Protein from Plants

Protein is a macronutrient—needed in large amounts—that literally holds the structure of our bodies together: cells, tissues, muscles, organs, bones etc. The enzymes that initiate the multitude of chemical reactions in the body are proteins. Then there are proteins that transport nutrients and build lean muscle; essentially protein is a key factor in overall growth of the body.

Vegetarians are familiar with the challenges of getting enough protein in their diet, given that they do not eat meat. Those challenges relate to the variations of beliefs about whether a totally plant-based diet gives you complete protein.

A Thoughtful Blast from the Past

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book was published, Walden, in which he makes an interesting observation for vegetarians. “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

When you think of the power of oxen, or horses for that matter from which the measurement of horse power arose, you are aware that these strong creatures eat no meat. Make no bones about it, eating nothing but plants can create a healthy body made of strong bones and muscle.

Present Protein Thoughts

Jumping ahead over a century and a half later from Thoreau’s printed words to the present day onslaught of words on the internet is corroboration in an article from the American Heart Association’s online journal, Circulation, “Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition”, which confirms Henry’s apt observations on “vegetable-made bones” of the farmer’s oxen. A vegetarian diet gives a person, not just oxen or horses, the nutrients required for good health, including protein.

Protein Building Blocks

To make all of the different types of protein, your body requires 21 different amino acids, 9 of which are essential. Just like the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids  your body cannot produce them, these 9 amino acids—histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine—are an essential part of your dietary intake. AIM ProPeas is vegan pea protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids and more. But first:

As per the AHA’s article on a plant-based diet providing all the amino acids you need, it is important to end the myth that a vegetarian diet is not enough: “The reason it is important to correct this misinformation is that many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets—they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg, rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health.”

AIM ProPeas pea protein

Not only does ProPeas provide the 9 essential amino acids, it also delivers essential branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs), such as valine, isoleucine and leucine, which stimulate protein synthesis in the muscles. Leucine is also vital for metabolism and weight loss. So to supplement your protein intake with a plant-based source, ProPeas is an ideal choice, helping to build lean muscle and manage weight.

How much Is Enough?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kilograms), you need nearly 55 grams daily. Supplemental protein from ProPeas gives you 12 grams of healthy vegetable protein per 16 gram serving.

The truth is that most people, possibly seniors with small appetites excepted, get enough protein. Big meat eaters get more than enough, including the other things you may ingest in animal protein: saturated fat and cholesterol and perhaps added hormones and antibiotics (and the unhealthy side effects that can result).

Choosing the source of your protein intake is another step in being your own health care practitioner. And the evidence shows that the more plant-based your food is, the healthier it is for you. And that includes protein from plants no less.


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Menopause – A Natural Transition

Life as a woman unfolds through several biological stages. The variations on how these are experienced are as diverse as life itself. Whether considering birth, infancy, childhood, puberty, adolescence, reproductive maturity or menopause, each is a natural part of being alive. At the same time, any woman who is having an incredibly difficult time going through the stages of menopause will most likely say that it certainly doesn’t feel natural.

And so it begins

Several years before menopause, a woman enters an interval known as perimenopause, when changes start to occur in hormone production.
Inside every woman’s body are at least fifty different hormones. These chemical messengers circulate in the bloodstream, controlling the starting, stopping, speeding up or slowing down of functions and processes in organs and body systems such as the reproductive system.

During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fall and fluctuate. This hormonal change is a natural part of the transition. However, the resulting imbalance can begin to trigger a number of symptoms associated with menopause, including depression, hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, insomnia, water retention and weight gain. Although irregular menstrual cycles can also occur, pregnancy is still possible during the perimenopausal years.

Menopause and Hormonal Imbalance

The ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, the primary hormones involved in reproduction. A balanced ratio of these hormones is required for the optimal functioning of the reproductive system, including the menstrual cycle and fertility.

A woman is born with a lifetime reserve of around two million eggs that are stored in the ovarian follicles. Over time, the ovaries begin to reduce in size. As the number of follicles declines during the aging process, follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones are unable to regulate estrogen and progesterone levels, which control the menstrual cycle.

When a woman misses her period for twelve consecutive months, she has officially entered menopause. Her ovaries no longer release eggs and stop most of their estrogen and progesterone production.

This gradual transition that signals an end to the reproductive years typically starts when a woman is in her forties or fifties. However, menopause can begin at an earlier or much later age.

The body of each woman is different, so the effects of the physiological changes during menopause are not the same for every woman. Some women experience a varying number of uncomfortable symptoms while others experience the transition with little or no discomfort.

Menopausal symptoms result when levels of estrogen are higher than progesterone, creating a hormonal imbalance. One factor that contributes to “estrogen dominance” is the prevalence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals called xenoestrogens, which may be found in animal, dairy and skin-care products, herbicides and pesticides, plastics, etc. To restore the balance, it may be helpful to use natural progesterone cream.

