The Horror of the World’s Plastic Footprint

The discerning mind understands the importance of drinking filtered water and commits to using a good filtration system. Unfortunately, the success of the bottled water industry continues to grow, even with the knowledge that plastic bottles are a huge potential health hazard. As reported in the Japan Times earlier this month, the world’s leading brands of bottled water have been contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process.1

There’s also the matter of conscience. Every one of us can choose to contribute to the preservation of our environment or expedite its demise. As recently as earlier this month, the Ocean Cleanup Foundation—with researchers at institutions in New Zealand, the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Denmark—published in the journal Scientific Reports, that 79,000 tons of plastic debris, in the form of 1.8 trillion pieces, now occupy an area three times the size of France in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.2 It’s known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”

According to the Ocean Cleanup Foundation researchers, the plastic is coming largely from Pacific countries, but they also believe that some of the debris comes from elsewhere, moved by ocean currents. Based on prior examinations dating back to the 1970s, the study finds that the plastic in the patch is growing, as more flows in than out. 2

Plastic pollution is so far-reaching that even the pristine Artic has been infiltrated. A study published in 2017 in the journal Science Advances, estimates that 300 billion pieces of tiny plastic are suspended in Arctic waters, with even more on the seafloor. 3 Because the population in the Arctic is so small, it is unlikely that it directly contributed to so much waste. Instead, researchers believe the aged and weathered state of the plastic waste suggests that it has been traveling the seas for decades, breaking down along the way. The study was led by Andrés Cózar of the University of Cádiz in Spain, together with researchers from universities in Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck at the University of Georgia conducted a study on plastic waste processes in 2015 and found that humans were filling the oceans with an estimated eight million tons of plastic annually. Projections are that this will increase 22 percent by 2025.4 In addition, the study found that much of the plastic was sinking and damaging the lower depths of the ocean as well as the seafloor. As the plastic footprint enlarges, the future of our planet diminishes.

For Active Wellness and for the planet, quit the bottled water habit. You have until the end of this month to benefit from the PiMag® Waterfall sale, indisputably an amazing deal for PiMag® water technology.

1 https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/16/business/top-bottled-water-brands-contaminated-plastic-particles-report/#.Wr0YvrT83zI

2 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w

3 http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/4/e1600582.full

4 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/02/12/humans-are-putting-8-million-metric-tons-of-plastic-in-the-oceans-annually/

 

In It to Win It

Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning “continuous improvement through positive change.” Nikken Independent Consultants who qualify for Team Kaizen are generously rewarded for one year or more, depending on their sales performance. Recipients of this award exemplify Kaizen and have the opportunity to experience VIP treatment and an annual all-paid luxury trip. In 2018, Team Kaizen is going to Japan in May, so anyone who wants to be rewarded with the 2019 trip to Italy should be working to qualify right now! Click here for details.

How does anyone get and stay motivated to enroll new Consultants consistently and accumulate more than 3,000 points in sales month after month in order to qualify? Or to do 50,000 points in annual PGPV (Personal Group Point Volume), all of which focus on sponsorship and retail sales?

As the saying goes, “There are different strokes for different folks.” In network marketing you can be inspired by the accomplishments of others, i.e,. “I want to do that, too.” It also is a business where you need to consciously motivate yourself to push on, i.e., “I can do it!” Both apply to Nikken entrepreneurs as well as the desire to live with Active Wellness.

Here’s a story from Royal Ambassador Valerie Johnson about motivation. She is a triathlete who reads a lot. In fact, virtually every successful Nikken Consultant is an avid reader of motivational books. Valerie’s recent find is by the renowned Olympic champion, ice skater Scott Hamilton, author of Finish First: Winning Changes Everything. She says that Scott Hamilton writes of having done 31,200 practices before turning pro. During each of those practice sessions, he fell an average of four times, which equates to 41,600 falls.

