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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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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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Winter workouts

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Did you know that exercising in cold weather may not only help keep extra pounds at bay but it may also help combat the winter blues?

“All exercise can increase your levels of those feel-good hormones, endorphins. But because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin production is boosted even more, leading to a happier state of mind.”1 explained Dr. Keven Plancher, Head of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in New York when speaking to Women’s Health magazine. Women’s Health also points out that a workout outside—even when the air is cold—can give you some much-needed sun exposure in the dark winter months, which may boost your mood as well.2

To help you stay motivated and consistent on an Active Wellness lifestyle, here are some tips:

  1. Eat healthy carbs a couple of hours before strenuous activities to keep your body warm and energetic. This also helps prevent fatigue.
  2. Do not drink caffeinated beverages before working out, because they can cause dehydration.
  3. Drink water or beverages with electrolytes before, during and after your workout to avoid cramping and dizziness. The PiMag® Water Bottle is ideal with its built-in water filter.
  4. Set exercise/weight goals and write them down. Ask your Nikken Consultant for information about our Weight Management Plan to help you. Remember there is FREE SHIPPING on all Weight Management Packs ordered before 31st March 2018.
  5. Reward yourself periodically as you achieve your goals, but not with food, so you don’t associate pleasure only with edible treats.
  6. Wear KenkoTherm® Support Wraps to help your muscles and joints stay warm and stable.

Before undertaking any exercise you should be healthy and ensure you dress appropriately for the weather. If you have any health issues you should not exercise in really cold weather. If the temperature drops to below minus 10 Celsius it is advisable to workout indoor instead.

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  1. https://www.bustle.com/articles/174136-8-weird-ways-weather-affects-your-workout
  2. https://www.bustle.com/articles/174136-8-weird-ways-weather-affects-your-workout

Setting Nikken Goals for 2018

Blog 22nd Jan postThe dictionary defines “resolution” as “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. As we settle into 2018 we often think of all the things we’d like to accomplish this year. Apparently 80% of New Year resolutions fail by February!1

To prevent this from happening, we have to change our mindset. Keep an open mind, get rid of limiting beliefs, set our goals for 2018, make the commitment, create a plan, and then act on it. If we lapse, we need to forgive ourselves and get back on track. To make 2018 your best business year yet, you need to know why you’re in business with Nikken and what you’re willing to commit to in terms of sponsoring, retailing and mentoring. What were you focused on in 2017? Was it effective? What will you focus on in 2018?

Here are some suggestions to help you make 2018 your best Nikken year yet:

  • Choose to believe in yourself. Trust that you can do it and trust that Nikken is behind you all the way.
  • Plan your day the night before. Make your to-do list and have it prioritised.
  • Set aside a time every day to look over and manage your business on your MyNikken. You need to know who your potential stars are and mentor them closely. You also need to encourage the forgetful ones to go onto Autoship so they will never run out of product. Remember that there is Retail Autoship as well as Consultant Autoship.
  • Incorporate the Everyday Weight Management Pack into your Active Wellness lifestyle. The Pack is not just about being at the right weight; it’s about good nutrition that works efficiently. You are a walking advertisement, so stay physically and mentally fit. We are offering FREE shipping on the Everyday Weight Management Pack until 31st March 2018.
  • Resolve to be a role model and have a 30 to 60 second testimonial ready, talking about how you’ve benefited from Nikken physically, mentally and financially.
  • Make sure you’re personally retailing at least 500 points monthly. (For example, retail just one Water Pack and you’re there!)
  • Make it a point to follow up with your retail customers.
  • Sponsor at least three people who are each committed to retailing 500 points a month. Show them how to earn by sponsoring 3 team members.
  • A Wellness Home begins with you and what you put into your body. Build your own Wellness Home with Nikken products from the Nutrition, Water and Sleep categories. Teach your team members and new customers to do the same.

We tend to complicate work and life with too many ifs, ands or buts. Instead, we need to think things through, make solid decisions and follow through. There will always be good days and bad days, but the key is to stick to the plan. Talking about it is not enough, as actions make businesses grow. By taking the right actions consistently, you’ll be congratulating yourself for a year of achievement when December comes around!

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1 http://www.businessinsider.com/new-years-resolutions-courses-2016-12

