Summer activities for Active Wellness…

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We’ve just passed the summer solstice officially welcoming in the quarter of the year we call summer. This is a brilliant time to kick-start a healthy, active and outdoor lifestyle for you and the whole family. Summertime is many people’s favourite time of year. The days are long, the nights are warmer and it’s a great time to get together with loved ones.

There are so many things to do right on your doorstep that are good for your active wellness, all you need to do is put your comfy trainers on, get out there and experience it for yourselves.

Here are some simple summer health tips to keep your summer days active:

1. Cycling. One of the best activities is always a bike ride. When the sun shows its face head for the outdoors. Cycling is a fantastic way to stay healthy because it is a low-impact aerobic activity. Why not pack a picnic and make it a day of adventure for the whole family. Bike rides are one of the best ways to get your children active and having fun outdoors this summer.

 2. Going on a walk can revive you. Whether you explore quiet forests, look out over a rugged headland towards the sea or stroll around your favourite park, spending time in nature can give you a sense of peace. According to the National Trust Organisation1, forest bathing (known as Shinrin Yoku, developed in Japan) is the practice of simply being among trees. It encourages being mindful of the nature around you, and has been recognised for its benefits to the mind and body as you breathe in the beneficial negative ions found in abundance in forested areas.

 3. Play games outside. Outdoor play helps ensure that you get enough sunlight and that’s good for your body. Even the light we encounter outside on a heavily overcast day far exceeds the lighting we typically encounter indoors. So going outside makes a big difference in the amount of light exposure we encounter. There are many games you can play outdoors such as tennis, football, golf and much more. It’s all about keeping active and having fun!

4. Practice Mindfulness and Appreciation. Our minds are often overburdened with thoughts. If you find your mind in a state of overwhelm, aim to gently and kindly bring yourself back to your breath and the sensation of air flowing in and out through the nostrils. Try practicing active appreciation, acceptance and forgiveness. Life is so much more rewarding and joyful when we focus on the positive aspects of our life.

5. Don’t forget to Hydrate! Proper hydration is extremely important over the summer season. Warmer weather, increased physical activity and more time spent in the sun can easily leave you dehydrated. Conveniently portable, the Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle offers you clean, filtered, alkaline PiMag® water on-the-go. Containing Nikken PiMag® Water Technology, the PiMag® Water Bottle filter cartridge, adjusts the water’s pH value to alkaline 8.5-9.5 range.

1. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-walking-in-nature-can-help-wellbeing

29th June 2020

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The importance of replacing your water filters…

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Keep enjoying great tasting PiMag® water and ensure you are getting the optimal performance from your Nikken PiMag® Water products by replacing the filters at the recommended intervals.

Water Filtration Systems come in many different forms. No matter what type of filtration system you own, you will need to replace the filter on a regular basis in order to keep your devices working smoothly and effectively.

To help standardize and rate filtration systems, manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International.1  NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation, an independent organisation dedicated to ensuring the quality and safety of products in the marketplace with the development of standards, testing and certification of products and systems. Nikken’s Filter specifications meet relevant NSF Standards where applicable.

Here are the recommended guidelines on how often you should replace the filters in your Nikken PiMag® Water products:

PiMag® Water Bottle (#13501): Real-time filtration allows Nikken’s PiMag® Water Bottle to filter water anywhere, anytime – filtering while you drink.

Replacement Filter Cartridge (#13503) – available as a pack of two replacement filters.  The filters contain activated natural carbon and pi minerals and are made from biodegradable and recyclable polymers, so you can recycle the cartridge in your local recycling facility. Each filter lasts for an estimated 250 refills (approximately 180 liters).

The patented state-of-the-art filtration technology exceeds NSF standards for reducing particulates, chlorine, chloramine, taste and odor, cysts, lead, bacteria, VOCs, MTBE and more. With Neodymium magnets and a unique filter, the PiMag® Water Bottle adjusts the water’s pH from 7 to 8.5.

