Our AIM-Nourished Travels

Aim Nourished Travels

Shared by Jan Baxter, AIM Director in Waterloo, Ontario

My husband Wayne and I are both in our early seventies, and we do enjoy traveling. The first thing I pack is our First AIM Kit to help us maintain our health. We use recycled containers for our nutritious AIM powders such as the Garden Trio®, ProPeas®, and CalciAIM™. Depending on how many days we’ll be traveling, I pack an equal number of small, plastic bags containing a daily supply of encapsulated supplements that include AIM GinkgoSense™ and AIM PrepZymes®.

In celebration of our forty-second anniversary, we planned a Caribbean cruise over Christmas 2014. A few days before our trip, I sent a message to AIM Online to check which products we would need for Jamaica after hearing about the chikungunya virus spread by mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headaches, nausea, and rash. It affected hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean, spurring a state of emergency in Jamaica. Keith Duff (AIM Regional Meeting and Training Director) suggested that I also pack extra AIM Proancynol® 2000 for antioxidants and AIM FloraFood® for friendly bacteria.

We like adventure but opted for a taxi ride around the town of Falmouth, Jamaica instead of taking a bamboo raft trip down the Martha Brae River that runs through lush, green vegetation where mosquitoes breed.

On the beautiful island of Roatan, we went on a five-hour, 20-mile, guided bike tour through tropical rainforests with fourteen others despite the 900 F (300 C) temperature and the hilly, narrow roads. We took a well-deserved break at a beach to unwind and do some snorkeling. Thank goodness I had some convenient sample packs of AIM BarleyLife® (for energy) and AIM Peak Endurance® (for ATP and electrolytes) to mix in my water bottle. Biking back to the ship gave us an interesting insight into the life of the locals. Back onboard, it was wonderful to rub on AIM Mag-nificence™ lotion to relax our sore, stressed muscles.

Two days later, sixteen of us took a 5-hour, clear kayak and snorkel trip. The transparent kayak made it even easier for us to see the incredible variety of colorful fish and coral below us in the crystal clear water. Later, our snorkeling adventure gave us an even closer look at the marine life.

Not only did we enjoy these excursions, we also survived them due to the wonderful AIM products that we’ve been taking daily for over seventeen years. We owe our health, wellness, and active lifestyle to them. Thank you, AIM, for Nutrition that Works!

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve

Red Rush Athlete Jedidiah Snelson: Stronger in the Second Round

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Red Rush Athlete Jedidiah Snelson learned hard work, determination, and discipline growing up on a farm in Buhl, Idaho. As a child, he loathed the mind-numbing repetition of the hard and thankless chores, but as an adult he appreciates the values that the life agrarian had instilled in him. These values helped shape the man he would become, a man who climbed to prominence in the Motocross world, became famous for training champions and not only survived a devastating, life-altering accident, but rose above it.

Jed Snelson knew he would never be the fastest dirt bike racer in the world because most Motocross/ Supercross racers begin their training while still in short pants. (The difference between the two types of races are based on how the courses are created and when they are raced. Supercross is indoors and starts the season. Motocross is outdoors and comes second). Snelson began his obsession with the sport, riding around a homemade track on his Idaho farm in his teens, a veritable silverback from a scouting standpoint. Not to be deterred, Snelson focused on fitness. To the untrained eye, Motocross doesn’t seem like a physically demanding activity, but studies have shown that the cardiovascular demands of Motocross athletes are higher than those of professional road cyclists racing on a similar course. Snelson compares the strain of racing Motocross to doing weighted front squats while your legs are being disrupted by electroshocks.

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And soon Snelson made a name for himself among the professionals as an endurance rider. The races are usually composed of two rounds lasting over thirty minutes each. In basketball or soccer, you might be able to rely on your team to catch a breath, or if you’re a cyclist or rower, you’re doing one repetitive motion over and over again and can train for that. Motocross is infinitely varied. The rider has to adjust and adapt to every curve, every bump while being buffeted and jarred with no rest. While the other racers faltered in the second round, Snelson’s superior fitness allowed him to excel and win.

