Thursday, August 25, 2016

Treat Your Feet: Removing Calluses with Noni

Our feet do a lot of work for us. They provide mobility around our homes, at work, or even on our hiking adventures over the weekend. But with great movement, comes great pressure on our feet, which can leave them sore or callused from the wear and tear we expose them to. Calluses are one of the side effects you can experience from all that bustling around, but noni can treat them and make your feet smooth and ache-less once more!

What are Calluses?

Calluses are parts of the skin-primarily located on your hands and feet- that become tough and thick due to friction and repetitive rubbing on certain areas. They can often times cause discomfort and are unwanted due to how tough and uncomfortable they can be. In some cases, calluses can disappear after some time, but there are still many people who experience more severe problems. In order to remove them, people often use pumice stones though many still find that they aren’t satisfied with the results afterwards. Hence where the benefits of noni can come into play to restore the skin back to its natural state!

Organic, Gentle & Calming for Your Skin

Noni fruit-which is believed to have originated in Northern Australia or Borneo was brought to Hawaii by the ancient Polynesians thousands of years ago as a natural preventative. True traditional use was to eat the fruit raw or rub the pulp tropically on the body. Raw non-fermented noni fruitpulp has over 165 beneficial compounds and enzymes with countless restorative, repairing and preventative qualities that promote good health and address a variety of chronic conditions and ailments. While filing down or shaving a callus might be one way to approach the problem, it can sometimes leave the skin damaged in the end.
Our Noni Lavender Lotion is made from raw non-fermented organic noni pulp and has the ability to not only treat the problem and remove the callus, but also make the skin smooth without using chemicals or other harsh ingredients you would find in other products. Other than noni pulp which is our main ingredient, this lotion simply contains water, grapefruit seed extract and organic lavender oil to soothe hardened skin.

A Product That Delivers

Who would have thought that such a humble fruit could provide fantastic results, while also using organic and nourishing ingredients? Both the Noni Lavender Lotion and Instant Noni BioBandage can also be used for other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and sunburn and ailments such as bruises, pain and swelling, sprains and even fractures.  Treating your calluses might just be the beginning, and you’ll find a trusted and valued healing solution with each of our organic options!

Monday, August 22, 2016

What Can Noni do for Your Scalp?

Good question. Aren’t you supposed to eat noni? “So how could it help my scalp?” you might ask. While it’s true that noni fruit has over 165 beneficial compounds in its raw pulp form and therefore can help you from the inside out, you can actually put it directly on your head, thanks to our organicNoni Lotion. Our Noni Lotions are made from organic noni pulp, and all those compounds and antioxidants mean it’s great for your scalp! But how? Your scalp is skin too, and it needs care and moisture like the rest! A dry scalp creates dandruff, but it can also lead to clogged hair follicles. Noni Lavender Lotion clears away that oil build up and moisturizes the scalp, and it has the incredible ability to heal and soothe the skin. Here’s how to use Noni Lotion to help out your scalp:

Apply directly to your scalp.

You can use a cotton ball or fingers if you prefer, but apply the lotion to your scalp, parting your hair every inch or so. Once you’ve covered your scalp with a thin layer, massage the lotion in, making sure it gets to every part of your scalp. Now those antioxidants and compounds can do their work! Let the lotion sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash it all out. Enjoy the results! Do this about once a month for a healthy, glowing scalp. If you have chronic dry and itchy scalp we recommend massaging the Noni Lavender Lotion after shampooing into the scalp while the hair is still moist and leave on as a leave-in treatment.

Apply to remove head lice.

