Happy Feet

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We often hear the phrase ‘I’ve been on my feet all day’. This can be true for many of us, be it because of work, chasing after children all day, running errands or countless other day-to-day activities that can all take their toll on our feet.

Women in particular can be guilty of choosing fashion over function or comfort when it comes to footwear. Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.

Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in 10 of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. Podiatrist Lorraine Jones says: “What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.

She adds: “Your feet shouldn’t hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort it is usually because you aren’t wearing the right footwear. “[1]

There are certain things that we can do at home to make a real difference to our feet. Keeping feet clean and applying moisturiser morning and evening, may help keep feet soft and prevent a build up of hard skin. True elements® Hand & Foot Cream may help to soothe dry hands and feet, protecting and nourishing straight after application. It contains Shea butter, which is known to nourish skin and the seaweed extract chondrus, which has moisturisation properties.

As well as keeping hands and feet moisturised, wearing comfortable, well fitting shoes as often as possible can help relieve aching feet. Kenko mSteps® and Kenko mStrides® slip into your shoes and utilises Nikken’s DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology. Kenko mSteps® feature relaxing massage nodes on one side, inspired by reflexology practices, they may provide a massage effect that could help the whole body feel good from the feet upwards.

TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053) is currently on offer saving 50% until 31st August.

Discover more about these products here:

http://www.nikken.co.uk/p/true-elements-hand–foot-cream.html

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[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx

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Why is sleep so important for our wellbeing?

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At some point each of us will experience that feeling of lying in bed unable to sleep, whether it be as soon as we get into bed or if we wake in the middle of the night and are unable to drop back off. ‘A sleepless night is as long as a year’ is a Chinese proverb that we can all probably identify with and it is important that we take steps to help ourselves to get the best sleep we can, for the sake of our health and wellbeing.

Sleep allows our body to repair itself and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Without a good night sleep we can feel groggy, irritable and have a lack of energy. Poor sleep is also linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.[1]

Sleep hygiene

Many people can benefit from improving the quality of their sleep. The phrase sleep hygiene is often used to describe how lifestyle and environmental factors can affect our sleep. Positive sleep hygiene may help to improve sleep quality.

According to the MHF Sleep Report[2] the environment of our bed and bedroom can either help or hinder sleep; much depends on our own preferences. The obvious factors are noise, light, temperature and ventilation. Most of us prefer to sleep in a quiet environment. Earplugs may be useful for blocking out external noise although they do tend to amplify the body’s own internal noises which may be distracting.

Too much light can inhibit sleep since it affects melatonin levels; eye masks may be helpful. Room temperature is important, neither too cold nor too hot, although the ideal room temperature will vary from person to person. Ventilation can be improved by opening the window, although this is likely to alter the temperature and make the room noisier. It is important to feel comfortable in the bedroom environment, including selecting the right mattresses and pillows. People may need to experiment with all these factors until they find the ideal balance.

Sleep hygiene practices, such as those mentioned above, may help people improve their sleep quality, along with reducing caffeine in the evening, taking regular exercise and avoiding looking at phone/television screens just before getting into bed.

Nikken offers the Naturest® Sleep System that contains a range of products the may be beneficial to your sleep hygiene.

  1. Naturest Kenkopad® – A non-allergenic latex mattress topper that molds to your body’s contours and may improve your comfort and support.
  2. KenkoDream® Quilt – The ceramic coated fibres may help maintain a constant temperature.
  3. Naturest® Pillow – Fully adjustable by removing or adding filler, the breathable cover may help to regulate your temperature, keeping you confortable.
  4. Kenko Power Sleep® Mask – Made of soft breathable fabric, blocking out light may help improve your sleep at home or when traveling or working nightshifts.

Discover more about this range: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/kenkodream-quilt.html

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
[2] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/sleep-report

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Nutrition in the modern world

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Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health. However, in our fast-paced society, it can sometimes be difficult to eat wholesome, well-balanced food with a variety of ingredients. Instead, convenience sometimes dominates our eating habits. Especially, when feeding a family with different schedules and meal preferences!

In an ideal world, some people would argue that the best nutritional solution for optimal health is to eat three home cooked organic meals a day. There are always new guidelines issued but most of us are familiar with the idea of trying to incorporating at least five but ideally more portions of fruit and vegetables a day into our diet. However, it is not always as easy as it sounds, many people struggle to achieve this along side all the other daily priorities and responsibilities.

