Reduce Stress for Health

How many of us are lucky enough to never experience a racing heartbeat, dull or throbbing headache, stiff neck and tight shoulders, hyperventilation, inconveniently sweaty palms and armpits, queasy stomach and nervous diarrhea? Chances are every single one of us has felt one or more of these unpleasant physical sensations. All of these are common results of feeling stress.

Stress not only causes changes in the body but also to the emotions. When we have more than we can handle comfortably, our bodies respond as if we’re in danger by producing hormones that speed up the heart and breath to give us a burst of energy to deal with the stress. This is known as the “fight or flight” stress response.

On the positive side, stress is a normal part of life and can help us work better or react quickly. It helps athletes perform at what sometimes appears to be at superhuman levels. On the negative side, if stress becomes chronic, it can wreak havoc on an Active Wellness lifestyle and cause serious health issues. According to WebMD:

  • Chronic stress may affect the immune system, blood pressure, lung function and skin breakouts.
  • Acute stress may induce feelings of dizziness, extreme anxiety, or even a panic attack.

Many studies have demonstrated that massage therapy is an effective way to help relieve stress. Proof is evidenced by reductions in levels of cortisol, adrenaline and nor-adrenaline after a massage session: One example recorded by Mayo Clinic researchers who published a study in the November 2012 edition of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice showed that a weekly 15–minute chair massage significantly reduced stress-related symptoms in nurses during work hours.

Nikken puts magnetic massage into your own hands with the Kenko MagDuo®. Two spheres in a handy case provide a comforting, rolling massage with patented DynaFlux® magnetic nodules. You can easily roll your own arms, legs, shoulders, neck and lower back. Light and compact, you can carry the MagDuo with you just about anywhere—in your handbag, gym bag, backpack, etc. It’s as easy as bringing your cell phone everywhere.

Nikken also allows you to perform a full body massage in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to be a practicing massage therapist with powerful fingers when you have the MagCreator. It is the foundation of the Nikken Rollout. This magnetic roller is made with stainless steel, solid magnets and poly resin for an easy grip. Designed to roll smoothly down the spinal column, it’s specially engineered to create a continuous rolling action from the shoulders down to the lower back. A rollout is so relaxing that many people have actually fallen asleep! When you treat someone to a Nikken Rollout, it’s more than likely you’ll have made a friend forever. Best of all, you can teach anyone to use it on you!

We’re offering our readers a special on the MagDuo and the MagCreator. From today until 5:00 PM PST, June 27, 2017, you can order these two products with DOUBLE PV and free standard shipping within the contiguous 48 states and Canada. All orders must be phoned in, excludes autoship, and applies to retail or wholesale orders. Additional products may not be added to the order for free shipping.

Sleeping Like a Baby is Good for Health

Have you ever wondered why most babies sleep so much? Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This growth hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults.

Sleep plays an important role in our health throughout our lives. For example, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. 1 There’s nothing fair about it: losing sleep can feel like punishment but to add insult to injury, it even puts us at a higher risk for obesity!

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese increased. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well. Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make us feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When we don’t get enough sleep, our level of ghrelin goes up and our level of leptin goes down. This makes us feel hungrier than when we’re well rested.

Sleep is one of the many topics covered by the National Institutes of Health. Their archives contain multiple studies that attribute weight gain to lack of sleep. For example, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that when people were sleep-deprived, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. In another study done at the University of Chicago, sleep-deprived participants chose snacks with twice as much fat as those who slept at least eight hours. Yet another study found that sleeping too little is a trigger to eat bigger portions of all foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.

As if that’s not bad enough, the stress hormone known as cortisol spikes when we get too little sleep. Cortisol signals our bodies to conserve energy for later use, which tends to make us hold on to fat rather than burn it!

Sleep also affects how the body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls blood glucose (sugar) levels. Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase the risk for diabetes. When the body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, processing fats from the bloodstream becomes difficult, and it ends up being stored as fat. In a nutshell, not enough sleep slows down the metabolism and contributes to weight gain.

Kenko Sleep Products are an integral component of Active Wellness. They combine patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology with natural materials to help promote healthy and refreshing sleep. From the Kenko Naturest® Mattress Topper and Custom Pillow to our comforters and KenkoTherm® Cocoon, once you try them, you’ll never want to give them up!

1 https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

 

More Plants, Less Meat = Better Health, Greener Planet

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?

Adapting to Change is Good Business Practice

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.

Are you confused about what to eat?

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.

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!

 

Share, Loan and Sell

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.

Are you eating enough of the right kind of protein for your health?

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!