Valerie asks, “Why would someone keep falling and falling again, and keep on?” The answer is “because he loves to skate, and he has a burning desire to win!” Valerie understands this desire to win and explains how she started doing triathlons and compares it to how she started doing Nikken as a business.

Describing her first triathlon, Valerie says, “My objective was to just finish the race. I figured if I could just finish, I would be a winner. As I was coming in toward the end, I found myself behind a younger lady who appeared quite fit. She had on cute race shorts with a spanky skirt. Intimidated, I ran behind her for quite a while, and then it came to me, ‘Why are you following her? You can go faster than this!’ So I put the pedal to the metal, lengthened my stride and whooshed right past her. When I crossed the finish line, I was surprised and tremendously thrilled to find that I was in third place for my age division! I was hooked; not just on triathlons, but on winning! When I decided to be in it to win it, my whole attitude and focus changed. There’s a huge difference between being in it to participate and being in it to win.”

In Scott Hamilton’s book, he says, “What if winning was so much less about having the right qualities and qualifications, and more about simply having the hunger to win? What if it was less about hard work and sacrifice and more about commitment and repetition? Would the concept of winning become easier for you if you believed it was simply about getting on the right path and doing the same thing over and over again? So often when we look at success, we see the incredible virtuoso musicians or athletes. What we don’t see if the long road they walked to get there. We don’t see the time they put in while we weren’t watching.”

Valerie sees what Scott writes about in herself. She says, “I started Nikken with much the same attitude that I started doing triathlons. I was participating but not really putting my all into it. What would happen if I was actually in it to win it? I would set my goals firmly, I would find a coach, I would practice, I would get up each time I fall and try again, I would do those seemingly small things that really do make the difference such as read good-for-me-books, listen to character-building podcasts and recordings, watch educational videos about our business and products, meet new people, make friends, invite them to hear what Nikken has to offer. I would up my game! I would meet more people, make more friends, invite more people—and never give up!

“In it to win it” says Valerie Johnson. No wonder she is part of one of the most successful distributorships in the history of Nikken! What about you?

Are You Going Gold?

Let’s be honest. Everyone likes receiving money; however, not everyone wants to earn it. With Nikken, the income opportunity gives you a way to make money and have fun while you’re doing it. You see, success as a Nikken entrepreneur depends on developing relationships and building friendships. And let’s stay with honesty here—everyone needs friends, so what could be better than having friends who partner in sharing Active Wellness?

Nikken vice president of sales Jeff Isom explains, “To reach the rank of Gold, you need a minimum of 15,000 QOPV (qualified organization point volume) the month you rank advance. To accomplish that, you need some help. This means you need at least three to six people who are building a business and not just consuming the products. These three to six team leaders should be retailing products and sponsoring Consultants into Nikken.”

Something to remember with clarity is that Consultants are entrepreneurs and consumers while customers are only consumers. Customers sometimes become Consultants when they understand that the very products they love consuming can lead to making money. So, never be pushy but always be ready to serve.

With that said, let’s take the original business-building formula of 500 points a month and raise the stakes. Instead of just selling and consuming 500 points a month, what if your three entrepreneurs committed to being Nikken team leaders and doubled their points? That means each team leader would sell and consume 1000 points a month and sponsor three entrepreneurs who are committed to doing the same. At that rate, your three personally sponsored business builders who each have their three personally sponsored Consultants (for a total of 13 business builders in your group including yourself) jointly have built an organizational volume of 13,000 points. That leaves you needing only 2,000 more points to go Gold. If you had four entrepreneurs in your personal group practicing this business model, you would have way surpassed the 15,000 points needed.

In real life, you may have an entrepreneur who chooses to work towards Team Kaizen by creating at least 3,000 QPGPV a month and others with 500, 600 or 700 points a month. However their numbers add up, you need to accumulate 15,000 points in one month to go Gold and maintain that monthly volume level to continue getting paid at Gold. As Royal Ambassador Dave Johnson says, “The person who does the most good for the greatest number of people, is the most successful.”

