Balancing the Essentials

Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids that your body cannot produce on its own. This means it is essential that you get them from dietary intake, whether from food or supplementation.

Sourcing Your Essentials

The most common food associated with omega-3 is fish, especially wild salmon, mackerel and sardines. These high-fat fish swim in cold water. The trouble is you cannot be sure if they are free of mercury or other contaminants, which would pretty much counteract the benefits of any omega-3.

Dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, are a safe omega-3 choices, particularly if you buy from local farmers or an organic supplier, moderating the ingestion of herbicides or pesticides.

Also of the plant world, avocados, olives, walnuts and sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds are healthy sources of omega-6. Additionally, flaxseed oil just happens to contain high levels of alpha-linolenic acid: omega-3.

An organic source of flaxseed oil is the key omega-3 ingredient in AIMega: a plant-based omega-3 and -6 supplement. The omega-6 in AIMega is linoleic acid, from the organic oils of sunflower and sesame seeds and olives. So AIMega delivers both essential fatty acids, providing an ideal “supplemental” choice.

It’s also ideal for another essential reason: balance. AIMega gives you a 2 to 1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. The reason for this goes a long way back in time and all the way back to the present.

Historical Balance

Things change over time but not always in a good way. This is the case with the history of human beings and their intake of omega-3 and omega-6.

In studies of early human beings, it has been determined that they had a ratio of roughly 1:1 of both essential fatty acids, a fine balance that keeps omega-3 and -6 working well together. Our early ancestors got these essentials from meat, wild plants, eggs, fish, nuts and berries.

Jump ahead to the modern Western Diet, and suddenly people are getting way too much omega-6 and not even close to enough omega-3. The use of cereal grains instead of grass to feed livestock has changed the fatty acid profile that humans ingest when they eat meat. This along with the intake of refined vegetable oils and processed foods has greatly altered the quantity, quality and ratio of essential fatty acids.

In fact, the ratio of omega-6 to -3 jumps as high as 25:1 in some estimates although the average is likely somewhere in the middle. And that means increased inflammation in the body.

Inflammation

In short, omega-3 decreases inflammation. That’s a good thing because inflammation is said to be the underlying cause of disease.

Omega-6 increases inflammation. This is also a good thing when it comes to the body’s ability to respond inflammatorily to injured tissues from burns, physical trauma, bacteria, toxins or other causes.

You cannot see it happening internally, but a simple paper cut is a great visual and physical sense of the positive side of inflammation. The redness you see and the rawness you experience is your body using inflammation to heal.

This inflammatory response is the way that the body protects you. But it’s a balancing act: no inflammation unless required to improve your health. Having an omega-6 dominant diet upsets that balance right down to the cellular level.

Cell Membranes

The primary components of every cell in your body are omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. If your intake is a healthy ratio, then omega-3 helps you stay on top of inflammation. But if you’re getting too much omega-6, inflammation dominates.

A high omega-6 to -3 ratio promotes the onset and progression of health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Increased levels of omega-3 have preventative effects, helping to maintain good health.

So balancing your intake of omega-3 and -6 contributes greatly to maintaining healthy cells and keeping inflammation useful not harmful. Supplementing with AIMega can help to maintain that balance.

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Locked and Loaded

It is one of the most effective armies ever constructed. Fortunately for all of us, it wins more battles than it loses. It has no general and knows no geographic borders.

Welcome to your immune system, your body’s natural de­­fense that relentlessly battles infections, bacteria, parasites and any virus identified as a threat to normal healthy tissue.

The primary immune system defenders include:

(1) Tonsils and Thymus: both produce antibodies that fight infections

(2) Lymphatic System: traps bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by white blood cells called lymphocytes

(3) Bone Marrow: the primary site of new blood cell production

(4) Spleen: filters compromised blood cells, destroying bacteria and other harmful blood-borne substances

(5) White Blood Cells: attackers that attempt to obliterate harmful bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms

A strong, healthy immune system identifies and eliminates germs and other invaders that have no business being in your body. In contrast, a compromised immune system opens the door to health problems, allowing infectious agents to flourish and cause major illnesses, along with annoying maladies such as colds or the flu.

Even though the immune system is built to defend and does an incredible job of protecting you from disease-causing microbes, healthy lifestyle choices can help to maintain its effectiveness; for example, not smoking, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, wholesome nutrition and AIM’s high-quality health products.

AIM’s whole-food concentrates and targeted nutrition provide supplemental support that can assist the immune system’s army in its constant battle against germ warfare.

