Magnets and the Body…

The Magnet…

Magnets have been used successfully for centuries in different parts of the world. Naturally produced magnets are called Lodestones1and were used in ancient China, Japan, India, Egypt and Greece to help people enjoy better health. 

A basic or dipole magnet is an iron based metal with its atomic structure as a line so energy is focused in a single direction. That energy exits the southpole and flows to the north, creating flux lines resulting in a cyclical pattern we call the magnetic field

Magnetism… a fundamental force in our lives.

Magnetism is at the very heart of our universe. In fact, Planet Earth is one huge magnet. It’s surrounded by a giant magnetic field that is cycling 360 degrees from onepole to another. This is what we call magnetosphere, which extends for thousands of miles beyond the surface of the earth and its role is to protect us from harmful radiation. 

The Body…

One of the four basic natural forces of our environment is Electromagnetism – an ancient principle and an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which refers to the way that energies flow through our bodies and how they can affect our health. In recent decades, the Western cultures have also recognized these practices such as acupuncture. 

Earth’s magnetic field has changed over the course of human history, declining approximately 50% from 3000 years agoand reversing its polarity quite a few times. In addition, we are also constantly surrounded by man-made EMFs (electromagnetic fields) because our modern industrialised society has found ways to interfere with the natural magnetic cocoon that our planet provides. These include radio, television, mobile phones, electricity poles, etc. It means that our biological systems are missing out on the natural principles on which they depend on. 

Nikken Magnetics…

Nikken has been researching and developing magnetic technologies since 1975 with the launch of its first ever Magnetic Insoles – KenkoInsoles®. Since then, Nikken has continued its research and found that the more complex the magnetic fields, the more effective they are on the body. 

Nikken’s magnetic products help to restore the conditions in which human beings have evolved to live and thrive by revolutionizing the magnet technology with its patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966). This technology features a series of individual magnets within an organized structure that places them in polar opposition, with positive or negative poles facing each other at several points. The result is an intensified magnetic field providing a deeper penetration as the magnets change position relative to each other. The polar shifts produce an active or dynamic magnetic field and this technology is the only one of its type that can create an active field using static magnets without the need for powered moving parts. 

All Nikken magnets are static (without the need to use electricity) and they represent a fundamental part of our Rest and Relaxation line with wellness products such as the MagCreator®, Kenko MagDuo® and Kenko MagFlex®.

1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00033790310001642812

2. Dr. Kyoichi Nakagawa, MD, Dir Isuzu Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, “Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome”, Japan MedJournal, No 2475, 12/4/76

1st September 2020

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Slow down and enjoy the Summer…

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Summer should be a fun and relaxing time. It can be hectic rushing around, trying to fill the days with activities; summer clubs for the kids, getting things done for yourself as well as finding ways to celebrate the sun being out. It doesn’t have to be like this – slow down and enjoy the summer season.

No matter where you spend it, the joys of summer are simple to create. It’s about having a loose schedule, slow mornings and carefree days. It’s about taking a break from the busy schedule to explore outdoors and read stories in the afternoon sun.

 Start a morning routine and build a little time for yourself in the morning hours because in the summer, it’s easier to wake up early. Your body responds to natural light so try going to bed with the curtains / shutters open and allow the natural morning light to brighten your room and wake you. Waking up earlier gives you more time for yourself.

Spending time outdoors in the natural sunlight helps top up levels of vitamin D and relaxes your body and mind. It’s so good to get out and enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and flowers in bloom. Enjoy and appreciate the natural world around you.

Wander to a local park or eat dinner outdoors. Or venture out a bit further, go to the woods or onto a local walking trail.  

Stepping out in nature makes you leave everything behind. The air smells different, noises and views are new and different and a walk in the woods gives you a chance to reduce your stress with every step. This is as much about the spirit of your adventures as it is the adventures themselves. Even a simple outing to watch squirrels at a park or climb a big tree your kids have been eyeing can feel like a grand adventure.

– Unplug from your daily digital routine. Make the most of your summer days by limiting the time you spend looking at the screen such as your phone, tablet or TV.  Find other relaxing ways to fill your days – such as reading a good book or lose yourself in crafting. Such activities will still keep the mind engaged but relaxed at the same time.

– Grow something. There is magic and wonder about growing your own plants or vegetables. You don’t need impressive gardening skills and if you lack outdoor space, you can still have a few pots indoors on your window sill.

