Probiotics for a Healthy Gut…

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Probiotics are in the news now more than ever. From the Greek pro, meaning promoting, and biotics, meaning life, these life-promoting compounds are gaining in usage for a good reason.

Our bodies naturally have good or helpful bacteria as well as bad or harmful bacteria. Maintaining the correct balance between these is necessary for optimal health. This is where probiotics come in. The wrong bacteria in the wrong place can cause issues but the right bacteria in the right place can have benefits. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria found in food products or supplements that can beneficially affect our health by improving the balance and function of the gut bacteria.1

Age, genetics and diet may influence the composition of the bacteria in the body. When the bacteria in our bodies are not in balance, we are in “dysbiosis” and may experience certain illnesses linked to the digestive system. Probiotics help shift the balance in favor of good bacteria for healthy digestion. When the digestive tract is healthy, it filters out and eliminates things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals and other waste products.

The other way that probiotics help overall health is how they affect the immune system. Since the immune system protects against germs, dysfunction can cause allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders. Just like the digestive system, the immune system functions optimally when in balance, and probiotics have been shown to be of benefit.

A happy gut is responsible for overall health in a big way.Fermented foods have been shown to be probiotic-rich and may help balance the microbiome and support the immune system. Taking probiotics through natural foods and beverages such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha can easily be part of an Active Wellness diet. Nutritional supplements such as KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate contain prebiotics and/or probiotics. Not only they can help boost the immune and digestive systems but they also promote healthy minds! 3

Incorporating them into a daily regimen is a big part of an Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/probiotics.html
2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/how-prebiotics-probiotics-help-the-gut/
3. https://nikkenactivewellness.com/2017/11/03/have-you-heard-of-the-brain-gut-connection/

16th March 2020

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Vitamins and Minerals from the sea, to your skin…

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Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients. Working together, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help maintain bones, heal wounds and bolster the immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage. Eating a healthy diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need, however applying them topically can also give your skin a boost too.

The skincare industry is constantly evolving, but one thing remains the same: we continue to make use of ingredients around us, more often using plants that our ancestors have turned to for centuries including marine plants and seaweed.

Seaweed naturally absorbs its nourishment from the sea. Just like plants that grow on land, seaweed is chock-full of natural nutrients. Vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin B12 (niacin) and choline are only a few of the star players found in seaweed. It’s also known to aid in the natural cleansing and purifying of the skin, helping to improve suppleness and elasticity. With the abundance of vitamins and minerals, the benefits of using seaweed in skincare products are vast.

Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range includes seaweed, marine plants and seawater, making the products rich in natural minerals that are easily absorbed by the skin.
At the heart of the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is organic algae Chondrus Crispus, Crithmum Maritimum, Ulva Lactuca and Laminaria Digitata. All of which help maintain the skin’s natural moisture level promoting natural regeneration, improving hydration and promoting a healthy glow.

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Incorporate the TRUE elements® products in your everyday Active Wellness lifestyle. Your skin will thank you!

1.http://www.ecocert.com/en

2nd March 2020

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Declutter for Wellbeing…

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The benefits of decluttering go beyond just the tangible benefits of a clutter-free, tidy home. Decluttering can become an important way to practice self-care because it helps you take control of your home, your belongings and your life to improve your overall wellbeing.

Here are a few examples of the ways decluttering is important for self-care by helping to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life:

More space
The more surfaces you can create, the more space you have, the easier it is to relax into that space. Tackle one room at a time and see how much more calming it is to use when all the clutter is gone. Relaxation is great for our health and wellbeing and helps reduce stress levels. Less clutter means less stress too.

The more clutter you have, the more mental power it takes to think about it. Few people walk into a cluttered space and feel relaxed and at ease there. Quite the opposite.
So, by decluttering a space, however big or small, you’ll waste less mental power thinking about it.

More time
You’ll spend less time cleaning, tidying and taking care of things you own, simply because there’s less of it.

