What are you grateful for?

2020 has been a year of obstacles for many of us. Those who have avoided illnesses or recovered are simply grateful. Others are mourning the loss of loved ones and reminded of the fragility of life. So what are we grateful for?

In unusually trying times, feeling grateful may not come as easily, but being aware of what we have accomplished can help us overcome resentment for what we miss or want. At the first virtual Nikken convention, our executive team led by Kurt Fulle and Luis Kasuga, voiced why we are grateful. Here are some excerpts from their talks to show how to keep gratitude in motion.

“As a pioneer in the Wellness industry, our priority is always to keep our extended Nikken Family healthy and safe. Nikken has been able to continue supporting our Consultants and Registered Customers, to keep our company operating in all regions of the world and to help you keep your own businesses running.

“There have been massive slowdowns in manufacturing around the world. As a result, we have had to cope with an on-and-off back order situation with some of our products. We appreciate your patience and want you to know that we keep in close contact with each of our suppliers and work around the clock to fulfill your orders.

“Regardless of the surprising number of obstacles that we confronted, we persevered and worked hand in hand with our vendors. As a result, we were able to develop and roll out new cutting edge products, even in the most trying of times. We continue to work towards globalization not only of Nikken products but also of Nikken information technology and Humans Being More training systems.

“Our ability to work as a global team was tested and challenged. And our team in every Nikken region stepped up to the plate. Not a single Nikken operation had to be shut down. Is it business as usual? No, it’s business in as unusual a way as we’ve seen in this lifetime, but most importantly, we continue to move forward.

“Nikken employees in all global regions have been working safely from home, staying healthy and successfully keeping operations running smoothly. Many of you in kind have shown your Nikken spirit by continuing to retail and share our exceptional products as well as introducing new people to our Global Wellness Community. Because of your efforts, our community continues to grow under the most unusual circumstances.

“Together we have stepped out of our comfort zones and succeeded in creating a new type of work and life balance in the midst of unforeseen challenges. Each day we prove that together we can and will create a better future not only for ourselves but also for future generations.”

 “During these trying moments, we can see the best and worst of the human condition. It is a fact that we are human beings and we act to survive, but it is also a fact that we can choose to act humanely. For example, we can bring groceries to people who cannot leave their homes, raise funds for friends who lost everything, support frontline workers, frequently video call loved ones, accompany distressed and sad people in their difficult moments. And we can do it all with a smile. Thanks to creativity and humanity combined, there are thousands of ways to manifest emotional closeness.  This practice is undoubtedly that of “being better human beings.”

At Nikken, we are grateful for all of you. We are grateful you are part of our Global Wellness Community and practicing Active Wellness together.

What are you grateful for?

Give the Gift of Wellness

Most of us think of the approaching season of gifting in conjunction with sales galore. This year many people are not venturing out of their homes. Retail stores therefore are facing the challenge of making their holiday sales entirely online. At Nikken, we’ve been conducting business with our Consultants and Registered Customers online or by phone for years. Simply use the online shopping cart 24/7 or call Customer Service Monday through Friday! It doesn’t get easier than that.

More than ever before, this year is the perfect time to think of giving everyone on your list the Gift of Wellness. Nikken truly has something for everyone when it comes to helping people improve health and fitness, and now is the perfect time to get a jumpstart on your gift list.

Good sleep is critical to Active Wellness. An investment in a supportive mattress and pillow, quality sheets and temperature-controlled covers can help you feel refreshed and energetic at the start of every day. Right now, we have a really good deal for you to take advantage of during the season of giving! The Cozy Winter Packs are 15% off and will be available through the end of the year. They come in three sizes, and not matter which you choose, you’ll be benefiting from substantial savings. Whether you purchase for your own home or as gifts, the Cozy Winter Pack contains Sleep items that are rarely discounted.

•            The King Pack has one king size Kenko Dream® Comforter, two KenkoNaturest® Custom Pillows and two Kenko PowerSleep Masks.

•            The Queen Pack has one queen size Kenko Dream® Comforter, two KenkoNaturest® Custom Pillows and two Kenko PowerSleep Masks.

•            The Twin Pack has one twin size Kenko Dream® Comforter with one KenkoNaturest® Custom Pillow and one Kenko PowerSleep Mask. 

