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

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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

Natural AIM Nutrition for Families

Natural Nutrition for Families

Seeking an all-natural source for nutrition, Directors David and Miriam Borkholder from Kalona, Iowa, turned to AIM whole-food products like AIM BarleyLife® and the AIM Garden Trio®. And through consistent use and a strong belief in whole-food nutrition, they got the results they wanted … and more.

“I always liked the idea of having animals out on the grass in a natural state, getting their minerals and nutrients from plants,” said David, a dairy goat farmer. “With this vision in mind, we were looking for a product for me and my family that was closer to nature’s way—a plant form of nutrition. We are well satisfied with the AIM products.”

When the Borkholders chose AIM, Miriam was pregnant with their fifth child. The previous three of the four pregnancies had been difficult, and this one would prove to be no different. Less than two months into pregnancy, complications arose. Bleeding, which continued for two months concerned the Borkholders for the health of the pregnancy.

Approximately six weeks before her due date more complications arose, forcing them to go to the hospital. Three days later, Miriam gave birth without complication to baby Sarah. Thirty-six hours later, Sarah’s lung collapsed, and she was transferred to a children’s hospital for care.

These events challenged the Borkholders, but with their belief in whole-food nutrition and with guidance from Star Sapphire Director Marlene Rawls, they remained determined.

“We decided to continue on the AIM products,” David said. “Marlene stressed the fact that even though this pregnancy went the way it did, Miriam’s body was not built up—we needed to rebuild her body before she had another child. Miriam took therapeutic amounts of AIM products, and we saw more and more evidence that this was helping and working.”

Two years later, the Borkholders were pregnant again.

“The sixth pregnancy should have been the worst of all of them,” David said, “but it was the opposite. It was her easiest pregnancy. She was able to continue her own work all the way through the pregnancy.”

Miriam’s pregnancy went full-term. There were zero complications.

While taking AIM LeafGreens® during pregnancy, Miriam was even able to raise her iron and hemoglobin levels to within normal range—well above her traditionally low levels.

“After that sixth child was born,” David said, “we could talk to others and we were ready to listen and help.”

The Borkholders have felt blessed to see the amazing difference in the mental development of all their children. They credit AIM nutrition for the change they see and especially for the products’ prenatal support.

“We’re enjoying life,” David said. “For us, life has been different since we’ve been using the AIM products. Nutrition changed our whole life, not just the children part. That’s where we’re grateful to God.”

It’s Easy Being Green

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In the world of plants, the color of life is green. It’s a healthy hue due to the chlorophyll that is the lifeblood of our planet’s vegetation. This greenery produces the oxygen in the air that we breathe and provides a nutritious food source that can keep us healthy. AIM makes it easy to go internally green with a healthy variety of whole-food concentrates.

BarleyLife®
(powder, capsules & sample packs)
When The AIM Companies™ introduced the juice powder of barley grass to the world in 1982, no one could have predicted the lasting impact of these unparalleled greens on people’s health. Thirty-three years later, AIM BarleyLife® continues to provide a balanced source of natural nutrients from one of the most nutritious grasses on the planet. Most importantly, BarleyLife is a juice concentrate (not dried, ground grass) giving you more green nutrition that is fully absorbable and usable by your body.

The alkalizing and anti-inflammatory effects are only two of the many health benefits of going green with BarleyLife. The abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes in barley grass makes BarleyLife a bountiful food supplement. In fact, the number and types of natural nutrients in young barley plants have yet to be fully counted and identified, but you can count on BarleyLife greens to help maintain good health.

BarleyLife® Xtra
(powder & sample packs)
Sometimes you want something extra, so one more green option is AIM BarleyLife® Xtra. Providing a sweet, fruity taste for children (or adults with a sensitive palate), BarleyLife Xtra packs an additional nutritious punch with the powders of eighteen fruits and vegetables.Each 4.5 grams of powder contains a 4-gram serving of BarleyLife. Best taken on an empty stomach (thirty minutes before a meal or at least two hours after eating), concentrated BarleyLife and BarleyLife Xtra powders are easily digested by your body and absorbed at the cellular level.

CoCoa LeafGreens
(powder and sample packs)
Not everyone appreciates the taste of greens, so a healthy taste of chocolate was added to create AIM CoCoa LeafGreens®. Along with a delectable flavor, three types of cocoa powders provide a wealth of antioxidants and flavonoids to the already nutrient-dense LeafGreens mix. Over 700 healthy compounds are found in cocoa, supporting bone, heart, and cognitive health.

Those who just can’t wrap their minds around the thought of drinking greens will enjoy the taste of CoCoa LeafGreens, especially when added to almond or rice milk.

ProPeas
(powder)
You can even green your protein by supplementing with AIM ProPeas®, which provides a vegan source from field peas. Protein is an integral macro-nutrient required by all of your cells. This means your body needs large amounts to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals as well as for the building blocks of blood, bones, cartilage, muscles, and skin.

The major source of protein in the North American diet is meat, which has an acidifying effect on your body pH. “An acidic body opens the door to disease” is a message that AIM has repeated over the years and for good reason. AIM greens and pea protein help promote a healthy, alkaline body pH. Add a scoop of ProPeas to almond or rice milk and you have a tasty smoothie that supplements your body’s protein requirements in a healthy way.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Knee Pain

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The greatest danger to your knees is simply using your knees–as one does–for years and years and years.  According to WebMD, there’s a 33% chance that if you’re at the doctor, you’re there because your knee hurts. The majority of knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis, a condition brought about by wear and tear.  Athletes, the overweight, women, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and the elderly are those people at the greatest risk of suffering this kind of knee pain.

