Athletes and Plant-Based Diets

Research indicates that athletes who overtrain and push their endurance to extremes have a higher risk for heart problems, notably plaque buildup in the arteries and cell death in the heart. In other words, overdoing it athletically can increase heart attacks.

This may tie in to the damage caused by oxidative stress, which occurs simply through the breathing process. Endurance athletes really push their use of oxygen, so oxidative stress may have a greater negative effect on their bodies.

Pushing It with Poor Nutrition

Back in 1977, The Complete Book of Running was published, influencing the widespread popularity of running as a healthy exercise. The book’s author, James Fixx, promoted the idea of pushing yourself through pain to reach the eventual high of running.

Seven years after the publication of his book, James Fixx died of a heart attack while running. An autopsy showed that he had atherosclerosis—arterial plaque buildup. The truth is that Fixx had a genetic predisposition for cardiovascular issues. His father died from a heart attack at the age of 43. But James believed that by pushing himself physically, he could avoid the same fate.

Moderation and Wholesome Food

By comparison, Jack LaLane was a fitness guru who penned a number of books and had his own TV show for over 20 years. LaLane’s father died of a heart attack at the age of 50, so he had the same health threat as Fixx. But LaLane lived to the ripe old age of 96.

The key differences between these two advocates of fitness were the intensity of their exercise routines and nutrition. Fixx believed in overdoing exercise and had a poor diet. LaLane promoted exercise in moderation, ate lots of fruits and vegetables, took supplements and promoted juicing big time. Exercise and good nutrition turn out to be a winning combination.

Scientific Support

A review published in the online journal Nutrients (January 2019), shows the correlation between endurance athletes and their dietary intake. It is known that consuming plant-based food is important not only for heart health but for the overall well-being of the human body. But for athletes that push their physical limitations, a plant-based diet is critical for their cardiovascular health.

Studies show that the nutrients from plants can have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, blood sugar levels and blood-fat concentrations as well as contribute to reversing plaque buildup in the arteries. Plant-based diets also promote a healthy body weight, improved tissue oxygenation and reduced inflammation and, especially for athletes, reduced oxidative stress.

The wealth of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are major factors in the nutritional value of a plant-based diet for protecting the heart and the body from cellular damage.

AIM Nutrition

Supporting a plant-based diet, The AIM Companies provides an incredible selection of concentrated plant nutrition in whole-food concentrates, such as the Garden Trio: BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets.

AIM nutrition has been supporting the endeavors of athletes for years, including Lew Hollander, who in 2014 became the oldest athlete to compete in an Ironman triathlon. In his late eighties, Lew continues to push the boundaries of physical limitations with AIM nutrition on his side. As Lew says, “I love the AIM products. They have contributed to my ability to live a very active life in old age.”

Whether you are an athlete or not, AIM nutrition can help to make a healthy difference in how you feel and move through your lifetime.

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The Sports Pack

Sometimes a word says it all. That’s primarily the case with the AIM Sports Pack combination of supplemental AIM nutrition.

As per one of the entries in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, sport is defined as “of, relating to, or suitable for sports.” Suitable for sports suitably sums up Peak Endurance, ProPeas and RediBeets. But honestly, anyone who wishes to feel more energetic and leaner would do well by themselves by taking this combo on a regular basis.

Let’s Get Physical

Whatever your speed, the Sports Pack can help you change gears upward and onward. That’s because supplemental ATP—energy-carrier molecules—green protein and beet nutrients are a combination that helps you to move forward at a greater pace in finer, physical form.

ATP from Peak Endurance

What goes on regarding energy production inside each one of the over thirty trillion cells in the average human body is simply mind-boggling. The cells’ mitochondria produce molecules—adenosine 5-triphosphate disodium (ATP)—that give your body the energy to move and function. This energy production is happening all the time at different levels depending on physical activity.

When you give your body supplemental ATP from Peak Endurance to draw on, it’s sort of like having a reserve tank of gas so that you’ll always be able to fuel your vehicle: your body. It’s an energy drink that also fuels you with six electrolytes, six B vitamins and a side of vitamin C to boot! And the blueberry-açai flavored powder mixes into tasty, liquid body fuel that peaks your endurance.

Protein from ProPeas

Your body also needs large molecules made up of amino acids: protein. It originates from the Greek word, proteios, which translates as “of primary importance.” Protein is needed daily for body structure and function, but not all protein sources are good for your body long-term.

