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

http://www.nikken.co.uk/p/kenko-msteps.html

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

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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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5 Tips to Keep You Healthy This Winter

The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill appearing in the air. This is the time of year when we can start preparing to protect ourselves against the common colds and flu that appear throughout winter. There are a few simple steps you can take to help protect you and your family from the winter attack.

Get plenty of sleep

Throughout summer we rarely sleep our recommended 9 hours a night, but in winter with darker nights we are more inclined to sleep longer. Feeling more rested means you have more energy through the day. Also having a lack of sleep can reduce your immune system leaving you more prone to illnesses.

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5-A-Day

All through the year we hear that we should have 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day but it is never more important than this time of year. The nutrients from fruit and vegetables will help keep your body in the best condition possible. It doesn’t have to be boring or expensive, try using seasonal vegetables added to normal meals it will not only give you the nutritional benefits but help fill you up at meal times. Frozen/tinned fruit and vegetables can still count just ensure tinned fruit isn’t in a sugar filled syrup, aim for one in natural fruit juices. Continue reading

Do these women inspire you?

In life it is important to be inspired. It helps us to mentally stimulate our mind and generate ideas in preparation for an action that we might not have been motivated to do. Motivation does not always come easily or naturally- especially during life changing matters. 

One particular lifestyle change is Menopause. This unavoidable change occurs in middle aged women, and can disrupt daily activities and sense of well-being. Although the accompanying signs affect each woman differently, most women still need to be mentally stimulated with confidence to feel a change for the better.

Nikken Europe believes success stories are a great source of inspiration for women. Reading someone else’s success can push you in the direction of your own dreams, helping you develop potential, and above all enabling you to have a healthy mind- which is vital for every woman’s health.

“You must do the things you think you cannot do”

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(1884- 1962)

Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the US, used her strength and courage to fight for civil rights, women’s rights and economic justice. She was able to enhance the status of working women which inspired confidence in future businesswomen and female entrepreneurs.  

 “Luck is simply preparation meeting opportunity”

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(1954)

Oprah Winfrey is the first African American woman to become a billionaire as a top interviewer in her own multi-award winning talk show. Her success inspired women to be passionate for what they do. She was even called “one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century”.

 “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others”

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(1929- 1993)

Audrey Hepburn, the ‘third greatest female screen legend’ in the history of cinema, was both a film and fashion icon. Her glamorous appearance inspired designs by Givenchy, and won her ‘international best dressed’ list in the hall of fame.  

In her later life she worked with UNICEF, in disadvantaged communities where she was awarded as a ‘Goodwill ambassador’, encouraging generosity and kindness to others.

Isn’t it amazing how collectively these inspirational women can influence us to feel confident, passionate, and generous?

Success stories as inspiration

Let the success stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey and Audrey Hepburn be an inspiration to you. They were all successful women, still working in their 50’s, the age when women face the change. If they can do it, so can you!

These stories inspire us by showing how people like us have found the courage to overcome symptoms associated with the menopause, make the best out of worse situations, achieve the ‘impossible’ and refuse to be slowed down by psychical limitations.

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 “Women have wrongly felt awkward to be in this crucial stage of life and this phase does not restrict their life in any way.” (Julia Onken: German writer and Swiss psychologist.)

There will be setbacks along the way but try not to let them discourage you. Success stories can remind you to keep trying- especially Oprah Winfrey. She entered the world into childhood poverty yet still managed to create enormous wealth in her life.  

Being motivating and inspiring, is not just about being rich and famous, it’s about being energized to reach your dreams. The menopause does not restrict your life in anyway.

How can you become inspired?

  • Find your source of inspiration
  • Have the courage to overcome symptoms
  • Think positively
  • Take steps towards your dreams.

Did you find this post inspirational? Would you like to read more quotes from inspirational women? Just simply follow us @NikkenEurope and search for the trending hash tag #InspirationalWomen or #MondayMotivation. You will also discover other Tweeters using this hash tag with conversations relating to #InspirationalWomen which means you can really get yourself inspired!

You can also follow our ‘inspirational women’ pinboard on Pinterest. Just search ‘Nikken Europe’ and follow us!         

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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!

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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 🙂