Well-Fed Eyes

If you are what you eat and the eyes are the windows to the soul, nutrition can affect just how clearly you see through your windows.

The cornea of the eye can be likened to a window letting in light that is transformed into vision, images produced on the retina.

As the inner lining of the eye, the retina contains around 127 million light receptors: cones that produce colors and rods that adjust the contrast between light and dark.

Looking at the cellular level of the retina reveals the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a very thin layer of cube-like cells beneath the cones and rods. RPE cells channel oxygen and nutrients to these light receptors as well as recycle nutrients and remove waste.

The relationship between RPE cells and light receptors is crucial to eye health. And the right kind of nutrition is vital to keeping this relationship healthy.

Poor Nutrition Can Lead to Vision Loss

A 2019 study published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal determined that unhealthy diets can result in oxidative stress and impaired function of the retinal pigment epithelium. In other words, the wrong food can negatively alter vision at the cellular level.

Just like a clogged colon lined with impacted waste from poor nutrition, a similar effect can happen in the retina as a result of not eating well. The retinal pigment epithelium becomes unable to effectively detoxify the visual center of the eye.

A leading cause of vision loss is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), affecting the central part of the retina. AMD onset is caused by damage to retinal pigment epithelial cells. But there is nutritional protection from such eye issues.

A Few Eye-Healthy Nutrients

According to the American Optometric Association, a variety of antioxidant compounds that include beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin can help to prevent AMD or slow its progression. These carotenoids build and maintain the thickness of the retinal pigment epithelium, so they should be a regular part of a healthy diet.

A 2017 study found that although RPE cells consume a number of different nutrients, the amino acid proline tops the list. It seems that this nonessential amino acid—meaning the body can produce it—is essential for the retinal pigment epithelium. Besides, if you are sick or under stress, your body may not be able to produce enough.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to provide vision protection, and flaxseed oil delivers a plant-based source.

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The key ingredient for a healthy body is wholesome food because that is where you get the bulk of the nutrients your cells need to maintain physical and mental well-being. And so it follows that what’s good for the body is healthy for the visual system.

Healthy Vision AIM

AIM has always promoted the fine idea of eating well, along with providing whole-food concentrates and targeted supplements to further increase the intake of natural nutrients that support overall body health, including the visual system.

The finest natural nutrients come from food that grows out of the earth. AIM harnessed a concentration of that goodness in whole-food powders. For example, Just Carrots and LeafGreens support eye health with nutrients such as beta-carotene and lutein.

One of the many amino acids in ProPeas is proline, the preferred food of the RPE cells that literally feed and detoxify the eyes.

As a targeted supplement, GinkgoSense supports blood flow to the extremities and contains the antioxidant compounds lutein and zeaxanthin.

For plant-based omega-3, AIMega delivers an organic source of this essential fatty acid from flaxseed oil.

Supplementing a healthy diet with AIM products such as these helps to ensure a steady supply of eye-healthy nutrients.

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Nutritiously Smooth Smoothies

AIM products take healthy beverages to a whole new nutritional level, and there’s no limit to the variety of smoothie creations you can make.

AIM Star Sapphire Director Leré Robinson features a fine selection of recipes on her Alive Again website— http://www.aliveagainonline.com. The follow­­ing taste of the tropics with a LeafGreens variation is one of her many appetizingly healthy creations.

Tropical LeafGreens Smoothie

Ingredients TropicalLeafGreensSmoothie
1 tsp LeafGreens
1 ripe kiwi fruit, peeled
3–4 chunks of frozen pineapple
6 oz cold water
Handful of ice
1 dessert spoon fit ’n fiber (optional)

Directions
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Add more water if too thick. Serve with a sprig of fresh mint.

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This second recipe comes from the land down under. It’s a sensational, non-dairy drink containing fit ’n fiber, ProPeas and RediBeets combined with banana and three anti-inflammatory herbs.

Banana Beet Smoothie

IngredientsBananaBeetSmoothie
2 tbsp fit ’n fiber
1 scoop ProPeas
1 tsp RediBeets*
1 small banana
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 cup chilled water
A couple of ice cubes for an extra chill

Directions
Mix everything in a blender, pour and enjoy!

* For an athlete serving of RediBeets, use four teaspoons.

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AIM for Your Gut

The microbiome remains a mystery even with all the recent buzz about its importance. And it is often linked to another word: microbiota.

