What’s the best way to enjoy the autumn months?

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Traditionally, autumn is the colorful harvest season that precedes the cold winter months. The temperature begins to drop and the air becomes dryer as winds blow and leaves fall.

Each change of season is a transitional period in nature and our bodies follow suit even if we are unconscious of what’s happening. Autumn is a time when leaves fall and vegetation is either harvested or dies off. During this natural cycle, mould is released. Even though mould is airborne year round, this extra release can be a stress on the immune system.

Depending on the individual’s state of Active Wellness, the immune system either continues working well or becomes overloaded during autumn. Digestion may not be as smooth and the foods that worked well during the summer may suddenly be overwhelming. Autumn is therefore an ideal time to reduce the toxic load on the immune and digestive systems. In fact, since 60 to 80% of the immune system revolves around the digestive system, the two impact each other a great deal.1

In addition to being the perfect time to incorporate KENZEN Lactoferrin® 2.0 into your daily regimen, here are some things to do that may help decrease toxic overload:

1. Minimise exposure to chemical toxins in the environment or in products you might use on a daily basis, including cosmetics, laundry detergent, cleaners, plastics, air fresheners, etc.

2. Try using unscented cleaners and detergents. Scented products often are full of artificial ingredients that tend to burden the immune and digestive systems.

3. Read labels and try eating food without artificial coloring and preservatives. Processed foods in general may irritate sensitive digestive tracts.

4. Pay attention to food sensitivities. This is a great time of the year to eat foods that warm you up, just as summer was a perfect time to eat cooling salads. A rule of thumb is to heed Nature and eat what grows seasonally such as pumpkins, squash, root vegetables (beets and turnips), dark leafy greens and anything is locally grown.

5. Store your reusable plastic bags and containers in closed cupboards and air-tight containers. Plastics contain petrochemical molecules that are airborne, especially indoors.

6. Drink filtered water. Chlorine is a harsh chemical placed in many municipal water systems. The PiMag Waterfall® exceeds the standard for chlorine reduction and helps households filter tap water and reduce or eliminate the use of bottled water, contributing to the environment. Add the KENZEN® Super Ciaga® to your PiMag® water. A delicious organic mix drink with 100% fruit and a high ORAC value (antioxidant), the Super Ciaga could help towards the maintenance of a strong immune system.

7. To help keep a healthy gut, traditional Chinese medicine recommends eating moistening foods such as tofu, tempeh, spinach, barley, pears, apples, seaweed, mushrooms, almonds and sesame seeds.2

8. Protect your skin from the dryness the elements might cause. Use a moisturiser such as TRUE elements® Marine Organic Youthful Face Cream at night and Nourishing Face Cream during the day.

Try to get plenty of rest and sleep to help keep your immune system happy and enjoy this beautiful season!

 

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1. https://www.no-ibs.com/blog/why-does-ibs-act-up-in-spring-or-fall/
2. https://thehutong.com/what-to-eat-in-autumn/

1st October 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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Our Planet’s Most Important Living Plants are Tiny but Mighty…

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Marine scientists and ecologists consider living plants to be the most important living organisms on the planet. The almighty single cell alga produces about 50 % of the oxygen used on Earth and our lives essentially depend on it. Algae (plural for alga), paved the way for the evolution of other single-celled organisms as well as those with multiple and/or complex cells, known as eukaryotes.

Algae come in many forms and have an interesting array of uses. They are susceptible to environmental change which makes them excellent indicators of water quality. For example, an overgrowth of algae (known as algal blooms) can clog water intake pipes and filters. Once algal blooms die off, a substantial amount of dissolved oxygen is used by bacteria to break down the organic matter, depleting oxygen levels in their water habitat; this condition is known as hypoxia.In other words, aquatic ecosystems depend on algae to provide oxygen.

Aside from its formidable environmental impact, different types of algae – often known as seaweed – are sources of sustainable biofuel and found in common food items as well as cosmetics. Different forms of algae have varying commercial value – less known but economically important are algae used for fertilizer, feed for farm animals and fish. As soil-binding agents, algae are important in the healthy formation of soil to protect against natural processes such as erosion.2

Algae are an important source of nourishment in numerous cultures around the world. Most of us are aware of nori, Japanese seaweed used to prepare sushi. Chinese incorporate kelp into cold dishes that are served as appetizers or sides and into hot soups.

Not only is algae considered by many consumers worldwide to be a low cost source of protein, but it also provides a number of important minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and zinc. Algae also contain several healthy elements including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins A, B, C, and E3; a perfect food to incorporate into an Active Wellness lifestyle.

The chlorophyll, produced in the algae, contributes to the oxygen supply of the skin as it is similar in composition to hemoglobin. Especially effective in skin care products, green algae have an amino acid content similar to human collagen. The TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare line is formulated with various combinations of seaweed extracts, namely Chondrus Crispus (red algae or Irish moss), Laminaria Digitata (brown algae, Oarweed, Irish seaweed or kelp), Ulva Lactuca (sea lettuce) and Crithmum maritimum L. (sea fennel). Containing minerals, trace elements and marine micronutrients, these seaweed extracts in the TRUE elements® Ecocert certified skincare line help to gently cleanse, tone, hydrate and prevent signs of premature aging.

1.     https://www.in.gov/idem/files/factsheet_owq_sw_algae_aquatic.pdf
2,3.  https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-is-the-economic-importance-of-alga…

8th April 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.

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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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Sustainable Ingredients… help support the planet’s natural wonders!

