Nutrition for Lifelong Skeletal Health

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Osteoporosis International recently published an article that examined the nutritional needs of the skeleton during its bony lifetime.  Using the results of over 130 studies, the researchers set out to outline ideal nutritional goals to aid the bones during their journey from the cradle to the Craftmatic adjustable chair.

Here are some highlights:

During Pregnancy: 

  • An overall healthy diet was linked time and time again with the skeletal health of the child
  • The most important element, however, was vitamin D intake
  • In England and the US, a third of mothers tested weren’t getting adequate amounts of vitamin D
  • Low levels of maternal vitamin D were linked to an increase in childhood fractures in a Danish study
  • Vitamin D supplementation has been assessed as safe and effective for all expectant women in a US study
  • Increase in protein, fiber and potassium recommended
  • Significant increase in calcium and vitamin D recommended

During Childhood

Specifically, calcium, vitamin D and protein are the most important nutrients for bone health during the first two decades.

  • Inadequate calcium is a worldwide problem affecting both children, adolescents and expectant mothers
  • The same groups also tend to not get enough vitamin D
  • Protein provides amino acids that help to build the bone matrix and provides materials for bone formation
  • A high-dairy diet was linked to greater bone density and greater bone mineral content
  • It is theorized that some mild distal forearm fractures (the most common in children) may be preventable through lifestyle intervention

During Adulthood (Aged 20-60)

During this 30–40-year period, bone mass remains comparatively high in both sexes until the onset of menopause in women and the beginning of the eighth decade in men. As for younger individuals, a well-balanced diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein, with adequate amounts of certain other micronutrients, will fulfill the nutritional requirements of the adult skeleton.

  • Inadequate dietary calcium intake has been reported worldwide
  • Vitamin D deficiency is widespread
  • High-risk groups for vitamin D deficiency include the obese, the dark-skinned, people who live at high latitudes, people with intestinal disorders and others who can’t get enough sun for whatever reason
  • Vitamin D helps with calcium uptake
  • Protein has been linked to a small improvement in bone mass density and bone mineral content
  • Vitamin K has been linked to lower risk of hip fractures
  • Vitamins B12, B6 and folate may help keep hyperhomocysteinemia (a fracture risk) in check
  • Magnesium plays a role in producing bone-repairing osteoclasts
  • Zinc helps renew and mineralize bone tissue
  • An acidic diet can lead to the destruction of osteoclasts
  • Usually associated with being bad to the bone, smoking and drinking are actually bad for the bones

As a Senior

  • Low levels of vitamin D and calcium reported
  • Malnutrition is common in seniors
  • Seniors tend to need significantly more protein, especially if they suffer from acute or chronic diseases with some exceptions
  • Many chronic illnesses disrupt the ability to get optimum nutrition
  • Exercise is important

Magnesium for Healthier Bodies

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Magnesium’s function in the human body is vast—everything from electrolyte maintenance to metabolism to heart health and so much more can be traced back to magnesium. The new AIM Mag-nificence™ can help create a body in balance and lead to improved health in a number of areas.

How can you tell if you need more magnesium?

Without a definitive test for magnesium deficiency, the best option is careful self-examination of your diet and lifestyle. Answer the following questions to see where you stand.

Do you regularly drink dark-colored soft drinks?

The phosphates in these sodas bind with magnesium and hinder its efficacy

Do you eat sweet foods and desserts on a regular basis?
Refined sugars rob the body of vital nutrients, including magnesium.

Are you constantly under stress?
The body uses magnesium to counter emotionally stressful situations.

Have you recently undergone a major medical procedure?
Like emotional stress, physical stress takes a toll on the magnesium reserves in your body.

Do you drink coffee, tea, or caffeinated beverages daily?
Caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium.

Do you take prescription drugs?
Certain diuretics, heart medications, asthma medications, birth control pills, and estrogen replacement therapies may cause magnesium deficiency by way of excess kidney filtering, similar to caffeine’s effect.

Do you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages per week?
Like caffeine and prescription drugs, a high intake of alcohol can cause the kidneys to over-excrete magnesium.

Do you take calcium supplements without a proper ratio of magnesium supplements?
Magnesium and calcium work hand-in-hand, but when the amount of calcium greatly exceeds that of magnesium, the imbalance can hinder magnesium absorption and retention.

Do you experience neurologic or neuromuscular symptoms?
Neurologic symptoms may include anxiety, restlessness, or sleeplessness; neuromuscular symptoms may include spasms, cramps, and tics. These signs could hint at magnesium deficiency since magnesium plays an important role in the health of the neurologic system.

