Vitamin D Brightens Futures Like Sunshine

Vegetable Vitamin D Supplement

There have been two big stories about vitamin D in the news this week. And besides for magnesium–which plays a huge role in vitamin D production, function and use–Vitamin D may be the most overlooked nutrient.  Seventy-five percent of American adults and teenagers don’t get enough of it.  I believe that people take it for granted that they get enough sunlight when they actually don’t. (Our ancestors probably spent a lot more time outdoors than modern man).

The first story came from a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and it found that children and teens who didn’t get enough vitamin D were at greater risk as adults (25 years later) for atherosclerosis, an affliction where plaque builds up in the arteries and may cause heart attack, stroke, etc.  Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem among children worldwide.

The second story comes from the American Stroke Association’s Conference. At that event, doctors presented a paper that showed that people who suffered a stroke were more likely to have more severe strokes later if they had low vitamin D levels. (30 nanograms per milliliter or lower).

Other findings included:

1. Patients with low Vit D levels had twice the dead tissue from blood supply obstruction than those who had sufficient amounts.

2. The findings were similar for both lacunar and non-lacunar strokes.

3. Medical News Today:

For each 10 ng/mL reduction in vitamin D level, the chance for healthy recovery in the three months following stroke decreased by almost half, regardless of the patient’s age or initial stroke severity.

Vitamin D seems to be a good predictor of future health. We have it in two forms.

Citrus-flavored CalciAIM supplement and in convenient, mushroom-sourced Veggie D caplets.

A Healthy Diet a Day May Keep COPD at Bay

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Recently, they did a study that found beet juice may be able to help people who suffer COPD increase their ability to exercise.  In the lab trials, those who imbibed beetroot juice saw a significant increase in mobility.However, it turns out that beet juice is just the tip of the food pyramid when it comes to COPD.

Researchers assessed the lives of nearly 100,000 people–about 66% women–during a span of nearly twenty years and found that a healthy diet seemed to cut the risk of COPD by one third. As defined by the research, a healthy diet was one that included lots of vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, nuts and omega-3 fatty acids and contained low to moderate amounts of refined grains, red and processed meats, sugary drinks and alcohol. BMI, age and ethnicity did not seem to be factors. The researchers cite antioxidant activity as the source of the possible health benefits.

Medical News Today 

As the lungs exist in a high oxygen environment, it is reasonable to posit that certain exposures (and local inflammation) can further increase the burden of oxidants,” they note. “The balance between these potentially toxic substances and the protective actions of antioxidant defenses, including those derived from diet, may play a role in the loss of lung function over time and the eventual development of COPD.”

 

Vitamin A Deficiency May Play Huge Role in Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes has been called the scourge of the American public because nearly ten percent of the population suffers from it. That’s one million people altogether. It’s the seventh leading cause of death, and there is no cure.

A recent study at Weill Cornell Medical College may shed some new light on this problem.  Scientists there looked at mice who weren’t getting enough vitamin A and found that this dearth coincided with the death of pancreatic beta cells. Beta cells produce insulin which regulates sugar.

Diabetes, of course, is a metabolic disease that hinders the body’s ability to create insulin.  So what’s the connection to vitamin A? Well, they don’t quite know yet. This is a brand-new discovery

From Weill Cornell Medical College

“How the removal of vitamin A causes the death of the beta cells that make insulin in the pancreas is an important question we want to answer. These beta cells in the pancreas are exquisitely sensitive to the dietary removal of vitamin A. No one has found that before.”

Just Carrots contains 420% of your daily vitamin A needs. So drink your veggies and get your vitamins.

Pea Protein as Good as Whey for Building Muscle, Strength

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The next time somebody tries to tell you whey protein is better than pea protein for building muscle, you can officially tell them to go “a-whey.” Because a new study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that pea protein is every bit as effective as whey for making those mad #gainz.

The study looked at 160 males ages 18-35 who underwent resistance training. One third used pea protein, one third took whey and the final group consumed a placebo. The poor guys in the placebo group saw the least amount of muscle growth. There was no difference in muscle growth or strength between the whey and pea groups. The study pointed out that since there was no practical difference in regards to muscle mass between the two, pea protein was an optimum alternative for those who suffer from whey allergies. Also, it’s vegan.

I think that we should point out that The AIM Companies sells pea protein. It’s called ProPeas, and it tastes just great.

An Interview with Outstanding Member of the Month Dan Nichols

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Dan and Shannon Nichols won the Outstanding Member(s) of the Month Award for their work in December. Their achievement will be noted in the March Issue of Living Well Magazine.  The BarleyLife Blog recently had the opportunity to communicate with Dan Nichols.

BarleyLife: What Do You Do for a Living?

Dan Nichols: ​I am a church planting pastor (been in the ministry for many years) and am pursuing professional certification in life/leadership coaching. ​

​My wife, Shannon, formerly taught math on the college and high school level, but for several years now has pursued an even higher calling… home schooling our children! ​

BL: Where are you from?

DN: We live in SC, but my wife and I both grew up in North Carolina​

BL: Tell us about your family, your pets, your hobbies, etc.?