The pea protein in ProPeas is a great, long-term supplement because it is a vegetable source, field peas to be exact. And this is a great alternative to meat protein, which can come with a side of fat, sodium and acidity. Alkalizing green protein contributes to lean muscle mass without added inflammation.

ProPeas is a most suitable protein for weight loss as well. Slow to digest, it fills you up for lengthy periods of time, which means you add fewer calories. And that is one of the key keys to losing pounds and keeping them lost.

Vegetable Nitrate from RediBeets

If there is one molecule you should KNOW more about it’s NO: nitric oxide. It plays a vital role in your arteries, making them relaxed and widened so that blood flows more freely and blood pressure is at the healthy levels it should be.

Beets contain an exceptional source of vegetable nitrate. And nitrate gets converted to nitric oxide once it is assimilated by the body. RediBeets supports that conversion because it’s a concentrated red beet juice powder packed with vegetable nitrate.

The nitrate conversion to NO is an incredibly beneficial molecular transition for all physical activity. Boosted circulation and lowered blood pressure are boons to body movement and the stamina needed to keep moving. RediBeets supplements your body in this transition from nitrate to NO.

Put Peak Endurance, ProPeas and RediBeets together and you have a Sports Pack that packs a potent power booster for physical activity of any intensity. And those are words that say it all.

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

AIM Nutrition Changed My Life

Shared by Tina Wilkerson, AIM Director and Personal Trainer

Back in 2001, after my daughter, Jordan, was born, I felt very poorly. I had a number of health issues: fatigue, headaches, aching joints, and I was overweight. At that point in time, I wasn’t a personal trainer yet, but I began a wellness journey that would change my life for the better and allow me to help others do the same.

The Journey

I managed to go from size 14 to 2, but, honestly, I didn’t do it in a healthy way. I wish I had had the knowledge that I have now so that I wouldn’t have taxed my body as hard as I did. I would have been able to maintain my weight in a healthy way.

During my wellness journey, I got into personal training and opened my own studio. However, the stress of starting a business and raising a daughter caught up with me. I regularly worked 12-hour days, and I was getting sick a lot and taking antibiotics probably four times a year.

Discovering AIM

Six years ago, I met Star Sapphire Director Leré Robinson, who mentored me on the use of AIM products. I started on a committed regimen of the Garden Trio, FloraFood, AIMega, Composure and Renewed Balance body cream. Within three months, I was feeling completely renewed, capable and energetic.

I credit AIM nutrition with these positive changes because I didn’t do anything else that was different. As a personal trainer, I already exercised and ate well, so it was the AIM products that really changed my life.

That’s when I started telling all of my clients about AIM, recommending products not only for losing weight but for improving all kinds of body functions. Those who come to my studio are generally middle-aged woman, many of whom have chronic pain, don’t sleep well, have poor digestive function and hormonal imbalance. Many want to improve their mobility, or what I call the “feel good” factor.

In addition to the exercise component to enhance mobility, I use AIM products to improve their wellness on an intracellular level. Addressing external factors of wellness, such as exercise (mild to moderate), sufficient sleep, sun exposure, etc., and the internal factors of eating well and supplementing with AIM products has helped a lot of my clients to get stellar results. They are able to look better, move better, feel better and be better from the inside out.

AIMing for Weight Loss

Most of my clients have weight loss goals. Last year, I ran a six-week weight-loss challenge. I had them replace their highest calorie meal of the day with a ProPeas shake. The average weight loss was eight pounds.

ProPeas and fit ’n fiber are mostly used for meal re­placements, having developed a couple of recipes that include adding kale or spinach and a teaspoon of healthy oil. Almost all of my clients also use Peak Endurance for supplemental energy.

The combination of AIM products and functional exercise—movement that helps you age well—is a sustain­able, balanced approach to weight loss and wellness, which I believe is healthiest after experiencing my own health journey and 14 years as a personal trainer.
At the same time, there are definitely unhealthy, unsustainable ways to lose weight. Because of my own history, I don’t encourage extreme exercise, which is not helpful and likely harmful for your body in the long run.

As men and women age, exercise can actually become counter-productive very quickly. Exercise naturally creates inflammation in the body. And if you’re an older person, overweight, have health issues, have been on a lot of meds or you haven’t moved well in a long time, then you’re already walking around with a lot of chronic, low-grade inflammation.