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Aging Well Tips

Moms deserve a day every May that honors them because they have one of the most demanding, unpaid jobs in the world. As such, motherhood can speed up the aging process. Yet not all women age at the same pace, which is why there are so many questions about this aspect of being alive.

Why Do Some Women Age Better Than Others?

Aging is a stressful concern for many women (and, for that matter, many men). Such individuals want to avoid the outward signs of aging even though growing older comes immediately into visual effect at birth. And what happens to the body during a lifetime is a combination of many factors, including genetics, environment, lifestyle, attitude and nutrition.

It is a long-standing belief that genetics rule the health of the body and how it ages. However, regarding the body as a collection of cells and looking after those “building blocks” in terms of stress, defense, environment, exercise and nutrition management—collectively known as The AIM Healthy Cell Concept™—can influence the turning on or off of genes that impact health.

Telomere Tips

At the end of DNA-containing structures known as chromosomes are tips called telomeres. Their length de­termines the speed of the aging process: the faster telomeres shorten, the faster the cells—and the body—age. This is one of science’s most recent ways to explain why some women age better than others.

Chromosomes-Telomeres

Think of those telomere tips as antennas that pick up messages in terms of thoughts and actions. This explains why lifestyle factors affect telomere length. Physical and mental en­vironment, responses to stress, physical activity and nutritional intake are some of the factors that can influence telomeres. The longer the telomeres, the healthier the cells are in structure, function and replication.

Food for Thought

A woman by the name of Elizabeth Blackburn made scientific discoveries about the role of telomeres in the aging process that earned her a Nobel Prize. Professor Blackburn would go on to co-author the best-selling book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Ap­proach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.

As one of many participants in her chromosome research, Elizabeth noted that eating a primarily whole-food diet has quantifiable effects on telomeres. She maintains this lifestyle choice, has long telomeres and also happens to be a mom.

So one of the best lifestyle choices women can make for healthy aging is to eat a lot of plant-based food to help keep their telomeres long. And supplementing with AIM nutrition ups the intake of natural plant nutrients.

A fine example of telomere-boosting plant nutrition is the organic flax seed oil source of
omega-3 in AIMega. In an inter­view published in The Guardian, Professor Blackburn stated, “Hav­ing adequate omega-3 fatty acids really seems to relate to better telomere maintenance and the easiest way to ensure that may be a supplement.”

Along with aging well, the desired lifespan is one with a long “health span” and a short “disease span.” Maintaining long telomeres may be one of the best tips for making this a reality.

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Nutritiously Smooth Smoothies

AIM products take healthy beverages to a whole new nutritional level, and there’s no limit to the variety of smoothie creations you can make.

AIM Star Sapphire Director Leré Robinson features a fine selection of recipes on her Alive Again website— http://www.aliveagainonline.com. The follow­­ing taste of the tropics with a LeafGreens variation is one of her many appetizingly healthy creations.

Tropical LeafGreens Smoothie

Ingredients TropicalLeafGreensSmoothie
1 tsp LeafGreens
1 ripe kiwi fruit, peeled
3–4 chunks of frozen pineapple
6 oz cold water
Handful of ice
1 dessert spoon fit ’n fiber (optional)

Directions
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Add more water if too thick. Serve with a sprig of fresh mint.

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This second recipe comes from the land down under. It’s a sensational, non-dairy drink containing fit ’n fiber, ProPeas and RediBeets combined with banana and three anti-inflammatory herbs.

Banana Beet Smoothie

IngredientsBananaBeetSmoothie
2 tbsp fit ’n fiber
1 scoop ProPeas
1 tsp RediBeets*
1 small banana
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 cup chilled water
A couple of ice cubes for an extra chill

Directions
Mix everything in a blender, pour and enjoy!

* For an athlete serving of RediBeets, use four teaspoons.

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AIM for Your Gut

The microbiome remains a mystery even with all the recent buzz about its importance. And it is often linked to another word: microbiota.

According to the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah, the microbiota is a “collection or community of microbes” while the microbiome is viewed as “the full collection of genes of all the microbes in a community.”1

Mind-Boggling Microbes

Microbiota or microbiome microbes are microscopic organisms that normally inhabit the human body on the skin, in the mouth, in the gut, etc. And we’re spe­cifically talking about archaea, bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses as well as microscopic animals2 when referring to microbes.

One of the most important microbes in the list is the bacteria that dominate the gut, helping to digest food, produce vitamins, regulate the immune system and protect against disease-causing bacteria. The greater diversity of bacterial species you have, the healthier you are.

A 2010 Italian study compared the diversity of bacteria in children who ate a modern diet to children who ate a more ancient, plant-based diet. Guess which kids had the greatest diversity of species?

