Are you armed against this winter’s allergies?

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With cold winter mornings and frosty nights approaching, we’ll soon find ourselves hibernating in our homes. But by spending more time indoors, we are more likely to suffer from an indoor allergy. This week is indoor allergy week in the UK, a week used to emphasise simple things which can help eliminate household allergies, to help you have a sniffle-free winter.

There are a number of allergens that may contribute to you or your family feeling unwell.  By spending a considerable amount of time indoors, allergens that previously wouldn’t affect you may start to. These include: House Dust Mites, Pets, Moulds/Mildews, Smoke, Cleaning Agents, Carpeting and Paint.

Not only do they affect the quality of air, but as a result of this can cause Congestion, Respiratory Problems, Itchy Eyes, Poor Sleep, Headaches and Lack of Concentration.

How Nikken can help you attack those Allergens:

  • Breathe – An air purifier is the best solution to get rid of those germs during the winter. It encourages ventilation indoors and eliminating those horrid allergens too. The KenkoAir ®is known to remove airborne particles and allergens, including dust, smoke, pollen, mould spores, animal dander, dust mites and other harmful fibres.  Using such an air purifier will reduce the risk of being effected by the Indoor Allergies this winter.

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  • Sleep – Beds are the perfect breeding ground for house dust mites, especially while you are sleeping due to the heat. Good practise to reduce this would be to regularly wash your bed linen, and try using anti-allergy duvets and pillows. But Nikken’s Sleep Products can also help. The Kenkopad®, Naturest® Quilt and Pillow are all made with materials to enhance ventilation. The natural fibres found in the products allow them to breathe, this is complimented by the anti-bacterial qualities found in the bamboo fibres . The latex used in the products ensures that it doesn’t become too hot or moist, meaning bacteria find it harder to multiply. All this to ensure ‘the bed bugs don’t bite’ and you have a comfy night’s sleep.
  • Drink – Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and active enough to fight off allergens. Try using the PiMag® Waterfall to really get the best out of drinking water. PiMag® Waterfall’s filtration system helps reduce contaminants, and maintain a healthy alkaline balance. To give your body that extra boost.

Other Hints and Tips to stay well this winter:

  • When possible, try opening windows for a short period of time to increase ventilation and keep humidity down.
  • Reduce the amount of clutter on shelves, tables, cupboards, window sills etc. to minimise the amount of dust.
  • Regularly vacuum your carpet / floorboards, dust your furniture, and clean surfaces.
  • Allow dust to settle after cleaning, before using a room.
  • Try regularly wash pets, and clean/vacuum surfaces they may have laid on, as their fur hold on to allergens.
  • Ensure good ventilation throughout the house in order to prevent mould. This includes keeping doors shut with cooking and bathing, opening cupboard doors, and not drying wet clothing on radiators.
  • Ensure surfaces are cleaned and dried thoroughly to prevent mould spores.

For More Information about the KenkoAir, Nikken Sleep Products or the PiMag Waterfall please visit http://www.nikken.eu or talk to your Independent Nikken Consultant.

Your mission this winter is to fight back the allergens, and stay healthier indoors.  Image

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KenkoAir – The Indoor Pollution Solution

Smog hanging over cities, smoke billowing out of factories, black fumes drifting from exhaust pipes, these are the most familiar and obvious forms of air pollution. There are different kinds of pollutants—some visible, some invisible—that can cause damaging effects on living things and the environment.

Not all of these are outside What about the harmful pollutants inside our homes? Paint, carpeting, and cleaning agents all can emit chemical vapours. And it’s not just human activity that can cause indoor pollution – dust, pet dander, pollen, mould, mildew and dust mites are natural sources which can all be found in homes.

With recent studies showing that a typical modern family now spends as much as 90% of their time indoors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned the air inside our homes can actually be more polluted (up to three times worse) than the air outside!

The negative effects of indoor air pollution led Nikken to develop the KenkoAir® Purifier – which launched on 1 May 2012 to the European market. The KenkoAir® is a recirculating air cleaner designed to remove airborne particles and allergens such as dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, and harmful fibres.

But what makes the KenkoAir® better than other air systems out there? It is Nikken’s KenkoAir® that features an ultra-low particulate air-filter (ULPA) – a breakthrough in air filtration technology. This medical-grade filter is certified by independent testing laboratories to remove 99.9995% of all airborne particles as small as 0.12 micron over an area of almost 30 square metres. That’s significantly more effective than the long-time standard for hospital operating rooms!

Don’t just take our word for it – ask the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation, British Allergy Foundation, and Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association all of whom endorse Nikken’s KenkoAir® Purifier!

A home free from pollutants and allergens is a happy, healthy home!

Read our blog post on World Asthma Day, if you missed it, to find out more about the KenkoAir®, allergies and asthma.

World Asthma Day – 01.05.12

Today is World Asthma Day 2012Dedication to Asthma Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment, an annual event, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care, all around the world.

This year’s World Asthma Day theme is: ‘You can control your asthma’ and this blog focuses on asthma, allergies and our new exciting announcement!

Indoor Allergies

With the summer fast approaching, we can hopefully enjoy the great outdoors and spend most of our time in the glorious sunshine; however in reality, a lot of our time is spent inside (approx. 90%) where indoor allergens hide. Therefore it’s important to make sure our time indoors is as allergy-free as possible.

House dust mites, in particular, can affect the quality of the air inside our homes, causing side effects such as; itchy eyes, shortness of breath, congestion, headaches and even poor sleeping. Indoor allergies are actually very common and approximately 10-20% of the UK population alone has an indoor allergy. Whilst these may not pose a serious threat to our health, those with allergies will tell you that it can have a significant impact on their quality of life.

Asthma can also be triggered by; house dust mites, mould, mildew, pet dander, tobacco smoke, pollen as well as cold air.

Some Unusual Asthma Therapies

Damlatas Caves in Turkey

Have you ever visited the Damlatas Caves which are said to help asthma? The cave, with its temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius and humidity level of more than 90%, is one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions.

The atmosphere is meant to be therapeutic for people with respiratory problems and, doctors in the town actually prescribe visits to the cave for their patients!

Source: Wikipedia

Salt Therapy

Salt therapy is a common natural treatment in Eastern and central Europe, but mostly unknown elsewhere. Put simply, it is a room full of salt, where you can relax and breathe in the salty air for therapeutic reasons. Again, on the theme of caves, these salt spas can be found in a cave/mine like atmosphere.

KenkoAir® Purifier

So what about a simpler solution to helping asthma and allergies?

You may have already heard the great news about the newly launched KenkoAir® Purifier in Europe!

The KenkoAir® provides fresh, clean air by eliminating air pollutants and bacteria and its medical-grade ULPA filter removes 99.9995% of airborne particles. So it really is like bringing pure, fresh forest air into your home. To find out more, visit our public website or MyNikken to read the latest article on this new modern Nikken product!

Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter if your new KenkoAir® is helping your allergy and asthma symptoms.

Nikken Digital Team 🙂