Get summer ready with True Elements

Summer skin with True ElementsSummer is officially on the horizon, we are already getting glimmers of the hot days we hope will come. In summer it can be so easy to forget about looking after our skin, we all know we need to wear sun cream on hot days, but we often neglect other skincare. Keeping a summer skin care regime will keep you looking fresh faced and beautiful all summer long. Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated, it shouldn’t need to take hours out of your day and hundreds of products and gadgets. We are giving our top simple tips to getting the perfect summer skin this year.

Hydrate- Keeping hydrated in the best thing you can do for your skin, it keeps skin looking plump and dewy and prevents it from drying out, causing flaky and cracked skin.

Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise-  Three essential steps that everyone should include into their routine morning and night. It takes a matter of minutes but can make the world of difference in your skins appearance. Cleanse your skin to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, tone to hep freshen the skin and tighten pores and moisturise to give an even, dewy complexion.

Protect from the sun- It can be easy to get carried away being in the sun, ever pop out just to tidy the garden and find yourself in midday heat for hours? Make sure whenever you are going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time ensure you are using sunscreen with a high SPF. This will protect your skin from harmful UVB rays, keeping you from getting sunburnt and protecting your skin cells from lasting damage.

Dare to Bare- Challenge yourself to have at least one day a week without makeup, this allows your skin a chance to breathe, without being clogged with makeup and other impurities.

Stay clear of chemicals-  Many products today are full of harmful chemicals, any chemicals you apply to your skin will then be transferred into your blood and body, stay as natural and pure as possible.  Nikken’s True Elements are organic and use natural red, brown and green seaweed, to give you the best quality skincare possible.

Look radiant this summer by making only a few simple adjustments to your skin care routine. Don’t forget from 9th-22nd June 2014 any orders with Nikken over 500PV receive a FREE True Elements Shower Gel and Body Lotion.

UK_TE-Promo-MyNikken-IMGWhat are your top skincare tips for looking beautiful in summer?

 

 

 

4 Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep

For some people, going to sleep is their favourite part of the day and they will do anything to get their uninterrupted 8-9 hours. To others it can be seen as an inconvenience in their busy life. Love or hate it, sleep is essential for your body. Not only does it leave you feeling rested and energised, but there is evidence that sleep leads to better body function, healing and overall better health. Here at Nikken we know the importance of a good night’s sleep, and work hard to actively encourage that everyone deserves a good nights sleep, today we are sharing our are our top tips;

1. Find a routine

Have a set time to go to sleep and wake up. Being in a routine means your body will fall into a natural rhythm. It will make going to sleep each night easier as your body will be in the routine of sleeping  Having a set routine can also help diminish stress, it eliminates the anxiety of not knowing what will happen. Although every day may be different, having a structure of when to sleep and be awake helps to keep calm.Routine Sleep

2. Wind down

Put away the phones, laptops and TV’s, take time each evening before you go to bed to let your body wind down and relax. Not only does cutting down your exposure to artificial light help melatonin production, which helps sleep, it also gives you the opportunity to break away from the busy world. Separating yourself from social media and the stress of life for just an hour before bed will help you slip into an easy, restful sleep.

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3. Avoid stimulants

Avoid all sources of caffeine and other stimulants before sleep including coffee, tea, caffeinated fizzy drinks and chocolate. The caffeine in these products will keep you awake for longer or lead you to have restless unsettled sleep, which is unproductive in helping the restorative effects of sleep.

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4. Create a sleep environment

Ensure the room you sleep in is dedicated to sleep. Where possible make it a room where you only spend time in when sleeping, helping your body associates it with sleep and relaxation. Remove TVs, phones and other items that may disturb your sleep. Make your bed as comfortable yet supportive as possible. Try using items which encourage a good sleep environment like our Vital Night Pack. The pack uses items containing innovations such as RAM (Radial-Axis Magnetism) technology to help create a calming atmosphere, a massage effect surface and temperature regulation to ensure you have the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep.