– Create Summer traditions. Over the years, you might have tried different activities, some of which have made long-lasting impressions. These can become traditions – things you do every summer, things you look forward to all year such as a trip to the lake, camping with friends, water balloon fights in the back garden or even a lemonade stand for the kids in those hot summer days.

Whichever activities you have planned for the summer, slow down and enjoy it…

It flies by so quickly!

Discover more outdoor tips here: https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/ways-to-connect-with-nature-inside-and-out/

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27th July 2020

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Walk to boost health and happiness…

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Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace.

Walking can be the easiest way to get active but it’s benefits reach much further than just boosting fitness and losing weight.

People walk for all sorts of reasons: some walk for exercise, some walk for relaxation while others walk to exercise their dogs. Another reason to stretch your legs and take a walk is that walking can also help boost your mood.

Walk to help boost your health…

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can help increase cardiovascular fitness, help strengthen bones and help reduce excess body fat. It could also help reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease1. Plus, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Walk to help boost your happiness…

Going for a walk around your local park for example, involves several things that can give your mood a boost. Getting up from your work chair or sofa, spending time in nature, being exposed to sunlight or general daylight and taking in an interesting view can all help lift your spirits. The fresh air can help clear your mind, helping tension and stress fade away…

Here are a few tips to get the most out of your walks:

Walk for at least 30 minutes each day. To get the health benefits, try to walk for at least 30 minutes as briskly as you can. ‘Brisk’ means that you may be puffing slightly. If it’s too difficult to walk for 30 minutes at one time, do regular small walking sessions
(10 minutes) three times per day and then gradually build it up.

 Make walking part of your daily routine. Try to walk at the same time each day. You will use the same amount of energy, no matter what time of day you walk, so do what is most convenient for you. Keep an activity diary or log if it helps.

 – Wear a pedometer. A pedometer measures the number of steps you take. You can use it to measure your movement throughout a day and compare it to other days or to recommended amounts. This may motivate you to move more. The recommended number of steps accumulated per day to achieve health benefits is 10,000 steps or more2.

– Choose the right footwear for walking. Walking is a low-cost and effective form of exercise. However, the wrong type of shoe or walking action can cause foot or shin pain, blisters and other injuries. Make sure your shoes are comfortable, with appropriate heel and arch supports. Take light, easy steps and make sure your heel touches down before your toes. Whenever possible, walk on grass rather than concrete to help absorb the impact. Invest in a good quality pair of insoles for your shoes.

Nikken’s Kenko® mSteps or mStridescan be trimmed to fit and have built in patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology which acts like a magnetic field generator inside the shoes offering you a subtle, yet energising massage like stimulation.

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As well as supporting the soles of your feet, you may also need extra support for your knees and ankles. The KenkoTherm® Knee Wrap and KenkoTherm® Ankle Wrap help provide comfort and support. Unisex and with an orthopaedic design, these wraps can help support with flexibility.

This summer, walk for Health, walk for Happiness, walk for Active Wellness…

 

1. https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/walking-reduces-heart-disease-in-people-at-risk/
2. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190723-10000-steps-a-day-the-right-amount
3. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/07/06/45-years-of-nikken-insoles-discover-the-history-of-active-wellness/

20th July 2020

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45 years of Nikken Insoles – Discover the history of Active Wellness

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Magnetic energy is a fundamental part of the body’s natural processes and of the natural environment of all living things. A key principle of both Far Eastern cultures and Traditional Chinese Medicine is that of the flows of energies in the body1.

Nikken’s magnetic technologies have been carefully designed and developed for over 45 years with the result being products that are designed to fit easily into our everyday lives.

The first application of Nikken’s Magnetic Technology was the design of the Nikken KenkoInsoles®, the company’s first product when launched in 1975. Nikken’s founder, Mr. Isamu Masuda began his wellness revolution with a brilliant thought: “If people feel better after walking on pebbles, why not create a way to experience this effect all day long?”

Masuda discovered that if someone’s feet were sore then fatigue would likely spread throughout the whole body. So he searched for a solution.

Drawing inspiration from the combined research into the positive effects of magnetic fields and massage inspired by the reflexology practices and the pebbles on the floors of the traditional Japanese hot baths – he combined a textured surface with magnetic technology and this is how the Magsteps® (later called KenkoInsoles®) were created.

Over the years, the products have been developed further into today’s insoles:
mSteps and mStrides. 

Discover more about the insoles: 

Kenko® mSteps  – a gentle massage in your shoe!

