Healthy Food That Reduces Your Carbon Footprint…

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Most of us know there are benefits to going organic and going “green.” Although both are beneficial in the pursuit of Active Wellness and for planet Earth, there are differences. Going organic is health-centered while going green requires sustainable practices that impact economic, social and ecological factors that help protect Earth and its resources. In other words, sustainable food is virtually always organic, but not all organic food is sustainable.

Choosing sustainable food helps reduce an individual’s carbon footprint, which is the “amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide.”1 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations claims that by switching to organic agriculture farmers can reduce up to 66% of carbon dioxide emissions.2 Large agricultural companies argue that some organically grown produce have a higher overall energy consumption and land use. This discrepancy presents the most obvious difference between simply organic, and actually sustainable, food.

The less processed the food is, the more sustainable it is. When you eat a raw organically grown vegetable or fruit, you are eliminating the carbon footprint of the power used in cooking by gas or electricity. Also, some vegetables have a carbon footprint nearly as serious as meat, because they are grown in green houses that use a lot of heat and light.

Here are some steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint with what you eat:

1. Eat locally produced organic food.

2. Reduce your consumption of non-grass fed red meat and dairy. This is not only environmentally friendly but also heart friendly.

3. Research which fruits and vegetables are most carbon-friendly. For example, lentils require very little water to grow. They actually clean and fortify the soil, making it easier to grow other crops. Beans in general (including kidney, black, pinto, etc.) have a low carbon and water footprint. These legumes also have high nutritional values because of their protein and fiber content. Rice, on the other hand, is water intensive.

4. Mussels are harvested on long collector ropes suspended in oceans, and while growing, they eat naturally occurring food in the water. In the process, they filter and clean the water, even extracting carbon to make their shells. They have very little environmental impact.3

5. Buy fish in season from local farmer’s markets or fisheries that practice sustainable fishing.

6. Buy food in bulk when possible. The less packaging, the more sustainable the food. Use your own recyclable and reusable containers.

7. Eat what you buy. Reduce food waste by freezing excess and repurposing leftovers. Teach your children early in their lives to develop eating habits that are not only healthy but also helpful to planet Earth.

As you reduce your carbon footprint, KVB® Meal Replacement Mix can help you with the transition to being more plant-based in your diet. It’s made with organically grown ingredients that provide a nutritious source of vegan protein.

1. https://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition
2. https://www.terrapass.com/eat-your-way-to-a-smaller-carbon-footprint
3. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/environment-food-cooking-sustainability/

22nd July 2019

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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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The importance of bone health…

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Bones play many roles in the body – providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. Regardless of age, everyone needs to keep their bones healthy.

From birth we build bone mass, with bone density peaking between the ages of 20 – 30. Up to age 30, the body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, so bone mass increases.After which, more bone is actually lost than formed, as healthy bone formation slows down.2

Studies show that taking calcium supplements may not be enough for optimum bone health, because the body finds calcium difficult to absorb. Less than 20% of the calcium we take in through food or supplements gets absorbed through the body.If it’s not absorbed and utilised, it can’t do its job of strengthening and building our bones.

Bone health becomes more challenging and critical as we grow older and life spans lengthen. Osteoporosis is a global disease and estimated to affect 200 million people globally, while 55% of people older than 50 are at an increased risk for fracture due to low bone mass.4

That’s why Nikken developed NEW Kenzen® BDZ® – utilising the latest developments in the science of maintaining healthy bones.

Kenzen® BDZ® is formulated to work with the body’s ability to absorb and utilize the necessary calcium that contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.

Kenzen® BDZ® is formulated with three patented blends, each with exceptional bone health attributes:

1. MenaQ7® – is a natural form of Vitamin K2, which contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. It’s alsothe only clinically validated, patented vitamin K2 with long-chain menaquinones. Long-chain means its naturally-derived rather than synthetic. Naturally -derived is more readily utilized by the body and stays in the body for longer.

2. Aquamin® – is a unique marine plant multi-vitamin complex that is rich in calcium magnesium and 72 trace minerals, known to be bioavailable. The marine algae are sourced from the pristine waters of Iceland.

3. ParActin®– also known as the botanical Andrographis Paniculata. ParActin® has been designed to help in the natural support of inflammatory response and joint function.An innovation formulation of world-renowned field researcher and scientific investigator Dr. Juan Hancke.

Kenzen® BDZ® also contains two ingredients from the Ayurvedic tradition:

CurcuCare™ a concentrated amount of the highly studied phytonutrient Curcumin, found in Turmeric, used for over 4000 years to support a healthy lifestyle. Curcumin extract has greater bioavailability than standard Turmeric.

Boswellia Serrata also known as Indian Frankincense, can contribute to maintenance of healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

The NEW Kenzen® BDZ® (#15530) is now available to order – click here :

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1,2,4. https://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-musculoskeletal-disorders
3. https://connect.uclahealth.org/2019/02/06/calcium-is-key-to-bone-health/

26th June 2019

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Stay Hydrated the Smart Way…

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Most of us have drunk pre-bottled water at some time. It’s sold everywhere – in supermarkets, corner shops, concert venues, theaters, etc. Can we even imagine not drinking pre-bottled water? Realistically, it’s important not only to imagine it, but also imperative to start practicing it. Planet Earth depends on us.

According to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, between 75 and 96 % of the assessed area of Europe’s regional seas have a contamination problem.1

Although most people are led to think of bottled water as being healthier than tap water, bottled water is not subjected to the same high level of scrutiny and regulation that the government mandates for tap water. In fact, the chemical pollution standards for bottled water and tap water are nearly identical – most brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water.

