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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