Superfruit with Super Powers…

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Berries truly are Mother Nature’s gifts to mankind… and blueberries have some extraordinary powers.  Here are a few reasons why blueberries should be a part of your Active Wellness regimen:

1. They’re low in calories but high in nutrient value. One cup of blueberries contains about 80+ calories and 4 grams of fibre, 24% of the RDI for Vitamin C, 36% of the RDI for Vitamin K and 24% of the RDI for manganese.

2. Known as “king of antioxidant foods,” the blueberry contains large amounts of flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants proven to have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.1

3. Oxidative DNA damage is unavoidable and believed to occur tens of thousands of times per day in every cell of the body. It is part of the reason we age. As blueberries are high in antioxidants, they can help neutralize some of the free radicals that damage our DNA. In one study, 168 people drank 1 litre of mixed blueberry and apple juice daily. After four weeks, oxidative DNA damage due to free radicals was reduced by 20 %.2

4. Blueberries are considered to be a heart-healthy food because antioxidants are strongly linked to reduced levels of oxidized LDL3,the bad cholesterol that helps cause heart disease. One study determined that eating 75 grams of blueberries with a main meal significantly reduced the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol.4

5. Eating blueberries regularly may help maintain brain function and improve memory. Antioxidants in blueberries appear to benefit aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell signaling. In one study, 9 adults with mild cognitive impairment consumed blueberry juice daily. After 12 weeks, they experienced improvements in several markers of brain function.5

6. Research suggests that the compounds that give the fruit its blue color may have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. Blueberries provide moderate amounts of sugar compared to other fruits, with about 15 grams of sugar per cup, equivalent to a small apple or large orange. 6

7. Blueberries may help reduce muscle damage after strenuous exercise. They are believed to help lessen the damage that occurs at the molecular level, minimizing soreness and reduced muscle performance. In a small study of 10 female athletes, blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises. 7

At Nikken, there’s a wonderful way to enjoy your daily intake of antioxidant rich berries with the super fruit juice concentrate Nikken Super Ciaga®.  Drink it neat, with water or make into a delicious shake. Simply incorporate a serving of Kenzen Super Ciaga® into your KVB® Meal Replacement Mix. The KVB® Chocolate flavor is delicious with Kenzen Super Ciaga® mixed in.

Organic KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate (#16011) now has a new permanent lower price!

  1. https://www.livescience.com/52524-flavonoids.html
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17602170
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3820045/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22935321
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2850944/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18066143
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583121/

11th February 2019

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Winter Wellbeing…

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The holiday season is now over and Winter is approaching… this is a great time to boost your immune system and generally be healthier!

Some of us let diet and healthy eating habits fall by the wayside. Often, given the weather, exercise is sacrificed for warm nights spent indoors. With shorter days and colder weather, finding the motivation to stay healthy and active can be difficult. And this can lay the foundation for a weakened immune system, exposing us to illnesses. Here are some useful tips to help keep your health on top form:

Boost your Vitamin C intake. Vitamin C helps keep your immune system healthy and can help reduce the length and severity of a cold. To get the benefits, make sure you eat plenty of Vitamin C rich foods on a daily basis. Lemons and oranges are all in season right now and are packed full with vitamin C. Add lemon juice to cold or hot water for a tasty drink.

Get outside and get moving. According to research1, people tend to gain three to five kg on average during the winter months.When it’s cold and wet, you would be very tempted to stay inside in the warmth. But don’t get caught in that trap, you need to get outside! You need to expose your skin to natural daylight to boost your levels of Vitamin D. This is crucial to keep your bones and your immune system healthy. You also need to expose your eyes to daylight to help regulate your mood and sleep.

Eat your greens. We know that vegetables are good for us, but winter in particular is the perfect time to enjoy some dark leafy greens. Spinach and kale for example, are great source of vitamins and minerals to keep your body in shape during the winter months. One way to boost your vitamin intake is Nikken’s Organic KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate flavour.This is a healthy meal replacement mix with organic Moringa, organic pea protein, organic vegetables, prebiotics and probiotics.

Sleep better. Sleep is important at any time of the year regardless the season.In the winter season, when the days are shorter,your body will naturally want to sleep longer and will adjust its rhythm to the hours of daylight. Use the longer evenings to relax before bedtime. Take a break from all electronic devices and read a book or spend quality time with your family. Try to go to bed as early as possible to give your body enough rest during the times it craves it the most.

Keep your brain engaged. Mental health wellbeing is as important as our physical wellbeing during the winter months. Keep yourself occupied by making plans like booking up a spring/summer holiday or even better; plan your Valentine’s Day, which is around the corner. Give the perfect gift this February: Nikken’s magnetic Kenko Heart Pendant! Suitable for both men and women its two sides are reversible and in silver or gold colours and go perfectly with either the Stainless Steel Perfect Link II® or the Gold Toned Magnetic Necklace from Nikken.

