Small but Mighty: The Powerful Blueberry…

Globally, blueberries are grown in high volumes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Morocco, but the United States is the largest producer. In Europe, Poland used to be the leading producer of blueberries but has been overtaken by Spain. Increasing demand for this delicious “snacking food,” as it’s often referred to in Europe, has resulted in new plantations being established in countries such as Lithuania, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, and Georgia.

Did you know…

  1. Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutrients. A single cup (148 grams) serving contains 4 grams of fibre, and RDI (recommended daily intake) of 24% Vitamin C, 36% Vitamin K, 25% Manganese plus smaller amounts of other nutrients. Made up of 85% water, one cup of blueberries only has 84 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates, making it one of the fruits allowed on virtually every type of diet regimen.
  2. Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. Available year round in both Europe and North America, it’s an easy and delicious way to incorporate a healthy fruit into a daily diet.
  3. The blue colour in blueberry skins is known as anthocyanins, which are a type of antioxidant that have associated traits, including the possibility of promoting maximum brain function and delaying mental decline. 
  4. Several studies have shown that blueberries have anti-diabetic effects by helping to improve insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels.1
  5. Research suggests that blueberries may aid muscle recovery after strenuous exercise, so more studies are being conducted to gather additional data.2

Wild blueberries are slightly different from cultivated ones. Wild blueberries are smaller and grow on lower bushes. Many wild blueberries are harvested using hand-held berry rakes, but some are machine harvested. Both wild and cultivated blueberries are usually sorted, cleaned, and processed within hours of being picked. Those not sorted for fresh fruit markets are separated and partially frozen for easier transport and longevity.

Nikken’s Organic Kenzen® Super Ciaga® is an immune-boosting antioxidant superfruit powder made with a combination of berries – Organic Acai Fruit, Organic Blackberry, Organic Elderberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Blueberry and Organic Lingonberry.

Mixed it with PiMag® water, it makes a delicious cooling summer drink and you can take it anywhere with you!

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5187542/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6124147/ 

18th August 2022

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You Can Have Your Antioxidants On-the-Go…

Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.These unstable molecules are known as free radicals, and antioxidants are sometimes called free -radical scavengers. If the body cannot process and remove free radicals efficiently, oxidative stress can result. This can harm cells and cause the body to malfunction.

One of the buzz words in the wellness industry is “inflammation.” Like pollution, UV exposure, cigarette smoke and excessive intake of alcohol, inflammation is the cause of so many physical ailments. Unlike bad habits and environmental elements that cause physical or mental dysfunction from the outside, inflammation is internal and caused by an increase of free radicals produced inside the body.2

Antioxidants can help fight free radicals that are produced inside the body as well as those that the body is exposed to externally. Vitamins C, E and carotenoids are antioxidants that are known to help protect the cells from damage from free radicals. Other types of naturally occurring antioxidants include flavonoids, tannins, phenols and lignans. Plant-based foods are the best sources for these types of antioxidants and are found not only in fruit, vegetables and nuts, but also in seeds, herbs, spices and even cocoa.3

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are among the top fruit sources of antioxidants. Sweet potatoes, carrots, red and green peppers, kale, spinach, and broccoli all contain the antioxidant carotene. Red, orange, deep yellow and dark green leafy vegetables are ideal to eat daily for their antioxidant values as well as for their delicious flavours. Walnuts and pecans are some of the nuts with the highest antioxidant content.As a bonus, these fruit, nuts and vegetables are not only high in antioxidants but also in fibre, low in saturated fat and cholesterol and good sources of vitamins and minerals. When you add them regularly to the diet, you are tripling your potential health benefits.

In addition to eating the right foods, certain things can be done to help prevent cell damage and oxidative stress. All these behaviours are part of the Active Wellness Lifestyle:

  • Limit or eliminate certain foods from your diet, especially refined and processed foods, trans fats, artificial sweeteners and food with certain dyes and additives/preservatives.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes. Don’t vape.
  • Consider switching to natural cleaners to limit exposure to chemicals.
  • Limit exposure to pesticides and use natural alternatives such as water mixed with vinegar and lemon oil/juice or herbs such rosemary and peppermint. 
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Exercise regularly but don’t overdo it. When you push your body over its limits, inflammation results and you are doing more harm than good.

