Energy Drinks: Hit or Miss?

The marketplace is full of products that are advertised as energy drinks. The majority contain sizeable amounts of added caffeine. If you drink something that contains what is regarded as the most widely used drug on the planet, you’re bound to get a boost. And then there’s the added grams of sugar, which gives you a short burst of energy and then you crash. Too much added sugar in your diet is not healthy.

With most of these energy drinks, there are health risks involved due to the high amounts of caffeine and sugar as well as other “questionable” ingredients that may or may not appear on the label in accurate amounts.

In the past few years a lot of bad press has been published about these beverages: Fox News, Science Daily, etc. There’s nothing wrong about wanting to increase your energy levels except how you choose to go about it. If you want a healthy boost, replenish your source of energy—ATP—with Peak Endurance.

ATP Energy

The natural energy that your body produces is adenosine triphosphate, better known in its short form: ATP. Through a complicated cycle of chemical reactions that takes place in your cells, energy is produced in the form of ATP molecules.

You need ATP because your “Cells require chemical energy for three general types of tasks: to drive metabolic reactions that would not occur automatically; to transport needed substances across membranes; and to do mechanical work, such as moving muscles (Encyclopedia Britannica).”

Peak Endurance

For an energy drink that delivers supplemental ATP energy, mix Peak Endurance powder in water. It’s that simple. The key ingredient, PEAK ATP®, is the only oral source of ATP. And Peak Endurance also includes six electrolytes, six B vitamins and vitamin C. No caffeine and only one gram of sugar.

Clinical tests show that a daily serving of 400 mg of the PEAK ATP in Peak Endurance can:  

  1. Boost muscular excitability (activates muscle contraction)
  2. Reduce muscle fatigue (improves muscular endurance)
  3. Increase total strength by 147%

These are only 3 benefits of drinking Peak Endurance. There are many more, and they all add up to benefits that arise from having more energy. With Peak Endurance you get a healthy energy drink that’s a hit. So you can give the others a miss.

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Going Plant-Based!

The word is out there. Having a primarily whole-food, plant-based diet is one of the healthiest steps you can take for yourself. The AIM Companies has promoted this idea ever since first introducing the juice powder of barley grass back in 1982 and The AIM Healthy Cell Concept a year later. It’s a message worth emphasizing over and over again.

And fortunately it’s a message that is coming from more and more medical practitioners, whom the general public has a tendency to follow. Doctors such as Dean Ornish, Michael Greger and Matt Lederman and Alona Pulde have reached similar conclusions on the effectiveness of adopting lifestyle changes that include a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Dr. Ornish created a program that has been scientifically proven to reverse heart disease at the root cause. Optimizing four life elements—diet, stress management, physical activity and love/support—makes all the difference. Some of the key elements of diet are to “eat mostly plants in their natural form” and “eat mostly plant-based protein.” Interestingly enough, the good doctor calls his program “Ornish Lifestyle Medicine.” But it is medicine that has little to do with medication. And he’s a doctor. How refreshing!

Dr. Michael Greger launched a website in 2011—www.nutritionfacts.org—that provides a wealth of information on the subject, including informative videos and studies. In December 2015, Dr. Greger wrote an article entitled, Making Plant-Based Diets the New Normal, in which he brings attention to a Nutritional Update for Physicians that “encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy and eggs as well as all refined and processed junk.” This is powerful stuff!

Dr. Matt Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde are the authors of The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. They appeared in the film, Forks over Knives, which “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” Again, powerful stuff.

So where do AIM products fit into the plant-based diet scenario? Well, first of all, to be clear, none of the above doctors endorse any natural health products. So the intention is not to suggest otherwise. The intention is to propose that supplementing a plant-based diet with whole-food, plant-based supplements such as the Garden Trio is a viable addition.

If you check out an earlier blog, A Case for Supplements, you’ll note that even if you are eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, “Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows” (scientificamerican.com).

“Nutrition that Works!” can help put back what is lacking in today’s food crops. AIM whole-food powders, including BarleyLife, LeafGreens, Just Carrots and RediBeets are nutrient-rich, plant-based nutrition. AIM even has plant-based protein: ProPeas. Go to the online product store for a whole lot more!

Note: “Plant-based” is used thirteen times in this blog (not including this note). Perhaps it is a less than subtle attempt to encourage people to go “plant-based” in the food department.

