The Skinny on Omegas

Your body is made up of around 37.2 trillion cells, an estimated 35 billion of which are skin cells.  Fatty acids become structural components of cell membranes, so it is vital that your diet includes omega-3 and -6 to optimize cellular permeability and function. Both EFAs are integral to the health of the epidermal (outer) and dermal (inner) layers of your skin.

Dryness and inflammation affect the appearance and aging of skin. Omega-3 helps to reduce both visual negatives. It also maintains the strength of the skin’s outer layer, guarding against pollutants and toxins. A regular intake will also help protect you from skin damage and aging caused by sun exposure. AIMega delivers 380 mg of omega-3 per capsule.

Omega-6 is required for normal epidermal structure and function. However, it should come from a healthy source, such as the organic seed oils in AIMega: 190 mg per capsule. Supplementing with this essential fatty acid has been shown to alleviate inflammatory skin problems.

Together, omega-3 and -6 contribute to the natural oil barrier of your skin, helping to keep it hydrated and youthful. So, you can think of AIMega as a cosmetic that works from the inside out.

AIMega-capsuleOmega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by your body, which needs a consistent dietary intake to provide a long list of benefits, including skin health. AIMega delivers a balanced 2:1 ratio of plant-based omega-3 and -6 EFAs to help ensure you get enough of these skin essentials.

References accessed September 9, 2019
1 bit.ly/EFAs_Skin_Health
2 bit.ly/EFAs_Epidermis

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Circulation and Energy

The natural vegetable nitrate in beets is a current focus of research because the body converts it to nitric oxide. You can think of nitric oxide as a natural vasodilator, meaning it relaxes blood vessels and makes them wider. The result is improved circulation throughout the body.

Doctors often prescribe vasodilating drugs for high blood pressure, so studies that show beet juice as a natural way to increase nitric oxide levels, lower blood pressure and improve circulation are certainly receiving a lot of attention.

AIM BIG for Nitric Oxide

During The AIM Companies 2019 Celebration in Orlando, Phillip Jermann, AIM QA Manager and Biologist, circulated among 10 AIM Members to thermally measure blood circulation in their hands before and after taking RediBeets, a juice powder that delivers impressive amounts of beet nitrate. The results were equally impressive, showing improved blood flow in everyone tested.

Royal Emerald Director Gene Blasingame did some testing with RediBeets during the Celebration and afterward using a PEMF device, which produces a signal that helps improve impaired pumping movements of tiny blood vessels. As Gene related, “The PEMF device by itself does not measure up to the effects of RediBeets.”

Gene also combines the nitric oxide benefits of RediBeets with Peak Endurance. Phillip emphasized its importance for ATP, noting that it improves blood flow just like nitric oxide but levels of both decrease as we age.

ATP is our energy molecule that is produced in the mitochondria of our cells. Nitric oxide helps fuel mitochondrial production of ATP, so RediBeets and Peak Endurance go hand in hand with increasing energy and improving circulation.

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Healthy Glowing Nutrition

Group Builder Laurette Marais from South Africa was crowned Mrs. Africa Classic and Mrs. Africa Globe Classique in 2019. She knows from personal experience that participating in pageants can totally deplete every ounce of energy and strength from your body. By taking a variety of AIM products, Laurette felt healthier, stronger and more alert than her competitors.

In May 2019, Laurette wrote to “share my personal experience with
these life-changing products . . . contributed to where I am today and in achieving my goals.” One of the many supplements that have helped her along is Herbal Release.

“For many years, I struggled with having swollen legs, especially in the summertime. My husband and I went to Greece for my 50th birthday in July 2017. It was extremely hot and humid.

My swollen legs.

“My legs became so swollen, appearing to double in size. I couldn’t wear shoes and could barely walk. It was very painful.

“In October 2017, I was introduced to the AIM products, and Herbal Release was recommended. I began taking 2 capsules every day to help me with water retention.

“Then in December, we went to the coast, which had extremely hot weather conditions. It was only after the holiday that I realized my legs had not become swollen. I knew then that Herbal Release had changed my life. I’ve never experienced the discomfort of swollen legs again.

“I am healthy and have never felt so great in my life. Thank you to The AIM Companies™.”

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Beneficial Beet Juice

Comparisons can make for interesting studies, especially when the people tested have significant age differences. When older people come out on top, the results can seem even more impressive. Such is the case when researchers in New Zealand and Thailand conducted a 2019 study examining the effects of nitrate-rich beetroot juice.

Volunteers were chosen from two age groups: 18-30 years old and 50-70 years old. All were healthy and recreationally active individuals, but none of the participants were well-trained sportspersons or elite athletes. Nor did they use nitrate-based supplements.

For the study, participants consumed beet juice 2.25 hours before walking 30 minutes on a treadmill. Throughout the trial, they were tested for blood nitrate and nitrite concentrations, heart rate, blood pressure, mood, perception and cognition.

Drinking beet juice significantly increased blood nitrate (NO3) and nitrite (NO2), which convert to nitric oxide (NO). Nitrate levels were higher in the older group, due to an expected age-related decrease in nitric oxide activity.