Since eating right is so important, summer might be a challenging time of the year, because many people go on holiday or are spending more time away from home, where it’s easy to prepare healthy meals. That’s when Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder can become your primary weapon against any deficiency in natural antioxidant consumption. Formulated as a powder specifically to make it portable during traveling, Kenzen® Super Ciaga® is abundant with berries – blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. 5

You can take these deliciously combined antioxidants with you virtually anywhere you go and simply mix with water. One scoop of this “power powder” in a couple ounces of water or smoothie can give your immune system a much welcome boost!

With Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder, you can truly take your antioxidants on-the go! 

1, 2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301506#benefits

3, 4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/multimedia/antioxidants/sls-20076428#:~:text=Antioxidants%20are%20substances%20that%20may,to%20tobacco%20smoke%20or%20radiation

5. https://wordpress.com/post/nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/3174

29th July 2022

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Be Active All Summer, Have Fun and Stay Safe…

Every year, we look forward to warm weather so we can bask in the sunshine and spend more time outdoors. We thaw out, revel in picnics and embrace the bounty Nature has to offer! 

Here are a few tips for summertime Active Wellness that will keep you healthy while you enjoy fun and games, holidays and get-togethers:

  • When hiking or in wooded areas, use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length trousers to prevent mosquito bites and ticks.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for UV protection and don’t forget to re-apply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.1
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats.
  • Whatever activity you pursue, both indoors or outdoors, stay hydrated by drinking water frequently. As you attend celebrations throughout the summer, remember that alcohol is dehydrating, especially under the sun. So, monitor your intake and always drink plenty of plain water.
  • The more active you are, the more important it is to get restful sleep. Aim for at least seven hours each night.2
  • Go barefoot when you can! Whether it’s at the beach or on grass, take advantage of the warm weather and get grounded naturally.
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing that is loose-fitting. This helps sweat evaporate more quickly to keep you cooler.
  • Do strenuous exercises in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest times of the day. When outdoors, try to find shady areas.
  • If you’re going on holiday, plan an active one. Include family members in camping, hiking, swimming, etc. Include bike rides or walking tours when visiting cities.
  • Try to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity in weekly.3 If you can’t make it outdoors, do it at home or at a gym. Yoga, Pilates, dancing, Zumba – it all counts.
  • Summer fruit and vegetables are delicious and beneficial, especially if you’ve had a hard winter. Check out what your local farmers’ markets are offering and enjoy seasonal produce at its freshest! Wash fruit and vegetables before cutting or peeling to help remove bacteria that may be on the rind or skin. 
  • When enjoying outdoor meals, remember to wash hands, utensils, containers and work surfaces before handling food to prevent bacteria from spreading.

Until the 5th July 2022 take advantage of our Summer Hydration offers with 20% off the PiMag Waterfall®, PiMag® Water Bottle and the refreshing KENZEN® Super Ciaga®!

Have a wonderful summer!

1, 3. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/healthy-summer.htm

2. https://www.gundersenhealth.org/health-wellness/eat/8-tips-to-stay-healthy-this-summer/

23rd June 2022

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Flavoured Water May Help You Drink More but Be Aware What’s In It…

Considering your own health goals and taste preferences can help guide you in making the water choice that works best for you. “Drinking more water, regardless of type, is crucial in improving energy levels, reducing the risk of constipation and bloat, and even improving the look and feel of your skin,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDCES.1

The consensus of health practitioners is that it’s far better to drink flavoured water than to not hydrate enough due to a dislike of plain water. Hydration experts caution people to stay away from sugary or artificially sweetened beverages. Sugary beverages can add unwanted calories while the multiple negative effects of many artificial sweeteners are the subject of ongoing research.

Flavoured water is simply plain potable water with added ingredients to enhance taste. As people globally become more educated and knowledgeable about the harmful effects of dehydration, the market for flavoured waters has exploded. From carbonated waters with artificial flavourings to filtered water with natural fruit extracts, there are flavours to fit every palate. 

