Is Sugar as Deadly as Cigarettes?

We don’t have to go looking for added sugar. It’s practically everywhere and comes in many forms, such as sucrose, maple syrup, fructose, molasses, brown sugar, cane sugar, honey and high fructose corn syrup.  You can and will find added sugar in desserts, candy, sodas, and covertly in processed foods such as ketchup, canned sauces, cereals, energy bars, energy drinks, bread and so much more. If you read Gary Taube’s latest book, “The Case Against Sugar,” you’ll see why a sugar habit can easily be compared to a nicotine habit.

Gary Taube is the co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative. In his 2010 best seller, “Why We Get Fat,” he argued that carbohydrates like grains and starchy vegetables were the true culprits behind the obesity epidemic. His new book, “The Case Against Sugar” takes this argument a step further by zeroing in on the harmful effects of sugar.

In a recent article he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Taube posited, “How often can we smoke cigarettes without doing at least some harm to our health? Doctors these days answer ‘never,’ thus redefining the concept of moderation. We don’t say smoking too much causes lung cancer, although that’s surely true. We say smoking does. The same hard line may also make sense for sugar. If it takes 20 years of either smoking cigarettes or consuming sugar for the consequences to appear, how can we know whether we’ve smoked or consumed too much before it’s too late? Isn’t it more reasonable to decide early in Iife (or early in parenting) that not too much is as little as possible?”

Research continues to grow with regard to the evils of sugar. Evidence is being amassed that may soon prove that sugar is the cause of metabolic syndrome, a disorder that afflicts 75 million Americans, as cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Metabolic syndrome is the group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Risk factors include traits, conditions and habits that increase the chances of developing a disease. One major habit contributing to metabolic syndrome is the consumption of sugar that results in insulin resistance. This occurs when the pancreas responds to high volumes of sugar by producing more insulin and the cells that normally use glucose for power, fail to respond. The vicious cycle often ends up in type 2 diabetes.

If we understand why not smoking is important to good health, we can see why not consuming added sugar may similarly decrease our risk factors. At Nikken, we push for the Active Wellness lifestyle and pledge to improve our NikkenWellness™ products as evolving science informs us. That’s why Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix has no added sugar. Consumers can add their own sweetener, if they please, but our commitment is to promote Active Wellness through healthy eating, drinking and sleeping.

Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year

As I reflect back on 2016, I am heartened by the successful transformation that continues to take place with Nikken. It is not by luck that our company has weathered the many global changes—economic, political and regulatory—since its humble beginnings in 1975. As we move forward into 2017, we will focus on two main aspects of our business:

  • A product line that is unique, wonderful and organic.
  • The direct sales industry‘s simplest compensation plan.

Our product line has evolved over the years, not only to fulfill the needs and preferences of our Nikken Consultants and Customers, but also to reveal the latest developments in organic food science and our own TriPhase technology. These include NikkenWellness™ organic nutritional supplements, True Elements® Marine Organic Skin Care and products with sleep and magnetic technology.

In 2017, we will continue developing our consumables—they will contain the highest quality organic ingredients and be stripped of anything that may be detrimental to the pursuit of Active Wellness. We will be the standard bearers for Active Wellness and healthy weight management.

Our compensation plan will be even simpler to understand and execute. Our Nikken Consultants will find it easier to reap the rewards of a home-based part-time income with flexible hours, extra cash and a business opportunity that may lead to a second career. Anyone who makes the commitment to retail product and sponsor business builders will succeed as a Nikken entrepreneur.

Choosing Nikken is the smart move to improve health and earn money. I look forward to a prosperous 2017 and wish you all the best in each of the 5 Pillars of Health®.

Kurt H. Fulle                                                                                                                                                       CEO & Chairman of the Board

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Nikken Independent Consultants: Applaud Yourselves!

In the United States, today is National Entrepreneur Day. President Obama wanted to raise consciousness about the importance of entrepreneurship and designated a day of recognition in 2010. In fact, the entire month of November is National Entrepreneurship Month!

Nikken Independent Consultants have lots to celebrate, but as entrepreneurs representing a company that has been a pioneer in Active Wellness for more than 40 years, have you thought of how you fit into the “big picture?” As Nikken business builders, you contribute in multiple ways. Take a look at the 5 Pillars of Health® and how you contribute to the nation and the world:

  • Healthy Mind: Products such as Kenzen® Clarity contribute to overall mental sharpness. What you think determines how you live.
  • Healthy Body: When you introduce new people to Nikken, you are impacting the way they take care of their bodies. Nikken products replicate what is found in nature..
  • Healthy Family: Once you know how to take care of yourself, you expand this concept to your entire family. As a Nikken business builder, your Nikken Family grows each time you sponsor someone new to your team. How great is that!
  • Healthy Society: Have you ever thought that as a Nikken Independent Consultant you are actually creating business opportunities? You are decreasing the unemployment rate every time you sign up someone new who previously did not have a source of income. You not only are helping someone create a home-based income, but you are also having a positive effect on the economy! Each one of us contributes to the “big picture” so make it something to celebrate.
  • Healthy Finances: Money is practical and necessary. The more you have, the more good you are able to do. The most successful Nikken entrepreneurs are also philanthropists.

Nikken entrepreneurs are rewarded handsomely by the company. One example is the upcoming luxury vacation at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Cancun, Mexico, in April of 2017 for those who qualify as Team Kaizen members by the end of this year.

Congratulate yourselves for making the right choice with Nikken and celebrate your contributions!