Raised nodules on the surface of mSteps are designed to provide a very gentle massaging sensation on the soles of the feet. Walking, standing or sitting, these nodules will stimulate and invigorate your feet.

Patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology acts like a magnetic field generator inside the shoes. This happens when magnets are placed in a way called ‘polar opposites’ – as you walk, the components of the magnets move changing position to produce a dynamic field of energy.

mSteps are available in two sizes: 2.5 – 7 (#3053) and 6.5 – 11.5 (#3054).  The insoles can be trimmed if needed to fit perfectly in your shoes.

Kenko® mStrides – great for active activity!

mStrides have the same patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology as the Kenko® mSteps but without the massaging nodules.

They are thicker to provide more cushion and flexibility, ideal for use in soft athletic shoes such as trainers and hiking boots, etc.

mStrides are also available in two sizes: 2.5 – 7 (#3050) and 6.5 – 11.5 (#3051), these insoles can also be trimmed if needed to fit perfectly in your shoes.

Whichever insoles you choose this summer, you can comfortably walk your way to Active Wellness!

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1. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/traditional-chinese-medicine-what-you-need-to-know

6th July 2020

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Support and Be Supported in Your Exercise Routine…

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Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the warmer weather by exercising and practicing Active Wellness outside! Take your indoor exercise outdoors – walking, biking, yoga, tai chi and chi gung.

According to the American Heart Association, being more active leads to many health benefits including a boost in levels of good cholesterol, improved blood flow (circulation) and helping keep weight under control.At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is recommended each week.2  This can be broken down to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Since every minute of moderate to vigorous activity counts, adding two or three short walks a day would help achieve that goal.

If you’re not naturally active or need some motivation to get started, here are some ways that could help you get more active:

  • Seek out people who will keep you motivated and accountable for your Active Wellness regimen. Many local communities hold clubs or events – find local exercise groups to join.
  • Get a workout buddy who is in a similar physical shape as you. You can help each other stay on course and progress together. Make it a social time, not just an exercise time.
  • Choose activities you enjoy.If you dislike running, don’t try to become a jogger. Zumba, Pilates or yoga might suit you better. If you have sensitive joints, swimming may be your best choice.
  • Choose your preferred exercise time – If you’re not a morning person, getting up earlier to exercise will only demotivate you.

Whatever your choice of workout, a decent sport shoe is a must. Investing in a quality shoe can help prevent injuries and make your workout a more pleasant and comfortable experience. Nikken’s Kenko mStrides® offer dynamic energy flow and foot support to wearers. With their long-wearing surface, they do not absorb moisture or odour and they provide ventilation to help keep your feet cool.

Nikken offers you the perfect exercise support products to help achieve Active Wellness. The Nikken KenkoTherm® Support Wraps help secure your muscles and joints, so you feel confident during strenuous activities. They can help provide added support when your muscles feel strained. KenkoTherm® wraps are crafted of soft yet durable material that provide the ideal amount of stretch. In addition, the KenkoTherm DUK® tape is made out of 100% cotton with hypoallergenic adhesive and is water resistant. Take advantage of the current offer – buy 6 to receive one FREE (use code 88056).

1, 2. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/why-is-physical-activity-so-important-for-health-and-wellbeing

29th April 2019

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Creating Good Habits for Health, Longevity and Happiness…

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The successful pursuit of Active Wellness revolves around the creation of good lifestyle habits, which go hand-in-hand with self-development. Active Wellness encompasses mind, body and spirit and according to an article in Medical NewsJapanese people – Japanese women, especially – have a wonderful system resulting in good health, longevity and happiness. Many Nikken products are based on the Japanese approach to health and prosperity. Here’s how:

  • Japanese people drink a lot of green tea, commonly believed to be one of the healthiest beverages and renowned for its antioxidants, nutrients and many other benefits. Green tea leaves contain bioactive compounds and phytonutrients, such as flavonoids and catechins. A nutritional alternative is Nikken Organic Jade GreenZymes®.Made from the juice of freshly harvested, shoots of Organic barley grass.
  • Japanese people eat fermented foods, an ancient practice with plenty of health benefits. A popular food in Japan is natto, made by fermenting soybeans. Fermentation is a process that preserves food while creating beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. Kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh, pickles and miso soup are all examples of fermented consumables. Fermented foods add good bacteria to the gut, helping digestion. KENZEN Digestion Complex 4-20 contains 20 different types of enzymes and assists in normal digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Walking is a meditative practice in Japan. Instead of walking specifically to get somewhere, a walking meditation involves thinking about each step, focusing on the movement of the feet and how the body shifts when going forward. Walking mindfully with the Kenko mStrides® from Nikken takes your meditative practice to another level!
  • Many Japanese practice martial arts, such as Aikido and Karate. Both emphasize a natural way of self-defense that aims to promote self-confidence and self-respect as well as the combined disciplines of the body and mind. Martial arts provide a total body workout that makes use of every muscle and helps to improve stamina, flexibility, endurance and strength.
  • Japanese begin soaking in hot spring baths as youngsters. Known as balneotherapy, bathing in hot springs is believed to boost circulation, reduce stress and promote restful sleep. The heat helps relax tense muscles and hydrate the skin. Japanese exhibit an intense respect for nature. Children are taught to live in harmony with nature and to respect it. Going into the wilderness on days off is a common way for city dwellers to decompress from hard work.
  • Japanese women attend group activities regularly throughout their lives and into old age. The byproduct of this fun habit is not only having many friends but also keeping the brain functioning. Since a lack of social activity is correlated to mental aging, Japanese have a great system for keeping their minds intact. Not surprisingly, women make up the majority of network marketers, comfortable in conducting and participating regularly in groups with mentors and new “students.”
  • The Japanese attitude towards work results in high productivity. Although work is just as stressful as anywhere else in the world, the prevalent attitude is that no matter how difficult the job is, it has a larger purpose and is worthy of the struggle. Each hardworking individual is contributing to the greater good and this belief produces an inclusive feeling of belonging. This is an evolved way of thinking, which comes with self-development started early in life. Nikken leaders who qualify for Team Kaizen embody this positive attitude. In a sit down work environment, the KenkoSeat® II is an instant way to benefit from Magnetic technology and provides support and comfort.

Being conscious of what makes you happy and feeling fulfilled is another aspect of self-development. Japanese are taught as children to be in touch with their feelings and to identify what is called “ikigai”- “iki” means life and “gai” means worth. It connotes what brings joy into each life – any variety of work, family, friends or hobbies.

Active Wellness and self-development are the ideal ways to achieve the 5 Pillars of Health.

1. https://medical-news.org/10-reasons-japanese-women-stay-slim-dont-look-old/2321/5/

21st January 2019

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On the move…

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When the weather thaws, the plants bloom and the days get longer, Spring is here – and the best time of the year to start taking you, your family and your fitness regimen outside again.

Get outside and reap the benefits of moving your body, being exposed to natural light and breathing in the fresh air. Daily exercise really helps, especially when done outdoors and generally makes you feel better about yourself.

In the excitement of a new season of growth, here are some activities to make the most of all that spring has to offer…

Go for a walk around a lake or venture out in a tree rich area and notice that sense of wellbeing created by the negative ions found in the atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be a very long walk. Just a few minutes walking outside can work wonders on your mental wellbeing.

Go hiking. Take that extra step with hiking. A great way to unwind, disconnect from the very busy life we live and reconnect with Mother Nature. We naturally fall in love with places that prove how small we are… places that humble us with reminders that we are part of something bigger.

Go camping. This is a great way to improve relationships. Camping brings the need to trust and depend on each other. Outdoor pursuits can show us just how capable we are, often much more that we could ever have expected.

Whether you plan to get outside for just one day or a few days at the time, Nikken has plenty of portable essentials that you can take with you…

Featuring the Nikken patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology, with an incredible 900-1000 gauss strength, the PowerChip® is the perfect size to carry with you on your days out. The PowerChip® can be worn as a neck pendant or used in conjunction with our support wraps for more focused energy.

Another great portable magnetic product is the PowerMini, which due to its size, can be applied anywhere on your skin. As well as being small enough to carry in your bag or wallet.  The PowerMini patch is waterproof and the magnetic assemblies are re-usable.  Don’t forget your KenkoInsoles® for a gentle massaging effect on your feet as you walk.

And you can continue to enjoy your favourite nutritionals while you are on the go! The Organic Jade GreenZymes®, made from the juice of freshly harvested Organic Barley Grass, represents a great source of naturally occurring nutrients. Available in sachets, they are great for wherever you might be!

Say good-bye to the winter blues, and hello to a joyful spring, the perfect time of year to revamp, cleanse and start anew…

(16th April)

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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:

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