PiMag Waterfall® Gravity Water System (#1384): A gravity fed filtration system with a large five-liter capacity (no electricity or plumbing required) is perfect for a kitchen or counter top.

There are two different kinds of replaceable components in the Waterfall System –

Replacement Filter Cartridge (#13845) – replace every 90 days or 900 liters, whichever comes first. The cartridge contains natural activated carbon and pi minerals that increase the water pH (making it alkaline) and decrease the ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential).

PiMag® Mineral Stones (#13846) – release oxygen and minerals whilst regulating pH to the water and should be replaced annually.

PiMag® MicroJet Shower System (#1466): Cleanse your skin with filtered PiMag® Water. Designed to help neutralize chlorine while also helping to reduce water borne dirt, sediment and odours.

PiMag® Shower Filter Cartridge (#1342) – helps condition water without chemicals and should be replaced every 3 months (usage dependent).

SAVE on the cost of your favourite Nikken PiMag® replacement water filters when ordering on Autoship and have them delivered directly to your door automatically every month or every 3 months.

For more information on all the above products visit: http://www.nikken.com/eu/

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1. http://www.nsf.org/about-nsf/ 

4th May 2020

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How to live more sustainably…

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Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability. Other times it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life.

Regardless of whether you’ve decided to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards a sustainable lifestyle is one that helps us all.

Living more sustainably doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, though the environmentally friendly decisions you make can actually save you money.

Here are a few tips on HOW to live a sustainable lifestyle in your home:

1. Less electricity consumption. One of the easiest ways to be more sustainable in your daily routine is to reduce your consumption of household energy. Turn off the lights and air conditioning when you leave the room and add in dimmer switches so you can control how bright the light is. Unplug (or switch off the sockets) appliances such as the TV when not in use. These account for a significant portion of your bills and taking these steps will help lower them considerably!

2. Prepare food mindfully. Preparing food at home can help you prevent waste. When cooking at home, be mindful of how much you make and save any leftovers. Seek to reduce the amount of waste you produce and compost certain foods such as vegetables and fruit. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it will also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and there will not be a build-up of methane gas.

3. Grow your own fruit and veg. Growing your own vegetables isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. Don’t have any outside space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.

4. Curb your water consumption. Wasting water inflates your water bill, but it also has a much greater negative impact from a sustainability perspective; clean water is a precious resource in many areas. According to the Energy Saving Trust organisation, each household in the UK uses on average around 330 litres each day! Luckily, saving water is pretty simple. Run only full loads through your washing machine and dishwasher. Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth. See if you can trim a couple of minutes off your typical shower, and be sensible when it comes to watering your lawn.

5. Reduce plastic consumption. Plastic never goes away. You can start cutting down on your plastic waste in a few simple steps: use reusable bags when you shop and avoid products made from or packaged in plastic whenever possible. Nikken’s bio-green PiMag® Water Bottle is made from patented BioGreen materials. These materials enable the bottle to completely break down in landfills and compost piles into biomass that nourishes soil and biogas that can be harvested for energy use.2

Another way to reduce plastic consumption is to cut out the shop bought bottled water. Invest in a good water filtration system for your home. Nikken’s PiMag® Waterfall Gravity System can help you and your family contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by drinking filtered water instead of pre-bottled water.

Let’s all live a more sustainable Active Wellness Lifestyle!

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1. https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/saving-water
2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/category/pimag-water-bottle/

20th April 2020

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

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The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy – raw materials must be extracted from the earth and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Some of the benefits of Reducing and Reusing 

  • Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators

How to Reduce and Reuse

  • Buy used. In most cases, used items can be less expensive and just as good as new.
  • Less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use fewer raw materials. This reduces waste and costs. Buying in bulk can reduce packaging and save you money.
  • Buy reusable instead of disposable. Look for items that can be reused. For example, you can bring your own cutlery and coffee mug to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

Recycling…

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. Recycling has multiple benefits for many areas of the economy – providing raw materials, creating jobs and encouraging business opportunities and innovation.1