Lice? Really? Yes, noni is a great resource for eradicating lice! Harsh chemicals should always be a last resort, especially because more and more lice are becoming resistant to them! Noni naturally repels these little bugs, helping the body to fight off infection from fungi, bacteria, and, yes, parasites. Lice. Noni works by discouraging the lice, convincing them it’s a bad environment for them to live in. Apply the lotion to the scalp thickly, making sure the entire scalp is covered. You can do an overnight treatment by wearing a shower cap or wrapping your head with plastic wrap. Or you can do several thinner applications throughout the day. Soon the lice populations will fade, as they don’t like noni and will leave. No negative side effects, no toxicity. A natural and safe way to keep your family lice-free!
Did You Know? In Hawaii, to treat lice it’s common to take a ripe noni fruit and mash it through the hair and scalp. They say you can see the lice jumping off the head to get away! With our Noni Lavender Lotion made from the raw non-fermented pulp of noni you get the same potency and effect, wherever you are in the world!
The health benefits of noni are endless. Try our Noni Lavender Lotion on your scalp and see the wonderful results!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Noni: Your All-Natural Ally In the Fight Against Diabetes

It’s no secret that the modern “Western diet” of processed foods, grain-fed meat, and lots of simple carbohydrates causes health problems — not least of which is type 2 diabetes. But just as diabetes is largely caused by food, certain foods can help restore balance.
One such food is noni fruit, a tropical Polynesian superfood being actively studied for its wide-ranging benefits to the human body, including its ability to help fight type 2 diabetes.
In general, foods that promote insulin resistance and diabetes are high in simple sugars and calories, but low on nutrients. These foods cause blood sugar spikes, inflammation, and excessive fat storage, all of which contribute to diabetes.
By contrast, noni is an extremely low sugar, low calorie food, but more importantly, it’s packed with all kinds of beneficial nutrients that help you feel satiated and full of energy, while actually combating the inflammation behind diabetes.

So Where’s the Research?

We have three kinds of research to draw on, which give us very different information: Scientific, historical, and anecdotal.

Just the Science

First, there’s the scientific research being done to test the impact of noni extract on diabetic animals.One study from the Nigerian Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences showed that noni could keep diabetic symptoms under control for as long as the test subjects (lab rats) kept taking noni.  
In another study from Japan, the hypoglycemic effects of the chemical constituents of Morinda citrifolia roots were evaluated. One of the extracts “showed a significant reduction of the blood glucose levels.”

Cultural Context

Then we have evidence from McGill University researchers, who were looking for an explanation behind a sudden diabetes increase in New Guinea natives. They found that people who stopped eating noni fruit, part of a traditional diet, were more likely to be diabetic.
Ancient Polynesians used noni fruit as a natural preventative for a wide variety of conditions including high blood sugar. It was important enough that they brought saplings and seeds with them everywhere they settled! Learn more about noni as a “canoe plant” here.

Countless Stories

Our final type of evidence is extremely valid to us, even if it’s not seen as “evidence” as such by the scientific community: it’s the countless anecdotes of people who have seen dramatic change in their blood sugar levels and insulin resistance as a result of eating noni. Here are just a few testimonials:
“We've been using it for the past 6 months and we could not believe the numbers when we went to get our yearly check up with our Doctor! If you have diabetes we promise within 3 weeks of taking the leather NOT only did the daily glucose levels drop by a hundred (it was in the 175-225 range) the A1C number dropped to 7.2! Cut the insulin in half...and hopefully perhaps can get off it completely.  I take one 2x2 inch in the morning drop one in my hydro flask and drink it through the day and another at night before brushing my teeth. Yes, taking it three times can be quite expensive but can you put a dollar value on your health?”
“I was on Kauai last year and found these products at a Farmer’s Market. I have been using them for one year now and had to come back to visit the farm. I was a mess a year ago. Since eating the Noni Fruit Leather and using the lotions, everything changed. I lost 50 pounds, my diabetes and high blood pressure are normal and the pain in my feet is gone!! This stuff works – ask my husband!!”

Where Can I Find Noni? Learn how you can easily use noni in everyday life in the original blog!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Noni: The Essential Raw Food for the Health of Seniors

Aging can be frustrating, there’s no doubt about it. Things don’t work the same way they used to, injuries are slower to heal, and it gets harder to build muscle and burn fat. At the same time, your skin changes, your hormones change, your gut changes...and the consequences of the choices you made when you were younger become clear.
But aging is only frustrating if you feel like you’re helpless in the fight, and you are anything but helpless! We’re still only just beginning to understand the role our diet choices, activity level, and mental stimulation play in aging, but it’s clear their impact is major.
Particularly with regards to diet, new information is coming in all the time, including about an unusual Polynesian superfruit with the ability to turn back the clock on aging. Here are just a few of the health benefits raw non-fermented noni fruit has for seniors.

