Archive | March 2013

PMS?! Leafy Greens Provide Relief

Leafy Greens Provide Relief

DeepGreen Alkalising SuperfoodIt’s a subject that we don’t like to talk about much, but for many women, it crops up regularly.

Monthly in fact.

But there is good news for women for whom this topic is more than just a matter-of-fact issue.

10 year study, released by the University of Massachusetts, examined the dietary habits of women, has has discovered that women who regularly consume green leafy vegetables are less likely to suffer from the symptoms of PMS than those who did not.

They speculate that it is the combination of iron and zinc found in green leafy vegetables and dried beans that makes a difference.

While the first instinct might be to reach for a supplement table, other medical practitioners are sounding a word of caution.

Clinical nutritionist Samantha Heller, at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care, agreed. “It’s important to speak with your physician before supplementing with any minerals,” she said. “Too much iron can cause serious problems, and supplementing with something like zinc can knock your copper balance off. There’s a delicate balance in the body, and women need to be very thoughtful before they start using supplements.”

If you have PMS symptoms that you would like to alleviate, we recommend trying Miessence Superfoods every day – particularly DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood and InLiven Probiotic Superfood.

DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood is an excellent way of getting additional deep leafy greens into you diet in a convenient, once a day serving.

The Miessence difference is our use of certified organic wholefoods in each of these products. Other research has found that nutrients in food work together to give better results than isolated compounds alone.

Organic chocolate chip oatmeal cookie

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This is one of my best cookie recipes that I have made by far, it is like a cross between a chewy granola bar and chocolate chip cookie. It is an easy and yummy chewy cookie recipe that the whole family will love. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week and in the freezer for 3 months.

This recipe makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of organic butter
  • 1 cup of organic light brown sugar (can be reduced by 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar (can be reduced by 1/8 of cup)
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 tsp of Pure vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups of organic flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups of  Bobs Red Mill 5 grain rolled hot cereal
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nut or walnuts (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl cream together butter, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs one at a time with a hand mixer.  In separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt. On low-speed in small batches slowly mix dry ingredients into butter mixture.  With a large spoon mix in rolled oat, chocolate chips and nuts.

Wrap cookies dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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To bake preheat oven to 350 degrees

Slice cookie 1 to 1 1/2 inches and bake for 14-16 minutes until brown.

Enjoy

Little Changes Make A Big Impact

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
— Thomas Carlyle

There should be no greater motivation to take control over your health and fitness than the words of the 19th century Scottish philosopher above.

But why should our health be connected to our hope?Vitality Challenge with Miessence Superfoods

The answer to that is that when we are fit and healthy, the world is full of possibilities – nothing is beyond our reach. Trek through the Andes? No problem. Helping a friend move house? When do we start?

If you are in an older age bracket, or know people who are, there can be often a form of mourning as realisation hits that there are things that one used to be able to do that are now out of reach.

Even professional sports people who have spent most of their lives in peak physical condition are susceptible to this unless there is an effective transition process in place to manage the physical and psychological adjustment.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
— Proverbs

So given what we know about the link of good food habits and optimism, shouldn’t we be giving ourselves every opportunity to maximise our health potential for as long as possible?

The great news is that is not too late to start on making those changes that will make a difference to your health, fitness and well-being – all of which will give you the promise of ‘everything’ mentioned in the second half of Thomas Carlyle’s quote.

Recent research has identified that regular exercise from childhood can stave off dementia in old age and increase brain power.

In fact any regular exercise at any age can protect the brain. Even as little as five minutes a day can make all the difference.

In addition to exercise, we should be focusing our attention to effective nutrition to create the ‘healthy hope’ we all want.