According to the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah, the microbiota is a “collection or community of microbes” while the microbiome is viewed as “the full collection of genes of all the microbes in a community.”1

Mind-Boggling Microbes

Microbiota or microbiome microbes are microscopic organisms that normally inhabit the human body on the skin, in the mouth, in the gut, etc. And we’re spe­cifically talking about archaea, bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses as well as microscopic animals2 when referring to microbes.

One of the most important microbes in the list is the bacteria that dominate the gut, helping to digest food, produce vitamins, regulate the immune system and protect against disease-causing bacteria. The greater diversity of bacterial species you have, the healthier you are.

A 2010 Italian study compared the diversity of bacteria in children who ate a modern diet to children who ate a more ancient, plant-based diet. Guess which kids had the greatest diversity of species?

Over the years, diets that include burgers and fries may have murdered many species of useful human bacteria. So the crux of the matter is food that feeds people … and their bacteria.

Boosting Bacteria

Seriously, who would have thought that large populations of many different species of bacteria—and we’re talking trillions—in your colon actually keep you healthy, which is primarily why the microbiome has become such a buzz word since the late 1990s.

Whatever you can do to boost the presence and variety of bacteria in your microbiome, the more boosting bacteria you get in the health department. And getting back to the children in the study who ate a largely vegetarian diet, those youngsters had a high intake of fiber. Specific types of fiber—prebiotics—are dietary delights for bacteria. Eat more fiber and you feed the little buggers that boost your health.

FloraFood and fit ’n fiber Fit

AIM supports the pro­file of a healthy micro­biome with fit ’n fiber’s prebiotics and FloraFood’s probiotics—supplemental healthy bacteria. fit ’n fiber provides three kinds of prebiotic fiber, food for your friendly microbiome inhabitants. And Flora­Food boosts the presence of three friendly species of gut bacteria. AIM nutrition is a fine fit for your gut.

References:
1 https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/
2 https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/intro/
https://www.pnas.org/content/107/33/14691

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Both Sides of Inflammation

Inflammation? Doesn’t sound good, does it? Turns out it’s both good and bad.

On one hand, good (acute) inflammation is an element of the body’s healing response to infection, toxins and tissue damage. Cut a finger, sprain something or contract a respiratory infection, and the immune system reacts defensively. The resulting pain, swelling, redness, heat, fever or tingling are to help in the healing process. By killing germs and establishing a line of defense, acute in­flammation helps to prevent a problem from worsening.

On the other hand, bad (chronic) inflammation is a potential horror story. This type can trigger a long list of disorders, including arthritis, asthma, blood flow issues, cancer and diabetes. In fact, it is believed to be at the core of disease.

As the word “chronic” implies, this type of inflammation is persistent, so your body is on guard constantly. This is a problem. For example, if inflammatory cells are present for too long in blood vessels, the result can be an increase in plaque buildup. This can lead to thickening of the arteries, which increases the likelihood for a stroke or heart attack.

A hallmark of the AIM mes­­sage is nutrition. Eating plant-based food is associated with les­sening the ravages of bad inflammation and supporting good inflammation. AIM provides concentrated forms of plant nutrients. While not promising to diagnose, mitigate, treat or prevent disease, there’s a wide variety of whole-food concen­trates and natural health prod­­ucts fea­tured in the 2019 Living Well catalog that may alleviate the bad kind of inflammation.

Do yourself a favor: eat nutrient-dense foods and take AIM supplements. Since its founding, AIM has been advocating healthy choices that remain true. Along with good habits that include exercising regularly and drinking plenty of water, consuming anti-
inflammatory, antioxidant-rich whole foods and supplements are in­vestments in yourself that can pay a lifetime of dividends for your immune system.

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Nola Excels in Pan Pacific Masters

AIM Member Nola Nolte has a healthy life motto: exercise to enjoy a better quality of life and no matter what your health and fitness goals are, proper nutrition is essential.

Nola, who lives on the mid-north New South Wales coast, competed in the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast last November and came home with three medals. The events she participated in were the beach mile, 5k road race, 4k cross country and 10.1k trail run.

Nola has been a Member since 2017 and firmly believes that the AIM products contributed to her athletic success. In the lead up to the Pan Pacific Games, she took plenty of ProPeas, Red Rush and Peak Endurance, and now enjoys CranVerry+, FloraFood and GinkgoSense as part of her daily maintenance regime.

