Testing Your pH with Purple Cabbage

Thanks to Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org fame, there’s a challenging pH test. As per his instruc­tions, you can actually check your pH by urinating into a toilet bowl filled with the deep purple water produced from boiled purple cabbage. Yes, purple cabbage. It’s a fun way to test your pH if you are able to look at it with a childlike, humorous fascination of just how incredible the human body is and will forever be.

You can also avoid the “heated” danger from boiling cabbage by blending some raw purple cabbage and water in a mixer. Then you strain the liquid of solids before pouring it into the toilet bowl, creating purple-colored water to relieve yourself.

Then it’s time for the test. If you urinate into the deep purple and the water stays purple, you and your urine are acidic. If the toilet bowl goes pink, it’s really acidic. In other words, you failed the cabbage test. If you are not reducing your acid load as you age, it contributes to weakened kidney function and progressively shrinking muscle mass.

So what you really want to see is the purple cabbage water turn a healthy shade of blue. Blue means your urine is alkaline and that you are doing the right thing by your body: ingesting enough green leafy vegetables. From the AIM perspective, it also means you are taking greens such as BarleyLife or LeafGreens, which supplement your green-vegetable intake and support healthy aging.

Dr. Greger also mentions that there is a boring way to test the acidity or alkalinity of your urine: pH test strips. At this point, it is time to tear a strip off the good doctor because AIM pH test strips are actually a far simpler way of accurately testing the acidity or alkalinity of your urine (or saliva for that matter) especially when compared to grinding up a perfectly edible and nutritious vegetable like purple cabbage and pouring it into the toilet. AIM pH test strips allow you to easily measure your pH without any messy vegetables in the toilet.


Whether you choose the simplicity of pH test strips or the purple-cabbage-in-the-toilet-bowl challenge, testing your pH is a worthwhile endeavor in the effort to monitor your body’s state of health.


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.

The Circadian Rhythm: Your Body Clock

Have you ever wondered why you feel so bad after traveling across time zones? And what about shift workers, such as long-distance truck drivers, emergency service workers and airline employees or someone under constant stress and unable to maintain regular sleep patterns? When people are required to be awake at a time that their body clocks associate with sleep, it has the potential to disrupt their circadian rhythms¹.

The daily fluctuations of our biological clock represented in the diagram are
fundamental to us. During the day, we are active. We eat, many of us enjoying carbohydrates, having strong metabolisms and efficient digestive systems. However, at night our bodies rely on stored energy for long periods. We are mostly stationary and diges­tion is limited, so eating carbo­hy­drates at this time can be harmful because our meta­bolic rate slows down.

Along with eat­­ing at odd hours, night shift workers and jet-lagged travelers get fewer hours of sleep, which is often of poor quality, and have less exposure to daylight. A study revealed that indi­viduals who did this for ten days experienced circadian disruption². The health implications included:

  • Decreased leptin (-17%)
  • Increased glucose (+6%)
  • Increased insulin (+22%)
  • Reversed daily cortisol rhythm
  • Increased mean arterial pressure (+3%)
  • Reduced sleep efficiency (-20%)

Tips for a healthy circadian rhythm:

Three hours before bed: Dim the lights, minimize the use of television and electronics and avoid vigorous exercise.

One hour before bed: Take AIM Composure, or have a hot bath with Mag-nificence CWR.

Sleep: Choose a cool, dark, quiet room. Try not to take sleeping pills because they will deplete your vitamin D and calcium levels.

Upon wakening: En­­­joy your daily servings of AIM greens with BarleyLife and/or Leaf­Greens. If possible, get 15 minutes of sun­light in the morning.

Try to maintain regular meal times: Daily meals are usually consumed anywhere between 6.30 a.m. and 9.30 p.m., which is a 15-hour time span. A healthier and more circadian-aligned meal pattern would be a 12-hour time span during the daytime followed by 12 hours of overnight fasting.

¹ Reutrakul, S & Khutson, K. Consequences of Circadian Disruption on Cardiometabolic Health, JSMC July 2015.

² Scheer et al, Adverse metabolic and cardiovascular consequences of circadian misalignment. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106:4453-4458.


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.

Supplements … Natural or Synthetic?

When considering supplements-vitamins, minerals, or other nutritive products-one of the first questions you should ask is: Are they synthetic or natural?
Synthetic supplements supply chemically constructed nutrients cooked up in a laboratory that may be of little use to your body and possibly do more harm than good. Some studies of supplement use reveal negative results in test groups taking synthetics:

  • More deaths from lung cancer, stroke, and ischemic heart disease in male smokers using synthetic beta-carotene and vitamin E
  • Birth defects increased by 400 percent in pregnant women taking synthetic
    vitamin A

Your body is natural, so it responds well to natural ingredients. AIM’s high-quality, wholefood concentrates and herbal supplements are made for your body. Nature created their nutrients, which work synergistically to deliver your body’s required nutrition and health benefits.

Supplements are Necessary

Before the age of convenience foods, nutrition came from whole foods that provided natural proportions of necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc. In today’s world, farmland is not as nutrient-rich as it was over a half century ago, so modern crops provide fewer of the required nutrients. Even eating healthily does not guarantee that you are giving your body all that it needs.

