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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Let’s Go Green…

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As we become more educated about how to help sustain planet Earth, our habits and even the language we use, evolve. Going “green” is being redefined as we learn about alternatives and possibilities.

The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations.  A product is considered green if it has “less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent.” 1

No product is 100% green, since everything we dispose of will eventually impact the environment in some way. According to Sustainable Earth, green products are:

  • Energy efficient, durable and often have low maintenance requirements.
  • Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
  • Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources.
  • Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
  • Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.

We can each contribute to sustainability in small ways. Most of us know about the 3Rs: REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE. Practicing the 3Rs means we are going green by decreasing wastefulness, minimizing the accumulation of consumables and sharing with our communities.

Other ways of going green include using energy saving light bulbs, improving house insulation, installing solar panels, driving hybrid cars, eating less red meat, composting and using less plastic. We can carry reusable water bottles and limit packaging to glass, metal and paper, as these materials can be more easily recycled, reused or biodegraded.And, we can pay attention to ingredient lists, so we commit to buying products that are more naturally sourced and sustainable.

Businesses can lead the way and change consumer behaviour by producing more green products and helping to educate the masses. Nikken Consultants can spread the word about our company’s commitment to going green. The Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle and PiMag® Waterfall are eco-friendly and many of our nutritional products such as Jade GreenZymes® are certified organic. In addition, the TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare products are certified by EcoCert.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Your Free Gift with purchase…  In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March – receive a free TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200 ml with each purchase of TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200 ml.

Offer valid until 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048. 

Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375) – SAVE 50 % until the 31st March 2019.

1. http://www.isustainableearth.com/green-products/what-is-a-green-product
2. https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/how-identify-truly-green-products.html

11th March 2019

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Nikken’s Sporting Support…

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Nikken’s Rest and Relaxation products are designed to conveniently fit into your everyday daily life.

Nikken’s magnetic technologies have developed over the past 37 years to provide a supportive environment for our bodies and to help restore balance and relaxation.

While the Nikken Sleep products are designed to support in the body’s natural recovery process each night, the magnetic applications featured within the rest of the Rest and Relaxation category are designed to continue the support throughout the rest of the day and evening, including activities such as sport.

At Nikken we’re proud to have athlete Jack Turner’s endorsements for some of the Rest and Relaxation products and the PiMag®Water Bottle, which he used during his recent global athletic achievements…

Introducing – Jack Turner
English Schools under-20 Decathlon National Champion – 2018
All time British No.1 under-18 Decathlete – 2018
Qualified & selected for ‘Team GB’ under-18 European Championships in Hungary – 2018
English Schools under-17 Octathlon Champion – 2017
England Silver Medalist at Home International Pentathlon -2017
British under-17 outdoor High Jump Silver Medalist – 2017

At just 16 years old Jack Turner became the English Schools under-17 2017 Octathlon champion when he won Gold in Boston, UK.  Jack went on to represent England at the Schools International Athletics Board (SIAB) Home Internationals in Glasgow, Scotland where he won Silver for the indoor Pentathlon.

This year, Jack has competed in his first ever Decathlon at the Somerset County Championships. He then went on to compete in the National Championships winning the under-18 British Standards competition, exceeding the European entry standard. This led to him being selected for Team GB to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Hungary.  It was at this prestigious competition that Jack set a new British Record. A few months later he went on to compete in his first under-20 Decathlon and achieved the gold medal and another national title.  At the end of the 2018 outdoor season Jack is ranked 6th in Europe, 6th in the world for under-18 Decathlon and 4th in the UK for under-20s Decathlon. He’s aiming high for the championships next year!

Jack often uses Nikken products when competing in athletics around the world.  We asked Jack to share some of his experiences using the Nikken products:

“I found the KenkoTherm® Support Wrap for the knee really supportive, especially since I hyper extended my knee last year long jumping. Wearing it helps me both physically and mentally.  The tight and comfortable fit meant that for a long period of time I couldn’t compete without it on.

The Kenko MagDuo® I found myself using a lot. In preparation for Europeans I would use it on small muscles and joints for some release.

I used the Nikken KenkoTouch® on my inflamed tendon, that I picked up during a decathlon, days before another competition. I used it at night just before I went to bed and felt that it really helped overnight and I performed well the following day.

I have a Nikken PiMag® Waterfall Gravity System at home, so to be able to carry around a filtered water bottle in the PiMag®Water Bottle, with me when I compete was reassuring, especially when competing abroad.”

Other items in the Rest and Relaxation range include Nikken sleep products, magnetic insoles, mini magnets, magnets for massage, supporting wraps and tape, jewellery and seat pad.  Plus, benefit from the Sleep Pack and Energy Pack, saving an instant 10%.