DN: ​We have 4 children, 3 girls (14, 11, and 5) and 1 boy (9). They are indeed a blessing! We are seeking to pursue Christ in all things, and to raise up our children to be godly adults who shine the light of Christ in the world around them. As a family we enjoy playing music, getting outdoors, ​exercising in a variety of ways, playing games together, and just simply being together as a family and with other families.

BL: How and when did you get into AIM?

DN: We got into AIM last March (10 months ago). My wife and I had a personal consultation with Lere’ Robinson (Star Sapphire Director), specifically about the allergies and symptoms that one of our children was experiencing. Lere’ recommended BarleyLife, and after a couple of months of using it, her allergies (and mine too) almost completely went away! We were sold! ​

BL: What are Your Favorite AIM Products?

​BarleyLife, Peak Endurance, ProPeas, and Herbal Fiberblend are our major ones. But we’ve also seen much success with Prepzymes, Flora Food, Composure, and Mag-nificence. We enjoy Cocoa LeafGreens as an added delicious bonus every once in a while!

BL: What is your preferred method of building your business?

​Well, there are three ways really, and they’re all combined.

1) Giving the business to the Lord is primary. Unless He builds it we labor in vain, says Scripture. So depending on Him is key.

2) Concerning our part, our labor… help from our “upline” has made all the difference in the world. Lere’ Robinson has been absolutely fantastic and selfless in helping us get going. She has come to our town and done monthly health seminars, which we organized in partnership with other AIM-using families in town.

3) The other key is developing personal relationships with people and simply “walking a road with them,” as Lere’ says. It’s one thing to tell them about the products. It’s another thing altogether to help them use it, see success, and continue using products to bring them greater health!

 BL: What is your favorite AIM success story so far?

DN: Two: The first one is my daughter’s “victory” over allergies. That has been wonderful to see! The second has been a family in our church. One of their daughters had great struggles with allergies and asthma​​f or many years, but then after using the products (specifically starting with BarleyLife), those have gone away almost completely! And now this young person (mid-teens) is enthusiastically sprea​ding the word about AIM and good health!

 BL:What is your advice for anyone trying to win Member of the Month next month?

DN: Bottom line, here’s what I would pass on (and what we’re going to continue to try to do)… 1) Continue to pray and give it over to the Lord.

2) Get to know the products.

And 3) develop relationships. ​In the process of doing these, what we’ve found is that in developing relationships, a trust and credibility (as well as a genuine concern) has developed. And then as we know the products, we begin to learn how this helps the people with whom we have relationships! As well, we continue to go to Lere’ (our “upline”) and get advice and information on how to handle certain situations. Again, she’s been a tremendous help! And AIM, the datasheets, the webinars, etc have all been helpful as well in learning the products and helping us to help others.

Product testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve. 

The CalciAIM Essentials

Calcium, vitamin D supplement

CalciAIM contains calcium lactate, calcium gluconate and calcium carbonate.
•Calcium lactate is a soluble form of calcium that is bioavailable throughout the entire digestive tract.
•Calcium gluconate is a highly soluble form of calcium that inhibits kidney stone formation and stimulates bifidobacteria in the intestine, which enhances the absorption of calcium.
•Calcium carbonate has been found to reduce the reoccurrence of colon cancer in animal studies

The Physician’s Desk Reference states: “The average person can only absorb 20% of calcium from tablets and 30% from capsules. Solubilized in a beverage, calcium powder provides approximately 98% of its bioavailable elemental calcium to the body.”

Juice

By combining calcium lactate, gluconate or carbonate with water and acids we create ionic calcium.
•Ca++ = ionic calcium
•Ionic calcium is a calcium ion with two additional electrons

Carbonate

Only when calcium is in its ionic form can it be properly absorbed by the body

Skeleton

Supplement Facts

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CalciAIM can also Alkalize

•Potential Renal Acid Load, or PRAL.
– It uses a formula to convert the protein and select minerals of a food into a PRAL value.
– Acidifying foods have a positive PRAL value and alkalizing foods have a negative PRAL value.
– Higher protein and phosphorous contributes to increased acid in the blood. – – – Higher potassium, magnesium and calcium result in decreased acid in the blood.

PRAL Score

Q: Can I take other products in conjunction with CalciAIM?

A: Yes. CalciAIM can be mixed with all AIM products. The vitamin K1 content in BarleyLife and LeafGreens complements CalciAIM and may lessen the risks associated with calcium deficiency. Combining CalciAIM with Veggie D Capsules significant about of vitamin D. CalciAIM and Peak Endurance taste great when mixed together. Although CalciAIM is mildly acidic, it can be mixed with BarleyLife because the combination of both products is less acidic than your stomach. High-fiber beverages like Herbal Fiberblend will slow the rate of calcium absorption, but both products will still provide benefits.

Q: Is there anyone who should not use CalciAIM?

A: This product is not recommended for those under the age of 4 and those on calcium-restricted diets based on heart disease medications. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if pregnant, nursing, or taking medications.

materials by Phil Jermann