Vital nutrition for Active Wellness…

Focusing on our wellbeing has become increasingly important. Not just for our psychological wellbeing… but physical too. So where do we start? 

It’s really important to acknowledge and understand what we are putting into our bodies – and eating a diet that is going to support us. When we shop for food, we want to benefit from as many organic and natural ingredients as possible in order to help support our bodies functions and immunity.

Two vital ingredients that we can look for are Chlorophyll and Amino acids. These bring a great number of benefits to our diet and subsequently to our bodies… 

Chlorophyll – an antioxidant powerhouse

Chlorophyll is a pigment / compound that gives plants their vibrant green colour and helps them transform sunlight into energy through the process of photosynthesis, playing an important role in making them green and healthy. It can be found in foods such as green, leafy vegetables (spinach, asparagus, green beans, peas, parsley and broccoli to name a few). It contains vitamins, antioxidants (enzymes) and therapeutic properties that have the potential to benefit the body. 

Chlorophyll can help benefit our body in a number of distinct and unique ways – such as helping to cleanse it of harmful toxins, especially our liver. Chlorophyll also nourishes the liver with oxygen and magnesium. Getting rid of the toxins lying dormant in the liver helps the rest of our organs, such as the muscles and digestive system, get even more nourishment too.

It’s also regarded as an active agent that the body uses to help fight infection and help the circulatory and digestive systems to stay healthier. 

According to a study1 published in the Journal of Physiology, chlorophyll found in food, or very small purified amounts of chlorophyll, may stimulate the synthesis of red blood cells in the bone marrow, helping with accelerating the body tissue and cell re-growth. 

Amino acids – small but mighty biomolecules

Amino acids, also referred to as the building blocks of proteins, play many vital roles in the body. 

Our body needs 20 different amino acids to grow and function properly. Even though all 20 of them are important for our health, only nine amino acids are classified as essential: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. Unlike nonessential amino acids, essential amino acids can’t be produced by the body and must be obtained through our diet. Natural sources of amino acids include green leafy vegetables, potatoes, meat and dairy. 

When we consume protein, this is broken down into amino acids, which are then used to help the body with various processes such as building muscle and regulating immune function.2

Amino acids play an important role throughout our body, assisting in the creation and growth of muscles, normal digestion, supplying energy and even regulating moods by helping produce hormones.

Both Chlorophyll and Amino Acids are present in the foods we consume but we would have to eat a great deal to receive the recommended amounts. We can however help our bodies by consciously supplementing these vital nutrients to our food intake.  Nikken’s Jade GreenZymes® organic barley juice powder 3 is a formula that contains both chlorophyll and amino acids and that you can enjoy the fresh flavour of on a daily basis.

At Nikken we know how important it is for you to be able to access your nutritional products safely and efficiently. Having a Wellness Subscription will give you SAVINGS off your products and they’ll be delivered directly to your door.

To find out more contact your Nikken Consultant or email our Customers Services Team at UKsupport@nikken.co.uk.

1. Hughes, J. and Latner, A. 1936. Chlorophyll and haemoglobin regeneration after haemorrhage. Journal of Physiology 86:388-395.

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19301095/

3. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/fuel-for-active-wellness-fuel-for-life/

11th January 2021

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Essential Nutrition for Active Wellness…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

This statement has never been more appropriate – eat foods that nourish you both physically and mentally. The year 2020 has brought challenges for many people around the world and our everyday habits and behaviours have dramatically changed. Our priorities have also changed, with many of us focusing more than ever on our health and wellbeing, including what we eat.

As a result, food and health culture has seen a big movement. We know that eating healthy is important to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Everything we eat and drink really does matter.

This year, more and more people have been looking for food and food supplements that can help support a healthy immune system. According to Market Research1, over 50% of consumers reported taking more food supplements to support their immune health in 2020 than ever before.

This growing interest in immune health is set to be a top focus in the health and wellness industry in 2021. Rather than focusing on treating conditions, many consumers will strive to prevent them via a strengthened immune system. 

