The Western Diet

If you are a fan of Western films, you often see cowboys enjoying a big meal at the ranch or around the chuckwagon after a long, hard day on the lonesome trail. It’s likely though that the food of your average cowpoke didn’t include veggies beyond beans. They pretty much consumed dried and fresh meat, hard cheeses, dried fruit, biscuits, coffee and . . .  yes, beans. Lots of beans.

Then again, imagine a time with no antibiotics in the grass-fed cows or dairy products, no chemicals used to grow the beans, fruit or coffee beans and no hybrid wheat flour, chemicals or preservatives in the biscuits. Maybe this “Western” diet wasn’t so bad after all. It just needed a salad and some sautéed kale on the side.

That said, cowboy fare of the Wild West is a far cry from the not-so-wild Western Diet. Consuming this modern nutrition includes a sizeable amount of saturated fats and sugar, a low intake of fiber and a procession of processed food that is far removed from that which grows naturally. It doesn’t take much thought to conclude that such a diet can’t be good for you in the end, except for the likelihood of contributing to a quicker end.

The Disease Factor

The unhealthy kind of food that contributes to a long list of modern diseases is found in today’s Western diet. Much of this is the “edible, processed and packaged stuff” found in the middle aisles of supermarkets. It’s not real food.

This “not real food” has had a major impact on the health of human beings who make it a regular part of their nutritional intake. In fact, the modern Western diet is the key factor in the onslaught of civilized diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease.

Cultures that stick to local diets do not have to deal with these Western health issues. But given the poor opportunity of eating like the average North American, people in those cultures soon have to deal with Western diseases. All it takes to reverse those health problems is for them to return to eating their traditional meals. And real food is all it takes for anyone who wants to turn their health around.

Let’s Go Shopping!

You should be eating real food, especially fruit and vegetables. That’s one of the reasons farmer’s markets have become so popular. Shopping there is like having a good habit. So when you go into supermarkets, do the same thing: shop mostly in the fresh food sections and ignore most of what is on the shelves of the middle aisles. It’s processed.

Pretend as though the processed stuff is not meant for human consumption because it really isn’t, even though it is heavily advertised as convenient, wholesome nutrition. Such advertisements are to sell products and increase profits, not to maintain good health for adults, teens and children. The same can be said for the majority of fast foods. If you buy into the commercials and slogans, you buy into the Western diet and the poor health it delivers.

Your Microbiota Is What You Eat

Keep in mind that when you choose real food that provides nutrients from plants, you are feeding the microbes that are integral to maintaining your health. In 2017, the Frontiers in Immunology journal published a study analyzing the impact of the Western diet on the good bacteria that populate the intestinal tract. And it’s not good news.

The nutrients you ingest affect the microbiota and immune system, ultimately determining how well everything functions in your body. If you want a strong immune system that protects you, you can’t feed your good bacteria bad food.

AIM Supplemental Real Food Choices

The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines the word “supplement” as “A thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.” AIM has always recommended a whole-food diet as an essential way to maintain good health, along with taking its products as a way to enhance this healthy nutritional intake.

AIM offers healthy ways to increase your levels of plant nutrients in the concentrated powders of BarleyLife, Just Carrots, RediBeets and CoCoa LeafGreens, just to name a few of the easily absorbed, supplemental whole-food choices.

Making supportive nutrients available for your body and microbiota has possibly never been more important. Real food can help to prevent or reverse many of the modern diseases that tend to be increasing exponentially as the popularity of the Western diet grows globally. Adding the concentration of nutrients in AIM’s whole-food powders can help to increase your nutritional intake greatly.

Cowboys and cowgirls of days gone by would have likely appreciated the convenience of AIM products in their “Western” diet. Fortunately, these days AIM nutrition is available for all to distance themselves from the effects of the modern Western diet.

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Healthy Aging … for the YOUNG

Most young people rarely spend time thinking about growing old. Or do they? One look in the mirror confirms their youthfulness day after day. But the truth that everyone comes to realize is that the mirror can become less friendly with passing time. Aging is inevitable.

Aging Factors

Genetics play a role, but studies of twins, who begin life with identical genes, reveal that environment and lifestyle changes can have a great effect on how they age. For example, alcohol consumption, medication, smoking and stress were factors in the aging differences between twins. Those who avoided these negatives looked more youthful than their twin siblings. Such results support a healthy aging focus.

Talkin Bout My Generation

Generation after generation eventually must face the aging process. Generational names and timeframes are not an exact science but here’s a guideline: The Silent Generation, born between 1925 and 1945; Baby Boomers, 1946 to 1964; Generation X, 1965 to 1976; Millennials, 1977 to 1995; and the presently overlapping iGen and Alpha generations.

Those in the younger generations who are fascinated with celebrities, their fashion style and use of makeup and cosmetic surgery, are encouraged to cover up or remove any signs of aging. At the same time, many are keen to maintain their physiques and physical health with exer­cise and nutrition. Such a focus re­quires deter­mination, open-mindedness and curiosity.

