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Bananas are among the most popular fruit on earth by young and old alike. For good reason! Bananas are naturally sweet, easy to peel, very nutritious, and convenient to transport.
A little about bananas:
Bananas are native to Southeast Asia. Currently, bananas are grown and harvested in tropical parts of the world. The most common type of banana we know and love is the yellow banana which is ironically green when unripe.
A single banana contains the following nutrients:
- Potassium: 9%
- Vitamin B6: 33%
- Vitamin C: 11%
- Magnesium: 8%
- Copper: 10%
- Manganese: 14%
A little about Noni Fruit:
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 noni fruit as a natural preventative. Noni fruit contains vital micronutrients, including natural antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals, which work together to promote good health.
BEING PREPARED with NONI
On our Farm Tours, the first thing we discuss is the true traditional use of Noni for thousands of years in Polynesia and Hawaii. This beneficial fruit was eaten raw as a natural preventative. By trial and error, Polynesians and Hawaiians learned that by consuming the raw fruit every day they remained healthy.
We were visited by researchers from the University of Illinois (Chicago), who are due to begin doing research on spinal inflammation in women for the World Health Organization using Noni. They told us that they had looked into the older Polynesian cultures and found that they did not have any of the so called “inflammation diseases” namely cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes.
They attributed this to the fact that Noni fruit contains the highest amounts of anti-inflammatory compounds. Since they consumed raw noni fruit as a natural preventative, there was no room in their bodies for inflammation and therefore the “inflammation diseases” did not exist in their culture back then.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance used in the body to produce membranes, bile acids (helps digest fat), vitamin D, and hormones.
Did you know? Cholesterol is created in the liver and travels via lipids (fatty acids) through the bloodstream.
When it comes to cholesterol, the problem lies when we consume too much unhealthy food resulting in cholesterol buildup (also called plaque) in the blood. Excess cholesterol can cause stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.
There are three lipoproteins in the blood that are important for good health. These are what doctors review when testing cholesterol levels.
Low-density lipoproteins (LDL)- Recognized as bad cholesterol because it is low in proteins and high in cholesterol. This type causes plaque in the arteries.
High-density lipoproteins (HDL)- Recognized as good cholesterol since it is high in proteins and low in cholesterol. This type help cleanse the arteries of bad cholesterol.
Triglycerides- A lipid in the bloodstream that aids in storing excess energy.
When looking at a cholesterol level report, the ratio of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or bad cholesterol) to high-density lipoproteins (HDL or good cholesterol) should be approximately 2:1.
First baby or grand baby? Whether it’s your 1st or 4th, a woman’s health is essential to the health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. We at Hawaiian Organic Noni put together a simple list of things that can help you have a fun and easy (we hope!) pregnancy.
Consuming a nutrient rich diet during pregnancy is linked to improved fetal brain development. A balanced diet will also reduce the risks of anemia, fatigue, mood swings, swelling, and morning sickness.
A nutritious diet includes:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Healthy fat
- Folic acid 400 mcg daily
- Calcium 1,000 mg daily
Did you know? Folic acid is a B vitamin. Studies have found if taking folic acid is prior and during pregnancy can lower the risk of having a child with a neural tube (it covers the spinal cord) defect such as spina bifida.
Worked overtime at the office?
Overdid it at the gym?
Woke up stiff this morning?
Sore/stiff muscles are normal. One can usually return to normal activities after a day or two of rest. However, if you have recurring muscle pain especially in the neck or back area you may have a trigger point.
What is a Trigger Point?
Trigger points are muscle fibers that can’t relax. One can usually locate them by pressing on the muscle fibers with your fingers as trigger points often feel denser and tighter (or rope-like) compared to the rest of the body. Daniel J. Leizman, MD, a specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management, noted that trigger points are predominantly in the trapezius muscle. The trapezius muscle stretches from the base of the skull, down to the middle of the back and to the shoulder. Trigger points in the trapezius muscle are responsible for most tension headaches.
Inflammation or injury to any of the 14 nerves or 8 (pairs) of neck joints can cause neck pain. Approximately 70 percent of 65-year-olds may have symptomatic arthritis in one or more joints in their neck.
Did you know? The neck and shoulder are connected by multiple nerve pathways. At times, the brain can’t always trace pain back to the source. Example, a pain in the neck can actually be caused by a trigger point in the shoulder. This is known as referred pain.