totally Worth The Money | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
A food expert shares which healthy splurge foods are totally worth the money.
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Water, Real Juice Or Milk Should Be The Only Options In A Kids' Meal

Water, Real Juice Or Milk Should Be The Only Options In A Kids' Meal | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
More than ever, Americans are choosing to eat out or pick up a meal on the way home. Given the ease and the variety of options, it’s totall
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Too Sweet To Be True? 3 Myths About Sugar - Dr Frank Lipman

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When it comes to sugar, what you don’t know can hurt you.
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The 8 Healthiest Berries You Can Eat

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Berries taste great and may have many health benefits, including preventing and reducing symptoms of chronic disease. Here are 8 of the healthiest berries.
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What the Health: A Low-Fact Vegan Manifesto - ConscienHealth

What the Health: A Low-Fact Vegan Manifesto - ConscienHealth | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
What the Health, a purported food documentary, undermines the credibility of its own cause with blatant misinformation and propaganda techniques.
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9 Gluten-Free Grains That Are Super Healthy

9 Gluten-Free Grains That Are Super Healthy | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
If you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, it's important to avoid the protein gluten. Here are 9 gluten-free grains you can eat instead.
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11 Foods That Are Good for Your Liver

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The liver is a powerhouse organ, performing a variety of tasks that are essential to maintaining good health. Eat these 11 foods for optimal liver health.
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The 7 Best Plant Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The 7 Best Plant Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
Omega-3 fatty acids are very good for your health, but it can be hard to get enough if you don't eat fish. Here are the 7 best plant sources of omega-3s.
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Shopping Without Dropping: How to Avoid 8 Common Grocery Store Mistakes

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The grocery store doesn’t have to be a place where food mistakes are made. Use these tips for a successful shopping trip!
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11 Reasons Why Polyphenols Are Good for You

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Polyphenols are health-promoting plant compounds found in many fruits and vegetables. This article lists 11 reasons why they are good for your health.
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Are All Processed Foods Unhealthy?

Are All Processed Foods Unhealthy? | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
Processed foods have been changed from their natural state -- some are good for you and some are bad. Learn more about processed foods.
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These 10 'Healthy' Foods Are Actually Causing Inflammation

These 10 'Healthy' Foods Are Actually Causing Inflammation | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
You think these foods are healthy—but they actually cause inflammation.
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13 Greek Foods That Are Super Healthy

13 Greek Foods That Are Super Healthy | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
The Mediterranean diet, based on the traditional Greek diet, is known for its many health benefits. Here are 13 Greek foods that are super healthy.
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Avocado 101: Nutrition facts and health benefits

Avocado 101: Nutrition facts and health benefits | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
Avocados contain a range of nutrients and are associated with various health benefits, including a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Learn more.

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, August 3, 7:36 PM

Did you know that avocado is really a fruit, but contains very little sugar and is a healthy fat all in one delicious package? Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, fiber, vitamins B, C, E, and K and rich in potassium, helping your heart, and copper.

 

Consuming avocados does not make you fat. Avocados help to fill you so you may eat less non healthy food.

 

Read the full skinny on avocados.

 

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Many of you eat avocado as a veggie with tomatoes, onions, and salsa in guacamole. Some of you like the trendy avocado toast and/or stuffed avocado.

 

Avocado also makes a delicious creamy chocolate mousse and is very tasty eaten with other summer fruits like berries with a little nut butter.

 

Avocado can be used in place of dairy for creamy dishes. Avocados can also be frozen in slices giving you an extra frosty creamy texture similar to frozen bananas.

 

Read more about “Avocado 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits” from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Adda Bjarnadottir, MS.

 

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11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods

11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
We need only a sufficient amount of each amino acid daily. Dietitians confirm that plant-based foods contain a wide variety of profiles, and vegans are pretty

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, July 31, 9:42 PM

Did you know that you can never run out of plant based real whole food protein? From the top down that is from sprouts to ancient grains (buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and teff) plants have you covered in the protein department.

 

All protein comes from plants. Cows eat plants. So skip the middle “cow” and consume just the plants for your protein.

 

Health Tips:

Sprouts, algae, greens, crucifers, root, land and sea veggies, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), nuts and seeds are all rich in plant based real whole food protein. You don’t need to eat beans with rice.

 

You can eat beans with quinoa or buckwheat which is better for your blood sugar. Rice like white potatoes turns to sugar quickly and rice has been shown to contain arsenic, better to limit eating it

 

Read more about “11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods” from www.ecowatch.com by PETA.

 

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How Low-Carb Can Change Your Life - Dr Frank Lipman

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A low carb diet is a simple, delicious way to take control of your health.
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The MIND Diet: A Detailed Guide for Beginners

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What should you eat to lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease and slow brain aging? The MIND diet was designed specifically to keep your brain healthy.
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12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
Just because you're not eating meat doesn't mean you're eating right. For a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet, make sure you avoid these 12 pitfalls.
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11 Foods to Get More Vitamin D in Your Diet

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Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. Most is made by your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are some food sources. Learn more.
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Save Money on Groceries and Eat Healthy

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We spend a lot of money on food, but there are ways to cut costs and still serve healthy delicious meals. Learn how to grocery shop on a budget.
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Serving Mac and Cheese and Phthalates - ConscienHealth

Serving Mac and Cheese and Phthalates - ConscienHealth | Healthy Eating News | Scoop.it
One of America's favorite comfort foods, mac and cheese, has a discomforting excess of endocrine disrupting chemicals when it comes in a box.
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