Supplementation is necessary for maintaining a strong, healthy body and slowing down the aging process.

AIM Offers the Best

Over thirty-five years ago, The AIM Companies(tm) recognized the nutritional value of whole foods when it first introduced concentrated powders. Today, AIM’s natural garden of nutrition includes a harvest of concentrated whole-food powders and natural health products.

Concentrated Whole-Food Nutrition

Your body easily absorbs the natural nutrients in AIM whole-food powders. Concentrated greens like AIM BarleyLife, AIM BarleyLife Xtra,  AIM LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens nourish your cells with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients packaged and delivered by nature. The many health benefits of juiced carrots and beets are a sip away with AIM Just Carrots and AIM RediBeets. Derived from non-GMO peas, AIM ProPeas delivers healthy vegetable protein for building, maintaining, and replacing tissues in muscles, organs, and body systems. You can’t beat powders for delivering nutrients in balanced-by nature proportions.

Natural Health Products

Choosing synthetic drugs to deal with health issues is a growing dependency all around the world. AIM offers natural choices for prevention, improvement, and maintenance with high quality, natural health products, AIM Bear Paw Garlic for heart health, and seed oils in AIMega providing omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids for the structure, function, and maintenance of every cell in your body.

Necessary for good health and ideal body weight, fiber helps to keep your digestive system working optimally. AIM Herbal Fiberblend contains natural sources of fiber and herbs for cleansing, detoxifying, and maintaining your digestive tract. AIM fit ‘n fiber offers an additional source of fiber that is complementary to Herbal Fiberblend, a healthy product to help you lose weight. Big-box stores and drugstore chains sell cheap, synthetic vitamins and supplements with few or poor health benefits. But remember, nature produced your body. You should not fuel it with anything processed, packaged, or synthesized in a laboratory. Natural or synthetic? It’s your choice. Make AIM yours.

The Secret Power of LeafGreens and Proancynol 2000

Oxidative stress is associated with disease, weight gain and the aging process. One of the ways that the body fights oxidative stress is with antioxidant enzymes released by the NRF2 pathway. NRF2 is a protein that lies dormant in each cell. Once that protein is activated, it slips into the cell’s nucleus and triggers the defense systems there, releasing very powerful antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase, glutathione and catalase. These enzymes are very effective at destroying the free radicals that cause oxidative stress. If the NRF2 pathway is triggered regularly, it may significantly reduce overall oxidative stress.

High-quality antioxidants do battle with oxidative stress firsthand.

Although there are multiple ways to trigger this pathway, the simplest and most effective is through the foods that we eat. The dietary pathway trigger alpha
lipoic acid is found in spinach, broccoli and tomatoes. Another one, sulforaphane (Biology Redux, 2013) is found in broccoli, cauliflower and kale, and
resveratrol resides in grapes and cranberries. Drinking green tea, intermittent fasting and exercising seem to work, too.

The AIM Companies™ offers three powerful products that activate the NRF2 pathway. Proancynol 2000 contains both alpha lipoic acid and green tea. It also has a selection of other high-quality antioxidants, all of which do battle with oxidative stress firsthand.

Food sources of sulforaphane are extremely potent pathway triggers.

LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens are good food sources of sulforaphane, an extremely potent pathway trigger. These products also contain the antioxidant enzyme glutathione, which is also released by the NRF2 pathway. Although it is hard to absorb dietary glutathione, food sources of glutathione are extremely important to overall glutathione bioavailability. A 2016 study in Biology Redux linked glutathione to a significant reduction in age-related decline.

If you’re looking to lose weight, put the brakes on age-related decline, or just stay as healthy as possible, look no further than the AIM product line. We hold our products to the highest standards of quality and nutrition!

NOTE: Since 1982, The AIM Companies™ (AIM) has been promoting health and providing economic opportunity with an unparalleled product line and a rewarding compensation plan. As a leader in the health and nutrition industry, AIM has pioneered green juice drinks and an assortment of whole-food concentrates while maintaining a consistent income source for its Member distributors.


AIM Nutrition: Essential for Good Health

With such a wide variety of AIM Nutrition available to Members, sometimes a little direction is needed, especially for those new to AIM. To keep it simple, let’s look at nutrition that is considered to be essential on a daily basis: greens, fiber and essential fatty acids (EFAs). AIM has supplemental options to increase the intake of all three.


Even though the body benefits from the wealth of nutrients in dark, leafy greens, many people don’t like them or simply don’t eat enough. AIM provides four different concentrated greens to choose from, providing an abundance of nutrients in easily absorbed powders.

BarleyLife is a barley grass juice powder concentrate that nurtures whole-body health with a rich source of essentials, such as antioxidants, chlorophyll, enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins. Each nutrient is made in balance by nature.

BarleyLife Xtra delivers all of the above along with the powders of eighteen fruit and vegetables that offer additional vitamin C and a sweet taste.

LeafGreens combines the juice powder of barley grass and the powders of five green superfoods, arugula, broccoli sprouts, kale, spinach and Swiss chard, delivering exceptional plant nutrients such as quercetin, kaempferol and sulforaphane.