Therefore, sometimes it can be beneficial to look at including supplements. Nikken offers a range of nutritional supplements based on concentrated whole foods that may help to provide the essential nutritional support our bodies’ need while still fitting into the modern world.

A good place to start is with Kasai® Multi-Vitamins and Minerals. This product contains a broad array of wholefood fruit and vegetable powders – pineapple, orange, apple, apricot, cherry, peach, strawberry, papaya, grape, grapefruit, blueberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry, broccoli, carrot, and onion.

Kasai® provides a supportive range of vitamins and minerals and it also provides the associated phytonutrients and nutritional matrices to help address your daily nutritional needs.

The Kasai® range offers targeted supplements to help support your bodies wellbeing needs, with the exception of Kasai® Omega Oils all the Kasai® range are suitable for vegetarians.

Discover more: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/kasai-multi-vitamin-and-mineral.html

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Magnetic Energy

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Magnetic energy is a key principle of both Far Eastern cultures and traditional Chinese Medicine. This principle has led to the development of practices such as acupuncture in the Western world. Nikken magnetic technologies have been developed for over 40 years to provide a carefully designed, supportive environment, and Nikken’s magnetic products are designed to fit easily into our normal day-to-day lives. This can be in the form of our Sleep System using products such as the Naturest® Kenkopad® or via special magnetic insoles – Kenko mStrides and Kenko mSteps™ or even harnessing this magnetic energy whilst sitting down in the form of KenkoSeat®.

The most recent development in magnetic innovation is represented by Nikken patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966). DynaFlux features a series of individual magnets within an organised structure that places them in polar opposition at several points. Positive or negative poles face each other. Interlocking construction holds these components in place to overcome the repulsion generated by this arrangement. Placing separate magnetic fields in opposition produces a multiplier effect with two notable results:

1. One result is that the magnetic field is intensified in each of these areas, providing 100 percent magnetic coverage of a complex field within a flat surface.

2. The other is a magnetic field that extends farther from the surface and increases the depth of penetration. This equates to increased gauss strength (measurement of magnetic flux density). Patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology is at the foundation of the KenkoTouch® .

The KenkoTouch® is a small handheld device that delivers pulsating magnetic wave therapy that may help relieve muscles discomforts. The massaging effect leverages the mechanical motion of strategically placed moving nodules; that produce a firm, slightly yielding sensation. The MagCreator® also harnesses magnetic technology to specifically target the back. The specially designed magnetic head is engineered to roll fluidly down the spine and may help soothe tired, tense muscles. The surface nodules add an extra level of massaging stimulation. This can be used either on yourself or on others for that extra level of relaxation.

The MagCreator® is currently available with a saving of 50%.

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Top tips for summer skin hydration

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Dry skin is often associated with the dry winter weather but it’s not unusual to notice dry skin in the summer as well. Follow our top tips – they may help to keep your skin hydrated this summer.

Step 1 – Moisturise your skin straight after a bath or shower, lightly pat your body and apply a light and non-greasy moisturiser such as TRUE elements® Moisturising Body Lotion. It is a light, hydrating, mineral rich daily moisturiser. Applying to slightly damp skin may help your skin absorb products more easily than applying them on to dry skin and may help lock in moisture.

Step 2 – Get your feet summer ready by applying TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream. Rich in shea butter, this cream provides additional moisture to hands, feet and nails. Apply throughout the day and last thing at night to let that moisture penetrate whilst you sleep.

Step 3 – Once a week, treat your face to an extra moisture boost. TRUE elements® Nutritional Mask will help rehydrate summer skin. This creamy moisturising mask is rich in minerals and is a perfect treat for your face.

Step 4 – Fluid Hydration- This is the most obvious but often-neglected skincare tip during summer… drink water!

For fresh, spring-like water try the PiMAG Waterfall® Gravity Water System. Add cucumber slices, watermelon or orange segments to your glass to enhance the flavour.

Step 5 – SAVE 50%

HALF PRICE OFFER

Until 31st August 2017 purchase the following TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare products for half price:

 TRUE elements® Moisturising Body Lotion 200ml (2046)

TRUE elements® Nutritional Mask 50ml (2051)

TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream 50ml (2053)

 At the very heart of Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare range is a synergistic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plant, making our formulas so unique.