There are many benefits to recycle and all of us can contribute to this just by taking small steps:

  • Find ways of recycling different materials. Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. Other items such as furniture, electronic equipment, building material and vehicles can also be recycled but many people don’t often think to do so.
  • Buy products that can be recycled. When shopping at the supermarket, look for products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans. Avoid plastic!
  • Buy products that have been made from recycled material. You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.
  • Make sure you have a recycle bin in your home. Your local council should be able to provide you with a recycle bin that can be used for materials such as glass, paper, aluminium and plastic.
  • Composting – a process where waste degrades into compost, which can then be used in your garden to help it grow. It is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste such as plant trimmings and leftover food.

Nikken’s bio-green PiMag® Water Bottle is made from patented BioGreen materials. These materials enable the bottle to completely break down in landfills and compost piles into biomass that nourishes soil and biogas that can be harvested for energy use.

1. https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/recycling-industry-can-boost-the

18th November 2019

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How Much Water Do We Need to Drink Daily?

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Every life form on Earth requires water to survive – but how much do human beings need to drink to be healthy and practicing the Active Wellness lifestyle?.. Well it really depends on the individual and there are a variety of opinions from researchers and health authorities.

The human body is composed of approximately 60% water and we’re constantly losing water from perspiration and other bodily output. We therefore drink water to replenish and prevent dehydration. Water is required for virtually every bodily function, including flushing toxins from organs, carrying nutrients to cells, cushioning joints and helping to digest food.

When the water content in the human body goes below certain levels, we experience the feeling of thirst. When this happens, we reach for water to rehydrate. As simple as that process is, this automatic thirst mechanism becomes less accurate with age, so the older we get, the more conscious we need to be to hydrate throughout the day, even when not feeling thirsty.

Our water requirements vary depending on age, weight, physical activity, general health and the climate we live in. If we live in hot climates, we will perspire more and require more water. If we have a job that requires strenuous labour, we will require more water than someone sitting at a desk in an air-conditioned office. The National Academies of Sciences recommends for women a total of 2.7 litres of liquid daily, including all beverages and water-rich foods.1  For men, the recommendation is a total of 3.7 litres of liquid daily, including all beverages and water-rich foods.2

Similarly, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) also recommends three litres daily for men and two plus litres daily for women. They state that children and teens generally require 1.5 to 2 litres daily, with the addition of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are water-rich.During exercise, the goal is to drink between 1/4 – 1/2 litre of water every 15-20 minutes.4

Everyone can benefit from the eco-friendly PiMag® Water Bottle and PiMag Waterfall®. They’re great for Planet Earth and you’ll save money over the years by avoiding the purchase of bottled water!

1, 2.  https://www.livescience.com/61353-how-much-water-you-really-need-drink.html
3, 4.  https://www.webmd.com/diet/how-much-water-to-drink#1

27th August 2019

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Inner Health and Outer Beauty in support of Psoriasis Awareness Month…

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At Nikken, we like to promote Active Wellness as a way of living. It’s a proactive rather than a reactive approach to life. That means taking measures to maintain health both physically and mentally on an ongoing basis. 

Ironically, as we make huge advances in technology, we continue to be confronted with challenges that often have no sure-fire solutions. This is the case with psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more than 125 million people worldwide.1

No one knows the exact cause of psoriasis, but since August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, it is a good time to learn about it, whether we suffer from outbreaks or not. Researchers believe psoriasis can be triggered by cuts, scrapes or surgery, as well as emotional stress, infections and even certain medications, such as beta-blockers that control blood pressure and antimalarial drugs.2  This skin disorder causes skin cells to multiply 10 times faster than normal, building into bumpy red patches with white scales.3 It’s not contagious but sometimes occurs with members of the same family.  

Although not curable, certain precautions can be taken to help prevent flare-ups:

• Stay warm in cold, dry weather. Researchers have shown that psoriasis occurs more often in wintry weather, so limiting the skin’s exposure to the cold is a proactive measure.

