Winter workouts

Winter workout

Did you know that exercising in cold weather may not only help keep extra pounds at bay but it may also help combat the winter blues?

“All exercise can increase your levels of those feel-good hormones, endorphins. But because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin production is boosted even more, leading to a happier state of mind.”1 explained Dr. Keven Plancher, Head of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in New York when speaking to Women’s Health magazine. Women’s Health also points out that a workout outside—even when the air is cold—can give you some much-needed sun exposure in the dark winter months, which may boost your mood as well.2

To help you stay motivated and consistent on an Active Wellness lifestyle, here are some tips:

  1. Eat healthy carbs a couple of hours before strenuous activities to keep your body warm and energetic. This also helps prevent fatigue.
  2. Do not drink caffeinated beverages before working out, because they can cause dehydration.
  3. Drink water or beverages with electrolytes before, during and after your workout to avoid cramping and dizziness. The PiMag® Water Bottle is ideal with its built-in water filter.
  4. Set exercise/weight goals and write them down. Ask your Nikken Consultant for information about our Weight Management Plan to help you. Remember there is FREE SHIPPING on all Weight Management Packs ordered before 31st March 2018.
  5. Reward yourself periodically as you achieve your goals, but not with food, so you don’t associate pleasure only with edible treats.
  6. Wear KenkoTherm® Support Wraps to help your muscles and joints stay warm and stable.

Before undertaking any exercise you should be healthy and ensure you dress appropriately for the weather. If you have any health issues you should not exercise in really cold weather. If the temperature drops to below minus 10 Celsius it is advisable to workout indoor instead.

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  1. https://www.bustle.com/articles/174136-8-weird-ways-weather-affects-your-workout
  2. https://www.bustle.com/articles/174136-8-weird-ways-weather-affects-your-workout
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New Year, New Approach to Active Wellness

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Do you find it hard to resist giving in to bad food cravings? Do you blame yourself for lacking will power? Understanding why you have those annoying cravings for sugar, fat, salt and so on, might be how you can help curb them!

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 per cent of the body’s immune tissue is located within the digestive system, boosting your immune system really requires a healthy gut.2

The good news is that you may actually be able to help manage your microbiome and influence the brain-gut connection. Good bacteria may thrive on fibre and nutrient-dense food, so eating that type of food consistently may help to encourage a healthy brain-gut connection.

A healthy gut may help the brain minimise unhealthy cravings. If you currently do not eat a lot of fibrous foods, try to integrate them into your daily regimen slowly so that your body has time to adjust. Incorporate a little into each meal or snack. The fibre may help to give you a sense of fullness and may help you to cut back on sugar and processed food.

  • Eat leafy greens, asparagus, any type of bean and root vegetables.
  • Try not to peel apples & pears. Well-scrubbed potato & carrot skins are also fibrous and edible.
  • Do you throw away stems? For example, broccoli stems are full of healthy fibre and taste great in soups and stir-fries. The same is true of kale and spinach stems.
  • Add variety to your diet. Many vegetables are delicious raw while others are easily steamed or sautéed.
  • Be generous in your use of garlic, onions, herbs and spices. They are also good sources of fibre and add so much flavour.

Kenzen®Cleansedx contains a blend of 100% organic ingredients, which may help cleanse whilst contributing to the support or maintenance of normal liver function. The combination of ingredients is further noteworthy for its possible positive effects on weight management. Kenzen®Cleansedx is part of our Everyday Organic-based Weight Management Programme.

We are offering FREE shipping on the Everyday Weight Management Pack until 31st March 2018. This offer applies to retail, wholesale and Autoship orders.

To support your immune system, taking Lactoferrin Gold 1.8® may help, each capsule also contains a complement of 60mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C that can contribute to the normal function of the immune system, normal energy-yielding metabolism function, and the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Make 2018 the year you take a new approach to Active Wellness by filling up on fibre and banishing those unhealthy food cravings.

1 https://www.hmpdacc.org/hmp/overview/
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/

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A new year, a new you; starts with eating well and living well everyday