Menopause – A Natural Transition

Life as a woman unfolds through several biological stages. The variations on how these are experienced are as diverse as life itself. Whether considering birth, infancy, childhood, puberty, adolescence, reproductive maturity or menopause, each is a natural part of being alive. At the same time, any woman who is having an incredibly difficult time going through the stages of menopause will most likely say that it certainly doesn’t feel natural.

And so it begins

Several years before menopause, a woman enters an interval known as perimenopause, when changes start to occur in hormone production.
Inside every woman’s body are at least fifty different hormones. These chemical messengers circulate in the bloodstream, controlling the starting, stopping, speeding up or slowing down of functions and processes in organs and body systems such as the reproductive system.

During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fall and fluctuate. This hormonal change is a natural part of the transition. However, the resulting imbalance can begin to trigger a number of symptoms associated with menopause, including depression, hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, insomnia, water retention and weight gain. Although irregular menstrual cycles can also occur, pregnancy is still possible during the perimenopausal years.

Menopause and Hormonal Imbalance

The ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, the primary hormones involved in reproduction. A balanced ratio of these hormones is required for the optimal functioning of the reproductive system, including the menstrual cycle and fertility.

A woman is born with a lifetime reserve of around two million eggs that are stored in the ovarian follicles. Over time, the ovaries begin to reduce in size. As the number of follicles declines during the aging process, follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones are unable to regulate estrogen and progesterone levels, which control the menstrual cycle.

When a woman misses her period for twelve consecutive months, she has officially entered menopause. Her ovaries no longer release eggs and stop most of their estrogen and progesterone production.

This gradual transition that signals an end to the reproductive years typically starts when a woman is in her forties or fifties. However, menopause can begin at an earlier or much later age.

The body of each woman is different, so the effects of the physiological changes during menopause are not the same for every woman. Some women experience a varying number of uncomfortable symptoms while others experience the transition with little or no discomfort.

Menopausal symptoms result when levels of estrogen are higher than progesterone, creating a hormonal imbalance. One factor that contributes to “estrogen dominance” is the prevalence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals called xenoestrogens, which may be found in animal, dairy and skin-care products, herbicides and pesticides, plastics, etc. To restore the balance, it may be helpful to use natural progesterone cream.

Completing the Transition

The final stage of the transition is referred to as postmenopause. Unpleasant symptoms may ease off at this point in time. Simultaneously, because of lower than normal levels of estrogen, the postmenopausal period can increase the risk of developing health problems, including urinary incontinence, osteoporosis and cardiovascular issues.

Still, the fact is that good health can be maintained right from the start, leading to a smooth transition through menopause and a new beginning.

Natural Remedies

First and foremost, embracing this inevitable stage of life with a positive attitude is a healthy way of adjusting. Rather than viewing menopause as an ending to youthfulness and fertility, accepting it as a new life chapter puts an entirely different read on the situation.

Lifestyle changes that include a primarily plant-based (anti-inflammatory) diet, regular exercise, plenty of rest and relaxation will go a long way in making a smooth transition through menopause.

Natural health products that provide supplemental nutrients to help the body adjust to the transition can also be beneficial in avoiding menopausal symptoms.

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AIM’s Northern Lights Contest Winners!

The Northern Lights Contest was in play from June 1 to December 31, 2017, offering Members worldwide a chance to win cash prizes and packages for the 2018 Celebration in Toronto, Canada. The results reflect the brilliance of Diamonds Aglow: Members actively growing their AIM businesses and contributing to the future of The AIM Companies™. Congratulations to each and every winning membership!

