LeafGreens and RediBeets for Liver Health

As part of your body’s digestive system, the liver is a triangle-shaped organ weighing around three pounds but plays a weighty role in the health of your body. Your liver is involved in over 500 functions, including bile production for digestion, detoxification and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.

One of the liver’s primary functions is acting as a filter. All of the blood that passes through your digestive tract goes through the liver, which metabolizes your dietary nutrients into useful substances, storing essentials such as glycogen (sugar), vitamins and minerals and delivering them to cells when required.

The liver also filters toxins in the blood, so it plays a vital role in eliminating the compounds that can harm you along with giving your body the nutrient it needs. Every body needs such an effective filter.

Liver Support from AIM

All of the AIM whole-food powders can be beneficial for your liver by providing useful nutrients that are easily absorbed, circulated through your liver and directed to your cells when and where needed.

Examining LeafGreens and RediBeets for some of their unique nutrients and benefits, including detoxifying properties, gives you an idea of how AIM nutrition can support liver health.

LeafGreens

Along with the juice powder of young barley plants, LeafGreens con­tains the powders of spinach and four cruciferous vege­tables: arugula, broccoli sprout, kale and Swiss chard. A 2015 review article that examined plant consumption determined that “Green leaves are the best for liver health.”1

The leafy greens in LeafGreens are detoxifying and extraordinarily rich in plant compounds that your liver will recognize as useful substances. For example, sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts “is likely to be highly effective in improving liver function through reduction of oxidative stress.”2 Lutein in spinach may help to decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in the eyes and the liver.3

RediBeets

One of the unique nutrients in RediBeets is betaine, a key liver nu­trient found in vegetables like spinach and beets. The American Jour­nal of Clinical Nutrition pub­lished a 2004 article on betaine that reported the following:

• Studies show that be­taine improves liver function

• Betaine prevents or reduces accumulation of fat in the liver.

• This important human nutrient is absorbed rapidly and helps to maintain liver health.”4

Furthermore, a 2016 study showed that “betaine can halt and even reverse progression of the disruption of liver function.”5

LeafGreens and RediBeets are two great choices among AIM whole-food powders that support liver health with Nutrition that works!

References accessed August 1, 2018

1 Plants Consumption and Liver Health [Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal 2015]

2 Sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout extract improves hepatic abnormalities in male subjects [World Journal of Gastroenterology 2015]

3 Lutein decreases oxidative stress and inflammation in liver and eyes . . . [Nutrition Research and Practice Journal 2012]

4 Betaine in human nutrition [The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004]

5 Betaine chemistry, roles, and potential use in liver disease [Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Journal 2016]

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It’s All about Quality

The evidence is out there: the more plant-based food a person eats, the lower the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases, which, in turn, leads to a longer life.

But let’s be clear about one thing. Quality counts, so if your diet includes French fries and potato chips, both of which are plant-based, these so-called foods are not going to count as quality choices that reduce your risk of diseases. Refined grains that are usually found in crackers, cookies and cakes are also unhealthy plant-based food.

It’s really not confusing as to what constitutes quality plant-based food. Choose plant foods that haven’t been messed with, altered or packaged. Instead of processed apple slices sealed in plastic with a pretty label decorated with apple illustrations, eat a whole apple. Eat fresh kale, not processed kale chips in a plastic bag with an attractive green, leafy motif. Consuming plant-based food packaged by nature provides quality.

And you don’t necessarily have to eat vegetarian only. From the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Ambika Satija stated, “For heart health protection, your diet needs to focus on the quality of plant foods, and it’s possible to benefit by reducing your consumption of animal foods without completely eliminating them from your diet.” Even the medical profession is getting and giving a much-needed education.

 The Difference Quality Makes

Study after study shows that consuming more high-quality plant-based food and less meat results in better health.

Mortality (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2010)

Those with a high-quality plant-based diet were 27 percent less likely to die of any cause and 37 percent less likely to die of cancer.

 Coronary Heart Disease (Rotterdam Study):

Eating more plant protein and less animal-derived protein lowers the risk for coronary heart disease.

Consuming more animal protein and less plant protein increases the risk of heart disease.

Arterial Plaque (ELSA- Brazil Cohort Study)

Participants who regularly ate more plant-based protein were nearly 60 percent less likely to develop plaque in their arteries than those who ate more animal-based protein.

Type 2 Diabetes (The Singapore Chinese Health Study)

High intakes of red meat and poultry were associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

 AIM Quality

Supplementing high-quality plant-based food with high-quality AIM products providing concentrated plant nutrients packaged by nature can help to increase health benefits.

BarleyLife’s green nutrition from the juice powder of young barley plants delivers vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and a virtual wealth of plant nutrients.

ProPeas offers an alternative to meat so that you have a healthy choice of protein from peas.

AIMega provides every cell in your body with omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids from organic seed oils.

Just Carrots, RediBeets, LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens provide more quality choices of supplementation. And Red Rush contains 500 mg of vegetable nitrate per bottle of beet juice. All deliver high-quality plant-based nutrients from whole foods. Quality counts.