Staying hydrated is key to overall health. During these trying times, drinking lots of filtered water is even more important, as it is known that staying hydrated helps boost our immune systems. Carry an eco-friendly PiMag® Sport Bottle everywhere and drink up! It makes the perfect green gift all year round.

Do you know anyone who doesn’t do much cooking and relies on ready-made food? Unfortunately ready-made in this day and age often means highly processed and full of preservatives and artificial flavoring. Kenzen® Wellness Organic-Based Nutrition can help fill in dietary gaps while elevating your nutrient density. And for both children and adults who don’t eat enough vegetables and fruits, Kenzen® Total Vegan Drink Mix can provide four of the recommended daily servings in one delicious chocolate-flavored scoop. It’s green superfood!

What about a gift that takes care of the body’s largest organ, skin? True Elements® skin care helps cleanse, tone and moisturize skin of all ages with organic ingredients that include seaweed that is rich in natural minerals. These skin care preparations are natural, organic, and free from parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, PEG, EDTA, synthetic colorings and fragrances.

Make holiday gifting stress-free with Nikken, and remember to wash your hands and stay safe!

Caring for the Caregiver

Most of us take care of others in one way or another. It comes naturally, especially when living in a household with various generations represented. Then there are people who take care of someone full time, either as a family member or as a professional caregiver.

Family caregivers are generally relatives who provide emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis for an ill or disabled loved one at home. Professional caregivers are paid to provide either medical or non-medical care in a home or a facility.

Taking care of someone who is disabled or ill is stressful and takes a toll both physically and mentally on the caregiver. Studies consistently report higher levels of depressive symptoms and mental health problems among caregivers than their non-caregiving peers.1 Caregivers have high levels of stress, and study participants described feelings of frustration, anger, guilt and helplessness as a result of providing care.2 Caregivers are also at greater risk for the development of cardiovascular syndromes such as high blood pressure or heart disease—this may be the result of having to constantly respond to the demanding needs of the “patient.”3

What can you do to take care of yourself so that your own health does not deteriorate from the pressures of being a full- or part-time caregiver?  The main thing is to take time for yourself, to relax and center yourself.4 What that entails is really up to you. It might be exercising before assuming caretaking duties or taking time out to meditate. It could even be having a short conversation with a friend. According to psychologist Susan Pinker, “Face-to-face contact releases a whole cascade of neurotransmitters, and they protect you now, in the present and well into the future.”5 When you can’t meet for a heart-to-heart chat, consider FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and other apps.

Caretaking can be heartbreaking and all-consuming. Caregivers therefore are less likely to participate in their own Active Wellness as they try to help their patients above and beyond anyone else. They are less likely to engage in preventative health behaviors, such as getting regular checkups, eating nutritious meals and regularly exercising. In fact, those are the exact behaviors that can help caretakers manage their own health properly.

Whether you personally are a caretaker or know someone who is, Nikken has been a pioneer in the Global Wellness Community for decades and continues to offer solutions that help maintain physical and mental well-being. The entire range of Kenzen organic nutritional supplements, Kenko products that promote rest and relaxation and Kenzen personal care designed specifically to help maintain hygienic living can help caretakers take care of themselves.

1, 2, 3  https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-health

4,5 https://herohealth.com/6-ways-to-improve-life-as-a-caregiver?utm_source=google&utm_medium=nonbranded&gclid=CjwKCAiA-f78BRBbEiwATKRRBLSkbafnkv36Z3I63oJTneBf3Dnh06SHrzsSQjSyguFoaFu-zaphFRoCWIcQAvD_BwE

Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?

Sleep disorders are conditions that disturb our normal sleep patterns. Sleeping is a complicated biological process where we are unconscious but the brain and body are still actively functioning. These continuous bodily functions help us stay healthy. When we don’t get enough restful sleep, we feel tired, but even worse, it can affect our physical and mental well-being. Restful sleep is one of the most important facets of Active Wellness.