Erin Palinski-Wade says that “while the amount of flavouring added to water is typically too small to provide significant nutritional value, flavoured water can be a benefit in situations where people will consume more water because they prefer the taste with the flavouring added.”2

The ingredients that are added to plain water are what make the difference between a healthy drink versus a less optimal choice. Taste enhancers can be natural or synthetic. “Natural” usually means the ingredient listed is sourced from nature, whereas “synthetic” tends to mean something is made in a lab. Typically, “lab-made” is negatively associated with processed foods and artificial flavourings. Naturally flavoured waters will contain ingredients like fruit extract while synthetically flavoured waters may contain a human-made ingredient that tastes similar to a fruit.

Many people who do not enjoy plain water develop a taste for alkaline PiMag® water. No flavour enhancers are added, but the multiple filtration process removes bacteria, chlorine, contaminants and other particles that can cause tap water to taste less than desirable. Our Organic Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder and Kenzen Jade GreenZymes® can easily be added to PiMag® water for delicious and beneficial hydration throughout the day. Not designed as flavour enhancers, these two nutritional supplements actually boost Active Wellness and overall health. 

Made with organic ingredients, Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder and Kenzen Jade GreenZymes® not only may help you drink more water, but also enrich your diets. Made with superfruits such as blueberries, elderberries and acai berries, Super Ciaga® Powder is a convenient way to drink high ORAC antioxidants when mixed with PiMag® water. Jade GreenZymes® mixed with PiMag® water gives you all the goodness of organic barley grass and our proprietary formula – full of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and electrolytes. No wonder it’s known as “nature’s perfect food.”

1, 2. https://www.verywellfit.com/is-flavored-water-good-for-you-5188087

21st April 2022

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What’s the Big Deal with Berries?

Within our bodies millions of processes occur every day, such as turning the foods we eat into energy. These processes require oxygen. By-products using oxygen are called oxidants, often referred to as “free radicals”. Free radicals can also be introduced to our bodies through external sources such as tobacco smoke, pollution, and exposure to the sun. In the same way that oxidation can cause rust on the surface of some objects, free radicals can cause damage to cell walls, cell structures and even the genetic material of a cell. If the genetic material of a cell is attacked, this can lead to changes in the body’s DNA “genetic blue print” and has been linked to a number of health conditions.1

Antioxidants work to deactivate free radicals by binding to oxidants, which prevents the damage from occurring. Diets high in antioxidant-rich foods, such as those containing vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin), have been linked to a reduced risk of developing heart conditions.

Berries3 contain a variety of antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control. Anthocyanins, ellagic acid and resveratrol are types of antioxidants found in an assortment of berries. One study showed that blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates.4

Studies suggest that the antioxidants in berries may help lower inflammation. Long-term inflammation arising from chronic stress, sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices can lead to diabetes, heart conditions and obesity,5 so berries are really important in counteracting those negative effects! But that’s not all that berries can help do.

Test-tube and human studies suggest that berries may protect cells from high blood sugar levels, help increase insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar and insulin response to high-carb meals. Importantly, these effects appear to occur in both healthy people and those with insulin resistance.6

Berries are also an excellent source of soluble fiber, which is known to be important for slowing down the movement of food through the digestive tract. This slower movement helps us feel full for a longer period of time. Ideally, this may help us eat less and make weight management easier. One study found that doubling fiber intake could help absorb up to 130 fewer calories per day.7

Unsurprisingly, berries are considered heart-healthy food that may help lower LDL levels and help protect the bad cholesterol from becoming oxidized, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. In a controlled study of obese people, those eating 1.5 ounces (50 grams) of freeze-dried blueberries for 8 weeks noticed a 28% reduction in their oxidized LDL levels.8

Berries are highly nutritious, may provide a variety of health benefits, and are easy to incorporate into an Active Wellness nutritional plan! Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder makes it even simpler if you find it hard to access fresh berries. Simply combine it with PiMag® water or blend into smoothies for an energy and antioxidant boost!

1, 2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16739-antioxidants–heart-health

3. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/superfruit-with-super-powers/

4, 5, 6, 7, 8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-reasons-to-eat-berries#:~:text=Berries%20are%20some%20of%20the,cholesterol%2C%20while%20reducing%20oxidative%20stress

11th February 2022

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Health Trends for 2022…

It’s no surprise that staying as healthy as possible will continue to be top priority this year. That priority has been the premise for each Nikken product in every category, whether it’s nutrition, magnetic support or PiMag® water, since the company began more than 46 years ago. 