Take care of yourself this winter and enjoy an Active Wellness lifestyle.

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New Year Cleanse Pack (# 88046).  Contains Organic KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate, KENZEN Cleansedx, KENZEN Digestion Complex 4-20 and a complimentary Nikken Shaker.

SAVE 50 %when purchasing these products in the New Year Cleanse Pack versus individually!

Offer valid 2nd January – 31st March 2019

1. https://www.msn.com/en-in/health/fitness/20-reasons-we-tend-to-gain-more-weight-in-the-winter/ss-BBQejbH?ocid=dw-am-p1

28th January 2019

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Creating Good Habits for Health, Longevity and Happiness…

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The successful pursuit of Active Wellness revolves around the creation of good lifestyle habits, which go hand-in-hand with self-development. Active Wellness encompasses mind, body and spirit and according to an article in Medical NewsJapanese people – Japanese women, especially – have a wonderful system resulting in good health, longevity and happiness. Many Nikken products are based on the Japanese approach to health and prosperity. Here’s how:

  • Japanese people drink a lot of green tea, commonly believed to be one of the healthiest beverages and renowned for its antioxidants, nutrients and many other benefits. Green tea leaves contain bioactive compounds and phytonutrients, such as flavonoids and catechins. A nutritional alternative is Nikken Organic Jade GreenZymes®.Made from the juice of freshly harvested, shoots of Organic barley grass.
  • Japanese people eat fermented foods, an ancient practice with plenty of health benefits. A popular food in Japan is natto, made by fermenting soybeans. Fermentation is a process that preserves food while creating beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. Kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh, pickles and miso soup are all examples of fermented consumables. Fermented foods add good bacteria to the gut, helping digestion. KENZEN Digestion Complex 4-20 contains 20 different types of enzymes and assists in normal digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Walking is a meditative practice in Japan. Instead of walking specifically to get somewhere, a walking meditation involves thinking about each step, focusing on the movement of the feet and how the body shifts when going forward. Walking mindfully with the Kenko mStrides® from Nikken takes your meditative practice to another level!
  • Many Japanese practice martial arts, such as Aikido and Karate. Both emphasize a natural way of self-defense that aims to promote self-confidence and self-respect as well as the combined disciplines of the body and mind. Martial arts provide a total body workout that makes use of every muscle and helps to improve stamina, flexibility, endurance and strength.
  • Japanese begin soaking in hot spring baths as youngsters. Known as balneotherapy, bathing in hot springs is believed to boost circulation, reduce stress and promote restful sleep. The heat helps relax tense muscles and hydrate the skin. Japanese exhibit an intense respect for nature. Children are taught to live in harmony with nature and to respect it. Going into the wilderness on days off is a common way for city dwellers to decompress from hard work.
  • Japanese women attend group activities regularly throughout their lives and into old age. The byproduct of this fun habit is not only having many friends but also keeping the brain functioning. Since a lack of social activity is correlated to mental aging, Japanese have a great system for keeping their minds intact. Not surprisingly, women make up the majority of network marketers, comfortable in conducting and participating regularly in groups with mentors and new “students.”
  • The Japanese attitude towards work results in high productivity. Although work is just as stressful as anywhere else in the world, the prevalent attitude is that no matter how difficult the job is, it has a larger purpose and is worthy of the struggle. Each hardworking individual is contributing to the greater good and this belief produces an inclusive feeling of belonging. This is an evolved way of thinking, which comes with self-development started early in life. Nikken leaders who qualify for Team Kaizen embody this positive attitude. In a sit down work environment, the KenkoSeat® II is an instant way to benefit from Magnetic technology and provides support and comfort.

Being conscious of what makes you happy and feeling fulfilled is another aspect of self-development. Japanese are taught as children to be in touch with their feelings and to identify what is called “ikigai”- “iki” means life and “gai” means worth. It connotes what brings joy into each life – any variety of work, family, friends or hobbies.

Active Wellness and self-development are the ideal ways to achieve the 5 Pillars of Health.

1. https://medical-news.org/10-reasons-japanese-women-stay-slim-dont-look-old/2321/5/

21st January 2019

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New Year… Healthier You

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Welcome to 2019!… Have you made any New Year Resolutions?  One of the most popular resolutions is to make a commitment to improve overall health – crucial to an Active Wellness lifestyle. For each of us, that commitment is personal; however, the basics include eating healthy foods and moving more often. Resolutions need to be do-able and realistic in order for us to stick them.

Here are 10 practical ways to help you make 2019 a healthier year:

1. Eat more citrus. An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat foods high in vitamin C are more successful at staving off the effects of premature aging of the skin.

2. Eat more vegetables. They contain lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. They’re the key to maintaining health and a comfortable weight.

