Athletes and Plant-Based Diets

Research indicates that athletes who overtrain and push their endurance to extremes have a higher risk for heart problems, notably plaque buildup in the arteries and cell death in the heart. In other words, overdoing it athletically can increase heart attacks.

This may tie in to the damage caused by oxidative stress, which occurs simply through the breathing process. Endurance athletes really push their use of oxygen, so oxidative stress may have a greater negative effect on their bodies.

Pushing It with Poor Nutrition

Back in 1977, The Complete Book of Running was published, influencing the widespread popularity of running as a healthy exercise. The book’s author, James Fixx, promoted the idea of pushing yourself through pain to reach the eventual high of running.

Seven years after the publication of his book, James Fixx died of a heart attack while running. An autopsy showed that he had atherosclerosis—arterial plaque buildup. The truth is that Fixx had a genetic predisposition for cardiovascular issues. His father died from a heart attack at the age of 43. But James believed that by pushing himself physically, he could avoid the same fate.

Moderation and Wholesome Food

By comparison, Jack LaLane was a fitness guru who penned a number of books and had his own TV show for over 20 years. LaLane’s father died of a heart attack at the age of 50, so he had the same health threat as Fixx. But LaLane lived to the ripe old age of 96.

The key differences between these two advocates of fitness were the intensity of their exercise routines and nutrition. Fixx believed in overdoing exercise and had a poor diet. LaLane promoted exercise in moderation, ate lots of fruits and vegetables, took supplements and promoted juicing big time. Exercise and good nutrition turn out to be a winning combination.

Scientific Support

A review published in the online journal Nutrients (January 2019), shows the correlation between endurance athletes and their dietary intake. It is known that consuming plant-based food is important not only for heart health but for the overall well-being of the human body. But for athletes that push their physical limitations, a plant-based diet is critical for their cardiovascular health.

Studies show that the nutrients from plants can have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, blood sugar levels and blood-fat concentrations as well as contribute to reversing plaque buildup in the arteries. Plant-based diets also promote a healthy body weight, improved tissue oxygenation and reduced inflammation and, especially for athletes, reduced oxidative stress.

The wealth of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are major factors in the nutritional value of a plant-based diet for protecting the heart and the body from cellular damage.

AIM Nutrition

Supporting a plant-based diet, The AIM Companies provides an incredible selection of concentrated plant nutrition in whole-food concentrates, such as the Garden Trio: BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets.

AIM nutrition has been supporting the endeavors of athletes for years, including Lew Hollander, who in 2014 became the oldest athlete to compete in an Ironman triathlon. In his late eighties, Lew continues to push the boundaries of physical limitations with AIM nutrition on his side. As Lew says, “I love the AIM products. They have contributed to my ability to live a very active life in old age.”

Whether you are an athlete or not, AIM nutrition can help to make a healthy difference in how you feel and move through your lifetime.

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Your Heart Healthy AIM

Life is just a heartbeat away. By giving your heart the right nutrition to remain strong, the beat goes on. AIM’s natural health products can help to deliver supplemental support.

Decades of research into the onset and progression of heart conditions and other diseases has lead to the recognition of chronic inflammation as a common factor.1 Eating healthy foods, such as leafy greens and other vegetables, and taking a variety of AIM supplements that provide the following nutrients and foods may help to reduce inflammation.

Omega- 3 and -6 Essential Fatty Acids

Essential for the structure and function of every cell in your body, omega-3 and -6 are polyunsaturated fats that are vital for balancing inflammation.

Flaxseed oil contains omega-3, an essential fatty acid that decreases inflammation. It’s a healthy fat that you never want to be without because it may help to reduce blood clots as well as to lower triglycerides, the blood fat linked to heart disease.2

Sesame and sunflower seed oils are rich in omega-6, which helps to lower LDL: the bad cholesterol.2 Omega-6 is also involved in the natural inflammatory response to injury in the body. A healthy ratio of omega-6 to -3 keeps inflammation in balance.

Alpine Wild Garlic

Garlic has always been considered a healthy addition to food; however, alpine wild garlic has far more active substances than domesticated varieties.

The leaves of wild alpine garlic exert anti-inflammatory activity3, making it a wise supplemental choice for a healthy heart. Besides, alpine garlic has also been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels4: two vital factors for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.

Coenzyme Q10

The powerful antioxidant required to generate energy production in the cells is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Your heart needs an enormous amount of energy to maintain a steady, relentless beat, so energy-sparking CoQ10 supports the health and function of this vital organ.

CoQ10 has also been identified as having an anti-inflammatory effect on overactive inflammasomes5, protein complexes that can play a role in the development of cardiovascular diseases.6

Fiber

Increasing your fiber intake may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and, of course, inflammation.7 Research indicates that the levels of inflammatory markers associated with cardiovascular disease are reduced by dietary fiber.8

Fiber also provides the “I’m full” factor for reducing caloric intake to maintain a healthy weight, which is one of the best things you can do physically for your heart and overall health.