Membership Name Points
LEVEL 5 CONTEST WINNERS  
Miller, Joseph W. and Emma M. 10360
Rawls, Marlene and David 5127
Peterson, Ralph S. 4727
Jada, Muhammad 3804
Jada, Razia 3793
Miller,  Matthew and Karen D. 3370
Jada Shaik, Raeesa 2861
Van Den Bosch, Marinda 2382
Greens For Life, Inc. 2306
Bloemhof, Herman 2209
Quantum Knowledge Pty. Ltd. 2022
Van Rensburg, Chris and Joan 1943
LEVEL 4 CONTEST WINNERS  
Schiele, Loren E. and Kathleen 1805
Upfold, Jon and Julie 1805
Markotter, Elzette 1783
Weitsz, Vanessa 1780
Toft, Heidi and Mike 1613
* 1565
van der Walt, Erna 1522
Vivienne Myburgh c/o Something Natural 1478
M & M Healthy Sales, Inc. 1460
Thompson, Joy and Nathan 1259
Robinson, Leré and Eddie 1240
Borntrager, Rudy and Anna 1136
LEVEL 3 CONTEST WINNERS  
Knipp, Cara D. 1114
Helm, Madaleine 1026
Kuret- Coetzer, Tanya 1023
Vawda, Moonira 1009
Van der Westhuizen, Tanya 967
Adam, Sylvie 932
Kritzinger, Benita 916
De Villiers, Yolanda 913
Paquin, Ginette 878
Lim, Jian 865
King, DC, Susan M. 852
Du Toit, Rene 840
LEVEL 2 CONTEST WINNERS  
Ascent Strategies, Inc. 840
JMK Marketing 825
Forrest, Andrena 691
Fry, Matthew D. and Ruth M. 681
Yoder, Elmer A. and Barbara J. 667
Casavant, Monique 587
Vandertil, Rita and Eno 569
Odendaal, Mabet 568
Stoltzfus, Rose A. and David 541
Maas, Liesl 526
Mary A. (Toni) Lund Family Trust 523
Raber, Daniel and Soloma 521
LEVEL 1 CONTEST WINNERS  
The Natural Way Network 519
Brogan, Lisa 516
Durrant, Janine 503
Berry, Sandy 502
*Member wishes to remain anonymous

Level 5: Wins TWO Celebration Packages (a $1,000 value) plus $1,500 Cash
Level 4: Wins ONE Celebration Package (a $500 value) plus $1,000 Cash
Level 3: Wins $1,000 Cash
Level 2: Wins $750 Cash
Level 1: Wins $500 Cash

Prizes values shown in USD. Please watch for a personal email regarding your contest prize.

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Who Needs Fatty Acids?

If you are trying to convince people that they have to ingest essential nutrients on a daily basis because their bodies cannot manufacture them, why name these substances “fatty acids?” You may as well tell people they have to consume “corrosive oils” or “greasy inflammatory compounds” because “fatty” may not be good for you. And swallowing “acids” is insane.

Perhaps essential fatty acids should have been called “golden inner body oil” because in spite of a deceiving title, essential fatty acids are like liquid gold when it comes to good health. And the fact is: omega-3 and -6 are essential fatty acids. Every “body” needs them and no “body” can make them, so you have to ingest “fatty acids” to be healthy whether you like the sound of them or not.

Fatty Acid History

In the early 1800s, a French chemist by the name of Michel-Eugène Chevreul was the first to identify fatty acids, which he apparently also termed “acid fat” and “oily acid” as well. Obviously he had no idea that one day they would be essential to the human body. Michel-Eugène was into making soaps and candles from animal fats.

 

The first people to coin the phrase “essential fatty acids” were George and Mildred Burr, a husband-and-wife team who discovered that fatty acids were critical to health (www.asbmb.org). They identified linoleic acid (an ingredient in AIMega) as an essential fatty acid, a term that was coined by the Burrs. Their thorough analysis determined that if fatty acids were missing in the diet of test rats, a deficiency syndrome ensued and often led to rodent death.

If you’re thinking “you dirty rat” you have to recognize that rodents are used as human models in medical testing because “genetic, biological and behavior characteristics closely resemble those of humans, and many symptoms of human conditions can be replicated in mice and rats” (www.livescience.com). Besides, the experiments of the Burrs affect our lives to this day: omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids are a vital part of our diets.

AIMega’s Essential Fatty Acids

There are two essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized in the body: linoleic (remember the Burrs and their rats) and alpha-linolenic. They must come from food or supplements. Found in plant foods, these basic fats are used to build omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (www.pcrm.org). Plant-based sources include legumes, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.

It was already noted that linoleic is part of the AIMega formulation. Alpha-linolenic is its second essential fatty acid. Both fatty acids are from a healthy, plant-based source: organic oils of flax, sesame and sunflower seeds.

The benefits of essential fatty acids include:

  • Healthy structure, growth and function of cell membranes
  • Development and function of the brain and the nervous system
  • Normal thyroid and adrenal activity
  • Hormone production
  • Regulation of blood pressure, liver function and immune response
  • Active role in the transport and breakdown of cholesterol
  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Inflammation balance: omega-6 increases inflammation while omega-3 decreases it

The last point is the main reason AIMega is a balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6. Inflammation is a necessary part of the inflammatory response: get a cut of your hand and it gets inflamed as part of the healing process. However, too much omega-6—a big dietary problem these days—and you have too much inflammation in the body.  AIMega alleviates this issue.