The term “sleep disorder” refers to conditions that affect sleep quality, timing, or duration and impact a person’s ability to properly function while they are awake. These disorders can contribute to other medical problems, and some may also be symptoms for underlying mental health issues.1

Over four decades, more than 100 specific sleep disorders have been identified and complex methodologies categorize them based on causes, symptoms, physiological and psychological effects, and other criteria.2 However, most sleep disorders can be characterized by one or more of the following four signs:

  • Trouble falling or remaining asleep
  • Difficulty staying awake during the day
  • Imbalances in circadian rhythm that interfere with a healthy sleep schedule
  • Being prone to unusual behaviors that disrupt sleep

Some fairly common types of sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome (RLS), hypersomnia and parasomnia.3 According to general estimates by the Sleep Foundation, 10 to 30% of adults live with some form of insomnia. Most of us have experienced some form of insomnia—either having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Chronic insomnia occurs when sleepers experience symptoms at least three times per week for at least three months. Insomnia lasting less than three months is known as short-term insomnia.

Sleep apnea is ubiquitous and presents more of a problem, because left untreated, it could lead to serious health issues. It’s not only a sleep disorder but also a breathing disorder where the sleeper stops breathing for 10 seconds or more. There are various forms of sleep apnea, but each warrants checking in with a health practitioner for possible treatment.

Restless leg syndrome causes the sleeper to waken from an urge to move the legs or simply twitching from an irritating sensation, while hypersomnia causes extreme sleepiness during the day, to the point of not being able to function.

Parasomnia is a collective term for unusual behaviors that occur prior to sleep, during sleep, or during the transition period between sleep and waking. These behaviors can occur during different stages of sleep. Sleepwalking and night terrors are examples of parasomnia, as are talking or eating while asleep.

Sleep disorders can be caused by health issues including heart, lung, nerve and pain conditions. They can also be caused by depression and anxiety, certain medications, caffeine, alcohol, irregular schedules, aging and even genetics. It’s best to check in with a health practitioner, just to be on the safe side.

When going to sleep, make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend removing all electronic devices from the bedroom.4

From November 1 through December 31, 2020, the discounted Nikken “Cozy Winter” Packs not only help you to reap the health benefits of a good night’s sleep but also to expand your Global Wellness Community when you share it with others.


1, 2  https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders

3 https://medlineplus.gov/sleepdisorders.html

4 https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html

Breathe Deeply and Other Tips for Respiratory Health

Just like any other important organ in our bodies, the lungs age over time and lose some of their efficiency. The lungs can become less flexible and lose strength. The overall effect is that breathing becomes more difficult.

Our breath literally gives life, so keeping our ability to breathe easily is critical to Active Wellness and a high-quality lifestyle. Here are some key behaviors to help keep our lungs functioning properly:

•            Never smoke. If you do, find a way to stop. Seek the help of a professional if necessary. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, more than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the U.S. during its history. In addition, smoking causes about 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and women.1 Smoking also causes the lungs to age more rapidly. The good news is, according to the American Lung Association, within just 12 hours of quitting smoking, carbon monoxide levels in the blood drops to normal, and within a few months, lung function begins to improve. Within a year, the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.2

•            Exercise regularly. We think about exercise in terms of maintaining a comfortable weight, keeping muscle tone and optimizing cardiovascular health. The truth is, regular exercise is key to the health of our lungs. Just as the heart beats faster during exercise, the lungs work harder, too. The body requires more oxygen during exercise, and the lungs increase their activity level to deliver that necessary oxygen while expelling additional carbon dioxide. Breathing increases from about 15 times a minute to approximately 40 to 60 times a minute, giving the lungs a real workout.3 Try to do something active for 30 minutes daily to lighten the load on the lungs and to help increase the efficiency of oxygen transportation and metabolism.4Strengthening the lungs with regular exercise helps improve immunity and resist aging.

•            Avoid exposure to pollutants. Stay away from smokers to avoid breathing in secondhand smoke. Keep your windows rolled up when in heavy traffic to avoid breathing in exhaust fumes.

•            When driving, avoid idling the car for long periods of time (a minute is a very long time when idling, so keep it to 10 seconds or less) to help prevent noxious air. Many newer car models automatically turn the ignition off when idling for more than a few seconds.

•            The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that indoor pollution is typically worse than outdoor. To help decrease indoor pollutants, open windows to keep air circulating, ban smoking indoors, keep dust to a minimum, use natural cleaners such as Kenzen® Surface Cleaner as much as possible, avoid synthetic air fresheners and make sure exhaust hoods and other ventilation methods are adequate.