So what can you do right now in your quest to go Gold?

  • Set yourself apart from others who are selling products. Provide exceptional service in the form of emotional support and real knowledge. You are building a long-term relationship/friendship. Diamond Vance Rogers puts it succinctly when he says, “As Consultants, we can give our customers the absolute best thing that they’re looking for. We simply need to find out what that is and allow them to go shopping on their customer page.”
  • Have pride in representing Nikken products and be knowledgeable about them. It’s ideal if you have personal testimonials. (Make sure you don’t make any medical claims.) When new people sign up, they are signing up because of their belief in you.
  • Identify your target market and realize that it is not necessarily made up of family and friends. It’s made up of people who want to earn money and have fun doing it. Find people who want to build and earn over the long term.
  • Treat your Nikken business as your way to make a living, not a hobby. That means consistently networking and following up. There is no other type of business that allows you to combine as much pleasure with work.
  • Never quit. Start with your monthly 500 qualified personal point volume but don’t let that be your limit—the sky is the limit!

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Keeping your heart healthy is a critical aspect of Active Wellness. Cardiovascular disease includes heart attack, stroke or congestive heart failure. 1 A new study shows that one of the main effects of being chronically overweight is that you are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease than those with normal weight. This study is particularly meaningful given that the researchers followed 190,672 participants for at least 10 years and mined the accumulated data. 2

Participants were grouped according to age and weight. After adjusting the data for risk factors such as age, race, ethnicity and smoking status, head research Dr. Sadiya Khan of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and her colleagues found that the higher the BMI (body-mass index), the greater the lifetime risk of some type of cardiovascular event.2

Normal weight and BMI are personal issues and can best be determined with the help of a physician. People at exactly the same height can be at a wide range of weights and still be healthy. Bone structure and musculature may account for much of the variation. Other than staying at a comfortable and healthy personal weight, here are some other tips for heart health:

  1. Aim for seven hours of sleep. According to a study discussed on WebMD, young and middle-aged adults who slept seven hours a night had less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who slept five hours or less or nine hours or more. In addition, those who got good-quality sleep had healthier arteries than those who did not sleep soundly.3 Kenko Sleep Products help support restful sleep.
  2. Get your blood pressure checked regularly. The rule of thumb is to get it checked every three to five years if you’re between the ages of 18 and 39; and if you’re 40 or older, to check it annually. If you know you have high blood pressure, definitely check it every year or even more often. Kenzen® Bergisterol™ capsules help support blood pressure that is within normal limits.*
  3. Develop healthy eating habits. Focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Limit salt, sugar, saturated fats and alcohol. One of the fastest ways to clean up your diet is to cut out sugary beverages like soda and fruit juice.3 Kenzen Super Ciaga® makes it so easy to quit drinking soda.
  4. Get your blood sugar tested regularly. Millions of people have diabetes and aren’t aware of it until they suffer from a cardiovascular event. Diabetes adds to the risk of heart disease.
  5. Dr. Monika Sanghavi, assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says, “We now know that even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23.5 hours is really bad for your heart.”3 Break up long periods of sitting by standing or walking intermittently.
  6. If you smoke, quit. Don’t replace tobacco with e-cigarettes. They may not have the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke, but they still contain nicotine.

Take part in the Super Ciaga® Recipe Contest for a chance to win a six month supply of NEW Kenzen Super Ciaga®!
 We challenge you to come up with your own recipes for Kenzen Super Ciaga® and share them with Nikken. We’re going to pick our favorite submissions and send each winner six months of new Kenzen Super Ciaga® via Autoship. (That’s 12 bottles, a real haul!) There’s no limit to the number of submissions but you only have the month of March to send them. If you send in a photo or video, that increases your chances of winning! Please email submissions to pate@nikken.com.

