The Great Wheelbarrow Race

Shared by Nikola Wilkie, AIM Star Sapphire Director

From Chillagoe to Mareeba it’s 139 km and in those parts of Queensland, Australia, it doesn’t rain too often but it did the day before The Great Wheelbarrow Race, an annual fundraiser. Leading out from Chillagoe a long stretch of the road is not sealed and 42 teams of runners negotiated the mud with wheelbarrow in hand for almost a full day.  There’s nothing actually in the wheelbarrow but it’s being pushed for a good cause.  There usually is a good cause behind an insane act like this pushing an empty wheelbarrow for three days.

Over 400 participants pushed to raise money for their chosen charity.  At the end of a hard run of at least a 35 km most went to sleep in their swag on the ground, thankfully there was a clear sky.

I’m not that crazy as to run behind a barrow but I was there to support my team of ten by working on their bodies to keep them able for the next day’s run.  A Recovery Team of six worked on bodies for 6-8 hours using Australian muscle-releasing techniques Bowen and Emmett.  Putting tired feet in a bath of AIM CWR was the first relief, and rubbing AIM Mag-nificence magnesium lotion into legs was very welcome.

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Our team were well backed with AIM products.  On board the bus the runners were primed with Red Rush nitric oxide boost at the beginning of the day and kept going with Peak Endurance.  Taylor, my son, was the source of encouragement.  Through his training he knows how valuable the products are for everyone wanting stamina.

The task is to run just 10-15 seconds pushing the wheelbarrow, the driver of the bus toots the horn at the command of the timer, the next runner jumps out of the moving vehicle and takes over pushing.  Of course it is in the teams best interest to keep that barrow moving but taking control of a moving barrow is no easy feat. The first runner then jumps back on board the still moving vehicle and finds a seat whilst the next runner lines up to jump out.

Thanks to AIM Australia’s contribution to us we were able to raise over $2,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

NOTE: Nikola has worked as a naturopath in Cairns for over twenty years.

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What’s your Sign … of Magnesium Deficiency?

You may or may not be deficient in magnesium—a mineral that is required for over 300 enzymatic reactions in your body. However, given the prevalence of its bodily use, it’s quite possible that you could use a little more. But how do you know if magnesium is something you lack? Let’s look at some of the signs…

10 Common Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Tense muscles or muscle cramps and spasms
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia or poor sleep patterns
  • Low energy levels
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Lack of strength
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Poor memory
  • Cold hands and feet (Oops! That’s 11 symptoms … and there’s a whole lot more …)

So what do you do if you think you might be magnesium-deficient? You can correct it in magnificence style…

AIM Mag-nificence offers two absorb-it-through-your-skin options to increase your magnesium intake: Lotion and Spray.  Apply the lotion or spray on your skin to reverse a magnesium deficiency or maintain sufficient levels.

Top 5 AIM Products for Relaxation!

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The Face of Relaxation 

We are constantly bombarded with non-stop information from televisions, computer screens, radios and our mobile phones. It’s enough to make you want to live on a deserted island in a shack made out of coconuts.  But most of us have families, duties, careers and loved ones that mean more to us then the possibility of a relaxing, coconut-centric existence.  That’s why instead of looking to distant shores for relaxation we should, instead, check out The AIM Companies’ product line instead.

Here’s our top five recommendations!

Composure

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Well, the name says it all.  Composure’s formula has been specially formulated from four herbal extracts and four whole herbs to provide flavonoids and antioxidants that specifically target neuro health and provide herbal anxiety relief. Composure is made from all-natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals or preservatives. It’s a load off of anyone’s mind.

 

Mag-nificence

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a dozen times, the majority of people don’t get enough magnesium in their diets.  Some reports say that up to 80% of people aren’t getting enough magnesium. And since magnesium plays a role in over hundreds and hundreds of chemical reactions throughout the body, we should really being going out of the way to get more. Magnesium has long been used as a home remedy for anxiety, but now there are several scientific studies that link magnesium to stress relief. Mag-nificence is topical magnesium, and it comes in a lotion and a spray. Both are relaxing to use.

CalciAIM

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CalciAIM also contains magnesium. This is good, but what is better is that it contains both calcium and vitamin D.  Calcium deficiency has been linked to poor mental health. It also plays a huge role in the day-to-day operation of the nervous system. Vitamin D is famous for its mood-boosting abilities. That’s why it is called the “sunshine vitamin.”  You can get it from the sun,  but most people don’t. It’s one the top vitamins people are most likely deficient in.

AIMega

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Your car probably has a gas tank. When it gets low, you have to refill it. Otherwise, your car goes nowhere.  Omega-3 fatty acids are like gasoline for your brain. When your gray matter isn’t getting enough of the fatty acids, it can disrupt the signaling between nerves and increase nuero-inflammation. Both things have been linked to anxiety, and studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce that anxiety.