Red Beetroot

By knowing the extent to which beets are so good for your health, you understand how making red beetroot a part of your food intake is such a healthy habit.9 The heart-protective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of red beetroot can make you think its deep red color was made to order for healthy blood flow and pressure.

Your body converts the vegetable nitrate in beets into nitric oxide, which improves circulation and lowers blood pressure by relaxing and widening the arteries.
The betaine in beets is a fine source of choline, which helps to regulate inflammation and maintain normal homocysteine levels. Betaine is also associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers.10

AIMega provides a healthy 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids in a blend of organic flax, sesame and sunflower seed oils. Each capsule delivers supplemental essentials for your heart and overall health on a daily basis.

Bear Paw Garlic contains the leaves of alpine wild garlic. The active substances and resulting benefits of this unique source of garlic are available in every capsule.
Note: Bear Paw Garlic is not available in Canada.

CellSparc 360 offers encapsulated, plant-derived CoQ10 that supplements the presence of and protection from this powerful antioxidant for heart and body wellness.

fit ’n fiber increases your fiber intake with a two-tablespoon daily serving, helping to reduce hunger pangs and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

RediBeets, as the name suggests, is a source of red beetroot in a juice powder, delivering vegetable nutrients that help increase nitric oxide and decrease inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is at the core of health issues like cardiovascular disease. AIM nutrition gets to the heart of the matter by helping to decrease inflammation with heart-healthy nutrients.

References accessed November 15, 2018
1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5488800/
2 https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/healthy-eating/fats-and-oils
3 http://bit.ly/ResearchGate_Wild_Alpine_Garlic
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5000681/
5 https://www.fxmedicine.com.au/blog-post/coq10-new-anti-inflammatory
6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253520/
7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5731843/
8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15884088
9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425174/#__sec4title
10 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49

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The Sports Pack

Sometimes a word says it all. That’s primarily the case with the AIM Sports Pack combination of supplemental AIM nutrition.

As per one of the entries in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, sport is defined as “of, relating to, or suitable for sports.” Suitable for sports suitably sums up Peak Endurance, ProPeas and RediBeets. But honestly, anyone who wishes to feel more energetic and leaner would do well by themselves by taking this combo on a regular basis.

Let’s Get Physical

Whatever your speed, the Sports Pack can help you change gears upward and onward. That’s because supplemental ATP—energy-carrier molecules—green protein and beet nutrients are a combination that helps you to move forward at a greater pace in finer, physical form.

ATP from Peak Endurance

What goes on regarding energy production inside each one of the over thirty trillion cells in the average human body is simply mind-boggling. The cells’ mitochondria produce molecules—adenosine 5-triphosphate disodium (ATP)—that give your body the energy to move and function. This energy production is happening all the time at different levels depending on physical activity.

When you give your body supplemental ATP from Peak Endurance to draw on, it’s sort of like having a reserve tank of gas so that you’ll always be able to fuel your vehicle: your body. It’s an energy drink that also fuels you with six electrolytes, six B vitamins and a side of vitamin C to boot! And the blueberry-açai flavored powder mixes into tasty, liquid body fuel that peaks your endurance.

Protein from ProPeas

Your body also needs large molecules made up of amino acids: protein. It originates from the Greek word, proteios, which translates as “of primary importance.” Protein is needed daily for body structure and function, but not all protein sources are good for your body long-term.

The pea protein in ProPeas is a great, long-term supplement because it is a vegetable source, field peas to be exact. And this is a great alternative to meat protein, which can come with a side of fat, sodium and acidity. Alkalizing green protein contributes to lean muscle mass without added inflammation.

ProPeas is a most suitable protein for weight loss as well. Slow to digest, it fills you up for lengthy periods of time, which means you add fewer calories. And that is one of the key keys to losing pounds and keeping them lost.

Vegetable Nitrate from RediBeets

If there is one molecule you should KNOW more about it’s NO: nitric oxide. It plays a vital role in your arteries, making them relaxed and widened so that blood flows more freely and blood pressure is at the healthy levels it should be.

Beets contain an exceptional source of vegetable nitrate. And nitrate gets converted to nitric oxide once it is assimilated by the body. RediBeets supports that conversion because it’s a concentrated red beet juice powder packed with vegetable nitrate.

The nitrate conversion to NO is an incredibly beneficial molecular transition for all physical activity. Boosted circulation and lowered blood pressure are boons to body movement and the stamina needed to keep moving. RediBeets supplements your body in this transition from nitrate to NO.

Put Peak Endurance, ProPeas and RediBeets together and you have a Sports Pack that packs a potent power booster for physical activity of any intensity. And those are words that say it all.

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Fit is the New Thin: Cassey Shaw

Shared by Cassey Shaw, AIM Preferred Member

I am a wife, mom, business owner and recovering food addict. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.

In May 2018, I decided enough was enough. I focused on changing my mindset and nutrition. I counted calories and ate whole foods. I worked hard for those first two months to fight the mental battle that has always plagued me and in two months I lost 25 pounds!

