Wednesday, 9 January 2019

17 Good Reasons to Drink Nikken Water

Nicki Edgell
It is now well known and accepted that the amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body - experts recommend drinking 8 to 10 glasses (about 2 litres) of water each day to maintain good health.

This has to be pure water. Teas, coffees, carbonated water, fizzy drinks and fruit juices do not count - the body sees any such beverages as food and treats them completely differently to water. Furthermore many are high in caffeine and sugar, are acidic, and are actually dehydrating thus achieving the exact opposite of what you are aiming to do with water.

But not all water is equal so what water should we drink? Is tap water too full of contaminants? Is bottled or mineral water a better alternative? Or should I invest in a home water filtration system, and if so, which type?

Japanese wellness company Nikken's water filter system take its inspiration from the fresh streams of Japan, where the benefits of mineral rich, alkaline spring water have been known for centuries. This is the idea behind the Nikken Pimag® Waterfall which seeks to recreate pure natural spring water in your home at an economical cost. Read on to discover 17 good reasons why we think Nikken water should be your drinking water of choice:

"The healthiest water on the planet." 

  1. Nikken Pimag® water is particularly efficient at hydrating you - humans should generally be made up of around 70% water (and more in the brain) but 75% of us are typically dehydrated. Many symptoms of unwellness are the same as the symptoms of dehydration and rather than being fundamentally unwell a person may just be dehydrated.

  2. The Nikken water is energised, structured and conditioned by a unique filtering and magnetic system which crucially aids its absorption by the body's cells. This is demonstrated by you not feeling the water sitting heavy in your stomach like you generally do if you drink a glass of regular tap water. This improved absorption also means you will not wee it straight out like you do with normal water.

  3. The Nikken 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 further helps to rehydrate you quickly. Try it!

  4. This encouragement to drink more and more water will not only rehydrate you, it will fill you up and satisfy your "hunger" thus being very useful as part of a weight management diet.

  5. The water is alkaline with a ph of approx. 8-9 (most bottled, and Britta, water is acidic - less than ph7, and most tap water is ph neutral, around ph7) - acidic diets can contribute towards many health problems such as osteoporosis and diabetes. Alkaline water can help contribute towards better body balance by counteracting the increased acidity of our modern diet. 

  6. Acid to Alkaline - the pH (l to r) respectively of Flavoured Water, Sparkling Water,  Bottled Water, and Nikken Pimag

  7. The all-in-one multi-stage filter removes contaminates typically present in tap water - these include heavy metals, pesticides, and chlorine. Two thirds of fluoride is also removed.

  8. Most alternative filtration systems take out the good minerals as well as the bad leaving pure, clean, but "dead" water. The Nikken system adds back essential minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese and sodium.

    A carrot after 5 weeks sitting in respectively Tap, Bottled, and Nikken Pimag, water

  9. Many filtration systems waste a lot of water - very bad for the environment and your water bills! The Nikken Pimag Filter uses 100% of your tap water.

  10. The Nikken filter is a countertop model - no plumbing is required and the system is quick and easy to use straight out of the box, with a small work surface footprint. It is therefore also relatively portable and can be moved around the kitchen or house or office, or even taken on holiday.

    The Pimag Waterfall - in the box

  11. The Nikken Waterfall is a gravity fed system with good flow rates - much quicker than many alternative brands. The system's 5 litre tank will refill in a matter of minutes.

  12. The system has very good filter replacement rates - the filter will last 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).

  13. Nikken water is oxygenated and naturally ionised (without artificial electrolysis). The water has antioxidant properties as demonstrated by an improved Oxidation Reduction Potential reading - the ORP - over tap water and bottled water.

  14. The Nikken water systems use BPA-free non leaching bio-degradable plastics.

  15. At £265 ($327) for the unit and £36 ($39) for replacement filters the Nikken system is one of the cheapest home water filtration solutions on the market. The replacement filters work out at approximately 4p/litre on average, considerably cheaper than buying in bottled water.

  16. Nikken water can also be obtained from any tap when you are out and about via the Nikken Pimag Bottle - excellent for travel including airports.

  17. The system has been tested and verified by the Water Quality Association of America earning a "Gold Seal Approval".

  18. And last and by all means not least the light velvety water tastes great! You will not enjoy tap water after tasting Nikken water. Come to a Nikken demo near you and try some!

