Wednesday September 18, 2019
September is National Recovery and Pain Awareness Month. As with most things in life, prevention is key.
Here on the Farm, we apply the Noni Lotions to our bodies before we go out to work hard all day to prevent tiredness and cramps. And it works great!!
We will be at the Honolulu Marathon in December with 40,000 runners. Many of the runners apply our Noni Lotions before the start of the 26.2 mile race and many carry our smaller bottles in their fanny packs to use later in the race if they develop leg cramps or muscle fatigue.
Whether you are an athlete or one at heart, being active has numerous healthy benefits.
Benefits of Being Active:
- heart disease prevention
- improved sleep
- increased energy
- boosts immune system
- weight management
- reduced anxiety
- releases dopamine (feel-good hormone)
- increased blood flow to the brain
Did you know? American Heart Association recommends five 30 minutes moderate exercise session per week
Pain Prevention and Recovery Tip:
STRETCH. Stretching before and after any activity should be routine. Why? Stretching improves flexibility, range of motion, and circulation decreasing risk of injury or muscle cramps. Applying IcyHeat Noni Lotion or IcyHeat Sports Formula Lotion also helps to prevent muscle fatigue and cramping. Muscle pain and cramps? Click here!
Small changes lead to big results! I plan to make one small change to better my health each month for 2019.
Last month, we discussed quality of sleep. Your body regenerates and heals the most when you’re sleeping. Not to mention giving your mind a mental break from the day. This is very important when you are recovering from an injury. Everything you do affects your body and ultimately your health. Treat it right by getting adequate rest.
Small change for Sept 2019: Decrease/Eliminate meat from your diet this month
FoodRevolution.Org has a very interesting article explaining how meat causes inflammation in the body.
Below is a quick excerpt from the article:
“A recent basic science study performed in mice demonstrated that an amino acid found in high levels in meat, methionine, increased oxidative stress and inflammation and actually reduced heart strength, too.
A human study just published related meat intake to higher levels of arachidonic acid, another mediator that promotes inflammation and aging. And a diet low or absent in meat was recommended for optimal health.”
Find tasty recipes!
In this digital era, you don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of veggie cookbooks. (Click here for simple recipes More to come!) Just peruse the internet (or our blogs) select a few that look tasty, and try one recipe a week. If you like it, replace one of your old favorites with the meatless recipe with. Soon, you’ll have a list of 5-10 meatless recipes that you enjoy.
Remember: When you eat, you feed the cells of the body and it affects pain, inflammation, and recovery time.
Try going meat free. Just for this month, and see how you feel! Click here for more easy ways to cut meat out of your diet
Continuing the theme of cutting meat out your life, here are some real life tips to go meat free!
It is possible to become vegetarian and omit meat cold turkey (pun intended), however a gradual change may work better for you and your family. A sudden dietary change can affect some people's gut microbiome and lead to temporary bloating and nausea. Gradually replacing meat products with more vegetables, fruits, and legumes may help.
The American Dietetic Association has these tips for people who want to stop eating meat:
- Vary your foods. Include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts.
- Use organic pasture raised eggs and dairy products in moderation, if at all.
- Have a regular source of vitamin B12 to maintain energy.
- Include hemp, quinoa, and noni fruit for all of your essential amino acids.
- Ensure your intake of vitamin D, if exposure to sunlight is low.
Know your food! Animal products are used in a lot of commercial/prepackaged food products.
Below is just a small list of animal products hidden under other names:
- Carmine/cochineal– red pigment of crushed female cochineal beetle
- Casein – a protein found in milk
- Elastin – found in the neck ligaments of cows
- Keratin – from the skin, bones, and connective tissues from cows, chickens, and pigs
- Shellac – obtained from the bodies of the female scale insect Tachardia lacca
- Lanolin – from the oil glands of sheep
- Isinglass – a substance obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish
- Pepsin – from the stomachs of pigs
Ask yourself: How is going meat free going to improve my life and inflammation?
Remember: Read your labels! The quality and content of your food matters!
Try IcyHeat Noni Lotion on the back of the neck and a dab on the forehead!
Noni IcyHeat Saved Me
I suffer from chronic tension headaches. I’ve tried physical therapy, chiropractors, expensive medications, you name it. I read about the Noni IcyHeat Lotions and decided to give it a try. Immediately after a hot shower, I would dab the Noni Lotion on parts of my scalp that had the most pain as well as my forehead (be careful of your eyes) under my jaw, and the back of my neck. The lotion allowed me to go to sleep pain free. I would wake up pain free and able to go about my day. I do this procedure every time I have a headache. Each headache being less intense than the last. I’m hopeful that using the Noni IcyHeat Lotion in addition to my stretches, the knots in my scalp and neck will finally go away. Thank you for such an amazing and natural product!
- Jazzy K.
Check back next month for additional tips!
To your new #HealthyEating lifestyle and new YOU