The growth of both athletic participation and the body of research in sport nutrition and exercise science has increased exponentially in 20 years. This evidence-based collection of data has helped athletes fine-tune the art of sport nutrition with results as proof. One nutritious juice that has been investigated by scientists is derived from beetroot.

Beetroot juice contains an active nutrient called nitrate, which assists in pro­longing time to exhaustion and making exercise less tiring. This is called greater energy efficiency and has been shown to work in studies with athletes including the recreational and non-elite athlete subjects.

Studies with beetroot juice show that subjects who drank this beverage had better performance and heart function while exercising.

Nitrates are converted in the body to various other compounds and part of this process involves bacteria found in the mouth and digestive tract.

So how does beetroot juice work? Basically, it doubles the amount of nitrate in the blood and reduces the rate at which muscles use their source of energy, ATP.

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Generations of Nutrition

Shared by AIM Directors Heidi and Mike Toft

How many of your family members are AIM nutritional product users? In my family, I love the fact that we have four generations enjoying the AIM products.

My parents intro­duced us to The AIM Companies™ in 1998, when my father was diagnosed with lymphoma. They still promote their favorite products, loving it when people find renewed energy, lowered blood pres­sure and reduced pain.

My 96-year-old grand­mother faithfully takes BarleyLife capsules and ProPeas. When our children reached six months old, they loved having BarleyLife on a spoon with some juice to wash it down. Our son now has his AIM stash at college.

My niece, a senior in a college nursing program, sends me selfies of her espresso and CoCoa Leaf­Greens concoctions. My brother and sister also have their favorites and often share AIM with their friends and coworkers. We are truly an AIM Family!

In addition to the AIM products tasting good and creating positive changes in our health, I believe there are more good reasons why it’s possible for people from 96 all the way down to 6 months to benefit from them.

The purity of the AIM ingredients means a wide range of people can trust what they consume. AIM whole-food powders are safe for the very young. I feel good about products that don’t contain harmful pesticides and herbicides. The gluten-free products mean many of us can enjoy the nutrition we need without uncomfortable side effects.

Another reason AIM supports families is the wealth of available information. When we have ques­tions, we can call our friendly, knowledgeable company reps at any time to get personalized answers. Product datasheets, podcasts, email up­dates, YouTube videos, Chrysalis Networx and the Living Well magazine ensure all Members of the AIM Family have access to product knowledge.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the leadership of AIM for being wise and judicious in their company practices and policies. The average network marketing company survives for only a few years. AIM, how­ever, has been enriching lives since 1982.

The legacy created in our extensive AIM family is not only something to be proud of but also something to pass on to as many people as we can. AIM is a solid, safe, family-friendly company that we can rely on to be there for future generations.

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It’s a Stressful World

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight an area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Each year, the theme for World Health Day relates to a current health issue affecting the globe. There seems to be a never-ending supply of health concerns that affect people’s well-being. Whatever the WHO theme, being concerned about maintaining good health is timely any day of the year, anywhere in the world. And one theme that is worth consideration is the rise of stress.

Health-Hazardous Stress

The world is a stressful place to live in these days. Perhaps the increase of psychological tension is a by-product of so-called modern life. With the technological advances in instant com­munication via devices, people are inundated with worldwide, bad news events minute-by-minute during any given day, adding to stress levels.

WebMD.com provides an interesting definition of this health hazard: “stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations—whether they’re real or perceived.” That last bit is of vital importance because many people experience stress from situations that are taking place only in their minds. Justifiable or not, worrying about what might happen can lead to needlessly disappointing experiences, sleepless nights and ill health.

There’s no way to measure the accumulation of mental and physical damage from stress on human health. But endless causes for concern—remote or personal—that fil­ter through the modern human mind can add up. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Stress that’s left uncheck­ed can con­tribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.”

Everyone experiences stress. Some of it can actually be helpful for getting things done or preventing you from getting hurt. But this only works in small doses. Otherwise, you have to find a way to manage stress. Composure is the key.

AIM Composure

Keeping calm and in control under stressful situations means you are able to maintain your composure. But it isn’t always possible when you are feeling overwhelmed. A natural way to get back on track is to take the calming herbs in AIM Composure to help you regain your own.

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