So it’s not a matter of “Who needs fatty acids?” We all do. It’s a matter of getting a healthy source such as AIMega that the body can utilize.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

A Case for Supplements

First of all, this is not about a container for your supplements. It’s about making a case for supplements. Wait a minute: now it sounds like a blog about making your own supplement case. And that would just be wrong, so let’s try another paragraph of specifics.

The use of supplements has been debated over several decades with negative and positive opinions aplenty. The words “waste of money” and even “possibly harmful” are the bottom line for the naysayers. But they missed the key factors and the main point in the case for supplements.

Key Factors

All supplements are not created equal, and it is simple as ABC. If a health product does not contain:

  1. High-quality, NATURAL ingredients
  2. Actual ingredient(s) printed on the label
  3. Designated ingredient amounts printed on the label

Then the purchaser has been HAD. The supplement is not going to do much of what it purports to do for the consumer. And there are so many poor quality products (often used in the case against supplements) in the marketplace.

Main Point

The words “food supplement” mean “a substance designed to make up for a deficiency in one’s diet” (Collins English Dictionary). That is the main point of taking supplements: to make up for a deficiency. Not getting enough nutrition in the food you eat is the reason why supplementation makes so much sense.

Nutritional Deficiencies

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reports that the average intake of some essential nutrients, such as potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D, is so low as to be a public health concern. Low intakes of other essential nutrients are primarily due to unhealthy food choices.

What if you eat well? Well, research confirms that today’s food crops contain lower amounts of essential nutrients than those grown several decades ago. This is apparently due to soil depletion: “Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows” (scientificamerican.com).

The Answer

So what do you do? Supplement your nutritional intake with high quality, natural health products: brand name AIM! With an extensive line of “Nutrition that Works!”, The AIM Companies™ has been a tried and true go-to source of supplemental nutrients since 1982.

For example, those in the know know the positive difference the Garden Trio can make to a person’s health. BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets make up this nutritionally rich threesome that collectively captures all that is beneficial in barley grass, carrots and beets in concentrated powders that are easily assimilated and used by the body. Correcting a nutrient deficiency is as easy as adding the Garden Trio to water, mixing and drinking. A daily drink of this combo is supplemental perfection.

And there are so many more AIM natural health products to explore that make a “convincing” case for supplements. See for yourself by visiting the online product store.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Alex Garb Competes in China

On August 28, 2017, AIM-Sponsored Athlete Alex Garb boarded a direct flight to Nanjing, China, where the 2017 Roller Games were being held. This second opportunity to play in a world championship for Team Canada was uniquely different for Alex. Her husband, Matthew, who plays on the men’s team, was seated next to her on the plane. Alex and Matthew were married in May, the same month that she was offered a goalie position on the women’s inline hockey team.

It was also the first time Alex traveled to Asia, and the contrasts added a bit of sensory overload. “It was organized chaos,” Alex stated, “China is fast paced, there’s so much traffic and a lot of people everywhere. The food was different … lots of dishes I wasn’t used to. I ate mostly at the hotel buffet.”

Powered by Nutrition That Works!

As for supplemental food, Alex came well prepared to stay healthy and perform optimally in the net. For the trip, she packed a lot of AIM nutrition, including BarleyLife, AIMega, fit ’n fiber (which has become one of her favorites), FloraFood, PrepZymes, Peak Endurance, Proancynol 2000 and Red Rush. “I took the beet juice right after arriving to help me stay up and avoid jet lag,” Alex said. “I also took it before I played. The air quality was so bad that it was hard to breathe. Red Rush helped me get more oxygen.”

“Honestly, without the AIM products I wouldn’t have been as healthy as I was while on this trip. So many people got sick,” Alex explained. “But I had products like BarleyLife and ProPeas to snack on and energize whenever I was hungry or tired, so I could bounce back easily.”

The Results

Team Canada finished in third place, taking home the bronze medal. During the competition, Alex was the backup goaltender, playing in two and a half games that her team won.

“It was hard to watch the USA beat us in the semifinal and go on to win gold,” Alex admitted. “Same for not playing in the bronze medal game that we won against the Czech team. I’d say not playing those big games was really frustrating and made me eager to be the difference maker once I get the chance to start. The coaching staff really encouraged me, saying that my time will come soon. And I’m so grateful that AIM is sponsoring me and providing the nutrition that is helping me to reach my goals.”

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

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