Lose Weight and Gain Cash

The NikkenWellness Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system is based on three basic assertions for a healthy lifestyle: Cleanse, Balance and Energize. It’s simple and convenient. With the Everyday Weight Management pack that is designed for 30-day consumption, the focus is on creating a lifestyle, not just a temporary weight loss. Winners of the first quarterly contest have results that speak for themselves.

After only 11 weeks on the Everyday Wellness Challenge, Susan Goodwin lost 27 pounds and three sizes. She won $2,000 in cash and says, “I’m planning to use my prize money to travel to Mexico and visit my Nikken group there! I feel so much stronger and this is my start of a whole new lifestyle. This nutrition program is easy to follow, the supplements are delicious and the way to consume them is flexible. I’ve been able to sleep seven hours every night and no longer have problems with apnea. My sugar levels are under control and I’m living the Active Wellness lifestyle, thanks to Nikken.”

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Victoria Jaso Walters spent the full three months on the Everyday Wellness Challenge and lost 19 pounds and four dress sizes. She says, “I get a good start every morning with Kenzen Vital Balance® Meal Replacement Mix. The $1,000 cash I won is just in time to take a vacation. With the next quarter’s challenge, I hope to lose another 25 pounds!”

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Can you imagine not being able to walk upstairs or bend down to put on your socks or shoes? That’s exactly how Alex Medina was living before starting on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system. After only nine weeks, Alex lost 35 pounds! He says, “I definitely can put my shoes on very comfortably now. I feel more energetic and am really excited to continue on this challenge as a new way of life. I will be using my $1,000 winnings to pay my bills and am planning a big before and after “revelation” for the next round!”

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How does losing six inches from the waist sound? That’s what Mark Simpson accomplished in three months while losing 34 pounds! He says, “With the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management pack, I may need a new belt soon! My energy has improved as well as my outlook. I am in the process of looking for our dream home and the $500 reward helps us get closer to that goal. I intend to start a support group to help others with Active Wellness through the Everyday Weight Management program!”

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Bill Cottle reached his target goal of 180 pounds by losing 16 pounds in three months on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system. He says, “I felt satisfied, energized and experienced increased mental clarity. I was so excited to receive a congratulatory letter from Nikken CEO Kurt Fulle and a check for $500. I encourage everyone to step up and participate in round two of the challenge!”

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“People have been noticing the changes in my weight, so I have been sharing information about the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system and other Nikken products as well,” says John Berkheim. “This is a win-win for me, as I’m becoming healthier, I also can motivate others to do the same. My goal is to lose 36 pounds in the next three months with round two of the challenge. The $500 I won will help us make a trip to visit my Dad who will be 92 years old this year!”

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Another 3-month challenge is currently underway. See the details here. Will you be the next weight losers and cash winners?

We’re offering our Consultants a special on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management pack from 8:00 AM PST, July 19, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, July 25, 2017. You can order the Pack with DOUBLE PV and 1-cent standard shipping within the contiguous 48 states and Canada. This offer applies to retail or wholesale orders, excluding Autoship.

Does Fast Food = Fat Food?

The fast food industry appeals to our two primary tastes: salty and sweet. That’s why fast food contains so much added sugar (in its many forms) and salt. The same holds true for pre-packaged fast food, the kind you pop in the microwave. So what happens when we eat lots of fast food?