 Combine the Summer Skin Hydration offer with the Free Replacement Filter offer with every Waterfall System purchase (#1380). Both offers available until 31st August 2017.

Why EcoCert is a Big Deal?

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 When a product is certified by EcoCert, it means the item has met the strict standards set for its specific category. EcoCert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists (those who study the science and technology of producing and using plants) who were aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and the importance of recognising those committed to sustainable development in production.

Product categories open for certification include natural and organic cosmetics, natural and organic home perfumes, natural cleaning products, fair trade, ecological outdoor areas, organic textiles, eco-sustainable golf course, reforestation and solidarity, organic and ecological spa, ecological and recycled textiles, climate commitment and biodiversity commitment.

EcoCert has invested more than 10 years in a harmonisation project for cosmetic standards with European partners, BDIH (Germany), the Soil Association (UK), ICEA (Italy) and COSMEBIO (France). EcoCert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.

In the EU, EcoCert is accredited by the Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee). In the USA, EcoCert is accredited by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) for the National Organic Program (NOP) and in Japan; EcoCert is accredited by the MAFF (Agricultural Department) for the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)

Companies voluntarily request EcoCert certification to prove:

  • Control and traceability throughout the supply chain.
  • Commitment to environmental protection.
  • Integrity of raw materials and ingredients.
  • High standards within the specific industry such as food or cosmetics.

TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is certified by EcoCert, a distinction that very few products — even those labelled as “organic” — can claim. True Elements® Skincare products are derived from various seaweeds and are abundant in natural minerals that are well absorbed by skin. The entire premium skincare range is formulated with a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to offer remarkable benefits.

Check out your Personal Skincare Programme and install confidence in your customer’s skincare selection by telling them about the EcoCert logo and what it means.

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Have you experienced the benefits of TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare yet?

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If you are in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, choosing organic skincare could be a priority.

Given the right nutrients, our skin has the ability to care for and repair itself.

Most of us have probably thought about the benefits of eating a healthy diet but we often don’t stop to think about the effects of the chemicals in the skin products that we are using each day on our skin. When you choose

TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare, you are choosing products with certified natural ingredients minus chemicals or synthetic fragrances that may upset the skin’s delicate natural balance.

When we talk about ‘Certified Organic Skincare’, what we mean, is using skincare products made of plant-derived ingredients along with other naturally occurring ingredients. These ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilisers and if they meet rigorous standards can come with an organic certification. The integrity of these unmodified ingredients is maintained in the best way possible with little to no additives. There are very few skincare ranges that can truly claim to be organic. If you are in doubt look for the EcoCert logo or the Soil Association stamp, this is your reassurance that these products have met all the criteria necessary to gain this prestigious accolade.

Excitingly, the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range has received certification from EcoCert. EcoCert is a renowned international certificate that guarantees the highest organic integrity. For TRUE elements® Skincare to be awarded this stamp is a huge achievement and is testament to the hard work that has been undertaken to develop this premium skincare range.

TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is a synergistic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plant, making the formulas completely unique. Carefully selected rich seaweeds are harvested by hand from the Iroisie Sea, a UNESCO world heritage site in Brittany, France. They are grown naturally and sustainably to respect the environment. The ingredients are extracted within 24-hours close by on the shore using the latest specialist technology to protect the precious plants from damage during harvesting and to ensure that all the active elements are retained to nourish and enhance the skin.

The rich blend of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and anti-oxidants in the seaweed underpins the TRUE elements® Skincare range. Packed full of naturally powerful ingredients, the range is pH balanced for harmony with the skin’s natural chemistry and has multiple benefits.

Organic skincare gives you confidence that what you are putting on your skin is free of parabens, GMO’s, mineral oils, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, PEG, EDTA, synthetic colourings and fragrances.

TRUE elements® Skincare range is an easily accessible range suitable for all skin types including sensitive due to the gentle marine organic ingredients.

Choose your ideal personal skincare programme from the products featured below or use it to help your customers select theirs. All products are available on autoship to ensure you and your customers never run out.

Look out for next week’s blog that explains about EcoCert in more detail.

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