Increasing inflammation with the wrong kind of exercise is only going to make matters worse. And while we’re on the subject, reducing inflammation with AIM whole-food concentrates such as BarleyLife is an ideal approach to wellness. And as for exercise, you just have to move smart.

I don’t even like to use the word exercise; I just think movement. The right kind makes everything better; the wrong kind makes everything worse. Keep moving in the right way that makes you feel better and your life better.

Everything that has transpired in the 10½ years that I’ve owned Elite Personal Training has come out of my own wellness journey, just like my use of the AIM products. I will continue to promote them in my studio because they have changed my life and have been changing the lives of my clients.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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

The Beet Transition

Life includes any number of transitions over the course of time. The same can be said for AIM when you take a look at its 36-year history. One of the transitional changes common to any successful company is the introduction of new products. But the truth is that Members determine both the longevity of a product’s availability and what AIM continues to sell in the long run.

Red Rush Transition to RediBeets

Red Rush beet juice concentrate was added to the AIM product lineup four years ago, and it has been an amazing ride introducing AIM products to a new demographic of AIM Members. However, Red Rush will no longer be available around mid-2019 or earlier depending on current inventory. RediBeets can provide the same benefits with a larger serving size and lower shipping costs for Members. RediBeets was introduced over 25 years ago, and even after the introduction of Red Rush, RediBeets sales soared.

The Weight of Comparison

Just like Red Rush, AIM’s RediBeets provides an in­cre­dible source of veg­e­table nitrate. The body con­verts this nitrate into nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes arteries for better circulation, lowers blood pressure and de­creases fatigue, just to name a few of its unique benefits. We have created a new RediBeets serving suggestion. For athletes, mix 4 teaspoons (16 grams) with 6 to 10 ounces of water. Take once daily, one to two hours prior to an activity.

When it comes to com­paring shipping and serving costs of RediBeets and Red Rush, you get a clearer un­­der­standing of why AIM RediBeets sales continue to climb.

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In the end, Members purchase products that suit them best in terms of benefits and costs involved in receiving those benefits. For those of you who have built a downline with Red Rush, we want to help you transition them to RediBeets. Over the next several months, we will supply additional information and advice that will help. If you love Red Rush, we encourage you to try RediBeets at the new athlete serving size of 4 teaspoons and tell us what you think.

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The Power of AIM Nutrition

Sometimes life throws a curveball that ends up changing everything. In Alex Garb’s case, life shot a curve-puck at her.

Alex was poised to become the lead goalie on Team Canada’s roller hockey team, a position that she had trained hard for over the years and proved herself worthy of attaining. Three days before the official tryouts at the end of April 2018, Alex was on new roller skates and in the net playing goalie on a men’s team. She’s that good.

While attempting to stop a puck racing toward her, Alex turned her knee in a defensive move but her foot stayed firmly planted. Maybe it was the new skates. The twist movement made her knee pop, injuring her medial collateral ligament (MCL), the band of tissue along the knee’s inner edge that connects the thigh and shin bones.

Unfortunately, Alex couldn’t perform at her usual 100 percent at the tryouts, and she wasn’t chosen to play goalie. Although Alex was offered a player position, she decided to decline the offer to play on Team Canada, which would compete in Italy in July and, for the very first time, not win a medal. Alex knew that she wouldn’t be able to play her best because she needed time to heal.

At the same time, her job as a server made it difficult to fully heal, always being on her feet. “To help get my knee strength back, two weeks after my injury, I started going to physiotherapy—twice a week for a month,” Alex said. After three weeks of combining AIM nutrition and physio, Alex started skating again but not playing goalie. “I thought it would be too dangerous to injure my knee again.”

Upping her in­take of BarleyLife and Frame Essentials helped reduce the pain and increasing her use of the three Mag-nificence products also helped with the healing process. After feeling the positive effects the Mag-nificence topical magnesium in the lotion and spray and CWR in her baths, Alex stated, “I had no idea of the power of this mineral.”

Soon, Alex was back playing as defenseman with a local all-female inline team that she created back in January to grow the sport of roller hockey. In June, the team traveled to California to compete in the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh), where Alex scored a goal and the team took home silver.

The future looks bright for Alex as she continues to get stronger with AIM at her side.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Red Rush: Not Just for Athletes

Sure. There are AIM-sponsored athletes who drink Red Rush to go the extra distance, complete those final reps or laps. But even the non-athletes who make up the majority of people in the world can benefit from increasing nitric oxide levels in their bodies.

