Natures Secret Gift for Skin – Organic Skincare Science

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Our skin is more than just an outer covering; it is the main defence against external injury. It is a living, breathing organ, the largest in the body. Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body.

Choosing certified organic skincare can help give reassurance that the product is rich in ‘natural’ ingredients without the synthetic chemicals. The body cannot easily recognise and process synthetic chemicals and these ‘foreign’ substances, can sometimes accumulate in the tissues with the potential over time to cause an allergic skin reaction – such as contact dermatitis, eczema or breakouts.

It’s as important to decrease the toxic load on the skin as choosing a healthy (and organic!) diet. Using organic products also means that you are helping to support the sustainability of our environment.

Nikkens TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range has been certified organic by ECOCERT, meaning the products have met strict standards set for its specified category.  This is a distinction that very few products – even those labelled as “organic” – can claim.

More facts about the TRUE elements range…

  • The ECOCERT certified TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is also vegan

ECOCERT1 are the certification body for our skincare range and were the first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics. They look at the use of ingredients derived from renewable sources and the environmentally friendly manufacturing process, as well as requiring 95% of the total ingredients to come from natural origin.

Vegan products are free from animal derived compounds (including milk, honey and beeswax) –  the TRUE elements® range does not contain any ingredients from animals at all so is suitable for use by vegans.

  • We use sustainably sourced seaweed

In France, where our skincare range is manufactured, the French government and     various other organizations manage the seaweed industry. They commit each year on quantities to harvest, the geographical place to harvest, sizes to cut and number of licenses for harvesters.

Everything is under control by satellite through the different Research Centers such as IFREMER2. They control the water quality and all the resources.

  • We use sustainably sourced Palm Oil

Our suppliers are certified with“Green Palm Sustainability”certificates.

  • We advise a ‘period after opening’ time so you know when your product is still in its optimum.

In Europe, cosmetic products with a lifespan of more than 30 months must show a ‘period after opening’ (POA) time. That is the time when the product will remain in optimum performance after the consumer has used the product for the first time. See the jar symbol with the ‘time’ in months shown inside.

  • No Bunny logo needed

In Europe it’s forbidden by law to test products on animals and that’s why we do not need to apply the ‘Bunny logo’ anymore.

  • Recycle your jars and tubes…

You can recycle your empty packaging at home in the suitable recyclable container.

  1. http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics
  2. https://wwz.ifremer.fr/en/The-Institute
  3. http://www.greenpalm.org

(21st May)

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Awake… Restored… Revived…

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We often hear that we should all be getting eight hours’ sleep a night. Organisations from the NHS to the US National Sleep Foundation recommend it. But where does this advice come from?

Studies carried out around the world, looking at how often illnesses occur in different groups of people across a population, have come to the same conclusion: both short sleepers and long sleepers are more likely to have a range of illnesses, and to live shorter lives.

Shane O’Mara, professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin, says that, “While it’s difficult to tell whether poor sleep is a cause or a symptom of poor health, these relationships feed off each other”.1 For example, people who are less fit exercise less, which leads people to sleep badly, become exhausted and less likely to exercise, and so on.

People who don’t sleep enough also appear to produce too much of the hormone ghrelin, associated with feeling hungry, and not enough of the hormone leptin, associated with feeling full, which may contribute to their risk of obesity.

We need different types of sleep to repair ourselves

After we fall asleep we go through cycles of “sleep stages”, each cycle lasting between 60 and 100 minutes. Each stage plays a different role in the many processes that happen in our body during sleep.

The first stage in each cycle is a drowsy, relaxed state between being awake and sleeping – breathing slows, muscles relax, the heart rate drops. The second stage is a slightly deeper sleep – you may feel awake and this means that, on many nights, you may be asleep and not know it. Stage three is deep sleep. It is very hard to wake up during this period because it is when there is the lowest amount of activity in your body. Stages two and three together are known as slow wave sleep, which is usually dreamless.

After deep sleep we go back to stage two for a few minutes, and then enter dream sleep, also called REM (rapid eye movement). As the name suggests, this is when dreaming happens. In a full sleep cycle a person goes through all the stages of sleep from one to three, then back down to two briefly, before entering REM sleep. Later cycles have longer periods of REM; so cutting sleep short has a disproportionately large effect on REM.