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There are many little things we can do to live in harmony with our beautiful natural world. One of them is to look carefully at the ingredients we use in our daily routine and make sure they are being sourced in a sustainable way.

To be ‘sustainable’ means to show environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, when extracting and using ingredients from natural resources.

At Nikken we use sustainably sourced Seaweed and Palm Oil in the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range .

Our Palm Oil suppliers are certified with the “Green Palm Sustainability”certificate, which means the palm oil plantation has been independently audited and certified against the RSPO – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil standard.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil for people, the planet and prosperity.
Forty per cent of the world’s palm oil producers are members of the RSPO, as well as many product manufacturers, retailers, environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs). To become a certified member of the RSPO, producers must adhere to its principles. These are just a few; they must be compliant to applicable laws and regulations and importantly show environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is also certified organic by ECOCERT2, the certification body for sustainable development.

The active seaweed, used in the TRUE elements® products, is harvested from a world UNESCO site just off the coast of France where the seaweed is grown sustainably and with respect to the environment around it. The French government and various other organizations manage the seaweed industry by committing each year on quantities to harvest, the geographical place to harvest, sizes to cut and number of licenses for harvesters.

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It’s International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and to celebrate when you purchase the TRUE elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk 200ml you’ll receive the TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion 200ml as a free gift.

Offer valid 4th March – 12th April 2019.  Offer order code: #88048.

1. http://www.greenpalm.org
2. http://www.ecocert.com/en/index.html

5th March 2019

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Born from the Sea – discover the natural powers of Seaweed…

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At the very heart of Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is a synergistic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plant, rich in natural trace elements and minerals.

Sustainably harvested; the seaweed used in Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is sustainably harvested from a world UNESCO site just off the coast of Brittany, France. This means that the area where the seaweed is taken from is preserved and protected as part of the world’s cultural heritage and it is considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

Before the seaweed is harvested it’s absorbed an abundance of trace elements and minerals from the sea – all highly nourishing for our skin. Due to the high-quality processing standards, we know exactly which species of seaweed are used, how the ingredients are harvested and how they are added to our products.

In line with Nikken’s natural, wholesome philosophy, we are proud to have the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range certified organic by EcoCert1,with a minimum of 99% of the total ingredients from natural origin. EcoCert is a renowned international certificate that guarantees the highest organic integrity.  This is a distinction that very few products – even those labelled as “organic” – can claim.

Here are some of the seaweed species used in our TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range:

1. Chondrus crispus. Can help maintain the skin’s natural moisture level.
2. Crithmum maritimum. Can help reinforce the skins natural protection barrier, promote skin cell renewal and contribute to radiance and tone.
3. Ulva lactuca. Can help boost natural radiance.
4. Laminaria digitata. Rich in minerals and trace elements, this alga can help promote skins natural regeneration, improving hydration and promoting a natural glow.
5. Fucus vesiculosus. Can help stimulate and invigorate the skin.

Whilst our skins form is basically the same all over our body, its actually very different depending on where on the body it is. For example, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your palms. A good skincare regime will go a long way in helping your skin stay naturally soft and supple.

PRODUCT RELAUNCH – available to purchase now…

NEW bigger 75ml TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053)
Same price, bigger size – (previously 50ml). 

1. http://www.ecocert.com/en

(15th October)

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Summer Hydration for Overall Health and Glowing Skin…

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Drinking plenty of water is extremely important, since between 50 % – 70 % of our body mass is composed of water, including skin, tissues, cells and organs1. When dehydration occurs, the body does not have enough water for its basic vital functions.

Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydrationmay include2:

  • Increased thirst with dry mouth
  • Unusual feelings of fatigue or sleepiness
  • Decrease or lack in urine output
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation

Symptoms of severe dehydration may include2:

  • Lightheadedness – that stops you from standing or walking normally
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fever
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Lethargy and/or confusion
  • Actually passing out or blacking out
  • Swollen hands, feet and legs

Our bodies lose water daily through perspiration, breathing and the entire digestive process. We naturally replenish these losses through the consumption of food and beverages, but depending on individual diets, may not hydrate enough. The Institute of Medicine advises men to drink 3 litres of water per day and for women, 2.2 litres.

During the summer months, we tend to perspire more and lose even more water. That means the skin is working harder and we need to replenish the body’s largest organ by drinking more water. Water not only keeps our skin hydrated but can also help skin stay soft and supple. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Drinking enough water can help increase our metabolic rate, helping to improve the digestive system’s ability to flush toxins out of the body. Water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin so it’s important to hydrate the skin on the outside as well. That’s where a great facial moisturiser like TRUE elements®Nourishing Face Cream (# 2044) may help.  The Nourishing Face Cream contains hyaluronic acid, which can help to reinforce the skins natural process of storing moisture. Hyaluronic acid is believed to hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and helping store it there.

So we can see that staying hydrated is good for our overall health! Make sure you stay hydrated, even when out and about, with the PiMag® Water Bottle (#1375).  The PiMag® Water Bottle is refillable and contains a filter that helps purify tap water. The PiMag® Water Bottle is reusable – so you are also doing your bit for the environment.  The bottle is BPA free and fully biodegradable, meaning it will break down into natural biomass that contributes to the soils nutrients.

1. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref

2. https://www.emedicinehealth.com/dehydration_in_adults/article_em.htm

Notes:

– The PiMag®Water Bottle Filter (#1376) is recommended to be changed every 3 months.

– Product codes are quoted in brackets.

(3rd July)

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