The Perfect Twelfth Month of 2018…

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Since the month of December has started, let’s explore the significance of the number 12. Not only is 12 the symbol of cosmic order, but it is also the number that represents space and time. Examples are the 12 months in a year, and time measured in two groups of 12 hours as delineated by a.m. and p.m.

From ancient times, 12 is considered the number of perfection as it is the result of four multiplied by three. Four represents the number of elements as well as the four corners of the earth and the four cardinal points. Three is known as the divine number that represents the past, present and future; birth, life and death; beginning, middle and end. 4 x 3 = 12, the perfect number.

Astrology and mythology also reflect the significance of the number 12. Both eastern and western zodiacs revolve around 12. There are 12 signs in the western zodiac, and 12 animals in the eastern zodiac. Each of the 12 animals completes a 12-year cycle known as one “wheel” before occurring again.

In the Bible, Jesus had 12 apostles. And, Jacob had 12 sons who are the ancestors of the 12 Tribes of Israel. In Islam, Ishmael the Patriarch had 12 sons who became the tribal chiefs from Assyria to Egypt.

In Greek mythology, the 12 Olympians were the 12 principle gods that resided on Mount Olympus. In addition, Heracles (the son of Zeus and his human mother) was a great hero who was set to accomplish 12 seemingly impossible tasks that he managed to complete with wit and strength. These are known as the 12 Labors of Heracles.

In numerology, 12 represents the completed cycle of experience and the learned possibility of regeneration toward a higher consciousness. December is considered the month to let go of the old and look ahead to the new. It’s the time of year to deal with negative issues and be done with them, moving on to what is better. It’s a month to see your efforts begin to bear fruit. It’s the time of year to expect positive surprises in business, friends and love as a result of social interactions. And, it’s the perfect time to plant seeds in the hearts and minds of those around you.

More well known perhaps are the 12 days of Christmas that are celebrated in song. But what Nikken has in store for you is better than 12 lords leaping.

Enjoy our Special Offer on the Nikken jewellery items and Give the Perfect Gift this Christmas:

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Make it the Perfect Month to end 2018 as you prepare for a bigger and better 2019.

10th December 2018

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The Path to Success…

Nikken is about more than innovative products – it also has a great Income Opportunity1. Income can be earned in a number of ways; selling to customers, getting new business partners on board who develop their own Nikken business, and using the Nikken Incentive programmes to maximise income potential. 

We’d like to congratulate Chantal Martin, one of our Independent Nikken Consultants in France.  She has built her Nikken business over the past few months, achieving Silver rank in August and Gold in September AND won the High 5 Incentive. We asked Chantal what her favourite products are and how she built her business and achieved her rank advancements. This is her story: 

“Hello, I am Chantal Martin, 68, a retired shopkeeper from Vichy, France. I became an Independent Nikken Consultant in January 2018, after a very positive experience while testing the Nikken Sleep System.

I was very pleased with how I felt after using the Sleep System and wanted to purchase one for myself, as well as try more Nikken products, so I purchased the complete Sleep System and PiMag Water Fountain. I also use the Jade GreenZymes®, KENZEN Super Ciaga®, KVB® Natural Food Mix and the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare. I use these products every day – they are now my essentials! 

I became very aware that I was actually responsible for my own health by choice – and not by chance. I attended workshops and discovered how I could share ways of living an active wellness lifestyle with others too.  

I introduced Nikken to people who wanted an additional income, with minimal investment, and who wanted to be part of a Team. Our Team currently consists of: two Consultants – who reached Executive rank in two months and won the Power Start Incentive. Their small initial investment has now been returned to them in products. And a Consultant – who has reached Silver rank in just two months and already, has his own team of 3 people. 

We are aiming to achieve the PARAGON prize by the end of December. We’ve achieved what we have so far with help and support from Marie and Jean Marie and their participation in our three business presentations.

I am now Gold rank. One of my beliefs is in helping others. Nothing we do is ever a waste of our time, we cannot help everyone, but we will be able to help someone. Nobody has ever become poor by giving. With hard work, perseverance and courage, we can get there. The only way to fail is to give up before reaching the goal. Be grateful for each difficulty you encounter – it could be the gift which will help you grow. The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, nor lack of knowledge – but rather a lack of willpower.

Thank you and GO! GO!” 

  1. Creating an Income Opportunity with Nikken

(26th November 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. Lactoferrin helps kill bacteria, and helps protect from infections and inflammation. Therefore, natural lactoferrin levels in our bodies rise during times of infections and inflammation.

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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Be a champion to your natural defence system

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On Sunday, 28thOctober 2018 the clocks go back one hour, which means we are truly heading towards the Winter season.

Researchers speculate that since our internal body clock, also known as our circadian rhythm, is affected by changes in daylight, that the seasonal variation of the immune system is also caused by environmental cues, such as daylight and temperature.

Have you ever noticed how healthy you feel in the summer, while certain conditions tend to flare up around the winter months? This isn’t the result of more time spent at the beach, but rather seasonal changes in how our immune system functions.

