The Male Mental Health Revolution…

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It’s important to take care of ourselves and get the most from life. Our mental health influences how we think, feel and behave in daily life. It also affects our ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships.

Strong mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues.

Mental health issues in one way or another impact us all, whether personally or by someone we know. Despite the fact that talking about issues, including mental health ones, is one of the best ways of dealing with them, almost half of people (47%) also admit they feel uncomfortable opening up about emotions to anyone, especially to people close to them.

This is noticeably higher in men, over half of whom are uncomfortable opening up (52%), compared with two in five women (42%), according to mind for better health charity1.

There are practices that can be adopted to elevate the mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. But just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, so it is with mental health. We have to focus more on our mental health, simply because there are so many ways that life takes a toll on our emotional wellbeing.

Here are a few tips that men can follow for better mental health:

  • Talk to someone you trust, a close friend or family member, maybe even your doctor.
  • Consider why you find it uncomfortable asking for help and whether those reasons are actually stopping you from getting the support you need.
  • Read more about mental health and the varied guidance and advice that is easily accessible.
  • Find a support group in your local area. There are many around that are free and open to anyone. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

Good nutrition and consistent physical activity are the keys to sustained health in general. Nikken’s nutritional supplements are of particular importance in supporting Active Wellness. There are two that specifically address the Healthy Mind Pillar.

–  Kasai for men contains lycopene, powered garlic, tomato, pumpkin seed and is designed to help contribute to men’s wellbeing.

– Since the connection between brain function and gut health is critical for optimum results, KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® contains four organic ingredients that specifically support the G.I. tract as well as helping to promote better mental health2.

Active Wellness is important, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. This has been the Nikken approach from the company’s inception and continues. Eat well, exercise daily and stay safe!

1. https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/men-twice-as-likely-as-women-to-have-no-one-to-rely-on-for-emotional-support/
2. https://nikkenactivewellness.com/2017/11/03/have-you-heard-of-the-brain-gut-connection/

15th June 2020

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Probiotics for a Healthy Gut…

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Probiotics are in the news now more than ever. From the Greek pro, meaning promoting, and biotics, meaning life, these life-promoting compounds are gaining in usage for a good reason.

Our bodies naturally have good or helpful bacteria as well as bad or harmful bacteria. Maintaining the correct balance between these is necessary for optimal health. This is where probiotics come in. The wrong bacteria in the wrong place can cause issues but the right bacteria in the right place can have benefits. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria found in food products or supplements that can beneficially affect our health by improving the balance and function of the gut bacteria.1

Age, genetics and diet may influence the composition of the bacteria in the body. When the bacteria in our bodies are not in balance, we are in “dysbiosis” and may experience certain illnesses linked to the digestive system. Probiotics help shift the balance in favor of good bacteria for healthy digestion. When the digestive tract is healthy, it filters out and eliminates things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals and other waste products.

The other way that probiotics help overall health is how they affect the immune system. Since the immune system protects against germs, dysfunction can cause allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders. Just like the digestive system, the immune system functions optimally when in balance, and probiotics have been shown to be of benefit.

A happy gut is responsible for overall health in a big way.Fermented foods have been shown to be probiotic-rich and may help balance the microbiome and support the immune system. Taking probiotics through natural foods and beverages such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha can easily be part of an Active Wellness diet. Nutritional supplements such as KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate contain prebiotics and/or probiotics. Not only they can help boost the immune and digestive systems but they also promote healthy minds! 3

Incorporating them into a daily regimen is a big part of an Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/probiotics.html
2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/how-prebiotics-probiotics-help-the-gut/
3. https://nikkenactivewellness.com/2017/11/03/have-you-heard-of-the-brain-gut-connection/

16th March 2020

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BOOST your Winter Health and strengthen your IMMUNITY with KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®

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Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein (sugar-protein) naturally present in milk: Lacto = milk, ferrin = iron. It belongs to the transferrin family that transports iron ions and it is a natural constituent of body fluids such as saliva, breast milk and tears.

Lactoferrin binds the iron already present in the body, helping the body utilize and absorb it more efficiently. This removes the need to add additional non-native sources of iron, allowing the body to receive the right balance of iron without the stomach and intestinal discomfort.1

However, this is not lactoferrin’s only role within the body. Its iron-binding properties give it several secondary functions:

  • Boost your immune system. Lactoferrin is also essential in providing an increased defence for your immune system. Lactoferrin deprives unwanted bacteria in the body from the nutrients they need to continue spreading and is able to boost your body with beneficial antioxidants, enhance oxygenation of the tissues and improve white blood cell health.
  • Clear skin. If you are having trouble maintaining healthy or clear skin, lactoferrin also works at reducing acne activity and preventing breakouts.
  • Maintain a healthy gut. Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity, and more. These bacteria, yeasts, and viruses are also called the “gut microbiome” or “gut flora”. Many microbes are beneficial for human health, and some are even essential.