Restores and Revitalizes Skin

Building and maintaining healthy skin takes a lot of nutrients, and noni is packed full of exactly the building blocks your body needs to do so. Among these essential nutrients is anthraquinone, a compound which boosts collagen production (click to learn more). Noni also contains vitamin C and many other antioxidants which help repair and prevent sun damage.
  • Fades out age spots & skin discoloration due to sun damage
  • Restores youthful, firm skin
  • Fills in fine lines, wrinkles, and even stretch marks & scars
  • Improves skin texture & brightens complexion
  • Provides relief from chronic skin conditions like psoriasis & eczema
How to Use: Apply Noni Lavender Lotion to the skin daily, and supplement with a daily dose of Noni Fruit Leather. You may also use Noni Lavender Lotion or our Noni Aloe Bio Bandage as a more intensive face mask treatment. Great for faces, hands, and any other areas you’d like to firm and tighten.

Learn how to reduce the risk of chronic disease and speed the healing process on the original blog!

Boosts Mood and Energy Levels

Finally, that same compound scopoletin has an impact on your mental health as well. Scopoletin binds to the neurotransmitter serotonin to keep levels elevated. Serotonin regulates mood, sleep, hunger, temperature, and more, so it has a big impact! This is one of the first benefits most people notice after starting to take Noni Fruit Leather.
How to Use: All you need to take advantage of this benefit is one 2x2 inch piece of Noni Fruit Leathereach day.
How has noni helped you redefine your relationship with aging? Let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Protecting & Preserving Our Friends the Albatross

As you’re no doubt aware if you follow us on social media, our family farm on Kauai is host to a growing albatross colony. Each year, these birds return to our land for the mating season. They’re a very special part of the culture on the farm, reminding us of the importance of family and bringing us lots of joy!
Unfortunately, albatross are birds at risk of extinction, especially if their habitat continues to be destroyed by global climate change! Laysan albatross, the specific species that nests on our farm, have recovered in recent years, changing their endangered status from “vulnerable” to “near-threatened.”
This is extremely encouraging, but there’s a long way to go before these and other albatross species are truly “safe.” Preserving nature’s diversity is a major part of sustainability, and is extremely important to our family so we wanted to give you a little more information about these rare birds.

Risks to the Albatross

Albatross were once hunted for feathers, with the result that many hundreds of thousands were killed in the early 1900s. Today, these albatross are protected on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. But they aren’t out of danger yet.
Albatross are seabirds, which means anything that impacts the ocean impacts them, too. That includes changing temperatures, fish populations, pollution, and fishing techniques used by humans.
In particular, longline fishing and the ingestion of floating plastics kill many birds. Albatross hunt by floating on the top of the water and diving down to grab fish and squid. It’s very easy for them to grab something dangerous by mistake. Parents may even bring home trash to their chicks, mistaking it for food. This has devastating consequences for the health of the chick.
On Midway Atoll in the Pacific, thousands of albatross chicks die each year due to poisoning from plastics, lead, and other human waste.

Learn about the Albatross on Our Family Farm in the original article!

What We Can Learn About Sustainability

We’ve had our lives dramatically enriched by the presence of the albatross on our farm, and doing all we can to raise awareness about them and protect their habitat has been extremely rewarding for us. Watching the colony grow each year has become so special to us.
Even if you don’t have an amazing species like the Laysan albatross living on your land, you’re surrounded by endangered species that need your help. In particular, think about your local pollinators. Honeybee populations are in bad shape these days, and they can be helped out a lot just by suburban gardeners planting more flowers and plants they like.
Anytime you take action to preserve habitat, whether by building it, protecting it, or voting to protect it, you’re doing your part to help this planet’s endangered species.
How do you protect nature’s diversity in your life? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Try This Mouth-Watering Noni Colada Green Smoothie

Just in time for summer, here’s a smoothie that will instantly make you feel like you’re here in Hawaii with us! You’ll love the fresh, bright taste, the added veggies will ensure the smoothie satisfies, and the Noni Fruit Leather acts as a powerful preventative and restorative on all your body’s systems.

Wait, What’s Noni?