What are some of the health areas that people are focusing on in the year 2022? 

  • According to the international health insurance company BUPA, Google searches for “gut health” are up by 83% and they predict more people will focus on it in 2022.One of the Nikken organic nutritional supplements that addresses this is Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0®, containing prebiotics and/or probiotics that enhance gut health. 
  • Some health experts predict that people will pay closer attention to their mental health in 2022. Mental health affects how the brain functions, and is also a by-product of our individual ways of responding to stress. Relaxing strategies such as spending more time in green spaces or practicing self-care to reduce stress will continue to be a priority in 2022.
  • Plant-based-eating articles and meal plans were up 31% in 2021 and it is expected to grow even more as more people choose to eat healthier and more sustainably.4
  • Perennial (as opposed to annual) grains like kernza (a new type of wheat) will explode. That is a good thing when it comes to fighting climate change, because perennial grains develop deeper root systems than annuals, and these deep roots help prevent soil erosion and trap harmful greenhouse gases underground, keeping them out of the atmosphere.5
  • Kelp and seaweed will make their way into all kinds of products, not just food. Although common to many cultures, farming kelp has been found to pull carbon out of the atmosphere.Known as a great source of minerals, such as potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium, seaweed is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins. A great example of using seaweed not just as food is the improved line of TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skin Care. A variety of seaweeds are ingredients in these advanced formulations.
  • A “new school” of vitamins and supplements will evolve in 2022. Known as “smart” and “forward-thinking” supplements, they not only effectively address nutritional sufficiency but also nurture specific areas of health, from our cells to the whole body. The advancements range from delivery format and options that consider our personalized genetic makeup to strategic ingredient combinations, environmental sustainability, and more.7 Nikken began using this smart, forward-thinking approach in formulating nutritional supplements years ago. One example is the Kenzen® BDZ® for optimal calcium absorption.
  • The “green generation” of healthcare is growing. Green health professionals blend healthcare with an understanding of the environmental changes that affect people’s health in different parts of the world. They provide healthcare while advocating for the environment.3 Everyone understands the need for clean water for optimal health and Nikken provides the PiMag Waterfall® and PiMag® Water Bottle that help us decrease our carbon footprint by minimizing plastic waste. Replacing filters in a timely way prolongs the lifespan of your Nikken PiMag® water product!

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In essence, 2022 is the year that asks each of us how to become healthier and stronger personally while respecting and working together with the environment. At Nikken, we pledge to use and share what we learn to build a bigger, healthier and environmentally-conscious Global Wellness Community! 

3. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/doctors-are-becoming-leaders-in-environmental-movement

4, 5, 6. https://www.eatingwell.com/article/7935948/top-10-food-nutrition-trends-2022/

7. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-generation-of-vitamins

7th January 2022

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Bones and Joints Work Together…

Walking, jumping, typing, wiggling our toes, bending, pointing, drawing, sitting, sleeping – what do these and virtually all activities have in common? They require our bones and joints to work together. The world acknowledged the importance of healthy joints with World Arthritis Day on 12th October and healthy bones will be the focus on World Spine Day on the 16th October and World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th October. 

Our bones and joints truly make great teammates. Did you know:1

  • The adult human body has 206 bones, with 26 of them in the foot and 54 of them in the hand, including the wrist.
  • The femur, or thighbone, is the longest and strongest bone of the human skeleton. In contrast, the smallest and lightest bone is located in the middle ear and called the stapes.
  • The hyoid is a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue. It’s the only bone in the human body that is not connected to another!
  • Bones are composed of calcium, phosphorus, sodium and other minerals, as well as the protein collagen. Making up the skeleton of the body, bones protect organs as well as produce red and white blood cells.
  • The place where two bones meet or connect are joints, which are formed by short bands of tough fibrous connective tissue known as ligaments.
  • Some joints move and others don’t. For example, joints in the skull do not move, while synovial joints do. Synovial joints are located mostly in our arms and legs.
  • Hip and shoulder joints are the most mobile and known as ball and socket joints. They enable our arms and legs to move in multiple directions.
  • Ellipsoidal joints allow our fingers to bend and stretch; hinge joints enable knees and elbows to move; gliding joints work in the ankles and wrists by gliding against each other.

