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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(25th June)

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Lower your sugar intake…

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Breaking the sugar habit can be difficult. But as more health research comes to light, its shows its necessary to reduce sugar consumption, if not eliminate it completely from our diets. Research continues to show that sugar reduction is among the top product claims sought after by consumers.

A technical report, produced by Public Health England1, shows set guidelines for the food industry on how to achieve a targeted 20% sugar reduction across the top nine categories of food that provide the majority of sugar in the diets of children up to the age of 18 years. Although the programme focuses on foods consumed by children, the reality is that families eat the same foods.

The 3 sugar reduction approaches the food industry has been advised to take are:

  • reformulating products to lower the levels of sugar present
  • reducing the portion size, and/or the number of calories in single-serve products
  • shifting consumer purchasing towards lower or no added sugar products

The increased focus on sugar consumption in relation to health had lead to new regulatory guidelines in markets globally. In the United Kingdom, the government has published a great report “Sugar reductions: from evidence into action”2 which focuses on actual evidence in regards to how much sugar can be found in the products that we include in our diet. Public Health England will judge the success of the sugar reduction programme by measuring the net amount of sugar removed from key food categories. The principles are to encourage the industry to go further and faster in sugar reduction in order to improve health outcomes.

Here are some tips that you can take immediately to help reduce your own sugar consumption in the pursuit of Active Wellness:

1. Eliminate fizzy drinks and other sugary beverages.

2. Need a sugar fix? Eat a piece of fruit or a sweet vegetable, such as a carrot or beetroot. Frozen berries, grapes, cherries and bananas are delicious as sorbets when blended.

3. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Replace your daily beverage with Kenzen ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Made with high quality organic matcha green tea from an elite tea-growing area in Japan, with only 8 calories per serving.

4. Be careful with “alternative” sweeteners, such as honey and molasses. They are still forms of sugar, high in calories and have limited nutritional value. Instead, choose no-calorie natural sweeteners such as monkfruit and stevia. Nikken has already taken steps to avoid sugar in its KVB®Natural Food Mix, a healthy protein meal replacement mix, naturally sweetened with stevia.

5. Check out what’s in your food supplements. Nikkens Cleansedx helps support natural liver function and contains a high amount of chicory root powder. According to Women’s Health Magazine3, chicory is a very healthy alternative to sugar.

6. Drink more water. An amazing new study4 has found that people who drank just 1% more water daily cut sugar intake by one to four teaspoons.

7. Read labels. Packaged food contains lots of hidden sugar, so eat fresh food whenever possible.

Sugar is a bad habit, but the good news is, together we can beat it!

  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sugar-reduction-achieving-the-20
  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sugar-reduction-from-evidence-into-action
  3. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a19928359/the-truth-about-4-natural-sweeteners/
  4. https://www.healthyhubb.com/drinking-water-helps-reduce-calorie/ 

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Get Summer ready…

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It’s that time of year when we start to think about getting in shape for Summer…

But how exactly do we do it?

One of the most important aspects is our food intake… As the seasons change, our eating habits change too. Say good-bye to the rich and comforting winter meals and welcome the summer seasonal produce like fruit and salads! What you put in your body, along with exercising, is crucial to a healthy lifestyle as you want to loose weight and tone up. Eating the right foods can help make you feel happier and healthier.

Did you know…

1. Super foodsare nutrient-rich and a catalyst for good health and overall wellbeing. Not only can they help optimize the natural immune system, are known to have body-healing compounds, but may also help reduce inflammation and even eliminate any harmful bacteria. What, when and how much you eat can help keep both your metabolism and energy levels steadily elevated, helping with raised energy levels throughout the day. Tap into the fat-burning power of foods like nuts, avocados, dark chocolate and New Zealand Kiwi.

2. The healthiest way to lose weight is neither crash diets nor bursts of exercise. The body likes slow changes in terms of food and exercise. For example, someone who hasn’t exercised for years shouldn’t rush into running miles a day. Not only will the struggle to do so leave you feeling disheartened and demotivated, you’re also far more likely to injure yourself and set your fitness levels back further. The same goes for people who suddenly cut out certain foods from their diets.

3. Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food ‘allowed’ can lead you to be deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. The Eat Well Guide2, provided by NHS England, offers an abundance of information on how to eat healthy without cutting out produce packed with essential nutrients.

Here are some tips to help you manage your weight and avoid cravings:

1. Replace your daily coffee or regular tea with herbal tea or green tea. Try the Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink and help wake up your body and mind the natural way… According to a study conducted by scientists from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences3, regular consumption of green tea could help keep your bones stronger as you age.

