All the purity of nature at your fingertips…

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It’s simple: Water is the necessity of Life. Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and wellbeing. Many people do not consume enough fluids each day. Around 60% of the body is made up of water, and around 71% of the planet’s surface is covered by water. To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water.

Here are some of the benefits of good hydration for the body:

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue. Since the brain is mostly made out of water, drinking it helps you to focus, concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Improves Skin Complexion. Good hydration moisturizes the skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth.

3. Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

4. Water energises your muscles. Having the right balance of water and electrolytes in your muscles helps them to perform at their best. That’s why it’s important to drink lots of water before doing exercise and to keep your fluid intake high during and after your workout.

5. Water gives your kidneys a helping hand. Your kidneys purify your blood and remove waste products from your body by passing them into your urine. As long as you are fully hydrated, your kidneys are highly effective at removing toxins such as nitrogen from your body.

But, how much water should you drink daily? The National Academies of Sciences recommends for women a total of 2.7 litres of liquid daily, including all beverages and water-rich foods.1   For men, the recommendation is a total of 3.7 litres of liquid daily, including all beverages and water-rich foods.2

Drinking PiMag® filtered water is a critical aspect of an Active Wellness Lifestyle.

Nikken’s PiMag® water systems are designed to take tap water and create the experience of drinking fresh, spring-like water. This is done through a multi-stage process of cleaning mineralising and energising the water in your home or office.

The Nikken PiMag Waterfall® is an advanced filtration system that produces water with added minerals in a pH range of 8.5 – 9.5. Regular tap water typically has a pH range of 6.5 – 8.5, with 7 considered “basic” and below 7 as acidic.3

Because the PiMag Waterfall® works without electricity or plumbing, it can be used in any location.

The Nikken PiMag Waterfall® complies with NSF* standards as follows:

  • NSF Standard 42 – Reduction of chlorine, chloramine, taste and odour
  • NSF Standard 53 – Reduction of mercury, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)
  • NSF Standard 372 – Lead compliance

Spring Hydration Special Offer  

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From the 22nd March until the 17th April 2020, Consultants and Registered Customers receive a 20% discount on any purchase of the PiMag Waterfall® 

* NSF stands for National Sanitisation Foundation. NSF is an independent organisation dedicated to ensuring the quality and safety of products in the marketplace.

1,2. https://www.livescience.com/61353-how-much-water-you-really-need-drink.html
3. http://www.water-research.net/ph.htm

23rd March 2020

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Probiotics for a Healthy Gut…

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Probiotics are in the news now more than ever. From the Greek pro, meaning promoting, and biotics, meaning life, these life-promoting compounds are gaining in usage for a good reason.

Our bodies naturally have good or helpful bacteria as well as bad or harmful bacteria. Maintaining the correct balance between these is necessary for optimal health. This is where probiotics come in. The wrong bacteria in the wrong place can cause issues but the right bacteria in the right place can have benefits. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria found in food products or supplements that can beneficially affect our health by improving the balance and function of the gut bacteria.1

Age, genetics and diet may influence the composition of the bacteria in the body. When the bacteria in our bodies are not in balance, we are in “dysbiosis” and may experience certain illnesses linked to the digestive system. Probiotics help shift the balance in favor of good bacteria for healthy digestion. When the digestive tract is healthy, it filters out and eliminates things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals and other waste products.

The other way that probiotics help overall health is how they affect the immune system. Since the immune system protects against germs, dysfunction can cause allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders. Just like the digestive system, the immune system functions optimally when in balance, and probiotics have been shown to be of benefit.

A happy gut is responsible for overall health in a big way.Fermented foods have been shown to be probiotic-rich and may help balance the microbiome and support the immune system. Taking probiotics through natural foods and beverages such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha can easily be part of an Active Wellness diet. Nutritional supplements such as KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate contain prebiotics and/or probiotics. Not only they can help boost the immune and digestive systems but they also promote healthy minds! 3

Incorporating them into a daily regimen is a big part of an Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/probiotics.html
2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/how-prebiotics-probiotics-help-the-gut/
3. https://nikkenactivewellness.com/2017/11/03/have-you-heard-of-the-brain-gut-connection/

16th March 2020

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BOOST your Winter Health and strengthen your IMMUNITY with KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®

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Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein (sugar-protein) naturally present in milk: Lacto = milk, ferrin = iron. It belongs to the transferrin family that transports iron ions and it is a natural constituent of body fluids such as saliva, breast milk and tears.

