Pea Protein Promotes Muscle Thickness and Strength

If you are an adult who wants to maintain healthy muscle mass throughout the aging process or an athlete or bodybuilder, especially someone just beginning, a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (January 2015) recommends pea protein.

The research took a long hard look at whether pea protein would be just as effective for increasing muscle thickness and strength as whey protein, using a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

A total of 161 physically active males from the age of 18 to 35 participated in a 12-week program of resistance training. Three groups were created based on the supplement taken by each participant:

◊ Placebo (54)
◊ Whey protein (54)
◊ Pea protein (53)

All participants followed the same training routine, three times a week with a rest day between each session. The focus on upper limb muscles allowed researchers to document increases in bicep size by taking measurements at the inclusion visit, a 6-week follow-up and a final 12-week visit.

Biceps are the most common muscles that guys flex to impress people, and it was impressive how the participants supplementing with pea protein had a lot to flex about. A sensitivity study performed on 68 participants with the lowest muscle force revealed that the most significant increases in muscle thickness were seen in the participants taking the pea protein. Muscle strength also increased. So pea protein is especially beneficial for beginners or those who are getting back into weight training.

The study concluded that this statistical superiority makes pea protein a valid alternative to whey protein for athletes from different levels and sports and should also be of value for less athletic individuals, including seniors who want to slow the aging process and maintain muscle mass.

ProPeas

Studies such as this one confirm what AIM has been saying ever since introducing ProPeas back in 2009. As a healthy alternative to meat protein as well as whey and soy protein supplements, AIM’s pea protein can help maintain strong, healthy muscle mass for people of all ages and at all levels of physical activity.

Reference: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition [Published 21 January 2015]

https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-014-0064-5

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Three Generations Using the AIM Products

AIM Group Builder Wendy Hewett lives in Australia. She became a Member in 2003 after picking up a copy of Dr. Hagiwara’s book in a local store. Wendy had always been interested in health, so she was constantly on the lookout for products to improve her own health and that of her children.

The health benefits of barley grass grabbed her attention, especially the growth factor, so she immediately started taking AIM’s green barley powder along with giving it to two of her three teenage children. The third teen was living away from home at a boarding school but would eventually enjoy AIM nutrition as well.

Through Wendy’s efforts, she won a prize to an AIM conference held in Cronulla, Sydney. And as another way to share AIM goodness with her family, Wendy brought along her daughter, Raven, who loved taking the Garden Trio for breakfast.

Today, Wendy continues to work night shifts and attributes her good health to the daily intake of BarleyLife, LeafGreens, Cocoa LeafGreens, Herbal Fiberblend and ProPeas along with rubbing Mag-nificence magnesium lotion all over her body. Interestingly, after using Mag-nificence lotion, she massages the excess on her hands through her hair and leaves it in. She believes it’s the shea butter in the lotion that makes her hair feel extremely soft.

Wendy’s mother thought that once her grandchildren were old enough, they would stop taking the AIM products. But little did she realize that not only would they continue on this healthy path but also start their own children on the products.

In fact, Wendy’s AIM nutritional intake has translated into a “like mother, like daughter” situation. Raven now shares her mother’s daily products as well as fit ’n fiber with her three children and her partner, encouraging them to use the products diligently. The AIM products now have a generational following with Wendy, her three children and four grandchildren, all powering ahead today.

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BarleyLife Helps Me to Live an Active Life

AIM Royal Emerald Director Susan Henriques has a long history with The AIM Companies™. An introduction to AIM back in 1992 turned her health around after being devastatingly ill for five years.

In the 1980s, Susan had been a very active woman, power walking 40 to 50 miles weekly. Then in the fall of 1987, she came down with what she thought was the flu. Feeling exhausted and with a fever and swollen lymph glands, Susan went to her doctor, but her situation only got worse.