To maintain a healthy gut, increase your fibre intake. Good examples of high fibre vegetables are artichokes, leeks, onions and garlic, which all contain high levels of inulin (a prebiotic fibre). Some vegetables like lettuce have little fibre or nutrient value. Choose food and drinks with high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that act as fuel for microbes. Examples are nuts, seeds, berries, olive oil, brassicas, coffee and tea – especially green tea.

You can also consume plenty of fermented foods containing live microbes. Good choices are unsweetened yoghurt; kefir, which is a sour milk drink with five times as many microbes as yoghurt; raw milk cheeses; sauerkraut; kimchi, a Korean dish made from garlic, cabbage and chilli; and soybean-based products such as soy sauce, tempeh and natto.

Nutritional supplementation is also helpful. Lactoferrin may help the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so without upsetting the stomach.  It has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, allowing for more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources.2

*Just take a look at the graph:

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Take a look at our KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® (#15700) (200 mg of lactoferrin per capsule) which is gentle on the digestive system and may help support the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.

We thought you might like these… previous KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® blogs too:

* HOW Prebiotics & Probiotics Help the Gut…
* Why KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®?

Save with monthly orders. KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® is available on the Nikken Autoship program, where you can set up an Autoship order to be delivered straight to your door every month – and to thank you, you’ll save on the cost of the product and shipping too.

1. https://www.glanbianutritionals.com/en-gb/node/1101
2. (Rezk, Dawood, Abo-Elnasr, Halaby, & Marawan, 2015), (Rezk, Kandil, Dawood, Shaheen, & Allam, 2015), (Nappi, et al., 2009), (Paesano, et al., 2010), (Paesano, et al., 2014)

3rd February 2020

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HOW Prebiotics & Probiotics Help the Gut…

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In the past decade, word has gotten out more and more consistently that good bacteria helps us digest food and keep the gut healthy and happy. A happy gut is responsible for overall health in a big way – both physically and mentally.

Probiotics are the good bacteria found naturally in the gut. They are actually live cultures, which means they’re active and functional, allowing them to help boost immunity, gastrointestinal health and overall wellness.1 Probiotic bacteria can also be found in yogurt and fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi. Since what we eat and drink passes through our gastrointestinal tract every day, it’s no surprise that our diets affect the gut microbiome. Studies have shown that even a single day of a strict animal-based diet or plant-based diet can alter the composition of the gut microorganisms – but that we typically revert to our regular microbiome once our diets go back to normal.2

Newer research shows that probiotics work more efficiently when assisted by prebiotics. Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are not found naturally in the gut. Instead they are found in non-digestible carbohydrates and fibers that stimulate the growth of good bacteria.3 Prebiotics are found in fibrous components of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Bananas, onions, garlic, leeks asparagus, artichokes, soybeans and whole-wheat grains are examples of foods containing prebiotics. Prebiotics work by supporting the good bacteria that are naturally present in the gut and help them proliferate.

Since some prebiotics feed both good and bad bacteria, it makes sense to incorporate the right prebiotics to support both natural and ingested probiotics. Well-established prebiotics like inulin,oligofructose (FOS), and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) help fuel the human gastrointestinal tract, which contains trillions of microbes.4

The synergistic effect of prebiotics with probiotics has led to the emergence of a category referred to as “synbiotics” to promote digestive health and overall wellness. When the correct prebiotics are provided in the exact proportions necessary to maximize the desired health effects of the specific probiotic strains through stimulating the growth and activating the metabolism of health-promoting bacteria, symbiosis occurs.5 Eating whole foods is the best way to obtain prebiotics and add probiotics to the diet.

Nutritional supplementation is also helpful such as Nikken’s KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KENZEN® Digestion Complex 4 – 20, which contain prebiotics and/or probiotics. KENZEN® Super Ciaga®, an organic mix berry juice drink, which provides a substantial ORAC value to boost your immune system.

Incorporate these into your daily regimen and help your gut stay healthy!