The average person spends around a third of their life asleep. In this time, our bodies are able to replenish energy stores and make repairs, while our minds organise and store the memories of the day before. The amount of sleep you need depends on your age, sex, health and other elements, and sleep cycles change as we grow older.2

So how do we achieve a good night’s sleep?

Here are top three tips to ensure a restful sleep:

1. A COMFORTABLE AND SUPPORTIVE BED will give you the best chance of sleeping soundly throughout the night. The aim of a good mattress is to spread pressure evenly across the body to naturally align the spine and assist circulation during sleep. Get a restful, refreshing sleep every night with the Nikken Naturest® Kenkopad®. Designed with advanced sleep science and magnetic technology, this mattress topper is made with latex that is hypoallergenic and resistant to microbial growth and dust mites. Made from ecologically sound and renewable non-allergic latex and natural materials, the Nikken Naturest® KenkoPad® could transform your regular mattress into an environment more conducive to healthier sleep.

2. CREATE A SLEEP SANCTUARY. The bedroom should be quiet, dark and the correct temperature – around 16-18 °C is perfect; it’ll feel warmer under your duvet. Revolutionary technology and the finest materials make the Nikken KenkoDream® Quilt perfect for any climate. A magnetic layer completes the cocoon effect with ceramic-reflective fibers that help release heat to keep a comfy temperature. To complete your sleep system, the Nikken Naturest® Pillow offers you the benefits of naturally firm non-allergic latex filling which may help with the most comfortable alignment for your head, neck and spine. Latex is especially resilient, so it resists being flattened, unlike down or foam. The pillow cover is made of a natural bamboo and cotton blend, while revolutionary RAM™ technology (radial-axis magnetism) disks are arranged deep within the natural latex core. You should also remove all electrical and electronic items as even standby lights have an impact on quality of sleep. Finally, the room shouldn’t be too stuffy – try sleeping with the window ajar, but if noise is a problem, just ensure that the room is well ventilated. 

3. HAVE A TRIED AND TESTED BEDTIME ROUTINE. Start your bedtime routine about an hour before going to sleep in order to allow enough time for both body and mind to wind down. Don’t go to bed hungry, but avoid drinking too much – particularly alcohol and caffeine – in the evenings. Exercise should also be avoided for six hours before bed, and try to establish a ‘bed time’ and a ‘rise time’”.

What happens when you get a good night’s sleep? 

1. Your Mood will improve. People might struggle with emotional resilience if they have not had enough sleep. Sleep has a huge impact on mental health. After a good night’s sleep, something stressful might happen and you might deal with it in a better way than if you did not get a restful sleep.

2. You won’t be so hungry. Lack of sleep can affect hunger. Levels of the satiety hormone leptin decrease, while ghrelin, the hunger hormone, increase, which leads us to crave more calories and not feel full as quickly.

3. Your brain will get a Boost. The body has a lymphatic system that disposes of toxins and the brain has the same system. About five hours into the sleep cycle, you have a sweep of calcium that washed away neurotoxins, but if sleep is impaired, then this process might not happen.

Doing all of the above, could ensure you a restful and comfortable night’s sleep so you can wake up refreshed and invigorated.

  1. https://shaneomara.com/2014/10/20/why-you-need-lots-of-good-quality-sleep-sleep-loss-affects-work-performance-ethics-memory-and-health-2/
  2. https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/how-much-sleep-do-we-need/ 

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Get Summer ready…

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It’s that time of year when we start to think about getting in shape for Summer…

But how exactly do we do it?

One of the most important aspects is our food intake… As the seasons change, our eating habits change too. Say good-bye to the rich and comforting winter meals and welcome the summer seasonal produce like fruit and salads! What you put in your body, along with exercising, is crucial to a healthy lifestyle as you want to loose weight and tone up. Eating the right foods can help make you feel happier and healthier.

Did you know…

1. Super foodsare nutrient-rich and a catalyst for good health and overall wellbeing. Not only can they help optimize the natural immune system, are known to have body-healing compounds, but may also help reduce inflammation and even eliminate any harmful bacteria. What, when and how much you eat can help keep both your metabolism and energy levels steadily elevated, helping with raised energy levels throughout the day. Tap into the fat-burning power of foods like nuts, avocados, dark chocolate and New Zealand Kiwi.

