Stay Healthy through the Flu Season with Active Wellness

Extreme weather conditions wreak havoc. Cold, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia lead to misery and even death. What can we do to help maintain good health with all the germs around us?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University conducted an experiment that suggests the more restful sleep we get, the better our chances of fighting off respiratory bugs. The scientists worked with 153 healthy men and women who agreed to be quarantined and injected with cold viruses. Monitored over the next five days, those who slept less than seven hours nightly were nearly three times more likely to contract colds than those who slept eight hours or more. The researchers measured how deeply the people slept in addition to the number of hours, and the people who had better sleep quality were the ones more likely to fight off colds.1

David Katz, MD, founder of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and author of Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well, explains that “our bodies need seven to eight hours of sleep in order to stimulate an immune response from our ‘natural killer cells,’ which attack viruses. Sleep is my most reliable defense against infection.”2 There’s nothing comparable to the Kenko Naturest® Mattress Topper when it comes to helping you with restful sleep!

Here are some other suggestions to help prevent or shorten colds, flus and respiratory viruses:

  • Eat protein. Douglas Kalman, PhD, RD, director of nutrition and applied clinical trials at Miami Research Associates in Florida says, “Research shows that diets too low in protein can deplete the immune system. So I make sure to get protein-rich foods throughout the day, especially fish, eggs and yogurt.” 2 Nikken makes it easy with nutritional pea protein in Kenzen Vital Balance®! 
  • Drink lots of water. Paramedic Kristina Economou of Monterey, California says, “As a paramedic, I never know what germs I’ll be encountering, so I drink water constantly to flush toxins out of the lymph system.” 2
  • Use a water bottle. A kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, Georgia, Cheryl Lassister says, “I never use water fountains or the railings on stairs. They’ve got the prints of hundreds of germy hands and mouths. And they don’t get sanitized as other surfaces, like sinks. I’ll use my own water bottle!” 2 The PiMag® Sport Bottle not only serves as your personal water bottle but it also has a built in filter, so you get alkaline water without sediment!
  • Get massages regularly. A massage therapist in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Christine Nelson says she doesn’t just give massages, she gets them. She explains, “I receive massages once a month to increase my circulation, which boosts immunity by nourishing cells with more oxygen and blood. It also makes me relaxed and less stressed. When you’re less stressed, you’re less likely to be a germ magnet.” 2 When you feel like a quick massage, there’s nothing easier than the hand-held KenkoTouch® with its warming pulsation in three speeds or the MagCreator. 
  • Take care of your gut. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 70 to 80 percent of the body’s immune tissue is located within the digestive system, so boosting your immune system really requires a healthy gut.3 For efficient G.I. Tract support, Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ is both helpful and convenient!
  • Drink tea. Murray Grossnan, MD, ear, nose and throat specialist at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California says, “I drink hot black or green tea with lemon and honey. Drinking the tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus and honey is antibacterial.” 2

Wise diet and lifestyle choices can improve your health and well-being. For your well-being, Nikken provides choices in support of Active Wellness with its nutritional supplements, water and sleep products.

1 https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/dont-let-a-cold-get-you-down#1

2 http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20752945,00.html

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/ 

New Year, New Approach to Active Wellness

Do you beat yourself up for caving into 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, may be just how you can 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 percent 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 can actually help manage your microbiome and influence the brain-gut connection as well as strengthen your immune system. You can increase the good gut bacteria that sends the brain positive messages and decrease the bad bacteria that causes bad food cravings. In this way, “you are what you eat.”

How to manifest a positive brain-gut connection is relatively simple, but the challenge is getting started. Since good bacteria thrives on fiber and nutrient-dense food, eating that type of food consistently is the key to a healthy brain-gut connection. Good bacteria feeds on fibrous food, digests it and releases a gas up to the brain, telling it that the body is well nourished. When the brain is told that the body is well nourished, it doesn’t think there’s a need to fill in the gaps created by a lack of nutrition. It’s a healthy cycle where nutrient-dense food that is fibrous creates more good bacteria.

On the other hand, bad food leaves nutritional gaps. The gaps are what lead to those unhealthy cravings. Sugar and processed foods contain empty calories rather than useful nutrients and the bad bacteria feeds off of it! In other words, when you avoid foods that generate negative messages from the gut to the brain, you’ll minimize cravings.

Fiber does more than curb cravings. It also helps your mood. The Human Microbiome Project has shown that serotonin, the “feel-good” chemical the body generates, is actually created in the gut, not the brain. More fiber and nutrient-dense food in the gut therefore influences our emotional health as well as our physical well being.

