The Mind-Stomach Connection

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Many claim to operate on their gut instinct, meaning they rely less on facts and standard procedure and more on certain mysterious feelings that emanate from the midsection, twinges of instinct or suspicion for example.  Although gut-trusting results may vary from gut-owner to gut-owner, there does seem to be a definite connection between the brain and the gut. And several recent studies have illuminated this connection.

A Healthy Gut May Reduce Depression 

You’ve probably heard that depression may be caused in part by and/or worsened by inflammation.  New evidence published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found a link between inflammation that’s related to an unhealthy gut flora and depression.

In other, bigger words: From the Press Release

Persistent low-grade immune-inflammatory processes, oxidative and nitrosative stress, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation are integral to the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder.

Researchers believe that if the inflammation damage were mitigated then it might reduce depression. It should be noted that inflammation, in general, is also bad.

A Healthy Gut May Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease

A study out of Sweden found that an unhealthy gut may hasten the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers injected gut bacteria from mice with Alzheimer’s into bacteria-free mice, and those mice developed a significant number of beta-amyloid plaques, a marker of the disease.  When the bacteria-free mice where injected with bacteria from Alzheimer’s-free mice, fewer markers appeared, leading researchers to believe that a healthy gut might reduce the appearance of those plaques.  The study was published in Nature.

A Healthy Gut May Improve Your Memory and Lessen Anxiety

Researchers in Ireland ran tests on mice to see if probiotics had any effect on memory and anxiety. They saw positive results in the probiotics-fed mice and decided to test on humans. The test subjects (who  weren’t in the placebo group) reported a drop in their daily stress and had measurably lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in their bodies. Additionally,  volunteers scored higher on memory tests when compared to the placebo group.

Trust Your Gut, Try FloraFood 

If you’re looking for a top-notch, easy-to-stomach probiotic, try AIM’s FloraFood.  This triple-blend probiotic can help get your gut shipshape, relieve inflammation and possibly give you some peace of mind.

Increase Your Risk of Life! With Fats!

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Being alive is pretty exciting. As a living, breathing human, you have a lot of great options available. You can read a book, hug your children, whistle in the shadow of a statue or admire a nearby toucan. It is literally up to you. And now, there may be a simple way to extend the miracle of life!

According to a study published in the  Journal of Clinical Lipidologyfolks with higher levels of of EPA and DHA omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in their blood tended to have a greater rate of survival when compared to those with the lowest levels.

The study analyzed 6,500 post-menopausal women ( ages 65-80). They had their polyunsaturated fat levels tested in 1996 and their health outcomes were tracked until 2014. Other factors were also measured: smoking and drinking habits, exercise levels, genetic history, etc. By the end of the study, nearly one-third of the women had passed. Scientists put all the information together and were able to say that their “findings support the view that higher EPA and DHA omega-3 levels are associated with better overall health.”

Researchers estimate that it takes only one gram of EPA or DHA to increase PUFA levels from the lowest to the highest. Polyunsaturated fatty acids can be acquired from fish or from seeds that come from plants like flax or sunflower. Making sure that there is an adequate amount in your diet might extend your life, all it takes is a few simple dietary changes and/or regular supplement usage.

Related AIM Products

AIMega contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids from the oils of sunflower seed, flaxseed, olives and sesame seeds in every three-capsule serving.

CellSparc 360 has 100 mg of palm oil and 238 mg of fish oil in every serving along with CoQ10.

And GingkoSense contains 2.5 grams of DHA (as fish oil) along with the world-famous ginkgo biloba extract,  bilberry extract, lutein and zeaxanthin.

These great products may help extend a great life! Try one today.

Red Rush Athlete: Sam Durant, A Double, Triple-Threat

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Hailing from Tauranga, New Zealand, Samb Durrant is a double, triple-threat. He’s a triathlete (running, cycling and swimming) and a multi-sporter—a rugged sport similar to triathlon, a combination of running, cycling and kayaking. In high school, Sam was a lifeguard and strong swimmer and biked a lot with his dad, so he decided to give triathlon a try. It was difficult, but he kept at it and is still at it.

His training involves lots of mountain bike sessions at Woodland Mountain Biking Park. He also prepares for runs by simulating the type of race—trail, road, etc.—he’s competing in.

Last year, Sam won the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. The event
was a combination of a 1.5k swim, a 30k mountain bike race and a 10k offroad run. Strong in all three events but an especially adept swimmer, Sam found
himself trailing a single German competitor by the time he hopped onto his bike. About a third of the way through the cycling course, Sam pushed into first place and held that lead all the way until the end. He won by 25 seconds.

“My strategy was simple,” Sam said. “Use my swim strength to my advantage and get as close to the front as I could before going into the mountain bike. The course was technical, so it was hard for people to pass each other. I just tried to stay on my bike and make it through in one piece then hold on for the run! It all went to plan and paid off!” “I used Red Rush for the race and training. It really helped my recovery from hard sessions and allowed me to get the most out of my practice.”

Sam will train and improve and expects to race at the pro level in the next couple of seasons and will defend his world title this year in Canada.

Q&A: AIM Members Commonly Ask These Questions

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I have read that cruciferous vegetables can negatively affect those with hypothyroidism or those prone to hypothyroidism. Am I at risk when taking LeafGreens?

There has only been one case that links cruciferous vegetables to hypothyroidism in humans — an 88-year-old woman who ate 1-1.5 kilograms (2-3 pounds or 1,000- 1,500 grams) of bok choy daily. A human study found that 150 grams of cooked Brussels sprouts for four weeks had no negative effects on thyroid function. To put this all in perspective, a single serving of LeafGreens is 3.5 grams.

I heard that former smokers should not take beta-carotene supplements? Should I be worried about the beta-carotene in Just Carrots?