2. The healthiest way to lose weight is neither crash diets nor bursts of exercise. The body likes slow changes in terms of food and exercise. For example, someone who hasn’t exercised for years shouldn’t rush into running miles a day. Not only will the struggle to do so leave you feeling disheartened and demotivated, you’re also far more likely to injure yourself and set your fitness levels back further. The same goes for people who suddenly cut out certain foods from their diets.

3. Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food ‘allowed’ can lead you to be deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. The Eat Well Guide2, provided by NHS England, offers an abundance of information on how to eat healthy without cutting out produce packed with essential nutrients.

Here are some tips to help you manage your weight and avoid cravings:

1. Replace your daily coffee or regular tea with herbal tea or green tea. Try the Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink and help wake up your body and mind the natural way… According to a study conducted by scientists from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences3, regular consumption of green tea could help keep your bones stronger as you age.

2. Include MCT’s in your meals (medium chain triglycerides). MCT’s are good fats which have also been shown to suppress appetite. In one 14-day study, six male volunteers were allowed unlimited access to one of three diets: a low MCT diet, a medium MCT diet and a high MCT diet. Calorie consumption was significantly lower on the high MCT diet. The researchers noted that substituting MCTs for other fats in a high-fat diet “can limit the excess energy intakes and weight gain produced by high-fat, energy-dense diets.”We’ve made it easy to access these valuable fats by making it our second ingredient in the high protein, low-carb KVB® Natural Food Mix Meal Replacement that offers only 125 calories per serving, allowing you to reap the benefits and enjoy the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. Take care of your gut. Nikken’s Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 contains twenty natural digestive enzymes that act on all four different macronutrient types: fats, protein, carbohydrates and fiber. This wider range of enzymes may help you derive more energy from the food that you eat.

The healthy choices we make when it comes to food may help us manage weight, maintain focus and avoid cravings.

  1. http://www.superfoods-scientific-research.com
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531716305619?via%3Dihub
  4. Stubbs RJ, Harbron CG. ,“Covert manipulation of the ratio of medium- to long-chain triglycerides in isoenergetically dense diets: effect on food intake in ad libitum feeding men,” Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord1996 May;20(5):435-44.

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(8th May)

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NEW… KENZEN Super Ciaga®

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We hear about antioxidants all the time… and we know they are good for us. But why are they good and how do they work? Relative to antioxidants, we hear a lot about free radicals. Here’s why:

Antioxidants are natural substances that may slow or even prevent damage to the body’s cells. Our bodies contain natural antioxidants in the form of vitamins, minerals and hormones. Our immune system uses these natural antioxidants to fight “threats” such as pollutants, toxins, radiation and UV light. Importantly, antioxidants fight and work to reverse the damage caused by free radicals that wreak havoc in our bodies and are the leading cause of premature aging.1

Free radicals are bad cells that are unstable and reactive. They enter our bodies as we breathe in polluted air and cigarette smoke; they creep in from unclean water; they’re generated when we’re under prolonged stress or suffering from illness; they even come in the form of unhealthy diets. Every metabolic reaction that involves oxygen has the potential to generate free radicals and if nothing is done, inflammation and arterial wall damage are the end results.2

Even though our bodies contain natural antioxidants, we obviously need more support to maintain Active Wellness in our increasingly polluted world. That’s where the elderberry can play a starring role.

The elderberry is generally traced back to Hippocrates, the Greek known as the “father of medicine.” He described it as his “medicine chest” for its wide variety of health benefits. Over the centuries, elderberry has been used to help treat colds, flu, fever, burns, cuts and more than 70 other conditions.3

In 2007, the US Department of Agriculture looked at the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) or overall antioxidant capability of various berries. That is, which berries were the most effective at attacking damaging free radicals? Elderberry had higher ORAC values than blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry and strawberry, which also are relatively high in antioxidants.4

With such a high ORAC, it’s no wonder that elderberries are known as excellent immune system boosters. Your local pharmacy or health shop is likely to have an array of elderberry supplements. Numerous studies have demonstrated that elderberry extract is highly effective in mitigating flu-like symptoms and shortening the duration of colds.5