One of the simplest ways of reducing knee pain is by losing weight.  A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that for every pound lost, it reduced four pounds of stress on the knees.  In other good news, exercise that helps strengthen muscles around the knees can also reduce pain. Additionally, there are several nutritional strategies that can help alleviate knee pain.  Here are some.

  1. Glucosamine and MSM

Several studies have shown that glucosamine and MSM fight osteoarthritis pain by reducing inflammation.  A study published in Clinical Drug Investigations concluded that:

From the abstract:

Glu, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. All the treatments were well tolerated. The onset of analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

Related Product: Frame Essentials

      2. Vitamin K

In 2009 study from the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, researchers found a link between low levels of vitamin K and the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Related Product: LeafGreens, BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, CoCoa LeafGreens,

3. Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Increased inflammation can lead to increased pain. So you’ll want to stay away from inflammatory foods: trans fats, sugar, red meat, refined carbohydrates and the like.  Instead, choose anti-inflammatory foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish.

Related Products: BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens

    4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

Not only have Omega-3 fatty acids been shown to reduce inflammation, but low levels of omega-3’s have been linked to the development of osteoarthritis in animal studies.

Related Product: AIMega

  5. Vitamin D

A study on 400 people with osteoarthritis found that subjects who had low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy vitamin-D levels.

Related Product: Veggie D, CalciAIM

AIM Turned My Life Around

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My story goes back to my late thirties. I felt held captive by a chronic fatigue that I could not shake. I never knew from day to day if I would have energy for even mild physical activities. Even enjoyable things like dancing or raspberry-picking were often too exhausting for me to endure.

My enthusiasm was dimming more and more. I felt anxious or depressed. But thankfully, a very lovely, elderly woman told me about the benefits of AIM’s barley grass powder. A hope was sparked that somehow nutrition could be a significant solution. Twice a day I took it while making changes in my diet. My energy level increased dramatically.

Although I was no longer tired all the time, my fitness level was very low. However, I wasn’t in a place to even consider starting exercise before taking greens like AIM BarleyLife. A strong desire to be fit began to grow in me, so I bought a book on running and started out. I called my run the geriatric shuffle because I was ridiculously slow. But I loved it.

My mood also dramatically improved with running. It was like I had come out from under a dark cloud into the sunshine of a brand new day. I made a wonderful running friend, and we began to challenge ourselves with various kinds of running: hills, sprints, intervals, long runs. It was so much fun. I was so relieved and thankful because the chronic fatigue was just a memory.

When AIM LeafGreens came out, I began to take it, noticing an increase in stamina. My dear friend also took it with wonderful results.

When I was fifty-two, my son showed me video clips of the Tough Mudder and Spartan races, both challenging events for physical fitness and stamina. Silent tears flowed down my cheeks as I watched, longing to be able to participate in such events.

I wanted so much to be successful. I had heard some good things about the benefits of CrossFit, so I excitedly signed up. The overall physical benefits have been huge for me. Not only was I able to finish the Tough Mudder event with no problem, but I can participate in countless physical activities with fun and success.

It is true that you get out of exercise what you put into it. I call this “making deposits in my fitness account.” The workouts are always very demanding, but I like to “make good nutrition deposits.”

I gave AIM Red Rush a try after reading some testimonials and immediately experienced a boost in my workout. I would describe it as “my engine feels more powerful.” I am able to get a little more done a little faster without overdoing it. I am fifty-five now and find it fun and amazing that I am still growing and improving.

Shared by Suzanne Atkinson, AIM Group Builder in Mono, Ontario

LeafGreens: Greener and Leafier

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The new LeafGreens formula just got a whole lot healthier with the addition of three new “super” vegetables: arugula, Swiss chard and kale. We removed faba bean and field pea leaves but made sure to replace the kaempferol and quercetin that they supplied. You’ll still be getting a similar zesty taste just with more vitamins, flavanols and phytonutrients packed into every healthier, greener and leafier serving.

Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is a leafy vegetable in the same family as spinach. It contains significant amounts of vitamins C, E and K, magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron. It’s also a source of chlorophyll, dietary nitrate, alphalipoic acid, betalains, beta-carotene, lutein,and zeaxanthin.

What’s New?
Swiss chard contains thirteen different types of antioxidants, including kaempferol and syringic acid, a flavonoid that according to a study published in the Journal of Acute Disease helps to stabilize blood sugars.

Kale
Popular in its own right, kale is a leafy green or purple cruciferous vegetable related to cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. It is known for its vitamins A, C and K, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, calcium and phosphorus content. It also has lutein, zeaxanthin, quercetin and kaempferol.

What’s New?
Kale contains both kaempferol and quercetin. Kale, along with other cruciferous vegetables, is known for its supply of indoles. According to the National Cancer Institute research has shown that indoles “inhibit the development of cancer in several organs in rats and mice, including the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach.”

Arugula
Arugula, also known as rocket lettuce, is a green cruciferous vegetable. It’s a good source for vitamins A, C and K, calcium as well as dietary nitrate, alpha-lipoic acid and chlorophyll. Like broccoli, it contains sulfuraphane and indoles.

What’s New?
As a cruciferous vegetable, arugula shares a lot of redundant properties with broccoli and kale. However, arugula has been noted for its thiocyanate content which was shown to suppress inflammatory mediators in a study published in the aptly named Mediators of Inflammation.

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