Add Delicious Polyphenols into Your Diet and Reap the Benefits

There are more than 500 unique polyphenols. 1 Polyphenols are a category of chemicals that naturally occur in plants. Known as micronutrients, the polyphenols that we get through certain plant-based foods are packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. Nutritionists believe that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.2

Factors that influence the activity of polyphenols in the body include metabolism, intestinal absorption, and the bioavailability of the polyphenol. Although some foods may have higher polyphenol levels than others, this does not necessarily mean that they are absorbed and used at higher rates.3 For example, polyphenols found in actual foods are often more readily absorbed than those encapsulated in supplements.

Different categories of food contain various amounts of polyphenols. Here are some of the more easily accessible sources by food group, with berries having a notably high concentration of polyphenols:

Berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, blackberries, cranberries

Other fruit: oranges, apples, grapes, peaches, grapefruit, cherries, black currants, plums, apricots

Vegetables: onions, shallots, spinach, potatoes, black and green olives, globe artichoke heads, broccoli, asparagus, carrots

Nuts: hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts

Seeds: flaxseeds, sesame seeds

Legumes: Soybeans, black beans, white beans

Beverages: Coffee, green tea, black tea, red wine

Fats: dark chocolate, virgin olive oil, sesame seed oil

One of the easiest ways to incorporate polyphenols into the diet is to eat a Mediterranean diet. It emphasizes fruits and vegetables, includes ample amounts of olives, nuts and seeds, adds seafood and lean meat, and goes easy on starchy carbs.

Two Active Wellness formulations make it easy to insert antioxidant polyphenols into your daily regiment:

  • Kenzen Super Ciaga® is an organic superfruit juice concentrate that is not only delicious straight from a shot glass, but also serves as a great mixer with seltzer water to help you kick the soda habit. The numerous high-polyphenol organic berries in the formula are each harvested at the peak of their growth cycle for potency and natural sweetness.
  • Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix contains organic matcha green tea, the most concentrated form of green tea. It’s another way to add antioxidant polyphenols into your daily regimen, and it’s versatile enough to be enjoyed hot or cold.

As you enjoy these delicious drinks, they’ll be busy helping your body cope with the onslaught of free radicals.

For three days only, October 16, 17 and 18, place a single order by phone with both the 2-pack Kenzen Super Ciaga® and Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix, and you’ll receive a yellow Kenko PowerBand® necklace as our gift to you!

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1, 3 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319728.php

2 https://www.healthline.com/health/polyphenols-foods

The Healthy Mind Pillar

Benjamin Franklin is attributed with saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” He originally was addressing fire safety, but today his axiom generally refers to health. In other words, it’s easier to prevent a health hazard than to repair damage that is already done.

October 10, 2018 is World Mental Health Day, and Ben Franklin’s words of wisdom come to mind. In order to prevent mental illness, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms, then take immediate action to alleviate or prevent further distress.

Mental illness often begins in childhood or adolescence and goes unrecognized. The earlier treatment is begun, the more effective it can be to prevent the mental disorder from progressing into adulthood. Here are some warning signs that a child or teen might need help, as delineated by the National Institute of Mental Health1:

  • Often feels anxious or worried
  • Has very frequent tantrums or is intensely irritable much of the time
  • Has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation
  • Is in constant motion, can’t sit quietly for any length of time
  • Has trouble sleeping, including frequent nightmares
  • Loses interest in things he or she used to enjoy
  • Avoids spending time with friends
  • Has trouble doing well in school, or grades decline
  • Fears gaining weight; exercises, diets obsessively
  • Has low or no energy
  • Has spells of intense, inexhaustible activity
  • Harms herself/himself, such as cutting or burning her/his skin
  • Engages in risky, destructive behavior
  • Harms self or others
  • Smokes, drinks, or uses drugs
  • Has thoughts of suicide
  • Thinks his or her mind is controlled or out of control, hears voices

Although the list of symptoms is similar for adults, here are some other signs to watch out for in particular, as noted by the Mayo Clinic2:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence

Nikken nutritional supplements are of particular importance in supporting Active Wellness. There are two that specifically address the Healthy Mind Pillar.

  • Kenzen® Clarity is formulated with a fermented blend of 100% organic ingredients to help us stay focused and mentally sharp. Fermentation increases the levels of macro- and micro-nutrients while breaking down food that is difficult for the body to process.
  • Since the connection between brain function and gut health is critical for optimum results, Kenzen Lactoferrin™ 2.0 contains four organic ingredients that specifically support the G.I. tract as well as promoting brain health.