You may be surprised how quickly a healthy gut helps the brain minimize unhealthy cravings and also helps improve your overall health. If you currently don’t eat lots of fibrous foods, integrate them into your daily regimen slowly so that your body has time to adjust. Incorporate it into each meal or snack. The fiber will give a sense of fullness to help you cut back on sugar and processed food.

  • Eat leafy greens, asparagus, any type of bean and root vegetables.
  • Try not to peel apples and pears. Well-scrubbed potato and carrot skins are also fibrous and edible.
  • Do you throw away stems? For example, broccoli stems are full of healthy fiber and taste great in soups and stir-fries. The same is true of kale and spinach stems.
  • Add variety to your diet. Be adventuresome and try vegetables you haven’t had. Or, try new ways of preparing your favorites. 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 sources of fiber and add so much flavor.

The happier your microbiome, the fewer bad food cravings there’ll be. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but the important thing is to get started in helping your gut converse positively with your brain! Best of all, you will discover how delicious these nutrient-dense and fibrous foods are!

To help jumpstart your microbiome, take Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 to assist in processing the additional fiber you eat. Containing a combination of ingredients that tackles fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber, Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 supports the assimilation of all types of nutrients.* And to help your circulatory and immune systems work optimally with your gut, take Kenzen® Immunity and Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0!

* 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 https://www.hmpdacc.org/hmp/overview/

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/ 

 

 

 

 

New Year Message from the CEO

Hello. To our friends and partners we offer our thanks for your support of our vision to make every home a Nikken Wellness Home. At the conclusion of a year marked by unforeseen natural disasters in so many places for so many, we wish everyone affected god speed on their recovery.

At Nikken, we remain steadfast and resolute to the core principle of living a Life in Balance as suggested by the 5 Pillars of Health®. Customers can trust products from Nikken to deliver on their benefits. Consultants can trust that Nikken offers a transparent, lucrative compensation plan that rewards building wide and deep.

The hectic world that we live in can at times be both overwhelming and frustrating. And even though we can’t completely avoid the fast pace of contemporary life, there is an alternative. In a word, Nikken. Our company is an oasis built on trust and belief in our mission to facilitate mental, physical and financial wellness. We believe the way to fulfill our mission is through retailing Wellness Homes.

Only the Nikken Wellness Home makes an Active Wellness lifestyle possible. Restful sleep, PiMag® water, exercise and natural and organic nutrition are the key components of Active Wellness. With any category of Nikken products, you can begin the process of assisting people with building their Wellness Homes. The Wellness Home premise is universal: everyone needs to sleep well, drink beneficial water and partake of healthy nutrition in order to live a Life in Balance.

When you build a Wellness Home and teach others to do the same, you create a healthy lifestyle that provides you with a livelihood. Spread the word. Educate your Consultants on how to grow their Nikken businesses by building their Wellness Homes as well as by creating repetitive orders for customers who are also learning to build their own Wellness Homes. It’s a never-ending cycle of health and prosperity.

In 2018, make it a point to be a role model for Active Wellness. Continue reaching out to new people and sponsor customers and Consultants. Continue learning by visiting our Nikken website and reading our weekly blogs on nikkenactivewellness.com. Mentor newcomers.

At Nikken, we pledge to continue to be trendsetters in the journey towards health and prosperity.

With much gratitude, I wish you Peace, Hope and Joy in the New Year!

Kurt H. Fulle                                                                                                                                          CEO & Chairman of the Board

Kurt Fulle

Keep it Simple: Make a Decision and Take Action

The dictionary defines “resolution” as “a firm decision to do or not to do something” as well as “the action of solving a problem, dispute or contentious matter.” This might be the time of year when some of us secretly feel disappointment for the goals we did not accomplish this year. Apparently 80% of new year resolutions fail by February!1

To prevent this from happening cyclically, we have to change our mindset and embrace discipline in a Zen kind of way. In other words, keep an open mind, get rid of biases and preconceived notions, set our goals for the new year, make the commitment, create an action plan, and then act on it. If we lapse, we need to forgive ourselves and get right back on that proverbial horse.

To make the coming year your best business year yet, you need to know why you’re in business with Nikken and what you’re willing to commit to in terms of sponsoring, retailing and mentoring. What were you focused on in 2017? Was it effective? What will you focus on in 2018?