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition show that elderberry extract helps expedite the process of clearing excess sugar from the bloodstream and into muscles and the liver, thereby helping to maintain normal levels of blood sugar.6 Studies also show that Sambucus (the scientific name for elderberry) has natural diuretic and laxative effects, which helps the body decrease fluid retention and constipation.7

KENZEN Super Ciaga® contains a mighty medley of berries. In scientific testing the Maqui Berry, from the forests of Patagonia, are shown to have some of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) value of any fruits and exceptionally high levels of anthocyanins. Elderberry, which is an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C, provides substantial support with an ORAC value of 14,500 per 100g serving of fresh fruit. Blueberry, blackberry and raspberry add to the overall ORAC value as well as enhancing flavour with their natural sweetness. Kenzen Super Ciaga® is a delicious way to ingest some powerful antioxidants!

Here is what you can look forward to with new KENZEN Super Ciaga®:

  • High ORAC hydro (antioxidant) values – 3,500+ units per 30 ml
  • 100% fruit content
  • Organic fruit juices from concentrates including: Organic Elderberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Maqui Berry and Organic Raspberry
  • Certified Kosher by Earth Kosher
  • USDA certified organic
  • No pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers or genetically modified organisms are used in growing or processing
  • No preservatives, 12-month shelf life
  • Flash sterilizing and aseptic bottling allow Super Ciaga® to be prepared without prolonged pasteurization, to help preserve the natural nutrients
  • An excellent flavour enhancer when diluted and mixed in with other beverages or water
  • Super Ciaga® bottles are made of an environmentally-friendly polymer that contains no bisphenol-A (BPA) or other potentially harmful chemicals, are easily recycled and compared to glass, require fewer resources to store and transport.

 

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1, 2 http://www.blackelderberry.info/understanding-antioxidants/

http://www.blackelderberry.info/elderberry-history/

http://www.blackelderberry.info/sources-of-antioxidants-and-orac/

5, 6, 7 https://draxe.com/elderberry/

(1st May)

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Take your workout outdoors…

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The finer weather is finally here and with it come countless opportunities to move your workout routine into the great outdoors. Perhaps, the biggest reason people exercise indoors, is to avoid the elements. While you may not want to give up your gym or studio workouts entirely, you might want to consider squeezing some outdoor activity out in the fresh air, whenever you can.

Why exercise outdoors? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Save money on fuel and gym membership. Gym memberships can be pretty pricey. On top of that, the fuel to get to and from the gym can add up, especially if you don’t live close by. By exercising outdoors, you can save money and still reap all the benefits of working out and being healthy whilst avoiding the gym crowds.
  1. Mood enhancement. While exercising outdoors, you’ll breathe in fresh air. Increased oxygen consumption can help release the feel-good brain chemical known as serotonin. According to the Mental Health Foundationparticipation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety.
  1. Change of scenery. Sometimes we can get bored of our routine at the gym, using the same equipment, staring at the same walls everyday… Exercising outdoors allows you to take in great views, fresh air, soak up the sun and at the same time it allows you to really think and be more creative with your workouts.
  1. Cleaner Air and fewer germs. Between the locker rooms and the equipment itself, the gym can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. According to a study from the EuropeanEnvironmental Agency2, the air in the gym is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air!

When exercising, we all need that extra bit of support at some point or another to protect ourselves from unexpected injuries and enhance our fitness.

For that little extra support, you could try the KenkoTherm® support wraps, which may help with flexibility and movement, retain warmth and help to relax the muscle tissues. The Dynamic Underlayer Kinetic Tape, KenkoTherm DUK™Tape can help comfort stressed muscles and may provide additional support exactly where you need it.

The most important thing to remember when exercising is to stay well hydrated. Enjoy delicious PiMag® water from your Nikken PiMag®Bottle during your workout routine to ensure you stay hydrated. Take advantage of our current offer which gives you and your family the opportunity to benefit from PiMag®water created by the PiMag®Waterfall.

Remember, your outdoor excursions can offer strength building and fat burning amongst plenty of other health benefits. So, take your workout routine outside and live an active wellness lifestyle!

