Share the Love = Share Active Wellness

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We are just a month away from Valentine’s Day… February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and Saint Valentine’s Day, as we know it, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. It occurs every year on the 14th February.

What is the meaning of it and why do we celebrate it?

This day was named after Saint Valentine. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still being used today.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, although written declarations didn’t appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine that still exists today was a poem by the Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It’s now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.1

Loving means sharing. Valentine’s Day is a day for sharing our care with our loved ones. In many places around the world, sweets, chocolate, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of Saint Valentine. Today, many of those same traditions are visible as lovers send bouquets of flowers and chocolates to one another on Valentine’s Day. We might think that Valentine’s Day as a holiday for couples; however, it’s also a day to celebrate the many loves and friendships in our lives.

The heart shape, by a modern definition, is an ideograph used to express the idea of the “heart” in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the core of emotion, affection, and love.

Look no further for the perfect Valentine gift that comes from your heart. Nikken has created the unique Kenko Heart Pendant and Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to declare your love! The pendant is stainless steel on one side and gold-plated on the other and is engineered with an 800-gauss neodymium magnet, symbolising the heart of Nikken.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day and lavish as much love and affection upon your loved ones as you can. But remember it just as important to do the same everyday.

 

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1. https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

14th January 2020

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New Year message from the C.E.O.

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KurtFulle copyDear Nikken Wellness Community,

As we bid farewell to 2019, I am grateful for the many memorable experiences of the past 12 months. There was the Recognition event in Mexico City, the Nikken North America Anniversary celebration in San Diego and the Team Kaizen trip to Italy. There was the Diamond Seminar in Toronto, the European Inspire event in Paris and a North American Leadership Summit. And finally, there was the opening of Chile. All of these activities gave me the chance to reconnect with old friends and make new friends. Every one of these events gave me an adrenalin rush!

I am also grateful for your unwavering belief in sharing Nikken Active Wellness with so many people who are in dire need of our products. There can be no more rewarding activity than introducing people to the 5 Pillars of Wellness. Your dedication to creating Wellness Homes everywhere certainly is an example of Humans Being More.

The year 2020 promises to be a very exciting year for our Global Wellness Community. Here are a few examples of what’s ahead for us in 2020.

In Europe and North America, Nikken will rollout cutting edge IT platforms for our website, shopping cart and back office.

We will continue to introduce new and improved products that customers will want and need.

We will provide you with more great tools that will make it easier to sell products.

We will celebrate 45 years of Active Wellness in New York City at our global convention.

We will host another European event in Paris, another Diamond Seminar in North America and another Leadership Summit in North America.

And qualifying for Team Taishi or Kaizen will offer exciting excursions in 2021.

Together we will improve the well being of people in all corners of the world. In helping others, you can benefit directly from the various rewards that are a part of our Incentive Program. We will do all of this while being respectful of the environment.

On behalf of all of us at Nikken World Headquarters, I would like to wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Best Wishes,

Kurt H. Fulle

2nd January 2020

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Build Your Personal 5 Pillars Mindset

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Recently I had the privilege of attending a Nikken leadership summit that was conducted by our sales and marketing team, led by President Luis Kasuga. Our CEO,  Mr. Fulle, was also in attendance. I came away with various nuggets of information and inspiration to work with in the coming year. Perhaps you can make use of them, too.

  • The original 5 Pillars of Health, when literally translated from the Japanese, really should be the 5 Pillars of “Wellness.” Wellness inherently connotes well-being, whereas health involves potential illness and therefore, possible cure. At Nikken, we help people with Active Wellness, achieving and maintaining well-being, never in curing or healing illness. Living with Active Wellness is an ongoing process that can always be improved upon.
  • The Family Pillar translated literally from the Japanese, really should be the “Relationship” Pillar. Families are doubtless the most important segment of all the relationships we choose to build or maintain over the years. Relationships are more far-reaching, so do not limit yourself to your family when building this pillar.
  • In Japanese, the literal translation for what we call the Society Pillar is actually “contributions.” There are people everywhere who need your help, which means there are infinite opportunities to serve. Using Nikken as a vehicle to serve does not mean just sharing the beneficial products. It means sharing yourself, as you are the actual contributor to the people you interact with. In the words of the original Nikken founder, “You are irreplaceable because you are you.”
  • We need Nature. Nature doesn’t need us. We need to be good to Nature and help preserve her, because we need her. In other words, the environment doesn’t need saving—it has been around for ages and will survive with or without humans. We, however, need the environment to support our well-being, so we are responsible for keeping it clean. We are responsible for being respectful of Nature for our own survival.
  • What is your legacy? What do you want your legacy to be? At Nikken, we share the ideal of Humans Being More. We share it but we don’t supply it. In other words, each individual has to commit to being more. It is a personal choice proven by positive behavior and service. We can role model it – that is a worthy legacy. What else can you add to your legacy?

