Supporting Men’s Health for an Active Wellness Lifestyle…

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Research shows that men seek regular medical care less often than women and they’re more likely to choose unhealthy or risky behaviour. The more committed you are to choosing healthy lifestyle choices; the easier it is to maintain your health.

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and here are some useful tips to help Men maintain good health:

1. Routine check–ups are important to monitor heart health. According to the British Heart Foundation charity, men are more likely than women to develop heart disease at some point in their lives.1

2. Don’t smoke. Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke, air pollution and chemicals, as much as possible.

3. Limit alcohol. Imbibe in moderation, which means up to two drinks a day for men 65 and younger and one drink for those older. Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.2

4. Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish and free-range chicken. Limit foods high in saturated and trans fat, sodium and sugar. Supplement your daily diet. Containing lycopene, powered garlic, tomato and pumpkin seed, Nikken’s Kasai for Men (#2515) is designed to help contribute to men’s wellbeing.

5. Exercise regularly. It’s common knowledge that exercise boosts physical and mental wellbeing. Make sure you are supported in your exercise routine to avoid injuries. Wear suitable footwear and support your muscles during the harder training sessions and after. The KenkoTherm DUK® Tape (#4065) from Nikken is made from flexible cotton tape; it can help promote greater freedom of movement and can be worn while exercising or all day long. Take advantage of the current offer – buy 6 to receive one FREE (use code 88056).

Father’s Day is nearly upon us… what better gift for an active Dad then the Nikken  PowerBand® (#5216), a comfortable magnetic bracelet that’s perfect during sports and other activities.

This month of June, let’s celebrate all the Men in our lives.

1. https://blog.bhf.org.uk/cardiovascular-disease-is-it-because-im-a-man-6efd2dae5ba8
2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/alcohol/art-20044551

10th June 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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Start Active Wellness Early in Life for a Healthy Heart…

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It’s never too early to focus on your heart health and it’s a lot easier to be active and stay active if you start at a young age.

Children who are overweight or have a family history of heart disease or of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 1 or type 2 diabetes run the highest risk of having heart issues.However, anyone can develop heart disease, so as parents, it’s our responsibility to role model an Active Wellness lifestyle. Telling a child or teenager to eat vegetables and exercise regularly is ineffective if we personally don’t follow through with those behaviors.

By starting heart-healthy habits from childhood, kids can reduce the chance they will ever need to worry about cardiovascular disease.

Here are a few tips for helping children develop heart-healthy habits:

1. Personally exercise more and find ways to be active as a family. Only one out of five adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.2

2. Physical activity should be fun for children and adolescents. Encourage kids to try new activities in order to discover the ones they like and will pursue into adulthood.

3. Reduce time in front of the TV. Look into video games that incorporate movement, such as dance, indoor cycling or virtual sports (golf, tennis, etc.).

4. Give your kids active toys and games. Try bikes, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, jump ropes, balls and trampolines.

5. Take advantage of community facilities near you: pools, recreation centers, bike paths and parks.

6. Prepare simple meals together. Even children can help wash, chop and peel vegetables to assemble a salad. And because they helped make it, they’re more likely to eat it.

7. Experiment with spices to help cut down on salt. High sodium diets are often the cause of high blood pressure. Since we are creatures of habit, children who eat natural foods cooked with very little salt have fewer salt cravings as they grow up. Don’t assume children won’t eat beneficial flavor enhancers such as garlic, onions, mustard and vinegar.

8. Serve fruit for dessert. There’s plenty of natural sugar in fruit. Many Asian and Mediterranean diets rely on fruit for dessert. Children who grow up without eating sugary desserts tend to have this good habit carry over into adulthood.

9. Do not serve sodas. Kenzen Super Ciaga® is a superior soda replacement when added to PiMag® water. The Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle is great for providing clean and alkaline water wherever you go.

Even if you didn’t inherit heart-healthy habits, start now. Nikken has nutritional supplements that may help you with Active Wellness for the rest of your life.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) SAVE 50until the 28th February 2019.

SAVE 50 % until the 28th February 2019 on CalDenx™ (#1551)… a calcium supplement with vitamins and minerals, may contribute to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.

1. https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html
2. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-adults

18th February 2019

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

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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.

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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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