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As we become more educated about healthy eating and reducing our carbon footprint, more and more of us are starting to eat a plant-based diet. Retail food outlets and restaurants are well aware of this trend, resulting in more plant-based options than ever before.
According to information compiled by GlobalData, a data and insights firm, more than 70 percent of global consumers are moderating their meat intake or avoiding it altogether. People around the world are leaning towards vegetarianism or at least a desire to reduce meat consumption, if not to eliminate it entirely. In the past, especially in third world nations, meat was not affordable. Now, in first world nations, eating less meat is no longer simply a matter of cost but of health.
The benefits of eating a plant-based diet extend past just health and sustainability. In fact, plant-based proteins can be as nutritious as meat but contain far less fat. Plant protein requires much less water and energy to produce than livestock or poultry. As a consequence, companies are producing innovative plant-based “complete” proteins and supplements. These innovative plant proteins are an ideal part of an Active Wellness lifestyle. Examples are pea protein powder, bean based burgers, and nut-based cheese.
Whatever the reason for decreasing or cutting out animal products, increasing plant-based, nutrient-rich whole foods into our diets often results in eating less processed foods, which are generally full of preservatives and unhealthy ingredients commonly found in bacon, cold cuts, dried meats, canned meats, etc. The good news is that plant-based proteins are easily accessible. Legumes are widely known to provide high amounts of protein, e.g., organic tofu, lentils, black beans, lima beans, organic peas, chickpeas and so on. Nuts and seeds— such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds—are also known sources of protein.
Some surprising sources of plant-based proteins are potatoes, spinach, organic corn, avocado, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Even less known but considered superfoods by nutritionists for their nutrient density and high protein content are organic barley grass and organic algae such as spirulina and chlorella.
Nikken continues to be a pioneer in organic nutrition. One of our first organic nutritional supplements contains multiple benefits other than providing plant-based protein: Kenzen Jade Greenzymes® is made with a proprietary blend of organic young barley grass, organic acacia and organic pearl barley.
For weight maintenance, convenience and a plant-protein boost, there’s nothing better than Kenzen Vital Balance® Meal Replacement Mix! Our exclusive formula contains plant proteins from organic peas, organic moringa powder, organic spirulina, organic chlorella, organic broccoli, organic spinach and organic rice. Why not drink a toast to our collective health and planet every morning?
Nikken is a company that has adapted to change for more than 45 years. And we continue to do so not only because we want to but because we have to.
- We want to when we develop improved products and formulas.
- We want to when we come up with easier and more proficient ways to conduct business.
- We have to because there are multiple governing agencies that legislate what can and cannot be said in the operation of a business. That is what compliance in advertising and marketing is about.
To ensure the longevity of our company, we not only comply with governing agencies but we actually take every precaution to avoid their scrutiny and suspicion.
Last month we informed our Nikken Consultants that we would be making changes to our website by removing references to far-infrared and negative-ion technologies as well as our trademark, TriPhase. Of the technologies that make up TriPhase, we are still referencing magnetic technology.
As a company, we are well aware that we have referred to these technologies for as long as we have had products that utilize them. We are aware that there are people who are resistant to change; however, there was no way of knowing that in 2017, references to far-infrared and negative-ion technologies would be considered health claims by the governing agencies. Our response is to comply with the law.
Let’s be clear what compliance means with regard to the deletion of the three terms:
- None of our Nikken products have changed. Technologies have not been removed from any of our products.
- Because we work closely with our attorneys and have been asked not to reference those terms, we have diligently removed those words from our websites and any reference materials.
- The ceramic fibers and other ceramic materials in our products work exactly the same way they always have. We are still allowed to reference our ceramic fibers/materials and our shopping cart content reflects that usage. We urge our Consultants to mirror the newly revised content in order to be compliant.
The entire Nikken corporate team works for our Consultants and Registered Customers and we work because of you. You are our purpose. At Nikken, we are confident that you will understand that we comply with rules and regulations for your benefit. Active Wellness extends to corporate health.
Did you know that the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation conducts an annual Food and Health Survey to gauge consumer interest and knowledge of food and its health benefits? The most recent survey showed some alarming results.
“As in previous years, the Food and Health Survey has shown that Americans feel overwhelmed by conflicting food and nutrition information,” said IFIC Foundation CEO Joseph Clayton. “But this year, we’re finding troubling signs that the information glut is translating into faulty decisions about our diets and health. As policymakers work to revise the Nutrition Facts panel and define ‘healthy’ on food labels, it’s more crucial than ever before that we empower consumers with accurate information based on the best available science, in terms they can easily understand and put into action.”