In 2021 Nikken will continue to focus on its’ exceptional nutritional food supplements to help support a healthy and Active Wellness lifestyle…

Green super heroes – Organic Jade GreenZymes® barley juice powder. The inspiration of a Japanese medical scientist – Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara. He devoted his life’s work to finding a natural formula that would promote health with natural ingredients that help support the body’s nutritional needs. Jade GreenZymes offers a combination of natural vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and more through its’ concentrated essence of green barley grass, a plant food recognized as an amazing natural wonder. 

Healthy gut, healthy you – A fantastic probiotic food supplement; Nikken’s Lactoferrin 2.0®. Lactoferrin has many benefits for our overall health with one of the main advantages being its ability to help bind and transport iron. It also helps hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. All this is done in a way that is very gentle on the digestive system, supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions.

Strong and healthy bones – Not only is the health of our bones critical for supporting our body – but they also aid our movement, safeguard vital organs and support the production of red blood cells. Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ®2 provides several of the vital vitamins and minerals our bodies need to process calcium. BDZ®’s main role is to support bone strength and density. 

Cold season nutrients – Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients needed by our body to help keep us healthy. Whilst it’s important to top up on these vital nutrients all year round, in the cold weather season it’s even more important – your immunity is likely to take a dive because you’re exposed to less sunlight and vitamin D plays a part in the immune system. There are also lifestyle factors – you might be less likely to exercise or eat less healthy (comfort food).  Temperature can also interfere with your body’s responses to viruses. The Kasai Multi-Vitamin and Minerals supplement contains 17 wholesale fruit and vegetable powders, all in one tiny capsule to support your body’s nutritional needs.

SAVE on your favourite Nikken food supplements; All Nikken’s food supplements are available on the Wellness Subscription programme. This Subscription will enable you to receive your favourite supplements directly to your door, each month or each quarter whilst giving you extra savings on the product price and postage too!

2021 is fast approaching – set your New Year goals to keep active and healthy both physically and mentally.  Make 2021 the year you focus on eating healthy and eating well.

14th December 2020

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Keeping Active During Winter…

When the weather turns cold, we tend to go into hibernation mode with many of us finding it difficult to stay motivated to exercise. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we need to stay indoors or stop moving. Exercising in the winter has some surprising benefits.

Beating the “winter blues”, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD)1 happens due to shorter days – our bodies and minds are not getting enough light and endorphins. Exercise can help boost the mood at any time of year, but it has a particularly profound effect during winter, sending those all-important feel-good hormones soaring and keeping the winter blues at bay. 

Getting outdoors in the fresh air in cold weather can also help replenish vitamin D levels in the skin and a change of season means we might get the opportunity to try activities never experienced before such as cold water swimming or if the location and whether conditions permit, skiing. But there’s nothing quite like wading through fallen leaves or hearing the crisp crunch of snow beneath our feet.

Whichever outdoor activity we choose, it is important to plan ahead. This means, it’s time to layer up with appropriate clothing. Putting on layers helps trap and keep in the warm air for longer.  Nikken’s Thermowear® Golf Socks aren’t just good for the golf course; due to their integrated ceramic fibres, which create warmth, they are also ideal for winter footwear. 

Taking the stairs is a good way to fit in exercise. The more we often we walk upstairs, the easier it gets and the better we will feel. Walking up steps will soon work up fitness levels. A good supporting insole in shoes can help. Kenko mStrides® and mSteps® insoles can offer support along with a dynamic energy flow due the integrated DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966), helping our sporting winter adventures.

Another easy way, without even thinking about it too much, is as simple as parking further away from the supermarket entrance. This way, you have to walk further to do your food shopping. It’s easy and you’ll barely notice the difference. 

If circumstances don’t permit us to go outdoors, then there are plenty of things to do inside the house i.e. house chores. It’s time to get hovering, dusting and cleaning. Not only will the house get tidy but the whole body will move around during the process. By playing some music in the background, these activities can be fun too!

Whether we are having to stay indoors or are able to get outside this winter, there are plenty of ways to keep fit and healthy along our Active Wellness quest.

