The Brain – Gut Connection

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There are many contributing factors that affect our gut health such as diet, food intolerances, lifestyle, etc. Taking care of your digestive system has instant, positive effects on your overall wellbeing. A balanced diet and stress management for example, play a vital role in how well we sleep, stay active and live a happy, productive life.

It all starts in the gut…

In 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formed the Human Microbiome Project (HMP). Microbiome is defined as “the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment, creating a ‘mini-ecostystem.’”1

The human microbiome, located in the gut, is made up of trillions of bacteria that send messages to the brain. This communication is known as the “brain-gut connection.” Because approximately 70 to 80 percent of the body’s immune tissue is located within the digestive system, boosting your immune system really requires a healthy gut.2

You can help manage your microbiome and influence the brain-gut connection as well as strengthen your immune system. You can also increase the good gut bacteria that sends the brain positive messages and decrease the bad bacteria that causes bad food cravings. In this way, “you are what you eat.”

Since good bacteria thrives on fiber and nutrient-dense food, eating that type of food consistently is the key to a healthy brain-gut connection. Good bacteria feeds on fibrous food, digests it and releases a gas up to the brain, telling it that the body is well nourished. When the brain is told that the body is well nourished, it doesn’t think there’s a need to fill in the gaps created by a lack of nutrition. It’s a healthy cycle where nutrient-dense food that is fibrous creates more good bacteria.

Fiber does more than curb cravings. It also helps your mood. The Human Microbiome Project has shown that serotonin, the “feel-good” chemical the body generates, is actually created in the gut, not the brain. More fiber and nutrient-dense food in the gut could influence our emotional health as well as our physical wellbeing.

You may be surprised how quickly a healthy gut helps the brain minimize unhealthy cravings and also helps improve your overall health. If you currently don’t eat lots of fibrous foods, integrate them into your daily regimen slowly, so that your body has time to adjust. Incorporate it into each meal or snack. The fiber will give a sense of fullness to help you cut back on sugar and processed food.

The happier your microbiome, the fewer bad food cravings there’ll be. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but the important thing is to get started in helping your gut converse positively with your brain! Best of all, you will discover how delicious these nutrient-dense and fibrous foods are!

To help jumpstart your microbiome, we are introducing the new Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 to assist in processing the additional fiber you eat. Containing a combination of ingredients that tackles fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber, Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 could support the assimilation of all types of nutrients.

https://www.hmpdacc.org/hmp/overview/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/ 

(5th April)

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Spring in your steps…

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Spring is well and truly here! It’s time to come out of winter hibernation mode and make some positive changes to your wellbeing.

Here are just a couple of ideas to get you started.

Go for a walk everyday. As you stride out, focus on all the good things you feel most grateful for. After that, take a mental note of how you feel. This simple technique will give you a sense of wellbeing.

Wear the mStrides while you walk. With mStrides in place, walking helps create a dynamic energy flow — in effect, a magnetic field generator inside shoes. Whether at home or in a non-physical activity job, the Kenko mSteps can also help you achieve the same sense of wellbeing as the mStrides with the added feature of relaxing massage nodes. Raised surface points provide the refreshing sensation of a foot massage when walking, standing or sitting — all day.

Take care of your feet. A good quality pair of socks is essential when you walk whether it is a short distance or a longer one.

Benefiting from high-quality cotton blend for comfort and durability, the ThermoWear Golf Socks are designed to help keep your feet comfortable no matter where your steps are taking you. Whether you are playing sport, planning to attend the British Masters Golf European Tour in April or just planning your trip away for the Easter holidays, the ThermoWear Golf Socks could help offer your feet that added comfort and a positive sense of wellbeing.

Nature has a way of making people feel calm, and exercising outside can strengthen that effect. It also becomes a major distraction from all the stresses of life.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that engaging in regular physical activity improves mental and physical health, which is why health organisations, such as the UK Department of Health, recommend adults engage in a minimum 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

The benefits of exposure to natural environments and regular exercise has led to suggestions that there may be an added benefit of exercising outdoors beyond the benefits experienced when exercising in an indoor environment.

Social interaction is yet another great benefit of getting out there as people tend to interact more with others when outdoors. And last but not least, Vitamin D… it’s well known that increased exposure to sunlight may help increase levels of vitamin D. This vitamin is very important for the immune function and also for the maintenance of bone growth and repair.

This spring, walk your way to your wellbeing!

(26th March)

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Spring and the Circadian Rhythm…

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Spring… Lengthening days and longer natural light levels calibrate the body’s natural circadian rhythm.

Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour biological clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Or, you could call it your sleep / wake cycle. A portion of your brain (hypothalamus) controls your circadian rhythm which outside factors, like light and darkness, can have an impact on. When it’s dark at night, your eyes send a signal to the hypothalamus that it’s time to feel tired. Your brain, in turn, sends a signal to your body to release melatonin, which makes your body tired. That is the reason your circadian rhythm tends to coincide with the cycle of day time and night time.