Bedroom interior.

We know it isn’t always possible with our hectic modern lives to always get the perfect 8-9 hours per night, but if we can ensure the sleep we get is of the highest quality allowing our bodies the best opportunity to recuperate, relax and reenergise we have the best chances of getting the most out of every day. This month why not take advantage of our free delivery option on the Vital Night pack.

Vital Night Pack

What’s your top tip for getting a good night’s sleep?

 

 

Take Control Back From Your Asthma

World Asthma Day 2014Today is World Asthma Day – a day founded by the Global Incentive For Asthma. This year the theme of the day is ‘You can control your asthma’. Today I am going to talk about my personal experience suffering with Asthma, and ways which I have found to control my Asthma.

Asthma is a condition that affects approximately 235 million people according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It can vary in severity, ranging from mild symptoms which cause very little disruption to life, to chronic and brittle asthma which can be fatal. I myself have suffered with asthma from the age of 7, when I was diagnosed with severe asthma. Meaning I was on numerous inhalers and medications, often being required to be taken to hospital and medical centres for nebulisation and further treatment.

Over time I found medications that helped control my asthma symptoms, and allowed me to continue with life normally. After contracting swine flu in 2009 I was left very ill, resulting in being rushed into hospital and having to take over a month out of my university course. There were some key things I could have done to prevent the severity of the illness from affecting my asthma. These are some tips and tricks I have learnt over time to help control my asthma

  1. Find your allergens. I am, like most asthmatics, allergic to dust mites so ensure I use hypoallergenic bedding, vacuum regularly and avoid dusty environments. Many doctors and some health shops may offer allergen tests, these can help you identify what aggravates your asthma symptoms giving you more control by removing these effectors as best possible.
  2. Always have an inhaler on you. This allows me to react promptly with my inhalers and relieve any issues as soon as I feel any asthma symptoms worsening before they escalate.
  3. Have regular medical check-ups. Many doctors will offer asthma clinics. Usually once a year I will be seen by a doctor to check I am on the correct medication, using my inhalers correctly and receive a flu jab. The flu jab is important as contracting flu can be especially dangerous for asthmatics, so protect yourself as best you can.
  4. Learn to use inhalers correctly. It can be very easy to slip into bad habits and use inhalers incorrectly lessening their effectiveness. Check out Asthma UK inhaler technique guide to see if you are getting the best out of your medication.
  5. Make your home environment safe. Again like many asthmatics, I suffer with hay fever, which has before caused serious asthma attacks. So keeping allergens out of my home environment is essential. I often find opening windows in times of low pollen to have fresh air and using an air purifier when I cannot do this helps ensure I have fresh, clean, safe air.

This World Asthma Day why not make a promise to yourself to take back the control of your asthma. Book a doctor’s appointment to check you are receiving the best care possible for you, check your inhaler technique and make your home a safe environment and regain your control.

Organic Jade Greenzymes

Here at Nikken Europe we all love our Organic Jade Greenzymes. It is a staple in the office kitchens and is a fantastic way to start off the day. We often hear from our customers that they also love it and it is now part of their daily nutrition routine. It is made from 95% organic barley grass which has been used since ancient Egyptian times for its health benefits. Providing you with Vitamins C, D, K, calcium, zinc and many other minerals. With so much goodness in it, it is easy to see why so many people love it, but did you realise there are multiple ways that you can enjoy your daily Organic Jade Greenzymes? Here are just some of the ways you can enjoy it.

With PiMag Water

Mix you Organic Jade Greenzymes with fresh PiMag water for a refreshing cleansing drink.

 organic Jade Greenzymes, pimag water

With CiagaV

Combine two parts of your daily nutrition together and mix your Ciagav and Organic Jade Greenzymes together.

CiagaV

Blend it

Blend up your favourite smoothie recipe and add in your daily dose of Organics Jade Greenzymes for a nutritious, yummy smoothie.

