Summer Body Care…

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Your skin is your largest organ and has many important functions including protecting internal organs and systems, regulating body temperature and removing toxins.

Younger adults who experience minor injury will likely find that their skin recovers fairly quickly. However, with age, the skin becomes drier and more delicate. Thus, it is advisable to apply an appropriate moisturiser daily. During the warm summer months, be sure to use a cream-based moisturizer to help reduce water loss from the skin. TRUE elements® Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml (#2046) is packed full of organic sea plant ingredients and shea butter to help maintain moisture and tone.

While the skin is made up of the same layers, it is very different depending on where on the body it is. For example, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your palms. A good skin care regime will go a long way in keeping your skin soft and supple. Look out for the return of Nikken’s TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream, in a bigger size – 75 ml.

Here are some tips for maintaining healthy looking skin:

1. Drink plenty of water. During the summer months, it is particularly important to hydrate your skin as sunshine, high temperatures and increased perspiration may all have a dehydrating effect.

2. Clean your skin from head to toe using a pH balanced shower gel to preserve the natural protective film (hydrolipidic film) that covers its entire surface. Its main function is to protect the skin against bacteria and at the same time it helps maintain its suppleness and retain moisture in the skin. Use the Nikken TRUE elements® Stimulating Shower Gel 200 ml (#2045), a pH balanced product that contains Brown Seaweeds and Marine Minerals to help maintain and preserve skins natural moisture.

3. Reduce stress and exercise more. Aerobic exercise can provide your body with a heavy dose of oxygenated blood. (This can help give your skin an instant glow for hours after a workout.) This is because the skin is filled with blood vessels that lie close to the surface. When you work out, the vessels dilate and give the skin a healthy, vibrant appearance.

4. Eat a healthy diet that includes many water-rich foods. What you eat reflects on your skin. Treat your skinkindly and optimise your nutritionby eating antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts and a varied and balanced diet. This can help towards providing optimal levels of the nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.

These are a few, of many ways, to help improve cellular hydration throughout your skin – and your entire body! Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare range1, certified by Ecocert2, may help you achieve just that!

Happy skin is a reflection of a healthy mind and a healthy body so look after it… all of it! Your body will thank you.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2vRVBXgQa0
  2. http://www.ecocert.com/en/

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Summer Hair Care…

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Most people spend more time outdoors during the summer months. Hair can become damaged from being exposed to sun, wind and chlorine. Effective hair care requires a good shampoo and conditioner, but what about the water used to wash it?

Unfiltered water generally contains sediment, minerals and chemicals (such as chlorine) purported to clean the water system that is installed in each home. None of these are helpful in maintaining clean hair and a healthy scalp. What could make a huge difference is the PiMag MicroJet® Shower System (#1466). You would normally think of water filters only in terms of clean drinking water, but the PiMag MicroJet® Shower System (#1466) could effectively help in reducing chlorine exposure and makes shower water comparable in quality to filtered drinking water.

Depending on your natural hair colour, ongoing chlorine exposure may transform it to various shades of yellow, green or blue also drying it out. Chlorine also tends to fade hair dye and highlights, increasing the cost of colour maintenance. It’s so much more cost-effective and practical to install the PiMag MicroJet® Shower System, which is far superior to other chlorine-reduction systems.

Here are the benefits of Nikken’s PiMag MicroJet® Shower System:

1. Most chlorine-reduction shower filters trap part of the chlorine or add other chemicals to counteract it. Nikken’s PiMag MicroJet® uses a reduction/oxidation process to convert free-radical chlorine ions to neutral chlorides. In addition, the Nikken Magnetic Technology helps condition the water without the use of salt or other chemical additives. The magnetic field assists in reducing clumping to reduce in turn, mineral buildup.

2. Even more effective filtration is achieved by the patent-pending Air-Induction Technology, which injects air into the shower stream to create a higher air-to-water ratio. The result is a water stream that is less viscous and has less surface tension so it passes through the nozzle with decreased resistance, which helps maintain water pressure without requiring a higher flow rate.