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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

1 http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/What-is-Cardiovascular-Disease_UCM_301852_Article.jsp#.WqAxi7T83zI

2 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2673289?redirect=true

3 https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prevention-15/heart-healthy/12-tips-for-better-heart-health?page=1

 

What’s in Your Water?

There are three different types of drinking water: tap water, filtered water and bottled water. In many countries, tap water is not potable, so it has to be boiled first. Even in North America, not all tap water is potable—for example, the Flint, Michigan water crisis1 and the First Nations indigenous water crisis in Canada2 are still not fully resolved.

Water is supposedly tasteless, but everyone knows tap water can taste nasty. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a study in 2003 that showed public water supplies in 19 of America’s largest cities delivered drinking water that contained contaminant levels exceeding EPA limits, including rocket fuel, arsenic, lead, fecal waste and chemical byproducts.3

According to the NRDC, approximately 25% of bottled water is nothing more than tap water. The best way to find out is to read the label and see whether it tells you how the water is filtered. If it doesn’t say, chances are it’s straight from the tap.

The other problem with bottled water is the bottle itself. Many plastic bottles are created with a chemical called bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA. It’s linked to numerous health issues, including infertility, obesity, diabetes, insomnia, arthritis, heart disease and more.4 And, the plastic bottles add to the trash that goes into landfills and the oceans, adding to environmental degradation.

Filtered water is clearly the best option for drinking. According to the Food and Water Watch Organization, even expensive water filters are more cost effective than bottled water, especially when evaluating costs over a 5, 10 and 20-year period.5

Water filters offer the last line of defense between the body and the more than 2,100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water.6 Experts recommend looking for a water filter that satisfies the standards of NSF International, a nonprofit 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

*Reverse Osmosis systems do not remove VOCs, chlorine or chloramine.8

The PiMag Waterfall® is an advanced filtration system that produces water with added minerals (unlike expensive Reverse Osmosis systems that leach out beneficial 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.7

Because the PiMag Waterfall works without electricity or plumbing, it can be used in any location. As with all PiMag products, the Waterfall is made with recyclable and biodegradable materials, including a polymer that does not leach chemicals into water.

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From now through the end of this month, get a deal you can’t pass up: $120 off the retail price of the PiMag Waterfall and $12 off the replacement filter retail price!

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis

2 https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/3kpjby/canadas-indigenous-water-crisis

3 https://www.greenamerica.org/green-living/facts-about-water-filters

4 https://draxe.com/bpa-toxic-effects/

5 https://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/filtered-drinking-water.html

6 http://www.allaboutwater.org/water-filters.html

7 www.water-research.net/ph.htm

8 https://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/filtered-drinking-water.html

Your Best Friend Deserves the Comfiest Sleep!

Generally speaking, an adult dog sleeps about 12 to 14 hours a day, depending on breed and age.1 Cats can sleep as much as 16 hours a day and elderly feline companions spend as many as 20 hours sleeping!2 With so many hours spent laying down on their stomachs, sides or backs, it’s really imperative that our pets are supported during rest.

A true pet lover is never an “owner” but always “dad” or “mom” or some other relative of the family. With this in mind, Nikken created the Kenko PetPad—because who wouldn’t want a treasured member of the family to have the best rest and relaxation available?

The Kenko PetPad provides a cozy 48” x 30” pad that accommodates most large breeds of dog. With the smaller breeds, both canine and feline, more than one can fit on one PetPad. Some people put the Kenko PetPad right into a baby crib. Here’s why the Kenko PetPad is so comfortable:

  • Ceramic reflective fibers are permanently infused into the fabric. They release excess heat to help the PetPad maintain a comfortable temperature range regardless of the weather.
  • The cover of the pad is soft for maximum comfort and “breathes” to minimize odors.
  • The strong, durable backing helps minimize slippage, keeping the pad in place.
  • Nine 750 gauss magnetic disks are inserted into the polyurethane foam. The use of magnetic technology in the Kenko PetPad replicates the earth’s magnetic field that all animals live with when in the wild. The PetPad helps pets sleep in the kind of natural environment they were intended to live in.