“My muscles and joints began to hurt,” Susan recollected. “I became more and more tired.” As the weeks went by, she found it difficult to think clearly or put sentences together. And she began to experience short-term memory loss.

Susan visited 11 doctors and three hospitals over an 18-month period until finally being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Essentially, Susan’s life as she knew it came to a halt, especially affecting the relationships with her husband, daughter and son. “I had long periods when I could not get out of bed,” Susan stated. “This went on for a few years.” It forced her to all but ignore her family.

For four painful years, Susan underwent regular testing and tried to find relief by taking antibiotics and antidepressants. But nothing helped until she and her husband attended a marriage ministry class, where the leader recommended that Susan try something: AIM’s barley grass powder.

After three months of taking one teaspoon a day, Susan felt some strength in her legs. And the results of her blood work were much improved. Seven months later, the pain began to go away, allowing her to skip the next doctor’s appointment and go on a vacation with her husband instead. Susan was finally able to enjoy a full and healthy life again.

Jumping ahead many years to early 2018, Susan contacted AIM to say how happy she was that BarleyLife has been certified gluten-free because she had been diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010. “I have taken as much as six tablespoons in a day and had no reaction,” Susan wrote. “It is such a comfort to me to know I can take it again. It’s been a blessing.”

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A Promise Kept … Continue Striving

Shared by David Baxter, AIM Chairman’s Club Director

My wife, Helen Ruth (Hoff­man) Baxter was never short on ambition. After a successful venture selling Avon products, she ultimately joined AIM in 1987, working out of an office in our home. Her goal was to work full-time selling the wonderful AIM products. I assisted her whenever possible.

In just five years, she and I achieved the highest possible level in the organization, AIM Chairman’s Club Director. She humbly credited The AIM Companies’ product quality with her success, but her love for people and concern for their health were always foremost in her mind. Her first customers were those she had previously come in contact with through Avon.

Over the years, Helen vigorously studied the AIM Member Income Plan with the goal of maximizing earnings to someday become a Member of AIM’s Million Dollar Club. This was her dream and our goal. Unfortunately, before this goal could be reached Helen passed on at the age of 82.

Shortly before her death, I made a promise to her that I would do the best I could to accomplish our goal and become members of the Million Dollar Club. Although April 28, 2011, was the most disheartening day of my life because I lost my beautiful wife, Helen, after nearly 57 years of marriage, I was compelled to carry on our business and more determined than ever to complete the goal we had set.

In January of 2018, our goal was achieved and I was notified that we reached the Million Dollar Club. Although, Helen is no longer here to share this moment with me, I know she would be elated at our milestone.

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Four Cool Growing and Harvesting Facts

“Why BarleyLife is Unique”

#1 Grown Outside

One of the reasons that the barley plants AIM uses are so nutrient-dense is because the grass grows outside in the varying weather conditions found in nature: sun, rain, extreme dryness, moisture, etc., which stimulate the production of protective nutrients. Many barley grass products are made from grass grown indoors in greenhouses. This is a huge nutritional disadvantage because there is no direct exposure to the elements.
In particular, cooler temperatures stimulate the production of antioxidants to defend against this “cool” element that threatens the life of the plants. By growing our barley crops outdoors, we are increasing nutrient levels long before the grass is harvested.

#2 No ‘CIDES’ Are Used

Additionally, our barley grass is grown in nutrient-rich soil without the use of fungicides, herbicides or pesticides. And all plants are planted close together so that there are no other competing plants in the fields of barley. Once the plant has reached the desired height, which is quite short, the harvest begins.

Harvesting takes place in the evening because, once again, temperatures are cooler than during the daytime. In low temperatures, the plants produce what could be referred to as natural antifreeze, pushing sugars and nutrients into the leaves to protect the plant and the cells from freezing.

#3 An Evening Harvest

The coolness of the evening also helps to preserve other nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and live enzymes, until the barley grass is transported to the juicing facility, which fortunately happens to be very close to the crop fields. This means AIM harvests the barley grass at its nutritional peak and delivers it directly to the process that makes it a juice powder jam-packed with nutrients.

