Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Kenko Light - Ideal for Dark Times

Light, whether at home or work, has a huge effect on our well-being

The Importance of Light

Of course there are many factors that affect workplace productivity and well being. But according to a recent report one that is usually fairly low down the list for most employers is office lighting. However a recent study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design indicated that 68 percent of employees complain about the lighting situation in their offices. When you think about it this shouldn't be too surprising. Lighting, whether for work or domestic purposes, is obviously important both physically and emotionally.

The best light you can get is natural light. So if you can sit near a window that is ideal. However that isn't always possible. In some large offices, and especially large department stores, there can be many hundreds of square footage of artificially lit ceiling, without a natural daylight window in sight. Even outside of work we rarely take the opportunity to absorb natural light; it is now estimated that most of us spend more than 90% of our time indoors. In winter many people go days without seeing any natural light at all.
Natural light has been proven to boost productivity far more than the artificial overhead lights with which many company buildings are filled. If that isn’t an option, buy a lamp with a focused point of light and point its beam at your immediate workspace.

The Drawbacks of Artificial Lighting

Employees most often complain of lighting that is either too dim or too harsh. Dim lighting can cause eye strain and headaches, because, when lighting is inadequate, the eyes are forced to work much harder in order to see. Dim lighting can also result in drowsiness and lack of focus, which would obviously have a negative impact on employee motivation. On the other hand harsh lighting, is much more common than dim lighting and is just as harmful. Florescent lighting is particularly unkind on employees, known to cause a number of negative effects including eye strain and migraines - we wouldn't dream of having these monstrous light tubes in our homes so why do we think it's ok in the office?

The Nikken Kenkolight is ideal for home or office and retails for £120 in theUK

Be Natural if You Can

The best alternative to harsh lighting and dim lighting systems is of course natural light itself. In a UK study published in “The Responsible Workplace,” it was shown that windows were the number one determinant of the occupants’ level of satisfaction with a building! This effect is due to lighting’s ability to affect the human body in two ways: directly, in the form of affecting what and how well we are able to see, and indirectly, in the form of effects on our mood, behaviour, and even hormonal balance.
Natural lighting renovations have been shown to result in happier workers, less absenteeism, and fewer illnesses, and, because better lighting encourages satisfaction among workers, it also results in increased productivity.
A major office renovation may initially involve some cost of course but many companies are finding the gains due to energy savings and more importantly productivity more than make up for the cost of the initial investment. And it doesn't necessarily need to cost too much. There is nothing to stop individual employees installing their own desk lamp to alleviate the negative effects of overhead lighting. Many employers will be happy to provide these. By pointing a local light over your work space you can reassert some control over your personal light and banish annoying overhead shadows.

Light Designed to Replicate Sunlight

Where you are confined indoors most of the time, whether at home or at work, it is advantageous to use  full spectrum lighting. Our eyes respond better to artificial light which closely replicates the intensity and range of colours found in natural daylight. People who work under full spectrum light report feeling less tired and moody and experience reduced eyestrain. These types of lamps are also beneficial for alleviating the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is naturally problematic during the long winter months.

The Nikken Kenkolight is a full spectrum natural daylight lamp that comes with an adjustable arm which makes it ideal as a desk spotlight or a background mood light. Equally suitable for home, work, office or bedroom, the lamp has three brightness settings, a LED display clock, an alarm (with gradual waking setting if desired), and USB port.

To learn more about the Kenkolight please have a look at this factsheet or feel free to contact me for details.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Would You Love to Sleep Better?

Do you feel there are never enough hours in the day and you just have to grab a few more late at night or early in the morning? Do you habitually burn the candle at both ends? Or do you attempt to get enough sleep but feel the quality is not what you need? Do you have a partner who snores or overheats? Is your bed too cold in winter and too hot in summer?

There is much advice about sleep but it isn't always practical in our modern lives. As a central component of their Wellness Home Nikken offers a passive aid that aims to improve both the quantity and quality of your sleep. The Nikken sleep system (comprising duvet, pillow, eye mask, and mattress topper - available separately or as a set) is the best investment I have made for my family. There is also a sleeping bag known as the Cocoon.

If you are serious about investigating this groundbreaking technology, and changing the health of you and your family, have a look at these video links below:

Official Nikken Sleep system video (6mins) 

And another more lengthy (32mins) one on how Sleep Matters by Dr Gary Lindner

It am always available to have a chat with you to find out more about your sleeping patterns and what might help you once you've had a chance to have a look at the links. Please feel free to contact me to learn more.

Many thanks, Anita Young
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Friday, 25 November 2016

Why is Nikken Pimag Water Good For You?