Three fresh mango milkshakes

Sprinkle it

Sprinkle your Organic Jade Greenzymes over your favourite salad or even try on a pizza or pasta, it’s a great way to sneak extra nutrients into your families meals.

  Organic Jade Greenzymes Salad

 There are so many ways to enjoy your Organic Jade Greenzymes how do you enjoy yours?

Free Fun Family Days

“I’m bored” the phrase we dread hearing, whether it’s the school holidays or just the weekend we all try as hard as possible to keep children entertained, but on the shorter colder days it can be much harder than in the summer. Without the garden to give children space to run around, and with unpredictable weather, planning any outdoor activity is a risky business. We turn to indoor activities to occupy the days, but these often eat away at our budget. We need to find cheap, fun ways to keep children entertained whatever the weather. We have compiled a list of activities which are cheap, easy and fun.

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  • Make a puppet theatre and put on a show
  • Movie afternoon
  • Make masks and crowns from paper plates
  • Karaoke
  • Make a dance/ play
  • Indoor bowls
  • Paint portraits of each other
  • Bake biscuits/ treats for neighbours

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  • Teach your kids how to cook your favourite meal
  • Go through old family photo albums
  • Have a duvet day with your Naturest Dream Quilt
  • Make a family tree
  • Have a disco
  • Make your own restaurant and have friends or family round for dinner
  • Make a charity bag, go round the kids rooms and give away old clothes and toys they don’t want
  • Pizza decorating/ making
  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Cut out paper doll chains and decorate each person on the chain
  • House clean up, everyone is assigned one room and it is a competition to who can clean the best
  • Use a phone or video camera to make a film or music video
  • Visit elderly relatives and ask them to tell stories from their lives
  • Make moon sand
  • Make your own play dough and see who can make the best animal shapes

 

Keeping the family entertained doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of these activities are free or very low cost and can last as long as your children likes. So next time you hear “I’m bored” have a look and see what you can do to keep your kids busy. Or create a rainy day pot, write down all these ideas and have the kids pull one piece of paper out each and do whatever activity it says.

 

What are your favourite rainy day activities to do with your children?

5 Tips to Keep You Healthy This Winter

The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill appearing in the air. This is the time of year when we can start preparing to protect ourselves against the common colds and flu that appear throughout winter. There are a few simple steps you can take to help protect you and your family from the winter attack.

Get plenty of sleep

Throughout summer we rarely sleep our recommended 9 hours a night, but in winter with darker nights we are more inclined to sleep longer. Feeling more rested means you have more energy through the day. Also having a lack of sleep can reduce your immune system leaving you more prone to illnesses.

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5-A-Day

All through the year we hear that we should have 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day but it is never more important than this time of year. The nutrients from fruit and vegetables will help keep your body in the best condition possible. It doesn’t have to be boring or expensive, try using seasonal vegetables added to normal meals it will not only give you the nutritional benefits but help fill you up at meal times. Frozen/tinned fruit and vegetables can still count just ensure tinned fruit isn’t in a sugar filled syrup, aim for one in natural fruit juices. Continue reading

Back To School

The new school year is well underway and we hope you are all surviving. Starting a new school year after the summer holidays can be an exciting yet stressful time for children. For those starting a new school, the prospect of new buildings, new teachers and new friends can be a lot to take in. We all want our children to get the most out of their time in school so what can we do to help them?Back To School

Give them plenty of energy

Ensure kids have a good healthy breakfast and lunch, full of nutritious energy giving food that will keep them going all day. Start the day with food such as porridge, which is full of slow-releasing carbohydrates that will keep giving them energy and fill them up until lunch. Our CiagaV® is the perfect drink to give your children an extra boost in the morning. At lunch give them food that is balanced to keep them healthy and give them the energy for the rest of the day. Aim for a lunch that consists of a starchy food (e.g. pasta), protein (e.g. meat or eggs), a dairy item (e.g. yoghurts) and vegetables or fruit.

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