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.

Give Thanks, Take Care of the Gut and Share the Love

However we celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s generally an overflow of great home-made food, some of which is served specifically at this time of year. So it’s special and we want to eat as much of it as possible, right? And just like any other meal that offers a bounty of favorite delights, it can derail our best efforts at eating healthy. As most diet gurus profess that an occasional “cheat” day is actually okay. Furthermore, we tend to rationalize that Thanksgiving feasting is a given. Some of us can handle it and some of us, not so much. The difference? Some of us have been pursuing Active Wellness consistently and have more efficient digestive systems.

According to the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, good digestive health describes a digestive system that has appropriate nutrient absorption, intestinal motility, immune function, and a balanced microbiota (the community of microorganisms that live in the gut).1 Digestive health can also impact quality of life, sleep, productivity, exercise or socializing with friends. Scientists now are placing the emphasis on healthy digestive function as the core of good health.

Dr. John Deaton, vice president of science and technology at Deerland Enzymes & Probiotics, says, “The role of digestive enzymes is to break down food-derived fats, carbohydrates and proteins into smaller substances that our bodies can use. Although the body produces its own digestive enzymes, it may not be enough to completely break down cooked or processed foods. The ability to breakdown food into its basic and useful components is of critical concern for consumers interested in functional nutrition for growth, development and supporting healthy aging. Enzyme supplements continue to gain recognition among consumers for their role in digestive health and bioavailability of nutrients from foods.”2

Studies show that there are four enzymes critical to the digestive process. Specific digestive enzymes act on different types of macronutrients: fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber. Many digestive products on the market contain only one or two of these notable enzymes and do not provide optimal digestive support. Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 contains all four of these important enzymes, making it a superior formulation for digestion, absorption and weight management.*  Featuring natural ingredients including amino acids, proteins, vegetable fiber- and cellulose-based enzymes, Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 contains vegetable-derived ingredients that safely and gently assist the body’s digestive system.

This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for our abundance, indulge but not to excess and edify the Healthy Society Pillar by sharing the bounty of health and opportunity. Remember to take advantage of the Nikken Black Friday free shipping promotion that ends on November 30th.

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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 Moloughnes, Sean, Digestive Health: Getting to the Guts of Wellness. Nutraceuticals World, November 2017, p.56.

2 Moloughnes, Sean, Digestive Health: Getting to the Guts of Wellness. Nutraceuticals World, November 2017, p. 60.

 

Showing Appreciation Builds Sales & Loyalty

Giving thanks should be part of daily living, not just over the Thanksgiving holiday. But for business owners such as Nikken Consultants, Thanksgiving is an excellent time to show appreciation for Customers and downline. After all, they are the ones who help you build and stabilize your Nikken business.

There are lots of things that Nikken Consultants should do on a regular basis but whether you conscientiously do them or not, Thanksgiving is definitely an opportunity to emphasize or start healthy business-building habits.

  • Remind your Customers and downline to benefit from Autoship.
  • Remind them of promotions and specials, both from Nikken and from sales leaders.
  • Share these blogs. People who are knowledgeable about Nikken products will stay as loyal purchasers. Business builders need to be reminded to consistently build.
  • Information is gold, so send emails offering to answer questions.
  • Show your appreciation in the form of recognition and small gifts and notes of thanks.
  • Use your social media accounts to acknowledge your group in public.

Why is building relationships with your current Customer base so important? According to global management consultant firm Bain & Company, retaining current customers costs six to seven times less than acquiring new ones. Repeat customers also spend 67% more on average than new customers.1 In other words, work consistently to keep your Customers and downline informed and happy.

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This Thanksgiving, something that’s sure to make everyone happy is the Nikken Black Friday Special. It already started on November 13, so if you or your group hasn’t taken advantage of it, jump on it now and remind everyone. You get FREE ground shipping through the end of this month on any order that you phone in of at least 200 PV or $250.  It’s also a great time of year to work on strengthening the relationships you have with your prospects. If any of them are on the fence, this FREE shipping offer could help you close the deal and sign them up for an Active Wellness lifestyle.

If you’ve been thinking of heavyweight items, such as the Kenko® Mattress Topper, just picture how much money you’ll be saving! Best of all, there’s no limit to the number of qualifying orders you can place. You have until 5:00 p.m. PST on November 30, 2017, so gather your friends, families, Customers and downline and put together your orders now. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase your personal and group sales volume, sponsor new business builders and rank advance. Ride the momentum to a higher level and get ready to close out 2017 with fireworks. Plant the seeds to make 2018 an even bigger year!

  1. Sarabjit Singh Baveja, Sharad Rastogi, and Chris Zook, “The Value of Online Customer Loyalty and How You Can Capture It,” Bain & Company.

Why Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™

There’s a new lactoferrin in the Nikken neighborhood and we’re super excited about it. Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0 addresses the body’s need for iron: iron deficiency can result in anemia, fatigue and poor circulation, as well as many other physical discomforts. Women are most vulnerable to iron deficiency, and people who are very active may also suffer from iron depletion. Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0 is a great solution.