Completing the Transition

The final stage of the transition is referred to as postmenopause. Unpleasant symptoms may ease off at this point in time. Simultaneously, because of lower than normal levels of estrogen, the postmenopausal period can increase the risk of developing health problems, including urinary incontinence, osteoporosis and cardiovascular issues.

Still, the fact is that good health can be maintained right from the start, leading to a smooth transition through menopause and a new beginning.

Natural Remedies

First and foremost, embracing this inevitable stage of life with a positive attitude is a healthy way of adjusting. Rather than viewing menopause as an ending to youthfulness and fertility, accepting it as a new life chapter puts an entirely different read on the situation.

Lifestyle changes that include a primarily plant-based (anti-inflammatory) diet, regular exercise, plenty of rest and relaxation will go a long way in making a smooth transition through menopause.

Natural health products that provide supplemental nutrients to help the body adjust to the transition can also be beneficial in avoiding menopausal symptoms.


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.

AIM’s Northern Lights Contest Winners!

The Northern Lights Contest was in play from June 1 to December 31, 2017, offering Members worldwide a chance to win cash prizes and packages for the 2018 Celebration in Toronto, Canada. The results reflect the brilliance of Diamonds Aglow: Members actively growing their AIM businesses and contributing to the future of The AIM Companies™. Congratulations to each and every winning membership!

Membership Name Points
Miller, Joseph W. and Emma M. 10360
Rawls, Marlene and David 5127
Peterson, Ralph S. 4727
Jada, Muhammad 3804
Jada, Razia 3793
Miller,  Matthew and Karen D. 3370
Jada Shaik, Raeesa 2861
Van Den Bosch, Marinda 2382
Greens For Life, Inc. 2306
Bloemhof, Herman 2209
Quantum Knowledge Pty. Ltd. 2022
Van Rensburg, Chris and Joan 1943
Schiele, Loren E. and Kathleen 1805
Upfold, Jon and Julie 1805
Markotter, Elzette 1783
Weitsz, Vanessa 1780
Toft, Heidi and Mike 1613
* 1565
van der Walt, Erna 1522
Vivienne Myburgh c/o Something Natural 1478
M & M Healthy Sales, Inc. 1460
Thompson, Joy and Nathan 1259
Robinson, Leré and Eddie 1240
Borntrager, Rudy and Anna 1136
Knipp, Cara D. 1114
Helm, Madaleine 1026
Kuret- Coetzer, Tanya 1023
Vawda, Moonira 1009
Van der Westhuizen, Tanya 967
Adam, Sylvie 932
Kritzinger, Benita 916
De Villiers, Yolanda 913
Paquin, Ginette 878
Lim, Jian 865
King, DC, Susan M. 852
Du Toit, Rene 840
Ascent Strategies, Inc. 840
JMK Marketing 825
Forrest, Andrena 691
Fry, Matthew D. and Ruth M. 681
Yoder, Elmer A. and Barbara J. 667
Casavant, Monique 587
Vandertil, Rita and Eno 569
Odendaal, Mabet 568
Stoltzfus, Rose A. and David 541
Maas, Liesl 526
Mary A. (Toni) Lund Family Trust 523
Raber, Daniel and Soloma 521
The Natural Way Network 519
Brogan, Lisa 516
Durrant, Janine 503
Berry, Sandy 502
*Member wishes to remain anonymous

Level 5: Wins TWO Celebration Packages (a $1,000 value) plus $1,500 Cash
Level 4: Wins ONE Celebration Package (a $500 value) plus $1,000 Cash
Level 3: Wins $1,000 Cash
Level 2: Wins $750 Cash
Level 1: Wins $500 Cash

Prizes values shown in USD. Please watch for a personal email regarding your contest prize.


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A Case for Supplements

First of all, this is not about a container for your supplements. It’s about making a case for supplements. Wait a minute: now it sounds like a blog about making your own supplement case. And that would just be wrong, so let’s try another paragraph of specifics.

The use of supplements has been debated over several decades with negative and positive opinions aplenty. The words “waste of money” and even “possibly harmful” are the bottom line for the naysayers. But they missed the key factors and the main point in the case for supplements.

Key Factors

All supplements are not created equal, and it is simple as ABC. If a health product does not contain:

  1. High-quality, NATURAL ingredients
  2. Actual ingredient(s) printed on the label
  3. Designated ingredient amounts printed on the label

Then the purchaser has been HAD. The supplement is not going to do much of what it purports to do for the consumer. And there are so many poor quality products (often used in the case against supplements) in the marketplace.