1. https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/prebiotics-and-probiotics-creating-a-healthier-you
2. https://foodinsight.org/nutrition-101-prebiotics-probiotics-and-the-gut-microbiome/
3, 4, 5. https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2019-04/view_features/flora-amp-fiber-for-a-healthy-microbiome/1931

8th July 2019

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Basic Health Trends for 2019

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An increasing number of people are looking for an Active Wellness lifestyle. Here’s a look at some of the predicted health trends for 2019 and… how Nikken products continue to be contributors to these trends.

1. Adaptogenic herbs are finding their way into everyday food and drinks. Adaptogenic herbs can now be found in coffee bars and tea shops.Adaptogens are also found in KENZEN Cleansedx and in KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®!

2. New and improved gadgets are appearing to help us recover quicker from strenuous activities. According to CEO Martin Tobias of Upgrade Labs, “Modern recovery technologies use stronger signals like vibration, infrared light, targeted compression, intense cold, intense heat, powerful detoxification and advanced nutrition to speed recovery and development.”The KenkoTouch® and the MagCreator are the perfect products to help in the natural rejuvenation of muscle fatigue.

3. Last year, sales of plant-based meat (a vegetarian meat substitute) grew to 23% and is forecast to continue expanding in 2019. Plant-based dairy was 13% of all milk sales in 2018 and also expected to grow in 2019. Plant–based fish and seafood, which reported sales increase of 72% from 2017 to 2018, is predicted to really expand in a big way. PowerPlant Ventures says, “If awareness of the negative impacts of ocean fishing and contaminants spread quickly, plant-based fish could follow the plant-based meat market in its recent accelerated growth.”3

4. As awareness of the importance of sleep for overall health grows, people are tracking their sleep patterns to find ways to improve the quality of their resting hours. According to virtually every sleep expert, it’s important to maintain a consistent sleep-wake schedule including waking up and going to bed at the same time and not deviating too much on weekends or days off from work. At Nikken, we believe the Kenko Sleep System can help poor sleepers achieve their best rest!

5. Digestive health is set to become a significant trend in 2019. The Kroger Company states that “medical studies show that a healthy gut is the foundation of overall wellness and more than ever before, consumers are seeking foods that support self-care and healthy immune systems.”4 KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KENZEN Digestion Complex 4-20 can help support optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, the proliferation of good gut bacteria and overall health.

As we continue to live in a world where instant gratification is so desired, fast food is not going away. The good news is that there is a growing trend toward healthy eating in the form of meal replacement shakes, salads to go and nutrient-dense take-out food. According to Mintel, a market research firm that forecasts data for thousands of consumer goods markets worldwide, “On-the-go consumers are shopping for grab and go breakfasts, quick snacks and dinner time solutions. Consumers are expecting high-quality food and beverage options that fit into their fast-paced, time-crunched lifestyles without having to sacrifice health goals or flavour.”5

Look no further than KVB® Meal Replacement Mix – Chocolate (# 16011), currently on offer at ½ price, which can be a meal or a snack, depending on your needs. It’s convenient and versatile, suitable for vegans and contains MCTs for your brain! It is an instant meal that supports the GI tract with an enzyme blend combined with probiotics.

1. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2019-health-trends-forecast-300759858.html
2, 3. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/wellness-trends-2019
4. https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/12959-digestive-health-a-top-trend-heading-into-2019
5. https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2018/11/30/Mintel-s-top-food-trends-for-2019-From-healthy-aging-to-convenient-food-hacks#

19th December 2018

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Why KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®?

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Lactoferrin is a naturally occurring protein that is found in milk and the human body. It is a potent anti-microbial and modulator of the immune system.

Nikken’s KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® helps address the body’s need for iron: iron deficiency can result in anemia, fatigue and poor circulation, as well as many other physical discomforts. Women are most vulnerable to iron deficiency and depletion, along with people who are very active. KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® is a great solution.

Lactoferrin is a protein.  Its main biological function is to help bind and transport iron, an essential mineral that helps hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. No matter how much iron is in your body, if it can’t be retained and utilized, you could end up deficient. You may eat lots of green, leafy vegetables, and / or lean red meat, which are natural sources of iron but it does not mean your body can absorb or process it.

KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® helps address this dilemma by supporting the body’s natural delivery system, helping the body to better utilize and balance the iron.* Studies have shown that because lactoferrin is naturally iron binding, it has a positive effect on iron absorption, which in turn increases blood iron levels.

KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® is also gentle on the digestive system, therefore supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions. Rather than adding elemental iron – the kind you find in virtually every iron supplement on the market – which has been shown to cause intestinal inflammation1, lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there without upsetting the stomach. It has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, allowing for more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources.2

*Just take a look at the graph:

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With KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®, you receive 200 mg of lactoferrin per capsule. It is also lactose-free and gluten-free with non-GMO lactoferrin and supported with four more organic anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

1. Uchida, T. (2006) Availability of lactoferrin as a natural solubilizer of iron for food products. International Dairy Journal 16. 95-101.

2. (Rezk, Dawood, Abo-Elnasr, Halaby, & Marawan, 2015), (Rezk, Kandil, Dawood, Shaheen, & Allam, 2015), (Nappi, et al., 2009), (Paesano, et al., 2010), (Paesano, et al., 2014)

(12th November)

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Healthy gut – Healthy you…

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Hippocrates once said: “All disease begins in the gut”. The health of our digestive system (or gut) is vital to our overall wellbeing. Largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems, is the microbiome found in the digestive system and which can affect the body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulations, digestion, vitamin production, immune response and the ability to eliminate toxins as well as the overall mental health.

The microbiome is defined as the collective genomes of the microbes, composed of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live inside and on the human body. The microbiome lives in the gut and in any openings of the human body. 80% of the immune system is the microbiome.

An unbalanced gut microbiome leads to many symptoms, which are common these days and include: acid reflux, bloating and irregular bowl movements to name a few.

Here are some things you can do to help support the natural microbiome process that keeps your gut healthy:

  • Consume more polyphenols1 rich foods. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we obtain through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.
  • Enjoy more foods naturally high in probiotics and in the fibre-rich prebiotics that help those good bugs thrive.
  • Include more nutritional proteins and minerals in your diet to help maintain beneficial bacteria. Rich in the protein Lactoferrin and containing four organic plant ingredients, Nikken’s Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ can help with the natural absorption of iron and is gentle on the digestive system, supporting the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for overall wellbeing.
  • Add more enzymes to your diet. The more effectively your stomach is able to work at properly breaking down foods before they enter the rest of the digestive tract, the better. Nikken’s Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 is a balanced combination of twenty natural enzymes, which may help support normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Another great supplement that works in synergy with this supplement is the Nikken Kenzen® Cleansedx, formulated with a blend of 100% organic ingredients, including Milk Thistle, all of which may contribute to the support or maintenance of normal liver function and digestion.

Take care of your gut to support better bathroom habits, a healthier immune response — and even a better, brighter mood.

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/polyphenols-foods

This blog provides information only. It is not intended as medical advice, or a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  You should also consult your doctor before taking any nutritional supplements if you are already taking any nutritional supplements, if you are already taking medicines prescribed by your doctor, if you have an illness or if you think you might be pregnant.

(29th October)

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NEW Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™

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We are excited to launch new Nikken Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™.

The word Lactoferrin derives from Latin; Lacto = Milk and Ferrin = Iron. This new formulation contains more than three times the amount of Lactoferrin compared to our previous formula and may help address the body’s need for iron. We have also sourced more of the ingredients as organic – something that we always strive to do at Nikken.

What is Lactoferrin?

Lactoferrin is a protein that has several important biological functions to help support your overall wellness. One of the main benefits of Lactoferrin is that it helps bind and transport iron, an essential mineral that helps the body to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Why Lactoferrin 2.0™?

In addition to helping your body to increase iron absorption, Lactoferrin 2.0 is gentle on the digestive system and supports the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.  Lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so without upsetting the stomach.

Lactoferrin 2.0™ takes the formulation up a level with the addition of four organic ingredients:  Organic Inulin, Organic Rhodoil, Organic Ginger and Organic Turmeric

Benefits of Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™

  1. With Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™ there is 200 mg of Lactoferrin in each capsule – three times more than in the previous Lactoferrin 1.8.
  2. The product is lactose-free, gluten-free, and suitable for vegetarians.
  3. Organic Inulin, organic Ginger, organic Turmeric and organic Rhodiola work together with Lactoferrin to help produce anti-oxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties that may help in the support of overall health.
  4. Lactoferrin 2.0™ is premium quality and sourced from the world’s leading manufacturer.
  5. Lactoferrin 2.0™ is a perfect fit with the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle.

Try the new formulation – available now.

Contact your Independent Nikken Consultant or discover more at: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/lactoferrin-gold-20.html

Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™  (30 Capsules)

New product code: #15700

LAUNCH OFFER GIFT: Unisex Synergy Bracelet (#19382) – NEW Customer and NEW Registered Customer Autoships, set up and paid for before 25th March 2018, that contain the new Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™ will be sent the Unisex Synergy Bracelet as a thank you gift.

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