Autumn Skincare Tips

Autumn Skincare blog headingAutumn is an ideal time to correct any summer skin damage that may have occurred and to prepare for winter. Here are some tips on how you could help maintain a hydrated complexion during the autumn and winter months.

  1. Choose a scrub/exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin but is gentle and helps stimulate natural oil production. Use True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Radiance Scrub, once or twice a week to buff the skin. This gentle facial scrub may help remove dead skin cells and may allow the seaweed extracts to help boost hydration and energise the skin.
  2. Use a gentle cleanser such as True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Velvet Cleansing Milk. It’s free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, artificial colouring and preservatives. It provides gentle cleansing, that works with your natural pH balance to nourish the skin while removing impurities.
  3. True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Nutritional Mask contains aloe vera to moisturise the epidermis, and hyaluronic acid plumps from the inside out, stimulating the synthesis of collagen which may help the skin appear firmer and smoother.
  4. As the air becomes drier, be sure to use a moisturiser to help reduce water loss from the skin. True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Nourishing Face Cream is specifically formulated to moisturise the upper epidermis and to help soften and smooth the skin.

At the very heart of Nikken’s TRUE elements® skincare range is a synergic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plants, making our formulas unique.

Don’t forget that skincare can make a thoughtful Christmas present, so if you are not treating yourself, why not treat a friend or family member to luxurious True elements® Marine Organic Skincare?

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What are Brown Rice Solids?

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Most health enthusiasts know it is more beneficial to eat brown rice than white rice. Brown rice by itself is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It also contains natural fibres that may help digestion. Brown rice fits in perfectly with the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle. But have you heard of brown rice solids?

Brown rice solids are basically functional protein ingredients that are processed from sprouted brown rice following organic methods. When the rich protein content that is distributed between the bran and endosperm layer is concentrated and dried, brown rice solids are generated. They provide a high level of naturally occurring nutrients, such as potassium and magnesium. Even if you’ve never heard of brown rice solids before, Nikken has done the research for you, to ensure you have access to the best in food technology.

Brown rice solids are one of only four ingredients that make up our Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea. As with labelling protocol, ingredients appear in descending order: organic matcha green tea powder, organic brown rice solids, kiwi powder (fruit) and organic stevia extract (leaf).

So what is the significance of brown rice solids in Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink?

Find out with our guide below:

Brown rice solids:

  1. Are hypoallergenic; they have a mildly sweet taste and are easily digestible
  2. Contain essential and non-essential amino acids and are a quickly oxidized natural energy source.
  3. Provide a sustained supply of energy without experiencing the symptoms of low-blood sugar that can impede performance.
  4. Contain a wealth of vitamins, including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (folate) vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K. Vitamins B and E are known for their energising properties and vitamin K is important in its support of bone health.

Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink can be enjoyed on its own, can be added to smoothies or even to cakes for a subtle colour and flavour. It is also included as part of the Everyday Weight Management pack.

Don’t forget we are offering FREE shipping on the Everyday Weight Management Pack (# 8801 + # 8802) when ordered between 25th October – 31st December 2017.  This offer applies to retail, wholesale and Autoship orders. * Terms and Conditions apply (see MyNikken for further details or ask your Nikken Independent Consultant).

 

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The rise in popularity of plant-based protein

Plant based blog headingOne of the latest trends in foods is the plant-based diet. Supermarkets and restaurants are well aware of this trend, resulting in more plant-based options than ever before. A plant based diet is not necessarily a vegetarian diet but is primarily based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.

The benefits of eating a plant-based diet extend past just health and sustainability. In fact, plant-based proteins can be as nutritious as meat but contain far less fat. As a consequence, companies are producing innovative plant-based “complete” proteins and supplements. These innovative plant proteins are an ideal part of an Active Wellness lifestyle.