  19. The Nikken Bottle, and Waterfall

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Monday, 31 December 2018

How To Set New Year's Resolutions That Actually Work

Nicki Edgell

It's that time of year when thoughts turn to the future and new beginnings. Typically these thoughts are formulated by setting plans and resolutions for the new year. Also typically these resolutions tend to turn to nothing after a few weeks or even days.

Reasons Our Resolutions Fail

There are many reasons why such good intentions may fail including:

1. Unrealistic Goals - be sure to make your aim relatively easy and not too time consuming. If you achieve this aim easily enough you can always add to it later on.

2. Attempting Too Many Things At Once - this is linked to having unrealistic goals. Many people having not taken on any new challenges all year think it is feasible they can suddenly do 3 or 4 new things all at once. Not satisfied with aiming to lose weight, they also attempt to change their job, save money, write a novel, and train for the London Marathon all from Day 1. Once one of these challenges falls by the wayside it is easier for the others to fall off too.

3. Unrealistic Timeframes - again this is linked to the problem above. You may have time to achieve a number of goals through a year, but there is no need to start them all on 1st January. So why not concentrate on just one goal in January, achieve that, and then turn to another afterwards? People think major changes in lifestyle or habit can occur quickly and get despondent without immediate results but it is perseverance that is more important in the long run. Imperceptible daily changes will resolve into something tangible after a few weeks.

4. Lack of Immediate Reward - don't expect immediate benefits. Progress is not always made in a straight upward linear line. You may have setbacks, you may think you are not getting anywhere. It is worth reassessing your goals as you go and making adjustments if necessary, or complete changes, but do give yourself time.

5. Not Allowing Enough Time - this can apply to problem number 4 above with reference to allowing time to notice results or simply the practical ability to dedicate enough time on a daily basis to your resolution. If you are a busy person and you decide you are going to take up jogging where do you think the extra hour a day is going to come from for your training? If you are beginning a novel or starting a gym regime you have to accept that there is only one way to achieve this - you simply have to put in the time. This means removing time from somewhere else, for example commuting, family time, or sleeping. It will obviously be easier to do something that only takes 5 minutes a day and impinges less upon your present commitments.

6. Disconnection With What We Actually Want - think carefully why you really want your goal. Is it the process you will enjoy or the actual outcome, the journey or the destination? - there is a big difference between the final benefit and the means to achieve that benefit. For instance do you want to save more money without any particular cause or is your ultimate aim to go on an exotic holiday next August? The means and the journey is important, and your chances of success are greater if you will enjoy the actual method, but a clear intention towards achieving a result will provide the drive to get the task done. In fact some maintain the intention is the only important part of the left side of this equation ie. I = R where M is zero. In other words if you intend for something it doesn't matter what method you use, you will achieve the result.

Intention + Method = Result

7. Lack of Personal Motivation - make sure you choose something you really want or need. The stronger the desire the stronger the chances of achieving the goal. You have to have a strong personal motivation to achieve your goal. If you are doing something as someone else suggested it, or you just feel you "should" you are more likely to give up early.

8. Non Specific Targets - all the literature on setting goals and aims always stresses that any goal has to be measurable and specific. So instead of a vague notion to "get fit" for example, set a deliberate plan to do 10 press ups a day.

9. Relying on Others - although it can sometimes be useful to publicise your goal and/or work together in a group this does lay you open to others' whims. If your goal relies on someone else also doing the same thing your challenge could fail for practical reasons (the lift to the gym you rely on fails to turn up) or personal reasons (your friend's circumstances change and they can't continue).

10. Procrastination - some potential new resolution makers feel unable to take action until all the conditions are perfect, for example: "I'll start running when I get those running shoes" or "I'll launch my new business when my new website is up". There can also be deflection of the actual task in hand whereby people deceive themselves into believing the laying of the ground work (such as purchasing the running shoes) fulfils the task rather than actually starting the real task (the actual running). It helps to accept that conditions are never perfect and you are better off just starting. Then by the time conditions become perfect (conditions tend to align with you after you have started something anyway) you will find you are already half way there.

Two New Things To Try This New Year (Or Any Other Time!)

1. Think in 30 Day Blocks

This is one of the most powerful tools I've ever used to achieve things. Once you commit to a goal resolve to stick to it for 30 days. Mark the start date in your calendar or diary, and the end date. Tick off the intervening dates if this helps.