#4 Cooler Is Better

It is vital that the cool temperature remains throughout the processing stage because the cold slows the degradation of the grass after it has been cut. This applies especially to the live enzymes that would literally run out of control and spoil the juice powder if we didn’t keep them cool. Colder temperatures allow us to transfer the “fresh grass” taste and nutritional quality of young barley plants into every canister of BarleyLife. And that is a pretty cool accomplishment.

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Independence Day for AIM Members

The month of July holds a couple of “independent” holidays for AIM Members in North America. July 4 is Independence Day in the U.S., and July 1 is Canada Day, which some histories refer to as Canadian Independence Day. These are special days that celebrate the beginning of independent nations.The month of July holds a couple of “independent” holidays for AIM Members in North America. July 4 is Independence Day in the U.S., and July 1 is Canada Day, which some histories refer to as Canadian Independence Day. These are special days that celebrate the beginning of independent nations.

The idea of being independent is a desirable state for individuals as well. To not have to rely on something other than your own efforts and resourcefulness to maintain your well-being is a goal worth pursuing.

Looking back over the history of AIM through the eyes of Members, another day of independence has evolved over the years: the day a Member begins taking AIM nutrition. And Members have their own individual dates worth noting.  One of the many results of having your own “independence day” is that the majority of Members who choose to add AIM products to their “health care” program for life become, in a way, their own primary health care providers, who prescribe a healthy lifestyle that includes habits such as eating wholesome food, exercising and getting enough sleep along with supplemental nutrition from AIM.

Choosing this path does not mean that you don’t take medication when necessary. But for the most part, it does mean not having to be a statistic in surveys such as the following published in WebMD online1:

  • 55 percent of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine.  Between 1997 and 2016, the number of prescriptions filled for American adults and children rose 85 percent from 2.4 billion to 4.5 billion a year.
  • Among those who take prescription drugs, 53 percent get them from more than one health care provider.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine 

Hippocrates said it the best by stating that food is the medicine you need to stay healthy. Natural nutrients from wholesome food deliver the “ounce of prevention” that is worth “a pound of cure” when it comes to protecting yourself from disease and avoid being on long-term medications. Adding AIM nutrition to your intake increases the protection.

And the following AIM Members can attest to this … in their own words.

I’ve been an AIM Member for roughly 35 years now. I started with BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and, over the years, have increased that to 10+ products that I take daily. I’m 75 and try to stay very active because moving keeps you going! I am not on ANY medications and hope I never shall be.
— Wendell Wamboldt, AIM Director

Having taken AIM products for 21 years, I owe my good health to AIM. I retired 18 years ago, and I am thankful that I have no aches or pains. And I’m not on any meds. I work at Living WELL, enjoying biking and kayaking. This summer, I’m using an early birthday present: my new paddleboard!
— Jan Baxter, AIM Director

My mom, Riek Bosman, is very active at 88. For example, she makes hundreds of Dutch boterkoek (butter cakes) that get sold at fundraisers. She’s a faithful BarleyLife user and takes a variety of other AIM products, including the Garden Trio, LeafGreens, CellSparc 360 and GinkgoSense. And, she isn’t on any medications!
— Rita Vandertil, Star Sapphire Director

Twenty-four years ago, a friend told me about AIM’s green juice powder. Soon, I was able to get off all three of the meds I was on at the time, and I also had no more pain in my fingers and knees. I am approaching my 78th birthday, and I’m on no meds and have no pain. I have all my “original” parts and feel fantastic!
— Barb Snodgrass, AIM Director

My 65-year-old sister, my 92-year-old father and I are all on BarleyLife and other AIM products. None of us are on any medication.
— Paula Bourque, AIM Member

When I was a child, a cancerous tumor left me legally blind in one eye, and I had numerous other illnesses. By the age of 30, I had had over 30 operations and later in life, I battled breast cancer … and won. I’m 79 now and not on any medications. I’ve have been maintaining my good health with the help of AIM products such as BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend.
— Betty Ann Brush, Artist and AIM Director

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You Snooze You Lose

The definition of snooze is a short, light sleep. It can be considered a luxury to have a snooze in the middle of a work day. The truth is that we live in a world where people often need afternoon naps because they don’t get enough sleep. But if you are only having a snooze at night, you are losing out on 7 – 9 hours of uninterrupted, healthy sleep.

