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Composting 101. Composting is the natural breakdown of organic matter to produce a crumbly nutrient-rich soil.

Composting 101

The resulting compost can be added to other soil types as a fertilizer, forming an excellent growing medium for plants. By managing this natural process in your own garden, you can dispose of waste, and produce an agent that will improve the look and yield of any plants and flowers. Regardless of the size of your outdoor space, there will be a composting solution to suit your needs. Making Compost Theories vary on how to produce the perfect compost, but there are some general rules.

Building Up Layers A system of layering different materials will aid the composting process and enhance the finished product. The process of composting takes between two and nine months. Slatted bins are great for gaining access to the bottom of the heap. Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited The Different Types of Bins Wormeries.

Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner. 5 Unexpected Super-Foods. The World's Healthiest Foods. 100 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating.

The World's Healthiest Foods

Links to the articles about these foods can be found below. In addition to questions about our foods, we often get asked about beverages and sweeteners. In the beverage category, water and green tea have been especially popular topics, and in the sweetener category, so have blackstrap molasses, honey and maple syrup. Of course, there are many other nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are other whole foods - such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, etc - that you like, by all means enjoy them. Just because a food is not on our list doesn't mean that we don't think that it can be included in a diet geared towards the Healthiest Way of Eating as long as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food.

FAQs about the World's Healthiest Foods Criteria for The World's Healthiest Foods. Beginner Plan: Fats. Email this article to a friend Dr.

Beginner Plan: Fats

Mercola's Nutrition Plan Did you know that your brain is about 60 percent fat? The fats you eat strongly influence your level of brain function. Some nutritional anthropologists believe the human brain would not have developed as it did without access to high levels of DHA (a type of fat) found in fish and wild game. Lesson 1: It is the type of fat that matters, not the amount. Learning about fats can be confusing. Trans fats: These fats form when vegetable oil hardens, a process called hydrogenation, and can raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, and lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which of course is the complete opposite of what you need in order to maintain good heart health.

Lesson 2: Learn about the importance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Omega-3 fats improve your cell's response to insulin, neurotransmitters and other messengers. Lesson 3: Take a high quality animal-based omega-3 supplement Lesson 5: Treats with Healthy Fats and Sweeteners Chocolate. Foods For Strong Bones. Reviewed by Michael W.

Foods For Strong Bones

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Acid - Alkaline Food List

Below or above this range generally leads to symptoms. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline. An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. An acidic pH decreases the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decreases the energy production in the cells, it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, repair damaged cells, makes tumor cells thrive, and makes the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

Nutrient Basics. Kitchen Cheat Sheet-Basic Cooking Techniques. Diffеrеnt people likе tо eat diffеrеnt ways.

Kitchen Cheat Sheet-Basic Cooking Techniques

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