A recent study1, conducted at the University of Cambridge, has revealed that the activation of around a quarter of our genes, associated with the human immune system, is influenced by the time of the year. Seasonal differences were present across mixed populations in geographically and ethnically diverse locations. However, the pattern of seasonal activity was not reflected as strongly in the Icelandic population. The researchers speculate that this may be due to the near-24 hour daylight during summer and near-24 hour darkness in winter.

As winter approaches, it’s important to maintain a strong and balanced immune system. Taking additional food supplements can help, as can a variety of other activities, such as:

1. Eat a hearty breakfast. Winter is the perfect season for a warm breakfast like porridge. Eating a bowl of warm porridge on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, but it also helps boost your intake of fibre.

2. Get outdoors in the natural daylightas much as possible. Walking for just 20 minutes a day can help maintain your immune system.

3. Consume more fruit and vegetables. Kenzen Super Ciaga® exclusively from Nikken, is an organic super fruit juice concentrate that is not only delicious on its own, but also makes a great mixer with water whilst helping your immune system. The numerous organic berries in the formula are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle for high potency and a natural sweetness. A healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals over time. Nikken’s Kasai® Multi-Vitamin and Minerals provides a supportive range of vitamins and minerals, as well as the associated phytonutrients and nutritional matrices, to help count towards your daily nutritional needs.

Winter can take a toll on our mind, body and soul – so make sure you take time to look after yourself both inside and out.

1. https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms8000

(22nd October)

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Mental Health Wellbeing through an Active Wellness lifestyle…

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World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October every year, as recognised by the World Health Organisation1. Its main objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Mental health issues in the work place are common. According to Mind for mental healthcharity, at least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. They might not talk about it, because this is still a taboo subject and many people feel scared and confused about confronting this issue at work. But there are small and simple steps that people can take to look after themselves and make their workplace environment mentally healthier.

Here are some of them:

1. Connect with others. Feeling valued by and close to other people can be a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Social relationships can be critical for promoting mental wellbeing for people of all ages.

2. Be Mindful. Reminding yourself of “paying more attention” can strengthen and broaden awareness. Heightened awareness can enhance self – understanding and can allow for positive choices to be made, based on one’s values and motivations.

3. Learn. Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals has been associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

4. Give. People who have a greater interest in helping others could be more likely to consider themselves as happy.

5. Be active. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense sporting activity. Slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

6. Relax you body and mind. It is well known that a healthy body means a healthy mind. No matter how physical or mentally demanding the work environment is, take time out to relax. Compact and portable, Nikken’s Kenko MagDuo® (#3020) is the ideal massage device for the work place environment. The advanced pair of massaging spheres could reenergise you within minutes! A good massage may help produce positive results even for those who enjoy excellent health. The active surface of Nikken’s KenkoTouch® (#2316) promotes relaxation and relief with moving nodules that produce a firm, slightly yielding sensation. This portable device is easily chargeable with a USB cable.

Now the body is relaxed, your mind will follow… Follow the tips above and make your work place a relaxed and stress free environment for better mental health.

1. http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
2. https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/

(8th October)

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Good sleep promotes good health…

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AUTUMN 2018 is in full swing and as we are heading towards the winter season, the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer.

But will that extra time of darkness help you sleep better?

Experts say that in general, people do tend to sleep a little longer in the wintertime, compared to the summertime. But the few minutes of extra darkness on the winter solstice itself may not be enough to make a noticeable difference to people’s sleep habits, compared to how they sleep on the days before and after the solstice. The Sleep Council Organisation in the United Kingdom advises that, an adult should sleep between seven and nine hours a day1.

The average individual will spend around a third of their life asleep. During this time, the body is able to replenish energy stores and make repairs, while the brain would organise and store the memories from the day before. The amount of sleep you need depends on your age, sex, health and other elements, with sleep cycles changing, as we grow older.

When it comes to sleep – your bedroom is your sanctuary where you can retrieve and forget about the stresses of the day. Follow these helpful tips in order to benefit from a well rested, refreshing and invigorating sleep:

1. Go Tech-Free… reading a paper book or magazine before bed helps make your eyelids feel heavy. But scrolling through your phone, tablet or computer almost guarantees the opposite effect, keeping you awake for longer.

2. Open your window! Temperature plays an important role in the onset of sleep and circadian rhythms.Feeling hot and sticky is not only physically uncomfortable; it can prevent your body from settling into deep sleep and reaping the good hormones released in deeper stages of rest.

3. Invest in a good mattress. Your bed plays one of the biggest roles in determining how long and how well you sleep. Your bed and your body naturally change over time (they’re both ageing!), so if your mattress is seven years or older, it’s probably time to replace it. Older mattresses do not provide the support you need for restful sleep and need to be replaced. Making this one improvement can help you benefit from nights of blissful sleep. Your pillows should also be replaced regularly to make sure you are getting the adequate support for your neck and spine.

Nikken offers you the perfect solution with its innovative sleep technologies. Take advantage of our Special ‘Head for Bed’ Sleep Offer running 1st– 31st October 2018:

* 10% discount on the Naturest® KenkoPad®KenkoDream® Quilt and Naturest® Pillow.
* 10% discount + FREE shipping on the Wellness Home Sleep Packs.
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1.https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/how-much-sleep-do-we-need/

(1st October)

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