• Keep skin moisturized. Dry skin is a trigger and can make scaling more severe. A humidifier may be helpful, especially in winter months. Alternatively, use TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skin Care to cleanse, tone and hydrate skin year round.  All of the Organic TRUE elements® range contains specific formulations of enriching marine extracts and is suitable for sensitive skin.

• Get short, regular bursts of sunlight, because ultraviolet radiation has immunosuppressive effects. UV light therapy is a known treatment option for psoriasis.  Remember to always take care in the sunlight!

• Make sure to get enough Vitamin D, since a deficiency is common in people with psoriasis.

• Reduce stress. Reports suggest that stress may trigger flare-ups in 68% of adults with psoriaris.4 Practice yoga and meditation to ease stress.

• Eat a whole food diet that includes nuts and seeds, since they contain good fats, which may help improve skin health. Avoid food that is known to be inflammatory, especially processed carbohydrates and anything with lots of added sugar. 

• Stay hydrated. Dehydration is found among people with psoriasis, especially females 60 years of age and older.5 Keep a PiMag Waterfall® in your kitchen for cooking purposes as well as drinking and take a PiMag® Water Bottle with you everywhere!

• Omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish and flax seeds may help to reduce inflammation and assist skin health.  Kasai Omega Oils is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 as well as Borage Oil, known for treating hair and skin conditions.

All the precautions mentioned above may help those trying to prevent psoriasis flare-ups. They also are part of the Active Wellness approach to wellbeing for anyone seeking to maintain or improve health—physically and mentally.

1. https://www.philips.co.uk/c-e/challenge-psoriasis/psoriasis-stop/life/staying-well-hydrated-with-psoriasis.html
2, 3. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/understanding-psoriasis-basics#1
4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324185.php
5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322302.php

12th August 2019

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Help Keep Our Beaches and Oceans Clean

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Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet providing 97% of the Earths livable habitat. In order to help keep our oceans and marine life sustainable, we need to keep our beaches clean.

Beaches are home to many creatures that depend on both land and sea to survive. Even sea creatures that live solely in the water are affected by polluted beaches when rubbish that accumulates on the beach is washed out with the tides. In addition to plastic and paper rubbish, chemical and human wastes on the beach also wash out to sea.

Plastic pollution impacts virtually every living organism in, or thriving off of, the oceans of our world.1 (https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/rethink-plastic/). Today many sea creatures that are found dead often have huge amounts of plastic debris in their internal organs.

Every person who visits a beach in any part of the world can help keep our beaches and oceans clean. We each can commit to making a difference and educating our children, so they can practice green behaviors from an early age. If you haven’t already started, this summer is a great time to take action:

  1. “Take 3 for the Sea” is an organization that teaches people to take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach or any waterway. By doing so, you will have made a difference. Participation in this program has burgeoned to 129 countries with 300,000 people educated in helping to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.2
  2. Don’t drink bottled water. (https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/stay-hydrated-the-smart-way/) More than one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world. 3 They require large amounts of energy and water to produce, then end up clogging landfills.
  3. Use re-usable alternatives to plastic bottles. You can buy re-usable water bottles everywhere, but you can only purchase the PiMag®Water Bottle with the nano-technology filter system at Nikken. At home, you can make a difference by drinking filtered water from a PiMag Waterfall® – good for Active Wellness as well as minimizing your personal carbon footprint.
  4. Use re-usable tote bags and containers. Avoid buying food and other items wrapped in plastic. For example, when buying fresh food, buy whole fruit and vegetables instead of pre-cut, prepackaged versions wrapped in plastic. Carry out with your own totes.
  5. Decrease chemical usage as much as possible. Pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers are harmful for our oceans—the closer you live to the sea, the more likely those chemicals will end up there. About 245,000 square kilometers (about the size of the UK) are known as “dead zones” where marine life cannot survive, due to chemical poisons in the eco-system.
  6. Opt for mineral sunscreens or non-nano zinc oxide as the primary active ingredient. Chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate that are commonly found in popular sunscreens are not eco-friendly. Once these chemicals make their way off beach bodies into the ocean, they can damage coral DNA. Sunscreens without these damaging chemicals are called “reef-safe.” 4
  7. Be careful what you flush down the toilet. Medicines have been detected in ground water and marine life. For example, 4500 wet wipes were found in a 154 square-meter portion of the River Thames in London in 2017, an example of what doesn’t break down in the flushing process. 5

Share your knowledge of eco-friendly habits with friends and family. The more people who commit to making a difference, the better chance we have of maintaining the lives of our beaches and oceans.