3. The PiMag MicroJet® nozzle releases streams of microbubbles within the water flow, producing an effective cleansing action that penetrates surface buildup of dirt and helps moisturize skin and scalp so they feel fresh and soft.

Useful Active Wellness hair care tips:

1. Once you have washed your hair, try rinsing it out with cold water. The cold temperature constricts hair cuticles and makes the strands smoother and more reflective. It also prevents dirt from accumulating on the scalp and helps strength hair. The cold water rinse may leave your hair looking glossier and shinier.

2. Before swimming, wet your hair with cold water so that it has already absorbed clean water and will then soak up less of the salt or chlorinated water. (Chlorine and salt water make hair frizzy.)

3. After swimming, if you stay out in the sun or delay going to the shower, coat your hair with TRUE elements® Conditioner, as it might help prevent damage.

4. Use TRUE elements® Shampoo and Conditioner regularly all year round and wash more frequently during summer months. Non-irritating to sensitive skin, the TRUE elements® Hair Care range does NOT contain commonly used chemical ingredients found in many name brands.

5. Bring the TRUE Elements® Shampoo and Conditioner with you to the gym, the pool, and the beach.

6. Drink lots of water. Dehydration has a direct impact on hair growth, and lack of hydration produces dry and brittle hair. It also may decrease the rate of growth.

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Summer Hydration for Overall Health and Glowing Skin…

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Drinking plenty of water is extremely important, since between 50 % – 70 % of our body mass is composed of water, including skin, tissues, cells and organs1. When dehydration occurs, the body does not have enough water for its basic vital functions.

Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydrationmay include2:

  • Increased thirst with dry mouth
  • Unusual feelings of fatigue or sleepiness
  • Decrease or lack in urine output
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation

Symptoms of severe dehydration may include2:

  • Lightheadedness – that stops you from standing or walking normally
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fever
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Lethargy and/or confusion
  • Actually passing out or blacking out
  • Swollen hands, feet and legs

Our bodies lose water daily through perspiration, breathing and the entire digestive process. We naturally replenish these losses through the consumption of food and beverages, but depending on individual diets, may not hydrate enough. The Institute of Medicine advises men to drink 3 litres of water per day and for women, 2.2 litres.

During the summer months, we tend to perspire more and lose even more water. That means the skin is working harder and we need to replenish the body’s largest organ by drinking more water. Water not only keeps our skin hydrated but can also help skin stay soft and supple. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Drinking enough water can help increase our metabolic rate, helping to improve the digestive system’s ability to flush toxins out of the body. Water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin so it’s important to hydrate the skin on the outside as well. That’s where a great facial moisturiser like TRUE elements®Nourishing Face Cream (# 2044) may help.  The Nourishing Face Cream contains hyaluronic acid, which can help to reinforce the skins natural process of storing moisture. Hyaluronic acid is believed to hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and helping store it there.

So we can see that staying hydrated is good for our overall health! Make sure you stay hydrated, even when out and about, with the PiMag® Water Bottle (#1375).  The PiMag® Water Bottle is refillable and contains a filter that helps purify tap water. The PiMag® Water Bottle is reusable – so you are also doing your bit for the environment.  The bottle is BPA free and fully biodegradable, meaning it will break down into natural biomass that contributes to the soils nutrients.

1. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref

2. https://www.emedicinehealth.com/dehydration_in_adults/article_em.htm

Notes:

– The PiMag®Water Bottle Filter (#1376) is recommended to be changed every 3 months.

– Product codes are quoted in brackets.

(3rd July)

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The ABCs of MCTs…

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No matter how much we weigh, each of us needs fat to maintain balance in our diets. Sometimes we are ingesting the wrong type of fats and too much of it. MCTs, on the other hand, are a good source of fat that may also help reverse the effects of harmful fats.

MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. Triglycerides are the main constituents of natural fats and oils. High concentrations in the blood are indicators of a higher risk of stroke. In contrast, medium-chain triglycerides are composed of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone. MCTs are sometimes used to counter the effects of high triglycerides in the blood.

The name refers to the way carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. Typically, fats found in the diet are long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) with 20 or more carbon chains.1 MCTs range from six to 12 carbon chains.2 Due to their shorter chain length, MCTs travel straight from the gut to the liver and do not require bile to break them down. LCTs require the break down first. In the liver, fats are broken down to be either used as fuel, or stored as body fat.

Since MCTs enter our cells without having to be broken down, our bodies use them as instant sources of energy that pass through the blood-brain barrier to fuel the brain cells.3 In addition, MCTs may help burn calories more effectively. In one study, the thermogenic effect of a high-calorie diet containing 40 percent fat as MCTs was compared to one containing the same level of LCTs. The thermic effect (calories wasted six hours after a meal) of the MCTs was almost twice as high as the LCTs. With MCTs, 120 calories were used, compared to 66 calories from LCTs over the six hours. A follow-up study demonstrated that MCT oil given over a six day period could increase diet-induced thermogenesis by 50 percent.

Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, to increase exercise performance, for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, and for weight loss.4 During exercise, rising lactate levels can negatively impact exercise performance. MCTs may help reduce lactate buildup when taken before exercising and may also help us use more fat instead of carbs for energy.5

MCTs could provide numerous health benefits for an Active Wellness lifestyle, but how easy are they to access and consume? Nikken has the answer thorough its KVB® Protein Meal Replacement Mix. Looking at the Vanilla and Chocolate flavours, you will see that MCTs are the second ingredients for both.

Furthermore, 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 us derive more energy from the food we eat.

1, 2 https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-915/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts

3, 4, 5, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mct-oil-benefits?utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=authoritynutrition&utm_content=2018-05-14

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Everyday Active Wellness…

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You no longer have to aim for 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy – a brisk 10-minute walk is just as good, according to official new advice1.

Public Health England (PHE)2 and the Royal College of GPs said focusing on time, rather than distance or quantity of steps, can reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%. One in five middle-aged adults are said to be physically inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. The official recommendation is for adults to carry out at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week.

Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director at PHE, said: “Managing all the pressures of everyday life can mean that exercise takes a back seat, but building a brisk walk into your daily routine is a simple way to get more active.”

If you are not able to be active as such on a daily basis, what can you do to ensure you are still enjoying an “Active Wellness” lifestyle?

Create a list of the activities you would like to do, such as walking, aerobics, tennis, or taking a class at a fitness or community centre. You are more likely to stay active if you choose activities you enjoy. A brisk walk around the park wearing the Nikken mStrides in your shoes may offer you an ultimate re-energising environment with the help of the most innovative DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology.

Do you have a desk job, which means you are not moving as much everyday? Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. If you work in an office, you may spend hours at your desk each day. Just getting up and moving around a little every 30 minutes can get you blood pumping and increase your activity level. Try the Nikken KenkoSeat® II, a fantastic product designed to provide comfort while seated and may even help with your posture.

Skip conveniences like delivery and food shopping pickup services.Every time you have someone else do something for you, such as deliver food or shop for your groceries, you’re losing out on activity you could be doing yourself. When you have the time, do it yourself instead. Additionally, part of staying fit is eating a healthy diet, so make sure you’re consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Take the stairs instead of the lift.Little changes like this one can help you stay fit without setting aside a specific time for exercise.

Keep your energy levels up and help your body rest and recover from everyday activities by getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

1. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/focus-on-brisk-walking-not-just-10000-steps-say-health-experts

2. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/move-more/

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Sport and the importance of active recovery…

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After a hard workout or training session, it would seem that complete rest would be the best way to encourage recovery… However, research proves many advantages in active recovery.

What is active recovery?

Active recovery is a workout session that is less intense and has less volume than any of the other sessions you do and is specifically designed to help reduce physical and mental fatigue.