The Positive

One of the most important molecules involved in pretty much all of the body’s organ systems is nitric oxide (NO), a colorless and odorless gas. NO relaxes the walls of blood vessels, making them larger and increasing blood flow throughout the body without causing additional pumping effort by the heart. It also may inhibit plaque growth and blood clotting in the arteries.

Even though so much has been reported about the benefits of beet juice nitrate for athletes, a study in the scientific journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care (2017) found that, “Dietary nitrate may be most relevant to those with vascular/metabolic impairments, those engaging in short-term, intense exercise, deconditioned individuals, and those with a low dietary nitrate intake.” This means people who are not very fit or have health issues, such as breathing problems, low muscle mass or high blood pressure, may benefit the most by increasing their dietary nitrate intake and raising nitric oxide levels.

Where It All Begins

These days, the hot topic in health is the importance of the microbiome: the microorganisms in the body, especially in regard to good bacteria. The bacterial microbiome living in mouth saliva is responsible for converting dietary nitrate, primarily from vegetables, into nitrite. When it reaches stomach acid, nitrite is converted into nitric oxide. Nitrite conversion to NO can also take place in blood vessels or tissues. But it all starts with saliva.

The moral of this digestive trail is that nitrate from vegetables is incredibly good for your health along with all of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients such plant-based food contains. And don’t spit, because you need it to convert nitrate into nitrite to become nitric oxide. Whew!

The Red Rush of Beet Nitrate

Beets happen to be a nitrate-packed vegetable, and one bottle of Red Rush contains the juice of five beets, providing 500 mg of vegetable nitrate. To increase your levels of nitric oxide, you can’t go wrong in knocking back a daily bottle of Red Rush. See how far it takes you.

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Red Rush for the Long Run or Walk

How important is blood flow to our health? Why do we need to know about its importance or even how circulation works?

Do We Need a Circulation Education?

The word “circulation” is often brought up when there’s a health issue. Poor circulation leads to sensations of tingling, numbness, pain or muscle cramps often in the extremities: arms and hands, legs and feet. But poor circulation isn’t a condition. It’s often an indicator of an underlying health issue, possibly diabetes, heart problems or obesity. It may also relate to the physical state of the arteries that blood flows through.

Whatever the underlying cause, it is vital that this red rush continues to flow. It’s essential for maintaining good health. The circulatory system is like an internal river of life with a multitude of tributaries that allow nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to reach the cells of the body. Interestingly enough, Red Rush beet juice concentrate can help to maintain this red rush coursing through the arteries.

The Arterial Connection

Of all of the possible underlying causes of poor circulation, starting with the “internal river and its tributaries” is a good place to begin because the arteries encompass the flow of blood.

If your arteries narrow, the pressure from blood flow increases, just as water in a wide, rushing river would increase in force where it narrows or is obstructed by boulders or a dam. Pressure builds at these points.

Your blood pressure increases if plaque from cholesterol or fatty deposits builds up on the arterial walls, making them narrower or harder. Lined with a layer of cells called the endothelium, arteries are normally smooth and elastic, which allows for normal circulation.

The “Red Rush” Rush

So what happens to arterial walls when you drink Red Rush? They relax. Why?

Beet nitrate—500 mg per shot of Red Rush—is converted into nitrite by the bacteria in your saliva. The nitrite is further converted into nitric oxide when it reaches your stomach.

Nitric oxide is an amazing molecule that has an equally amazing effect on arteries. It relaxes them so that they widen, allowing improved blood flow and lower blood pressure. This means that oxygen-rich blood has enhanced circulation throughout the body, allowing you to maximize your oxygen uptake. And when you use oxygen to the max during physical activity, it improves your stamina.

Suppose you normally go for a walk or a run and at a certain point, you find yourself becoming out of breath. By drinking Red Rush two hours before your walk or run (to allow time for conversion from nitrate to nitric oxide), when you reach that normally out-of-breath point, you’ll find that you can keep going because you’re getting a nitric oxide boost of stamina.

And if you’re a runner but not exactly the fittest on the block, beet juice helps to reduce your oxygen consumption.

Whether you’re a fit-as-a-fiddle athlete or a former couch potato on the move, Red Rush beet juice concentrate offers a natural way to boost nitric oxide levels that improve your physical endurance.

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