More ‘me’ time
Declutter your mind and body with ‘me’ time. Use this time to simply reconnect with Mother Nature. The Earth is a source of natural healing energy and has its own energy in the form of a mild ‘negative’ charge. Tap into the streams of electrons from the Earth with Nikken’s KenkoGround® (88011). A conductive mat that works by connecting you to the Earth’s natural charge – helping restore a healthful natural balance.

More energy
Are there things you want to do and achieve, yet you never seem to have the energy?
Less stuff means less time and less energy required to manage it, freeing up more energy and attention to devote to what matters most to you.

More focus
Freeing space in your immediate surroundings frees space in your mind too1. As the space opens, so will your mind and you’ll find you have far more time and energy to focus on what you want to do.

Maybe you are surprised at how closely clutter is associated with your state of mind.  There are other ways you can look after the wellness of your mind on a daily basis too including through diet

Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, the discoverer of barley grass, talks about the benefits of Green Barley and how this rich nutrient could help ‘remove mental stress’ – in his best-selling book Green Barley Essence.2

Barbara Simonsohn writes – ‘Good for the Brain and the Mood! Barley grass contains substantial amounts of important amino acids. One hundred grams of barley grass juice powder contains approximately 240 mg of glutamic acid, an amino acid important for neural transmission and 110 mg of phenylamine. With the latter amino acid promoting vitality and mental agility.’ 3

Nikken’s Jade GreenZymes® (20311) is an organic Barley Grass Juice Powder – certified Organic by The Soil Association. Rich in the multiple benefits of nutritional ingredients including vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, enzymes, plant protein, fibre and many more.  Just add water for an instant refreshing beverage.

Live a life of Active Wellness with Nikken.

1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/how-decluttering-your-space-could-make-you-healthier-and-happier/art-20390064
2. Publication: Green Barley Essence The Ideal Fast Food’ (Yoshihide Hagiwara, M.D.) Keats
3. Publication: Barley Grass Juice (Barbara Simonsohn) Lotus Press, Shangri-la

24th February 2020

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Discover the “Plantivore” lifestyle…

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2020 is the year we’ll be welcoming Plantivores to the healthy eating scene. The new Plantivore lifestyle will embrace a well-balanced plant based diet.

Plants contain very powerful anti-oxidants and utilizing fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes in their unprocessed and unrefined form leaves their nutrient and healing benefit at its optimum.

In the human body, oxygen generates reactive molecules throughout all the tissues called ‘free radicals’. These free radicals can be harmful to body cells as they can damage essential molecules such as DNA and the enzymes necessary for optimum cell function. Anti-oxidants capture these reactive free radicals and safely convert them back to normal. Although the body produces anti-oxidant molecules on its own, additional plant based anti-oxidants can also be delivered through diet, mainly from fruit and vegetables.

A plant-based diet is not strict like veganism or vegetarianism. Instead it gives you the flexibility to eat mainly plant-based wholesome foods the majority of the time. You can still eat meat every once in a while if you want to. Having a balanced lifestyle is often more sustainable and easier to follow, especially for those who are new to eating wholesome plant-based foods.

Here are a few benefits of a plant-based lifestyle:

1. Care for the environment. A diet based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables reduces water and land use, lowers pollution, slows deforestation and reduces destruction of topsoil, among other benefits.1

2. Save money. Switching to a plant-based diet could save you quite a bit of money each week. Furthermore, you can even grow some of your own fruits and veggies at home, which is even more cost effective.

3. Decrease in Body Fat. The foods that you eat when following a plant-based diet are generally much more nutrient dense. Compared to processed foods, they are also relatively low in calories. Therefore, it could be pretty easy to shed excess body fat while on a plant-based diet.

Plant-based diets, including vegan diets, can be healthy as long as they are balanced and nutritionally adequate. When followed consistently, a well-balanced, plant-based diet that focuses on wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds may provide health benefits.2

As you start to embrace the new Plantivore lifestyle, KVB® Natural Food Meal Replacement Mix can help you with the transition to being more plant-based in your diet. It contains organic Moringa as well as organic pea protein, organic vegetables and prebiotics and probiotics.