The Purpose of Recovery

The purpose of recovery is to allow the muscle to repair itself and to engage muscles that are tired or sore from a previous day, intense training or competition.

It is common to feel less energetic and sore the day after your workout, race, or game, but passive recovery isn’t recommended unless you are injured. Instead, it is recommended to do some light physical activity. This can be walking, easy jogging, easy cycling or mobility exercises. Massage can also be used as part of active recovery.

Active recovery helps mobilize the joints, which need to move through their range of motion to be lubricated. It also gets the blood flowing through your muscles, which helps bring them nutrients to build new muscle as well as helping to carry away waste products.

During an active recovery day, you don’t want to engage in activities that challenge the muscles used the day before. Instead, aim for doing lighter activities. 

Science to back this up

There are hundreds of studies that underpin Active Recovery. One studypublished in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that active recovery immediately after the event encourages recovery and reduces muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest.

What we do on Recovery Days

The point of a recovery day is to recover from your training in not only the physical aspect, but also as a much-needed mental break.

Active recovery focuses on completing a workout at a low intensity, but just high enough that it gets the blood moving and helps reduce residual fatigue in the muscle.  One of the best activities towards recovering is swimming. A relaxing swimming session and a cool / cold shower after, may help the muscles stretch, relax and recover. Another studyshowed that a swimming based recovery session enhanced following day exercise performance, possibly due to the hydrostatic properties of water.

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. Set exercise / weight goals and write them down.

3. Reward yourself periodically as you achieve your goals, but not with food, so you don’t associate pleasure only with edible treats.

4. Wear the KenkoTherm DUK® Tape, which may help your muscles and joints stay warm and supported.

5. Massage your tired muscles with the Kenkotouch®, a device designed to help promote relaxation and relief.

6. Support your back during and after a workout with the KenkoTherm® Back Belt that can be worn alone but is designed with a back pocket that holds the Kenko MagFlex® in place.

  1. http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/5/2/40
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19908172

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Men’s health…

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Everyone knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a busy schedule, you may find it hard to make time for regular exercise or find yourself eating a lot of takeout and junk food. But you can’t afford to be passive about your health.

Diet, exercise, sleep and stress management all count towards optimising men’s health at any age. Here are some key tips which could help towards men’s overall health and wellbeing.

Stay fit

There are some basic but very important things men should do regularly to stay in good health. Start exercising! Men (and all adults) need at least two-and-a-half hours a week of moderate – intensive aerobic activity, like a brisk walk. Plus, strength training at least twice a week, that helps work all major muscle groups.

Eat right

Consuming a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are important in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other significant health issues. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Experts recommend eating a balanced diet, which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.

A UK study1 suggested that a high intake of plant foods, particularly tomato products, may benefit men’s health. Tomatoes are well known for containing lycopene, which is an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits their colour. Lycopene2 is an antioxidant that also protects our body cells from oxidants that have been linked to cancer. Two capsules of Nikken’s Kasai® for Men provide 6mg of high- quality lycopene, together with powdered garlic and pumpkin seed; this variety of Kasai® is designed to help contribute to men’s overall wellbeing.

Stick to a sleep schedule

Good “sleep hygiene” (things that promote regular, sound sleep) can help men lead healthier happier lives.

Look after your skin

Given today’s busy lifestyle, adequate skin care is just as important for men as for women. Environmental factors, as well as constant shaving, makes men’s skin sensitive and prone to skin conditions such as acne, dehydrated skin, dullness and shaving ingrowths. Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare offers all the products necessary for a good skincare regime. Not just for women, but for men too! The TRUE elements® Youth Active Serum contains Ulva algae which helps natural cellular renewal plus hyaluronic acid, known to helpstimulate collagen synthesis which may help improve skins overall appearance.

  1. http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/07/12/1055-9965.EPI-14-0322
  2. http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/health-nutrition/miracle-fruit-report/ 

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