The Nikken Gift Guide is now available and packed full of seasonal offers including the Nikken Socks and Insoles, and other winter wellness gifts ideas for you and your loved ones!

1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/

2nd December 2020

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The Best Winter Skincare…

The colder, winter season is fast approaching; which is when our skin needs some extra tender loving care. As temperatures drop, so do the moisture levels in our skin, which can cause our skin to become dry and dehydrated, losing its natural, healthy-looking glow. 

There are just so many factors that can contribute to changes in our skin during the winter. Our skin is also less exposed to sunlight, which means less opportunity for our body to make vitamin D.  

So, we can see just how important it is to take extra care of our skin at this time. Here are our best winter skincare tips and routines to help you look after your precious skin:

– stay hydrated… when skin loses moisture and becomes dehydrated it means it’s lacking the water levels needed to function effectively. Make sure you keep hydrated from the inside, which means drinking plenty of water every day.

– exercise… it might be difficult to leave the warmth of the blanket behind and get your body moving on a cold morning. But if you love your skin, do it! Exercise will pump up your heart rate, which in turn, pumps more blood and oxygen to your skin, keeping it looking healthy and glowing naturally.

– adjust your skincare routine… skin tends to produce fewer oils in the winter months, so include a heavier face and body moisturiser or include a moisture boosting hydrating face serum. Use gentle, natural skincare formulas that work with your skin’s natural barriers. 

– get back tobasics… keep skin in optimum condition by cleansing thoroughly twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening to remove make-up and airborne dirt particles. TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk, is made from organic seaweeds that work in synergy with skins natural barriers. TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion clears away any last traces of cleanser, whilst Aloe Vera helps keep skin feeling fresh and moisturised.

– give your skin a moisture boost… serums are packed with powerful ingredients that penetrate deeper than a moisturising cream and deliver more targeted results due to their smaller molecule size – serums are the unsung heroes of the skincare world! Nikken’s TRUE elements® Youth Activ Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid; well-known to help increase skins moisture levels by attracting and retaining moisture. Apply before your moisturiser. 

– don’t forget your hands and feet! Hands and feet get dry too so it’s important to cream them up in order to keep them baby softApply hand cream after washing your hands now more than ever. TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream contains seaweed extracts and Shea Butter to help keep skin well hydrated. Apply a layer of Hand and Foot Cream under socks before bed and wake up with super soft feet.

The TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is formulated using organic seaweeds harvested off the French Brittany Coast and are certified organic by ECOCERT1. Find out more about the range here… 

1. http://www.ecocert.com/en

16th November 2020

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The Power of Gratitude…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”– Aesop

We all know gratitude in the form of ‘thank you’ when someone has helped us or done something nice for us.  But how many of us look and feel gratitude in other ways…  

When we appreciate and acknowledge simple things, we are grateful. From having fresh water to drink and food on the table, to hearing the birds sing and feeling the wind or sun on our face. 

The best way to reach contentment is to feel grateful for what you already have. Studies show that if you express gratitude, it raises your happiness by 25% 1.

When you take a breath and step back, your thankfulness slows you down and fills you up with happiness. This can be a time to be grateful for all the things you might have overlooked, forgotten or taken for granted, instead of worrying about what you still need. 

Express your gratitude…

Every day take a few minutes to think of the things that you’re grateful for: the people, places and things that make your life rich and full, that bring you comfort and joy. The more you practice this exercise, the more you’ll notice just how full your life already is. 

Contact one person everyday just to express your gratitude. Whether you are having lunch with a friend or time in the evening with your partner tell them why you’re thankful, expressing your gratitude out loud can be very powerful. 

The Power of gratitude…

Boosts self-esteem – instead of being resentful towards people who are wealthier or have better jobs, you will learn to appreciate their accomplishments.