CoCoa LeafGreens includes the antioxidant and flavonoid benefits of three kinds of cocoas, adding a chocolaty taste to LeafGreens.


Having a well-functioning digestive system is essential for good health. Maintaining a high-fiber intake is vital, but statistics show most people get far less than they need. AIM offers two fiber supplements.

Herbal Fiberblend combines psyllium for soluble and insoluble fiber and a variety of cleansing herbs that detoxify and provide gentle relief of constipation.

fit ’n fiber peach contains six sources of fiber and five botanicals in a daily supplement that increases fiber intake, promotes regularity, aids in satiety and assists with weight management.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Good health depends on the dietary intake of omega-3 and -6 EFAs, the good fats that the body cannot produce. Most people do not get sufficient amounts.

AIMega delivers encapsulated organic seed oils for a plant source of EFAs, which every cell in the body requires to grow and function optimally.

Greens, fiber and EFAs are essential on a daily basis. Make sure you get yours!

NOTE: Since 1982, The AIM Companies™ (AIM) has been promoting health and providing economic opportunity with an unparalleled product line and a rewarding compensation plan. As a leader in the health and nutrition industry, AIM has pioneered green juice drinks and an assortment of whole-food concentrates while maintaining a consistent income source for its Member distributors.

Combat Seasonal Allergies with Nutrition

The rate of seasonal allergies is on the rise. Luckily, there are several dietary strategies that can alleviate or ameliorate symptoms.

Omega-3s with AIMega

Inflammation occurs when the immune system reacts to injury, illness or irritant. An allergy is often nothing more than an inflammatory overreaction to a perceived threat: a particle of dust, pollen. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help soothe inflammation in people with either allergies or asthma.

Probiotics with FloraFood

Preliminary research sug­gests that probiotics might aid seasonal allergy suffers. Beneficial gut bacteria help to regulate the immune system’s response to allergens, re­lieving symptoms.

Green Tea Extract with Proancynol 2000

Your aunt may have been right when she told you to drink green tea for hay fever. Researchers in Japan found that green tea contains a compound (EGCG) that blocks certain allergic responses. Plus, green tea brims with antioxidants.

Quercetin with LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens

Quercetin is a pow­er­ful plant flavonoid. In test tube studies, quercetin stopped im­mune cells from releasing allergy-causing histamines. It also has antioxidant proper­ties that can reduce inflammation.

Vitamin C in BarleyLife Xtra and Peak Endurance

Most often used to prevent the common cold, Vitamin C also has antihistamine properties. Several studies have shown that vitamin C might reduce allergy symptoms as well.

Note:  The AIM Companies provides AIMega, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens, BarleyLife Xtra and Peak Endurance.  We are a wholefood juice concentrate and nutritional supplement network marketing company that has been in business since 1982.

LeafGreens and Exercise Recovery


Under normal conditions, moderate and even intense exercise is very healthy. It does, however, put a lot of oxidative stress on the body. Oxidative stress has been linked to a lot of nasty things like cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney problems and more. In the case of exercise, all this is fine because the oxidative stress caused by working out is usually moderate and it forces the body to adapt, allowing you to build a natural resistance to it.  This is why exercise is considered to be a natural “antioxidant.”

However, there is evidence that extended, heavy and sustained exercise can put too much oxidative stress on the body. This could lead to those health risks mentioned earlier.

One of the ways to combat the stress is through the use of antioxidants. Vitamin C, Vitamin A, lycopene, these are all common antioxidants. You can easily get them by eating fruits and vegetables, and they are the body’s first line of defense against free-radical damage.

Quercetin is a flavonoid, an antioxidant found in plants. It has gotten a lot of press over the last few years because some studies have shown that it can improve sports performance and counteract exercise-induced oxidative stress.  If only it were that simple.

According to Antioxidants in Sports Nutrition by Konrad and Neiman, quercetin supplementation, by itself, doesn’t really do a whole lot for combating oxidative stress, but when taken with other antioxidants:

Taken together, the results and benefits of pure high-dose quercetin as an antioxidant are very limited, and in contrast, using quercetin as part of an antioxidant-cocktail has been found to be much more efficient and can be generally recommended.

Furthermore, the research shows that food sources were better than supplements.

There seems to be better evidence to support the intake of foods rich in antioxidants within the diet than there is for supplementation due to the consequence of increased uric acid levels

Data are limited and the method and regimens vary widely, but the main conclusion is that flavonoid–nutrient mixtures or any extracts of fruits, vegetables and tea consumed acutely or chronically before exercise diminish post-exercise oxidative stress, inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness. To avoid the risk of exceeding intake, the most effective way is to consume a varied diet focused on fruit, vegetables and whole grain

In this case, the great thing about a whole-food juice like LeafGreens is that it provides the nutrition and the flavonoid profiles of six vegetables–spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, kale, broccoli and barley leaf–without the pre-exercise bulk of fresh produce. Apart from quercetin, LeafGreens contains plenty of antioxidants like sulforaphane, kaempferol and lutein among othe