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Whole-Food Powder Nutrition

The AIM Companies‘ Members are in the know when it comes to the differences between AIM products and those that try to compete. Take green powders as an example. All you have to do is look at competing product labels to see a whole lot of ingredients in small amounts only, including not so natural ones. In other words, most are highly processed versions of natural greens with a myriad of ingredients tossed into the mix that do not work well together, such as enzymes and probiotics.

The Fewer the Ingredients the Better

In contrast to a long list of ingredients designed to impress rather than nourish properly, BarleyLife sports a very short ingredient label list: the juice powder of young barley plants, a little bit of kelp and brown rice oligodextrin, which buffers the barley grass enzymes to stabilize them with all of the other nutrient molecules.

There’s a reason why AIM limits the number of ingredients in its whole-food powders. Members don’t need a lengthy list with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. Green powder such as BarleyLife can stand on its own in delivering superior supplemental nutrition. At the same time, barley grass provides an incomparably long list of nutrients from a single natural source, which is why AIM provides BarleyLife.

With BarleyLife Xtra, you still get the same amount of BarleyLife but with additional fruit and vegetable powders for Xtra sweetness and vitamin C. And when the juice powder of young barley plants is mixed with the superfood leaf powders in LeafGreens and the cocoa powders in CoCoa LeafGreens, you still have a natural source of plant-based nutrition with a short list of natural ingredients that deliver an astonishing abundance of nutriments.

Whole Food Matters

There are some people who think that it’s a good idea to take supplements only to fill their nutritional needs. It’s an experiment that no one need try. At no point in the 36-year history of AIM has the company suggested that Members live on supplements alone and it never will.

As a matter of fact, the very first component of the AIM Healthy Cell Concept™ stresses the importance of eating whole foods and the benefits of proper nutrition. AIM whole-food powders supplement your food intake, adding an additional concentration of nutrients to a diet of wholesome food.

What AIM does encourage is the nourishing of cells with its nutrient-dense, power powders that are easily absorbed by the body, providing a nutritional advantage above and beyond healthy food intake.

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Getting a Nutritional Education

Late August or early September is the time associated with going back to school. Education time. Beyond what is learned from kindergarten through col­lege, parents have the ability to educate their children with an important, long-life lesson: the value of wholesome nutrition. It’s significant because there’s a media marketplace—TV, the internet, smart phones—that sells young people a poor-nutrition road to bad health: fast foods, soft drinks, processed snacks, to name just a few.

Unwholesome Advertising

It’s still an eye-opener to look back at the early days of advertising, when doctors promoted one cigarette brand over another. Have we really come that far since then? Possibly not, when you consider the marketing of so-called food and beverages that study after study show the likelihood for promoting the onset of diseases, such as obesity and diabetes1 as well as cancer2.

Such advertising is still legal and very profitable . . . just not ethical if a company truly cares about the long-term health of consumers and their children. In 2013, Fast Food Facts reported that children and teens remained key audiences by the fast food industry, which spent $4.6 billion to advertise mostly unhealthy products3. Even under all of the marketing pressure, parents can step in and make a difference.

Taste Training

Getting your kids to eat well is a worthwhile task. As a parent, you have the power of providing nutrition, so make choices that create good food habits. For example, introducing a variety of vegetables to young children and “marketing” them in a fun way can shape their taste for healthy foods4.

Introducing AIM nutrition to your children gives them a supplemental advantage for a long, healthy life­time. Kids who crave a glass of BarleyLife or Co­Coa LeafGreens instead of a bag of po­tato chips nurture their physical and mental well-being.

Chairman’s Club Director Sandy Combs has been such an educator since becoming an AIM Member in 1985. Sandy and her husband, Wayne, have six children, 21 grandkids and “a bunch of great-grandkids.” AIM nutrition has been a big part of their lives and the lives touched by Sandy’s help.

“Moms put BarleyLife into baby bottles to help children stay sat­isfied longer,” Sandy explained. “As my grandkids grew, AIM products entered into the school sports scene, fueling winning positions in baseball, softball, football and cheerleading. Championship com­petitions were joined with AIM’s champion products.”

Giving children a nutritional education helps them to graduate with a high degree of good health in life.

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

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Nutrition for Vision

Your five senses are such a daily part of being alive. Yet it is usually only when one of them is compromised that you give it the awareness it deserves.

Take vision as an example. The gift of sight is such an important sense. You only have to close your eyes and imagine never being able to reopen them to sense what life would be like without being able to see. And if you are shortsighted or farsighted, you are fortunate that corrective lenses allow you to at least see far more clearly.

If you are gifted with the sense of sight, the National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends a number of tips to keep your eyes healthy, such as wearing sunglasses, giving your eyes a rest (especially from computer and phone screens) and maintaining a healthy weight (to avoid the increased risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to loss of vision). Another of the NEI’s tips is also a focal point of The AIM Companies™: eat right to protect your sight.

Have You Ever Thought About Nourishing Your Eyes?

The right nutritional choices can help you to maintain healthy vision.