Lactoferrin is a protein whose main biological function is to bind and transport iron, an essential mineral that helps hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. No matter how much iron is in your body, if it can’t be retained and utilized, you could end up deficient. For example, you may eat lots of green, leafy vegetables,and/or lean red meat, which are natural sources of iron. But your doctor runs a blood test and announces that you’re anemic. How can this happen? Just because you eat iron-rich foods does not mean your body can absorb or process it.

Lactoferrin 2.0 addresses this dilemma by providing a superior delivery system to allow the body to better utilize and balance the iron in the body.* Studies show that because Lactoferrin 2.0 is naturally iron-binding, it has a positive effect on iron absorption, which in turn increases blood iron levels.

In addition, Lactoferrin 2.0 is gentle on the digestive system, therefore supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions. Rather than adding elemental iron —the kind you find in virtually every iron supplement on the market—which has been shown to cause intestinal inflammation1, lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there—and importantly, without upsetting the stomach. And, Lactoferrin 2.0 has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, allowing for more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources.2

Just take a look at the graph:

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With Lactoferrin 2.0 you get 200 mg of lactoferrin in each capsule—more than three times as much for the same cost as before. More lactose-free, gluten-free, non-GMO lactoferrin, a better delivery system and four organic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory ingredients (see Brain-Gut Connection) equals increased access to Active Wellness and more importantly, your improved health.

We’re offering a free PowerBand necklace (item #19085/ US $28.75 / CN $36 retail) for every order that contains Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ from 8:00 AM PST, November 10, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, November 17, 2017. This order excludes Autoship.

Uchida, T. (2006) Availability of lactoferrin as a natural solubilizer of iron for food products. International Dairy Journal 16. 95-101.

2 (Rezk, Dawood, Abo-Elnasr, Halaby, & Marawan, 2015), (Rezk, Kandil, Dawood, , Shaheen, & Allam, 2015), (Nappi, et al., 2009), (Paesano, et al., 2010), (Paesano, et al., 2014)

Have You Heard of the Brain-Gut Connection?

The brain-gut connection is a big deal. It is revolutionizing the way doctors and scientists approach digestion, mood, health and the way we think. One way to understand it is to picture a “brain in the gut,” which is actually known as the enteric nervous system (ENS). It’s composed of more than 100 million nerve cells that line the G.I. tract running from the esophagus to the rectum.

Internationally renowned ENS specialist Dr. Jay Pasricha says, “The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain with profound results. Its main role is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination. For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to gut problems, but our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around.”1

In keeping up with the latest scientific developments, Nikken has launched Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ as an integral component of Active Wellness. The lactoferrin in the formulation addresses the body’s need for iron to help hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. But Lactoferrin 2.0 takes the formulation up to a superior level with four organic ingredients that work to support the G.I. tract and mental health, which addresses the important brain-gut connection. Here’s how:

  • Our Organic Inulin is sourced from Jerusalem Artichoke, known to be high in potassium, iron, essential amino acids and protein.2 Organic Inulin is soluble so it dissolves in the stomach and forms a gelatinous substance that helps slow digestion to allow better nutrient absorption and a slow release of sugar. This slower digestion promotes healthy blood sugar levels. Organic Inulin aids digestion by helping to increase good bacteria in the gut and stimulating the immune system.3
  • Organic Rhodiola rosea has been used in China and Siberia for thousands of years to help soothe, calm and relax people who are stressed, depressed or fatigued. Research shows it to have a positive effect on cognitive health, including boosting memory and concentration.4 Research also shows this adaptogen helps speed up fat-burning cells when combined with exercise. 5
  • Organic Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and is effective against nausea and exercise-induced muscle discomforts. It helps empty the stomach more quickly, which benefits people with indigestion and related issues. There is some evidence that organic Ginger enhances working memory and reaction time, helps inhibit the growth of bad oral bacteria and helps reduce LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.6
  • More than 600 health benefits are attributed to Organic Turmeric, but in Lactoferrin 2.0, it works synergistically as a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It helps promote brain health as well as supporting the G.I. system. See “Turmeric: Hot Topic of the Year.”

We’re offering a free PowerBand necklace (item #19085/ US $28.75 / CN $36 retail) for every order that contains Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ from 8:00 AM PST, November 3, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, November 9, 2017. This order excludes Autoship.

1 https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-brain-gut-connection

2 http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/five-health-benefits-of-jerusalem-artichokes-sunchokes/

3 https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-inulin-benefits#overview1

4, 5 https://www.organicfacts.net/rhodiola-rosea.html

6 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger

 

Keep Your Weight Steady Through the Holiday Season

Is your holiday season full of traps that derail you from healthy eating? Are your days filled with extra calories that seem too tempting to pass up? What’s a body with the best of intentions to do? Here are five simple behaviors that may help keep your weight steady throughout the holiday season with living proof from some of the Nikken Everyday Wellness Challenge winners.