  • Hydrogenated oils are a source of trans fat, which is shown to be negative for human health in many ways. Trans fat occurs during food processing and is commonly found in fried foods, pastries, pizza dough, crackers and pre-packaged food. It is also in the oil that many restaurants use to cook French fries, chips and more. Eating foods that contain trans fat can increase LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol and increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.1
  • The Obesity Action Coalition(OAC) reports that the number of fast food restaurants in America has doubled since 1970. The number of obese Americans has also doubled.
  • Fast foods like bacon burgers, some fried foods and milkshakes can be high in saturated fats. “It’s been long established that saturated fats can negatively impact the heart, but there’s also research that suggests high saturated fat intake may negatively impact brain function and memory,” says Marissa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD.2 She adds that higher intakes of saturated fatty acids may impair memory speed and flexibility and prospective memory (your ability to remember to do what you intended).
  • Many fast-food meals have added sugar. Not only does that mean extra calories, but also little nutrition. The American Heart Association suggests only eating 100 to 150 calories of added sugar per day. That’s about six to nine teaspoons. A 12-ounce can of soda contains eight teaspoons of sugar. That equals 130 calories, 39 grams of sugar and nothing else.
  • Frequent soda intake can lead to poor oral health, says Leah Kaufman, MS, RD, CDN. Drinking large amounts of soda increases the amount of acid in your mouth, which eventually causes tooth decay and cavities. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the cheap sweetener most fast food restaurants use in their sodas, desserts, and many other products. Princeton University researchers linked HFCS consumption to obesity in an animal study. 3
  • The combination of fat, sugar, and lots of sodium (salt) can make fast food tastier to some people. But diets high in sodium can lead to water retention, which is why you may feel puffy, bloated, or swollen after eating fast food. 4
  • Some foods naturally contain higher amounts of sodium, but sodium is also added to many fast-food products. Some of these additives are monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate, which are used as flavoring or preservatives. Sodium can contribute to existing high blood pressure or an enlarged heart muscle. If you have congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease, too much salt can contribute to a dangerous buildup of fluid. A high sodium intake can cause your bones to weaken, leading to possible osteoporosis. The American Heart Association recommends adults eat no more than 2,300 milligramsof sodium per day. One fast-food meal could have half your day’s worth.

The good news is that palates can be trained. Once you consistently eat fresh, healthy whole foods and wean off fast foods, your body should start craving fruit instead of sugary sweets, and the desire for extra salt also abates. Nikken Silver Consultant Nancy Clyde wrote, “Well, I must confess since being on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management Program, I really taste the sweetness of Kenzen Ten4®. I have about 10 of the old formula and it is way too sweet. Thank you Nikken.” Welcome to a life of Active Wellness!

We’re offering our readers a special on the Kenzen Ten4® and/or Kenzen Vital Balance® from 8 am PST, July 12, 2017 until 5 pm PST, July 18, 2017. When you buy any combination of the two or more, receive 1-cent 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 1-cent shipping offer.

1 www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity

2 http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-eat-fast-food

3 https://www.princeton.edu/news/2010/03/22/sweet-problem-princeton-researchers-find-high-fructose-corn-syrup-prompts

4 http://www.healthline.com/health/fast-food-effects-on-body

Are you drinking enough water?

Not drinking enough water results in multiple side effects. For example, dehydration can cause fatigue, confusion, headaches, and even grumpiness. On the extreme end, dehydration is a major risk factor for kidney stones. 1 During the summer months when we perspire more than any other time of year, it’s even more important to drink water.

The best way to stay hydrated is to make drinking water a habit all year round. People seem to be in such a hurry these days that even pausing for a water break sometimes seems to be asking too much. But once you adopt the water–drinking habit, you will likely notice an increase in your energy levels and an improvement in concentration and focus.

How much water you need to drink daily is up for debate. According to webmd.com, a common recommendation is to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily, but variations come into play—depending on health, amount of exercise and climate. Common sense dictates that the more you exercise, especially in heat, the more water you need to drink. If you‘re sick with the flu or an infection, you need to drink more water than usual. And, pregnant and breastfeeding women need to drink a lot of water with frequency.

The simplest way to ensure that you stay hydrated is to carry a water bottle. It’ll serve as a reminder to drink water throughout the day, whether you’re outdoors or sitting at your desk. Cold water can be especially refreshing and help you stay alert. Hot water, either alone or in a cup of green tea, can help calm and relax you in the evenings.

Keeping a PiMag® Sport Bottle  with you at all times is the smart way to stay hydrated as part of your Active Wellness lifestyle. You can fill it up with tap water or fountain water and the patented microfilter will automatically help remove sediment, reduce chlorine and lead. PiMag water technology adds natural minerals and helps adjust the pH value to 8.5-9.5, an alkaline range that helps counterbalance our acidic environment. In addition to its benefits to us physically, PiMag water is so much cheaper than purchased bottled water, and is environmentally responsible. The bottle itself is biodegradable and contains no BPA or other potentially harmful compounds. The filter components are replaceable, further extending the life of the bottle—by using the PiMag® Sport Bottle, you’re helping to reduce the impact on landfill waste caused by disposable water bottles.

We’re offering our readers a special on the PiMag® Sport bottle from 8:00 AM PST, July 5, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, July 11, 2017. You can order the PiMag® Sport Bottle with DOUBLE PV and 1-cent 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 1-cent shipping offer.

1 www.everydayhealth.com

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 lifestyle. 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?

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!