Dark, leafy greens are beneficial for the overall health of your body, given their rich source of nutrients. LeafGreens provides supplemental greens that deliver key nutrients for eye health, including lutein and zeaxanthin from spinach and kale, which also contain beta-carotene. All three nutrients are antioxidants that protect the eyes from oxidative stress.

Carrots are usually one of the first “good for eyesight” vegetables that spring to mind. Just Carrots powder is supplemental whole food that contains a concentration of carrot nutrients, including beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is necessary for the conversion of light energy into electrical energy in the retinas of the eyes. The optic nerve then transmits this energy to the brain, and you have vision.

Eye GinkgoSense

For targeting eye health, GinkgoSense combines an effective ingredient that improves circulation to your eyes and key nutrients that need to be circulated to your eyes. Ginkgo biloba extract increases blood flow to the eyes and brain, making it a healthy herb for vision and memory. Only two carotenoids are present in the maculas of the eyes in sizeable amounts: lutein and zeaxanthin, so it makes sense that these nutrients are also part of the formula. Helping to prevent macular degeneration, omega-3 essential fatty
acids are another GinkgoSense ingredient. In other words, GinkgoSense is an eyeful when it comes to nutrition for vision.

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Moms and AIM Nutrition

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13, a date to honor all of the wonderful things about moms. There’s the love, the caring, the kindness and the sup­port that good mothers give to their children. This outpouring of motherly con­cern is an everyday occurrence whenever re­quired. Essentially, motherhood is a full-time job: seven days a week.

For most moms, this enormous responsibility is one they embrace and cherish selflessly. And that responsibility begins with pregnancy and continues through infancy, childhood, the teenage years and beyond. In today’s world, even adult children may depend on parental support.

AIM Moms

Over the years, one thing remains constant when it comes to being an AIM mom: the importance of wholesome nutrition for children. There are so many examples of mothers whose nutritional intake was supplemented by AIM products, which also benefited their children before and after they were born. And in the long run, it just may be one of the most important things moms can do for their kids: getting them off to a healthy start in life.

Chairman’s Club Director Lanny Donald is the mother of four and grandmother of three. Many years ago, Lanny turned her health around with the help of BarleyLife, and she passed this goodness on to the rest of her family. Lanny and her husband, Ken, would eventually share the health benefits of AIM products with patients in their dental practice.

Two of Lanny’s daughters, Jensina and Kalina, who are both AIM Directors, have children of their own, and their babies happened to be born less than a week apart in September 2014. Kalina had twin boys, Kaelan and Keiran, and then a few days later Jensina delivered her son, Kaius. Both moms had taken AIM products for years. During their pregnancies, their key supplemental nutrition came from BarleyLife, LeafGreens and ProPeas, which helped to maintain their energy levels and avoid the usual cravings and symptoms that are often associated with pregnancy. Their children became BarleyLife babies, and today all three boys are healthy three-year-olds who love the taste of AIM nutrition.

AIM Director Tiki McIntyre has been taking AIM’s green barley powder ever since she was a little girl, thanks to her father, so dads can also play a major role in keeping their kids healthy. Tiki ended up influencing her own children, who love whole-food drinks made from AIM products, such as the Garden Trio or CoCoa LeafGreens. “Nowadays, you have to be vigilant about nutrition,” Tiki emphasized. “In my grandfather’s time, you just had nutrition—from the garden …” In today’s world, AIM supplements are a convenient way to improve your nutritional intake and that of your children.

At the same time, it can be challenging to get kids to regularly consume healthy greens. Chairman’s Club Director Ann Sontag had to be a little inventive, such as hiding the green drinks in red or purple sippy cups or giving CoCoa LeafGreens drinks to their kids and letting them think it was chocolate milk.

Once children are openly or surreptitiously introduced to AIM nutrition, they often clamor for it as a result. Preferred Member Jen Beaton will hear a “screech” from her son, Owen, if he doesn’t get a share of his mom and dad’s green shakes that he loves to drink with them every morning.

Health Benefits

Chairman’s Club Director Carolyn Kling knows that AIM products have helped so many people in her family. In one case, a granddaughter suffering from post-partum depression was able to improve her state of mind in around two weeks by taking the Garden Trio (a combination BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets): a fine example of “letting food be thy medicine” instead of drugs.

Of course, there is still lots of skepticism around when it comes to choosing natural solu­tions. Royal Em­er­ald Director Mada­leine Helm had her doubts about giving
BarleyLife to her asthmatic son. “After using it for only a couple of weeks, my four-year-old’s asthma started to clear up,” Madaleine stated. Her healthy son is now in his twenties.

Good health is the payoff for moms who share AIM nutrition with their families. Royal Emerald Director Dixie Shaw remembers that her five adult children were almost never sick when they were kids. She credits this to her family taking BarleyLife nearly every day. “Little kids are sick all the time, but ours just weren’t,” Dixie stated. “We hardly have anyone sick in our family.”

Rarely having sick family members is one the finest results of being an AIM mom. And keeping your children in good health no matter how old they are may just be the finest Mother’s Day gift of all.

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

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

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.

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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.

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