Lactoferrin binds the iron already present in the body, helping the body utilize and absorb it more efficiently. This removes the need to add additional non-native sources of iron, allowing the body to receive the right balance of iron without the stomach and intestinal discomfort.1

However, this is not lactoferrin’s only role within the body. Its iron-binding properties give it several secondary functions:

  • Boost your immune system. Lactoferrin is also essential in providing an increased defence for your immune system. Lactoferrin deprives unwanted bacteria in the body from the nutrients they need to continue spreading and is able to boost your body with beneficial antioxidants, enhance oxygenation of the tissues and improve white blood cell health.
  • Clear skin. If you are having trouble maintaining healthy or clear skin, lactoferrin also works at reducing acne activity and preventing breakouts.
  • Maintain a healthy gut. Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity, and more. These bacteria, yeasts, and viruses are also called the “gut microbiome” or “gut flora”. Many microbes are beneficial for human health, and some are even essential.

To maintain a healthy gut, increase your fibre intake. Good examples of high fibre vegetables are artichokes, leeks, onions and garlic, which all contain high levels of inulin (a prebiotic fibre). Some vegetables like lettuce have little fibre or nutrient value. Choose food and drinks with high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that act as fuel for microbes. Examples are nuts, seeds, berries, olive oil, brassicas, coffee and tea – especially green tea.

You can also consume plenty of fermented foods containing live microbes. Good choices are unsweetened yoghurt; kefir, which is a sour milk drink with five times as many microbes as yoghurt; raw milk cheeses; sauerkraut; kimchi, a Korean dish made from garlic, cabbage and chilli; and soybean-based products such as soy sauce, tempeh and natto.

Nutritional supplementation is also helpful. Lactoferrin may help the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so without upsetting the stomach.  It has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, allowing for more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources.2

*Just take a look at the graph:

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Take a look at our KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® (#15700) (200 mg of lactoferrin per capsule) which is gentle on the digestive system and may help support the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.

We thought you might like these… previous KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® blogs too:

* HOW Prebiotics & Probiotics Help the Gut…
* Why KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®?

Save with monthly orders. KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® is available on the Nikken Autoship program, where you can set up an Autoship order to be delivered straight to your door every month – and to thank you, you’ll save on the cost of the product and shipping too.

1. https://www.glanbianutritionals.com/en-gb/node/1101
2. (Rezk, Dawood, Abo-Elnasr, Halaby, & Marawan, 2015), (Rezk, Kandil, Dawood, Shaheen, & Allam, 2015), (Nappi, et al., 2009), (Paesano, et al., 2010), (Paesano, et al., 2014)

3rd February 2020

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Simple tips for a Healthy Winter with Winter Wellness

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It may be cold outside, but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Along with chilly temperatures winter brings a variety of bugs, often leaving you feeling run down. Although there are no quick fixes to prevent colds and flu from striking, here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your immune system is functioning at peak performance.

1. Wash your hands and do it right. Everyday you come into contact with thousands of germs and bacteria. Wash your hands several times a day with plenty of soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds.

2. Keep hydrated. Your fluid intake can help to ease the symptoms of colds and flu – it prevents the throat and nose lining from drying out. Warm fluids are especially helpful as they can help moisten your throat. According to new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE), honey drinks (and add a dose of lemon for added vitamin C!) have been shown to ease coughing.Try to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid each day.

3. Get enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundationrecommends seven to eight hours of sleep a night to keep your immune system in fighting shape. When you are running on empty and in a sleep deficit, your immune system can suffer, leaving you more susceptible to picking up winter bugs.

4. Light. Open the blinds and windows as often as you can. Get outside and soak up some natural light – the health benefits are endless and include topping up essential vitamin D, helping you get a good night’s sleep and even improving your mental health. Take the dog and the kids with you or enjoy a peaceful walk by yourself. Even a few minutes out on your lunch break can make all the difference.