Peak Endurance

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Studies have shown that a lack of B vitamins are linked to panic attacks, specifically B6, and B9. Peak Endurance has 50% of Bs 1-3, 5, and 12. It doesn’t have B9 which is commonly known as folate, but you can find that in BarleyLife and in Red Rush or RediBeets.

Tell Us Your Story

What are your favorite AIM products for relaxation? Do the antioxidants in BarleyLife help you sleep? Or are you a fan of the green tea extract in Proancynol 2000? Post your testimony in the comments below.

Nutrition That’s Working!

Nutrition's That's Working

Shared by Pascale Raphaelle Dennery, AIM Preferred Member in Sacramento, California

I was first introduced to AIM in 2011 by my best friend’s beau, AIM Director Bill Marriott. I had heard of Bill’s health business, but I had not met him in person because both of them lived so far away. My husband and I drove thousands of miles to meet up with Bill and my best friend in Big Sky, Montana, and Bill gave me several AIM products as gifts, including Cell Wellness Restorer™ and Mag-nificence™. I used the Cell Wellness Restorer almost immediately for relief from mosquito bites. Wow! The itching was gone. Bill also shared his experience with the AIM products and some literature.

When I returned home, I tried BarleyLife®, CalciAIM® and some other AIM products, so I signed up and became a Member. I really liked the Cell Wellness Restorer. Adding it to baths helped me recover from aches, pains and bruises.

Sometime after that, I ended up getting hospitalized. I have a genetic predisposition (MELAS syndrome). It explained why I had struggled with my health most of my life. The condition impacts my cells, and they operate at less than half of the capacity that they’re supposed to. Many of my family members are also afflicted. This makes me prone to late onset type 1 diabetes, strokes and seizures. The hospital food wasn’t very nourishing, but with sheer determination and spiritual understanding, I had an amazingly fast recovery and was discharged.

As I delved into AIM more, I learned a lot from the AIM Academy and the webinars. From what I read, I wished I could have used more AIM products from the get-go because they may have helped me deal with many stressful situations. It was an article in Living Well that inspired me to add Renewed Balance® body cream to my daily regimen. I had an “a-ha!” moment and decided to try it on my face. My eldest sister complimented me recently by saying “You look like a baby.” The biological clock is slowing as, technically, I am in my late forties!

At the moment, I use a full range of AIM products: Cell Wellness Restorer™, Mag-nificence™ crystals, Peak Endurance®, CalciAIM®, AIMega®, BarleyLife®, fit ‘n fiber® and Proancynol 2000®. And Red Rush® is just wonderful. Since I have type 1 diabetes, I don’t drink the whole bottle unless I haven’t had a lot of carbohydrates, but I do take what I need. It seems to help with the seizures. It’s a wonderful product.

BarleyLife is something that I take every day. I have a Master’s Degree in sustainable agriculture and have taken ongoing classes in horticulture and environmental science. I personally like that many of the AIM products are non–GMO, gluten-free, vegan and plant-based.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome affects a significant segment of the population (around 15%).  The underlying cause or causes of IBS is unknown, but it often manifests in a variety of symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.  To complicate matters further, each sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered by any number of factors specific to the individual.  That means a nutritional strategy has to be self-tailored, possibly under the watch of a healthcare professional.  We will examine what experts are saying about nutrition for IBS as well as some of the latest research.

Fiber Supplements

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders calls fiber a double-edged sword because some IBS sufferers may experience gas or bloating after use. However, they also add that almost every IBS sufferer would likely benefit from a moderate fiber increase. The IFFGD recommends gradually increasing fiber intake until reaching 20-35 grams per day (based on the individual’s recommended dietary allowance).

Probiotics

There is evidence that probiotics which contain Bifodacteria may alleviate or reduce some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There is a caveat to this, however.  In terms of IBS, it is less about just taking a probiotic and more about gut-flora manipulation. Some people found relief from IBS by taking antibiotics which kills gut flora, and others have benefited by gradually changing the landscape of their gut biome over time.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes like amylase, lactase, protease and lipase help break down food, making digestion easier. There have only been two small studies on digestive enzymes and IBS. Both have been positive. One study found that enzymes improved post-meal IBS symptoms. The other showed that enzymes helped relieve gas and bloating.

Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote The Magnesium Miracle. She also, conveniently, wrote IBS for Dummies. In her works,  she explains that magnesium taken orally can have a laxative effect, helpful for people whose IBS has made them constipated.  However, if a person suffers from IBS-related diarrhea, he or she can use a topical magnesium on the skin to reap magnesium’s benefits without upsetting the stomach.

A Low-FODMAP Diet

There is evidence that short-chain carbohydrates (aka fermentable oligo-saccharides, si-saccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols) can aggravate IBS because they tend to ferment in the gut and cause gas. That is why many IBS sufferers choose to follow a low-FODMAP diet. You can find a complete list of low- and high-FODMAP foods here. Spicy foods, sugary foods and caffeine can be problematic as well.