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1. White, T. 2000. Diet and the distribution of environmental impact. Ecological Economics. 34, 145-153
2. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-plant-based-diet

17th February 2020

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BOOST your Winter Health and strengthen your IMMUNITY with KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®

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Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein (sugar-protein) naturally present in milk: Lacto = milk, ferrin = iron. It belongs to the transferrin family that transports iron ions and it is a natural constituent of body fluids such as saliva, breast milk and tears.

Lactoferrin binds the iron already present in the body, helping the body utilize and absorb it more efficiently. This removes the need to add additional non-native sources of iron, allowing the body to receive the right balance of iron without the stomach and intestinal discomfort.1

However, this is not lactoferrin’s only role within the body. Its iron-binding properties give it several secondary functions:

  • Boost your immune system. Lactoferrin is also essential in providing an increased defence for your immune system. Lactoferrin deprives unwanted bacteria in the body from the nutrients they need to continue spreading and is able to boost your body with beneficial antioxidants, enhance oxygenation of the tissues and improve white blood cell health.
  • Clear skin. If you are having trouble maintaining healthy or clear skin, lactoferrin also works at reducing acne activity and preventing breakouts.
  • Maintain a healthy gut. Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity, and more. These bacteria, yeasts, and viruses are also called the “gut microbiome” or “gut flora”. Many microbes are beneficial for human health, and some are even essential.

To maintain a healthy gut, increase your fibre intake. Good examples of high fibre vegetables are artichokes, leeks, onions and garlic, which all contain high levels of inulin (a prebiotic fibre). Some vegetables like lettuce have little fibre or nutrient value. Choose food and drinks with high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that act as fuel for microbes. Examples are nuts, seeds, berries, olive oil, brassicas, coffee and tea – especially green tea.

You can also consume plenty of fermented foods containing live microbes. Good choices are unsweetened yoghurt; kefir, which is a sour milk drink with five times as many microbes as yoghurt; raw milk cheeses; sauerkraut; kimchi, a Korean dish made from garlic, cabbage and chilli; and soybean-based products such as soy sauce, tempeh and natto.

Nutritional supplementation is also helpful. Lactoferrin may help the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so 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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Take a look at our KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® (#15700) (200 mg of lactoferrin per capsule) which is gentle on the digestive system and may help support the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.

We thought you might like these… previous KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® blogs too:

* HOW Prebiotics & Probiotics Help the Gut…
* Why KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®?

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1. https://www.glanbianutritionals.com/en-gb/node/1101
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)

3rd February 2020

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Fuel for Active Wellness = Fuel for Life

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Plants are the main source of oxygen for all forms of life on planet Earth. They also represent the primary source of all that is of nutritional value. Due to modern living conditions such as stress, smog and noise pollution, we now need more vital substances then we did a decade ago. Barley grass extract can provide vital substances that are no longer adequately present in our food.

Doctor Yoshihide Hagiwara, discoverer of the nutritional benefits of barley grass, called barley grass powder “nature’s best fast food”. He was a world-renowned scientist who has developed over 200 successful formulas. After researching over 150 types of grasses, plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs, he discovered that young barley grass is “one of the most nutritionally balanced foods in nature”.

During his research, he has also realised that the body more easily absorbs nutrients and enzymes from a juice powder, than from a whole leaf product. In order to capture and protect the delicate nutrients and enzymes, Dr. Hagiwara developed a unique extraction and spray dry process which earned him Japan’s prestigious Science and Technology Award. The same process is used in our Organic Jade GreenZymes® barley grass powder supplement.

We use a special seed that produces a large, broad thick grass, which is ideal for juicing. This is grown in rich fertile topsoil and only in the colder seasons to allow the barley to grow slowly in order to absorb all the nutrients in the soil. The barley grass is then harvested at 12-18 inches high, when the nutrients are at their peak and the blades are thick and loaded with juice.

Immediately after harvest, the barley grass is taken to the factory where the process of turning it into powder begins. The leaves are repeatedly washed and rinsed with fresh, pure water. Then, they are chopped to 1-2 inches and put through several stages of crushing where the fibre is separated from the juice.