According to Dr. Deepak Chopra, the author of Quantum Healing, we replace 98% of all our cells inside of ONE YEAR. And the super-great news is if we improve the quality of our nutrients we can literally rebuild ourselves within a year. The Miessence Vitality Pack contains three outstanding superfoods for optimal vitality:

  • BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood – anti-ageing from the inside! The antioxidant equivalent of over 8 servings of fruits and veggies in a delicious chocolatey beverage.
  • DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood – remineralise and balance your body pH with a super-concentrated source of alkalising, mineral-rich, green algae, grass juices and leafy greens.
  • InLiven Probiotic Superfood– 26 naturally fermented organic whole foods to help recolonise the gut with beneficial bacteria. 80% of our immunity is in our gut. Fermented foods are one of the keys to longevity.

All three products together hold the key to unlocking vibrant health.

I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after…
— Oscar Wilde

People are marvellous procrastinators, but if you’re ready to make the decision to improve your health and well being, adjusting your choices day by day is recommended.

And if you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend the Vitality Challenge with Miessence Superfoods – a 10 day program that includes a daily serving of our certified organic, wholefood blends that have been especially formulated to help your body maximise its full potential from the inside.

Don’t put it off.

Imagine what would your world look like if you could enjoy optimal health and well-being every day.

Beauty Beyond Skin Deep

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We eat nutritious food, so why should our skin be any different?

Unfortunately we don’t give our skin the treatment and nourishment it deserves considering the vital role it plays, which is more than simply keeping our insides ‘in’.

Our skin is a major sensory organ alerting us to heat, cold, pain and pressure – so it’s well worth treating it with care.

It’s also a thermal regulator, a protector from UV rays, infection, bacteria and moisture loss. It creates Vitamin D essential for bone formation and looks after the body’s overall health by transporting essential oils and medicines into the system and eliminating waste from the body through sweat.

What you skin ‘eats’ affects its ability to do its job properly.

Healthy, supple skin needs three things:

  • antioxidants
  • cell communicating ingredients
  • skin-repairing ingredients.

Miessence BerryRadical Antioxidant SuperfoodAntioxidants are fundamental in reducing free-radical damage and environmental stress on our bodies.

Free radicals damage and deplete the skin’s structure and accelerate the degenerative effects of exposure to the elements.

The primary source of antioxidants is through the food we eat – namely brightly coloured fruit and vegetables.

We should be eating up to seven serves of fruit and veggies a day, but more than 70% of us don’t eat that much. An antioxidant superfood like Miessence BerryRadical, containing the antioxidant power of eight serves of fruit and vegetables in one teaspoon, is an ideal way begin your new skin care regime.

Antioxidants can also be topically applied to the skin. Don’t be fooled by claims of new miracle ingredients in cosmetics – a combination of natural ingredients with proven antioxidant abilities such as aloe vera, olive juice extract, found in the Miessence moisturiser range, work better together to benefit the skin.

Cell-communicating ingredients is a new research area that shows promising results. According to researchers, cell-communicating ingredients have the ability to tell skin cells to act by either direct communication with the cell or by blocking messages from substances that damage cells.

Miessence products contain a number of ingredients that are considered to have cell-communicating properties such as Vitamin A rich Carrot Seed CO2 extract, sunflower oil with its high levels of linolenic acid and lecithin, a natural plant phosolipid from non-GMO soy bean oil.

Miessence Rejuvenessence Facial SerumThe third factor for great skin is using what’s known as skin-repairing ingredients. They work alongside antioxidants to bolster the skin’s natural phosolipids – the substance which surrounds skin cells which lay between each skin layer to keep them soft and supple.

In addition to the beneficial antioxidant and cell-communicating ingredients found in Miessence skin care products, additional ingredients such as aloe vera, jojoba and rosehip also provide a number of benefits that can help overall skin health.

Many cosmetic companies try to isolate beneficial ingredients by processing natural ingredients with chemicals, resulting in petrochemicals, silicone, formaldehyde donating ingredients, nitrosamine contaminants and parabens lurking in many popular preparations.

At Miessence, we believe that using natural ingredients, in the way intended by nature, is the very best way to source its nutrient goodness.

Our certified organic products use ingredients that are sourced by cold-pressing and distillation – not chemical reaction. They are safe, edible and food grade.

Our skin deserves nothing less.