What to eat and what to avoid can be confusing when you’re getting conflicting information from various sources. Food labels vary and advertisers search for loopholes. For example, sugar is disguised by alternative words such as fructose, sucrose, pure cane sugar, barley malt, dextrose, maltose and so on. It gets complicated.
At Nikken, we have always encouraged people to read ingredient lists and Nutrition Facts on any food products before purchasing them. We also take the utmost care in complying with Food and Drug Administration rules and regulations on labeling and truth in advertising. We go out of our way to make sure our Consultants and customers are clear on exactly what you’re getting: organic-based nutrition with an emphasis on natural ingredients culled for their maximum antioxidant and nutrient values.
According to the IFIC, almost all consumers seek out health benefits from what they eat and drink, with the top benefits being weight loss, cardiovascular health, energy and digestive health. It’s no coincidence that NikkenWellness organic nutritional supplements address not some, but all, of those concerns.
- Weight loss: Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management Packs
- Cardiovascular health: Kenzen Bergisterol®, Kenzen® Ciaga®v, Kenzen® Omega Green +DHA
- Energy: Kenzen Paleo Bar™, Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix
- Digestive health: Kenzen Vital Balance® Meal Replacement Mix, Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4 -20, Kenzen® Cleanse & Detox
The IFIC has found that 59 percent of consumers rely most on their family and friends for dietary decisions. Given this inclination, each individual who has benefited from NikkenWellness organic nutritional supplements has the knowledge to educate an entire circle of family and friends on what to eat. NikkenWellness replaces confusion with healthy, organic-based nutrition. Nothing complicated about that!
Have you experienced the power of sampling? This is a tried and proven-successful way of sharing the benefits of Nikken products. It doesn’t matter whether you’re sharing nutritional supplements, skin care or magnetic technologies—getting people to try the products is key to making retail sales. Typically, Nikken products sell themselves, because when you’ve tried them, you want to keep using them.
Sampling is easy. For example:
- Have on hand products for people to try. Make them a Kenzen® Vital Balance shake in either vanilla or chocolate flavors. Show them how versatile it is—with PiMag® water, almond milk, regular milk, coconut milk, etc.
- Make a cup of Kenzen Ten4®—either hot or cold—and dazzle your prospects with organic matcha green tea with kiwi, an exclusive Nikken formula.
- With True Elements® Marine Organic skin care, let both men and women touch and feel the various products. Explain about the importance of being Ecocert certified. Encourage your new customers to take photos of themselves regularly (if not daily, at least weekly) so they can see their before and after results!
Also have products available to loan out. Offer your prospects magnetic products to try for a week or so.
- With larger items such as the Kenko Sleep System, ask if they want to keep the product after their trial period. For example, many people will not want to give up the Kenko Dream® Comforter, Kenko Naturest® Mattress Topper and Custom Pillow once they’ve gotten the best sleep of their lives. Without trying them out first, they might never think about purchasing a new Sleep System.
- With something portable like the KenkoTouch®, demonstrate how to use the device and if you don’t make a sale right away, loan it for a week. Chances are, they’ll be hooked and want to buy it.
- At the end of the week, follow up and see how they’re doing with whatever you loaned out. Ask them pointed questions, such as, “How did you feel? How did it help you throughout the day?” Formulate questions that will illicit more than just a “yes” or “no” response.
Whether sampling or loaning, be sure to follow up. When you receive a positive response to consumables, such as the organic nutritional supplements or True Elements® Marine Organic skin care, you can close the deal by helping your customer get registered and placed on Autoship.
Protein is essential to good health. You need it to make the building blocks of the body, including muscle, bone, and blood. But how much protein does the average person need in order to stay healthy?
The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Most Americans take in about 15 percent of their calories from protein, which is well within recommended daily requirements. However, some research suggests that higher-protein diets may help you maintain a healthy weight or preserve muscle health with aging.
The bottom line is that healthy diets are based on healthy foods, and some of those foods should be lean protein. The body breaks down the protein into amino acids and uses them to build muscle. Any protein left over is available to fuel energy needs. If you decide to boost your daily protein, consider its impact on your diet overall. Each gram of protein contains four calories.
To meet your daily protein requirements, combine small to medium portions of meat, dairy, and nuts with protein-rich whole grains, legumes, and vegetables. Here are some suggestions to guide your choices:
- Choose protein sources low in saturated fat. Examples are skinless chicken breast, salmon, Greek yogurt, legumes, eggs and nuts, especially almonds and walnuts.
