Healthy Cells

Since 1983, The AIM Companies™ has promoted a concept that focuses on keeping cells healthy. Appropriately enough, it is called The Healthy Cell Concept.

If you can step back from yourself and consider how your physical being began with the merging of human reproductive cells, which replicated into the cells that created you as a child in the womb, it suggests that life begins and ends in the cells of the body.

The health of your cells determines the well-being of your body. If your cells replicate into healthy (or even healthier) cells, then your body remains healthy. But if your cells replicate into less healthy ones, then your physical state also becomes less healthy. If it’s that simple, how does it get so complicated?

Poor Choices and Situations

Examine the food you eat, the beverages you drink, how active you are, the environment you live in, how you cope with stress, and the joy or lack of joy in your life. These examples are factors that connect to the Healthy Cell Concept. Some are things you choose while others are situations you find yourself in, willing or not.

Perhaps the most important factor is the nutrition you choose. The nutrients in the food you eat are what fuel your cells. Nutrient-dense food delivers the support your cells need to keep your body in good health.

Some people may have the good fortune to be able to select organic produce that has been promoted as best for good health. Not everybody can afford this kind of whole food. Or maybe you live where this kind of food is unavailable or outrageously expensive, so you have to make do with what is available or affordable. In either situation, you most likely still need supplemental nutrition because of the decreased amount of nutrients in both organic and non-organic food crops.

Good Choices

Taking AIM’s natural health products to maintain the health of your cells is a good choice, and AIM offers a healthy selection of Nutrition that Works! Supplementing with whole-food powders such as BarleyLife or LeafGreens helps to top up your food intake with plant nutrients that maintain a healthy cell environment. Healthy cells equal a healthy body.

Protein from Plants

Protein is a macronutrient—needed in large amounts—that literally holds the structure of our bodies together: cells, tissues, muscles, organs, bones etc. The enzymes that initiate the multitude of chemical reactions in the body are proteins. Then there are proteins that transport nutrients and build lean muscle; essentially protein is a key factor in overall growth of the body.

Vegetarians are familiar with the challenges of getting enough protein in their diet, given that they do not eat meat. Those challenges relate to the variations of beliefs about whether a totally plant-based diet gives you complete protein.

A Thoughtful Blast from the Past

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book was published, Walden, in which he makes an interesting observation for vegetarians. “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

When you think of the power of oxen, or horses for that matter from which the measurement of horse power arose, you are aware that these strong creatures eat no meat. Make no bones about it, eating nothing but plants can create a healthy body made of strong bones and muscle.

Present Protein Thoughts

Jumping ahead over a century and a half later from Thoreau’s printed words to the present day onslaught of words on the internet is corroboration in an article from the American Heart Association’s online journal, Circulation, “Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition”, which confirms Henry’s apt observations on “vegetable-made bones” of the farmer’s oxen. A vegetarian diet gives a person, not just oxen or horses, the nutrients required for good health, including protein.

Protein Building Blocks

To make all of the different types of protein, your body requires 21 different amino acids, 9 of which are essential. Just like the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids  your body cannot produce them, these 9 amino acids—histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine—are an essential part of your dietary intake. AIM ProPeas is vegan pea protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids and more. But first:

As per the AHA’s article on a plant-based diet providing all the amino acids you need, it is important to end the myth that a vegetarian diet is not enough: “The reason it is important to correct this misinformation is that many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets—they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg, rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health.”

AIM ProPeas pea protein

Not only does ProPeas provide the 9 essential amino acids, it also delivers essential branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs), such as valine, isoleucine and leucine, which stimulate protein synthesis in the muscles. Leucine is also vital for metabolism and weight loss. So to supplement your protein intake with a plant-based source, ProPeas is an ideal choice, helping to build lean muscle and manage weight.

How much Is Enough?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kilograms), you need nearly 55 grams daily. Supplemental protein from ProPeas gives you 12 grams of healthy vegetable protein per 16 gram serving.

The truth is that most people, possibly seniors with small appetites excepted, get enough protein. Big meat eaters get more than enough, including the other things you may ingest in animal protein: saturated fat and cholesterol and perhaps added hormones and antibiotics (and the unhealthy side effects that can result).

Choosing the source of your protein intake is another step in being your own health care practitioner. And the evidence shows that the more plant-based your food is, the healthier it is for you. And that includes protein from plants no less.

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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.

Fiber & Weight Loss Simplicity

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people, especially when they attempt to follow complicated “diet plans” that end up not being effective in permanently taking off the pounds.

So how about keeping weight loss simple and effective by introducing more fiber into your diet? A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine® demonstrated that increasing fiber intake only may be “a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”

Fiber: The Low-Calorie Carbohydrate

Yes, fiber is a carb although your body does not easily digest it. That means it goes through your digestive tract without increasing blood sugar.  And along the way, fiber cleans the intestinal walls and bulks up waste to create soft stools that are eliminated in bowel movements. Drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with increasing fiber intake, enhancing its effectiveness.

Another great thing about this low-weight carbohydrate is that it is plentiful in healthy whole foods, such as fruit and vegetables.

Fiber Full Foods

When you fill up on fiber-rich foods, your stomach gets full, which tells your brain (and you) to stop eating. That’s where the simplicity comes in.  And because most fiber goes undigested, you stay full for longer periods of time.

Eating an apple or a baked potato with the skin left on gives you fiber. Or suppose you chop up a variety of fresh, colorful veggies and snack on them instead of a bag of cookies or chips. You’re getting whole-food nutrients including a load of fiber, all without a lot of calories. Fewer calories means less weight gain. And again you’ll feel full much longer than after a cookie or chip binge, so you’ll eat less.

How Much Fiber?

According to the Institute of Medicine, the daily fiber requirement for an adequate intake is 25 grams for women (age 19 – 50 years) and 38 grams for men (age 14 – 50 years).  For women aged 51+, 21 grams is considered adequate while men in this age group need 30 grams daily.

Getting even more fiber may be a preventative measure. For example, rural South Africans often have more than 50 grams of fiber in their daily diets compared to African-Americans who average only 15 grams per day. A notable result of the high-fiber intake is that chronic diseases such as colon cancer are much rarer [PubMed Central® (PMC)].

A high-fiber intake goes way beyond just simplifying a weight loss program as it may contribute to blood sugar regulation, LDL cholesterol reduction and lower risk of chronic diseases (SAGE Journals).

Supplemental Fiber from AIM

For additional help with weight management, Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber are two supplemental fiber options that can help add to your “food” fiber intake.

If you want to begin with an intestinal cleanse, start by taking Herbal Fiberblend because along with psyllium fiber, it provides detoxifying herbs that will help to get your weight loss goal off to a cleansing beginning.

For an everyday fiber supplement, take fit ’n fiber to get more of this low-calorie, stomach-filling carbohydrate into your diet as a simple step toward losing weight.

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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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.

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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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.

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
* 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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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.