Your circadian rhythm works best when you have regular sleep habits, like going to bed at night and waking up in the morning around the same times. As spring is nearly upon us and the clocks are going forward, the evenings will become a lot lighter, which can have a great impact on your sleeping habits. The more you pay attention to your body and notice feelings of alertness and drowsiness, and the more time you spend developing good sleeping habits, the better you will feel and perform in your day to day life.

Remember to move your clocks forward one hour, on Sunday 25th March at 2 am!

Sleep well…with the help of our Naturest sleep system, you can benefit from a restful and invigorating sleep. The Kenko Powersleep™ Mask will help give you total relaxation for a great night’s sleep, blocking out the light in the morning and allowing your circadian rhythm to function at its best.

Wake up your skin in time for spring… Being the biggest organ in the body, the skin needs that extra special attention at times. Our Marine Organic Skincare range can help you achieve just that. Refresh and invigorate your skin with the help of the TRUE  elements® Velvet Cleansing Milk and the TRUE elements® Fresh Tonic Lotion. Watch the “How To” videos and take advantage of our current offer: ½ Price Skincare with Purchase…plus GIFT! Speak to an Independent Nikken Consultant today!

Rejuvenate inside and out… Replace your regular morning coffee or tea with the Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Containing natural caffeine from the Matcha Green Tea, this drink may help boost your metabolism as well as your energy and concentration levels in a natural way.

For some people, Spring can be a tough time to get a good night’s sleep, but it doesn’t have to be. If you listen to it, your biological clock eases the tension between the way you want to live and the way you are built to live. This in turn, creates BALANCE. Don’t fight your biological clock. Instead, embrace it and respect it.

(19th March)

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22nd March 2018 is World Water Day

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To coincide with this day, we are also focusing on water and running a promotion on a select number of Nikken PiMag® water products… 

Nikken PiMag Waterfall® and PiMag® Water Bottlemore than just another water filter product…

Filtered water is probably the best option for drinking. According to the Food and Water Watch Organization, water filters can even be more cost effective than bottled water, especially when evaluating costs over a 5, 10 and 20 – year period.1 Plus kinder to the environment.

Experts recommend looking for a water filter that satisfies the standards of NSF International, a non-profit organization that conducts safety testing for food and water industries. Look specifically for what type of contaminants the water filter will remove.

The PiMag Waterfall® complies with NSF standards as follows:

  • NSF Standard 42 – Reduction of chlorine, chloramine, taste and odor
  • NSF Standard 53 – Reduction of mercury, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)
  • NSF Standard 372 – Lead compliance

The PiMag Waterfall® is an advanced filtration system that produces water with added minerals in a pH range of 8.5 – 9.5. Regular tap water typically has a pH range of 6.5 – 8.5, with 7 considered “basic” and below 7 as acidic. 2

Because the PiMag Waterfall® works without electricity or plumbing, it can be used in any location. As with all PiMag® products, the Waterfall and Water Bottle is made with recyclable and biodegradable materials.

Replacement Filters – The filter in the PiMag Waterfall® Gravity System and PiMag® Water Bottle is at its optimum for approximately three months (or approximately 250 refills for the bottle). It should then be replaced to continue to create fresh PiMag® water.

Sign your customers up to receive future filter purchases on Autoship. They will receive fresh PiMag Waterfall® Pack Filters (#1381) or PiMag® Water Bottle Filters (#1376) when they need them; whilst also receiving the Autoship discount! 

  1. https://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/filtered-drinking-water.html
  2. www.water-research.net/ph.htm

SPECIAL OFFER – From 13th March 2018 to April 30th 2018, save £117.00 off the price of the PiMag Waterfall® and £30.00 off the price of the PiMag® Water Bottle.

PiMag Waterfall® – #1380
Offer Price only: £255.00               Saving: £117.00

PiMag® Water Bottle – #11375
Offer Price only: £42.00                 Saving: £30.00 

Prices shown are Retail including VAT.

(12th March)

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Just good food…

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Choosing food that is good for you and also tastes delicious is easy… Here are five foods that are nutrient dense, versatile, tasty and easy to incorporate into an Active Wellness regimen.

Green tea: Catechins make this beverage a super beverage. Catechins are antioxidants that may help and aid in weight loss. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that exercisers who drank four to five cups of green tea daily and worked out for 25 minutes or more lost more belly fat than counterparts who did not drink green tea.

Swap your regular coffee or tea for Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Formulated with top quality matcha green tea powder, this formulation eliminates brewing and is simply stirred for a quick hot or cold refreshing drink.

Almonds: A great source of mono and polyunsaturated fats, almonds contain fewer calories than most other types of nuts, along with fiber and vitamin E. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition printed a study that found almonds to be helpful in burning fat and carbs during workouts.