Are you over the age of fifty-five?
Aging, stress, and disease all contribute to lower magnesium levels.

To meet your magnesium need, consider the Mag-nificence family of products —three new applications: bath crystals, spray, and gel, plus traditional AIM Cell Wellness Restorer™ bath additive.

The AIM Defense against Arthritis

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The pain of arthritis creeps into the lives of far too many North Americans. Although often associated with people of advanced years, arthritis actually affects all age groups.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia indicate:

  • One in every 250 children in the U.S. has some form of arthritis.
  • Around fifty million adults have some form of arthritis.
  •  For the past 15 years, arthritis and other rheumatic conditions have been the most common cause of disability among U.S. adults.

Over 100 conditions or diseases fall under the arthritis umbrella of musculoskeletal disorders. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common. Even though it is called a non-inflammatory condition, osteoarthritis results from the wear and tear of cartilage, causing inflamed joints. It is safe to say that inflammation is at the painful core of arthritis, and AIM defends you to the core with three products that target the pain of arthritis.

AIM Frame Essentials®

Glucosamine is a building block of the cartilage that cushions bone-joint movement. However, the body’s production of this compound decreases with age. Whatever causes the wear and tear of cartilage, the glucosamine in AIM Frame Essentials provides supplemental building blocks for strong, healthy cartilage along with the antiinflammatory benefits of boswellia extract and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

AIMega®

Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are a key factor in reducing inflammation, so these healthy fats are part of the AIM defence against arthritis. AIMega provides an organic, seed oil source of omega-3, which is also an essential component for healthy cell structure, growth, and repair. The addition of AIMega to your supplemental intake is a preventative action for avoiding arthritis and an essential step for relieving its painful symptoms.

AIM BarleyLife®

The nutritious barley grass juice powder in AIM BarleyLife helps to reduce inflammation wherever it is problematic in the body. Its alkalizing effect supports a healthy body pH, which prevents the onset of diseases such as arthritis. BarleyLife’s vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients provide unparalleled nutrition for rebuilding healthy cells and promoting overall wellness.

AIM defends you against arthritis with Nutrition that Works! to not only reduce inflammation, but help to repair and rebuild at the cellular level.

How Long Are Your Telomeres?

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First things first: what are telomeres and why should they be long? Telomeres protect the ends of our chromosomes, keeping DNA from unravelling and affecting the speed at which our cells age. The shorter our telomeres, the shorter lives we live and the poorer our health. The longer our telomeres, the longer we live in good health.

With that out of the way, the fact is that telomeres are not that easy to measure. You’d have to undergo specialized diagnostic testing to determine their length. The good thing is that it is not necessary to have them measured because a scientific study has proven that you can increase the measurable length of your telomeres by making four lifestyle changes.

How to Lengthen your Telomeres

  1. Eat a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet.
  2.  Exercise moderately, such as walking 20-30 minutes a day.
  3. Do stress management techniques, including yoga, meditation, or prayer.
  4.  Get more social support, love, and intimacy in your life.

These sound incredibly similar to the Healthy Cell Concept™ that the AIM Companies™ has been promoting for decades. If you want to lengthen your telomeres (and your life), begin making these changes. This can be accomplished at any age according to Dr. Dean Ornish, the president and founder of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute (PMRI).

The Research
Following a group of thirty-five men with early-stage prostate cancer, scientists conducted a five-year pilot study on the positive effects of these lifestyle changes at the PMRI and the UC San Francisco, a university exclusively focused on health.

In the control group of people that did not make these four changes, their telomeres got 3 percent shorter. Those who made these lifestyle changes increased the length of their telomeres by almost 10 percent. It’s as simple as that.

The study also showed that the greater the lifestyle changes, the better the results. Thirty-six years of studies have also revealed that making such changes can reverse conditions such as heart disease and prostate cancer. The proof is in the research.

It is fascinating that the use of high technology has shown that simple, low-tech methods of improving your health may be the most effective, proving that your body has the remarkable ability to heal itself.

Whether you choose to live your life this way for healing or prevention, science has proven the benefits of making these lifestyle changes. Start lengthening with AIM BarleyLife®!

AIM Excels Under Competition

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Certified personal trainer and bodybuilder Nick Victory went all-in with AIM products for a thirty-five day trial, and he achieved impressive results and a clean feeling of wellness that only AIM’s whole-food nutrition can provide.