1 https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml

2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/symptoms-causes/syc-20374968

 

 

A Young Champion and his Nikken Products

Jack Turner is a young British athlete who has won an impressive number of awards. Jack became the English Schools under-17 2017 Octathlon champion when he won Gold in Boston, UK. He went on to represent England at the Schools International Athletics Board (SIAB) Home Internationals in Glasgow, Scotland where he won Silver for the indoor Pentathlon.

This year Jack won the under-18 British Standards decathlon competition, exceeding the European entry standard. This led to him being selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Hungary, where he set a new British record. A few months later he went on to compete in his first under-20 Decathlon and achieved the gold medal and another national title. At the end of the 2018 outdoor season Jack is ranked 6th in Europe, 6th in the world for under-18 Decathlon and 4th in the UK for under-20s Decathlon. He’s aiming high for the championships next year!

A big fan of Nikken products, Jack uses them before, during and after competitions. He explains, “I found the KenkoTherm® Knee Wrap really supportive, especially since I hyperextended my knee last year long jumping. Wearing it helps me both physically and mentally. The tight yet comfortable fit meant that for a long period of time I could compete with it on.

“I found myself using the Kenko MagDuo® a lot. In preparation for the European Championships, I would use it on small muscles and joints for some release. I used the KenkoTouch® on my inflamed tendon, that I picked up during a decathlon, days before another competition. I used it at night just before I went to bed and felt that it really helped me to perform well the following day.

“I have a PiMag Waterfall® at home, so to be able to carry around PiMag filtered water in the PiMag® Sport Bottle when I compete was reassuring, especially when competing abroad.”

The young champion is clearly adhering to tried and true Active Wellness practices.

  • He keeps hydrated and drinks PiMag® alkaline water.
  • He keeps his muscles and tendons warm and supported with form fitting KenkoTherm wraps.
  • He takes advantage of patented DynaFlux® magnetic technology to massage himself with the handheld KenkoTouch® and the Kenko MagDuo®.

We look forward to hearing more about Jack Turner’s brilliant athletic accomplishments over the coming years!

The Kenko Heart is the Heart of Nikken

Virtually everyone likes “cool and unique-looking” jewelry. But at Nikken, jewelry is never just about appearances. It’s about function, too. According to the BBC, the “global sale of therapeutic magnets is estimated to be at least $1 billion a year.” At Nikken, we appeal to both those who simply want attractive jewelry and those who want to improve how they feel.

Everyone reacts individually to different modalities. What works for one doesn’t apply to all. I can only tell you my personal experience with magnetic jewelry, and that applies specifically to the Kenko PowerBand®. I’ve worn the PowerBand necklace since Nikken first launched it in October 2010. Because I commute to work, I have chronic neck and shoulder pains from gripping the steering wheel and dodging drivers who appear to want my early demise. I don’t really care how or why the PowerBand works; all I know is that my neck and shoulders feel a lot more relaxed when I’m wearing it. I don’t overthink things; since it works, I keep wearing it.

Sharing with loved ones is the most natural behavior in the world, so I put the Kenko PowerBand around my husband’s neck and wrist. He’s one of those men who doesn’t wear any jewelry, but since 2010, he puts on his necklace and wristbands himself, without being prodded. I also put the PowerBand necklace around my then 11-year-old Chow/Labradors who proceeded to live to be 15 and nearly 17. (That’s really old for 65-pound dogs, for those who don’t know about canine lifespans.) They were headstrong boys who generally didn’t put up with anything on them for more than a few minutes but during all those years, they never tried to remove their PowerBands.

This is a roundabout introduction to our newest magnetic jewelry, the Kenko Heart Set. Pre-launched last weekend at the Active Wellness Preview hosted by Royal Ambassador Dave Johnson and Gold Consultant Mee-Jin Chong, the Kenko Heart Set is composed of a pendant and a pair of gold-tone earrings. The pendant is engineered with 800-gauss neodymium magnets and the earrings with 600-gauss. Because they’re made to Nikken specifications, they’re hypoallergenic, 316L stainless steel for durability, non-corrosive and nickel-free.

Those of you who already own the Kenko Perfect Link® II will find that the Kenko Heart pendant fits on it perfectly. The pendant is gold plated on one side and stainless steel-colored on the other, so you get a duo-tone piece with an etching of the Nikken logo. The earrings are gold plated and small enough to wear with multiple piercings.