Legumes: Weight management experts often recommend a high-protein diet to help lose and maintain weight. Vegetarians and vegans often find it easier to reach protein intake goals by eating lots of legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans, etc.) or adding a supplement such as pea protein. Pea protein’s high levels of branched-chain amino acids are believed to make it exceptionally beneficial for muscle mass preservation and stimulation of fat loss. Pea protein powder is among the most hypoallergenic of protein powders, as it contains no gluten or dairy. See KVB®.

Broccoli: Only 30 calories per serving, this cruciferous vegetable is a substantial source of calcium and antioxidants. Because it is high in fiber, you don’t need to eat a huge amount to feel full. Since calcium is found largely in dairy products, broccoli is a viable alternative. A versatile veggie, you can incorporate it into stir fries, boil, steam or eat it raw in salads or as crudite.

Brown rice: Filling but low in calories, brown rice is a staple in Active Wellness households. It’s full of fiber and a source of phytonutrients. Legumes, brown rice and broccoli are easy to cook and eat, but if you want to forgo pots and pans, you can simply make a protein shake with KVB® Natural Food Mix. In either vanilla or chocolate flavour, it contains organic pea protein as its primary ingredient and also has organic broccoli and organic rice protein, among many other beneficial ingredients, such as MCTs, organic chlorella and organic cilantro. KVB® is a healthy meal replacement mix. For a tasty alternative mix with Almond or Coconut Milk, add fresh berries and blend, or Ciaga®v for a tailored flavour. KVB® is organic based and suitable for vegans.

Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink is a matcha green tea based drink which also contains organic brown rice solids – bringing you all the benefits of brown rice in a convenient drink that you can enjoy every day.

With convenience provided by Nikken Wellness nutritional supplements, healthy eating has never been simpler.

(5th March)

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NEW Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™

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We are excited to launch new Nikken Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™.

The word Lactoferrin derives from Latin; Lacto = Milk and Ferrin = Iron. This new formulation contains more than three times the amount of Lactoferrin compared to our previous formula and may help address the body’s need for iron. We have also sourced more of the ingredients as organic – something that we always strive to do at Nikken.

What is Lactoferrin?

Lactoferrin is a protein that has several important biological functions to help support your overall wellness. One of the main benefits of Lactoferrin is that it helps bind and transport iron, an essential mineral that helps the body to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Why Lactoferrin 2.0™?

In addition to helping your body to increase iron absorption, Lactoferrin 2.0 is gentle on the digestive system and supports the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.  Lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so without upsetting the stomach.

Lactoferrin 2.0™ takes the formulation up a level with the addition of four organic ingredients:  Organic Inulin, Organic Rhodoil, Organic Ginger and Organic Turmeric

Benefits of Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™

  1. With Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™ there is 200 mg of Lactoferrin in each capsule – three times more than in the previous Lactoferrin 1.8.
  2. The product is lactose-free, gluten-free, and suitable for vegetarians.
  3. Organic Inulin, organic Ginger, organic Turmeric and organic Rhodiola work together with Lactoferrin to help produce anti-oxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties that may help in the support of overall health.
  4. Lactoferrin 2.0™ is premium quality and sourced from the world’s leading manufacturer.
  5. Lactoferrin 2.0™ is a perfect fit with the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle.

Try the new formulation – available now.

Contact your Independent Nikken Consultant or discover more at: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/lactoferrin-gold-20.html

Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™  (30 Capsules)

New product code: #15700

LAUNCH OFFER GIFT: Unisex Synergy Bracelet (#19382) – NEW Customer and NEW Registered Customer Autoships, set up and paid for before 25th March 2018, that contain the new Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™ will be sent the Unisex Synergy Bracelet as a thank you gift.

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What are the benefits of using a face serum?

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The face serum has now become an essential in both men and women’s skincare routine, but still many people are confused about why and when to use it. A serum is a product with the intent to deliver a potent shot of ingredients directly into your skin so you should apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising.

Unlike a moisturiser, serums have a lipid-soluble base, which allows the active ingredients to penetrate into the epidermis instead of lying on the surface. This makes them great for targeting specific concerns like wrinkles, brightness, acne or hydration.

TRUE Elements® Face Serum contains active ingredients that help reinforce the skin, promoting cellular renewal and the creation of elastin fibres to help maintain the skin’s natural suppleness. Hyaluronic acid helps plumps the skin and may help stimulate collagen production to keep skin looking smoother and more youthful.

Due to the level of concentration only a pea-sized amount of serum is required, it should be gently massaged into your face and neck, after cleansing. You can then apply your regular moisturiser such as TRUE Elements® Nourishing Face Cream.  Watch our new ‘How to…’ video for extra hints and tips.

When choosing TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare you can be confident that you are using the highest quality ingredients on your skin. Organic skincare can give 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® Marine Organic Skincare is a synergistic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plant. The rich blend of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and anti-oxidants in the seaweed underpins the range. Packed full of naturally powerful ingredients TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare, is pH balanced to work in harmony with the skin’s natural chemistry.

To discover more about TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare or to find out about our special skincare offers speak to you Nikken Consultant.

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