What Makes It Organic?



Do you know what it really means for a product to carry that USDA Organic label?

Currently, USDA allows food products to contain a threshold of 95-100% certified organic ingredients in order for them to be able to use the USDA Organic seal.

The Regulations:

#1 - Cannot use chemical fertilizers, synthetic substances, irradiation, sewage sludge, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)!

#2 - Prohibit antibiotic and synthetic hormone use in organic meat and poultry.

#3 - Require 100% organic feed for organic livestock.

Did you know? When the product is labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or just “made with organic ingredients,” then even the non-organic ingredients CANNOT be produced from GMOs. For example, products labeled as “made with organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO. 



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Green Beans


Green Beans can reduce your need for insulin medications. 
Dr. James Anderson, one of the early research pioneers on the health benefits of fiber, found that people with Type 1 diabetes were able to reduce their need for insulin by 38% just by eating beans. And for those with type 2 diabetes, eating beans not only reduced their need for insulin and other diabetic medications but, in some cases, almost eliminated the need for supplemental insulin

Green Beans support your body’s insulin response. One of the great benefits of eating beans is their high pectin content. Pectin and other fibers in beans produce extra insulin receptors that sensitize your cells to insulin and aid in its uptake. These insulin receptors function as “doorways” that make it easier for insulin to do its two-fold job of removing glucose from the blood and ushering it into the cells, where it’s used as the body’s essential fuel.

Green Beans regulate blood sugar. Beans also are high in soluble fiber, which binds to carbohydrates and slows their digestion into the bloodstream, preventing wild swings in blood sugar levels. They also contain generous amounts of resistant starch, which means that beans are less digestible than other carbs in the small intestine, so they move into the large intestine faster. Once there, they behave like a dietary fiber, limiting the sharp rise of glucose levels and insulin that can follow a meal, even one that is filled with refined carbohydrates.

Green Beans help you burn fat. People who eat resistant starches such as beans are able to burn more fat, which is crucial for weight loss and controlling diabetes. An Australian study found that for those people who ate meals composed of a mere 5% resistant starch, such as beans, the rate at which their bodies burned fat increased by an amazing 23% for 24 hours.

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Herb Flavoured Oils

Here's how to make an olive oil infusion using organic spices for a delicious salad dressing or to drizzle on freshly baked bread. or for a great gift.
You can make a wide variety of these oils using extra virgin olive oil along with the following herbs: 
-basil
-chives
-cilantro
-dill
-italian seasoning
-oregano
-parsley
-rosemary
-thyme

Grind your herbs loosely using a mortar and pestle. Drop your ground herbs into a cruet or other decorative bottle. Add a sprig or two of the whole herb as well to make the oil attractive, and so that your herb flavored oils are easily recognized.

Using a funnel, pour the olive oil into the bottle and seal the bottle tightly. You can use these oils for salad dressings and as a marinade for fish, meats and vegetables. Or just drizzle these oils on freshly baked bread.

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4 Deadly Effects of Anger on Your Health

4 - Higher Risk of Heart Attack.
Those with explosive tempers were significantly more likely to have arterial calcium deposits - a primary indicator of heat attack risk.

3 - Negative Emotions Create Disease
The highly conservative Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits that 85% of all diseases have a strong link to your emotional state

2 - Repressing Anger Triples Heart Attack Risk
Studies have found this is worse than lashing out. If you tend to suppress feelings of anger, try to confide in friends or seek therapeutic ways to release your anger.

1 - Weakens Your Immune System
When anger kicks in, your body readies itself to respond to a perceived threat. Your normal processes stop... and certain brain centres start firing in ways that alter your brain chemistry.

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Cosmetic Toxins


Smart Shopper’s Guide to Cosmetic Toxins
Protect yourself and your loved ones!
Use this guide to avoid some of the most common household and cosmetic toxins.


Parabens
Used as: preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries and as a food additive. 

The risks: Parabens are hormone disrupters and have been shown to be a reproductive toxin in animal studies. Parabens have been detected in breast cancer tumours. May cause contact dermatitis. 

Found in: Deodorants, cosmetics, shampoos, moisturisers, shaving gels, make-up and toothpaste, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals. 

Avoid: Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl & Butyl Paraben, Japanese Honeysuckle Extract (Plantservative).

Formaldehyde
Used as: cosmetic biocides; denaturants; and preservatives. 

The risks: Formaldehyde is classified as a Category 2 carcinogen. Low level exposure causes irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, and can cause skin and lung allergies. Central nervous system depressant. 

Found in: Detergents, cosmetics, shampoos, bubble baths, hair conditioners, athlete’s foot treatments, skin disinfectants, mouthwashes. 

Avoid: Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (Suttocide), Imidazolidinyl urea (Germall 115), Diazolidinyl urea, (Germall II), Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin (Glydant), 2-bromo-2nitropropane-1,3diol (Bronopol).

Triclosan
The risks: Accumulates in our bodies, has been linked to hormone disruption, and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and antibacterial products. Along with its negative health effects, triclosan also impacts the environment, ending up in lakes, rivers and other water sources, where it is toxic to aquatic life. 