When you wear the Kenko Heart Set, you’re really displaying your Nikken Heart. The Kenko Heart Set makes a wonderful gift and statement. It’s a gift from the heart and may well improve how you feel. Don’t overthink it. Just show people you care. As we approach the holiday season, make it easy on yourself and purchase ahead for the mothers, aunts, nieces and other deserving folks in your life.

Make the Decision to Succeed

Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning “continuous improvement through positive change.” Recipients of the Team Kaizen award have the opportunity to experience an extraordinary leadership position within Nikken. 2018 Team Kaizen members had to create at least one Quality Enrollment every month of 2017 and develop four or more new frontline Silvers last year. Even though he qualified for Team Kaizen 2018, Royal Diamond Michael (Mike) DiMuccio continues to lead and sponsor new Consultants as he approaches 27 years with Nikken. Why? He set a goal to be a part of Team Kaizen 2019.

Explaining why he was so intent on qualifying for Team Kaizen, Mike says, “I wanted to prove to the Nikken Family, especially those following me, that even though I am at the Royal Diamond rank, often associated with ‘resting on our laurels’, that it could be done. The point was for me to remove all excuses and legitimate reasons for not getting it done. It was the consequence of making a decision.

“Enlist the support and direct involvement of your active upline and create a daily to-do list and calendar of events. Tell people why you are doing what you are doing with Nikken and invite them to help you do it – directly, or indirectly. Create Silvers. No one becomes Silver just because. It almost always requires a focused effort on the part of the Consultant and their sponsor. I asked newly sponsored Consultants to join me in the effort to achieve a Paragon Award and Team Kaizen.

“The majority of volume that we generated was from retail sales, which is a big plus in the new compensation plan. Of course, building a team is of a higher priority, but doesn’t hold back the potential for a Consultant to achieve Silver mainly on his or her own steam. Contact with my running mates, ABC meetings and calls were top on the list for daily activities. Asking for ‘help’ and referrals became the means to reaching into other people’s warm market.

“Everyone loves a deal, so extending product incentives to my Consultant’s prospects became a way to encourage immediate action—for instance, offering a pillow for a Sleep System, or a Sport Bottle for a Waterfall. Now with our Wellness Home Packs, we have a built-in incentive!”

On his way to becoming a 2019 Team Kaizen member, Mike says, “Setting a goal and achieving it is one of the most empowering feelings in the world. I’m staying on top of my 3000 PGV monthly, mainly with the same strategy as before. I personally am also taking advantage of the new Wellness Packs to have products to loan to prospects and to promote the built-in incentives.”

In summary, here are the five main actions required with the DiMuccio strategy to reach Team Kaizen:

  1. Make the decision to succeed.
  2. Ask your active upline for help and support.
  3. Create a daily to-do list and calendar of events.
  4. Sponsor new Consultants and create new Silvers to build a team.
  5. Generate retail sales to increase volume. Maintain 3000 PGV monthly.

Mike is hosting the following Active Wellness Previews, leading up to the Human Beings More Summit he and fellow Royal Diamond Bo Tanas are orchestrating in Toronto next month:

 

photo-2018-09-10-07-48-39.pngSeptember 19 (7:30 to 9:00 pm) Edward Village North York, 185 Yorkland Blvd, Toronto, ON M2J 4R2

September 20 (7:30 to 9:00 pm) Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport, 2379 Caroga Drive, Mississauga, ON L4V 1A3

Active Recovery as Part of Active Wellness

How much exercise is the right amount to maintain optimum health? We can generalize and offer guidelines but only you personally can determine how much and how often. By the same token, how we recover from working out is also a personal choice.

There are two basic ways to recover from strenuous workouts: passively or actively. Passive recovery is resting completely and not exercising at all. Active recovery involves mild exercise; in other words, moving in a way that doesn’t stress the body or challenge those already-tired muscles. Active recovery focuses on completing a workout at a low intensity, but just high enough that it gets the blood moving and helps reduce residual fatigue in the muscle.

Active recovery may have several distinct advantages. Some believe that staying active helps prime your body’s metabolic pathways of recovery, while the psychological benefits of active recovery are apparent for people who feel better when exercising daily—movement is known to be a mood enhancer. And, many people find it easier to adhere to their diets on workout days.1 In these ways, active recovery helps the body to rest without coming to a full stop, while taking care of any self-imposed guilt for not exercising at all.