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Making resolutions at the start of the year is something many of us do. Often these resolutions centre around a health goal, such as shedding extra pounds put on during the Christmas period or getting more active. Unfortunately, many of us set our expectations of ourselves too high and we fail to stick to our resolutions. However, the Nikken Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management Programme is based on three basic assertions for a healthy lifestyle: Cleanse, Balance and Energise. It’s simple and convenient making it much easier to stick to. It’s as easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Kenzen® Cleansedx is a gluten-free, 100% organic nutritional supplement, which may help contribute to the support or maintenance of normal liver function and digestion. Featuring organic Roasted Chicory Root, Milk Thistle extract, Turmeric extract, Bupleurum extract, Shisandra and Ashwaghanda. Each of these organic ingredients serves multiple purposes on its own, but together, work in synergy. Take 3 capsules, one 20 minutes before each meal (based on 3 main meals a day).
  2.  KVB® Natural Food Mix in Vanilla or Chocolate flavour are formulated with more than 80% organic ingredients, naturally sourced organic protein from organic pea, organic rice and organic chlorella. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just health-conscious, KVB® helps you put plant protein into your diet. To create a nourishing breakfast, snack or lunch, use KVB® Natural Food Mix as a base and add PiMag® water, non-fat milk, almond milk or coconut milk. For a delicious variation add your choice of fruit or vegetables and then blend until smooth.
  3. Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink contains 80 mg per serving of natural caffeine from organic matcha green tea. The natural caffeine in organic matcha green tea binds to the naturally occurring phytonutrients to help slow down the absorption of the stimulant, giving it a slow release effect. Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink is made with USDA certified organic ingredients, contains no added sugar and is only 8 calories per serving (4 calories per 100ml).

To kick-start your New Year contact your Independent Nikken Consultant to order the Everyday Weight Management Pack – containing everything you need for the next 30 days. Just a few simple steps make all the difference!

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Berry boost this winter with Ciaga®ᵛ organic juice blend

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At this time of year many of us can feel the stresses and strains of the Christmas period as well as the joy and excitement. Our bodies are also often subjected to battling against the annual influx of winter colds.

Although, many people start their day with Ciaga®ᵛ all year long, others often try this all-natural, certified-organic, 100% juice drink for the first time during the winter months. The ‘V’ in Ciaga®ᵛdenotes its vital, select group of fruits chosen for their nutrients and beneficial characteristics – and for your vitality. Let’s face, it we all need some extra vitality at this time of year!

Ciaga®ᵛ unique formulation

The foundation of Ciaga®ᵛ is the Organic Maqui-Acai fruit blend. Science has discovered that the Maqui Berry, Acai Berry and Grape Seed Extract have some of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) values of any fruit – giving Ciaga®ᵛ an ORAC* rating of more than 1500 units per 30ml. The Maqui and Acai Berry fusion also has very high levels of phenols and anthocyanins which, combined with other berries and extracts, give the remarkable blend of nutrients that Ciaga®ᵛ affords.

Natural in every way

Ciaga®ᵛ is an all-natural, certified-organic by the Soil Association, 100% juice drink with no added preservatives and a naturally sweet flavour. The organic, fresh foods in Ciaga®ᵛ are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle. No pesticides are used in the growing or processing. No sugar (only those naturally occuring from the natural ingredients), artificial colours or artificial flavours are added. Flash sterilising and aseptic bottling allow Ciaga®ᵛ to be prepared without prolonged pasteurisation, to preserve the natural nutrients.

Serve 30ml Ciaga®ᵛ chilled each day or add it to a KVB Smoothie.

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* ORAC: Short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – the ORAC is established by independent laboratory testing and analysis and attempts to quantify the total antioxidant capacity of a food.

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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3 Steps To Essential Nutrition

3 steps to Essential Nutrition

Here at Nikken Europe we are passionate about making wellness accessible and simple. One way we have found to do this is to offer a pack that gives you all your essential nutritional needs in three simple products – CiagaV, Organic Jade GreenZymes and Lactoferrin Gold 1.8. Three wholesome products which will give your body a daily boost of nutrients and help towards proper function of the body.

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Organic Jade Greenzymes

Here at Nikken Europe we all love our Organic Jade Greenzymes. It is a staple in the office kitchens and is a fantastic way to start off the day. We often hear from our customers that they also love it and it is now part of their daily nutrition routine. It is made from 95% organic barley grass which has been used since ancient Egyptian times for its health benefits. Providing you with Vitamins C, D, K, calcium, zinc and many other minerals. With so much goodness in it, it is easy to see why so many people love it, but did you realise there are multiple ways that you can enjoy your daily Organic Jade Greenzymes? Here are just some of the ways you can enjoy it.

With PiMag Water

Mix you Organic Jade Greenzymes with fresh PiMag water for a refreshing cleansing drink.

 organic Jade Greenzymes, pimag water

With CiagaV

Combine two parts of your daily nutrition together and mix your Ciagav and Organic Jade Greenzymes together.

CiagaV

Blend it

Blend up your favourite smoothie recipe and add in your daily dose of Organics Jade Greenzymes for a nutritious, yummy smoothie.

Three fresh mango milkshakes

Sprinkle it

Sprinkle your Organic Jade Greenzymes over your favourite salad or even try on a pizza or pasta, it’s a great way to sneak extra nutrients into your families meals.

  Organic Jade Greenzymes Salad

 There are so many ways to enjoy your Organic Jade Greenzymes how do you enjoy yours?