Testing Your pH with Purple Cabbage

Thanks to Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org fame, there’s a challenging pH test. As per his instruc­tions, you can actually check your pH by urinating into a toilet bowl filled with the deep purple water produced from boiled purple cabbage. Yes, purple cabbage. It’s a fun way to test your pH if you are able to look at it with a childlike, humorous fascination of just how incredible the human body is and will forever be.

You can also avoid the “heated” danger from boiling cabbage by blending some raw purple cabbage and water in a mixer. Then you strain the liquid of solids before pouring it into the toilet bowl, creating purple-colored water to relieve yourself.

Then it’s time for the test. If you urinate into the deep purple and the water stays purple, you and your urine are acidic. If the toilet bowl goes pink, it’s really acidic. In other words, you failed the cabbage test. If you are not reducing your acid load as you age, it contributes to weakened kidney function and progressively shrinking muscle mass.

So what you really want to see is the purple cabbage water turn a healthy shade of blue. Blue means your urine is alkaline and that you are doing the right thing by your body: ingesting enough green leafy vegetables. From the AIM perspective, it also means you are taking greens such as BarleyLife or LeafGreens, which supplement your green-vegetable intake and support healthy aging.

Dr. Greger also mentions that there is a boring way to test the acidity or alkalinity of your urine: pH test strips. At this point, it is time to tear a strip off the good doctor because AIM pH test strips are actually a far simpler way of accurately testing the acidity or alkalinity of your urine (or saliva for that matter) especially when compared to grinding up a perfectly edible and nutritious vegetable like purple cabbage and pouring it into the toilet. AIM pH test strips allow you to easily measure your pH without any messy vegetables in the toilet.

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Whether you choose the simplicity of pH test strips or the purple-cabbage-in-the-toilet-bowl challenge, testing your pH is a worthwhile endeavor in the effort to monitor your body’s state of health.

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Healthy, Happy and Very Active

Shared by Whitey Johnson, AIM Group Builder

I was introduced to AIM’s barley grass powder by Carolyn and Jim Kling, Chairman’s Club Directors. They told me that it was quickly assimilated by the body. At that time, I was taking a bunch of vitamins and minerals, but I didn’t feel well. Right away these supplemental greens made a difference, and I felt better. It wasn’t an instant high; I just felt better. So I really got excited about it. That was about eighteen years ago now. It started out as a supplement. Now it’s an investment.

Before being introduced to AIM, my health wasn’t good. Our family had a history of disease. Dad died early of cancer, mom had Parkinson’s and there was diabetes and a whole bunch of other issues too. So I wasn’t doing well at all. I ate and drank all the bad stuff. My wife Brenita and I started changing our diets. If you put the right fuel in your body, you start feeling a healthy difference.

Then I found out about the Garden Trio. I take it in the morning, followed by two more servings of BarleyLife during the day. It helps with everything. I also learned about Herbal Fiberblend: it cleans out the plumbing so that nutrients can get through the intestinal wall. That stuff is really amazing.

I also take Proancynol 2000, CellSparc 360, GinkgoSense, ReAssure SP and AIMega daily.

As for my career, I started in construction when I was seventeen and worked as a general contractor building custom and high-end homes. Anyway, I began having a little problem with my memory. In carpentry and construction, you have got to remember numbers. I didn’t want to write them down, but I was having trouble remembering them well in my head.

GinkgoSense made a big difference. It started clearing things up in my head. My memory just kind of improved and excelled. It even helps when you’re driving. If your memory is working well, it helps with everything.

I started on ReAssure SP because I had an issue there, and it really helped me. All my tests are good and no prostate cancer.

So I’m healthy, happy and very active at the age of eighty-seven. You can better help your community and family if you have good health. You can function better, and our goal is to keep improving. By the way, we are very pleased with AIM’s service as the products get to us very quickly. We’re so thankful for The AIM Companies™.

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

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The Circadian Rhythm: Your Body Clock

Have you ever wondered why you feel so bad after traveling across time zones? And what about shift workers, such as long-distance truck drivers, emergency service workers and airline employees or someone under constant stress and unable to maintain regular sleep patterns? When people are required to be awake at a time that their body clocks associate with sleep, it has the potential to disrupt their circadian rhythms¹.