Here are some suggestions to help you make 2018 your best Nikken year yet:

  • Choose to believe in yourself and trust the company. Trust that you can do it and trust that Nikken is behind you all the way.
  • Plan your day the night before. Make your to-do list and have it prioritized.
  • Set aside a time every day to look over and manage your business on your myNikken Virtual Office. You need to know who your potential stars are and mentor them closely. You also need to encourage the forgetful ones to go on Autoship so they will never run out of product. Remember that there is Retail Autoship as well as Consultant Autoship.
  • Incorporate the Everyday Weight Management Pack into your Active Wellness lifestyle. The Pack is not just about being at the right weight. It’s about good nutrition and a digestive tract that works efficiently. You are a walking advertisement, so stay physically and mentally fit.
  • Resolve to be a role model and have a 30 to 60 second testimonial ready about how you’ve benefited from Nikken physically, mentally and financially. How can you sell anyone on product or business-building benefits if you don’t practice what you preach?
  • Make sure you’re personally retailing at least 500 points monthly. (For example, retail just one Water Pack and you’re there, or an Everyday Weight Management Pack and you’re almost there.)
  • Make it a point to follow up with your retail customers.
  • Sponsor at least three people who are each committed to retailing 500 points a month. Show them how to earn by sponsoring their own three team members.
  • A Wellness Home begins with you and what you put into your body. Build your own Wellness Home with Nikken products from the Nutrition, Water and Sleep categories. Teach your team members and new customers to do the same.

An old network marketing saying is “overanalysis is paralysis.” We tend to complicate work and life with too many ifs, ands or buts. Instead, we need to think things through, make solid decisions and follow through. There will always be good days and bad days, but the key is to stick to the plan. Speaking the right lingo is not enough, as actions make businesses grow. By taking the right actions consistently, you’ll be congratulating yourself for a year of achievement when next December comes rolling around!

1 http://www.businessinsider.com/new-years-resolutions-courses-2016-12

 

Give Your Sweet Tooth a Treat

In 1898, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a special department called “Agriculture Explorers.” Their goal was to travel and find new food crops to bring back to farm in the United States. David Fairchild, a botanist who helped found the program, first traveled to Baghdad to investigate dates. By the early 1900s, date palm cuttings were brought back as offshoots to grow in the U.S. Long a staple food in the Middle East as well as northern Africa, dates are now common in the warmer regions of California and Florida.

Dates are naturally sweet and have been called nature’s “candy.”1 For this reason, dates are often used as a natural replacement for sugar in desserts and pastries. Because of their sticky consistency, dried dates are ideal for holding together nuts, oats and other high-fiber grains commonly found in energy bars. In fact, dates themselves contain lots of insoluble and soluble fiber, which helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system. Dates are therefore praised for promoting digestive health.

Very high in its mineral content, dates are rich in potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium.2 Potassium is one of the prime ingredients in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it also helps improve the speed and alertness of brain activity. 3 Magnesium is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits as well as its ability to help lower blood pressure together with potassium. 2 High in iron content, dates are often recommended for those suffering from low blood iron and/or fatigue. The significant amounts of minerals found in dates also make them a superfood for strengthening and maintaining bone health.

Dates are a good source of phytochemicals, such as phenols and carotenoids, and contain vitamins A, B1, B2, niacin and traces of vitamin C.1 Known to help boost energy levels within a half hour of consumption, they are recommended as snacks for athletes and active people. It’s even said that “a date a day will help you maintain eye health all your life.” 3  

Most dates grown in the U.S. have a USDA total ORAC value of 3895, which makes them high in natural antioxidants. Even better, dates are high in anthocyanins, natural flavonoids that give fruit their blue and red coloring. Anthocyanins are nine times more bioavailable than other flavonoids.4

The Kenzen Paleo Bar® comes in three flavors, all of which have dates as their first ingredient. Whether you choose Tropical Delight, Chocolate Nut or Very Cherry as your favorite flavor, you’re getting healthy fiber, protein and the naturally sweet goodness of dates to help you cut out refined sugars and live your Active Wellness lifestyle. From December 15, 2017 through February 15, 2018, buy or sell one carton of Kenzen Paleo Bar® and receive another carton of the same flavor free! Details go up tomorrow on nikken.com!

1 Ahluwalia, Sudhir, “Formulating with Dates,” Snacks & Bars: Convenience Without Compromise, October 2017 digital magazine.

2 http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-dates-7-reasons-eat-date-fruit/

3 https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dates.html

4 https://healthyfocus.org/12-health-benefits-of-dates/

10 Health Trends for 2018

As we approach the end of 2017, it’s the perfect time to assess some of the health trends for 2018. Here are 10 that dovetail with the Nikken focus on Active Wellness.

1          Less sugar consumption. A recent survey found that 12% fewer adults and 19% fewer children have a sugary beverage like soda or juice on any given day compared to data from 2003.1 See our blog from January 17, 2017

2          Matcha tea. The powdered tea dates back to the 10th century, when Zen Buddhists found that the tea brought them a sense of clarity, focus, energy, and a feeling of well-being. In addition, matcha creates that feeling of being awake but calm. That’s because L-theanine helps lead to relaxation without drowsiness. L-theanine also helps produce dopamine and serotonin, which enhance mood, improve memory, and boost concentration.2 Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix, made with the highest quality of organic matcha tea leaves, launched in 2014.