The trick for AIM dis­tri­bu­tors is to make a con­vinc­ing ar­gument to younger generations that the long-term, healthy aging benefits of AIM nutrition at the cellular level will serve them well for a long lifetime.

Healthy Aging Factors from AIM

Over the years, Members who have personally experienced or witnessed health improvements through the use of AIM products can attest to their long-term benefits. AIM parents have been able to raise healthier children, giving them a consistent concentration of nutrients that arms them with a healthy aging advantage.

The idea is that the younger you start taking products such as the Garden Trio, the earlier you introduce healthy aging factors at the cellular level. And all generations can benefit from healthy aging factors from AIM.

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It’s All About Nutrition

Looking at Health Awareness Calendars for 2019, it’s interesting to note that March stands out as Nutrition Month in the United States and Canada. It’s especially interesting for The AIM Companies™, given that this Member-driven organization is in the business of sharing “Nutrition that works!” It’s a simple yet significant catch-phrase that reflects the importance of the right kind of nutrition.

Nutritious, whole food works to maintain good health, and AIM’s high-quality, whole-food concentrates and supplements can help to take natural nutrient intake to optimal levels.

The Rise of Digestive Diseases Worldwide

On the poor nutritional side, a North American diet that includes too many processed and fast foods has undoubtably been a major factor that contributes to a variety of health problems.

A 2008 National Institutes of Health report on the burden of digestive diseases provides some convincing evidence as to what can happen when you regularly put the wrong kind of foods into your mouth: gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, digestive cancers, etc. 1 To further illustrate the power of poor nutrition, you only have to look to changes in the Far East.

Several Asian countries whose pop­ulations had seemed to be immune are
now experiencing the onset and rise of many of these North American diseases, primarily due to the adoption of poor nutrition over the past 40 years or so. Before the transition toward industrialized societies, most people’s eating habits were healthier until modernization introduced the convenience of processed and fast foods.

A Medical Perspective

A steady diet of poor nutrition shows that a lifestyle move away from wholesome food results in poor health. Of course, there are other factors that can trigger digestive and other diseases, but, over time, dietary factors top the list.

Numerous enlightened minds in the medical profession, including Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and Dr. Alona Pulde, co-author of The Whole Foods Diet, emphasize that lifestyle changes, with good nutrition leading the way, can make an incredibly positive difference in your well-being.

The AIM Perspective

The AIM Healthy Cell Concept™ focuses on five factors that promote healthy body cells, a key element in your overall state of health. Nutrition is the first factor, and the AIM intention of providing natural sources of supplemental nutrition is not only to get people’s health back on track but to keep it there.

Nurturing cells with easily absorbed, natural nutrients from AIM supplements can help to optimize healthy food intake, making a huge nutritional difference at the cellular level and supporting body health from the inside out.

Along with nutrition awareness, March is also the month that contains the first day of North American spring, when gardens begin to reappear after a long, cold winter. So let’s take a look at the Garden Trio: three examples of AIM “Nutrition that works!” to make cells healthy.

The Garden Trio

BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets comprise a nourishing trio of whole-food concentrates that provide an unparalleled combination of plant-based nutrients.

BarleyLife

Barley grass grows with a fibrous root system that acts like a nutritional sponge, absorbing nutrients from the soil and sending them up into sprouting green shoots. Young barley grass is believed to be the most nutritious plant on the planet, but because of its high concentration of fiber, the human digestive system is not “grass-enabled.”

AIM delivers barley’s potent greens as an edible leaf juice powder to give people easy access to its abundance of natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and unique plant nutrients. Nutritious, cleansing, detoxifying, alkalizing and inflammation-reducing … that’s BarleyLife.

Just Carrots and RediBeets

Carrots and beets are taproot vegetables that you can think of as units of underground food storage. Their fleshy roots absorb nutrients from the earth and keep them in what are literally protective, fibrous containers.

Like barley grass, AIM taps into the treasure of nutrients in carrots and red beets to create easily assimilated juice powders with minimal fiber.

Carrots are a very good source of beta- carotene, potassium, vitamins B6 and B7 and a variety of antioxidants and plant nutrients that support whole-body health, particularly in regard to the eyes and skin. Just Carrots delivers all the benefits of this orange taproot filled with nutrition.

Red beets store a rich source of polyphenols, betalains, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and vegetable nitrates, providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, circulatory and detoxification support that promotes good health and improved liver function. Each canister of RediBeets stores these nutrients and benefits, so tap into them to improve and maintain well-being.

The concentration of nutrients in the Garden Trio will provide a daily awareness of nutrition . . . and that works!

Reference:
1 http://www.niddk.nih.gov/about-niddk/strategic-plans-reports/burden-of-digestive-diseases-in-united-states

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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.