If you miss a day start again with a new 30 days (but you'll find this is actually rare). The interesting thing about setting the 30 day goal is your mind becomes immediately conditioned and does not forget.

When you get to the end of the 30 days readjust the goal, start a new one, or simply carry on! But be sure to set a new timetable - again in blocks of 30 days (so for some goals you may set a 60 or 90 day challenge, although I would recommend you break down the more long term goals into 30 day sections anyway).

As an example, say if you want to write something like a short story or even a novel, you make sure you do that, every day! It doesn't matter if you do it at 6am or 11.55pm, but you must write at least a sentence every day. Tick!

The increments may seem small but it is the compounded accumulative effect which counts.

80 percent of success is showing up
Woody Allen

If your challenge is to get fit by running set a specific challenge to run around the block once a day. This may only take two minutes so can easily be done first thing in the morning before work (or possibly on the way to work?), or last thing at night, or at a number of opportunities during the day. You will feel the benefit after only a week. After 30 days adjust the challenge to twice round the block for the next 30 days.

For fitness challenges like this I do advocate forms of HIT training (high intensity training). Not only does it take a lot less time, science has shown it generally gives us more health benefits too. So why jog for an hour and a half a day when a sprint up a hill in 30 seconds achieves as much? A good HIT technique to try is 8 on/off sprints/walks. So you walk for 30 seconds, sprint for 30 seconds, walk again etc (repeat 4 times).

The 30 days represents a significant challenge, but is also realistic and does not appear too far into the distance or unattainable. This timeframe also fits in with "The 21/90 Rule" which says that if you commit to a personal or professional goal for 21 straight days, after three weeks, the pursuit of that goal should have become a habit. Once you’ve established that habit, you continue to do it for another 90 days. If you can keep up something for three weeks and then ninety days, then it should become a permanent lifestyle change.

2. It Doesn't Have To Be New Year's Day

Finally although it is New Year's Eve right now, at the time of writing, I hope people read this throughout the year and take action whatever time of year it is. It doesn't actually matter when you decide to do something. There may be some small psychological power to certain times of the year, such as New Year, the Solstice, your birthday, but this energy may not actually be helpful. It could actually add stress or peer pressure unnecessarily. If you have a good idea for a plan whenever it occurs, just do it, right then, right now.

Just decide and start immediately. Now, today. There is no good reason why any decision to change something or do something different needs to be associated with one day of the year. What if a new idea comes to you on 24th October? - it would plainly be ridiculous to wait another two months to take action. What if it happens on 3rd January? - you haven't really missed the boat - there is a boat every day. The 1st January is just an arbitrary man made construct. As is midnight on the 31st (if you want to put your clocks forward a couple of hours and celebrate early, and grab an early night, no one is stopping you!).

The key word is action. You can read all the online advice and self help books you like but I don't know any that will actually achieve anything without action on your part. You do need to take responsibility and do something. There isn't a magic bullet.

Take a step towards something you'd like to do by taking some immediate action, however small, today, and go from there. You'll be surprised, it could change your life!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Festive Greetings

Nicki Edgell

With the winter solstice and full moon upon us just before Christmas we are at a point of stillness in the cycle of the year.  It doesn't feel like this for many with the last minute preparations for Christmas, but if you can find 5 minutes a day to be still at this time you can bring forward into 2019 what you truly want and that which is for your highest good.

The solstice brings about the return to light and the forecast for the next 3 months through to the Spring equinox. We are entering the peace of the holy nights on Christmas Eve through to the 6th January's epiphany.  It is the most magical time of year.  If we can be still and carry our intentions for next year through these nights we will get our epiphanies.

A great time to birth a new project.

This is a great time to birth a new project.  A reset time.  Do what is congruent to you and for your highest good.  Open your heart during this time focusing on heart centred activities with family and friends.  Be still just 5 minutes a day to sit with your thoughts.

There is no need to wait until New Year to set your resolutions.

Often setting intentions happen around New Year's Resolutions.  But working with the cycle of the year, setting your intentions now and sitting with them through to the 6th January will bring more clarity for the coming year.

Below are some simple steps to help you through this holiday period with less stress and more peace and energy: eat, drink, sleep, dance and be merry!