Beet juice also reduced systolic blood pressure for all ages. Older participants showed a greater reduction in diastolic blood pressure.

Reaction time improved equally for all ages and no differences were observed between age groups in the other cognitive tests.

The study concluded that supplementation with beetroot juice can reduce blood pressure and improve cognitive aspects, providing potential health benefits for young and old.

Of course, AIM Members of all ages have been enjoying the health benefits of supplementing with beet juice ever since the introduction of RediBeets back in 1993.

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A Natural Solution

Shared by Debra Pugh, AIM Director

Debra

When Debra Pugh was introduced to AIM nutrition at the age of 26, it changed the unhealthy trajectory her life seemed to be on from infancy. Sickly as a baby, Debra continued to come down with a variety of ailments once she reached school age.

By high school, she had early symptoms of fibromyalgia, which she was finally diagnosed with at the age of 25. Debra was prescribed a variety
of drugs.

“My husband, Gary, and I wanted to start a family,” Debra said, “but I was taking so many different medications that the doctor said it wouldn’t be healthy if I got pregnant.”

Praying for a natural solution, Debra crossed paths with AIM Chairman’s Club Director Janet Pauly, who recommended BarleyLife. After a month, most of Debra’s symptoms were a thing of the past.

AIM products helped Debra get on the road to good health. She and Gary have two healthy children, a girl and a boy who both grew up with BarleyLife as a staple of their nutritional intake.

Over the years, Debra added many more AIM products to her supplemental regimen. Recently, she shared some unique benefits of PrepZymes.

I use PrepZyme’s enzymes in two different ways: before a meal for digestion and on an empty stomach to remove toxins or relieve muscle pain,” Debra explained. “For example, before I do yard work, I’ll take PrepZymes to avoid muscle soreness.”

Another fine example of nutrition that works.

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4 Things You Should Know About the Microbiome

1 Antibiotics have a detrimental effect on the microbiome, destroying good bacteria along with those that cause infections. Many people take antibiotics for a cold or the flu, but both illnesses are caused by viruses that antibiotics cannot kill. Studies indicate long-lasting disruption of the microbiome even from short-term antibiotic use. Childhood exposure to antibiotics impacts microbiome development and can result in the onset of illnesses through adulthood.
https://academic.oup.com/jac/article/74/Supplement_1/i6/5300216
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=27294842

2 The microbiome’s connection to mental health is controversial pri­marily because most of the research has been done on animals. However, one study revealed that people with a variety of psychological issues had similar gut microbiota profiles. It is known that gut bacteria are involved in producing the brain’s chemical messengers, neurotransmitters that include mood-influencing dopamine and seratonin, so a bacteria deficiency or lack of diversity may negatively impact mental health.
bit.ly/Smithsonian-Bacteria–Depression
bit.ly/Bacteria_Depression

3 Exercise improves the microbiome of mice and men . . . and women. In studies that monitored mice, six weeks of voluntary wheel running created positive changes in mice microbiota. On a human level, a study showed that exercise altered the composition and metabolic capacity of gut microbiota. In these human and animal studies, exercise stimulated bacteria that produce butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that reduces inflammation and supports gut health.
bit.ly/of_mice
bit.ly/and_men

4 AIM nutrition supports a healthy microbiome with a variety of whole-food powders and targeted health supplements. FloraFood and fit ’n fiber are particularly beneficial for the microbiome. Repopulating the gut with FloraFood’s three species of probiotics–3 billion live cells per capsule—gives the microbiome an influx of friendly bacteria. The prebiotic fiber in fit ’n fiber feeds the good bacteria in the microbiota community.

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Serving Others by Offering Hope

Shared by Char Pelfrey AIM Director

Char and Jerry Pelfrey

Of all the roles in life I’ve loved and endeavored to undertake, cancer survivor was not on my list.

In 2016, my husband, Jerry, and I were living full, productive lives with four grown daughters and 11 grandchildren: Jerry as lead pastor of our church and I with 15 years on our city’s council. Both of us loved serving others and felt we were doing exactly what God had called us to do.

Then I found a lump that turned out to be aggressive invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Our lives completely changed in a moment, ensued by a blur of doctor visits, tests and scans. I ended up fighting for my life.

A double mastectomy, recon­structive surgeries and an extensive, difficult recovery followed. I have so much to live for and I wanted to fight the best way I could using the nutritional tools that God gave us from His original garden.

About that time I met AIM Star Sapphire Director Cindy Pon­chot, now my personal friend and mentor. Cindy had also survived cancer. She instructed me about the AIM products, which I began taking in the fall of 2016.

I reclaimed my health by using nutrition along with radically changing my diet and rigorous exercise.

Today, I am stronger and healthier than I have been in many years and take any op­portunity I can to share my story and offer hope to others.

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What Is My Secret?

Shared by Shirley Snyder McKercher, AIM Member

ShirleyMcKercher.jpgI am often asked what my secret is to reach the age of 90. Although partly genetics, I believe taking AIM’s green barley powder for over 30 years has contributed to my longevity.