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® food supplement is formulated specifically to help contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. Find out more about it here.

The more we practice Active Wellness, the healthier our bones and joints are and the longer they’ll last. Consistent physical activity, a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep will help us stay healthy and keep our bones and joints working together our entire lives.

  1. https://www.bidmc.org/about-bidmc/wellness-insights/bones-and-joints/2018/08/fun-facts-about-bones-and-joints

14th October 2021

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Organic Your September for Active Wellness…

“The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible” – Albert Howard

September is here and every year we celebrate all things Organic. What does Organic really mean and what are the benefits you might wonder…

Organic foods come from crops that were produced without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or other genetically modified components. They also include animal products such as cheese, milk, meat or honey that were also produced free of growth hormones and antibiotics. In the face of climate change and other ecological issues such as a widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems is now more important than ever – a transition towards ‘agroecological’ farming systems, such as organic, can make a world of difference not just for Mother Earth but for all of us.

Why Organic?

It’s Better for the Planet… Respecting nature and enhancing the health of soils, water and air, organic farming is leading the way on sustainability. According to the Soil Association UK, if Europe’s farmers all followed organic principles, agricultural emissions could drop by 40-50% by 2050. 1 Organic farmers are encouraged to make use of what they have and limit the use of imported resources. This means no artificial fertilisers, healthier soils that store more carbon and meat that is more environmentally friendly. 

Nikken’s JadeGreen Zymes® barley grass powder is certified Organic by the Soil Association, a certification we are extremely proud off. The Soil Association wants to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection.

Higher Welfare for Animals… Organic farming has the highest animal welfare standards of any international farming system. Free range animals are encouraged to forage, graze and roam, with plenty of space, fresh air and conditions that allow them to express their natural behaviours. More access to the outdoors means organic animals don’t have to be routinely treated with antibiotics and wormers.

It’s Better for People… Is organic food safer than conventional products? This is a question that most of us are asking ourselves. Well, organic farming makes the connection between our own health and the health of our planet, our animals and our wildlife. As Ludwig Feuerbach once said: “We are what we eat” – so why not consume produce that contains fewer pesticides, additives, preservatives and with no GM ingredients whilst supporting our farmers and the planet at the same time?

A few ways to becoming more Organic friendly…

Grow your own… Growing your own saves on food miles, tastes delicious and couldn’t be any fresher. Even a few salad leaves and herbs are better than nothing and can be grown in pots if you have no garden space. At the same time, you will be encouraging wildlife by putting up nest boxes, leaving piles of leaves in corners for hibernating creatures and leaving areas of long grass where insects and other creatures can hide.

Reduce, reuse and recycle… Choose loose fruit and vegetables from your local farm shop and try upcycling the packaging from your favourite organic brands too. Buying organic food from independent local businesses is an important way to support them and boosting your local economy at the same time.

Eat with the seasons… Eating more seasonally is a great way to reconnect to the rhythm of the natural world, as well as reducing the food miles of what’s on your table everyday. Find out what fruit and vegetables are in season and follow the path to becoming more sustainable.

Organic offers a simple, trusted way to be more sustainable in our daily lives and this is an important part of an Active Wellness lifestyle: Being in Harmony with Nature.

  1. https://www.soilassociation.org/causes-campaigns/a-ten-year-transition-to-agroecology/iddri-report-ten-years-for-agroecology-in-europe/

2nd September 2021

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5 Tips for Balancing Your Immune System…

Immune health has been on the forefront of everyone’s mind, especially in the past year. People have tried to come up with a variety of ways to “boost” their immune system. But, is that really possible? It’s actually a common misconception that the more active our immune system is, the healthier we will be. The fact is, when it comes to our immune system, more is not necessarily better. While we don’t want an underactive immune system, an overactive immune system can cause problems, too. So, what we really want to achieve is a balanced immune system1. Here are five tips on how to get it!

1. Keep those vitamin D levels up! Many people have low vitamin D levels, and studies show our levels drop in the fall and winter months (in the Northern hemisphere) when we begin to spend less time in the sun. This is bad news for our immune system. If our vitamin D blood levels fall rapidly – as often happens when the weather gets colder and our time in the sun decreases – our innate immunity suffers. So, to maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D we need to get daily, moderate sun exposure and/or take a vitamin D supplement.