1 https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/marine-animals-are-dying-because-of-our-plastic-trash/

2 https://www.take3.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwg-DpBRBbEiwAEV1_-F4JC9qmJy35k0TPp6tB0pi5o-jQFIESz_NNK61DuzePtQM2QoFj_xoCpJsQAvD_BwE

3 https://www.take3.org/the-plastic-facts/

4 https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2019/05/25/4-ways-help-protect-ocean-beach-summer/?ea.tracking.id=19HPXGJAXX&gclid=CjwKCAjwg-DpBRBbEiwAEV1_-NIxzfGU-rDeqiEyBfzBtl-AOOB3v8vGZ9Ekzb0xAswuQwI2d1A-vBoCL9EQAvD_BwE

5 http://mentalfloss.com/article/546495/things-you-can-do-help-keep-oceans-clean

31st July 2019

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Stay Hydrated the Smart Way…

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Most of us have drunk pre-bottled water at some time. It’s sold everywhere – in supermarkets, corner shops, concert venues, theaters, etc. Can we even imagine not drinking pre-bottled water? Realistically, it’s important not only to imagine it, but also imperative to start practicing it. Planet Earth depends on us.

According to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, between 75 and 96 % of the assessed area of Europe’s regional seas have a contamination problem.1

Although most people are led to think of bottled water as being healthier than tap water, bottled water is not subjected to the same high level of scrutiny and regulation that the government mandates for tap water. In fact, the chemical pollution standards for bottled water and tap water are nearly identical – most brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water.

Water is life and an Active Wellness lifestyle requires drinking plenty to maintain a healthy body. We also owe it to ourselves and future generations to minimize waste in order to save the environment. Producing less plastic waste bybreaking the bottled water habit is key to this effort.

Here’s why:

  • In 2015 in Europe, 1,8 million tones of PET bottles were collected and recycled; this represents only 59% of the bottles sold on the market.2
  • Along with plastic bags, plastic bottles are the most prevalent source of pollution found on our beaches and shores. Each year, plastic bottles are in the top 10 litters most found on coastline during collections in Europe. 3
  • Once you add in the water needed to manufacture paper labels and transportation fuel, it actually takes closer to six bottles of water to produce one liter of bottled water.4
  • From production to disposal, plastic water bottles contribute to air pollution. And many of the chemicals that go into their production continue to leach out into the air and into the water they hold.

Get used to taking a reusable water bottle when on-the-road and using a countertop water filter at home. Filtering tap water at home and from water fountains elsewhere can help remove impurities and make water safer to drink. Pathogens, dirt, chemicals and other contaminants are effectively removed by micro-, ultra- and nano-filters.5

As we look forward to other innovations, we can all contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by drinking filtered water instead of pre-bottled water.

Nikken is a pioneer in water filtration and helps us break the bottled water habit. The PiMag® Water Bottle and the PiMag® Waterfall feature state-of-the-art filtration that exceeds NSF standards. Both feature multiple filtration systems that help remove chloramine, chlorine, cysts, lead and bacteria.

1. https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/signals-2018-content-list/articles/close-up-2014-an-ocean
2,3. https://surfrider.eu/en/le-blog/plastic-bottles-key-figures-environmental-disaster/
4. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/28/241419373/how-much-water-actually-goes-into-making-a-bottle-of-water?ft=1&f=1007
5. https://www.livestrong.com/article/152739-water-purification-advantages-disadvanages/

3rd June 2019

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