Our Planet’s Most Important Living Plants are Tiny but Mighty…

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Marine scientists and ecologists consider living plants to be the most important living organisms on the planet. The almighty single cell alga produces about 50 % of the oxygen used on Earth and our lives essentially depend on it. Algae (plural for alga), paved the way for the evolution of other single-celled organisms as well as those with multiple and/or complex cells, known as eukaryotes.

Algae come in many forms and have an interesting array of uses. They are susceptible to environmental change which makes them excellent indicators of water quality. For example, an overgrowth of algae (known as algal blooms) can clog water intake pipes and filters. Once algal blooms die off, a substantial amount of dissolved oxygen is used by bacteria to break down the organic matter, depleting oxygen levels in their water habitat; this condition is known as hypoxia.In other words, aquatic ecosystems depend on algae to provide oxygen.

Aside from its formidable environmental impact, different types of algae – often known as seaweed – are sources of sustainable biofuel and found in common food items as well as cosmetics. Different forms of algae have varying commercial value – less known but economically important are algae used for fertilizer, feed for farm animals and fish. As soil-binding agents, algae are important in the healthy formation of soil to protect against natural processes such as erosion.2

Algae are an important source of nourishment in numerous cultures around the world. Most of us are aware of nori, Japanese seaweed used to prepare sushi. Chinese incorporate kelp into cold dishes that are served as appetizers or sides and into hot soups.

Not only is algae considered by many consumers worldwide to be a low cost source of protein, but it also provides a number of important minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and zinc. Algae also contain several healthy elements including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins A, B, C, and E3; a perfect food to incorporate into an Active Wellness lifestyle.

The chlorophyll, produced in the algae, contributes to the oxygen supply of the skin as it is similar in composition to hemoglobin. Especially effective in skin care products, green algae have an amino acid content similar to human collagen. The TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare line is formulated with various combinations of seaweed extracts, namely Chondrus Crispus (red algae or Irish moss), Laminaria Digitata (brown algae, Oarweed, Irish seaweed or kelp), Ulva Lactuca (sea lettuce) and Crithmum maritimum L. (sea fennel). Containing minerals, trace elements and marine micronutrients, these seaweed extracts in the TRUE elements® Ecocert certified skincare line help to gently cleanse, tone, hydrate and prevent signs of premature aging.

1.     https://www.in.gov/idem/files/factsheet_owq_sw_algae_aquatic.pdf
2,3.  https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-is-the-economic-importance-of-alga…

8th April 2019

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Longer days of sunshine are on the way…

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Daylight Saving Time (DST), also called ‘Summer Time’ in many places in the world, is to make better use of daylight and starts on the 31st March. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Although changing to DST only involves an hour’s difference (losing an hour in the spring and gaining one in the autumn), there can be a wide range of responses. Some of us don’t feel a difference at all, while others may experience a few days of fatigue from a change in sleep patterns due to having to reset our 24-hour natural cycle known as “circadian rhythm.”Internally generated, our circadian rhythm may be influenced by the environment, behaviour and medications.2

In general, losing an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than gaining an hour in the fall.It is similar to airplane travel; traveling east we lose time and may experience difficulty falling asleep at the “earlier” time. Going west, we may fall asleep easily at the “later” hour but have a difficult time waking.

If you have the foresight to plan ahead for losing that hour of sleep, you can go to bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier than usual for a few nights leading up to the time change. This may help your brain and body make the transition more smoothly.You can also expose yourself to sunlight as early in the morning as you can. This tells your internal clock that it’s time to get moving. If sunlight is unavailable where you live, use bright lights to simulate natural light to enhance mental and physical alertness.5

For some people, it can take as long as a week for their circadian and sleep rhythms to adjust to the time change. Regular exercise at the same time daily may help you get back on track, as well as going to bed and rising on a schedule.6

To help block out light, which can aide for a better sleep, wear the Kenko PowerSleep® Mask with patented DynaFlux® magnetic technology. Enjoy a restful, refreshing sleep every night with the Naturest® Kenkopad®, KenkoDream® Quilt and Naturest® Pillow, all available in the Wellness Home Sleep Pack.

1,2,3. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/coping-with-time-changes
4, 5. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/reason-daylight-savings-time-can-give-you-jet-lag
6. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/daylight-saving-time-fall-back-doesnt-equal-sleep-gain-201311016836

25th March 2019

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Drink Water To Improve Well Being…

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Water makes up more than two-thirds of our body weight, which is why it’s essential to stay hydrated. Approximately 50 – 70 % of our body is made up of water. Water plays an essential role in every part of our bodies and the processes that they go through. Whether it is digestion, absorption, circulation, the maintenance of body temperature, or the transportation of nutrients, water is there to help things go smoothly.

According to The Eatwell Guidefrom NHS England, the government recommends the consumption of 6 to 8 cups or glasses a day. Common sense dictates that the more we exercise, the more water we need to drink.