- Avoid highly processed carbohydrates. Instead, focus on leafy greens and other non-starchy vegetables.
- Commercial brands of protein powders and shakes may provide amino acids but generally offer limited nutritional value, contain added sugar or other caloric sweeteners, as well as artificial flavoring, color and preservatives. It is imperative to read nutrition facts on labels.
- Kenzen® Vital Balance Meal Replacement Mix contains only naturally-sourced organic vegetable protein (organic peas and rice), natural detoxifiers, (chlorella, cilantro) plus medium-chain triglycerides, pre- and probiotics, antioxidants from organic moringa and zero-calorie monk fruit as a natural sweetener. Each 120-calorie serving provides 39 percent of the recommended daily intake of protein. It’s a great way to replace fatty meats, and for vegetarians or vegans, is an ideal way to maintain enough protein in their meatless Active Wellness diets!
When something is certified by Ecocert, it means the product has met the strict standards set for its specific category. Ecocert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and the importance of recognizing those committed to sustainable development in production.
Product categories open for certification include natural and organic cosmetics, natural and organic home perfumes, natural cleaning products, fair trade, ecological outdoor areas, organic textiles, eco-sustainable golf course, reforestation and solidarity, organic and ecological spa, ecological and recycled textiles, climate commitment and biodiversity commitment.
Now an international network dedicated to helping people and their environment, Ecocert is affiliated in 26 countries:
- Europe: France, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey
- Africa: Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia
- Asia: China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea
- Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, United States
Still very involved in promoting organic farming, Ecocert today works with French and international institutions in supporting project development. By winning the confidence of professionals and consumers, Ecocert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.
In the EU, Ecocert is accredited by the Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee). In the USA, Ecocert is accredited by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) for the National Organic Program (NOP) and in Japan, Ecocert is accredited by the MAFF (Agricultural Department) for the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)
Companies voluntarily request Ecocert certification to prove:
- control and traceability throughout the supply chain.
- commitment to environmental protection.
- integrity of raw materials and ingredients.
- high standards within the specific industry, e.g., food and/or cosmetics.
True Elements® Marine Organic Skin Care is certified by Ecocert, a distinction that very few products — even those labeled as “organic” — can claim. A complete line of products that support the Active Wellness lifestyle, True Elements® skin care products are derived from various seaweeds and abundant in natural minerals that are well absorbed by skin. The entire line is formulated with a combination of ingredients that works synergistically to offer remarkable benefits. True Elements® is synonymous with skin care that is safe to use and made with organic ingredients from sustainable sources.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death globally. Approximately 17.3 million deaths annually are attributed to a cardiovascular incident and the AHA projects that these numbers will increase each year in the coming decades. Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise play a large role in maintaining heart health, but genetics can also influence risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
In the largest study of its kind, scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate a handful of nuts daily were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than those who didn’t consume nuts. Their report, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found that those who ate nuts regularly were more slender than those who didn’t.
“The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29 percent in deaths from heart disease,” says Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber, senior author of the report. The reduction in mortality was similar both for peanuts and tree nuts, such as walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, pecans, pistachios and pine nuts.
Higher nut consumption also has been linked to reductions in cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, inflammation, obesity and insulin resistance. The Nurses’ Health Study provided data on 76,464 women between 1980 and 2010, while the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study yielded data on 42,498 men from 1986 to 2010. Participants filled out food questionnaires every two to four years and were asked to estimate how often they consumed one ounce servings of nuts.
Dr. Ying Bao, MD, ScD of Brigham and Women’s hospital and first author of the report explains that “in all these analyses, the more nuts people ate, the less likely they were to die over the 30 -year follow-up period. “Those who ate nuts less than once a week had a seven percent reduction in mortality; once a week, 11 percent reduction; two to four times a week, 13 percent reduction; five to six times per week, 15 percent reduction, and seven or more times a week, a 20 percent reduction in death rate.”
Based on these and other smaller reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concluded that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts “may reduce the risk of heart disease.” So if you like nuts and have avoided them because they’re high in calories and fat, you can rest assured that a handful of nuts every day is good for you. For a tasty nutty treat, incorporate the Kenzen Paleo Bar™ into your daily regimen. They’re part of the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management packs for a good reason—they’re delicious, help give you energy and depending on the flavor, contain heart-healthy almonds and walnuts or just almonds for Active Wellness.