It’s well known by both veterinarians and pet lovers that elderly animals are especially prone to arthritis in their necks, shoulders and legs. Sleeping on a supportive PetPad can help alleviate their discomfort. Kind, loving pet parents can help their four-legged family members benefit from restful and restorative sleep, and even help extend their lifespans. Just as skin renews itself during sleep, so does every part of the body.

Personally, my two chowbradors (half chow, half lab) lived to be 15 and almost 17 respectively, and during their mature years, I learned about the Kenko PetPad. Since I loved them even more during their senior, rickety years, I had more than one PetPad around the house. I never introduced them formally to the Kenko PetPad, but simply placed one in the kitchen and one in the den. The older they got, the more they circled either PetPad and chose it over their other doggy beds and blankets. Feral dogs and cats instinctively know the best places to sleep and have to find their own safe spots in nature. When they have loving homes, it’s up to us to provide them with the best for their health!

1 https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-long-dogs-sleep-average/

2 http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-five-facts-sleep

 

Kick the Soda and Sugary Drink Habit!

Last year, the many reasons to reduce or eliminate added sugar from our diets were explored on NikkenActiveWellness. See Get Smart and Get Rid of Sugar and Is Sugar as Deadly as Cigarettes? What we know is right and what we do, are unfortunately not always the same. That’s why Kenzen Super Ciaga® is such an exciting new product for Nikken to launch. It’s an organic mixed superfruit concentrate that’s going to help us kick the soda habit for good! And it’s coming to you on March 1, 2018!

Here are just a few simple numbers—average calories from sugar—of commercially sold beverages1:

  • 12 oz. can of coca cola contains 140 calories from sugar at 39g
  • 8 oz. can of Rockstar Energy Drink contains 124 calories from sugar at 31g
  • 8 oz serving of Arizona Lemon Ice Tea contains 90 calories from sugar at 24g
  • 8 oz serving of Snapple Lemon Iced Tea contains 92 calories from sugar at 23g

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, in one study, people who added soda on top of their current diet ended up consuming 17% more calories than before.2 That is because liquid sugar does not cause a feeling of fullness in the same way as solid foods, making people eat more total calories. Sugar-sweetened beverages may be the most fattening aspect of the modern diet. In fact, as little as one can of soda per day has been consistently linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. To put that number in perspective, if the entire U.S. population added one can of soda to their daily diets, almost 3.5 million people might become diabetic.3

Here’s why Kenzen Super Ciaga® can be so helpful in kicking the soda habit. It’s at least three times more concentrated than CiagaV, so dilution is recommended. That means instead of drinking one ounce in a shot glass, diluting to your taste is best. We suggest that you add three to four ounces of water per ounce. Add Super Ciaga to seltzer and you have a natural soda that’s jam packed with antioxidants—from maqui berry, elderberry, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry—and so delicious you won’t miss those nasty sodas, fully sugared or even worse, made with artificial sweeteners.

New Kenzen Super Ciaga is really a perfect “mixer.” It makes the perfect companion to Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink. The natural sweetness from the organic mixed superfruit juice concentrate gives the organic matcha green tea a different flavor and double the antioxidant punch! Active Wellness has never been easier to maintain.

We challenge you to come up with your own recipes for Kenzen Super Ciaga® and share them with Nikken. We’re going to pick our favorite submissions and send each winner six months of new Kenzen Super Ciaga® via Autoship. (That’s 12 bottles, a real haul!) There’s no limit to the number of submissions but you only have the month of March to send them. If you send in a photo, that increases your chances of winning! Please email pate@nikken.com.

See the contest rules here.

1 http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10878689 

3 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-ways-sugary-soda-is-bad-for-you