5. Eat fruit and vegetables from a rainbow of different colours. Did you know each different colour provides you with a different array of nutrients? Make sure you include plenty of green, red, purple/blue, yellow/orange and white/brown fruits and vegetables in your diet every day. Some examples of the immunity boosting nutrients found in fruit and vegetables include: Vitamin A (or carotenoids – any vegetable of orange or yellow colours and some green foods like dark green veg), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, kiwi, tomatoes, potatoes, berries and broccoli) and Phytonutrients (compounds found naturally in plants). Phenolics (found in most fruit and vegetables) and flavonoids (berries, onions, Brussels sprouts, citrus, kale and parsley) are common phytonutrients, which are known to have immune benefits.

Barley Grass is naturally high in many key nutrients that help to support the immune system, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes.

Nikken’s Organic Jade GreenZymes® is the perfect winter drink (it can be consumed hot or cold) and could offer you that bit of extra help in boosting your immunity in the cold season.

1. https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/honey-not-antibiotics-recommended-coughs/
2.https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-sleep-affects-your-immunity

27th January 2020

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New Year message from the C.E.O.

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KurtFulle copyDear Nikken Wellness Community,

As we bid farewell to 2019, I am grateful for the many memorable experiences of the past 12 months. There was the Recognition event in Mexico City, the Nikken North America Anniversary celebration in San Diego and the Team Kaizen trip to Italy. There was the Diamond Seminar in Toronto, the European Inspire event in Paris and a North American Leadership Summit. And finally, there was the opening of Chile. All of these activities gave me the chance to reconnect with old friends and make new friends. Every one of these events gave me an adrenalin rush!

I am also grateful for your unwavering belief in sharing Nikken Active Wellness with so many people who are in dire need of our products. There can be no more rewarding activity than introducing people to the 5 Pillars of Wellness. Your dedication to creating Wellness Homes everywhere certainly is an example of Humans Being More.

The year 2020 promises to be a very exciting year for our Global Wellness Community. Here are a few examples of what’s ahead for us in 2020.

In Europe and North America, Nikken will rollout cutting edge IT platforms for our website, shopping cart and back office.

We will continue to introduce new and improved products that customers will want and need.

We will provide you with more great tools that will make it easier to sell products.

We will celebrate 45 years of Active Wellness in New York City at our global convention.

We will host another European event in Paris, another Diamond Seminar in North America and another Leadership Summit in North America.

And qualifying for Team Taishi or Kaizen will offer exciting excursions in 2021.

Together we will improve the well being of people in all corners of the world. In helping others, you can benefit directly from the various rewards that are a part of our Incentive Program. We will do all of this while being respectful of the environment.

On behalf of all of us at Nikken World Headquarters, I would like to wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Best Wishes,

Kurt H. Fulle

2nd January 2020

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Build Your Personal 5 Pillars Mindset

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Recently I had the privilege of attending a Nikken leadership summit that was conducted by our sales and marketing team, led by President Luis Kasuga. Our CEO,  Mr. Fulle, was also in attendance. I came away with various nuggets of information and inspiration to work with in the coming year. Perhaps you can make use of them, too.

  • The original 5 Pillars of Health, when literally translated from the Japanese, really should be the 5 Pillars of “Wellness.” Wellness inherently connotes well-being, whereas health involves potential illness and therefore, possible cure. At Nikken, we help people with Active Wellness, achieving and maintaining well-being, never in curing or healing illness. Living with Active Wellness is an ongoing process that can always be improved upon.
  • The Family Pillar translated literally from the Japanese, really should be the “Relationship” Pillar. Families are doubtless the most important segment of all the relationships we choose to build or maintain over the years. Relationships are more far-reaching, so do not limit yourself to your family when building this pillar.
  • In Japanese, the literal translation for what we call the Society Pillar is actually “contributions.” There are people everywhere who need your help, which means there are infinite opportunities to serve. Using Nikken as a vehicle to serve does not mean just sharing the beneficial products. It means sharing yourself, as you are the actual contributor to the people you interact with. In the words of the original Nikken founder, “You are irreplaceable because you are you.”
  • We need Nature. Nature doesn’t need us. We need to be good to Nature and help preserve her, because we need her. In other words, the environment doesn’t need saving—it has been around for ages and will survive with or without humans. We, however, need the environment to support our well-being, so we are responsible for keeping it clean. We are responsible for being respectful of Nature for our own survival.
  • What is your legacy? What do you want your legacy to be? At Nikken, we share the ideal of Humans Being More. We share it but we don’t supply it. In other words, each individual has to commit to being more. It is a personal choice proven by positive behavior and service. We can role model it – that is a worthy legacy. What else can you add to your legacy?