2. Sleep like a baby. For years, science has linked a good night’s sleep (6-8 consecutive hours) to a healthier immune system. That’s because during this regular time of rest, our immune system promotes a healthy inflammatory response. Stress hormones fall to the lowest levels at night, allowing our bodies to undo the physical stress exerted during the day. One of the best ways to improve the quality of sleep is to improve “sleep hygiene.” Create the right ambience in your bedroom by making it cool, dark, and quiet. You can even light some candles, take a bath, meditate, or just sit quietly. Sweet dreams!

3. Say sayonara to stress. Easier said than done, but it’s so important because stress takes a significant toll on our immune systems. Physical, mental and emotional stress, especially when it’s ongoing, can impair our immune system’s ability do its job. Mindfulness-based activities like meditation, deep breathing and yoga are excellent tools for managing stress. Don’t forget exercise! It not only keeps us healthy, but it strengthens our immune system. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate activity is all it takes.

4. Feast on fermented foods. You may be thinking, “Fermented foods? What are they?” Fermented foods consist of sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir and kombucha. Eating them is great for our immune system because 80 percent of the immune system is found in our gastrointestinal tract. If these foods aren’t appealing to you, you can get the same benefits by taking probiotic supplements. Ingesting probiotics (friendly bacteria and yeasts) is an effective way to improve digestion and support immune health.

5. Stay connected. Make time to take care of your mental and emotional health. One way to do this is by staying in contact with people you care about. If you can’t safely be together in person, reach out to them through a phone call, video chat, email, letter, text message or other ways.

Incorporating the Active wellness tips described above to your lifestyle now will help you feel  better and more balanced long-term.

1. https://www.objectivewellness.com/journal/posts/how-to-boost-your-immune-system-its- all-about-balance

22nd July 2021

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Healthy Men are Happy Men…

Men might not always pay full attention to their health. Too often, they put things off or they are too embarrassed to discuss any health issues, even with their doctor. Men’s Health Week (14th – 21st June) has the purpose of raising awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys1. To honour this week, here are a few tips for all you men out there to help keep your health in tip top condition:

Watching the Body Weight… Physical activity of any kind helps a person lose weight. A total of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week is recommended for those aged between 19 and 64.2 Controlling your weight should be a top priority and something that will define your health status throughout your life. 

Healthy Eating… Food is more than just fuel. Your diet can help fight disease and keep you feeling younger. Since men have more muscle and typically are bigger than women, they require more calories throughout the day. Moderately active males likely need 2,200 to 2,800 calories per day. 

For energy and disease prevention, men should eat whole grains such as whole-grain bread, pasta, cereal, brown rice, oats, barley, beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in fiber, help manage hunger and fullness and help fend off certain health conditions. Based on concentrated wholefood supplements, Nikken’s Kasai for Men contains lycopene, powered garlic, tomato and pumpkin seed, helping to contribute to men’s wellbeing.

Managing Stress… Working all day and keeping everything under control means you’re probably under more stress than you realize. There are lots of ways to minimize stress – staying active, exercising and communicating with your loved ones are just some of them. Find the methods that suit you the best, practice them daily, and you’ll have a calmer and a better attitude for the long-haul.

Scheduling Regular Check Ups… Regular check-ups can help find potential health issues before they become an issue. When you see your doctor regularly, they are able to detect health conditions early. Early detection gives you the best chance for getting the right treatment quickly, avoiding any complications. Prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, it’s essential to see your doctor for regular screenings and annual check-ups to continue your Active Wellness journey.

Finding Balance… Providing for yourself or/and for your family often requires long working hours. It can wear you out physically and emotionally. Avoiding burnout is a must if you want to enjoy life long-term, so you need to learn how to balance your work and your family more effectively than before. Talk to your employer, talk to your partner, and find a solution that works for both of you.

Remember, you’re doing it all for you and your loved ones and for a chance to spend more quality time with them. That’s why lots of men don’t really mind altering their habits and introducing positive changes to their lives in order to become healthier, happier and better.

  1. https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/event/2021-06-14/mens-health-week
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/

14th June 2021

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