I hope you had a wonderful 2019 and wish for you and yours an even better and more empowering new year of 2020. Remember, “Our past doesn’t define us. It provides lessons for the future.”

Provided by Mabel Chiu, Nikken

27th December 2019

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How Often Do You Wash Your Hands?

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During the festive season, you come in contact with more people than usual. Although this can help us expand our circle of friends and acquaintances, it increases your exposure to germs. Bacteria and viruses are easily transmitted by just about everything you touch. As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth and you can also spread them to others throughmicroscopic particles that will attack your immune system on a daily basis.

This is the reason why the best line of defense is to wash your hands as often as possible. Although it’s impossible to keep hands completely germ-free, washing your hands frequently is a must when practicing Active Wellness. Hand washing can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

According to NHS UK1, you should always wash your hands when they are visibly dirty and:

  • Before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
  • Before eating or handling food
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food
  • Using the toilet, changing a nappy or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • Touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person
  • Handling garbage
  • Handling pet food or pet treats

According to the Word Health Organisation, the recommended guideline for washing your hands is as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice.2

Teaching children from a young age to wash hands often is key to preventing the spread of common ailments. The five easy steps are: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry.

It’s wise to wash your hands and change your clothes after you get home from work and to wash your hands frequently during the workday. You don’t have to work with soil or anything else produced by Mother Nature to become infested with germs.

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers, which don’t require water, are an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren’t available. If you use a hand sanitiser, make sure the product contains at least 60% alcohol.

This festive season, decrease exposure to germs simply by thoroughly washing your hands often and with soap and enjoy Active Wellness.

1. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
2. https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/

9th December 2019

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

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The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy – raw materials must be extracted from the earth and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Some of the benefits of Reducing and Reusing 

  • Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators

How to Reduce and Reuse

  • Buy used. In most cases, used items can be less expensive and just as good as new.
  • Less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use fewer raw materials. This reduces waste and costs. Buying in bulk can reduce packaging and save you money.
  • Buy reusable instead of disposable. Look for items that can be reused. For example, you can bring your own cutlery and coffee mug to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

Recycling…

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. Recycling has multiple benefits for many areas of the economy – providing raw materials, creating jobs and encouraging business opportunities and innovation.1

There are many benefits to recycle and all of us can contribute to this just by taking small steps:

  • Find ways of recycling different materials. Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. Other items such as furniture, electronic equipment, building material and vehicles can also be recycled but many people don’t often think to do so.
  • Buy products that can be recycled. When shopping at the supermarket, look for products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans. Avoid plastic!
  • Buy products that have been made from recycled material. You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.
  • Make sure you have a recycle bin in your home. Your local council should be able to provide you with a recycle bin that can be used for materials such as glass, paper, aluminium and plastic.
  • Composting – a process where waste degrades into compost, which can then be used in your garden to help it grow. It is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste such as plant trimmings and leftover food.

Nikken’s bio-green PiMag® Water Bottle is made from patented BioGreen materials. These materials enable the bottle to completely break down in landfills and compost piles into biomass that nourishes soil and biogas that can be harvested for energy use.

1. https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/recycling-industry-can-boost-the

18th November 2019

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Fuel for Active Wellness = Fuel for Life

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Plants are the main source of oxygen for all forms of life on planet Earth. They also represent the primary source of all that is of nutritional value. Due to modern living conditions such as stress, smog and noise pollution, we now need more vital substances then we did a decade ago. Barley grass extract can provide vital substances that are no longer adequately present in our food.

Doctor Yoshihide Hagiwara, discoverer of the nutritional benefits of barley grass, called barley grass powder “nature’s best fast food”. He was a world-renowned scientist who has developed over 200 successful formulas. After researching over 150 types of grasses, plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs, he discovered that young barley grass is “one of the most nutritionally balanced foods in nature”.

During his research, he has also realised that the body more easily absorbs nutrients and enzymes from a juice powder, than from a whole leaf product. In order to capture and protect the delicate nutrients and enzymes, Dr. Hagiwara developed a unique extraction and spray dry process which earned him Japan’s prestigious Science and Technology Award. The same process is used in our Organic Jade GreenZymes® barley grass powder supplement.