FOOD: Make sure you have plenty of good protein with every meal.  If you are eating sugary foods, eat a bite or two of protein first to keep your blood sugar more stable.  This will help your mood remain more stable.  Good sources of stress reducing proteins are turkey, eggs and nuts.  Fantastic Xmas lunch foods are just the ticket.  Plenty of sprouts too!  Be mindful of how much sugar you are consuming.  Add warming spices to balance blood sugar like cinnamon and nutmeg.

DRINK: Make hydration a priority. When we are indoors a lot with the heating on, we often overlook hydration.  You will have so much more energy when hydrated.

SLEEP: Make getting quality sleep a priority.  The adage that everything seems better in the morning is very true if you've had enough sleep.  We repair and restore and release stress overnight.  These dark nights we ought to be partying less and sleeping more! Where you can, give yourself permission to have that early night during the holidays.

EXERCISE: Dance in your kitchen while creating wonderful meals.  Get out in the fresh air for long walks in nature.  Connecting with nature is the best way to reduce stress, and energise and boost your immune system.

RELAX and have FUN: Laughter is such a great de-stressor.  Treat yourself to a romantic comedy movie or your favourite comedy show on TV.  Find laughter where you can in social settings too.  Loneliness is the biggest stressor of all. Connection with others is such an important part of being human so say yes to social invitations.  Or if you are on your own, you could volunteer to help others over the holidays.

Wishing you a festive season of peace, health and happiness, of moving forward into 2019 with clarity, energy and excitement for the year ahead.

With best wishes


Festive Truffles Recipe

Soak a handful of dates, apricots, almonds overnight. rinse and drain.
Add vanilla essence, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and lemon peel.
Put in a food mixer or blender and make into a paste.
Add cocoa powder (optional).
Roll into small balls.
Roll in a choice of cocoa powder, ground almond, desiccated coconut.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

5G Is Coming To A Lampost Near You - Is This A Good Thing?

Nicki Edgell
Are you worried about the possible effects of wi-fi, 5G, and smart meters? Let's be honest, no-one really knows the long term outcome of being exposed to these things. But we do know humans have evolved over millions of years to thrive in nature with good nutrition, water and air yet suddenly, in the last 20 years or so (a blink of an eye in our history) we have become surrounded by artificial electro smog, radiation, EMFs, and dirty electricity.

The Mayor launched a major “listening exercise”, asking the capital’s huge tech sector what it needs to see to make London the world’s “smartest city.” 
London Evening Standard 18 January 2018

Not surprisingly most "official" studies find no link to our well-being and this "progress" yet we are seeing increased physical and emotional sickness especially in young people. Could this have something to do with it? Is the situation going to get worse? Where will we all be in another 20 years? We are actually undergoing one of the biggest experiments in human history and we are the guinea pigs.

It is the ultimate irony that all this stuff is called "smart" - from phones, to meters, motorways, and now entire cities - when in could be the dumbest thing we've ever done.

Some countries have indeed banned wi-fi in schools but there is no sign of that happening in the UK where the short term agendas and profit motives of governments and corporates seem intent on leading us in a race to the bottom with an obsession for super fast "connectivity" and immersive technology.

Library stock photo of hipster cafe couple connecting even faster (pixabay)
Honestly, would you feel completely relaxed about the authorities installing a phone mast at the end of your street or outside your kids' school (with the roll out of 5G this could become a reality) or may you have a lingering doubt this may not be a good thing (and you won't have a choice about it)?

As well as lamp-posts, the mini-masts could be installed on any publicly owned structure, from council tower blocks to hospitals, schools and GP surgeries.
London Evening Standard 18 January 2018

And that's not to even mention the security, data and privacy issues. All in an obsession for being at the forefront of technological progress in a modern world where in reality we are actually becoming less and less connected to each other.

How smart is your smartphone?

Unless you can emigrate to a cave in the Outer Hebrides you won't be able to avoid these things any more, but we can take steps to shield ourselves from the potential side effects. Brighton is one of the first cities in the UK to rollout 5G (it was switched on last month) and is the location for our day event to be held at The Jurys Inn Hotel on 10th November.

Come a long to listen to some health speakers and see some amazing demonstrations of the effects of wi-fi, and learn what you can do to help you and your family in the face of this onslaught. It may just be one of the most important things you ever do.

Guest tickets are available at the link below:

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