The good news is that plant-based proteins are easily accessible. Legumes are widely known to provide high amounts of protein, e.g., organic tofu, lentils, black beans, lima beans, organic peas, chickpeas and so on. Nuts and seeds— such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds—are also known sources of protein.

Nikken continues to be a pioneer in organic nutrition. One of our first organic nutritional supplements contains multiple benefits other than just providing plant-based protein: Organic Jade Greenzymes® is made with a proprietary blend of organic young barley grass, organic acacia and organic pearl barley.

New to our range, KVB® Natural Food Mix is a healthy meal replacement mix. Use as a base and add PiMag® water, non-fat milk, almond milk or coconut milk. For a variation add fruit or vegetable and blend. Our new KVB® formula contains naturally sourced proteins from organic peas, organic moringa powder, organic spirulina, as well as organic vegetables, prebiotics and probiotics.

Discover more about our Everyday Organic-based Weight Management Programme and products and how it can help you to eat well and live well every day.

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Certified by EcoCert – TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare

TE Eco Cert blog 25th SeptWhen a product is certified by EcoCert, it means the item has met the strict standards set for its specific category. EcoCert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists (those who study the science and technology of producing and using plants) who were aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and the importance of recognising those committed to sustainable development in production.

Product categories open for certification include natural and organic cosmetics, natural and organic home perfumes, natural cleaning products, fair trade, ecological outdoor areas, organic textiles, eco-sustainable golf course, reforestation and solidarity, organic and ecological spa, ecological and recycled textiles, climate commitment and biodiversity commitment.

EcoCert has invested more than 10 years in a harmonisation project for cosmetic standards with European partners, BDIH (Germany), the Soil Association (UK), ICEA (Italy) and COSMEBIO (France). EcoCert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.

In the EU, EcoCert is accredited by the Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee). In the USA, EcoCert is accredited by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) for the National Organic Program (NOP) and in Japan; EcoCert is accredited by the MAFF (Agricultural Department) for the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)

Companies voluntarily request EcoCert certification to prove:

  • Control and traceability throughout the supply chain.
  • Commitment to environmental protection.
  • Integrity of raw materials and ingredients.
  • High standards within the specific industry such as food or cosmetics.

TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is certified by EcoCert, a distinction that very few products — even those labelled as “organic” — can claim. True Elements® Skincare products are derived from various seaweeds and are abundant in natural minerals that are well absorbed by skin. The entire premium skincare range is formulated with a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to offer remarkable benefits.

Install confidence in your customer’s skincare selection by telling them about the EcoCert logo and what it means.

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Happy Feet

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We often hear the phrase ‘I’ve been on my feet all day’. This can be true for many of us, be it because of work, chasing after children all day, running errands or countless other day-to-day activities that can all take their toll on our feet.

Women in particular can be guilty of choosing fashion over function or comfort when it comes to footwear. Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.

Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in 10 of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. Podiatrist Lorraine Jones says: “What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.

She adds: “Your feet shouldn’t hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort it is usually because you aren’t wearing the right footwear. “[1]

There are certain things that we can do at home to make a real difference to our feet. Keeping feet clean and applying moisturiser morning and evening, may help keep feet soft and prevent a build up of hard skin. True elements® Hand & Foot Cream may help to soothe dry hands and feet, protecting and nourishing straight after application. It contains Shea butter, which is known to nourish skin and the seaweed extract chondrus, which has moisturisation properties.

As well as keeping hands and feet moisturised, wearing comfortable, well fitting shoes as often as possible can help relieve aching feet. Kenko mSteps® and Kenko mStrides® slip into your shoes and utilises Nikken’s DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology. Kenko mSteps® feature relaxing massage nodes on one side, inspired by reflexology practices, they may provide a massage effect that could help the whole body feel good from the feet upwards.

TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053) is currently on offer saving 50% until 31st August.

Discover more about these products here:

http://www.nikken.co.uk/p/true-elements-hand–foot-cream.html

http://www.nikken.co.uk/p/kenko-msteps.html

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[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx

Why is sleep so important for our wellbeing?

