Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Not all food is equal. Some food is good for you but tastes awful. Some food is bad for you and tastes great. The best food is good for you and also delicious—it can help you maintain a healthy weight and even lose extra pounds. Here are five foods that are nutrient dense, versatile, tasty and easy to incorporate into an Active Wellness regimen.
Green tea: Catechins make this beverage a super beverage. Catechins are antioxidants that help hinder the storage of belly fat and aid in weight loss. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that exercisers who drank four to five cups of green tea daily and worked out for 25 minutes or more lost more belly fat than counterparts who did not drink green tea. 1
Almonds: A great source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats, almonds contain fewer calories than most other types of nuts (163 for 23) plus fiber and vitamin E. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition printed a study that found almonds to be helpful in burning fat and carbs during workouts. By eating a little more than a quarter cup of almonds, exercisers noticed a more significant weight reduction in only two weeks than when they ate snacks made of complex carbs and safflower oil. The same group experienced a 62% greater reduction in weight and BMI after 24 weeks.2
Legumes: Weight management experts often recommend a high-protein diet to help lose and maintain weight. Vegetarians and vegans often find it easier to reach protein intake goals by eating lots of legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans, etc.) or adding a supplement such as pea protein. Pea protein’s high levels of branched-chain amino acids are believed to make it exceptionally beneficial for muscle mass preservation and stimulation of fat loss. 3 Pea protein powder is among the most hypoallergenic of protein powders, as it contains no gluten or dairy; it doesn’t cause bloating, a common side effect of many other protein powders.
Broccoli: Only 30 calories per serving, this cruciferous vegetable is a substantial source of calcium and antioxidants. Because it is high in fiber, you don’t need to eat a huge amount to feel full. Calcium helps increase the body’s core temperature, which may boost metabolism and help burn fat.4 Since calcium is found largely in dairy products, broccoli is a viable alternative. A versatile veggie, you can incorporate it into stir fries, boil, steam or eat it raw in salads or as crudite.
Brown rice: Filling but low in calories, brown rice is a staple in Active Wellness households. It’s full of fiber, a source of phytonutrients and contains 1.7 grams of fat-burning resistant starch.5
Legumes, brown rice and broccoli are easy to cook and eat, but if you want to forgo pots and pans, you can simply make a shake with Kenzen Vital Balance Meal Replacement mix . In either vanilla or chocolate flavors, it contains organic pea protein as its primary ingredient and also has organic broccoli and organic rice protein, among many other beneficial ingredients, such as MCTs, organic chlorella and organic cilantro.
For that antioxidant boost, Kenzen Ten-4 Energy Drink mix eliminates brewing with top quality organic matcha green tea powder and organic brown rice solids that are stirred for a quick hot or cold pick-me-up.
All three flavors of the Kenzen Paleo Bar in various flavors are made with no more than four natural foods, one of which is almonds! Combined with dates for natural sweetness, these bars are delicious yet healthy snacks. With convenience provided by NikkenWellness nutritional supplements, healthy eating has never been simpler.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017
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 new!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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.
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Monday, July 17, 2017
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!
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