What’s the best way to enjoy the autumn months?

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Traditionally, autumn is the colorful harvest season that precedes the cold winter months. The temperature begins to drop and the air becomes dryer as winds blow and leaves fall.

Each change of season is a transitional period in nature and our bodies follow suit even if we are unconscious of what’s happening. Autumn is a time when leaves fall and vegetation is either harvested or dies off. During this natural cycle, mould is released. Even though mould is airborne year round, this extra release can be a stress on the immune system.

Depending on the individual’s state of Active Wellness, the immune system either continues working well or becomes overloaded during autumn. Digestion may not be as smooth and the foods that worked well during the summer may suddenly be overwhelming. Autumn is therefore an ideal time to reduce the toxic load on the immune and digestive systems. In fact, since 60 to 80% of the immune system revolves around the digestive system, the two impact each other a great deal.1

In addition to being the perfect time to incorporate KENZEN Lactoferrin® 2.0 into your daily regimen, here are some things to do that may help decrease toxic overload:

1. Minimise exposure to chemical toxins in the environment or in products you might use on a daily basis, including cosmetics, laundry detergent, cleaners, plastics, air fresheners, etc.

2. Try using unscented cleaners and detergents. Scented products often are full of artificial ingredients that tend to burden the immune and digestive systems.

3. Read labels and try eating food without artificial coloring and preservatives. Processed foods in general may irritate sensitive digestive tracts.

4. Pay attention to food sensitivities. This is a great time of the year to eat foods that warm you up, just as summer was a perfect time to eat cooling salads. A rule of thumb is to heed Nature and eat what grows seasonally such as pumpkins, squash, root vegetables (beets and turnips), dark leafy greens and anything is locally grown.

5. Store your reusable plastic bags and containers in closed cupboards and air-tight containers. Plastics contain petrochemical molecules that are airborne, especially indoors.

6. Drink filtered water. Chlorine is a harsh chemical placed in many municipal water systems. The PiMag Waterfall® exceeds the standard for chlorine reduction and helps households filter tap water and reduce or eliminate the use of bottled water, contributing to the environment. Add the KENZEN® Super Ciaga® to your PiMag® water. A delicious organic mix drink with 100% fruit and a high ORAC value (antioxidant), the Super Ciaga could help towards the maintenance of a strong immune system.

7. To help keep a healthy gut, traditional Chinese medicine recommends eating moistening foods such as tofu, tempeh, spinach, barley, pears, apples, seaweed, mushrooms, almonds and sesame seeds.2

8. Protect your skin from the dryness the elements might cause. Use a moisturiser such as TRUE elements® Marine Organic Youthful Face Cream at night and Nourishing Face Cream during the day.

Try to get plenty of rest and sleep to help keep your immune system happy and enjoy this beautiful season!

 

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1. https://www.no-ibs.com/blog/why-does-ibs-act-up-in-spring-or-fall/
2. https://thehutong.com/what-to-eat-in-autumn/

1st October 2019

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Let’s Go Green…

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As we become more educated about how to help sustain planet Earth, our habits and even the language we use, evolve. Going “green” is being redefined as we learn about alternatives and possibilities.

The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations.  A product is considered green if it has “less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent.” 1

No product is 100% green, since everything we dispose of will eventually impact the environment in some way. According to Sustainable Earth, green products are:

  • Energy efficient, durable and often have low maintenance requirements.
  • Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
  • Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources.
  • Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
  • Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.

We can each contribute to sustainability in small ways. Most of us know about the 3Rs: REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE. Practicing the 3Rs means we are going green by decreasing wastefulness, minimizing the accumulation of consumables and sharing with our communities.

Other ways of going green include using energy saving light bulbs, improving house insulation, installing solar panels, driving hybrid cars, eating less red meat, composting and using less plastic. We can carry reusable water bottles and limit packaging to glass, metal and paper, as these materials can be more easily recycled, reused or biodegraded.And, we can pay attention to ingredient lists, so we commit to buying products that are more naturally sourced and sustainable.

Businesses can lead the way and change consumer behaviour by producing more green products and helping to educate the masses. Nikken Consultants can spread the word about our company’s commitment to going green. The Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle and PiMag® Waterfall are eco-friendly and many of our nutritional products such as Jade GreenZymes® are certified organic. In addition, the TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare products are certified by EcoCert.

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Your Free Gift with purchase…  In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March – receive a free TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200 ml with each purchase of TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200 ml.

Offer valid until 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048. 

Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) – SAVE 50 % until the 31st March 2019.

1. http://www.isustainableearth.com/green-products/what-is-a-green-product
2. https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/how-identify-truly-green-products.html

11th March 2019

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Sustainable Ingredients… help support the planet’s natural wonders!

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There are many little things we can do to live in harmony with our beautiful natural world. One of them is to look carefully at the ingredients we use in our daily routine and make sure they are being sourced in a sustainable way.

To be ‘sustainable’ means to show environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, when extracting and using ingredients from natural resources.

At Nikken we use sustainably sourced Seaweed and Palm Oil in the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range .