Found in: Antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics, plastics. 

Avoid: Triclosan (Microban, Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum, Biofresh).

1,4-dioxane
1,4-dioxane is a by-product of a chemical process of ethoxylation, in which ethylene oxide, a known breast carcinogen, is added to other chemicals to make them less harsh. Readily penetrates the skin. Is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. EPA. Suspected by the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects. Suspected kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and
respiratory toxicant.

Found in: Shampoos, conditioners, skin care, personal care, laundry detergents, household cleaners.

Avoid: Polyethylene glycol or ‘PEG’, polyoxyethylene, any ingredient with ‘eth’ in the name such as sodium laureth sulphate, ceteareth or oleth.

Nitrosamines
Nitrosamines have been identified as one of the most po- tent classes of carcinogens, having caused cancer in more than 40 different animal species as well as in humans. NDELA (nitrosodiethanolamine) is the specific nitrosamine “to which human exposure is the greatest,” since it occurs in cosmetics and is “absorbed readily through the skin (Carcinogenesis 1985, National
Cancer Institute). Nitrosamines are created when nitrosating agents are combined with amines.

Found in: Cosmetics, skin care, personal care, hair care.

Avoid: MEA (Monoethanolamine), DEA (Diethanolamine),
TEA (Triethanolamine) e.g. Cocamide MEA,
DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate, TEA Lauryl Sulfate.

Phthalates
Fragrance ingredient; plasticizer; solvent, masking agent; and for perfuming. The risks: ‘Fragrance’ can contain up to 400 separate ingredients, including toluene and phthalates. Phthalates are endocrine disrupters that can harm the developing foetus and the male testes. Long-term exposure causes liver and kidney damage. High level exposure causes irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headache.
The US Environmental Protection Agency found that 100% of perfumes contain toluene, which can cause liver, kidney and brain damage as well as damage to a developing foetus. Synthetic fragrances are known to trigger asthma attacks. Symptoms reported to the FDA from fragrance exposure have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discolouration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Fragrance is a common skin irritant.

Found in: Air fresheners, colognes, perfumes, cosmetics, hairspray, nail polish, paints, plastics, household perfume products, floor polish, window cleaning products, adhesives, toys, shower curtains.

Avoid: Fragrance (Parfum), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Diethyl Phthalate (DEP).


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Too Hard?


What are deep-greens and why do we need them?



Deep-greens are the pigment-rich dark green vegetables, grasses and single-celled algae that form the basis of nutrition for all complex life on earth. These dark green foods contain all the essential nutrients and precursors upon which all other life depends. Deep-green foods are concentrated sources of easily absorbed vitamins, amino acids, chlorophyll, enzymes, phyto- nutrients, and alkaline minerals. Deep-greens are highly alkalising. They neutralise toxic acids in the blood and tissues caused by eating acid foods, excess stress, excessive exercise, environmental pollutants, drugs, alcohol, coffee, and tobacco. When our bodies are acidic, bad bacteria, viruses, yeast, and other unfriendly organisms flourish. When our bodies are slightly alkaline (from eating alkaline foods like raw veggies and green food powders), bad bacteria, cancer, yeast, and viruses can’t survive!
Deep-greens offer major benefits to your entire body. They’re good for your brain, your bones, and your heart, AND they help to prevent cancer, detoxify and alkalise your cells, boost your immune system, and give you more energy.
Now, with Miessence DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood, you can nourish and alkalise your body with the most potent and nutrient dense super-green foods on the planet - quickly, simply and deliciously!
Chlorophyll-rich greens have long been used for restoration of health and as blood builders. Chlorophyll is abundant in all green foods. Chlorophyll’s cleansing and healing effects has been documented in a multitude of studies and is known for its ability to detoxify heavy metals from the body.
Chlorophyll has also been studied for its potential in stimulating tissue growth and red blood cell production. Chlorophyll is almost identical to haemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. In fact chlorophyll is a haemoglobin molecule with magnesium at its centre instead of iron! Chlorophyll’s ability to support the production of red blood cells is most likely due to this unusual similarity.
According to an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1995, Vol 87, No 11, p. 7, chlorophyll fed to laboratory animals reduces absorption of three dietary carcinogens: heterocyclic amines (found in cooked muscle meats), polycyclic hydrocarbons (found in smoked and barbecued foods), and aflatoxin (a toxin produced commonly by mould that infects grains and peanuts).
Most people don’t get enough enzymes because heat destroys enzymes and most of our foods, whether cooked at home or processed, are heated and the enzymes destroyed.
DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood, with its raw, unprocessed, certified organic algae, grass juices and leafy greens contains an abundance of natural enzymes - the body’s spark plugs - that are responsible for digestive processes, cellular energy, supporting immune function, and promoting circulation and detoxification.


 


What Are ORAC Units and How Many Do We Need?