The daily fluctuations of our biological clock represented in the diagram are
fundamental to us. During the day, we are active. We eat, many of us enjoying carbohydrates, having strong metabolisms and efficient digestive systems. However, at night our bodies rely on stored energy for long periods. We are mostly stationary and diges­tion is limited, so eating carbo­hy­drates at this time can be harmful because our meta­bolic rate slows down.

Along with eat­­ing at odd hours, night shift workers and jet-lagged travelers get fewer hours of sleep, which is often of poor quality, and have less exposure to daylight. A study revealed that indi­viduals who did this for ten days experienced circadian disruption². The health implications included:

  • Decreased leptin (-17%)
  • Increased glucose (+6%)
  • Increased insulin (+22%)
  • Reversed daily cortisol rhythm
  • Increased mean arterial pressure (+3%)
  • Reduced sleep efficiency (-20%)

Tips for a healthy circadian rhythm:

Three hours before bed: Dim the lights, minimize the use of television and electronics and avoid vigorous exercise.

One hour before bed: Take AIM Composure, or have a hot bath with Mag-nificence CWR.

Sleep: Choose a cool, dark, quiet room. Try not to take sleeping pills because they will deplete your vitamin D and calcium levels.

Upon wakening: En­­­joy your daily servings of AIM greens with BarleyLife and/or Leaf­Greens. If possible, get 15 minutes of sun­light in the morning.

Try to maintain regular meal times: Daily meals are usually consumed anywhere between 6.30 a.m. and 9.30 p.m., which is a 15-hour time span. A healthier and more circadian-aligned meal pattern would be a 12-hour time span during the daytime followed by 12 hours of overnight fasting.

¹ Reutrakul, S & Khutson, K. Consequences of Circadian Disruption on Cardiometabolic Health, JSMC July 2015.

² Scheer et al, Adverse metabolic and cardiovascular consequences of circadian misalignment. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106:4453-4458.

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Age Truly Is Just a Number!

Saying “age is just a number” is bandied about with such frequency that many individuals react with a cynical “sure it is” in response to hearing it. But there are far too many people who are fine models for the validity of this expression.

Let’s be honest, we all know people who seem old in their twenties or thirties. Then there are other people who remain vibrantly young through their eighties and nineties. Take the examples of Doris and Walter Lacks, AIM Group Builders in Norwood, New York. They prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that age is irrelevant unless you buy into the negativity that surrounds the cynics.

Ninety-year-old Doris competed in two 5K races in 2017. She’s been doing this for the past five to six years for reasons beyond her own well-being. For example, Doris raced at New York’s Union Springs Academy in the eighth annual USA Eagle Run, a competition that supports Adventist education in the form of scholarships. Other charitable races she enters are for her passions: schools and hospitals. On December 20, 2017, Doris turned ninety-one. Age is truly just a number.

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Then there’s Walter Lacks, who is ninety-two and has an award named after him. Each year, the Saint Lawrence County Health Initiative gives out the Walter Lacks Award to the person who does the most volunteer work in the county that promotes healthful living. Long before it was named after him, Walter was the very first recipient.

The form used to nominate someone contains the impressive reasons Walter was given this honor:

“In 2011 the Health Initiative inaugurated the Walter Lacks Award, named for an amazing community resident, Walter Lacks, who well into his 90s works tirelessly to improve his own health and the health of community members, whether here or across the nation and the globe. This award was created to both honor him and to recognize other individuals in the community who also express the qualities that Lacks embodies.

A true champion for community health, Walter is a role model for all to admire and aspire to, demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to both his personal wellness and his dedication to increasing the wellness in others.”

Walter is an incredibly active guy, so much so that Doris admitted, “I just can’t keep up with him!” And she noted that there is an AIM product that has helped them maintain their individual paces into their nineties. “BarleyLife keeps us going 100 miles an hour.” And she really means it!

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The Miraculous Heart

The human body is an amazing creation of cells, tissue and organs, making up a variety of systems that operate independently over a lifetime. The cardiovascular system could be thought of as ground zero when it comes to inner physical activity of the body. And the hardest working organ in the “life” business is the heart. It truly is a work
of wonder.

Your heart beats non-stop day and night. It only gets some slow-down respite when you relax or sleep. Otherwise, it works continuously, adjusting to your every movement and physical demand. It’s a “heart-felt” responsibility that goes largely unnoticed.