Most people are aware that eating wholesome, natural food and exercising regularly contribute to good health. These good habits are lifestyle choices. Sleep is just as important for your health, and you don’t have a choice. You have to sleep.

The number of hours and quality of sleep you get has a great impact on your state of health just like the amount and quality of food you eat and exercise you get. You can have an ideal diet and exercise routine, but even these good habits will be negatively impacted by sleep deprivation, which is all-too-common in modern society.

Sleep Statistics

According to the The National Sleep Foundation, “50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems that can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety.” In 2017, Statistics Canada reported that “Short sleep duration and poor sleep quality are prevalent among Canadian adults. About one-third sleep fewer hours per night than recommended for optimal physical and mental health.” In fact, Canada ranks third among the world’s most sleep-deprived countries, just one step ahead of the USA in fourth place. Neither of these standings is a source of pride when ranking the worst sleepers in the world!

What Keeps You Awake at Night?

At some point in time, everyone has a poor night of sleep. It’s not fatal. It’s a part of being alive. But when poor sleep becomes a regular occurrence, it’s a nightmare for your daily life in terms of memory, concentration and mood and an increased risk of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and weight gain.

A survey of 384 business leaders by the Center for Creative Leadership revealed that two major psychological reasons for sleepless nights are:

  1. Work-Related Stress
  2. Dissatisfaction with Work-Life Balance

Of course there are many other things that can keep people awake at night—shift work, family obligations, financial concerns, depression, sleep apnea, hormone imbalances, etc. Some people even believe that sleeping is a waste of time or that less is more, including some famous folks past and present who didn’t and don’t get enough sleep on purpose.

For most people who lie awake at night, tossing and turning right through the wee hours of the morning, a good sleep is healing. And getting enough sleep on a regular basis provides a number of psychological and physical benefits.

How Many Hours Should You Sleep?

The target of 8 hours of sleep at night is still relevant for most people although it varies according to age. Some people’s sleep patterns are consistent while others are all over the clock. If you are not sleeping well, there are unnatural and natural ways to sleep better.

To Pill or not to Pill

Sleeping pills are the most common remedies, but taking such medications can result in many negative side effects. You really don’t want to depend on any drug to sleep properly because one of the side effects is psychological dependence.

AIM for Good Sleep

The AIM Companies promotes the Healthy Cell Concept to maintain overall health and getting enough sleep is a recognized factor in maintaining healthy cells, which, in turn, support a healthy body. Along with eating wholesome food and exercising, taking AIM supplements gives your cells a nutritional advantage.

And when you can’t sleep, AIM has nutritional and topical products that promote restful nights. AIM delivers Composure on both sides of the United States and Canada border.  Composure is a natural health product containing herbs that have a calming effect on stressed-out minds and bodies. For those who occasionally or regularly have difficulty getting to sleep, having Composure within reach offers a helping hand to dreamland.

Magnesium can be thought of a relaxation mineral that plays a pivotal role in activating the neurotransmitters that calm the mind and body. AIM provides the Mag-nificence line of topical magnesium that is truly magnificent. You have a choice of lotion, spray and CWR bath additive, all of which deliver this essential mineral by applying magnesium to your skin.

A long night of health-promoting sleep is an essential ingredient for good health. Composure and Mag-nificence can assist you in getting to that desirable state of rest.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.