2. Include MCT’s in your meals (medium chain triglycerides). MCT’s are good fats which have also been shown to suppress appetite. In one 14-day study, six male volunteers were allowed unlimited access to one of three diets: a low MCT diet, a medium MCT diet and a high MCT diet. Calorie consumption was significantly lower on the high MCT diet. The researchers noted that substituting MCTs for other fats in a high-fat diet “can limit the excess energy intakes and weight gain produced by high-fat, energy-dense diets.”We’ve made it easy to access these valuable fats by making it our second ingredient in the high protein, low-carb KVB® Natural Food Mix Meal Replacement that offers only 125 calories per serving, allowing you to reap the benefits and enjoy the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. Take care of your gut. 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 you derive more energy from the food that you eat.

The healthy choices we make when it comes to food may help us manage weight, maintain focus and avoid cravings.

  1. http://www.superfoods-scientific-research.com
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531716305619?via%3Dihub
  4. Stubbs RJ, Harbron CG. ,“Covert manipulation of the ratio of medium- to long-chain triglycerides in isoenergetically dense diets: effect on food intake in ad libitum feeding men,” Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord1996 May;20(5):435-44.

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(8th May)

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Spring and the Circadian Rhythm…

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Spring… Lengthening days and longer natural light levels calibrate the body’s natural circadian rhythm.

Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour biological clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Or, you could call it your sleep / wake cycle. A portion of your brain (hypothalamus) controls your circadian rhythm which outside factors, like light and darkness, can have an impact on. When it’s dark at night, your eyes send a signal to the hypothalamus that it’s time to feel tired. Your brain, in turn, sends a signal to your body to release melatonin, which makes your body tired. That is the reason your circadian rhythm tends to coincide with the cycle of day time and night time.

Your circadian rhythm works best when you have regular sleep habits, like going to bed at night and waking up in the morning around the same times. As spring is nearly upon us and the clocks are going forward, the evenings will become a lot lighter, which can have a great impact on your sleeping habits. The more you pay attention to your body and notice feelings of alertness and drowsiness, and the more time you spend developing good sleeping habits, the better you will feel and perform in your day to day life.

Remember to move your clocks forward one hour, on Sunday 25th March at 2 am!

Sleep well…with the help of our Naturest sleep system, you can benefit from a restful and invigorating sleep. The Kenko Powersleep™ Mask will help give you total relaxation for a great night’s sleep, blocking out the light in the morning and allowing your circadian rhythm to function at its best.

Wake up your skin in time for spring… Being the biggest organ in the body, the skin needs that extra special attention at times. Our Marine Organic Skincare range can help you achieve just that. Refresh and invigorate your skin with the help of the TRUE  elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk and the TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion. Watch the “How To” videos and take advantage of our current offer: ½ Price Skincare with Purchase…plus GIFT! Speak to an Independent Nikken Consultant today!

Rejuvenate inside and out… Replace your regular morning coffee or tea with the Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Containing natural caffeine from the Matcha Green Tea, this drink may help boost your metabolism as well as your energy and concentration levels in a natural way.

For some people, Spring can be a tough time to get a good night’s sleep, but it doesn’t have to be. If you listen to it, your biological clock eases the tension between the way you want to live and the way you are built to live. This in turn, creates BALANCE. Don’t fight your biological clock. Instead, embrace it and respect it.

(19th March)

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A new year, a new you; starts with eating well and living well everyday

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Making resolutions at the start of the year is something many of us do. Often these resolutions centre around a health goal, such as shedding extra pounds put on during the Christmas period or getting more active. Unfortunately, many of us set our expectations of ourselves too high and we fail to stick to our resolutions. However, the Nikken Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management Programme is based on three basic assertions for a healthy lifestyle: Cleanse, Balance and Energise. It’s simple and convenient making it much easier to stick to. It’s as easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Kenzen® Cleansedx is a gluten-free, 100% organic nutritional supplement, which may help contribute to the support or maintenance of normal liver function and digestion. Featuring organic Roasted Chicory Root, Milk Thistle extract, Turmeric extract, Bupleurum extract, Shisandra and Ashwaghanda. Each of these organic ingredients serves multiple purposes on its own, but together, work in synergy. Take 3 capsules, one 20 minutes before each meal (based on 3 main meals a day).
  2.  KVB® Natural Food Mix in Vanilla or Chocolate flavour are formulated with more than 80% organic ingredients, naturally sourced organic protein from organic pea, organic rice and organic chlorella. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just health-conscious, KVB® helps you put plant protein into your diet. To create a nourishing breakfast, snack or lunch, use KVB® Natural Food Mix as a base and add PiMag® water, non-fat milk, almond milk or coconut milk. For a delicious variation add your choice of fruit or vegetables and then blend until smooth.
  3. Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink contains 80 mg per serving of natural caffeine from organic matcha green tea. The natural caffeine in organic matcha green tea binds to the naturally occurring phytonutrients to help slow down the absorption of the stimulant, giving it a slow release effect. Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink is made with USDA certified organic ingredients, contains no added sugar and is only 8 calories per serving (4 calories per 100ml).