•            Wash your hands frequently. Keeping hands clean is the easiest way to help prevent lung infections.

•            Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables, because they contain nutrients that help boost the immune system.

•            Cover your coughs to help stop the spread of germs. Get plenty of rest, eat well and keep stress levels under control to overcome any viral or bacterial infections.5

•            When working where there are known pollutants, wear a mask, such as the Kenzen® Face Mask. Avoid breathing in toxic fumes from chemicals, solvents, paints, excessive amounts of dusk, fumes, smoke, gas, vapors or mists.6

•            Breathe deeply. Most of us take shallow breaths from the chest area, but this only utilizes a small portion of our lungs. On the other hand, deep breathing helps clear the lungs and allows for full oxygen intake and expulsion of carbon dioxide. Be conscious of your breath and it is noticeable that deep breathing feels invigorating as well as relaxing.

1, 2, 3 healthline.com/health/understanding-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis/ways-to-keep-your-lungs-healthy-and-whole#4.-Prevent-infections

4, 5, 6 https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/prevent-lung-disease

Your Spine is the Key to Bone and Joint Health

Bone and joint conditions worldwide are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability: musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, spinal deformity and childhood conditions.1 As life expectancies lengthen and changes in risk factors intensify, these conditions are expected to increase, unless new treatments and preventive measures are found.

With the challenges of Covid-19 affecting people globally, lockdown and business closure restrictions have led to a decrease in physical activities. Being less active makes people more susceptible to bone and joint issues, specifically in the form of spinal pain and disability. World Spine Day is annually on October 16 and this year, it’s particularly important to pay attention to spinal health for well-being.

Active Wellness promotes regular physical activity, which is one important component of spinal health. Good posture, using your knees when lifting heavy objects, and keeping your work environment safe are simple behaviors to adhere to. Yet, most of us tend to slip up and slouch, lift with straight legs and keep a fair amount of clutter around us. World Spine Day reminds us to stay disciplined and at the very least, sit up straight!

Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives, with an estimated one billion people worldwide with spinal pain.2 Most cases of back pain tend to be mechanical and non-organic. This means they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.

The spine is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Ligaments can be sprained, muscles easily strained, disks can be ruptured and joints, irritated—all leading to back pain. Poor posture, obesity and psychological stress also can cause back pain. Organic causes can be arthritis, kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots or bone loss. Here are 10 tips to keep your spine, and therefore your bones and joints, healthy:

•            Maintain a healthy diet and weight.

•            Stay consistently active. Do whatever your body is comfortable with, but keep doing it every day.

•            Stand and sit properly. (Do not slouch and try to keep the hips level.)

•            Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes that support your feet. Make sure the shoe is snug at the back of the heels. This helps prevent rolling of the foot either to the inside or the outside.3

•            Lift with your knees and don’t twist your body when you’re carrying a weight.

•            Never smoke. Smoke impairs blood flow, which deprives the spinal tissues of oxygen and nutrients.

•            Keep your spine aligned when sleeping. Back sleepers can place a pillow beneath the knees to reduce stress on the lower back. Side sleepers can place a pillow between the knees to keep the hips balanced.

•            Make sure you include enough calcium in your diet to keep bones strong. Kenzen BDZ® and Kenzen® Calcium Complex are your bone buddies.

•            Manage any pain you have with the help of a health practitioner or physical therapist, and avoid opiates as much as possible.

•            Relief from joint discomfort is available in the form of Nikken CM Complex Cream and Kenzen® Joint.

1 https://www.usbji.org/programs/public-education-programs/action-week

2 http://www.worldspineday.org/resources/spinal-health-and-spine-disorders/

3 https://www.spine-health.com/…/five-ways-keep-your-spine-healthy-and- happy

Super Yummy and Really Good for Us!

“Everything in moderation.” The essential thought is found in the work of the Greek poet Hesiod (c.700 bc), who wrote ‘observe due measure; moderation is best in all things’, and of the Roman comic dramatist Plautus (c. 250–184 bc), who wrote ‘moderation in all things is the best policy.’1 These wise words are especially prudent when it comes to delicious food that may have high calories or may not be the best for us. When something is delicious and beneficial, double bonus! Such is the case with cacao or cocoa powder.