  • Be part of a fitness community. This doesn’t require joining expensive gyms or clubs. Simply find some friends or relatives who are committed to Active Wellness or find online buddies, such as those on the Everyday Wellness Challenge Facebook page. Post your intentions and goals and ask for support.

Bill Cottle says, “I love being healthy by choice and not by chance. I want to thank everyone posting comments and words of encouragement on the Everyday Wellness Challenge Facebook page. It is great to belong to such a supportive community.”

Victoria Jaso Waters adds, “Even when times are tough, I am able to keep positive by reading about everyone’s accomplishments.”

  • Carry the PiMag® Sport Bottle with you everywhere and drink water, drink water, drink water. It helps you feel full and it’s great for all the body’s systems.

John Berkheim says, “I have reduced the amount of food I eat at each meal and am drinking more PiMag water and less coffee, no pop or drinks with added sugar.”

  • Be sure to focus on the protein and the vegetables of any feast, not the dessert. Think of it this way: lean meats or vegetarian proteins and vegetables are real food. Best of all, protein actually helps increase your metabolism and gives you a feeling of fullness. Vegetables are full of healthy fiber and low in calories.

Nancy Clyde says, “I have always loved veggies and made wise choices by avoiding sugars and limiting breads, potatoes and rice. My meals and snacks consist of veggies, protein, nuts and a small portion of a Kenzen Paleo Bar®.

  • Get enough sleep. Undersleeping may be as tempting as overeating during the holiday season, but sleep deprivation can cause weight gain! The less you sleep, the hungrier you’ll feel, and the higher the risk of eating more calories than your level of activity requires. Too little sleep also slows down the metabolism. So, even when you stay out to party hearty, set aside enough time to catch enough Zs!

Ann Price says, “Over the past three months, my average nightly sleep has increased from about four to five hours to about seven hours nightly! That sure makes a difference in the way I feel when I wake up in the morning.”

  • Choose a form of exercise and participate every day or at least four times a week. Whether you swim laps, take Zumba classes or walk the dog, consistency pays off and you’ll feel more energetic once you get in the habit.

Susan Goodwin says, “The part I like most about Active Wellness is the hour of exercise I do every day. I either walk or bicycle, and the exercise helps me release my stress and sleep better.”

Plan ahead this holiday season and reward yourself (not with an edible) for your positive results! From now through Halloween night (October 31) at 5 PM PST, Nikken Consultants have the upper hand with the Kenzen Paleo Bar® in three delicious flavors. They make the ideal treat for Halloween, not only to give out but also to have around the workplace and at home. And, you can make double QPPV while you’re being a responsible “treater”—a complete win-win for Active Wellness! Click here for promotion details.

The Trick to Eating the Right Treat

One of the favorite nights of the year for many North Americans is Halloween. It’s also one of the scariest, not because of the witches and goblins or walking skeletons, but due to the abundance of the evil one, sugar. According to Lona Sandon, Med, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, “All it takes is an additional 100 calories a day or the equivalent of one snack-sized chocolate bar and most adults will experience weight creep before they even know it.”1

What about the effect sugar has on children? Dr. B.J. Hardick, author of Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which is used in more than 500 health clinics, states, “A study found that preschoolers who consumed ultra-processed foods had higher blood lipid levels, a marker for many health concerns including cardiovascular issues later on. Amassing candy, and keeping it around, isn’t exactly the foundational habit that the health conscious parent wants their kid to develop, knowing that each bite plays a part in their future health.”2

Common sense dictates that any health conscious adult who revels in Halloween would stick to creative costumes and fun activities but cut out the candy. As for the traditional trick-or-treaters that come to your door, they may not care about their health, but do you want it on your conscience that you’re helping children to increase their risk of tooth decay and to develop poor eating habits? Instead of candy loaded with sugar, give a healthy snack instead!

The original trick-or-treaters in the Middle Ages went door to door begging for food or money, not candy, in exchange for songs and prayers. In more recent years, health conscious people are known to give trinkets, coins and sugar-free snacks in lieu of candy.

“Research shows just looking at food triggers the circuitry in our brains that makes us imagine eating it,” says Susan Albers, PsyD, author of Eating Mindfully.3 So the trick to eating the right treat is two-fold.

  1. Don’t buy candy. If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.
  2. Grab a Kenzen Paleo Bar®. Give one to a trick-or-treater and eat one yourself instead of a candy bar!

From now through Halloween night (October 31) at 5 PM PST, Nikken Consultants have the upper hand with the Kenzen Paleo Bar® in three delicious flavors. They make the ideal treat for Halloween, not only to give out but also to have around the workplace and at home. And, you can make double QPPV while you’re being a responsible “treater”—a complete win-win for Active Wellness! Click here for promotion details.

 

1 https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-tricks-avoid-halloween-candy-temptations

http://www.drhardick.com/reduce-sugar-halloween

3 https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/11-of-the-best-diet-tricks-for-a-skinnier-halloween/