Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What's in Noni?

What makes it work so well?

Noni fruit is a Polynesian superfood that contains over 165 beneficial compounds in its raw form. Noni is a tropical tree known scientifically as Morinda Citrifolia. The true traditional use for thousands of years among Polynesian cultures was to eat the raw fruit as a natural preventative to keep themselves from getting sick. Research has shown raw noni pulp to be a very high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which feeds the cells of the body to promote good health. Noni fruit also contains vital micronutrients, soluble and insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals.


Why Noni is So Special - E. coli

What is E. coli?

Escherichia coli better known as E. coli, is a type of bacteria that resides in your intestines and the gut of some animals.

How can I become infected?

Most types of E. coli are harmless and keep your digestive tract healthy. However some strains of E. coli can cause digestive issues such as diarrhea if you consume contaminated food.
Although many associate E. coli with food poisoning, one can also suffer from pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.
Did you know? E. coli is responsible for approximately 75% to 95% of urinary tract infections.

E.coli High Risk Areas/Activities:

  • Cross contamination: Using a knife or cutting board that touched uncooked meat (especially ground meat or chicken) with food that will be eaten raw (salads, fresh fruit) is very high risk for E. coli.

Why Noni is so Special - Stroke

What is a Stroke?

A stroke, also called a cerebrovascular accident (CVA or “brain attack”) is oxygen deprivation to the brain causing brain cells to die. This can cause a chain reaction impairing speech, vision, and motor function.
There are two types of strokes. An ischemic stroke where blood flow to the brain is halted due to cholesterol buildup or a blood clot leading to the brain. Approximately 80-90% of strokes are this type. The second type, a hemorrhagic stroke is when a ruptured blood vessel inhibits normal blood flow to the brain and blood seeps into regions of the brain causing damage. Approximately 70% of hemorrhagic strokes occur in individuals with hypertension.
Did you know?
  • A stroke occurs approximately every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.


Why Noni is so Special- Eczema

What is Eczema?

Eczema is the name for a group of conditions causing the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. It is the body’s immune response to an irritant or an allergen (either outside or inside the body) resulting in inflammation.
Did you know? While not contagious, more than 30 million Americans have some form of eczema.
The direct cause of eczema is unknown.
However, below are possible reasons for eczema flare ups:
  • Genes: If your mom, dad, brothers, or sisters have eczema, you may have it too.
  • Asthma and allergies: If you have asthma (a disease making it hard to breathe) or allergies (when your immune system tries to protect you from normal things that aren't hurting you), you're more likely to get eczema.
  • Location: Eczema is more common in cities, polluted areas, and in the northern part of the world.

Types of eczema

Atopic dermatitis:

Atopic dermatitis is most common and usually what people refer to when talking about eczema. Atopic dermatitis occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive in response to an allergen or irritant inside or outside the body. Atopic dermatitis is part of what’s called the atopic triad: atopic dermatitis, asthma, and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Researchers believe that people who come from families with a history of atopic dermatitis, asthma and/or allergic rhinitis are more likely to develop atopic dermatitis themselves.
Did you know? Approximately 1 in 5 children develop atopic dermatitis between infancy and age 5.



Why Noni is so Special- Psoriasis


Psoriasis (pronounced: sore-EYE-ah-sis) can appear anywhere on the skin. Equally occurring in men and women, psoriasis is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 25. Anyone can have psoriasis, however psoriasis affects Caucasians more than any other ethnicity.
Did you know? Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. are currently diagnosed with psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis occurs when your immune system sends multiple signals to produce new skin cells. These unnecessary skin cells create buildup (also called plaque) creating red patches and silvery scales. Most individuals in the the psoriasis population have this condition on their scalp. Psoriasis can also appear in other locations of the body such as: forehead, behind the ears, hands, elbows, creases of the knees and the back of the neck.
Did you know? Psoriasis is not contagious but is believed to be inherited. The affected genes appear to be linked to an overactive immune system.

Common Symptoms

  • Reddish patches on the skin.
  • Dandruff-like flaking and silvery-white scales.
  • Dry scalp.
  • Extreme itching.
  • Bleeding from scratching the skin.
  • Burning sensation or soreness.
  • Temporary hair loss from scratching and removing psoriasis scales.
Did you know? Alopecia (severe hair loss) can occur during a flare up. In most cases, once the psoriasis flare up subsides and the scalp heals, normal hair growth resumes.

Tropical Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

Aloha!
Steve Frailey here! When visiting the beautiful island of Hawaii, it’s fun to try new and exotic fruit. Hawaii is blessed with a warm climate, perfect for growing a variety of tropical fruits year round. We actually grow several types of Hawaiian fruit on our Organic Noni farm and love to share with those on the farm tour with us. Since not everyone is able to visit us, I would like to take some time a personally bring a piece of Hawaii to you! Below is a little about some of the amazing fruit that grows here in Hawaii. To read about Hawaiian flowers click here!

Pitaya

Loaded with natural antioxidants and vitamin C, the pitaya or dragon fruit is easily recognized by its hot pink skin. When cut, it has transparent white flesh (texture similar to a kiwi), freckled with tiny black seeds and taste between a pear and a kiwi. These are excellent in smoothies or a fresh fruit salad.

Starfruit

Starfruit is easily recognizable with its yellow waxy skin and starlike shape when cut open. You can eat the whole fruit skin and all. Individuals likened the taste to grapes with a citrus overtone. Starfruit are used mostly eaten raw or juiced.



Friday, October 5, 2018

Plan a Safe Picnic This Summer

Summer means only 2 things to kids: No school and summer fun! Camping, swimming, playing sports outside, and fun in the sun (don’t forget sunscreen). Almost all of these activities involve bringing food to enjoy and share. Before we kick off summer, let’s go over some simple yet effective reminders to keep everyone safe (and healthy) in the upcoming summer months.

Plan ahead

Here is a list of items you may need this summer: food thermometer, cooler chest with ice, bottled water, serving utensils, storage containers, paper towels, wipes/hand sanitizer, bandaids and trash bags.