Cacao beans are a source of flavonoids, with the primary type present being flavanols. Cacao beans come from the fruit of the tree known as Theobroma cacao. Theobroma means “food of the gods” and aptly, cacao beans not only contain flavanols but also nearly 400 other identified compounds.2

Flavanols are a type of plant nutrient found in many foods and drinks, such as tea, red wine, blueberries, apples, pears, cherries, and peanuts. They are particularly abundant in cacao beans. Fermenting, drying, and roasting cacao beans yields cocoa powder, which is used to make chocolate. Flavanols in cocoa have been studied for many years. Decades of research and more than 100 published studies have demonstrated the benefits of daily cocoa flavanol consumption, including supporting a healthy heart, blood pressure, brain health and cognition, circulation and skin health. 3 They have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage.4

With the emerging recognition of the beneficial effects of flavanols, there has been a shift in commercial production towards chocolate forms with high flavanol content.5 Cocoa powder can contain as little as 10% fat and has up to 6% by weight, flavanols. It also has minerals (Magnesium, Copper, Vitamin K and Calcium), protein, and fiber in modest amounts. The main flavanols present in the cocoa powder are catechins and epicatechins.

Italian researchers tested the effects of cocoa flavanols in 90 healthy 61- to 85-year-olds whose memories and thinking skills were in good shape for their ages. Participants drank a special brew of cocoa flavanols each day. One group’s brew contained a low amount of cocoa flavanols (48 mg a day), another’s contained a medium amount (520 mg), and the third’s contained a high amount (993 mg).

After eight weeks, people who consumed medium and high amounts of cocoa flavanols every day made significant improvements on tests that measured attention, executive function, and memory. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A similar study by these researchers published in 2012 showed that daily consumption of cocoa flavanols was associated with improved thinking skills in older adults who did have thinking problems, a condition called mild cognitive impairment. And both studies found that cocoa flavanols were associated with reduced blood pressure and improved insulin resistance. 6

Formulated to help people reach their recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, in other words, to eat an Active Wellness diet, Kenzen® Total Vegan Drink Mix was designed with children in mind. It therefore “hid” its four recommended daily servings of veggies and fruits per serving/scoop with delicious chocolate flavor.

When you check out the ingredient listing of Kenzen Total Vegan Drink Mix, you’ll see that the second ingredient is Organic Cacao Powder. The formulation of this powdered green superfood is proprietary, but we can tell you that there are 3.15g of Organic Cacao in each 6.3g serving. That’s a significant amount, based on studies mentioned above, so whether you’re trying to get veggies into a child or feeding your own adult heart and brain, it doesn’t get easier than this!  Just add water and get a delicious chocolate beverage that is really good for the body and mind: triple bonus!

1https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110810105420435#:~:text=The%20essential%20thought%20is%

2, 4,5 https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/590371

3 Kwik-Uribe, Cocoa flavanols: Manufacturing Process & Supply Chain Make or Break Benefits, Nutraceuticals World, July/August 2020, p. 36.

6 https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cocoa-sweet-treat-brain-201502057676

What Can We Do to Help Prevent Infections?

Scientists have spent countless hours over the past decades researching the whys, hows and whats of infectious diseases. Although all the answers are yet to be found, what is known with surety is that the best way to help prevent infections is to block the infectious microbes from entering the body. Entry points are all the body’s openings, and most often, through the nose and mouth.

Personal hygiene habits are a big part of helping to prevent infections. Parents tell their kids to wash their hands before each meal. Washing hands to help prevent infections requires even more vigilance. To help prevent infections, wash hands often throughout the day, when you return home from work, after shopping, after using the bathroom and in between preparing different types of food. And if you can’t wash your hands, hand sanitizer is second best.

Helping children learn good personal hygiene habits is important, as many times, they are the ones that spread infections. Teach them to cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough. Explain why they should not pick at healing wounds, blemishes or pimples, as that only helps spread infections.1 Be a good role model and have tissues and bandages readily available. Be aware of any cuts on yourself, your children and your pets, and make sure they’re washed and cleaned before bandaging. And always see a medical practitioner if it’s something you can’t take care of easily.