At this point, I began running, and I purchased my first Garden Trio. I could have never imagined that I would fall in love with this drink so much. These products are not new to me because my in-laws, whom I’ve known for over 19 years, have been faithfully taking them. However, this is the first time I started taking AIM products.

By including my two children in my health and wellness journey, it has held me accountable. No matter what, I wanted them to grow up in a healthy home, making healthy choices, even if mommy was closet eating. Making our [Garden] Trio smoothies together has been a game changer for my kids and now my whole family enjoys smoothies multiple times a week.

Today I am down 55 pounds and use the Garden Trio regularly. When I feel bloated, need a quick meal on the go or a quick post-workout smoothie, I always reach for my power drink. As a homeschooling mama and business owner, this smoothie gives me the energy to keep up with life. I travel often and being able to pack my powders and blender not only saves me money but keeps me on track.

I never thought I would enjoy these products so much, but today I CRAVE THEM!

Cassey’s Smoothie Ingredients:
1½ cups of water
1 tsp. RediBeets
1 tsp. Just Carrots
1 tbsp. BarleyLife
1 tbsp. fit ’n fiber
2 small handfuls of mixed frozen berries
2 handfuls spinach

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

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The Red and Green of It All!

Christmas comes but once a year with presents ‘round the tree.

In a symbolically colorful way, it’s always Christmas at AIM. Red and green whole-food nutrition is available year-round: RediBeets and BarleyLife. And when you think about the holiday spirit of gift giving this time of year, it’s a year-round tradition at AIM as well: giving the gift of health.

Some people may think, “Wow! That’s a stretch of the imagination!” But in reality, with a 36-year history of improving people’s lives with high-quality, supplemental nutrition, it’s not just imagination that the AIM family has been sharing the gift of health worldwide. And as another year ends on a Christmassy note, this traditionally joyful time of year can act as a reminder of the gift that keeps on giving: Nutrition that works!

BarleyLife

The AIM Companies™ began improving people’s quality of life back in 1982 with a unique green powder that helped people to transform compromised health into wellness from its concentrated nutrition.

By extracting the incredibly nutritious elements found in inedible blades of barley grass and turning them into an edible juice powder, AIM succeeded in bringing an unparalleled source of greens into the world of network marketing, changing the lives of those who believe in the benefits of drinking a glass of grass.

Since BarleyLife isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, so to speak, AIM also encapsulated the green powder for those who can’t seem to swallow the taste but wish to enjoy its benefits.

Everyone has different tastes, but all can benefit from BarleyLife’s natural nutrients, which can never be duplicated in multi-vitamin and mineral pills. That’s because barley grass is among the most nutritious plants on the planet. So to supplement your plant-based food intake, you will find one of the healthiest sources of green nutrition in BarleyLife.

RediBeets

On its own or as part of the Garden Trio, RediBeets serves up the nutritional richness of red beets in a juice powder, so you get the concentrated nutrients from these taproot vegetables without having the messy task of juicing them yourself. That alone is a gift!
RediBeets powder makes it convenient to increase your intake of beet nutrients, including liver-healthy betaine and vegetable nitrate that converts to nitric oxide. Simply mix it in water to make a tasty red beverage filled with beet nutrition that supports healthy cell, heart and liver function.

AIM’s red and green whole-food supplements are colorful, nutritional ways to support the gift of health in your life and in the lives of others from Christmas present through Christmases yet to come.

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The Beet Transition

Life includes any number of transitions over the course of time. The same can be said for AIM when you take a look at its 36-year history. One of the transitional changes common to any successful company is the introduction of new products. But the truth is that Members determine both the longevity of a product’s availability and what AIM continues to sell in the long run.

Red Rush Transition to RediBeets

Red Rush beet juice concentrate was added to the AIM product lineup four years ago, and it has been an amazing ride introducing AIM products to a new demographic of AIM Members. However, Red Rush will no longer be available around mid-2019 or earlier depending on current inventory. RediBeets can provide the same benefits with a larger serving size and lower shipping costs for Members. RediBeets was introduced over 25 years ago, and even after the introduction of Red Rush, RediBeets sales soared.

The Weight of Comparison

Just like Red Rush, AIM’s RediBeets provides an in­cre­dible source of veg­e­table nitrate. The body con­verts this nitrate into nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes arteries for better circulation, lowers blood pressure and de­creases fatigue, just to name a few of its unique benefits. We have created a new RediBeets serving suggestion. For athletes, mix 4 teaspoons (16 grams) with 6 to 10 ounces of water. Take once daily, one to two hours prior to an activity.

When it comes to com­paring shipping and serving costs of RediBeets and Red Rush, you get a clearer un­­der­standing of why AIM RediBeets sales continue to climb.

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In the end, Members purchase products that suit them best in terms of benefits and costs involved in receiving those benefits. For those of you who have built a downline with Red Rush, we want to help you transition them to RediBeets. Over the next several months, we will supply additional information and advice that will help. If you love Red Rush, we encourage you to try RediBeets at the new athlete serving size of 4 teaspoons and tell us what you think.

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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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