Over the years, diets that include burgers and fries may have murdered many species of useful human bacteria. So the crux of the matter is food that feeds people … and their bacteria.

Boosting Bacteria

Seriously, who would have thought that large populations of many different species of bacteria—and we’re talking trillions—in your colon actually keep you healthy, which is primarily why the microbiome has become such a buzz word since the late 1990s.

Whatever you can do to boost the presence and variety of bacteria in your microbiome, the more boosting bacteria you get in the health department. And getting back to the children in the study who ate a largely vegetarian diet, those youngsters had a high intake of fiber. Specific types of fiber—prebiotics—are dietary delights for bacteria. Eat more fiber and you feed the little buggers that boost your health.

FloraFood and fit ’n fiber Fit

AIM supports the pro­file of a healthy micro­biome with fit ’n fiber’s prebiotics and FloraFood’s probiotics—supplemental healthy bacteria. fit ’n fiber provides three kinds of prebiotic fiber, food for your friendly microbiome inhabitants. And Flora­Food boosts the presence of three friendly species of gut bacteria. AIM nutrition is a fine fit for your gut.

References:
1 https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/
2 https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/intro/
https://www.pnas.org/content/107/33/14691

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Generations of Nutrition

Shared by AIM Directors Heidi and Mike Toft

How many of your family members are AIM nutritional product users? In my family, I love the fact that we have four generations enjoying the AIM products.

My parents intro­duced us to The AIM Companies™ in 1998, when my father was diagnosed with lymphoma. They still promote their favorite products, loving it when people find renewed energy, lowered blood pres­sure and reduced pain.

My 96-year-old grand­mother faithfully takes BarleyLife capsules and ProPeas. When our children reached six months old, they loved having BarleyLife on a spoon with some juice to wash it down. Our son now has his AIM stash at college.

My niece, a senior in a college nursing program, sends me selfies of her espresso and CoCoa Leaf­Greens concoctions. My brother and sister also have their favorites and often share AIM with their friends and coworkers. We are truly an AIM Family!

In addition to the AIM products tasting good and creating positive changes in our health, I believe there are more good reasons why it’s possible for people from 96 all the way down to 6 months to benefit from them.

The purity of the AIM ingredients means a wide range of people can trust what they consume. AIM whole-food powders are safe for the very young. I feel good about products that don’t contain harmful pesticides and herbicides. The gluten-free products mean many of us can enjoy the nutrition we need without uncomfortable side effects.

Another reason AIM supports families is the wealth of available information. When we have ques­tions, we can call our friendly, knowledgeable company reps at any time to get personalized answers. Product datasheets, podcasts, email up­dates, YouTube videos, Chrysalis Networx and the Living Well magazine ensure all Members of the AIM Family have access to product knowledge.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the leadership of AIM for being wise and judicious in their company practices and policies. The average network marketing company survives for only a few years. AIM, how­ever, has been enriching lives since 1982.

The legacy created in our extensive AIM family is not only something to be proud of but also something to pass on to as many people as we can. AIM is a solid, safe, family-friendly company that we can rely on to be there for future generations.

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Planting Seeds of Hope

Shared by Cindy Ponchot-Watson, Star Sapphire Director in Anderson, Indiana

On a cold morning in January, I sat looking at two seed catalogs that were sent to me the very first week after Christmas. “That’s too early for gardening,” some of you may think. However, true gardeners start to dream and plan their gardens while winter snow and ice form on the barren ground. Some even buy their seed at that time.

It was 1996 when someone handed me a book about barley juice and carrot powder. That book, or “seed” as I now call it, saved my life. After reading that book, I vowed that if I ever got cancer, I would refuse traditional treatment.

Twelve years after being given that book, I was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Earlier that spring, AIM Directors Eli and Barbara Hershberger shared a testimony of hope with me. Eli had used the AIM products to improve his health after a perforated bowel. Now the “soil” of my heart was fertile, and I was ready to hear and utilize the information I had received.

It was the AIM products that helped me detox, nourish and rebuild my immune system so that my body could heal itself.

“It’s been 10 years since my doctors said I was cancer free!” Since that time, I’ve planted hundreds of seeds in other’s lives, hoping that when they encounter their own health challenges, they will remember the seeds of HOPE that I planted in them.

I did not intend to build an AIM business as I already owned two businesses when I was told about The AIM Companies™. It was the furthest thing from my mind. But after the products helped improve my health, I had to share what had happened in my life. That’s the best part about AIM, planting seeds of HOPE with others, and waiting to see the harvest.

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Don’t be afraid to plant seeds, even when you can’t see if the “soil’s” ready. A harvest will come! I’m living proof of it!

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