In a family circle, it’s common to share just about everything. But to help prevent infections, don’t share dishes, glasses or eating utensils. That way you won’t be sharing as many germs. And, definitely don’t share napkins, tissues, handkerchiefs or other such items.

Many infections are the result of eating something unclean. Most cases of food-borne infection are not life-threatening, but they can certainly lead to severe discomfort or more complicated medical conditions. Help prevent infections by preparing and storing foods safely:

• Rinse meats, fruits and vegetables thoroughly before preparing, cooking and serving.

• Wash your own hands with soap and water before and after handling meats.

• Separate raw food from cooked food and wash cutting boards and other surfaces in between uses.

• Defrost foods in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.

• Store leftovers in airtight containers and refrigerate perishable foods within two hours.

Ironically, many infections are actually picked up when you spend time under treatment at a hospital or other health facility. These healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a significant source of medical complications.2 HAIs are associated with surgery, medical devices, catheters and ventilators. Research has shown that some healthcare workers may clean their hands less than half the time they should,3 so you need to advocate for yourself and make sure they are wearing gloves before they touch you.

Since social distancing is advised at this time, we are already living differently than we used to in order to help prevent infections. When out and about, be sure to wear a face mask, such as Kenko® Face Mask. In addition to practicing Active Wellness, also remember that when not at a medical facility, avoid direct contact with anyone who is ill and try not to touch any surfaces they’ve touched. Avoidance is especially important for people with compromised immune systems or underlying conditions such as type 2 diabetes, any type of cardiovascular issue, asthma, etc. Use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable. Kenzen® Hand Sanitizer helps not only to clean your hands but also soothes them.

1 https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-prevent-infections

2,3 https://afmc.org/afmc-healthspot/9-best-ways-prevent-infections/

Aging is a Privilege to Capitalize On

Nobody likes the aging process, and no truer words were uttered than “Old age is not for the faint of heart.” The truth is, if we are given the option to grow old, we need to embrace it and make the best of it, because it’s a privilege not everyone has.

In a previous blog there were “10 head-to-toe tips for active aging,” which mostly are common sense and relatively easy to implement in an Active Wellness regimen. This blog summarizes why we need to practice Active Wellness and active aging.

People associate aging with wrinkles and gray hair. That may be an accurate visual, but what happens internally to our bodies affects the aging process much more drastically. One of the most common changes during the aging process is that our cardiovascular system becomes less flexible and stiffens, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood through the vessels and arteries. These changes increase the risk of hypertension and other heart problems.1

To help lower the risk of cardiovascular problems, maintain a sustainable and reasonable weight by eating a healthy diet that’s high in vegetables and fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods, lean sources of protein and eliminate saturated fats, refined sugars and some salt. Exercise moderately and consistently and stay away from tobacco and its related products. Reduce stress through meditation, exercise, therapy and self-care products such as the handheld KenkoTouch® massager.

With age, bones tend to shrink in size and density, weakening them and making them more susceptible to fracture. We might even become a bit shorter. Muscles generally lose strength, endurance and flexibility — factors that can affect your coordination, stability and balance.2

To counteract these effects, do some form of weight-bearing exercise every day and make sure to consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. If you don’t eat a diet rich in essential minerals, consider taking supplements such as Kenzen® Joint, Kenzen® BDZ and Kenzen® Calcium Complex. You’ll be happily pleased with results you may actually feel.

The brain undergoes changes as we age that may have minor effects on the memory or thinking skills. For example, healthy older adults might forget familiar names or words, or may find it more difficult to multitask.3

There are several activities that can help slow down aging of the brain. We can promote cognitive health by doing the same things that promote cardiovascular and digestive health; that is, exercise regularly, quit smoking or using any tobacco related products, eat a healthy diet and manage blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes—all together, these measures help decrease the risk of cognitive decline. In addition, we can do puzzles, play word games, Sudoku and learn new skills, such as an additional language or musical instrument.

With age, we might have difficulty focusing on objects that are close up. We might become more sensitive to glare and have trouble adapting to different levels of light. Aging also can affect the eye’s lens, causing clouded vision (cataracts). Hearing also might diminish. We might have difficulty hearing high frequencies or following a conversation in a crowded room.