Maintaining this muscular organ at the center of your life is vital. So much can be done to be mutually supportive of your heart, especially in regard to regular exercise, wholesome nutrition and supplemental help from AIM. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. This is only one of the many reasons why your heart needs all the support you can give it.

Energy-Sparking CellSparc 360

Your heart uses so much energy to function. Taking CellSparc 360 is one of the best things you can do to help keep it going. CellSparc 360 increases the presence of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an energy-sparking antioxidant found in nearly every cell.
Inside the mitochondria—mini-power plants of your cells—CoQ10 is essential for transporting electrically charged particles required to generate energy. Without CoQ10, energy production stops.2

Unfortunately, your levels of CoQ10 peak around the age of twenty-one and by the age of eighty decline by 65 percent. Supplementing with CellSparc 360 on a daily basis helps to maintain the body’s required levels of an essential element of energy production.

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Cell-Lubricating AIMega

Your beating heart and circulatory system deliver nutrients through the membranes of your cells. AIMega provides omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids that are necessary for the healthy structure and permeability of cell membranes: nutrients can enter and waste can be removed. This process is greatly affected by your levels of omega-3 and -6, which the body cannot produce. They must come from your nutritional intake. Supplementing with AIMega delivers these two essential fatty acids from organic seed oils: plant-based nutrition.

Furthermore, one of the many benefits of omega-3 is its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation can damage blood vessels and promote heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Bear Paw Garlic

Bear Paw Garlic is no ordinary source of this amazing vegetable. Unlike the common cloves, Bear Paw comes from the leaves of wild alpine garlic, which grows in mountainous areas of Europe.

For centuries, garlic has been an ingredient of a healthy diet. Additionally, this herb has been used for a number of heart and blood system conditions, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, coronary heart disease, reduced blood flow caused by narrowing of the arteries and atherosclerosis: hardening of the arteries.3 Bear Paw Garlic adds a heart-healthy supplement to a nourishing diet.

Bountiful BarleyLife

Foundational nourishment for the heart must include greens. BarleyLife provides an incredibly rich source of nutrients, including antioxidants, en­zymes, minerals and vitamins, from the easily assimilated juice powder of young barley plants.
Your body will benefit from the nutritional support of AIM supplements. It’s a thought worth taking to heart.

1. Regina Avraham, The Circulatory System (Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000), 13–14, 31–35.

2. Alan H. Pressman and Sheila Buff, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins and Minerals (Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2007), 336.

3. WebMD: Garlic, accessed December 7, 2017

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Healthy Cells

Since 1983, The AIM Companies™ has promoted a concept that focuses on keeping cells healthy. Appropriately enough, it is called The Healthy Cell Concept.

If you can step back from yourself and consider how your physical being began with the merging of human reproductive cells, which replicated into the cells that created you as a child in the womb, it suggests that life begins and ends in the cells of the body.

The health of your cells determines the well-being of your body. If your cells replicate into healthy (or even healthier) cells, then your body remains healthy. But if your cells replicate into less healthy ones, then your physical state also becomes less healthy. If it’s that simple, how does it get so complicated?

Poor Choices and Situations

Examine the food you eat, the beverages you drink, how active you are, the environment you live in, how you cope with stress, and the joy or lack of joy in your life. These examples are factors that connect to the Healthy Cell Concept. Some are things you choose while others are situations you find yourself in, willing or not.

Perhaps the most important factor is the nutrition you choose. The nutrients in the food you eat are what fuel your cells. Nutrient-dense food delivers the support your cells need to keep your body in good health.

Some people may have the good fortune to be able to select organic produce that has been promoted as best for good health. Not everybody can afford this kind of whole food. Or maybe you live where this kind of food is unavailable or outrageously expensive, so you have to make do with what is available or affordable. In either situation, you most likely still need supplemental nutrition because of the decreased amount of nutrients in both organic and non-organic food crops.

Good Choices

Taking AIM’s natural health products to maintain the health of your cells is a good choice, and AIM offers a healthy selection of Nutrition that Works! Supplementing with whole-food powders such as BarleyLife or LeafGreens helps to top up your food intake with plant nutrients that maintain a healthy cell environment. Healthy cells equal a healthy body.

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.”

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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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