Can help reduce stress. Research2 has shown that people who feel gratitude are happier, report more life satisfaction and less stress. Grateful people are less likely to be depressed, anxious or lonely. Nikken’s portable grounding mat, KenkoGround® is ideal for practising gratitude meditation on. Plug it into a grounded outlet, place your bare feet on the mat whilst taking time out to meditate and reconnecting with Mother Nature. 

Can help improve your sleeping habits. A study3 found that people who spend 15 minutes writing down grateful sentiments at bedtime sleep longer and better.

Whether getting ready to settle down for the night, taking a power nap or just snuggling – the Kenko Travel Comforter will keep you warm and cosy with its integrated ceramic fibres. The comforter is very light and versatile and zips up, making it easy to use around the home or when travelling.

Make gratitude your automatic thinking and when you do you’ll experience your level of happiness rise.

2nd November 2020

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GROUNDING… for Active Wellness

Grounding is both a timeless practice and modern discovery… It simply means living in contact with the earth’s natural surface charge – being grounded.

We all live and function electrically on an electrical planet. We are each of us a collection of dynamic electrical circuits in which trillions of cells constantly transmit and receive energy in the course of their programmed biochemical reactions. Your heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are prime examples of electrical subsystems operating within your bioelectrical body. The fact is, all of your movements, behaviours and actions are energized by electricity.1

Most people are totally unaware of their bioelectrical nature or the energetic connection between their bodies and the earth’s surface. Many of us don’t even realize that we’re disconnected from Mother Nature. Our feet and the rest of our bodies rarely touch real ground. We keep insulated with layers of clothing, rubber soles, mattresses, any assortment of chairs and accessories.

Science informs us that the Earth’s electrons contain a natural, negative charge. Maintaining contact with the ground allows our bodies to naturally receive and become charged with these electrons. When we are “grounded,” we absorb these beneficial electrons that “reduce electrical imbalances in the body.” Since our bodies are composed of mostly water and minerals – just like the Earth – we are mutually electrically conductive.

When you are electrically grounded, you could feel more centred, strong, balanced, less tense and less stressed. 

The most effective way to ground yourself is to feel the soles of your feet connecting to the earth by standing barefoot on soil, sand or even the sea bed. As we are heading towards the winter season, with shorter, darker and colder days you’ll probably want to spend more time in the warmth and comfort of your own home. But you can still ground yourself at home.2   

Nikken created the KenkoGround® to help us maintain our connection to the ground even when indoors. Devised to be plugged into a grounded outlet, the conductive fabric, when placed against our bare skin, duplicates the effect of direct contact with the Earth, our source of natural energies. 

You can ground yourself at any time during the day with the KenkoGround®, however, during sleep is a great time. Grounding during sleep provides the body with 6-8 hours of uninterrupted grounding at a time when the body undergoes most of its healing and regeneration. Sleeping on the KenkoGround® allows you to tap into a stream of beneficial electrons from the Earth.  For best results make sure your bare skin is in contact with the KenkoGround®.

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1. Ober, Clinton etal, Earthing, Basic Health Publications, Columbus, OH, 2014, p.8.

2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/ways-to-connect-with-nature-inside-and-out/

Further Reading: Earthing– the most important health discovery ever! Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. Martin Zucker

6th October 2020

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Mindful ways to embrace Autumn…

Summer is ending, stepping aside for the autumn season in all its glory of red and gold nature colours. As a period of transition, autumn offers us the time needed to prepare for the winter season. A new season is a good time to re-evaluate, take decisions and start new projects. It’s also the perfect moment to be mindful of our own wellbeing.    

Taking the time to be mindful is important for both our mental and physical health. Here are a few simple things that everyone can do to really appreciate the autumn season with mindful active wellness… 

Get out into the fresh air and see nature in its finest… chances are, wherever you walk you’ll have an opportunity to admire autumn’s beauty – from the fiery colours of the autumn foliage to the frost on the ground. Being in nature can help us to feel alive, encourages a meditative mindset and may even help make us feel happier. 