After the juice is extracted, it’s sent to a vacuum evaporating system where it becomes concentrated. When the concentration process is over, the juice is spray dried using Dr. Hagiwara’s award-winning method at low temperatures. This method allows the enzymes and the nutrients to remain active and bioavailable. The spray-dried powder is granulated and transformed into uniformly sized granules that are easily dissolvable into liquid.

Throughout every step of the manufacturing process, rigorous quality control testing is performed, from checking the soil to testing the finished product.

Nikken’s Jade GreenZymes® formula is kosher and vegan, providing a fresh, clean taste and is Organic certified by the Soil Association.

Barley grass is so nutrient-dense that it can supply complete nutritional support.

Barley juice powder supports good health by providing:

  • Chlorophyll
  • Antioxidant enzymes: particularly, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and nitrogen reductase
  • Antioxidant bioflavonoids: a number of C-glycosylflavones, including saponarin and lutonarin
  • Eight essential amino acids, making it an extremely rich source of protein, with 15 times more protein than milk
  • Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper
  • Vitamins: beta-Carotene, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, pantothenic acid, lutein and folic acid

With so many nutrients, barley juice powder offers extensive health benefits.

28th October 2019

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What’s the best way to enjoy the autumn months?

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Traditionally, autumn is the colorful harvest season that precedes the cold winter months. The temperature begins to drop and the air becomes dryer as winds blow and leaves fall.

Each change of season is a transitional period in nature and our bodies follow suit even if we are unconscious of what’s happening. Autumn is a time when leaves fall and vegetation is either harvested or dies off. During this natural cycle, mould is released. Even though mould is airborne year round, this extra release can be a stress on the immune system.

Depending on the individual’s state of Active Wellness, the immune system either continues working well or becomes overloaded during autumn. Digestion may not be as smooth and the foods that worked well during the summer may suddenly be overwhelming. Autumn is therefore an ideal time to reduce the toxic load on the immune and digestive systems. In fact, since 60 to 80% of the immune system revolves around the digestive system, the two impact each other a great deal.1

In addition to being the perfect time to incorporate KENZEN Lactoferrin® 2.0 into your daily regimen, here are some things to do that may help decrease toxic overload:

1. Minimise exposure to chemical toxins in the environment or in products you might use on a daily basis, including cosmetics, laundry detergent, cleaners, plastics, air fresheners, etc.

2. Try using unscented cleaners and detergents. Scented products often are full of artificial ingredients that tend to burden the immune and digestive systems.

3. Read labels and try eating food without artificial coloring and preservatives. Processed foods in general may irritate sensitive digestive tracts.

4. Pay attention to food sensitivities. This is a great time of the year to eat foods that warm you up, just as summer was a perfect time to eat cooling salads. A rule of thumb is to heed Nature and eat what grows seasonally such as pumpkins, squash, root vegetables (beets and turnips), dark leafy greens and anything is locally grown.

5. Store your reusable plastic bags and containers in closed cupboards and air-tight containers. Plastics contain petrochemical molecules that are airborne, especially indoors.

6. Drink filtered water. Chlorine is a harsh chemical placed in many municipal water systems. The PiMag Waterfall® exceeds the standard for chlorine reduction and helps households filter tap water and reduce or eliminate the use of bottled water, contributing to the environment. Add the KENZEN® Super Ciaga® to your PiMag® water. A delicious organic mix drink with 100% fruit and a high ORAC value (antioxidant), the Super Ciaga could help towards the maintenance of a strong immune system.

7. To help keep a healthy gut, traditional Chinese medicine recommends eating moistening foods such as tofu, tempeh, spinach, barley, pears, apples, seaweed, mushrooms, almonds and sesame seeds.2

8. Protect your skin from the dryness the elements might cause. Use a moisturiser such as TRUE elements® Marine Organic Youthful Face Cream at night and Nourishing Face Cream during the day.

Try to get plenty of rest and sleep to help keep your immune system happy and enjoy this beautiful season!

 

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1. https://www.no-ibs.com/blog/why-does-ibs-act-up-in-spring-or-fall/
2. https://thehutong.com/what-to-eat-in-autumn/

1st October 2019

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