Main Point

The words “food supplement” mean “a substance designed to make up for a deficiency in one’s diet” (Collins English Dictionary). That is the main point of taking supplements: to make up for a deficiency. Not getting enough nutrition in the food you eat is the reason why supplementation makes so much sense.

Nutritional Deficiencies

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reports that the average intake of some essential nutrients, such as potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D, is so low as to be a public health concern. Low intakes of other essential nutrients are primarily due to unhealthy food choices.

What if you eat well? Well, research confirms that today’s food crops contain lower amounts of essential nutrients than those grown several decades ago. This is apparently due to soil depletion: “Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows” (

The Answer

So what do you do? Supplement your nutritional intake with high quality, natural health products: brand name AIM! With an extensive line of “Nutrition that Works!”, The AIM Companies™ has been a tried and true go-to source of supplemental nutrients since 1982.

For example, those in the know know the positive difference the Garden Trio can make to a person’s health. BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets make up this nutritionally rich threesome that collectively captures all that is beneficial in barley grass, carrots and beets in concentrated powders that are easily assimilated and used by the body. Correcting a nutrient deficiency is as easy as adding the Garden Trio to water, mixing and drinking. A daily drink of this combo is supplemental perfection.

And there are so many more AIM natural health products to explore that make a “convincing” case for supplements. See for yourself by visiting the online product store.


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.

Reboot Your Gut Health with 3 Billion Live Cells from FloraFood

Thinking back twenty years ago, did you know what a probiotic was? In 1999 AIM introduced FloraFood capsules, each con­taining 1 billion colony-forming units from a combination of Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum. The belief in probiotics has changed dramatically over the past five years, and there has been an explosion of new ideas about the role that gut bacteria and the microbiome play in our health with the supplementation of probiotics.

There are hundreds of bacterial species living with our bodies with around 100 trillion microbial cells, which outnumber our own cells by 10 : 1. Microbiome live all over our bodies (inside and out), with the gut microbiota being the largest reservoir of microbiota in the body which specifically impacts the following aspects of our biology:

  •  Digestion
  • Metabolism and body weight
  • Neurological health
  • Cognition
  • Emotional well-being
  • Immune response
  • Reproductive health

That’s the reason why we need to protect our gut by taking a daily probiotic. This month, AIM will release a new and improved FloraFood, guaranteeing you 3 billion CFU (colony-forming units) per capsule of the three bacteria in the original formula. The larger dose of these three species will provide you more gut protection and improved digestive functioning.

I love getting more friendly bacteria into my body, especially for the same price. Three times the amount of probiotics at no extra cost!
—Rica Gerhardt, Ashton, ON

Many analogize the gut as being like an inner garden with bacteria living in it, so like any good ecosystem, we need to feed it the right nutrients to keep it thriving and flourishing. Prebiotics are one such nutrient that feed and ensure the gut bacteria proliferate in that inner garden. Prebiotics are found in fermented vegetables, green bananas, sweet potatoes, onions, asparagus, leeks, plus good sources of fiber such as AIM Herbal Fiberblend and AIM fit ’n fiber that contain dandelion root extract and artichoke leaf extract.

Probiotics exist in two primary forms: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. There are many other varieties and strains available, but these are the two main ones.

Before industrialization when no refrig­eration existed and there was little food processing, people were able to obtain plenty of foods that boost immune system and maintain healthy gut flora by eating pickled, cured and fermented foods.

Nowadays with refrigeration and the overuse of antibiotics, coupled with antibacterial products, stress, poor sleep and no time for exercise, people are experiencing imbalances between beneficial and undesirable bacteria in the digestive tract, leading to a host of health problems.

I trust the quality of FloraFood and take it daily. It keeps my immune system strong, so I stay healthy even when I’m surrounded by people who are ill.
—Diane Vezina, Ottawa, ON

Specifically, gut inflammation can lead to autoimmune diseases and illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, food sensitivities and allergies. The well accepted gut-brain axis concept is now termed by the medical profession as the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Researchers have found that probiotic therapy appears to be an interesting adjuvant in the dietetic management of celiac disease, since sufferers have lower levels of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.1

The future of probiotics continues to excite with Harvard researchers recently announcing that certain strains of bacteria may affect the microbiome makeup to aid athletic performance. Other researchers propose that our gut bacteria should be viewed as an epigenetic entity. That is, the gut bacteria makeup regulates how your genes are expressed (positively or negatively). 2


1 Fernando de Sousa Moraes, L et al. Intestinal Microbiota and Probiotics in Celiac Disease, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, July 2014, Vol 27, Number 3, p. 482-489.

2 Stilling, R.M, Dinan T.G, Cryan, J.F. Microbial genes, brain and behaviour – epigenetic regulation of the gut-brain axis. Genes, Brain and Behavior Journal. Vol 13, Jan 2014, p. 69-84.


Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.


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.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions aren’t everything; your words can also motivate people.

Encouragement is becoming a faded word in today’s world. We generally don’t receive any sort of encouragement that motivates us to work harder anymore. This is why we need to remember to encourage others by giving them innovative ideas and positive reinforcement. Inspire them to dream of better possibilities

Using words of encouragement to show how much you believe in your team Members—your indispensible downline—will help them realize that you have faith in them. This makes the motivation objective that much easier.

Most of the time, people are limited to their own thoughts and ideas. Unable to think beyond a certain limit, they cannot walk the path of unconventional ways. As a result, their dreams are always curbed. These limitations need to be removed from the minds of your team. Stimulate them to think big by offering new ideas to consider. Fresh and innovative ways of action will make them cross that barrier of limitation.

The Power of Praise

Appreciating people is an integral part of motivation. It is very important to shower praise upon new AIM Members on your team when they reach a new level in the AIM Member Income Plan. As well, never forget to praise those who have done superb jobs but have yet to reach their full potential that will take them to the next level. Your signs of appreciation will boost their self-confidence and enthusiasm for continuing to build their network. Being appreciated is often more important than a promotion to most people, so showing your appreciation is one of the keys to motivating your team.

We love to be praised for whatever we do. Keeping this in mind, if you appreciate individuals because of their efforts, whatever the results may be, you are also affirming their skills and abilities. Being recognized for one’s efforts is vital to being motivated.

Your team needs to see you as a leader, skilled enough to be followed and able to lead from the front. Your actions should not only inspire them, your words must encourage and motivate them on their way to becoming future leaders.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.


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.

Will you be one of the winners in AIM’s Northern Lights Contest?

ONLY 17 DAYS ARE LEFT in the Northern Lights international AIM contest! A total of $75,000 in cash and 2018 Celebration Packages is available and you have through December 31 to earn your prize.

Find below a listing of the top 60 Memberships in the running for contest prizes as of 11:59 p.m. MT, December 13. You have 17 days to continue earning contest points by increasing your Group BVP, sponsoring new Members, encouraging your newly-sponsored Members to continue placing orders and having new and existing first-level Members promote to higher titles!

REMEMBER, a minimum of 500 contest points allows you a chance at winning 1 of 60 prizes.

AIM Membership Points
Miller, Joseph W. and Emma M. 8885
Rawls, Marlene and David 4555
Peterson, Ralph S. 3858
Jada, Muhammad 3502
Jada, Razia 3469
Miller, Matthew and Karen D. 2875
Jada Shaik, Raeesa 2583
Van Den Bosch, Marinda 2228
Greens For Life, Inc. 2106
Bloemhof, Herman 2052
Quantum Knowledge Pty, Ltd. 1898
Weitsz, Vanessa 1832
Markotter, Elzette 1783
Upfold, Jon and Julie 1652
Van Rensburg, Chris and Joan 1612
Schiele, Loren E. and Kathleen 1606
Toft, Heidi and Mike 1558
* 1395
van der Walt, Erna 1325
Thompson, Joy and Nathan 1212
Vivienne Myburgh c/o Something Natural 1180
Robinson, Leré and Eddie 1130
Knipp, Cara D. 1095
Borntrager, Rudy and Anna 1030
Kuret-Coetzer, Tanya 992
Lim, Jian 931
Ascent Strategies, Inc. 928
Van der Westhuizen, Tanya 926
M & M Healthy Sales, Inc. 923
De Villiers, Yolanda 906
Paquin, Ginette 894
Kritzinger, Benita 875
Helm, Madaleine 852
Vawda, Moonira 822
Du Toit, Rene 822
King, DC, Susan M, 804
Adam, Sylvie 762
JMK Marketing 725
Fry, Matthew D. and Ruth M. 697
Forrest, Andrena 644
Yoder, Elmer A. and Barbara J. 636
Odendaal, Mabet 568
Vandertil, Rita and Eno 568
Casavant, Monique 544
Maas, Liesl 498
Berry, Sandy 478
Mary A. (Toni) Lund Family Trust 472
Raber, Daniel and Soloma 470
The Natural Way Network 469
Revolution Solution, Inc. 465
Brogan, Lisa 449
Stoltzfus, Rose A. and David 438
Van Staden, Deirdre 435
Avodah Financial, LLC 435
Pearson, Michelle 420
Marais, Hanro 418
DMR Enterprises 416
Baty, Erin and Michael 414
Swartzentruber, Amos and Barbara B. 413
Kleiner, Jason D/B/A Omnimark Enterprises 411
*Membership wishes to remain anonymous

We look forward to seeing you at AIM’s 2018 Diamonds Aglow Celebration in Toronto, Canada, from July 12 thru 15.


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