Practice meditation… Daily meditation can have many benefitsnot just on your body but also on your mind. It can help you get a better sleep, reduce stress and tension and relax your mind. There are many ways which meditation can be done including…

– Meditating for joyful gratitude – Giving thanks and taking a moment to appreciate what you have can rejuvenate your soul and after each session, you can take that sense of gratefulness with you for the rest of your day.  

 – Metta meditation1Its goal is to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything including sources of stress.

– Mindfulness meditation is a way that allows you to remain aware and present in the moment. Rather than thinking of the past or dwelling on what’s to come, mindfulness encourages awareness of a person’s existing surroundings. For example, when you are on the phone with someone and you have been put on hold, rather than reflecting on the annoyance of a long wait, you will simply note the wait without judgement. This is where mindfulness meditation helps to combat emotional stress.  

Nikken’s KenkoGround® 2 is the perfect accompaniment to meditation as it helps you reconnect with Mother Nature through grounding. The KenkoGround® helps connects you to the Earth’s negative charge when you are meditating and even working in front of your computer, doing yoga or exercising.  

Sleep … Autumn is a time when the clocks change. We can all benefit from a little extra sleep. Try going to bed 30 – 60 minutes earlier than usual to help you feel more rested and energetic in the morning. Relaxing before bed is crucial for a good night’s sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation 3, having a massage before bed has great benefits and can help you relax – improving sleep quality. 

You don’t need someone else to give you a massage, it’s just as easy to do yourself 4 with Nikken’s Kenko MagDuo®. A small portable device with small massaging nodules and DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966). Try rolling the spheres in small circles on the back of your neck and feel the tension melt away.

The Nikken MagCreator®, is another great massager and easy to use. Benefitting from surface nodules for that extra level of stimulation, roll it over stressed and tired muscle for a deep muscle massage – perfect for a good night’s sleep. 

Autumn is truly a beautiful season. Enjoy the delights that autumn offers through its magnificent colours and enjoy living a life of Active Wellness through mindful self-care. 

  1. https://www.mettainstitute.org/mettameditation.html
  2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/connect-with-mother-nature/
  3. https://www.sleep.org/can-massage-help-you-sleep/
  4. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/09/07/the-benefits-of-self-massage/

21st September 2020

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The Benefits of Self-Massage…

Self-massage is a simple, convenient way to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy and it can be done in the comfort of your own home. It has many physical and mental benefits, including helping with any discomfort and relaxation.

During a self-massage, you use your hands to manipulate your own muscles. This involves kneading the skin and applying pressure in certain spots. Like massage in general, self-massage may help ease: stress, anxiety, headaches, muscle strain, muscle tension and much more. You’re in control of the amount of pressure to exert and can stop it at any time.

There are different types of self-massage, some using just your own hands and others, using some kind of massage tool. Some forms of self-massage include Abhyanga from the Ayurvedic tradition, acupressure and trigger point.

The Ayurveda technique…

In the Ayurvedic tradition, self-massage with oil is a way to help keep yourself in optimal health and balance via the skin. Since skin is the body’s largest organ, Ayurveda recognizes it as a vehicle to reach our internal organs.1 The skin acts as a protective shield as well as a gateway to nourishing the body through its pores. 

Self-massage also helps increase circulation and enhances the body’s ability to detox.2 The body tends to relax during massage and thereby helps reduce anxiety and improve sleep.3

Acupressure and trigger point massage work on the premise that certain spots throughout the body can be unlocked to release trapped energy or nerves. 

– Acupressure… This technique works to release the “chi” (vital energy as defined by Merriam Webster) or more widely understood as “breath” and “air” that is necessary for the clear flow of blood and therefore circulation. With acupressure, simply press on the pressure points directly and hold for a while (10 –100 seconds). 

– Trigger point massage focuses on releasing trigger points, which are small, tight knots that develop in muscles that may even cause discomfort in other areas of the body. It helps to release the tightest areas of your body (often the neck and lower back), helping to improve range of motion, posture and alignment.The technique is similar to acupressure orsmall kneading strokes can be applied, either in a circular motion or back and forth.4

The goal of self-massage with acupressure or trigger points is to achieve a “release.” Release mostly refers to an easing of sensitivity of the pressure/trigger point and/or a softening of the tissue texture. 

