In all honesty, if it weren’t for eggs, I would be vegan.
I am quite particular about my eggs. Having kept chickens (that’s them below!) for many years whilst living the rural life, they are a great feature of daily life and now that the domestic situation does not lend itself to this currently, I like to choose my eggs wisely.
This generally means they are more expensive and always organic.
With that in mind, I like to make sure that I am getting the most out of my foods, this goes across the board and I will always question if there is more nutrition to be gleaned than meets the eye!
My curiosity was aroused when I was occasionally feeding my kefir grains some egg shell, as a mineral boost. Well if it is good enough for my bacterial friends, then it is good enough for me! Egg shells are are 95% calcium carbonate (incidentally, this is the main ingredient in an antacid to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach) with one single egg shell containing around 2g of calcium. In other words between two to four times our RDA. Calcium has been shown to reduce pain and bone loss in women with senile osteoporosis
So next time your are breaking eggs, instead of throwing out valuable nutrition, boil up the shells firstly to remove any harmful bacteria. After the shells are nicely boiled, bake them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes with the temperature turned up to 90C/200F to dry them out. They will grind nicely into a fine powder in a blender for long term storage and as a great source of calcium to add into various meals.
I love to add it into smoothies for the kids, along with a host of nutritionally potent powders such as maca, camu camu and Diatomaceous Earth. Little do they know!
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic.
Diatomaceous earth has many uses including detoxification of the body — inside and out; protecting pets and livestock from parasites and insect infestation; and keep your yard and garden pest-free.
How to use it:
Add diatomaceous earth to your diet to detox parasites that can contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching, asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon’s disease, and a host of other allergic-type reactions.
DE detoxes mercury, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals; removes poisons from chemtrails, radiation and may alleviate the effects of GMOs. DE possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties.
In addition to detoxing and destroying pathogens, diatomaceous earth helps to lower blood pressure and contributes to the production of collagen to improve skin tone, strengthening the tendons and joints.
To consume DE orally, start with half a teaspoon and work up to two heaping tablespoons. Mix thoroughly in four ounces of water. Drink immediately and follow with another eight ounces of water. Take on an empty stomach. Continue drinking water throughout the day, because DE can cause constipation.
Initially, you may experience a Herxhemier reaction, which can cause abdominal discomfort and flu-like symptoms. This is a normal response to detoxing, as parasites and pathogens die, releasing their toxins into your system for elimination. The symptoms disappear after a few days.