A new year, a new you; starts with eating well and living well everyday

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Making resolutions at the start of the year is something many of us do. Often these resolutions centre around a health goal, such as shedding extra pounds put on during the Christmas period or getting more active. Unfortunately, many of us set our expectations of ourselves too high and we fail to stick to our resolutions. However, the Nikken Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management Programme is based on three basic assertions for a healthy lifestyle: Cleanse, Balance and Energise. It’s simple and convenient making it much easier to stick to. It’s as easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Kenzen® Cleansedx is a gluten-free, 100% organic nutritional supplement, which may help contribute to the support or maintenance of normal liver function and digestion. Featuring organic Roasted Chicory Root, Milk Thistle extract, Turmeric extract, Bupleurum extract, Shisandra and Ashwaghanda. Each of these organic ingredients serves multiple purposes on its own, but together, work in synergy. Take 3 capsules, one 20 minutes before each meal (based on 3 main meals a day).
  2.  KVB® Natural Food Mix in Vanilla or Chocolate flavour are formulated with more than 80% organic ingredients, naturally sourced organic protein from organic pea, organic rice and organic chlorella. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just health-conscious, KVB® helps you put plant protein into your diet. To create a nourishing breakfast, snack or lunch, use KVB® Natural Food Mix as a base and add PiMag® water, non-fat milk, almond milk or coconut milk. For a delicious variation add your choice of fruit or vegetables and then blend until smooth.
  3. Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink contains 80 mg per serving of natural caffeine from organic matcha green tea. The natural caffeine in organic matcha green tea binds to the naturally occurring phytonutrients to help slow down the absorption of the stimulant, giving it a slow release effect. Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink is made with USDA certified organic ingredients, contains no added sugar and is only 8 calories per serving (4 calories per 100ml).

To kick-start your New Year contact your Independent Nikken Consultant to order the Everyday Weight Management Pack – containing everything you need for the next 30 days. Just a few simple steps make all the difference!

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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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5 Ways to a Healthy Mind

“A mind free from the distractions of physical discomfort or financial concern can allow a person to live up to their greatest potential. A healthy mind offers emotional balance and wellbeing, benefiting us personally as well as our family and friends.”

And so we’ve arrived at the 2nd pillar – Healthy Mind, which is a key component to leading a healthy and happy life, so in this post we’ve outlined 5 ways to a healthy mind.

1) Personal Development

It can be a daunting experience stepping out of your comfort zone, but once you do, you’ll feel better for it.

Once out of that comfort zone, you’ll find you’ll be able to communicate with others more effectively, even in larger groups of people. Taking that one step will make the consequent steps easier to overcome.

Having personal awareness is important too; you need to understand your own opinions, attitude and knowledge before you know where it is you want to be and what your personal goals are.

Of course personal development and building various skills doesn’t come easy, it requires patience and practice – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Persistence will pay off in the end, reaching goals requires you to take a ‘never give up’ attitude; a key piece of advice that many of our Consultants have shared.

Personal development helps to contribute to the realisation of your dreams and aspirations. Nikken will give you all the support that you need to succeed but it is you that defines your own success. Nikken’s ‘Humans Being More’ training events help to build upon all of these personal development aspects. ‘Humans Being More’ is a unique personal development training course, designed to enhance your communication skills, understand your values and develop your potential.

2) Managing Time and Money Effectively

There’ll be more of ‘healthy finances’ in our 5th pillar of health blog post in the New Year but, keeping on top of your finances, and managing your time effectively ensures that you are making the most out of your life, making you feel content, and your mind healthy.

 

If done right, those worries that we all have from time to time regarding our finances and how we’re spending our days will disappear. Keep to-do lists to stay on top of things, vary your days with different activities and tasks, prioritise your workload and, of course, set aside time to relax and have some YOU time. Having a specific routine (that isn’t boring) will ensure that you’re focused for the day ahead, happier and more productive.

3) Life-long Learning

Throughout our lives we are constantly learning new things – embrace this and learn as much as possible. Constant learning exercises our brains, keeping it active, reinforcing memory and information processing.

Take notice and be aware of everything around you and enjoy the moment (whatever that moment may be). Maybe you could set new learning goals – why not aim to learn one new thing a day, or take up a new hobby? Ask yourself: What have I always wanted to do? For example, learn a new language.

Love learning… As Robert Kiyosaki (Investor, Entrepreneur, Financial Education Advocate and Bestselling Author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series) said: ‘Education would be so powerful if it was about the love of learning, NOT the fear of failing.’

4) Use Your Knowledge

So you’ve learnt a lot, built on your own skills that you’ve developed over time, now what do you do with the bank of knowledge that you’ve gained? If you’re constantly utilising the skills and knowledge that you’ve taken the time to learn, then you will become more efficient at carrying out tasks and are also less likely to forget all of what you’ve learned.

Share your knowledge with others, for example all of the knowledge you have about Nikken and Nikken products!

5) Love, Laugh, Live

Is laughter the best medicine? Well, maybe not literally but laughing can help you to de-stress and feel much happier!

Spend more time with family and friends – meet new people and network (which is a benefit that being part of Direct Selling provides!). Give your free time and love to others, they’ll appreciate it and you’ll feel good about making others feel good; a positive snowball effect!

Of course there are many more ways in which we can keep our minds healthy and alert for instance; getting a good night’s sleep, keeping hydrated and exercising the brain through puzzle-solving. 

What are your top tips to maintain a ‘healthy mind?’

Many thanks to our followers and readers,

The Digital Team @ Nikken Europe.