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.

Wind down

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.

Coffee cup and saucer on a white background.

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?

Walk Your Way to Better Health

 To maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, five days a week is recommended for adults and at least 60 minutes every day for children. But did you know that only around a third of people in Britain achieve these minimum recommended levels? This inactivity is a key factor in the dramatic growth of obesity, which will continue to rise unless something is done about it! This is why awareness of the benefits of walking is so important.

The aim of May’s National Walking Month is “to show children and adults how easy, enjoyable and rewarding walking is and how it can lead to real changes in people’s habits and lifestyles.”

Benefits of Walking

  • Boosts endorphins easing stress, tension, anger, fatigue and confusion in ten minutes
  • Improves heart health by increasing heart rate and circulation
  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and strokes – inactive and unfit people have double the risk of dying from CHD
  • Improves flexibility and strength of joints, muscles and bones
  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Builds bone mass, reducing the risk of osteoporosis
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts the immune system by halving odds of catching a cold
  • Reduces the risk of certain cancers such as; colon, breast and lung
  • Engages arms, shoulders, abdominal, and leg muscles

Just think only 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week can make you healthier and happier, and it is one of the easiest activities you can work into your daily routine! You can walk pretty much anywhere, it’s free and all you have to do is step outside your door and choose a destination or let your feet lead the way. Sometimes the best part of walking is discovering hidden trails that you might have missed were you in a car. Need some ideas;

  • Walk to the shops if you’ve just run out of milk.
  • Get off the bus 1 or 2 stops early, or walk to the next stop instead of waiting for the bus!
  • Enjoy nature! Go for a walk with your dog either to the park or to explore the green spaces around your house.
  • Take a break! During your lunch hour go for a walk in the area around your work. Make it a social thing and invite your colleagues.
  • Encourage walking at a young age! Have your child walk to school, if they are not old enough to walk by themselves join them, then you’ll be keeping active too!
  • Take the stairs instead of taking the lift.

Remember

  • Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes. Try CardioStrides®, weighted fitness shoes which help amplify muscle toning.
  • A few thin layers are better than one thick layer of clothing. This way you can take layers off as you start to warm up.
  • In the winter wear a hat and gloves. Your arms will get more work if they swing by your side then in your coat pocket.
  • Take some water along with you in a PiMag® Sport Bottle. Which is reusable and refillable, a better economic and environmental option than bottled water!

Whether it is to the shops, to work, or just to see friends – the important thing is to get out there and get walking! Let us know where you like to walk by posting on our Facebook page or tweeting to us @NikkenEurope!

Are you maintaining a Healthy Body?

“Striving to improve or maintain physical wellness is an integral part of living. Nikken’s focus is nutrition, exercise, restful sleep and freedom from discomfort, and its products are based on addressing these issues of everyday modern living.”

Over the forthcoming months we’re going to be writing 5 additional monthly blogs based on each area of Nikken’s 5 Pillars of Health philosophy. Today we’ll be starting with Healthy Body.

Your physical wellbeing is important so; Are you maintaining a healthy body? We’ve outlined a checklist of areas to take note of when looking at your personal fitness and wellbeing.

 

Nutrition and Eating Well

Are you feeling low, tired or stressed? If so, you could be running low on vital nutrients. A balanced diet helps, but alone these can be inadequate in providing your body with the level of nutrients that it really needs. Nikken’s products can provide that extra boost, in addition to a wholesome diet.

Kasai® Multi-Vitamin and Mineral for example, offers a wealth of essential minerals and vitamins – all in one tub!

A lack of Vitamin D can lead to back, leg and hip pain and, according to a recent survey, more than half of the adult population have insufficient levels of this Vitamin (Daily Mail Research, 2011).

Vitamin D is important for a healthy immune system as well as bone growth and the absorption of calcium – that is where OstoDenx® and CalDenx™ come in. Together, these food supplements are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to healthy bones and teeth!

Also, if you’re feeling a little irritable, your magnesium levels could be low. This deficiency can lead to feelings of anxiety and worry. Magnesium helps to maintain those healthy bones and gives us a boost of energy from our food. Try CalDenx™ with a diet that includes spinach, almonds and wholemeal bread; these are great sources of magnesium.

Our bodies are complex and need taking care of. Therefore there are many things to consider when thinking about our nutrition and it may not be necessary to take everything, but just to give certain problem areas a boost with nutritional supplements, in addition to a balanced and healthy diet.

Be good to your body and it’ll be good to you!

 

Exercising and Keeping Fit

We all know that it can be difficult to include more physical activity into our busy lives and sometimes we see it as a chore. However, with the right exercise plan, mental attitude and supportive fitness products, keeping fit doesn’t have to be taxing.

Every little bit of exercise counts; whether it be a quicker stroll or a day out cycling with the family, you’re helping your personal fitness, having fun and enjoying quality time with loved ones at the same time! Anything that gets your heart beat racing is benefiting your fitness levels.

In addition to exercising buddies, it is also important to find the perfect exercising equipment to motivate and support you. Having the right trainers that are kind to your feet and help keep them well ventilated will create stress-free exercise. Wouldn’t it be great if you could burn up to 20% more energy with every step you take by lining your trainers with CardioStrides®?

 

Sleeping and Relaxing

Are you someone who likes to ensure they have enough sleep every night? If so, you are someone who is making a great choice for a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is a vital part of this and it’s just as important as exercising and eating the right foods. Sleep helps us function properly and if we don’t get enough sleep, it will have adverse effects on the body.

Nikken has a variety of solutions, designed to help you de-stress, re-charge and escape the daily pressures of life. The Naturest Sleep Solution is a dream combination of products which have helped many people to improve their night’s sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face the day ahead.

Winding down and relaxing at the end of the day will help you sleep better too. A back massage is an ideal way to lose any tension in your muscles; the stimulating MagCreator® will help you do just that and help you get off to sleep…Zzzz!

 

Re-energising and Rejuvenating

Do you suffer with achy bones and strained joints? Maybe magnetic technology may be something you might want to consider. It is often used to relieve joint pains, aches and strains and the use of this for health goes back centuries.

Magnetic and far-infrared technology can be found in many of our products. It may sound very scientific (which it is) but our jewellery products are a great option, creating an elegant look in addition to gaining the real health benefits of this technology.

There’s nothing more energising and refreshing as clean purified water and fresh air. These can make us feel alert, awake and full of energy. We should be drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration which makes us feel slow, headachy and tired. How much water have you had today?

Eat well, keep active, relax and re-energise for total wellness.

 

Find out more…

Bring all of these areas together and what you have is an integrated and holistic approach to your wellbeing; the perfect balance.

If you’d like more information on any of the Nikken products that we’ve mentioned in our blog, please visit and flick through our digital online product brochure here http://issuu.com/nikkeneurope/docs/nikken-uk-b.