AIM offers nutritional supplements that can fit into a low-FODMAP diet as well as digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber and topical magnesium. But in the case of IBS, you should consult a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes. This post is for education purposes only.

7 Nutritional Strategies for Headaches

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If you suffer from headaches, migraine or otherwise, finding dietary strategies may prove difficult. Take the banana as an example.  The banana has a lot of good stuff in it: potassium, magnesium, vitamin B 6 and vitamin C. A lot of these nutrients and minerals appear on this list of headache fighters. However, bananas also find themselves on the list of possible migraine trigger foods. That means, finding a nutritional strategy is really an individual journey, one that should possibly be even undertaken with the aid of a health care professional.  With that said, here’s a list of vitamins and minerals that have shown promise for headache prevention and elimination.

  1. Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 
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50% RDI of B-2, B-6, B-12

According to current lines of scientific thought, migraine sufferers are believed to have an impaired ability to metabolize oxygen due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Since riboflavin plays such an important role in metabolism, it could therefore improve mitochondrial functioning and overall oxygen metabolism. The majority of test subjects in a Belgian study saw a significant reduction in migraine attacks after consuming 400 mg of vitamin B-2 daily.

2. Magnesium

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High concentration topical magnesium

Of all the nutrients on this list, magnesium probably has the best scientific evidence backing it for migraine prevention, migraine reduction and headache relief in general.

  • First, people who suffer from migraines are believed to have magnesium deficiencies in their brains.
  •  Secondly, serotonin deficiency can cause migraines. Guess what nutrient balances serotonin levels? It’s magnesium.
  • Thirdly, it’s shown promise as a way to relieve PMS-related headaches.
  • Magnesium may also be able to stop small, calcium-related blood clots from forming and causing headaches.
  • For general headaches, magnesium may relieve tension and spasms in the head and neck muscles.

3. CoQ10

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A 2002 study found that migraine sufferers who took CoQ10 for periods of three months or more reduced their frequency of attacks by half.

Sources (1-3): Migraine Trust, The Magnesium Miracle

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Balanced omega fatty acids

In a small study published in Pain, researchers found that balanced omega fatty acids reduced headache pain and frequency and improved quality of life. A 2002 study on adolescents found that omega 3’s may be beneficial for recurring migraines.

5. Folate, B6, and B12

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10% RDI folate and other B Vitamins

A study released in early 2015 linked a diet high in the B vitamins folate (B-9), B-6 and B-12 to a reduction in migraine frequencies.

6. Probiotics

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Friendly bacteria

Some headaches are associated with a stomach bug known as helicobacter pylori.  Eliminating that stomach bug with antibiotics cleared up the headaches. However, if those people followed up the antibiotics with probiotics, they only had a 20% chance of relapse. Those who took the antibiotics alone were 50% likely to relapse.  Source: CBS News

Counter-intuitively, irritable bowel syndrome can cause headaches. Probiotics may relieve IBS and would then reduce headaches in that way.

7. Vitamin B-3, Calcium and Vitamin D

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38% RDI Calcium, 70% RDI Vitamin D, 26% RDI Magnesium

Vitamin B-3, calcium and vitamin D have all shown promise as a way to reduce premenstrual headaches.

AIM Restores Health

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No more pain, no more problems—Cathlene Blanton, AIM Director, had yearned for this relief.

Facing the prospect of her seventeenth surgery, this one for neck pain and bulging discs, Cathlene tried AIM Magnificence™ magnesium. Within days, she could feel the magnesium working on a cellular level in her body. Two weeks later, her surgery was canceled, and her neck problems vanished.

“When the doctors took a followup x-ray, they realized I had no arthritis, no sign of the bulging discs in my neck,” Cathlene said. “I didn’t have to have any surgeries. My neck problems have seemed to have gone away thanks to the addition of Mag-nificence to my AIM BarleyLife® and other AIM products. Today, I live with no pain.”

To understand what was happening to her, Cathlene turned to AIM Director Melissa Dobney, who introduced her to AIM products including Mag-nificence. Cathlene said. “As the tissue and bone improved, my pain decreased, and I was able to avoid surgery.”

Cathlene uses Mag-nificence gel daily, before she goes to sleep. She also takes baths using crystals three to four times a week and applies the Mag-nificence spray in the morning and at night.

In addition to resolving her neck problems, Cathlene also experienced benefits to her spine. Prior to Mag-nificence magnesium, her spine would hurt from top to bottom because of sciatica.

“Two weeks after regularly applying the gel,” Cathlene said, “my spine started feeling better. Soon after that, the doctors said I have no problems with my spine anymore. I believe I don’t even have sciatica anymore.

Cathlene’s remarkable results using a wide variety of AIM products have inspired her to share AIM with others and build a business. She has seen her downline grow as she climbs toward an elite level in the Member Income Plan.

“My goal is to spread wealth, spread health,” Cathlene said. “I want people to know that you can get better—not only live, not only survive, but thrive.”