Water is life and an Active Wellness lifestyle requires drinking plenty to maintain a healthy body. We also owe it to ourselves and future generations to minimize waste in order to save the environment. Producing less plastic waste bybreaking the bottled water habit is key to this effort.

Here’s why:

  • In 2015 in Europe, 1,8 million tones of PET bottles were collected and recycled; this represents only 59% of the bottles sold on the market.2
  • Along with plastic bags, plastic bottles are the most prevalent source of pollution found on our beaches and shores. Each year, plastic bottles are in the top 10 litters most found on coastline during collections in Europe. 3
  • Once you add in the water needed to manufacture paper labels and transportation fuel, it actually takes closer to six bottles of water to produce one liter of bottled water.4
  • From production to disposal, plastic water bottles contribute to air pollution. And many of the chemicals that go into their production continue to leach out into the air and into the water they hold.

Get used to taking a reusable water bottle when on-the-road and using a countertop water filter at home. Filtering tap water at home and from water fountains elsewhere can help remove impurities and make water safer to drink. Pathogens, dirt, chemicals and other contaminants are effectively removed by micro-, ultra- and nano-filters.5

As we look forward to other innovations, we can all contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by drinking filtered water instead of pre-bottled water.

Nikken is a pioneer in water filtration and helps us break the bottled water habit. The PiMag® Water Bottle and the PiMag® Waterfall feature state-of-the-art filtration that exceeds NSF standards. Both feature multiple filtration systems that help remove chloramine, chlorine, cysts, lead and bacteria.

1. https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/signals-2018-content-list/articles/close-up-2014-an-ocean
2,3. https://surfrider.eu/en/le-blog/plastic-bottles-key-figures-environmental-disaster/
4. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/28/241419373/how-much-water-actually-goes-into-making-a-bottle-of-water?ft=1&f=1007
5. https://www.livestrong.com/article/152739-water-purification-advantages-disadvanages/

3rd June 2019

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Connect with Mother Nature…

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Grounding (or Earthing) refers to connecting with the Earth.  The Earth has its own energy in the form of a mild ‘negative’ charge.  In our daily lives we build up a ‘positive’ charge in our cells.  Our body is known to absorb the positively charged electrons from being surrounded by strong sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from electrical devices such as computers, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to name a few.  Direct contact with the Earth, such as walking barefoot, can help cancel out the positive charge – restoring a healthful natural balance and is therefore an important aspect of Active Wellness.

Nikken’s NEW KenkoGround® offers a simple yet effective way to reconnect with Mother Nature. The KenkoGround® can help you make the connection to the Earth’s negative charge even when you’re working at the computer, sleeping in bed, exercising or doing yoga.

The KenkoGround® is 18 x 36 inches (46 cm x 90 cm) in size, made of feather light tripled layered fabric that is quilted together with silver ions. The 80% nylon and 20% silver fabric is conductive, with technology known as “vacuum sputtering”; prolonging and strengthening the conductivity.

Silver is the best conductor of electricity because it contains a higher number of movable atoms, however, silver is more expensive than other materials and not normally used unless required for specialized equipment like satellites or circuit boards.At 20%, the KenkoGround® has an unusually high amount of silver in the fabric, making it an outstanding creation.

Nikken ensures the high efficacy of the KenkoGround® with exceptional materials, top quality construction and a water-resistant surface layer. Super easy to use, all you need is a grounded outlet to plug into. You can place the KenkoGround® under your bare feet, drape it over your shoulders or sleep on it. Direct contact is best, but even a small area of skin is enough for grounding.

Discover more at: https://bit.ly/2Hv1zD5

KenkoGround  (Product Code 88011)

1. https://sciencing.com/metals-make-good-conductors-electricity-8115694.html

20th May 2019

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Nature’s Perfect Food…

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Rich in the multiple benefits of nutritional ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, enzymes, plant protein, fiber and many more…

Barley Grass is a true superfood.

Without the calories that come with anti-oxidant laden fresh fruit juice, Barley Grass powder is easily mixed with water. It’s loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), Folate, Vitamins C (ascorbic acid), E (alpha-tocopherol) and K (phylloquinone). It contains an abundance of electrolytes such as Magnesium, Phosphorous and Potassium along with other essential minerals such as Zinc, Iron and Calcium.1

High in chlorophyll and beta-carotene, research suggests that Barley Grass can help stimulate the body’s natural metabolic and waste eliminating processes whilst strengthening and detoxifying the liver.2

By helping the body stay clean internally, Barley Grass can also assist the gut in propagating healthy bacteria – decreasing inflammation and other associated symptoms of ulcerative colitis.3

With these cumulative benefits, it comes as no surprise that Barley Grass can help boost the immune system. Regular consumption can help provide the required nutrition necessary for balancing the optimal production of immune cells.4

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Barley Grass powder is the best functional food for providing nutrition and helping eliminate toxins from cells in human beings. NIH comprehensive data shows numerous studies of Barley Grass that attribute super powers to the green food.5

Nikken has taken “Nature’s Perfect Food” and turbo-boosted it for Active Wellness. Nikken’s Organic Jade GreenZymes®  is made with organic Barley Grass and a proprietary blend of organic Acacia and organic Pearl Barley seed extract powder. Acacia is a source of dissolvable dietary fiber used to promote good bacteria in the intestines.6 Pearl Barley contains potassium, calcium and magnesium, which have been found to help decrease blood pressure naturally.7

1,2, 3, 4.  https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/cereal/barley-grass.html
5.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5904770/
6. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-268/acacia
7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295268.php

13th May 2019

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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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