  • It hydrates you - 75% of us are typically dehydrated.
  • You can absorb the water better. This is demonstrated by you not feeling the water sitting heavy in your stomach like you do if you drink a glass of tap water. You also do not wee it straight out like you do with normal water.
  • The water energises your cells.
  • The water is alkaline with a ph of approx. 8-9 (most bottled, and Britta, water is acidic) - acidic diets can contribute towards many health problems such as osteoporosis and diabetes.
  • The all-in-one multi-stage filter removes contaminates present in tap water - these include heavy metals and chlorine (see below *).
  • Most alternative filtration systems take out good stuff aswell as the bad.
  • The Nikken filter adds essential minerals - magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese and sodium.
  • Many filtration systems waste alot of water - very bad for the environment and your water rates! The Nikken Pimag Filter uses 100% of the tap water.
  • The Nikken filter is a countertop model - no plumbing required, quick and easy straight out the box.
  • It is also therefore relatively portable and can be moved around the kitchen or house or office, or even taken on holiday.
  • Very good flow rates - much quicker than many alternative brands. The system's 5 litre tank will refill in a matter of minutes.
  • Very good filter replacement rates - the filter is good for 900 litres (for a family of 4 using the system for all their drinking and cooking needs this will usually translate to about 3 months).
  • The water has antioxidant effects.
  • The water is oxygenated.
  • The water is ionised.
  • The Nikken water systems use special BPA-free non leaching plastics.
  • The water activates your thirst mechanism which is normally suppressed or misinterpreted (often as hunger). The more Nikken water you drink the more you want! This helps rehydrate you quickly. Try it!
  • The light velvety water tastes great - you will not enjoy tap water after tasting Nikken water.
  • Drinking lots of Nikken water will fill you up making you feel like eating less (thus being an advantage as part of a weight management diet).
  • At £215 for the unit plus £36 for replacement filters the Nikken system is one of the cheapest home water filtration solutions on the market. The replacement filters run at approximately 4p/litre on average, considerably cheaper than buying in bottled water.
  • Tested and verified by the Water Quality Association of America with "Gold Seal Approval".

How does it do these things?

The Nikken PiMag Waterfall system aims to convert tap water into natural spring water.

The water system contains a multi stage single filter which extracts harmful materials and adds beneficial minerals.

The water flows over a bed of mineral stones which serve to replicate a natural mountain stream.

A 1,200 gauss magnet energises and conditions the water.

Through these processes the structure of the Nikken water matches the hexagonal shape of nature (like a snowflake) and forms in microclusters so the water molecules can be absorbed easily into our cells.   Tap water molecules are much more difficult for the body to process before absorption for a number of reasons; they are clumped together and contain a different mineral content to nature's water, they contain heavy metals and other contaminants that the body needs to filter first before absorbing. Your liver is essentially doing the job the Nikken filter does. This is why we tend to pee more when we drink lots of tap water.

* In tests The Nikken PiMag Water Filter showed the following percentage reductions versus UK tap water: Arsenic 68%, Cadmium 87%, Chromium 90%, Lead 91%, Copper 87%, Nickel 83%, Aluminium 95%, Iron 73%, Mercury 96%, Chlorine 90%, Metaldehyde (pesticide) 84%, Organophosorus (pesticides) 61-97%, Acidics 70-94%, Urons 62-90%, Organochlorine (insecticides) 90-99%, Triazines (herbicides) 66-76%, Chlormequat (plant growth regulator) 72%, Trihalomethanes (THM's) / Solvents 72-95%, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) 80-86%, Phosphorus 91%, Glyphosate (herbicide) 80%.

The picture below shows the effects on a sweet potato left for 5 weeks in tap water, reverse osmosis water, well water, and nikken pimag water (respectively left to right).

To learn more:

Promotional Video (7mins)

Rick Murphy compares the pH of Nikken Pimag water to various bottled waters and explains the importance of alkalinity for health and how Nikken Pimag water can help with this.

Pdf technical documents here:

The Nikken Pimag ® Waterfall

£215 rrp

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or call Anita on 07952 708173

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Nature's Perfect Food

Japanese scientist Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara devoted over 40 years of his life to finding a natural substance that would promote good health and help support the body’s nutritional needs. Numerous scientific studies led him to discover the positive effects of green barley grass on human physiology.

Harvested when nutrients are at their peak in the first shoots of young barley grass, the nutrients are then cold-processed and concentrated via patented and award winning juicing and spray-drying techniques. Easily absorbed by the body, only the juice of the grass is used - the richest source of nutrients.

"Nikken Jade GreenZymes is an absolutely unique formulation ... it combines the best of ancient wisdom and modern science and is the only product of its kind in the world. Nikken and I are dedicated to the same goals: promoting healthy, natural solutions to the challenges of modern life." Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara

Called “nature’s perfect food,” barley grass is said to have more nutrition than an equal serving of any other vegetable. The barley grass in organic Jade GreenZymes is beneficial in helping balance pH, supporting a strong immune system, and assisting in maintaining blood glucose levels.

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Life Giving Water

There is a fairly well known picture doing the rounds on the interweb, showing the effects of various waters including Nikken water on plant life. We decided to conduct our own experiment. The above jars contain one carrott sitting in, left to right, Tap water, Bottled water, and Nikken Pimag water, respectively. The picture was taken after six weeks. The water was not changed but was occasionally topped up.

Although the tap water faired well at first the growth started to die after about 3 weeks. There is also no root growth in the jar and the majority of the carrott has turned to soft mush. The pimag jar shows healthy strong green growth plus strong roots and a still solid carrott standing up in the jar. The bottled water was a total failure with no growth whatsoever and a carrott that disintegrated into an indistinguishable smelly mouldy mush very quickly.

The experiment was repeated with a potato with the same results - first place Pimag, second place Tap, and trailing in a distant last, Bottled. Seems bottled is probably even worse than tap water.
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