“After about day ten, I felt an immense feeling of cleanliness in my body,” Nick said. “I felt more resilient, which, as any good muscle-building athlete knows, is everything! The ability of your body to repair those muscle fibers you tore is what leads to increased muscle mass and strength.

“Another huge plus was how my body started to treat food. With my system running cleaner, I could tell that my body was having a lot less trouble getting what it needed from my food.

“All in all, AIM did it right.”

Nick specializes in bodybuilding, and his experience with AIM served as an opportunity to test how his own body would react to whole food nutrition. He took measurements of his arms, legs, chest, and waist before and after the trial, and he stopped taking all other supplements for two weeks prior to ensure that all results achieved could be attributed to AIM.

And the results were huge! Nick experienced desired results across the board.

His trial included six products: BarleyLife, fit ’n fiber, CoCoa LeafGreens, RediBeets, Peak Endurance, and ProPeas. His consistent use of AIM products turned heads at the gym and gave him an opportunity to explain the clean feeling of wellness Nick achieved during his trial.

“The clean feeling was the coolest part,” said Nick, who continues to take the products now that his trial has ended. “Other products feel very chemical. I’ve tried a huge variety of supplement lines, and I was surprised to discover that AIM really did stand up to the competition. AIM did the trick, and AIM helped my body to feel good.”

“If you want it enough, and want to be healthy doing it, AIM can help.”

Nick Victorry

Finding Nutrition that Works!

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History often repeats itself when it comes to family generations. AIM Preferred Member Paul Eilers of Conway, Arkansas, experienced this when both his mother’s father and his own father died of cancer. Paul recognized unhealthy lifestyle choices made while he was growing up, so he made a mental note to himself not to make the same mistakes when he had children of his own.

As a sports enthusiast throughout his education leading to the college years, Paul believed that what you put into your body has an enormous effect on your health. “Too many people rely on doctors, so they don’t take responsibility for their own health,” Paul surmised, deciding to be his primary health care practitioner even though he believes in doctors.

After going through the seemingly endless health information available online, Paul came across AIM in 1999. For fifteen years now, he and his wife, Laura, have been Members of the company that provides Nutrition That Works!

Their health has benefited from products such as AIM BarleyLife® and AIM BarleyLife® Xtra. As a result, their seven-year-old son, Brady, has enjoyed better health ever since his entrance into the world.

Seven years into their marriage, Paul and Laura discovered they were pregnant. Laura immediately upped her intake of BarleyLife, taking up to twenty-one capsules daily in three servings.

When Brady was born, he had a number of health issues and would never breast feed. Adding BarleyLife Xtra to a baby bottle full of breast milk, Paul and Laura gave their child supplemental nutrition that has helped keep Brady a healthy young boy. Having had AIM nutrition while still in the womb and since infancy, Brady still loves drinking his BarleyLife Xtra every day. He also insists on going to bed with a sippy cup of it mixed with mostly water and some apple and grape juice. It’s his security blanket.

This habit is a nutritional blessing since Brady is a picky eater, just as his father was as a child. This led Paul to name his MyAIMStore www.healthypickyeater.com. “I market a product for parents who have kids that don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables,” Paul stated. “BarleyLife Xtra will offset this by giving them real food, real nutrition. Everybody’s taught that they should eat vegetables and fruit. I say here’s BarleyLife Xtra with a wealth of fruit and vegetable nutrition at about 50 cents a serving.”

As a picky eater, Brady doesn’t always eat enough, but thanks to BarleyLife Xtra, his weight is normal for a boy his age. Besides, their doctor had once told them that he had never seen a child like Brady starve himself to death. “We did not have to take him to the doctor this past winter. No medicine. No staying home from school,” Paul explained. “Brady doesn’t get sick very often.”

Paul knows that many parents believe that it is normal for their children to get sick during the winter and to have to regularly see doctors. These same parents often think that nutrition doesn’t matter, that fast food is fine. He tries to keep in mind that different things work for different people, so Paul doesn’t try to convince people with different beliefs even though he found out what works for him and his family. This leaves the door open for them to contact him when health problems do arise. Because Brady started taking BarleyLife Xtra from the time he was born, there was less resistance as he got older. It’s a healthy lesson that Paul shares with parents willing to listen for the benefit of their own children.

Paul sets a good fatherly example by regularly taking AIM nutrition that also includes AIM Herbal Fiberblend®, AIM Peak Endurance™, AIMega®, and AIM ProPeas™—just to name a few. It would seem that he kept his word to not make the same nutritional mistakes he witnessed while growing up. It’s a simple step any dad can take to prevent or change an unhealthy family history.

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

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