ORAC, short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is a standardized measurement of the total antioxidant power of a substance. Antioxidant power is the ability to neutralize oxygen free radicals. The more free radicals a substance can absorb, the higher its ORAC score. Nutritionists recommend that we consume around 5,000 ORAC units per day to significantly impact antioxidant activity in the body and reduce free radical damage. One serving (half a cup) of fruits or vegetables provides approximately 500 ORAC units. If you're not eating at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you're not getting the recommended amount of daily ORAC units to mop-up the damage caused by free radicals in your body. the ORAC (total) score of 1 gram of Berry Radical is 1, 175. So one 3.5g serving of Berry Radical contains over 4,000 ORAC units! One 105g tub contains 123,375 ORAC units.



What Are Free Radicals and Why Do We Need Antioxidants?


Oxidation occurs when free radicals (highly reactive, high-energy particles) ricochet wildly throughout the body and damage cells. Free radicals can be produced within the body by natural biological processes or introduced from outside via tobacco smoke, toxins, pollutants, and sub-optimal eating habits. Free radicals are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, and age-related diseases. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables help to neutralise free radicals in our bodies.

Why Do Plants Contain Antioxidants?

Why Do Plants Contain Antioxidants?

Photosynthesis is the process whereby plants convert light energy from the sun into stored physical energy. Photosynthesis exposes plants to a massive number of free radicals. Plants produce antioxidants to protect themselves from damage by free radicals. Antioxidant plant pigments, primarily carotenoids and polyphenls that are responsible for the bright colours of many orange, red, blue, and purple fruits, berries, and algae, provide most of this protection. Research has shown that human ingestion of these plant-based antioxidants results in similar protection. Research also shows that atioxidants work synergistically - the combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects - and are far more effective when a spectrum of antioxidants are ingested, rather than individual isolated compounds.




One teaspoon of Miessence BerryRadical contains the antioxidant equivalent of 8 servings of fresh fruits and veggies!

Raspberry Antioxidants

Today's fast-food society and nutrient deficient soils makes it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain the quality and concentrations of daily nutrients necessary to positively impact our lives. Nutritionists tell us we are falling short of our daily nutritional needs. We all want simple daily habits to support and assist us in your desire to live a long, happy, active life! BerryRadical comes to the rescue with a delicious combination of nine of the world's most potent, antioxidant, superfoods. This tasty, high potency formulation gives you the antioxidant of equivalent eight servings of fruit and vegetables in every teaspoon.



Sugar

Some Reasons to Avoid Refined Sugar

  1. Makes your blood acidic
  2. Can lead to osteoporosis
  3. Rots your teeth
  4. Raises your blood sugar level
  5. Contributes to obesity
  6. Provides 'empty calories' with no real nutritional value
  7. Contributes to diabetes
  8. Depletes your body of minerals
  9. Robs you of energy
  10. Suppress's your immune system


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Cinnamon and Honey


Cinnamon and Honey; Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.
Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before
breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

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Benefits of Coconut Oil



Skin & Hair - Coconut oil is one of the best oils for hair and for moisturizing skin. Preventing flaking, helping heal scars and making everything feel soft

Brain - MCTs (found in coconut oil) has been shown to boost brain function and is being researched for benefits to Alzheimers patients and a few other groups.

Digestion - Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. 

HIV and Cancer - It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients.

You can use coconut oil in cooking, applying it directly and many other ways! 

Miessence's hand soap and cleansing bar along with many other products contain certified organic coconut oil!

Fluoride

Free of artificial colours, flavourings and without fluoride, aluminium or detergents, all Miessence toothpastes contain only natural ingredients.

The Miessence product lines use Aloe Vera as their base instead of tap water which can be contaminated with fluoride and chlorine.


Dental fluorosis or mottling of the teeth is a first sign of chronic fluoride poisoning around 25% of children in areas with fluoridated water supplies are afflicted by. 

Some children in non-fluoridated areas may suffer from dental fluorosis from just the use of fluoridated toothpaste when brushing their teeth. 

Fluoride doesn't benefit teeth. It first causes the enamel to harden, then to become brittle, and teeth to eventually crumble as a result of the cumulative effect of the fluoride ingested. 

There is also a significant increase in the incidence of bone fractures in the elderly in fluoridated areas, for the same reason, and contributed to by the consumption of pasteurised milk which also causes the calcium in bones to become porous and crumbly, as in osteoporosis.






Purifying House Plants

For an easy, chemical free way to quickly freshen up your house,

Health Benefits of Purifying House Plants

1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, removes Formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb Nitrogen Oxides and Formaldehyde

3. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing Carbon Monoxide and other toxins or impurities

4. Gerbera Daisy: Removes Benzene in air, improves sleep by absorbing Carbon Dioxide by giving more oxygen over night

5. Orchid Plant: Gets rid of Xylene in the air, a pollutant found in many glues and paints and respire to give off oxygen at night

6. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness

7. Peace Lily: They're often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms. Removes Spores, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene

8. English Ivy: Known to help remove Benzene from the air plus 60% of airborne mould in the room vanishes in just 6 hours

9. African Violet: Cleans the air of toxins and spores

10. Christmas Cactus: Remove toxins, pollutants, and cordon dioxide whilst giving oxygen at night, perfect in your bedroom


Chain Reaction

Made me chuckle - A pretty accurate summary if you ask me ;)
Try some organic whole food supplements before rushing off to the doctors :)


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