Our Palm Oil suppliers are certified with the “Green Palm Sustainability”certificate, which means the palm oil plantation has been independently audited and certified against the RSPO – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil standard.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil for people, the planet and prosperity.
Forty per cent of the world’s palm oil producers are members of the RSPO, as well as many product manufacturers, retailers, environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs). To become a certified member of the RSPO, producers must adhere to its principles. These are just a few; they must be compliant to applicable laws and regulations and importantly show environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is also certified organic by ECOCERT2, the certification body for sustainable development.

The active seaweed, used in the TRUE elements® products, is harvested from a world UNESCO site just off the coast of France where the seaweed is grown sustainably and with respect to the environment around it. The French government and various other organizations manage the seaweed industry by committing each year on quantities to harvest, the geographical place to harvest, sizes to cut and number of licenses for harvesters.

SPECIAL OFFER

It’s International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and to celebrate when you purchase the TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200ml you’ll receive the TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200ml as a free gift.

Offer valid 4th March – 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048.

1. http://www.greenpalm.org
2. http://www.ecocert.com/en/index.html

5th March 2019

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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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(5th June)

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Natures Secret Gift for Skin – Organic Skincare Science

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Our skin is more than just an outer covering; it is the main defence against external injury. It is a living, breathing organ, the largest in the body. Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body.

Choosing certified organic skincare can help give reassurance that the product is rich in ‘natural’ ingredients without the synthetic chemicals. The body cannot easily recognise and process synthetic chemicals and these ‘foreign’ substances, can sometimes accumulate in the tissues with the potential over time to cause an allergic skin reaction – such as contact dermatitis, eczema or breakouts.

It’s as important to decrease the toxic load on the skin as choosing a healthy (and organic!) diet. Using organic products also means that you are helping to support the sustainability of our environment.

Nikkens TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range has been certified organic by ECOCERT, meaning the products have met strict standards set for its specified category.  This is a distinction that very few products – even those labelled as “organic” – can claim.

More facts about the TRUE elements range…

  • The ECOCERT certified TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is also vegan

ECOCERT1 are the certification body for our skincare range and were the first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics. They look at the use of ingredients derived from renewable sources and the environmentally friendly manufacturing process, as well as requiring 95% of the total ingredients to come from natural origin.

Vegan products are free from animal derived compounds (including milk, honey and beeswax) –  the TRUE elements® range does not contain any ingredients from animals at all so is suitable for use by vegans.

  • We use sustainably sourced seaweed

In France, where our skincare range is manufactured, the French government and     various other organizations manage the seaweed industry. They commit each year on quantities to harvest, the geographical place to harvest, sizes to cut and number of licenses for harvesters.

Everything is under control by satellite through the different Research Centers such as IFREMER2. They control the water quality and all the resources.

  • We use sustainably sourced Palm Oil

Our suppliers are certified with“Green Palm Sustainability”certificates.

  • We advise a ‘period after opening’ time so you know when your product is still in its optimum.

In Europe, cosmetic products with a lifespan of more than 30 months must show a ‘period after opening’ (POA) time. That is the time when the product will remain in optimum performance after the consumer has used the product for the first time. See the jar symbol with the ‘time’ in months shown inside.

  • No Bunny logo needed

In Europe it’s forbidden by law to test products on animals and that’s why we do not need to apply the ‘Bunny logo’ anymore.

  • Recycle your jars and tubes…

You can recycle your empty packaging at home in the suitable recyclable container.

  1. http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics
  2. https://wwz.ifremer.fr/en/The-Institute
  3. http://www.greenpalm.org

(21st May)

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What are the benefits of using a face serum?

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The face serum has now become an essential in both men and women’s skincare routine, but still many people are confused about why and when to use it. A serum is a product with the intent to deliver a potent shot of ingredients directly into your skin so you should apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising.

Unlike a moisturiser, serums have a lipid-soluble base, which allows the active ingredients to penetrate into the epidermis instead of lying on the surface. This makes them great for targeting specific concerns like wrinkles, brightness, acne or hydration.

TRUE Elements® Face Serum contains active ingredients that help reinforce the skin, promoting cellular renewal and the creation of elastin fibres to help maintain the skin’s natural suppleness. Hyaluronic acid helps plumps the skin and may help stimulate collagen production to keep skin looking smoother and more youthful.

Due to the level of concentration only a pea-sized amount of serum is required, it should be gently massaged into your face and neck, after cleansing. You can then apply your regular moisturiser such as TRUE Elements® Nourishing Face Cream.  Watch our new ‘How to…’ video for extra hints and tips.

When choosing TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare you can be confident that you are using the highest quality ingredients on your skin. Organic skincare can give you confidence that what you are putting on your skin is free of parabens, GMO’s, mineral oils, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, PEG, EDTA, synthetic colourings and fragrances.

TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is a synergistic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plant. The rich blend of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and anti-oxidants in the seaweed underpins the range. Packed full of naturally powerful ingredients TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare, is pH balanced to work in harmony with the skin’s natural chemistry.

To discover more about TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare or to find out about our special skincare offers speak to you Nikken Consultant.

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