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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.

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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

Beauty Beyond Skin Deep

Courtesy of Miessence®

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.

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.

What’s for dinner?

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Here is one of family favorites recipes that I made the other night for dinner.

Chicken Parmesan, homemade marinara, Pasta and Caesar salad. The cost to prepare this entire meal cost around $25. Yes, you heard me $25 dollars to feed 4 people. It’s homemade, organic and delicious.  Vegetarian? Just replace Chicken breast with Eggplant. I hope you love this recipe as much as my family does.

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 2 organic chicken breast – Tip slice 1 chicken breast length wise to make 2 servings
  • 1/2  cup organic flour ( I use Safeway’s Organics brand but any brand will do)
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs – Tip slice leftover bread in cubes and toast in the oven at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes then grind in the blender – I used leftover hamburger and hot dog buns. See picture below
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan – Tip  buy the block and grate it yourself it is cheaper and taste better than shredded
  • 1 – 2 tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 organic eggs scrambled
  • 1 cup of marinara (see recipe below) 
  • 4 to 6 slices of mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil for frying

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 375

Heat frying pan to medium heat and add 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil enough to coat the pan.

Mix flour, bread crumbs, seasoning, parmesan, 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper in bowl.  Lightly season chicken breast with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken breast in egg and then breadcrumb mixture.

Cook in frying pan 4 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown

Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken. Set aside to drain.

Place chicken breast on an oven proof dish top with 1/4 cup of marinara and sliced mozzarella cheese.

Cooked in the oven 20 to 25 min minute until cheese is melted and slightly brown.

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Homemade Marinara & pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 
  • 2  garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Italian seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of crush red pepper
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Your choice of pasta prepared according to instructions on the box

Heat up pot to medium heat, add 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil to coat pan. Saute garlic for 30 seconds and reduce heat to low.  Add crush tomato and the remaining of ingredients.

Cover, stir occasionally and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let it simmer the better the flavor with be.

Caesar Salad

Ingredients

  • chopped organic romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 Caesar dressing see recipe below
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan
  • croutons – Tip Follow bread crumb recipe above before toasting in oven toss with 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. 

Toss all ingredients together.

Caesar Dressing courtesy of Food.com by Miss A.T.K

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese ( grated)
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt ( to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper ( to taste)
  • 1 lemons, juice and zest of
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil ( good quality)
  • 2 garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. In blender, mix egg yolks, garlic and anchovies into a paste.
  2. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT olive oil. Mix a few seconds.
  3. Slowly add olive oil until dressing is thick and creamy. Add more or less olive oil depending on desired consistency