To promote eye and ear health, we need to schedule regular checkups and follow our medical practitioners’ advice on glasses, hearing aids and other corrective devices. We can easily wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats outdoors and use earplugs when we know we’ll be around loud machinery or other loud noises.

There’s an old Chinese saying that translates loosely to: “Toothaches can’t kill you but they make you feel like dying.” When we age, the gums might pull back from our teeth and cause both to become more vulnerable to decay and infection.3 Brushing and flossing are easy ways to decrease the risk of gum and dental deterioration. Much as we may dislike it, we need to see our dentist regularly, especially when we age.

According to a study from Yale University, people who viewed aging positively lived 7.5 years longer than those who approached it with a negative attitude.4 To reiterate this, according to the Journal of American Medical Association, seniors who viewed aging positively (wisdom and overall satisfaction) are 40 percent more likely to recover from a disability than those who see it as synonymous to helplessness.5 The more you embrace getting older and appreciate its positive aspects the happier you are and the younger you look.

1,2,3  https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/aging/art-20046070

4,5 https://aging.com/ten-tips-to-age-beautifully/

Have You Heard of the “Have a Plant™” Movement?

The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is promoting the consumption of vegetables and fruits for health. Health means decreasing the risk of certain common but debilitating conditions, including type 2 diabetes, diverticulitis and other digestive issues, hypertension and most notably, cardiovascular disease. Have a Plant™ is PBH’s new behavioral science-based call to action.

Since nearly 90% of Americans fall below fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations1, the PBH suggests the following:

  1. Join the Have a Plant™ Movement by enjoying fruits and veggies you know and love, whether fresh, frozen, canned, dried or 100% juice.
  2. Follow PBH’s social channels to learn creative tips/tricks to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your daily diet.
  3. Take the Have a Plant™ pledge: commit to adding one or more fruit and or vegetable to your routine every day this month: try something new, and experiment. Although this is National Fruit and Veggie Awareness month as recommended by PBH, any month is a good month to make this pledge.
  4. Spread the word on the importance of consuming multiple types of fruits and veggies, since no single vegetable or fruit can supply all your nutrient needs.

The importance of eating fruits and vegetables cannot be overstated. You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to reap the multiple benefits of including a rainbow of plant foods into your diet. Studies show that people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases, as mentioned above. Here’s why:

•            Vegetables are low in fat and calories and none have cholesterol.

•             Vegetables and fruits are important sources of potassium, fiber, folate (folic acid) and Vitamins A and C.

•            Diets rich in potassium may help maintain healthy levels of blood pressure.2 Sweet potatoes, white beans, tomato paste, sauce and juice, beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils and kidney beans are rich in potassium.

•            Fiber helps reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease, as well as help ensure proper bowel function. High-fiber foods include peas, broccoli, figs, berries, all types of beans, artichokes, avocado and pears.

•            Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells.3 Foods rich in folate include leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, seeds and nuts, and fortified foods, such as whole grain breakfast cereals.4

•            Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps protect against infections. Vitamin A is found in orange and yellow vegetables and fruits as well as broccoli, spinach and most green leafy vegetables.

•             According to a study conducted by Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals, all fruits and veggies contributed to the benefit but green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and mustard greens most strongly associated with a decrease risk of cardiovascular disease.5

•            Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. It also aids in iron absorption. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, cauliflower, green and red peppers, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes and winter squash.

•             A randomized trial known as the Optimal Macronutrient Intake Trial for Heart Health showed fruit and vegetable rich diets lowered blood pressure even more when some of the carbohydrates were replaced with healthy unsaturated fat or protein.6

Have a Plant™ works well with an Active Wellness lifestyle and it’s never too late to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Remember that Kenzen® Super Ciaga is rich in antioxidant fruits, and Kenzen® Total Vegan Drink Mix can help you and your children with four of the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables in each scoop!

1 https://www.producebluebook.com/2019/08/27/how-to-promote-september-as-national-fruits-and-veggie-month/#

2, 3 www.choosemyplate.gov

www.m.activebeat.com

5, 6 www.hsph.harvard.edu