The beta-carotene found in Just Carrots is produced naturally from the carrots. The beta-carotene found in foods poses no cancer risk. Synthetic vitamins that contain beta carotene have been found in four large studies in the 1990s to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

What is the difference between BarleyLife and other off-the-shelf barley grass powders?

BarleyLife is a juice powder concentrate.

I was told years ago by an upline that we should not take any other products with Herbal Fiberblend as it moves through your system quickly instead of being absorbed. Has that changed?

Psyllium may reduce nutrient absorption, and we’ve recommended taking watersoluble supplements separately as a precaution so that Members receive the greatest value from their products. However, if the only way you can take your Herbal Fiberblend is by mixing it with CalciAIM, Peak Endurance or another AIM product then we encourage you to do so. Although a small percentage may not be absorbed consuming the products should be your primary goal.

If you have a question about nutrition or any of our products, please feel free to send it to
aimonline@aimintl.com.

Greens for Kidney Health

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March is the health awareness month that draws attention to kidneys. If you have kidney disease, you are aware of how important it is to do everything possible to keep them functioning optimally. If your kidneys are working just fine, National Kidney Month might make you wonder how much you know about these bean-shaped organs.

Here are a few things kidneys do for you:

  • Regulate levels of body fluids
  • Maintain the balance of blood minerals, such as sodium and potassium
  • Filter out toxins and waste from the blood
  • Release hormones that direct red blood cell production and regulate blood pressure
  • Help the body to use vitamin D, which is vital for bone and heart health

One of the main ways to help your kidneys do their work is by giving your body Nutrition that Works! The juice powder of barley grass and the combined leaf powder ingredients in LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens are ideal daily support for kidneys and overall body health.

First and foremost, LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens are supplemental to a vegetable-rich diet. The fact that these nourishing powders are concentrated with the equivalent of several servings of vegetables means you are giving your body incomparable additional nutritional support.

Supplement with LeafGreens for a natural source of body boosters, such as antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals and other unique plant nutrients, including kaempferol and sulforaphane, both of which support kidney health and function. This rich variety of nutrients comes from a combination of barley grass, spinach, kale, arugula, Swiss chard and broccoli sprouts.

The three types of cocoas in CoCoa LeafGreens add unique cocoa flavonols: catechin and epicatechin, which, according to a 2015 study, dramatically improved blood flow and lowered blood pressure in patients with end-stage kidney disease.

Support the health of your kidneys with the nutritional benefits from LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens.

The juice powder of barley grass and the combined leaf powder ingredients in LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens are ideal daily support for kidneys and overall body health.

Note: For those with decreased kidney function that limits fluid intake, take the powders dry, using a minimal amount of water to wash them down. People with kidney disorders may want to consult with their health practitioner about consuming potassium-rich greens.

 

Be Nourished 4 Life

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by Celeste Davis, AIM Director, Crescent, Oregon

Was losing weight and being healthier your New Year’s Eve resolution? To help you shed those unwanted pounds, you may need to do more than join a gym or adopt the latest fad diet. You need to look deeper. Did you know that STRESS can often be the root cause behind putting on extra weight and feeling sick? Stress often leads to weight gain due to drinking more alcohol, resting more, turning to comfort foods and binge eating.

As your physical body is energized and your mind is freed from negative thoughts and emotions, you begin to feel like moving your body, resolving physical stress.

The Be Nourished 4 Life program, available online, leads you step-by-step to a sustainable healthy lifestyle by addressing your nutritional, emotional and physical stress.

I received this note from a Be Nourished 4 Life student, who is also a university mental health professor.

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3 Types of Stress

Nutritional stress is the consequence of your body not getting the proper nutrients, resulting in minimal function. Your body is not nourished. Addressing nutritional stress with the alkaline diet and the AIM Garden Trios’ powerhouse of nutrition is the best first step.

Your body is the vehicle for your soul – your mind, will and emotions. When you resolve nutritional stress, you feel more energy and less pain. This new energy and vision gives you the ability to effectively address emotional and spiritual stress. You begin to love yourself and become more engaged in life – resulting in the ability to truly love others.

Learn more about Be Nourished 4 Life here: http://benourished4life-aim-mar-2017. pagedemo.co/.

Can You Help Protect Your Unborn Baby from Alzheimer’s Disease?

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During pregnancy, mothers often fret over the health of their unborn children. They make sure to eat right and exercise, ensuring baby emerges optimally healthy. Some benefits of mom’s hard work are readily apparent: healthy skin, active eyes, a good skeleton, etc. However, there is evidence that mom’s diet may have far-reaching, long-lasting effects on baby’s health.

According to a Canadian study published in Acta Neuropathologicain utero vitamin A may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease later on, way later on.  The scientists looked at genetically modified mice. Some of the mice were deprived of vitamin A when they were in the womb, others were deprived shortly after they were born, another group was given supplements and a final group just ate a normal, boring mouse diet.

The mice that were deprived of vitamin A performed worse on memory and learning tests when they were full-grown. Additionally, there was evidence that in utero vitamin-A deprivation  had long-term effects even if they were given vitamin A supplements after being born. The good news is that some of the negative effects were reversible when vitamin A was introduced into their diets later.

Additionally, vitamin A deficiency was linked to an increase in a protein (amyloid beta) associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers also looked at 330 elderly Chinese subjects and found that three quarters of those subjects who were vitamin A deficient were also afflicted with cognitive impairment. Less than half of those with adequate vitamin A levels suffered from similar impairment. Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the west, and it it always best to get vitamin A from dietary sources, like carrots or carrot juice or barley grass juice.

AIM’s Just Carrots provides 420% of your daily vitamin A (from beta-carotene) in every serving and unlike vitamin A supplements, beta-carotene is nontoxic. It might strengthen your immune system, however.