Here are a few of many benefits of drinking water:

1. Increases energy levels. Since the brain is mostly made of water, hydrating it will help us concentrate and be more alert.

2. Promotes weight loss. Water boosts the metabolism that will result in various health benefits such as weight loss.

3. Helps improve skin complexion. The skin is the largest organof the bodyand its role is toprotect usfrom microbes and the elements. It also helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. Therefore, keeping it hydrated is a must.

4. Boosts the immune system. According to Fit Day2, water can help strengthen the immune system by carrying oxygen to the body’s cells and it flushes harmful toxins from the body.

5. Promotes a healthy digestive system. Drinking water during or after a meal aids digestion. Water is essential for good health. Water and other liquids help break down food so that the body can absorb the nutrients.

The simplest way to ensure that you stay hydrated is to carry a water bottle. It’ll serve as a reminder to drink water throughout the day, whether you’re outdoors or sitting at your desk. Cold water can be especially refreshing and help you stay alert. Hot water, either alone or in a cup of green tea, can help calm and relax you in the evenings.

Keeping a PiMag® Water Bottle with you at all times is the smart way to stay hydrated as part of your Active Wellness lifestyle. You can fill it up with tap water and the patented micro filter will automatically help remove sediment, reduce chlorine and lead. PiMag® water technology adds natural minerals and helps adjust the pH value to 8.5-9.5, an alkaline range that helps counterbalance our acidic environment. In addition to its benefits to us physically, PiMag® water is so much cheaper than purchased bottled water, and is environmentally responsible.

The bottle itself is biodegradable and contains no BPA or other potentially harmful compounds. The filter components are replaceable, further extending the life of the bottle — by using the PiMag® Water Bottle, you’re helping to reduce the impact on landfill waste caused by disposable water bottles.

SPECIAL OFFER

To support World Water Day on Friday the 22nd March, the Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) is reduced by 50 % until the 31stMarch 2019.

1. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/
2. https://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-immune-system-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

18th March 2019

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Let’s Go Green…

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As we become more educated about how to help sustain planet Earth, our habits and even the language we use, evolve. Going “green” is being redefined as we learn about alternatives and possibilities.

The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations.  A product is considered green if it has “less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent.” 1

No product is 100% green, since everything we dispose of will eventually impact the environment in some way. According to Sustainable Earth, green products are:

  • Energy efficient, durable and often have low maintenance requirements.
  • Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
  • Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources.
  • Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
  • Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.

We can each contribute to sustainability in small ways. Most of us know about the 3Rs: REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE. Practicing the 3Rs means we are going green by decreasing wastefulness, minimizing the accumulation of consumables and sharing with our communities.

Other ways of going green include using energy saving light bulbs, improving house insulation, installing solar panels, driving hybrid cars, eating less red meat, composting and using less plastic. We can carry reusable water bottles and limit packaging to glass, metal and paper, as these materials can be more easily recycled, reused or biodegraded.And, we can pay attention to ingredient lists, so we commit to buying products that are more naturally sourced and sustainable.

Businesses can lead the way and change consumer behaviour by producing more green products and helping to educate the masses. Nikken Consultants can spread the word about our company’s commitment to going green. The Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle and PiMag® Waterfall are eco-friendly and many of our nutritional products such as Jade GreenZymes® are certified organic. In addition, the TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare products are certified by EcoCert.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Your Free Gift with purchase…  In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March – receive a free TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200 ml with each purchase of TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200 ml.

Offer valid until 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048. 

Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) – SAVE 50 % until the 31st March 2019.

1. http://www.isustainableearth.com/green-products/what-is-a-green-product
2. https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/how-identify-truly-green-products.html

11th March 2019

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Sustainable Ingredients… help support the planet’s natural wonders!

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There are many little things we can do to live in harmony with our beautiful natural world. One of them is to look carefully at the ingredients we use in our daily routine and make sure they are being sourced in a sustainable way.

To be ‘sustainable’ means to show environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, when extracting and using ingredients from natural resources.

At Nikken we use sustainably sourced Seaweed and Palm Oil in the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range .

Our Palm Oil suppliers are certified with the “Green Palm Sustainability”certificate, which means the palm oil plantation has been independently audited and certified against the RSPO – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil standard.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil for people, the planet and prosperity.
Forty per cent of the world’s palm oil producers are members of the RSPO, as well as many product manufacturers, retailers, environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs). To become a certified member of the RSPO, producers must adhere to its principles. These are just a few; they must be compliant to applicable laws and regulations and importantly show environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is also certified organic by ECOCERT2, the certification body for sustainable development.

The active seaweed, used in the TRUE elements® products, is harvested from a world UNESCO site just off the coast of France where the seaweed is grown sustainably and with respect to the environment around it. The French government and various other organizations manage the seaweed industry by committing each year on quantities to harvest, the geographical place to harvest, sizes to cut and number of licenses for harvesters.