When one of Snelson’s colleagues, Jake Weimer, received a “factory deal,” the sponsors told Weimer that he needed to hire a personal trainer, and so he hired Snelson. Weimer found a lot of success after making that decision and podiumed several times during his breakout, big-league season, even winning one of the larger races. Snelson soon gained renown as an elite conditioning coach. If an up-and-coming junior racer was almost old enough to go pro, Jedidiah Snelson was the person they wanted to see about proper fitness and conditioning. Snelson’s training focused on strength, balance and reflexes. The riders could feel confident and secure, able to move fluidly with the flow of the bike to improve their overall speed. Snelson had his students stand on fitness balls, swinging kettlebells, or passing weighted medicine balls back and forth to get riders used to having to apply strength and move rapidly while maintaining perfect balance.

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Snelson eventually retired from the fast-paced life of a professional Motocross trainer and moved back to Idaho with his wife and daughter, but began racing in the Idaho Vet Class for fun, even picking up a couple of regional titles last year. After a long winter, the first scheduled race took place on a sand track. On a chilly 27-degree F morning, a dozer came out and disked up the steep-graded, downhill course. The race began. Jedidiah came around a corner and hit a patch of soft sand thatsent him off the racetrack and down the side of a hill. He didn’t panic. He maneuvered his bike, attempting to coast to safety, but at the bottom, he hit a large frozen divot at 35 miles per hour and was thrown over the handlebars, landing forty feet away face first on the icy ground, his helmet crushed. The force of the impact caused his heels to collide with the back of his head. He rag-dolled for another thirty feet and was knocked out for over a minute. Snelson’s spine and shoulder were dislocated; his sternum, four ribs and spine were fractured. His lung was punctured and when his left hip dislocated, it sheared off the top of his left femur. He would never walk again.

Put in a position that would break so many of us, Jed Snelson, always stronger in the second round, drew strength to strive and thrive from the perspective he learned during his bucolic upbringing and his faith and trust in God. Ten months after the accident, Snelson applied and was accepted into Red Rush Athlete program. He says AIM’s Red Rush™ helps with his circulation which has been affected negatively by his injuries. He’s currently training to become a downhill cyclist. (His bike will be a customized model with hand pedals). He’s also a motivational speaker, sharing his story with those who may be able to draw strength and hope from his experiences.

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Read the extended interview here:

Low Vitamin D: High Rate of Cognitive Decline

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Vitamin D deficiency–alongside magnesium, potassium and folate to name just a few–is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies. You need vitamin D to absorb calcium for bone growth, and your muscles need it for movement; it helps nerves transmit messages and bolsters the immune system. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer,  autoimmune diseases and more. But a recent study out of UC Davis and Rutgers University has now linked vitamin D deficiency to an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

Published in JAMA Neurology,  the study looked at 400 ethnically diverse elderly men and women who lived along the same longitude. (People with olive skin and darker are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency due to higher levels of melanin in the skin). At the beginning  of the study, all participants were healthy or showed only slight signs of cognitive decline. They had their blood tested for vitamin D.  Twenty-six percent of the group was D deficient and thirty-six percent were vitamin D insufficient.

The researchers followed up with the group over the next five years. Those who suffered from insufficient levels of vitamin D experienced cognitive declines two-to-three times faster than those with adequate vitamin D levels.

From the Press Release:

“Independent of race or ethnicity, baseline cognitive abilities and a host of other risk factors, vitamin D insufficiency was associated with significantly faster declines in both episodic memory and executive function performance,” said Joshua Miller, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the time when the research was conducted and now professor and chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University.

The body mainly gets its vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. However, as humans have become more industrialized, we’ve tended to spend less time outdoors than our ancestors. This is probably why most of us are low on this all-too-important nutrient. The good news is that there is AIM’s CalciAIM. It contains 70% RDA of vitamin D alongside calcium, magnesium, copper and vitamin C.  It’s a great-tasting beverage that combos well with Herbal Fiberblend or Peak Endurance.

Vitamin K has also been linked to slower rates of cognitive decline. 

CoCoa Flavanols Linked to Healthy Veins

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If you’re into beet juice–like AIM’s Red Rush or RediBeets–then you probably already know the value of healthy veins.  The endothelial lining of your veins is where dietary-nitrate derived nitric oxide–now thought to be as fundamental to respiration as oxygen and carbon dioxide–is produced. It’s a vasodilator, helping blood flow easily throughout the body and lowering blood pressure, too. If your endothelium is in bad shape, then your body may have trouble producing nitric oxide easily.  That’s where cocoa flavanols come in.