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 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.

Fit is the New Thin: Cassey Shaw

Shared by Cassey Shaw, AIM Preferred Member

I am a wife, mom, business owner and recovering food addict. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.

In May 2018, I decided enough was enough. I focused on changing my mindset and nutrition. I counted calories and ate whole foods. I worked hard for those first two months to fight the mental battle that has always plagued me and in two months I lost 25 pounds!

At this point, I began running, and I purchased my first Garden Trio. I could have never imagined that I would fall in love with this drink so much. These products are not new to me because my in-laws, whom I’ve known for over 19 years, have been faithfully taking them. However, this is the first time I started taking AIM products.

By including my two children in my health and wellness journey, it has held me accountable. No matter what, I wanted them to grow up in a healthy home, making healthy choices, even if mommy was closet eating. Making our [Garden] Trio smoothies together has been a game changer for my kids and now my whole family enjoys smoothies multiple times a week.

Today I am down 55 pounds and use the Garden Trio regularly. When I feel bloated, need a quick meal on the go or a quick post-workout smoothie, I always reach for my power drink. As a homeschooling mama and business owner, this smoothie gives me the energy to keep up with life. I travel often and being able to pack my powders and blender not only saves me money but keeps me on track.

I never thought I would enjoy these products so much, but today I CRAVE THEM!

Cassey’s Smoothie Ingredients:
1½ cups of water
1 tsp. RediBeets
1 tsp. Just Carrots
1 tbsp. BarleyLife
1 tbsp. fit ’n fiber
2 small handfuls of mixed frozen berries
2 handfuls spinach

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.

 

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.

Certifications Matter

Members (whole-food concentrates and nutritional supplement distributors for The AIM Companies) worldwide recognize that our products are the finest. However, people outside of the AIM family are faced with many choices, so it isn’t easy for them to make the best selections when it comes to natural health products.

Independent distributors of AIM’s substantial line of high-quality products have several helpful deciding factors at their disposal to encourage people to make the finest choices: product certifications.

Knowing Product Certifications

AIM has five certifications that are featured on product labels and the website and in catalogs, datasheets and other AIM literature: Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, certified Vegan, Kosher and Sport Approved. It is important to be familiar with each certification when speaking to people who may be interested in purchasing AIM products.

As an example, people who are vegetarians or vegans are likely to share this aspect of their lives when talking about health-related issues and would be more inclined to purchase a particular supplement that fits their lifestyle choices.

Awareness of the certifications increases the product knowledge and credibility of AIM independent distributors and prevents unsuitable recommendations.

Non-GMO products do not contain genetically modified ingredients

Every AIM product is certified Non-GMO, so this fact is easy to remember for the entire AIM lineup. None of the ingredients that AIM uses contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are bioengineered animals or plants through the use of gene-splicing.

GMOs have created a worldwide concern for people who want only natural sources of nutrition. All AIM products respect that concern. Telling prospective customers that every AIM product is certified Non-GMO is as good an introduction as any.

Gluten-free products contain less than 20 parts per million (PPM) of gluten

The AIM Companies™ has tested for the presence of gluten in all of its products. Most AIM products have tested gluten-free except for BarleyLife capsules, BarleyLife Xtra, Herbal Fiberblend, CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens and Canada Herbal Release. Knowing these six exceptions confirms the vast majority of AIM products are gluten-free.

Being able to identify gluten-free supplements is of utmost importance for the health of people who have gluten-related disorders. For such individuals, consuming gluten—distinctive proteins found in wheat and other grains—can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, poor absorption of food nutrients and diarrhea or constipation. Those with gluten issues can take comfort in knowing that AIM has a substantial lineup of gluten-free products that can help to improve their health.

Certified vegan products contain no animal products or by-products

For anyone following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, the AIM products that are certified vegan can be easily identified by a logo or vegan indications printed on labels, signifying no presence of animal products or by-products and no testing on animals. This information is essential for vegans and vegetarians to decide which supplements are appropriate for them to take.

Kosher certification indicates the product, process and system comply with the highest kosher standards and regulations

Kosher food laws set a high bar in terms of cleanliness, purity and quality, so people not only of the Jewish faith look for the OK symbol on labels.

The Garden TrioBarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets—as well the BarleyLife powder in the 180-gram canisters and sample packs are certified kosher, and The AIM Companies will continue to expand kosher certifications for those who look for the OK symbol on product labels.

Sport-approved products contain no substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency

The AIM lineup contains three products that are sport approved: Peak Endurance, ProPeas and Red Rush. All three are available individually or as a combination in the Sports Pack. For competitive athletes, enhancing performance with natural products that contain no banned substances is an intelligent choice.

Helping people to make intelligent choices when it comes to their health and lifestyles is a goal for all AIM independent distributors. Use prod­uct certifications wisely to achieve this aim.

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