We use a special seed that produces a large, broad thick grass, which is ideal for juicing. This is grown in rich fertile topsoil and only in the colder seasons to allow the barley to grow slowly in order to absorb all the nutrients in the soil. The barley grass is then harvested at 12-18 inches high, when the nutrients are at their peak and the blades are thick and loaded with juice.

Immediately after harvest, the barley grass is taken to the factory where the process of turning it into powder begins. The leaves are repeatedly washed and rinsed with fresh, pure water. Then, they are chopped to 1-2 inches and put through several stages of crushing where the fibre is separated from the juice.

After the juice is extracted, it’s sent to a vacuum evaporating system where it becomes concentrated. When the concentration process is over, the juice is spray dried using Dr. Hagiwara’s award-winning method at low temperatures. This method allows the enzymes and the nutrients to remain active and bioavailable. The spray-dried powder is granulated and transformed into uniformly sized granules that are easily dissolvable into liquid.

Throughout every step of the manufacturing process, rigorous quality control testing is performed, from checking the soil to testing the finished product.

Nikken’s Jade GreenZymes® formula is kosher and vegan, providing a fresh, clean taste and is Organic certified by the Soil Association.

Barley grass is so nutrient-dense that it can supply complete nutritional support.

Barley juice powder supports good health by providing:

  • Chlorophyll
  • Antioxidant enzymes: particularly, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and nitrogen reductase
  • Antioxidant bioflavonoids: a number of C-glycosylflavones, including saponarin and lutonarin
  • Eight essential amino acids, making it an extremely rich source of protein, with 15 times more protein than milk
  • Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper
  • Vitamins: beta-Carotene, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, pantothenic acid, lutein and folic acid

With so many nutrients, barley juice powder offers extensive health benefits.

28th October 2019

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Good Sleep promotes Active Wellness…

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Sleep is the best medicine for your body and mind. Getting the recommended 7-8 hours per night keeps us healthy and balanced and improves our overall quality of life.

When you’re asleep, your body restores itself – which is why next to eating well and exercising, getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can do for your health. But how can you best prepare yourself for a restful night? Meditating and reading a book before bedtime can help, but here are a few more surprising behaviours that signal to body and mind that you’re ready to get some shuteye…

Here are some examples:

1. Create a bedtime ritual. It doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you do it every night and start to associate it with sleep. A good night’s sleep starts with a moment of calm so set aside time to relax. Try lighting a scented candle in your bedroom just before you get into bed. The small flame is a visual cue that it’s time to relax, while the comforting fragrance will also have a calming influence on you.

2. Keep cool and get a breath of fresh air. Studies show that the optimal temperature for sleeping is around 18.5 degrees1, so keeping your bedroom cool is a must. Ventilation is also beneficial – the new air circulating throughout the room promotes a deeper sleep, so whenever possible, try to sleep with the window slightly ajar.

3. Make your bed comfortable. Did you know that over eight to ten years you’ll spend more than 26,000 hours sleeping in your bed! You can enhance the comfort of your bed with a simple Sleep Pad that fits on top of your main mattress. Nikken’s Naturest® KenkoPad® is designed to provide a very gentle relaxing massage-effect while sleeping, enhancing your overall sleep environment.

4. Enjoy physical activity. This will allow you to fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper sleep. Physical activityimproves sleepquality and increases sleepduration2. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it reduces stress and tires you out. It can be especially helpful if you are able to exercise outdoors and let your body absorb natural sunlight during the daytime hours.

5. Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. This is one of the most important strategies for sleeping better. If you keep a regular sleep-wake schedule, you’ll feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times, even if you only alter your sleep schedule by an hour or two.

6. Wind down and clear your head. Lie down in bed, close your eyes and practice breathing exercises. Inhale through your nose and exhale as much as possible through your mouth. Repeat a few times. Make sure you put all electronic devices away. Using them before sleeping will only wire up your brain3.

Get a good night’s sleep, relax your body and mind and enjoy an Active Wellness lifestyle!

Autumn Sleep Offer…
The Sleep Offers starts on 15th October through to 20th November with savings of 20% on individual sleep products and a further 10% on Wellness Home Sleep Packs.

Visit our website: www.nikken.com/eu/

1. https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/perfect-sleep-environment/
2. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-sleep-better
3. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

14th October 2019

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