You see, there are quite a few things out there that can damage the endothelial lining of your veins: smoking, high fructose corn syrup, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, being overweight, low levels of vitamin D and depleted magnesium levels. As you age, your endothelium gets worn down regardless. Do not despair. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the consumption of cocoa flavanols has been linked to improved endothelial function and better Framingham Risk Scores in healthy people.  (The Framingham Risk Score is an algorithm developed to assess the ten-year cardiovascular risk of an individual).

The study looked at healthy middle-aged people who did not display symptoms of cardiovascular disease. These subjects consumed 450 mg of cocoa flavanols every day for a month, and even though these folks had normal-functioning cardiovascular systems, their veins were performing even better after just two weeks.

From the study:

At 1 month, CF (cocoa flavanols) increased FMD (flow-mediated dilation) over control by 1·2 % (95 % CI 1·0, 1·4 %). CF decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 4·4 mmHg (95 % CI 7·9, 0·9 mmHg) and 3·9 mmHg (95 % CI 6·7, 0·9 mmHg), pulse wave velocity by 0·4 m/s (95 % CI 0·8, 0·04 m/s), total cholesterol by 0·20 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·39, 0·01 mmol/l) and LDL-cholesterol by 0·17 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·32, 0·02 mmol/l), whereas HDL-cholesterol increased by 0·10 mmol/l (95 % CI 0·04, 0·17 mmol/l). By applying the Framingham Risk Score, CF predicted a significant lowering of 10-year risk for CHD, myocardial infarction, CVD, death from CHD and CVD. In healthy individuals, regular CF intake improved accredited cardiovascular surrogates of cardiovascular risk, demonstrating that dietary flavanols have the potential to maintain cardiovascular health even in low-risk subjects.

The highlights:

  • Systolic blood pressure decreased by 4.4 mmHg
  • Diastolic blood pressure decreased by 3.9 mmHg
  • Total cholesterol down by .20 mmol/l
  • LDL cholesterol down by .17 mmol/l
  • Potential to maintain cardiovascular health even in low-risk subjects

Framingham Risk Score predicted lower risk of:

  • Coronary heart disease,
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Death by coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease

The AIM Companies offers an abundant array of cocoa flavanols through CoCoa LeafGreens. Made with three types of cocoa as well as healthy green vegetables like the leaves of faba bean, field pea, spinach and barley and broccoli sprout.  It’s a tasty and heart healthy way to keep your veins in tip-top shape. It also makes a great companion piece to AIM’s beet products like Red Rush or RediBeets.

The Best Day of My Life

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By Lorraine Grove, AIM Group Builder from Camrose, Alberta

My name is Lorraine S. Grove, and I have Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.). I was lying in bed fairly regular; the fatigue was really bad, no energy. My husband was doing all the cleaning, cooking, and laundry, and driving me wherever I wanted to go. I was too tired to do anything.

At this point I wasn’t sure what I was good for anymore. Depression was always around the corner. I could not take the M.S. medication; my body was not accepting it at all. I was on depression medication for many years prior to finding out about having M.S.

Then in January I met a very special lady named Melanie. She was a Member of The AIM Companies™. We got to talking about the health and wellness products, and it sounded very interesting, but I had tried so many different types of health and good-for-you stuff, so I wasn’t too interested at this time. But we did have an enjoyable time visiting.

Don, another person I knew, came by my home three days later with products in hand. “Would I please try these products?” he asked. The sincerity and kindness I saw in his eyes prompted me to say that yes, I would try them one last time. I signed up under Don that day to receive the products wholesale.

I can honestly say that day became the best day of my life. Within two days, I began getting results and feeling stronger. I no longer spend my days in bed watching TV.
First to leave was the heaviness, the fatigue. The walker nwas put back in the basement with the wheelchair. Neither is needed anymore.

Other things started changing as well, too many to put down on paper. A person doesn’t realize how out of whack you are or how truly ill you were until you put good nutrition back into your body. How many people are out there who think their bodies are okay the way they are when all it takes is a little time and effort to make your life even better?

I’m back in the kitchen cooking again. I’m driving my car again and doing my own laundry. My husband is still helping with the heavier stuff in the home, bless his heart. I still tire, but it’s a good tired.

I was only going to buy products for myself. I could not see me doing a business, but things just grow when you share a good thing. I now work two farmers markets, and I help at a third market once in awhile.