3. Cut down on sugar intake and don’t use artificial sweeteners.

4. Expand your palate. Things like kale, bitter melon and pomegranate may be acquired tastes but if you like them, you’re adding to your arsenal of healthy foods – all of which helps in weight management.

5. Cook more at home. It is not only healthier because you can choose exactly which ingredients to use but also helps save money.

6. Set yourself a goal to exercise daily, as consistency is key. To challenge yourself, each week increase the intensity of whatever you choose to do, a little bit at a time.

7. Spend less time in front of the screen (mobile phones, tablets, TV, etc.) and more time making actual contact with living beings. For example, have tea with friends, take an exercise class, walk the dog, etc.

8. Wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable. When feet are uncomfortable, the whole body suffers. Feet carry us where we need to go, so be kind to them and we have a better chance that they’ll work throughout our lives. Try the Kenko mSteps® featuring energizing massage nodes on insoles that offer extraordinary comfort and the refreshing sensation of a foot massage.

9. Be helpful. Whether we volunteer our time or donate to worthy causes, helping others is a win-win. We end up with a better self-image, which in turn creates an overall sense of wellbeing.

10. Take the stairs wherever you can. That doesn’t mean climbing a high-rise, but three or four stories is a good way to add to a short walk in a building. During inclement weather, consciously using the stairs is a great way to do a mini-workout.

SPECIAL OFFER…

Start the New Year with the New Year Cleanse Pack (# 88046).  Containing the KENZEN Cleansedx, KENZEN Digestion Complex 4-20 and the KVB® Natural Food Mix Chocolate.

SAVE 50% when purchasing these products in the New Year Cleanse Pack versus individually!

Offer valid 2nd January – 31st March 2019

7th January 2019

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Basic Health Trends for 2019

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An increasing number of people are looking for an Active Wellness lifestyle. Here’s a look at some of the predicted health trends for 2019 and… how Nikken products continue to be contributors to these trends.

1. Adaptogenic herbs are finding their way into everyday food and drinks. Adaptogenic herbs can now be found in coffee bars and tea shops.Adaptogens are also found in KENZEN Cleansedx and in KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®!

2. New and improved gadgets are appearing to help us recover quicker from strenuous activities. According to CEO Martin Tobias of Upgrade Labs, “Modern recovery technologies use stronger signals like vibration, infrared light, targeted compression, intense cold, intense heat, powerful detoxification and advanced nutrition to speed recovery and development.”The KenkoTouch® and the MagCreator are the perfect products to help in the natural rejuvenation of muscle fatigue.

3. Last year, sales of plant-based meat (a vegetarian meat substitute) grew to 23% and is forecast to continue expanding in 2019. Plant-based dairy was 13% of all milk sales in 2018 and also expected to grow in 2019. Plant–based fish and seafood, which reported sales increase of 72% from 2017 to 2018, is predicted to really expand in a big way. PowerPlant Ventures says, “If awareness of the negative impacts of ocean fishing and contaminants spread quickly, plant-based fish could follow the plant-based meat market in its recent accelerated growth.”3

4. As awareness of the importance of sleep for overall health grows, people are tracking their sleep patterns to find ways to improve the quality of their resting hours. According to virtually every sleep expert, it’s important to maintain a consistent sleep-wake schedule including waking up and going to bed at the same time and not deviating too much on weekends or days off from work. At Nikken, we believe the Kenko Sleep System can help poor sleepers achieve their best rest!

5. Digestive health is set to become a significant trend in 2019. The Kroger Company states that “medical studies show that a healthy gut is the foundation of overall wellness and more than ever before, consumers are seeking foods that support self-care and healthy immune systems.”4 KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KENZEN Digestion Complex 4-20 can help support optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, the proliferation of good gut bacteria and overall health.

As we continue to live in a world where instant gratification is so desired, fast food is not going away. The good news is that there is a growing trend toward healthy eating in the form of meal replacement shakes, salads to go and nutrient-dense take-out food. According to Mintel, a market research firm that forecasts data for thousands of consumer goods markets worldwide, “On-the-go consumers are shopping for grab and go breakfasts, quick snacks and dinner time solutions. Consumers are expecting high-quality food and beverage options that fit into their fast-paced, time-crunched lifestyles without having to sacrifice health goals or flavour.”5

Look no further than KVB® Meal Replacement Mix – Chocolate (# 16011), currently on offer at ½ price, which can be a meal or a snack, depending on your needs. It’s convenient and versatile, suitable for vegans and contains MCTs for your brain! It is an instant meal that supports the GI tract with an enzyme blend combined with probiotics.

1. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2019-health-trends-forecast-300759858.html
2, 3. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/wellness-trends-2019
4. https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/12959-digestive-health-a-top-trend-heading-into-2019
5. https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2018/11/30/Mintel-s-top-food-trends-for-2019-From-healthy-aging-to-convenient-food-hacks#

19th December 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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