  1. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise
  2. https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/signals-2013/articles/indoor-air-quality

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(23rd April)

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On the move…

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When the weather thaws, the plants bloom and the days get longer, Spring is here – and the best time of the year to start taking you, your family and your fitness regimen outside again.

Get outside and reap the benefits of moving your body, being exposed to natural light and breathing in the fresh air. Daily exercise really helps, especially when done outdoors and generally makes you feel better about yourself.

In the excitement of a new season of growth, here are some activities to make the most of all that spring has to offer…

Go for a walk around a lake or venture out in a tree rich area and notice that sense of wellbeing created by the negative ions found in the atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be a very long walk. Just a few minutes walking outside can work wonders on your mental wellbeing.

Go hiking. Take that extra step with hiking. A great way to unwind, disconnect from the very busy life we live and reconnect with Mother Nature. We naturally fall in love with places that prove how small we are… places that humble us with reminders that we are part of something bigger.

Go camping. This is a great way to improve relationships. Camping brings the need to trust and depend on each other. Outdoor pursuits can show us just how capable we are, often much more that we could ever have expected.

Whether you plan to get outside for just one day or a few days at the time, Nikken has plenty of portable essentials that you can take with you…

Featuring the Nikken patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology, with an incredible 900-1000 gauss strength, the PowerChip® is the perfect size to carry with you on your days out. The PowerChip® can be worn as a neck pendant or used in conjunction with our support wraps for more focused energy.

Another great portable magnetic product is the PowerMini, which due to its size, can be applied anywhere on your skin. As well as being small enough to carry in your bag or wallet.  The PowerMini patch is waterproof and the magnetic assemblies are re-usable.  Don’t forget your KenkoInsoles® for a gentle massaging effect on your feet as you walk.

And you can continue to enjoy your favourite nutritionals while you are on the go! The Organic Jade GreenZymes®, made from the juice of freshly harvested Organic Barley Grass, represents a great source of naturally occurring nutrients. Available in sachets, they are great for wherever you might be!

Say good-bye to the winter blues, and hello to a joyful spring, the perfect time of year to revamp, cleanse and start anew…

(16th April)

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Rethink plastic…

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Single-use plastics are a human addiction that we must face head on. Plastic pollution is not only impacting our waters and marine life, but also the human food chain and our overall health.  Once in our oceans, plastic litter affects the safety of sea transport, fisheries, tourism and recreation. When broken into tiny pieces, plastic attracts toxic chemicals released over decades from industry and agriculture, the concentration of which increases as they move up the food chain.

Here are some facts from the Plastic Oceans Foundation1, an organisation founded with the aim to raise awareness of the growing ocean plastic pollution issue:

Fact 1. More than 8 milliontons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

Fact 2. One in threespecies of marine mammals have been found entangled in ‘marine litter’.

Fact 3. Over 90%of all seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

These facts are overwhelming!

Every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes into our oceans, it never decomposes and will remain there forever. If nothing changes, it is believed that by 2050 all the plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish. Our oceans health affects us all so we need to come together to take action and protect our oceans. You may already have acted on reducing your plastic bag usage, however, there is another issue in the plastic-trash situation that needs tackling. According to Forbes, people buy a staggering one million plastic bottles per minute around the world.

Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which has been proven to be hazardous to human health. Plastic bottles are also made from a petroleum product known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET).  Both require huge amounts of fossil fuels to both make and transport them.

With at least 8 MILLION TONS of plastic waste entering our oceans every year, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon. We can we do our bit by rethinking our consumption of single-use plastics.

The reusable Nikken PiMag® Bottleis made from BPA free resin and it is fully biodegradable, breaking down into natural biomass that contributes to the soil’s nutrients. You can carry filtered PiMag® Water with you wherever you go.  Containing Nikken PiMag® Water Technology, the filter in the Nikken PiMag® Bottle, adjust the water’s pH value to an alkaline level of 8.5 – 9.5. The filter lasts for an estimated 250 refills. The cost is approximately half the price per litre of buying bottled water, saving you money too!

We must REDUCE. Think of our sea life and buy fewer plastic products in general, particularly when you know that you are unable to recycle them.

  1. https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

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(9th April)

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