I have been taking these products for seven months now and have 19 people under me. When the word just gets around that the products are truly amazing, only great things can happen. The products I started on that changed my life: AIM BarleyLife®, AIM Just Carrots®, AIM RediBeets® (AIM Garden Trio®) AIM Herbal Fiberblend®, AIM Herbal Release®, and AIMega®.

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

5 Nutritional Strategies for Knee Pain

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The greatest danger to your knees is simply using your knees–as one does–for years and years and years.  According to WebMD, there’s a 33% chance that if you’re at the doctor, you’re there because your knee hurts. The majority of knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis, a condition brought about by wear and tear.  Athletes, the overweight, women, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and the elderly are those people at the greatest risk of suffering this kind of knee pain.

One of the simplest ways of reducing knee pain is by losing weight.  A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that for every pound lost, it reduced four pounds of stress on the knees.  In other good news, exercise that helps strengthen muscles around the knees can also reduce pain. Additionally, there are several nutritional strategies that can help alleviate knee pain.  Here are some.

  1. Glucosamine and MSM

Several studies have shown that glucosamine and MSM fight osteoarthritis pain by reducing inflammation.  A study published in Clinical Drug Investigations concluded that:

From the abstract:

Glu, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. All the treatments were well tolerated. The onset of analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

Related Product: Frame Essentials

      2. Vitamin K

In 2009 study from the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, researchers found a link between low levels of vitamin K and the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Related Product: LeafGreens, BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, CoCoa LeafGreens,

3. Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Increased inflammation can lead to increased pain. So you’ll want to stay away from inflammatory foods: trans fats, sugar, red meat, refined carbohydrates and the like.  Instead, choose anti-inflammatory foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish.

Related Products: BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens

    4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

Not only have Omega-3 fatty acids been shown to reduce inflammation, but low levels of omega-3’s have been linked to the development of osteoarthritis in animal studies.

Related Product: AIMega

  5. Vitamin D

A study on 400 people with osteoarthritis found that subjects who had low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy vitamin-D levels.

Related Product: Veggie D, CalciAIM

Lance Pekus: The Red Rush-Fueled Cowboy Ninja

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If you’re a fan of the television show American Ninja Warrior, you may have seen AIM Member Lance Pekus aka the Cowboy Ninja in his iconic black cowboy hat and blue jeans, swinging from chains, leaping over water-filled pits or suspended in mid-air climbing an inverted ladder hand-over-hand.

Although Lance often competes in front of a worldwide audience, at heart he’s a downhome husband and father from Salmon, Idaho who works for the forest service and on his father-in-law’s cattle ranch. He literally is a cowboy. He even trains in a modified calving shed where he’s built small versions of the obstacles from the show. This was mostly out of necessity because when he started, the only obstacle course training facilities were in California or on the East Coast. His father-in-law told him that if he was serious about pursuing this dream, he should use the calving shed as it’s only really in use a few months out of the year.

Lance has been an athlete all his life. He wrestled in college and had always been active, but he was looking for something new and fun. He tried running a triathlon, but decided triathlons weren’t for him. He was at a friend’s house when he saw American Ninja Warrior and decided to give that a try. He qualified, and it’s grown from there.

Lance is best at the obstacles that require upper-body strength like the salmon ladder, which has one rung that competitors hang from and manipulate upward. In order to complete the obstacle, the competitors must use their upper body strength to force that rung—the same one they are suspended from–upward into the notch above until the bar rests in the highest notch possible. As you can imagine, this takes incredible strength and coordination. It also takes a whole lot of focus.

“A lot of the obstacles are mental. I know a lot of really strong competitors who can do the obstacles individually, but when you put them all together and you’re on TV, it can be tough. It’s best to focus on what’s right in front of you and not what’s coming up.

“The best thing about doing the American Ninja Warrior competition is that it’s about pushing your body. You see an obstacle and you think, ‘that’s impossible’ at first. But then you train and you adapt, and then you can achieve it, and then you go on and attempt harder ones,” he said.

He first heard about Red Rush and AIM when he joined his brother-in-law for the WOD for Warriors competition at AIM Member-owned Snake River CrossFit. Lance won the competition and the prize was a box of Red Rush.

“I tried it out and used it. I definitely saw some positive gains and decided to use it for competitions. I’ve never been a fan of energy drinks because they get me too hyped up and jittery. I didn’t get that from Red Rush. I felt relaxed and focused, and I felt like I had extra breath when I was out there on the obstacle course.”