Noni is a south seas fruit that might not look familiar to you. You’ll never find the fresh fruit in your grocery store because it has absolutely no shelf life, starting to ferment within 6 to 8 hours after ripening.
This is a shame, because noni is one of nature’s most powerful foods for healing! It’s been used for thousands of years to help address and prevent countless ailments, from inflammation to diabetes to arthritis. Originally used by ancient Polynesians as a raw food with 165+ beneficial compounds in the pulp of the fruit which are now being studied by modern science, trying to unlock what exactly makes noni such a potent a healer.
We know for sure that raw non-fermented noni pulp has more antioxidants than even the most potent berry or pomegranate — learn more — and a compound called scopoletin, which kills pain, enhances mood, and more. You can learn more about scopoletin and the other beneficial compounds in noni fruitclick here.
In general, by combatting inflammation and free radicals in the body, noni helps fight against the family of diseases known as the “Western diseases.” Learn more by clicking here.

So Where Can I Get Noni?

If you don’t live somewhere you can forage for noni fruit, you’ll have to buy a processed noni product. But not all of these are created equal! Most noni products come in the form of either a juice or a dehydrated powder. Through fermentation and pasteurization, both of these methods destroy the vast majority of the beneficial compounds in the raw pulp of the fruit.
You’re looking for raw noni products, like Noni Fruit Leather from Hawaiian Organic Noni. By never raising the temperature of our dehydrators above 115 degrees, we preserve all the enzymes, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds in the fruit. Learn more about why it’s so important to have raw noni by clicking here.

Noni Colada Green Smoothie

This recipe is a nutritious, delicious way to get your daily dose of noni. It’s especially great for those who haven’t adjusted to the flavor of noni yet. If you’re having trouble acquiring the taste, click here for some tips! One tip is to blend into a smoothie, which is exactly what we’re doing here!
Scale this smoothie recipe up or down to find what works for you

For the recipe check out the original blog on our website!

What are your favorite recipes using Noni Fruit Leather? Let us know!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Simple Tips to Beat Your Sugar Addiction

Make no mistake, sugar is a legitimate addiction. Our bodies build tolerance to it over time, requiring more and more of that sweet taste to satisfy. We have sophisticated systems in place to make us crave sugar, and it’s ubiquity in processed foods make it difficult to avoid.
You’re probably ingesting way more sugar than you realize, hidden away in the processed “shortcut” foods you use to cook (tomato sauce, broth, sauces), in your quick snacks between meals, and in your beverages. Even if you aren’t exhibiting diabetic symptoms, you could be slowly building up resistance to insulin and paving the way for diabetes.
Sugar is a tough habit to beat, but the damage it inflicts on the body is highly reversible! If you’re taking steps to cut down or eliminate your consumption of added sugars, these tips will help ensure your success!

Sleep: Calorie-Free Energy

One of the most effective ways to reduce your dependence on sugar is to give yourself a little more energy to work with each day by sleeping a little longer or a little better. As you cut out sugar, you’ll likely find this is a positive feedback loop, where the less sugar you eat, the better you sleep and the less sugar you feel you need!

Learn Sugar’s Aliases

Trying to eat processed foods without also eating sugar is really tough. This is partially because of all the other names sugar goes by on food labels, including: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, cane sugar, dextrose, maltose, sucrose, and many, many others. Even “natural” sugar sources like concentrated fruit juice, maple syrup, coconut sugars, and honey need to be limited.

Walk It Off

Often sugar cravings are caused by stress and boredom more than hunger. You can often head these cravings off by channeling that energy somewhere else — like a walk! Plus walking helps undo some of the past damage of sugar on your system. If you’re genuinely hungry, grab a handful of berries and some almonds and get outside anyway.

Don’t Replace with Artificial

Outdated wisdom held that it was safe to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, but there’s more and more evidence coming in showing this is counterproductive and extremely dangerous. Not only are artificial sweeteners linked to countless health problems, but they also trick your body into thinking they’re getting sugar without actually delivering. That’s a recipe for more cravings.

Discover how to Find a New Source of Quick Energy on the original blog!

How have you reduced your sugar cravings? Share your insight in the comments!