Tuesday December 5, 2017
Feed cells of the body with Noni!
In Honor of the Holidays and gift giving, we have made December the National Give the Gift of Health Month!! Or perhaps we should have said: “Feed cells of the body with Noni Month”!
It has always amazed me how resilient and forgiving the human body can be considering the wide variety of things we put in it. Growing up in the 50's, diet was not one of my major concerns. As a young child, whatever Mom made had to be good for me right?! But in the 60’s, people started asking more questions about how food was being grown, and the harmful effects of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. The importance of what we were putting into our bodies and the possible chemical residuals from the growing process came to the forefront. Research also began showing the importance of modified sugar and salt impacting good health. Over time, research began showing the negative side effects to the overall environment and our overall good health from many of the chemicals used in growing our food.
In the late 60’s, I was a student at the University of Missouri. This is where my interest in organic gardening and farming began to bloom. Literally! Starting with a handful of seeds, planting them in the ground, and watching the abundance that came forth, was a life changing moment. A deep appreciation for “nature” and the gift given to all of us - our bodies, good health, and good food - swelled within me. I threw myself into organic growing methods and learned many important lessons through trial and error. I can honestly say as an organic farmer for over 40 years, I have never found one growing “problem” that could not be solved through an “organic” solution without herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. It's amazing what Nature has done for millennia in the forest – living organisms working together to grow incredible enzymes, plant tissue, insects, animals, plants, trees, etc. for our benefit. As an organic farmer, I simply mimic what Nature has already figured out.
Why do we eat food? Naturally to satisfy our hunger – the body’s physical response for the need of nourishment. So the big choice for us individually: What do I choose to feed my body? Now there are many books, talk shows, etc. promoting the new diet of the month or the right combinations of this or that food for optimal health. I will not open that Pandora’s Box of opinions, but will simply say: "'You are what you eat' and the sooner one starts making logical choices concerning food, the healthier one may become." Research has shown that limiting the amount of salt and sugar in the American diet would be a great first step towards better health.
Noni has been a great part of my life for over 30 years. Everyday has been a learning experience. Noni trees are truly a joy to work with as they simply keep on giving the gift of good health through their simple white fruit 12 months out of the year. Aborigines and Polynesians learned over the course of thousands of years the potency of raw Noni pulp as food and medicine. Current research has identified over 165 beneficial compounds in the raw pulp of Noni. Which leads to the question: Is Noni a miracle? And the answer is: No! But raw Noni fruit with all of its 165 beneficial compounds, can promote overall good health and feed the cells of the body.
Being as we have proclaimed December as the National Give the Gift of Health Month!!, I would like to share with you the article “World, Meet Raw Food Noni”. This article covers my family’s journey with Noni here on Kauai, learning the value of this amazing fruit, and published research on some of the benefits of Noni. Plus there is a photo of me and my wife sipping lemonade on the tailgate of my truck in the Noni grove.
(Trust me, my wife does not let me sit around all day sipping lemonade!!)
Hope you have time to read the whole article, but most importantly – start thinking about making some good choices and decisions concerning your diet. Noni is a great place to start!!