I hope you had a wonderful 2019 and wish for you and yours an even better and more empowering new year of 2020. Remember, “Our past doesn’t define us. It provides lessons for the future.”

Provided by Mabel Chiu, Nikken

27th December 2019

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Help Keep Our Beaches and Oceans Clean

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Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet providing 97% of the Earths livable habitat. In order to help keep our oceans and marine life sustainable, we need to keep our beaches clean.

Beaches are home to many creatures that depend on both land and sea to survive. Even sea creatures that live solely in the water are affected by polluted beaches when rubbish that accumulates on the beach is washed out with the tides. In addition to plastic and paper rubbish, chemical and human wastes on the beach also wash out to sea.

Plastic pollution impacts virtually every living organism in, or thriving off of, the oceans of our world.1 (https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/rethink-plastic/). Today many sea creatures that are found dead often have huge amounts of plastic debris in their internal organs.

Every person who visits a beach in any part of the world can help keep our beaches and oceans clean. We each can commit to making a difference and educating our children, so they can practice green behaviors from an early age. If you haven’t already started, this summer is a great time to take action:

  1. “Take 3 for the Sea” is an organization that teaches people to take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach or any waterway. By doing so, you will have made a difference. Participation in this program has burgeoned to 129 countries with 300,000 people educated in helping to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.2
  2. Don’t drink bottled water. (https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/stay-hydrated-the-smart-way/) More than one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world. 3 They require large amounts of energy and water to produce, then end up clogging landfills.
  3. Use re-usable alternatives to plastic bottles. You can buy re-usable water bottles everywhere, but you can only purchase the PiMag®Water Bottle with the nano-technology filter system at Nikken. At home, you can make a difference by drinking filtered water from a PiMag Waterfall® – good for Active Wellness as well as minimizing your personal carbon footprint.
  4. Use re-usable tote bags and containers. Avoid buying food and other items wrapped in plastic. For example, when buying fresh food, buy whole fruit and vegetables instead of pre-cut, prepackaged versions wrapped in plastic. Carry out with your own totes.
  5. Decrease chemical usage as much as possible. Pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers are harmful for our oceans—the closer you live to the sea, the more likely those chemicals will end up there. About 245,000 square kilometers (about the size of the UK) are known as “dead zones” where marine life cannot survive, due to chemical poisons in the eco-system.
  6. Opt for mineral sunscreens or non-nano zinc oxide as the primary active ingredient. Chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate that are commonly found in popular sunscreens are not eco-friendly. Once these chemicals make their way off beach bodies into the ocean, they can damage coral DNA. Sunscreens without these damaging chemicals are called “reef-safe.” 4
  7. Be careful what you flush down the toilet. Medicines have been detected in ground water and marine life. For example, 4500 wet wipes were found in a 154 square-meter portion of the River Thames in London in 2017, an example of what doesn’t break down in the flushing process. 5

Share your knowledge of eco-friendly habits with friends and family. The more people who commit to making a difference, the better chance we have of maintaining the lives of our beaches and oceans.

1 https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/marine-animals-are-dying-because-of-our-plastic-trash/

2 https://www.take3.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwg-DpBRBbEiwAEV1_-F4JC9qmJy35k0TPp6tB0pi5o-jQFIESz_NNK61DuzePtQM2QoFj_xoCpJsQAvD_BwE

3 https://www.take3.org/the-plastic-facts/

4 https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2019/05/25/4-ways-help-protect-ocean-beach-summer/?ea.tracking.id=19HPXGJAXX&gclid=CjwKCAjwg-DpBRBbEiwAEV1_-NIxzfGU-rDeqiEyBfzBtl-AOOB3v8vGZ9Ekzb0xAswuQwI2d1A-vBoCL9EQAvD_BwE

5 http://mentalfloss.com/article/546495/things-you-can-do-help-keep-oceans-clean

31st July 2019

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