Self-massage is an Active Wellness practice that can help benefit everyone. Nikken’s MagCreator® massage device incorporates surface nodules for deeper massage stimulation and its internal magnets simulate the Earth’s natural magnetic field. 

With its massaging magnetic spheres, the Kenko MagDuo® is designed to offer you the perfect relaxing feeling. Its convenient size makes it ideal to be taken anywhere. Contains Nikken’s exclusive patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966).

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/self-massage#types

2, 3, 4. https://www.jasminehemsley.com/la-vida-veda/2018/9/28/why-self-massage-is-part-of-my-weekly-routine?rq=self%20massage

7th September 2020

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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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Exercise for strong bones…

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Most of us are familiar with many of the benefits of exercise, such as improving muscle strength and endurance, reducing the risk for heart disease and preventing obesity. Perhaps not as familiar with the importance of regular physical activity in building and maintaining healthy bones.

Being physically active and doing exercise helps to keep bones strong and healthy throughout life. That’s because your bones are living tissues that get stronger when you use them. Exercise works on bones in the same way it works on muscles — it makes them stronger. This is the reason why exercising regularly is important for building strong bones when we are younger and essential for maintaining bone strength when we are older.

Exercises that are good for your bones.

Exercise variety is beneficial to your bones. This can easily be achieved with different movements, directions and speeds – for example: dancing. Short bursts of activity may be best, such as running followed by a jog, or jogging followed by a walk.

There are many different types of exercise and they all offer health benefits. The two types that are most effective for building strong bones are:

– Weight-bearing exercise with impact. This could be anyactivity you do on your feet that works your bones and muscles against gravity. When your feet and legs carry your body weight, more stress is placed on your bones, making your bones work harder. Weight-bearing exercise after young adulthood can help prevent further bone loss and strengthen bone1.

Some examples of this type of exercise can include: brisk walking and hiking, jogging, running, dancing, tennis, badminton, football, stair climbing and many more. Higher impact activities such as jogging, increase the weight on bones and provide more bone-strengthening benefits.

– Muscle strengthening exercises. During muscle strength-training activities, resistance is added to movement in order to make muscles work harder and with time, become stronger. Although resistance exercises focus on increasing muscle mass, they also put stress on bones. Common types of strength training include weight machines, free weights, and exercises (such as push-ups) that use your own body weight. Elastic bands can also be used to add resistance to exercises. Use the Nikken KenkoTherm® Wrist wrap to help support your muscle strengthening exercises. Its orthopaedic design provides the ideal combination of support and flexibility.

The UK’s National Health System – NHS recommends that adults aged 35 and over should aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week in order to reduce the rate of natural bone loss.Make sure to rest for a full day between strength sessions.

– Other Forms of Exercise. Another benefit of exercise is that it improves balance and coordination. This becomes especially important, as we get older because it helps to prevent falls and the broken bones that may result. 

Non-impact exercises, such as yoga and tai chi, might not as effective for strengthening the bones, but they do provide flexibility and balance training benefits. Non-weight-bearing exercises, such as swimming or cycling might not increase bone density but are excellent choices to strengthen muscles as well as the heart and lungs. If you have a musculoskeletal health condition, such as arthritis, that prevents you from doing weight-bearing activities, these are good alternatives.

Good nutrition for healthy bones.

Because the bone is living tissue, it changes over time in response to the forces placed upon it. When you exercise regularly, your bone adapts by building more bone and becoming denser. This improvement in bone requires good nutrition, including adequate doses of calcium and Vitamin D.

If you eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables, you should get enough of the nutrients you need every day, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount from food alone, you may need to complement your diet by taking multivitamins or supplements.

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® is formulated specifically to help the body absorb calcium and contains a natural source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2 and other minerals, which play a role in bone development. Find out more about it here.

Take care of your bones. They play a big part in achieving Active Wellness!

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1. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health
2. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercises-for-strong-bones/

17th August 2020

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