Fighting Infection Inside Out

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It was heralded as such an important medical breakthrough that it won its discoverers the Nobel Prize for Medicine – penicillin, one of the groups antibiotics that we’re familiar with today.

For more than 70 years antibiotics have played a major role in controlling bacterial infections, but now it would  appear that their effectiveness may now becoming to an end as bacteria develop resistance.

A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors.

A simple cut to your finger could leave you fighting for your life.

Luck will play a bigger role in your future than any doctor could.

The most basic operations – getting an appendix removed or a hip replacement – could become deadly.

Cancer treatments and organ transplants could kill you.

Childbirth could once again become a deadly moment in a woman’s life.

It’s a future without antibiotics.

This might read like the plot of science fiction novel – but there is genuine fear that the world is heading into a post-antibiotic era.

The World Health Organization has warned that “many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, could kill unabated”.

The US Centers of Disease Control has pointed to the emergence of “nightmare bacteria”.

And the chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies has evoked parallels with the “apocalypse”.

Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes.

Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find ways of surviving. New drugs are needed, which they then find ways to survive.

If that wasn’t frightening enough, there is also news that some antibiotics – the very medicine designed to aid – may actually kill some patients.

To keep antibiotics effective, health care practitioners are all agreed that they should be used appropriately and sparingly.

The number one way to do this is to use less of them and to maintain optimal health.

The good news is, there are things you can do to reduce reliance on antibiotics and keep them effective. One of those ways is to use a probiotic regularly.

The important thing to remember is not all bacteria is bad.

In fact the good bacteria that inhabit our intestines provides up to 70% of our body’s immune capability.

These ‘good bacteria’, called probiotics, are being actively studied for their potential in treating everything from behaviour disorders through to the common cold.

In fact, taking probiotics regularly, can reduce some of the unpleasant side effects of taking antibiotics.

Miessence offers two probiotics – InLiven and FastTract – both of which contain the full spectrum of Lactobacilli that your body needs.

If you’d like to know more about benefits of probiotics – particularly InLiven and FastTract – click on the link for a PDF Fact Sheet with references to 77 medical studies on the benefits of probiotics.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…That’s Amore!

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What most people don’t know about me is that my father was born and raised in Harlem, NYC. Up until my grandmother past away in 1993 we spent many holidays and summer vacation in NYC. It has over 10 years since I been to NYC but the one thing that I miss almost as much as my grandmother is the food to be more exact …PIZZA! Man, when I was a kid there is nothing better than eating a slice while walking down street with cheese and sauce running down my arm. I was in heaven. Now everyone in NY has their favorite pizza palor. Over the years I have eaten at a lot of  palors in the Bronx, Harlem and manhatten I can honestly say I never had a bad slice.

Living in Kauai, Hawaii a pizza much less a slice is hard to find. Don’t get me wrong I do love living in paradise and I would have to think hard and long about trading that for a New York slice of pepperoni. Our options are limited we have the fastfood chains here that you take the kids to after soccer game and a high end spot that serves good pizza but really who the heck in this economy can afford to pay $30 for a large pizza? It better have some truffles or eatable gold in it. Right!

So once again I was force to being resourceful. I started crafting my own homemade pizza. Now I not in any way comparing my pizza to NYC (which I consider the holy grail of Pizza) but it’s pretty darn good. My pizza is definitely more rustic and I use cookie sheet.  For the 2 pizza which feeds 4 to 5 people cost $10.59.

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I found a super easy pizza dough recipe on food network courtesy of Bobby Flay. This dough can be made ahead time and refrigerated/frozen. This particular time I double the recipe and made calzones for my kids to take to school for lunch.

Pizza Dough 

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ingredients

3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling (Chef’s Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Directions
Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Roll out dough and to size of your pan. Again, I used a cookie sheet because I own a fancy pizza pan/stone.

Toppings as follows:

Top with 3/4 cup of Mariana. See recipe from What’s for Dinner post.