The youngest of four siblings, I was born at home on April 17, 1929, so I grew up during the depression. No one had any money.

Many valuable lessons were learned growing up on a farm during those difficult times. I had good parents who instilled in us a strong work ethic, good manners and Christian values. That strong beginning never left me during the years as I raised my family.

I have three adult children, all married with families of their own. For 31 years, I had a career with the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minneapolis. After retiring, I started a small sewing business, Shirley’s Needle, which helped me through the time I lost my husband from a heart attack at age 70.

As difficult as it was, I moved on with my life, joining the Mayo Legacy in 1998. At one of their meetings, I met the man who would become my second husband. We married in 2003. Sadness struck again when he passed away August 2014.

Fortunately, I have the support of family and many friends. I keep socially active, going to the YMCA, playing bridge and being involved with my church. I’m also a tap dancer—a senior tap dancing at care centers brings smiles to people’s faces. Last month, I attended my 73rd class reunion!

I will continue taking my table­spoon of BarleyLife in orange juice each morning. God willing, I will reach my 100th birthday.

McKercherGenerations
Four generations.

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Influences and Relationships

Shared by Barbara Bird, AIM Director

Did you know that you can work on changing results by changing your actions, but you will not have any change worth noting until you change your influences?

A few years ago, I attended a course with a company called Make Your Mark, and this is one of the things I learned: If you want to change your results, check out what influ­enced you.

I T F A = R
Influences lead to our
Thoughts which cause our
Feelings which lead to our
Actions which equals
Results

Let me give you a concrete example:
In order to get to my influences, I work it backwards . . .

Result: I don’t like phoning people.
Action: Procrastinating and making excuses, such as I do not like
leaving messages.
Feelings: I feel fear and worry that I am a pest.
Thoughts: I am going to annoy the person I phone. I do not have the time to talk for hours, which sometimes happens. I come across as a stalker. What should I say if I have to leave a message?
Influences: Many years ago, someone criticized me for leaving a message, telling me I was being rude. I also realized that there were times when conversations would take hours. I had experienced people phoning me to purchase something, and I felt annoyed.

As I change my influences, I can build relationships with people who will not think I am stalking them or being rude by leaving messages. I set time limits on conversations from the start. If they need to talk more, we can continue another time.

Knowledge isn’t power, imple­men­tation is. Who is up to implement with me?

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Impressed Doctor Says, “Continue what you’re doing”

Shared by Danae Songy, AIM Preferred Member

Danae-Songy.jpgIn January 2013, I was diagnosed with remitting-recurring multiple sclerosis, a chronic, typically progressive disease that damages nerve-cell sheaths in the brain and spinal cord. My symptoms included vision impairment, balance issues and numbness in my legs and hands.

I have always lived a healthy lifestyle and am an aerial silk acrobat, which demands peak athletic ability and stamina. My diet has been mostly vegetarian. This lifelong commitment to health made my diagnosis so hard to understand.

During the five years I was on MS medication, I battled bronchitis at least four times a year and lost my voice, which impacted my ability as a full-time, Christian radio DJ.

I also developed basal cell carcinoma near my eye. My doctor speculated it could be a result of a suppressed immune system brought on by the MS therapies. So, I was concerned not only about this terrible disease but also side effects of the medications.

My mom and I had been praying for guidance. Around that time, an odd thing happened. My medication delivery was delayed, so I had to do without it. Then I happened to see Chairman’s Club Director Michelle Long in Walmart one day. I had known her mom, Janet Pauly, and how BarleyLife had helped her. Michelle and I talked about BarleyLife, and I decided to try it to support my immune system. My medications had yet to arrive.

Fast forward seven months when I had a routine MRI in July 2018. I was really nervous about the follow-up appointment with my neurologist primarily because I never went back on my meds. Some doctors won’t see patients who don’t take the prescription med­i­cations. To be clear, I am cer­tainly not advocating that people should go off prescription medications without checking with their health care professional.

My neurologist did NOT drop me as a patient. In fact, he said I had above average brain tissue with no new brain lesions and asked me what I had been doing. I mentioned taking concentrated nutrition from a whole-food juice pow­der as well as eating mostly vegan, avoiding sugar and enriched-bleached flour, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep. I also described my acrobatic routines and many other cardio activities.

Being so impressed, my doctor told me to continue this lifestyle and asked permission to share my story as an alternative to conventional MS therapies/medications. I was thrilled, relieved and so thankful to the Lord for answered prayers.

I give all the credit and glory to God when I say that I have not had another MS episode since 2012. I believe that BarleyLife along with a healthy lifestyle is critical and that exercise is as important as nutrition. I cannot say definitively that BarleyLife is helping to man­age my MS symptoms, especially since I was symptom-free for five years before tak­ing it.

Since starting BarleyLife, how­ever, my overall health has improved. I sleep better, have more energy and no longer have menstrual cramps. I love my BarleyLife and crave it all day!

My journey with AIM is just beginning. I continue to enjoy sharing BarleyLife and other AIM products with others and seeing the positive health benefits that result.

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