3          Increase in water intake. People are learning to drink more water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Dehydration can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness and cramping. To help increase water consumption, you can stir in lemon, orange or other sliced/chopped fruit, add mulled herbs for a natural flavor boost, and drink a whole glass of water at each meal.

4          Flexitarian diet. The focus is on incorporating more plant-based food into the diet without completely forgoing meat. Gradually replace some meat and seafood with vegetable proteins. With Kenzen nutritional supplements and the Everyday Weight Management program, it’s easy to focus on a plant-based diet that includes apportioned lean meats.

5     Adaptogenic herbs and spices to help reduce inflammation.3 Inflammation and chronic stress are so talked about now that natural ways to help address them have taken center stage. Adding herbs and spices is a great way to flavor food and increase intake of antioxidants. Nikken nutritional supplements are formulated with adaptogens:

6   Temperature regulating fabric. Large companies have begun touting the benefits of wearing clothes or support garments that keep you both warm and cool. Nikken is one of the few companies that incorporates ceramic-reflective fibers in sleep products and support wraps to help release heat and maintain a comfortable temperature.

7     Fermented food and beverages. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food scientist Robert Hutkins, PhD, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose lab focuses on the link between fermented foods and human health.4 Kenzen® Clarity contains 100% organic ingredients that are fermented to increase the macro- and micro-nutrients while breaking down food that is difficult to process.

8     Consumption of pulses. Pulses refer to the dry seeds of edible legumes, such as peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. High in protein and fiber while low in fat, pulses are nutrient-dense and help you stay on a plant-focused diet. The primary ingredient in Kenzen Vital Balance® is organic pea protein.

9     “Smart” beds and pillows to help you sleep better. Sleep products have been “numbered,” “angled” and made with memory foam and contouring husks. Ask anyone who has experienced a Kenko Sleep System and you’ll never want to sleep on anything else.

10     Monk fruit. Known as luo han guo in China, where it grows naturally, the Chinese have eaten it for millennia. Now the world has discovered monk fruit as a natural sweetener with zero calories. This expensive ingredient is prominent in both vanilla and chocolate flavors of Kenzen Vital Balance® Meal Replacement Mix. Read all about it in our blog.

 

 

Looking Toward the Perfect Twelfth Month of 2017

Since the month of December starts tomorrow, let’s explore the significance of the number 12. Not only is 12 the symbol of cosmic order, but it is also the number that represents space and time. Examples are the 12 months in a year, and time measured in two groups of 12 hours as delineated by a.m. and p.m.

From ancient times, 12 is considered the number of perfection as it is the result of four multiplied by three. Four represents the number of elements as well as the four corners of the earth and the four cardinal points. Three is known as the divine number that represents the past, present and future; birth, life and death; beginning, middle and end. 4 x 3 = 12, the perfect number.

Astrology and mythology also reflect the significance of the number 12. Both eastern and western zodiacs revolve around 12. There are 12 signs in the western zodiac, and 12 animals in the eastern zodiac. Each of the 12 animals completes a 12-year cycle known as one “wheel” before occurring again.

In the Bible, Jesus had 12 apostles. And, Jacob had 12 sons who are the ancestors of the 12 Tribes of Israel. In Islam, Ishmael the Patriarch had 12 sons who became the tribal chiefs from Assyria to Egypt.

In Greek mythology, the 12 Olympians were the 12 principle gods that resided on Mount Olympus. In addition, Heracles (the son of Zeus and his human mother) was a great hero who was set to accomplish 12 seemingly impossible tasks that he managed to complete with wit and strength. These are known as the 12 Labors of Heracles.

In numerology, 12 represents the completed cycle of experience and the learned possibility of regeneration toward a higher consciousness. December is considered the month to let go of the old and look ahead to the new. It’s the time of year to deal with negative issues and be done with them, moving on to what is better. It’s a month to see your efforts begin to bear fruit. It’s the time of year to expect positive surprises in business, friends and love as a result of social interactions. And, it’s the perfect time to plant seeds in the hearts and minds of those around you.

More well known perhaps are the 12 days of Christmas that are celebrated in song. But what Nikken has in store for you is better than 12 lords leaping. Get ready to Come Home to Wellness: 12 Days of Nikken Holiday Gifts! It starts December 1 and ends December 12, our own special 12 days of enhanced Active Wellness. You’ll get a different valuable gift with qualifying purchase every four days from December 1 through December 12. Make it the perfect month to end 2017 as you prepare for a bigger and better 2018. Check nikken.com and the myNikken.com Information Center for details.