To kick-start your New Year contact your Independent Nikken Consultant to order the Everyday Weight Management Pack – containing everything you need for the next 30 days. Just a few simple steps make all the difference!

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6 Health Trends for 2018

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As we approach the end of 2017, it is the perfect time to assess some of the up-coming health trends for 2018.

  1. Less sugar consumption. A recent survey found that 12% fewer adults and 19% fewer children have a sugary beverage like soda or juice on any given day compared to data from 2003.1 Nikken uses stevia as a natural sweetener in KVB®Natural Food Mix and in Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink; as this herb does not contain any calories but has a naturally very sweet taste. Find out more information about stevia in our blog ‘Swapping Sugar for Stevia is a sweet choice’.
  2. Matcha Tea. The powdered tea dates back to the 10th century, when Zen Buddhists thought that the tea brought them a sense of clarity, energy and a feeling of wellbeing. Kenzen Ten4®Matcha Green Tea Drink is made with the highest quality of organic matcha tea leaves; launched in 2014 ahead of the trend.  Kenzen Ten4® is made with USDA certified organic ingredients, contains no added sugar and is only 8 calories per serving (4 calories per 100ml). Matcha Green Tea is known as “nature’s own energy drink” while New Zealand Kiwi also included in this drink, is known to be one of the most nutrient-dense of the super-fruits.
  3. Increase in water intake. People are learning to drink more water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Dehydration may cause dizziness and headaches. To help increase water consumption, you can stir in lemon, orange or add Ciaga®ᵛ for a flavour boost, and try to drink a whole glass of water at each meal. For fresh filtered water at home, try PiMag Waterfall® Gravity Water System.
  4. Flexitarian diet. 2 The focus is on incorporating more plant-based food into the diet without completely forgoing meat. Gradually replace some meat and seafood with vegetable proteins. With KVB®Natural Food Mix and the Everyday Weight Management programme, it’s easy to focus on a plant-based diet that includes some lean meat.
  5. Temperature regulating fabric. Nikken incorporates ceramic-reflective fibers in our sleep products and support wraps to help release heat and maintain a comfortable temperature.
  6. “Smart” beds and pillows to help you sleep better. The Kenko Sleep system offers improved support for the musculoskeletal system, improved temperature control and additional enhancements in comfort that may contribute to quality sleep.

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1 http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/news/g4912/health-trends-2018/
2 https://www.prevention.com/health/2018-health-trends

 

What are Brown Rice Solids?

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Most health enthusiasts know it is more beneficial to eat brown rice than white rice. Brown rice by itself is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It also contains natural fibres that may help digestion. Brown rice fits in perfectly with the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle. But have you heard of brown rice solids?

Brown rice solids are basically functional protein ingredients that are processed from sprouted brown rice following organic methods. When the rich protein content that is distributed between the bran and endosperm layer is concentrated and dried, brown rice solids are generated. They provide a high level of naturally occurring nutrients, such as potassium and magnesium. Even if you’ve never heard of brown rice solids before, Nikken has done the research for you, to ensure you have access to the best in food technology.

Brown rice solids are one of only four ingredients that make up our Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea. As with labelling protocol, ingredients appear in descending order: organic matcha green tea powder, organic brown rice solids, kiwi powder (fruit) and organic stevia extract (leaf).

So what is the significance of brown rice solids in Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink?

Find out with our guide below:

Brown rice solids:

  1. Are hypoallergenic; they have a mildly sweet taste and are easily digestible
  2. Contain essential and non-essential amino acids and are a quickly oxidized natural energy source.
  3. Provide a sustained supply of energy without experiencing the symptoms of low-blood sugar that can impede performance.
  4. Contain a wealth of vitamins, including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (folate) vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K. Vitamins B and E are known for their energising properties and vitamin K is important in its support of bone health.

Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink can be enjoyed on its own, can be added to smoothies or even to cakes for a subtle colour and flavour. It is also included as part of the Everyday Weight Management pack.

Don’t forget we are offering FREE shipping on the Everyday Weight Management Pack (# 8801 + # 8802) when ordered between 25th October – 31st December 2017.  This offer applies to retail, wholesale and Autoship orders. * Terms and Conditions apply (see MyNikken for further details or ask your Nikken Independent Consultant).

 

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