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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Longer days of sunshine are on the way…

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Daylight Saving Time (DST), also called ‘Summer Time’ in many places in the world, is to make better use of daylight and starts on the 31st March. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Although changing to DST only involves an hour’s difference (losing an hour in the spring and gaining one in the autumn), there can be a wide range of responses. Some of us don’t feel a difference at all, while others may experience a few days of fatigue from a change in sleep patterns due to having to reset our 24-hour natural cycle known as “circadian rhythm.”Internally generated, our circadian rhythm may be influenced by the environment, behaviour and medications.2

In general, losing an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than gaining an hour in the fall.It is similar to airplane travel; traveling east we lose time and may experience difficulty falling asleep at the “earlier” time. Going west, we may fall asleep easily at the “later” hour but have a difficult time waking.

If you have the foresight to plan ahead for losing that hour of sleep, you can go to bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier than usual for a few nights leading up to the time change. This may help your brain and body make the transition more smoothly.You can also expose yourself to sunlight as early in the morning as you can. This tells your internal clock that it’s time to get moving. If sunlight is unavailable where you live, use bright lights to simulate natural light to enhance mental and physical alertness.5

For some people, it can take as long as a week for their circadian and sleep rhythms to adjust to the time change. Regular exercise at the same time daily may help you get back on track, as well as going to bed and rising on a schedule.6

To help block out light, which can aide for a better sleep, wear the Kenko PowerSleep® Mask with patented DynaFlux® magnetic technology. Enjoy a restful, refreshing sleep every night with the Naturest® Kenkopad®, KenkoDream® Quilt and Naturest® Pillow, all available in the Wellness Home Sleep Pack.

1,2,3. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/coping-with-time-changes
4, 5. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/reason-daylight-savings-time-can-give-you-jet-lag
6. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/daylight-saving-time-fall-back-doesnt-equal-sleep-gain-201311016836

25th March 2019

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Drink Water To Improve Well Being…

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Water makes up more than two-thirds of our body weight, which is why it’s essential to stay hydrated. Approximately 50 – 70 % of our body is made up of water. Water plays an essential role in every part of our bodies and the processes that they go through. Whether it is digestion, absorption, circulation, the maintenance of body temperature, or the transportation of nutrients, water is there to help things go smoothly.

According to The Eatwell Guidefrom NHS England, the government recommends the consumption of 6 to 8 cups or glasses a day. Common sense dictates that the more we exercise, the more water we need to drink.

Here are a few of many benefits of drinking water:

1. Increases energy levels. Since the brain is mostly made of water, hydrating it will help us concentrate and be more alert.

2. Promotes weight loss. Water boosts the metabolism that will result in various health benefits such as weight loss.

3. Helps improve skin complexion. The skin is the largest organof the bodyand its role is toprotect usfrom microbes and the elements. It also helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. Therefore, keeping it hydrated is a must.

4. Boosts the immune system. According to Fit Day2, water can help strengthen the immune system by carrying oxygen to the body’s cells and it flushes harmful toxins from the body.

5. Promotes a healthy digestive system. Drinking water during or after a meal aids digestion. Water is essential for good health. Water and other liquids help break down food so that the body can absorb the nutrients.

The simplest way to ensure that you stay hydrated is to carry a water bottle. It’ll serve as a reminder to drink water throughout the day, whether you’re outdoors or sitting at your desk. Cold water can be especially refreshing and help you stay alert. Hot water, either alone or in a cup of green tea, can help calm and relax you in the evenings.

Keeping a PiMag® Water Bottle with you at all times is the smart way to stay hydrated as part of your Active Wellness lifestyle. You can fill it up with tap water and the patented micro filter will automatically help remove sediment, reduce chlorine and lead. PiMag® water technology adds natural minerals and helps adjust the pH value to 8.5-9.5, an alkaline range that helps counterbalance our acidic environment. In addition to its benefits to us physically, PiMag® water is so much cheaper than purchased bottled water, and is environmentally responsible.

The bottle itself is biodegradable and contains no BPA or other potentially harmful compounds. The filter components are replaceable, further extending the life of the bottle — by using the PiMag® Water Bottle, you’re helping to reduce the impact on landfill waste caused by disposable water bottles.

SPECIAL OFFER

To support World Water Day on Friday the 22nd March, the Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) is reduced by 50 % until the 31stMarch 2019.

1. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/
2. https://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-immune-system-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

18th March 2019

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Let’s Go Green…

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As we become more educated about how to help sustain planet Earth, our habits and even the language we use, evolve. Going “green” is being redefined as we learn about alternatives and possibilities.

The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations.  A product is considered green if it has “less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent.” 1

No product is 100% green, since everything we dispose of will eventually impact the environment in some way. According to Sustainable Earth, green products are:

  • Energy efficient, durable and often have low maintenance requirements.
  • Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
  • Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources.
  • Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
  • Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.

We can each contribute to sustainability in small ways. Most of us know about the 3Rs: REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE. Practicing the 3Rs means we are going green by decreasing wastefulness, minimizing the accumulation of consumables and sharing with our communities.

Other ways of going green include using energy saving light bulbs, improving house insulation, installing solar panels, driving hybrid cars, eating less red meat, composting and using less plastic. We can carry reusable water bottles and limit packaging to glass, metal and paper, as these materials can be more easily recycled, reused or biodegraded.And, we can pay attention to ingredient lists, so we commit to buying products that are more naturally sourced and sustainable.

Businesses can lead the way and change consumer behaviour by producing more green products and helping to educate the masses. Nikken Consultants can spread the word about our company’s commitment to going green. The Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle and PiMag® Waterfall are eco-friendly and many of our nutritional products such as Jade GreenZymes® are certified organic. In addition, the TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare products are certified by EcoCert.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Your Free Gift with purchase…  In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March – receive a free TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200 ml with each purchase of TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200 ml.

Offer valid until 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048. 

Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) – SAVE 50 % until the 31st March 2019.

1. http://www.isustainableearth.com/green-products/what-is-a-green-product
2. https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/how-identify-truly-green-products.html

11th March 2019

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