Active recovery helps mobilize the joints, which need to move through their range of motion to be lubricated. It also gets the blood flowing through the muscles, which helps bring them nutrients to build new muscle as well as helping to carry away waste products. One of the best activities towards recovering is swimming. One studyshowed that a swimming based recovery session enhanced following day exercise performance, possibly due to the hydrostatic properties of water.

Since swimming is the primary workout for many, here are some other forms of active recovery:

  • Massage. Research has proven that having a massage after exercise can speed up recovery time twice as fast as regular rest. This is due to the improved blood flow and nutrients to the body. When your bodily fluids are circulating readily, nutrients and oxygen are able to reach your muscles and other tissues. A post workout massage can unlock your muscles to help restore your original range of motion.3
  • Walking. The amount and pace of walking you do on off days should be based on your current fitness level.
  • Lighter Weight Lifting. Performing an exercise that made you particularly sore, but using a much lighter weight may be restorative. As a guide, use a weight at or below 30 percent of your usual weight, and perform one set shy of failure.4
  • Restorative Yoga. There are many types of yoga, with some forms being extremely strenuous. Restorative yoga, on the other hand, is a tried-and-true recovery activity that not only increases flexibility, but also teaches proper breathing techniques and body control. Its mild flow also promotes circulation to help repair broken-down muscle tissues.5

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. Set exercise / weight goals and write them down.
  3. Reward yourself periodically as you achieve your goals, but not with food, so you don’t associate pleasure only with edible treats.
  4. Wear the KenkoTherm DUK Tape which may help your muscles and joints stay warm and supported.
  5. Massage your tired muscles with the KenkoTouch® a device designed to help promote relaxation and relief.
  6. Support your back during and after a workout with the KenkoTherm® Back Belt that can be worn alone but is designed with a back pocket that holds the Kenko MagFlex® in place.

From September 10 through September 14, buy a KenkoTouch, KenkoTherm Back Belt and Kenko MagFlex in one order and receive two rolls of KenkoTherm DUK Tape for free. Offer applies to stand-alone orders that are called in.

1 https://www.builtlean.com/2013/01/21/active-recovery-workout-ideas/

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19908172

3 http://www.freshtherapy.com.au/Corporate-Massage/the-benefits-of-massage-after-exercise/

4, 5 https://www.self.com/story/best-activities-for-active-recovery-day

Pointers on Nikken Reward Points

Have you seen the Fall Back to Basics incentive for the month of September? It’s designed to help Nikken Consultants earn money. If you’re a Nikken Consultant, you know that earning a Nikken income requires an Active Wellness lifestyle, sponsoring new people with the Nikken opportunity and producing personal and group sales volume. In September, the Fall Back to Basics incentive rewards sponsorship that produces Personal Point Volume (PPV) with Nikken Reward Points (NRPs). If you’re not a Nikken Consultant but sign up during September, you also can benefit from this incentive.

Currently active Nikken Consultants who produce a minimum of 100 PPV in September are eligible for the Fall Back to Basics incentive. By sponsoring a new Consultant who produces at least 500 PPV in September, current Consultants will earn Nikken Reward Points. The more PPV the newly sponsored Consultant produces during September, the more NRPs the sponsor earns. To top it off, when the new Consultant produces a minimum of 100 PPV and sponsors someone in September, he/she becomes eligible to participate to earn NRPs as well.

  • If the new Consultant produces 500 to 999 PPV, the sponsor earns 75 NRP.
  • If the new Consultant produces 1,000 to 1,999 PPV, the sponsor earns 150 NRP.
  • If the new Consultant produces 2,000 to 2,999 PPV, the sponsor earns 250 NRP.
  • If the new Consultant produces 3,000 or more PPV, the sponsor earns 350 NRP.

So what’s the big deal about Nikken Reward Points?

  • Think of them as cash. When you purchase products with them and re-sell those products, you earn 100% profit. (Usually you earn 20% when you retail product.)
  • Want to try new products? Use Nikken Reward Points and you won’t have depleted any extra money from your monthly budget.
  • Want some products to use as demos or loaners? Nikken Reward Points fill the bill.
  • Want to recognize your team members for their efforts with a gift of product? Nikken Reward Points come in handy to make that purchase.
  • Want to create your own group contests? Use products purchased with NRPs as prizes for contest winners.

In a nutshell, NRPs help Nikken Consultants build and replenish their business.

Nikken Consultants can see complete details of the Fall Back to Basics incentive here.