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At some point each of us will experience that feeling of lying in bed unable to sleep, whether it be as soon as we get into bed or if we wake in the middle of the night and are unable to drop back off. ‘A sleepless night is as long as a year’ is a Chinese proverb that we can all probably identify with and it is important that we take steps to help ourselves to get the best sleep we can, for the sake of our health and wellbeing.

Sleep allows our body to repair itself and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Without a good night sleep we can feel groggy, irritable and have a lack of energy. Poor sleep is also linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.[1]

Sleep hygiene

Many people can benefit from improving the quality of their sleep. The phrase sleep hygiene is often used to describe how lifestyle and environmental factors can affect our sleep. Positive sleep hygiene may help to improve sleep quality.

According to the MHF Sleep Report[2] the environment of our bed and bedroom can either help or hinder sleep; much depends on our own preferences. The obvious factors are noise, light, temperature and ventilation. Most of us prefer to sleep in a quiet environment. Earplugs may be useful for blocking out external noise although they do tend to amplify the body’s own internal noises which may be distracting.

Too much light can inhibit sleep since it affects melatonin levels; eye masks may be helpful. Room temperature is important, neither too cold nor too hot, although the ideal room temperature will vary from person to person. Ventilation can be improved by opening the window, although this is likely to alter the temperature and make the room noisier. It is important to feel comfortable in the bedroom environment, including selecting the right mattresses and pillows. People may need to experiment with all these factors until they find the ideal balance.

Sleep hygiene practices, such as those mentioned above, may help people improve their sleep quality, along with reducing caffeine in the evening, taking regular exercise and avoiding looking at phone/television screens just before getting into bed.

Nikken offers the Naturest® Sleep System that contains a range of products the may be beneficial to your sleep hygiene.

  1. Naturest Kenkopad® – A non-allergenic latex mattress topper that molds to your body’s contours and may improve your comfort and support.
  2. KenkoDream® Quilt – The ceramic coated fibres may help maintain a constant temperature.
  3. Naturest® Pillow – Fully adjustable by removing or adding filler, the breathable cover may help to regulate your temperature, keeping you confortable.
  4. Kenko Power Sleep® Mask – Made of soft breathable fabric, blocking out light may help improve your sleep at home or when traveling or working nightshifts.

Discover more about this range: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/kenkodream-quilt.html

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
[2] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/sleep-report

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Nutrition in the modern world

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Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health. However, in our fast-paced society, it can sometimes be difficult to eat wholesome, well-balanced food with a variety of ingredients. Instead, convenience sometimes dominates our eating habits. Especially, when feeding a family with different schedules and meal preferences!

In an ideal world, some people would argue that the best nutritional solution for optimal health is to eat three home cooked organic meals a day. There are always new guidelines issued but most of us are familiar with the idea of trying to incorporating at least five but ideally more portions of fruit and vegetables a day into our diet. However, it is not always as easy as it sounds, many people struggle to achieve this along side all the other daily priorities and responsibilities.

Therefore, sometimes it can be beneficial to look at including supplements. Nikken offers a range of nutritional supplements based on concentrated whole foods that may help to provide the essential nutritional support our bodies’ need while still fitting into the modern world.

A good place to start is with Kasai® Multi-Vitamins and Minerals. This product contains a broad array of wholefood fruit and vegetable powders – pineapple, orange, apple, apricot, cherry, peach, strawberry, papaya, grape, grapefruit, blueberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry, broccoli, carrot, and onion.

Kasai® provides a supportive range of vitamins and minerals and it also provides the associated phytonutrients and nutritional matrices to help address your daily nutritional needs.

The Kasai® range offers targeted supplements to help support your bodies wellbeing needs, with the exception of Kasai® Omega Oils all the Kasai® range are suitable for vegetarians.

Discover more: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/kasai-multi-vitamin-and-mineral.html

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