SPECIAL OFFER

It’s International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and to celebrate when you purchase the TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200ml you’ll receive the TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200ml as a free gift.

Offer valid 4th March – 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048.

1. http://www.greenpalm.org
2. http://www.ecocert.com/en/index.html

5th March 2019

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Be the best you can be!

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Personal development is the process of understanding ourselves so that we can strive to reach our full potential and become the best we can be.

Personal development affects every aspect of our lives. When we grow and develop as individuals we feel a sense of achievement, satisfaction and fulfilment. Becoming our best selves, being aware of the opportunities and possibilities, being more motivated and positive in our outlook affects not only ourselves, but also the ones close to us. Being focused on our own personal development is not selfish. On the contrary, it opens us up to becoming more open-minded and observant of the needs of others. Working on ourselves to become a better person benefits those around us.

Here are a few tips on what you can do to improve your life:

1. Make small choices for the better. Make positive choices and decisions that will lead you to a more fulfilling life.

2. Do something for yourself. Do something that you love, just for yourself.

3. Do something for someone else. The sense of satisfaction you get from helping others is priceless.

4. Define your own success. What is most important to you? What do you want to change? What do you want to learn?

5. Make sure your work and personal life are balanced.

6. Spend your time on the things that matter the most to you.

7. Practice Self Care.

8. Set goals for what you want to achieve. Set goals for your life that motivate and inspire you. Set goals that are specific and attainable.

9. Make a Life Cycle Plan.

Personal development gives you the opportunity to get clarity over your own vision for your life. Learning new skills and improving yourself drives motivation and increases your confidence. When you are self-aware and know yourself your social relations will also improve.

At Nikken we believe in the potential of every individual and ever since our company was founded 44 years ago in Japan, we have put focus on personal development with our training called Humans Being More Silver Training (HBMST). We believe that everyone can become their best self and that we as a community have a responsibility to help others live more fulfilled lives. Our philosophy is based on living a life in balance in what we call the 5 pillars of Health. With focus on having balance in these five areas of your life; Mind, Body, Family, Society and Finances, our HBMST training has helped thousands of people achieving a better life for themselves.

If you are interested in attending one of our trainings, contact your Nikken Consultant or contact Nikken at UKsupport@nikken.co.uk.

25th February 2019

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Start Active Wellness Early in Life for a Healthy Heart…

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It’s never too early to focus on your heart health and it’s a lot easier to be active and stay active if you start at a young age.

Children who are overweight or have a family history of heart disease or of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 1 or type 2 diabetes run the highest risk of having heart issues.However, anyone can develop heart disease, so as parents, it’s our responsibility to role model an Active Wellness lifestyle. Telling a child or teenager to eat vegetables and exercise regularly is ineffective if we personally don’t follow through with those behaviors.

By starting heart-healthy habits from childhood, kids can reduce the chance they will ever need to worry about cardiovascular disease.

Here are a few tips for helping children develop heart-healthy habits:

1. Personally exercise more and find ways to be active as a family. Only one out of five adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.2

2. Physical activity should be fun for children and adolescents. Encourage kids to try new activities in order to discover the ones they like and will pursue into adulthood.

3. Reduce time in front of the TV. Look into video games that incorporate movement, such as dance, indoor cycling or virtual sports (golf, tennis, etc.).

4. Give your kids active toys and games. Try bikes, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, jump ropes, balls and trampolines.

5. Take advantage of community facilities near you: pools, recreation centers, bike paths and parks.

6. Prepare simple meals together. Even children can help wash, chop and peel vegetables to assemble a salad. And because they helped make it, they’re more likely to eat it.

7. Experiment with spices to help cut down on salt. High sodium diets are often the cause of high blood pressure. Since we are creatures of habit, children who eat natural foods cooked with very little salt have fewer salt cravings as they grow up. Don’t assume children won’t eat beneficial flavor enhancers such as garlic, onions, mustard and vinegar.

8. Serve fruit for dessert. There’s plenty of natural sugar in fruit. Many Asian and Mediterranean diets rely on fruit for dessert. Children who grow up without eating sugary desserts tend to have this good habit carry over into adulthood.

9. Do not serve sodas. Kenzen Super Ciaga® is a superior soda replacement when added to PiMag® water. The Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle is great for providing clean and alkaline water wherever you go.

Even if you didn’t inherit heart-healthy habits, start now. Nikken has nutritional supplements that may help you with Active Wellness for the rest of your life.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) SAVE 50until the 28th February 2019.

SAVE 50 % until the 28th February 2019 on CalDenx™ (#1551)… a calcium supplement with vitamins and minerals, may contribute to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.

1. https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html
2. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-adults

18th February 2019

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