View the Nikken Rest and Relaxation range at: www.nikken.com/eu/.

Nikken products used by Jack:
KenkoTherm® Support Wraps – See website for sizes
Kenko MagDuo® (#3020)
KenkoTouch® (#2316)
PiMag®Water Bottle (#11375)
PiMag® Waterfall (#1384)

(24th September)

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The value of water…

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Whilst planet Earth is primarily covered in water, only 3% of it is fresh! Yet this 3% provides the worlds drinking water and delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, along with many other key functions. The world’s water supply is a major concern and it’s not just plants and animals that are at risk.  Issues of water scarcity and poor water quality could have serious social and economic consequences too.1

Life is full of things we can’t control, but there are conscious decisions we can make and follow through on. Living with Active Wellness is within our personal control and drinking PiMag® filtered water is a positive step towards Active Wellness.

The new Water Pack, launched as part of the Wellness Home Packs range on 1st August, can help address the maintenance of an Active Wellness lifestyle in light of the worlds increasing water concern. Each Water Pack contains advanced water filtration products including:

  • PiMag WaterFall® System plus Filter Pack
  • PiMag® Water Bottle plus two Bottle Filter Packs
  • PiMag® MicroJet Shower plus Filter Replacement

Purchasing the Wellness Home Water Pack is a major step towards helping improve the water quality in your home, plus you’ll save 10% more than on individual product purchases.  The PiMag® MicroJet Shower and the PiMag Waterfall® both provide a means towards improved drinking and bathing water, but what happens when you leave home?

The reusable Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle, with filter, enables you to drink PiMag® water wherever you are. The bottle is made from BPA free resin and is fully biodegradable, breaking down into natural biomass that contributes to the soils nutrients.

Whoever is concerned about living well will want a Water Pack. Share It with everyone.

Summer Dash: If you successfully completed the Summer Dash (by achieving 500 PPV in July), you qualify to purchase and/or sell any of the new Wellness Home Packs and receive free shipping for the entire month of August (Terms & Conditions apply, visit the Virtual Office or ask Customer Services for details).

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/blogs/sustainability-works/posts/the-value-of-water

Water Pack (#88320)
PiMag Waterfall® (#1384)
PiMag® MicroJet Shower (#1466)
PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375)

Note: The bottle is to be used with potable, municipally treated water. Do not try to use it to filter water from streams, rivers etc.

7th August 2018

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Rethink plastic…

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Single-use plastics are a human addiction that we must face head on. Plastic pollution is not only impacting our waters and marine life, but also the human food chain and our overall health.  Once in our oceans, plastic litter affects the safety of sea transport, fisheries, tourism and recreation. When broken into tiny pieces, plastic attracts toxic chemicals released over decades from industry and agriculture, the concentration of which increases as they move up the food chain.

Here are some facts from the Plastic Oceans Foundation1, an organisation founded with the aim to raise awareness of the growing ocean plastic pollution issue:

Fact 1. More than 8 milliontons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

Fact 2. One in threespecies of marine mammals have been found entangled in ‘marine litter’.

Fact 3. Over 90%of all seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

These facts are overwhelming!

Every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes into our oceans, it never decomposes and will remain there forever. If nothing changes, it is believed that by 2050 all the plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish. Our oceans health affects us all so we need to come together to take action and protect our oceans. You may already have acted on reducing your plastic bag usage, however, there is another issue in the plastic-trash situation that needs tackling. According to Forbes, people buy a staggering one million plastic bottles per minute around the world.

Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which has been proven to be hazardous to human health. Plastic bottles are also made from a petroleum product known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET).  Both require huge amounts of fossil fuels to both make and transport them.

With at least 8 MILLION TONS of plastic waste entering our oceans every year, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon. We can we do our bit by rethinking our consumption of single-use plastics.

The reusable Nikken PiMag® Bottleis made from BPA free resin and it is fully biodegradable, breaking down into natural biomass that contributes to the soil’s nutrients. You can carry filtered PiMag® Water with you wherever you go.  Containing Nikken PiMag® Water Technology, the filter in the Nikken PiMag® Bottle, adjust the water’s pH value to an alkaline level of 8.5 – 9.5. The filter lasts for an estimated 250 refills. The cost is approximately half the price per litre of buying bottled water, saving you money too!

We must REDUCE. Think of our sea life and buy fewer plastic products in general, particularly when you know that you are unable to recycle them.

  1. https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

PiMag®SPECIAL OFFER… available until 30thApril 2018

PiMag®Waterfall #1380– Save £117.00

PiMag®Water Bottle #11375– Save £30.00

Contact your Independent Nikken Consultant for more information on the PiMag® Special Offers…

(9th April)

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