Sliced mozzarella

Pepperoni

Homemade sausage ( see recipe below)

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

Homemade Italian Sausage

Ingredients

1/2 pd of ground pork – You can replace with turkey or chicken

2 tbsp  Ground cumin

2 tbsp  Italian seasoning

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp of Black pepper

Mix and store in plastic wrap.

Enjoy!

A truly natural deodorant? No sweat!

Another great article courtesy of Miessence®.

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This most shared graphic on the Miessence Facebook page this week outlines some of the potentially harmful ingredients found in some commercial deodorants.

But the idea of a underarm antiperspirant-deodorant is a relatively recent one.

Being the social (and vain) creatures that we are, the idea of smelling nice has long been the focus of chemists – with the earliest recorded treatments going back to ancient Egypt which popularised the concept of under arm shaving, as well as developing elaborate combinations of scents to mask body odor.

In Asia, sticks of mineral salts that killed the bacteria under the arms was another centuries old successful method to remaining selling sweet.

Bathing and liberally dousing with perfumes became the predominant way of staying odor free for centuries until an enterprising surgeon developed a product made of zinc chloride and wax to keep his hands sweat free during surgery.

Within a couple of years it was discovered that aluminium chloride helped reduce sweating – and not just mask the odor.

People had been successfully dealing with body odor for years, so it might be presumed that it would be an uphill battle to persuade the masses to use a product that it might be argued wasn’t a necessity.

But it was just the job for a new 20th century phenomenon – the advertising industry. But it wasn’t all coming up roses, as the Smithsonian Magazine reveals in this terrific article:

Although the product stopped sweat for up to three days—longer-lasting than modern day antiperspirants—the Odorono’s active ingredient, aluminum chloride, had to be suspended in acid to remain effective. (This was the case for all early antiperspirants; it would take a few decades before chemists came up with a formulation that didn’t require an acid suspension.) The acid solution meant Odorono could irritate sensitive armpit skin and damage clothing.

Adding insult to injury, the antiperspirant was also red-colored, so it could also stain clothing—if the acid didn’t eat right through it first. According to company records, customers complained that the product caused burning and inflammation in armpits and that it ruined many a fancy outfit, including one woman’s wedding dress.

The solution was to create a stigma worse than wearing a hole in a few clothes – unpopularity and social exclusion.

The same magazine article has a terrific gallery of period print advertisements which told women that if they did not use the product then they would never be asked out on a date!

A century on from Odorono’s first successful advertising campaign, the use of deodorants is ubiquitous – very few people would dream of starting the day without it.

However it does raise the question of what is in deodorants today and are they any good.

Let’s take aluminium chloride – the ingredient that makes an antiperspirant what it is.

Aluminum compounds, such as aluminum zirconium and aluminum chloride, are used in many antiperspirants to shrink sweat glands and prevent wetness

. Like parabens, these compounds have estrogen-like properties, and some scientists are concerned that aluminum could be absorbed through the skin and promote the growth of cancer cells

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Phthalates and propylene glycol, amongst other ingredients are coming under increasing study. Propylene glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and deodorants. This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due to its slick consistency. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin. The argument that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. This chemical is even found in many of the processed foods we eat today.

Logical thought follows that decreasing our exposure to propylene glycol is the prudent thing to do. It is for this reason that using skin care products that are propylene glycol free is becoming popular in health conscious circles.

Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid. Phthalates are used in cosmetics, synthetic fragrances, plastics, body care products and medical goods. They help to dissolve other ingredients and to create a better consistency.

The problem with phthalates is that they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.

Miessence deodorants are made with none of these potentially harmful chemicals – using instead only natural ingredients many of which (like our essential oils) are certified organic.

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An a easy to read ingredient comparison table can be found on this page.

Sweating is a completely natural phenomenon – in fact it’s our body’s built in air conditioner! It is also odorless and only becomes stinky when bacteria begins to break it down.

A thorough daily grooming routine, a healthy diet and a genuinely natural, organic deodorant to add a little light scent and to absorb a little bit of perspiration is all most people need to keep sweet all day.