The Heavy Weight on Children

The World Health Organi­zation states childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the twenty-first century with 2015 statistics showing that the global number of overweight children under five years of age is over forty-two million.

Since the 1970s, the percentage of obese children in the USA has more than tripled. Today, statistics indicate that one in three children in North America is overweight or obese. And the likelihood is that half all these children will be obese adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as having excess body fat and overweight as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. However you define the two terms, it puts children at risk for health problems that used to be seen only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Even with all of the scary numbers and likely negative results, the fact is that obesity can be prevented or reversed. Parents are encouraged to help their children make a couple of healthy lifestyle changes and enact them together as a family.

Reduce Screen Time

We live in a world where the majority of children spend more time looking at TVs, video games, computers, tablets and smartphones than gazing up at the sky and being physically active beneath it. Limit their screen time and increase physical activity time outdoors.

If all family members regularly disconnect from their gadgets, it opens the door to connecting with each other. And that’s the most important connection of all.

Increase Healthy Nutrition

Eating the right food is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight. Fruit and vegetables should make up 50 percent of the meal on every plate. Getting creative in the kitchen so that children ask for healthy food is a step worth taking.

AIM can provide supplemental help. Whole-food powders such as CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas create a healthy chocolate drink that delivers stomach-filling pea protein and nutrient-packed greens. Getting your kids to ask for BarleyLife or naturally sweet BarleyLife Xtra may be one of the healthiest lifestyle changes you can do for them.

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Large Scale Study: “Protein Keeps You Full”

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Most of you have heard by now that protein increases feelings of fullness.  This is due to a number of small, insular studies. However, this premise had never been tested on a larger,  more diverse set of populations.  Researchers decided to combine all the information from the previous studies to try and conclusively prove this effect. Their positive results were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

After they compared all available data, the scientists were able to conclude that a high-protein diet improves feelings of satiety when compared to a low-protein diet. Furthermore, a modest uptick in protein uptake may allow folks to feel fuller between meals.  This, of course, can aid with weight loss.

From the Press Release

 “Though this study did not specifically evaluate dieters, feeling fuller could help to reduce food intake, an important factor when dieting,” concluded Dr. Mattes. “If these effects are sustained over the long-term – and our study only looked at short-term effects – increased protein intake may aid in the loss or maintenance of body weight.”

The AIM Companies is proud to offer protein in our world-famous ProPeas. With only 60 calories per serving, ProPeas is vegan, Non-GMO protein powder that can fit into any diet or workout program. It has a smooth vanilla taste and mixes well with our other AIM products. So stay fuller, longer with low-calorie ProPeas.

Achieve Your Goals with AIM

 

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With AIM’s natural whole-food concentrates and supplements, you have the nutritional power to maintain your health. By introducing others to this wealth of health support, you also have an opportunity to build a home-based business and earn an income.

Look what you have at your disposal: the finest natural products that promote good health and offer targeted nutrition for specific conditions, including constipation, poor circulation, joint pain and high blood sugar, just to name a few.

With nutrients that provide the building materials for wellness, concentrated greens such as AIM BarleyLife® and AIM LeafGreens™ can be the foundation of any

goal to improve health. The alkalizing, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits of these nutritious greens begin at the cellular level and deliver whole-food nutrition for whole-body wellness. As opposed to a product that is synthesized in a laboratory and, therefore, foreign to the human body, BarleyLife and LeafGreens offer a natural multivitamin/mineral supplement made from a plant source produced by nature. As a result, these essential nutrients are accepted and easily assimilated by the body. The same can be said for the wealth of enzymes, chlorophyll and antioxidants and the myriad of unique plant nutrients found in BarleyLife and LeafGreens.

AIM ProPeas™ contains a vegetable source of protein from green peas, providing an essential component of every human cell. The body uses protein for building and repairing tissues; for making body chemicals, enzymes and hormones; and for the building blocks of blood, bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin.

As with alkalizing greens, the vegetable source of protein in ProPeas contributes to a healthy body pH, so it offers a meat alternative. Meat has an acidifying effect on the body, and an acidic body environment literally opens the door to disease. In fact, as of October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the consumption of both red meat and processed meat as probably carcinogenic to humans.

Natural health products such as AIM Herbal Fiberblend® and AIM fit ’n
fiber™* contribute to a high-fiber intake, which research has revealed to be a leading dietary factor in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The detoxifying properties of the fiber and herbs in Herbal Fiberblend provide a cleansing first step in health-improvement goals. Adding hunger-satisfying fit ’n fiber to a daily weight-loss routine will assist the goal of shedding unwanted pounds.

The balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) in AIMega® deliver the good fats that can only come from EFA-rich food or supplements. The body cannot survive without EFAs because they are essential for the repair and function of cells. The fact that omega-3 is a vital component of every cell membrane makes it less surprising that they are fundamental for so many workings of the human body, including the brain, the digestive system, the eyes, the heart, the hormonal (endocrine) system, the immune system and the skin. The EFAs in AIMega come from organic seed oils such as flaxseed, one of the richest plant sources of omega-3.

All you have to do is glance through an AIM product catalogue or visit the website to discover even more to assist you in your goals for the future. The entire AIM product line-up is available as supplemental health support for you, your family and friends. By introducing AIM benefits to others, you can become a commission-earning AIM Member. It’s a healthy win-win situation overall.

Simple Plans for Completing Goals

Motivation and willpower are necessary, but both can be short-lived. If you plan the when, where and how of your behavioral changes, you are far more likely to achieve your goals. For example, suppose you want to improve your health. Tell yourself, “Thirty minutes before every meal, I’m going to take AIM BarleyLife.” It’s much easier to accomplish health goals by giving yourself achievable tasks.

Having back-up plans when obstacles get in the way keeps you on track with your goals. For example, tell yourself, “If I’m not at home for meals, then I’ll carry some BarleyLife Sample Packs or capsules so I never miss taking these health-improving greens.”

Believe it or not, studies confirm the effectiveness of what psychology professor Peter M. Gollwitzer calls implementation intentions—simple plans that move you around obstacles and closer to your goals. It works for business building as well. So keep telling yourself, “Even if some people say no to AIM, I’m still going to find people who say yes to Nutrition that Works!”

Diet Low in Soluble Fiber Linked to Weight Gain

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Calories from high-fiber foods have been called “smart calories” because high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains tend to be healthier and because fiber fills you up and keeps you feeling full.  Likely due to those reasons, a recent study has shown that a high-fiber diet is almost as effective as a calorie-restrictive one in terms of weight loss.

However, a new study on mice published in the American Journal of PhysiologyGastrointestinal and Liver Physiology shows that fiber may affect body weight in an entirely new and different way.  Mice fed a diet low in soluble fiber gained weight and had more body fat when compared to mice fed a diet that included soluble fiber.

Researchers believe that the mice gained that weight because soluble fiber is essential for a healthy gut microbiota. The lack of soluble fiber contributed to inflammation in the intestines and poor gut health, and these factors were thought to be the underlying factors that contributed to the weight gain.

After just two days without soluble fiber, the soluble-fiber-deficient mice’s intestines became shorter and their intestinal walls became thinner! Without soluble fiber, it seems that the gut flora were unable to produce a sufficient quantity of short-chain fatty acids that the intestinal cells need to make energy. These short-chain fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties. When the mice were once again given soluble fiber, their guts returned to normal and the inflammation disappeared.

From Medical Xpress:

“If our observations were to prove applicable to humans, it would suggest that encouraging consumption of foods with high soluble fiber content may be a means to combat the epidemic of metabolic disease.”

AIM offers fit ‘n fiber and Herbal Fiberblend for all your soluble and insoluble fiber needs.

Healthy Digestive System Equals Weight Loss

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AIM FloraFood® contains three essential, friendly bacteria that support a healthy intestinal tract and a well-functioning digestive system.

Did you know friendly bacteria can also benefit weight loss?

It’s almost too good to be true. Not only do the friendly bacteria in FloraFood carry the benefits of a well-balanced digestive tract, they also may have positive influences on weight loss, according to a Japanese research team.

In their novel study, the Japanese group of researchers focused on the anti-obesity effects of lactobacillus gasseri, one of the three friendly bacteria—along with Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum—found in FloraFood. The results, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, were striking.

Eighty-seven individuals with high Body Mass Index (BMI) scores and increased abdominal fat were split into two groups. One received milk fortified with the probiotic, lactobacillus gasseri and the other received milk with no probiotic fortification. After twelve weeks, the probiotic group showed a decrease in abdominal fat and subcutaneous fat by an average of 4.6 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively. In addition, the probiotic group showed decreases in weight, waist circumference, and hip circumference.

Among the group that did not receive the probiotic, no significant differences were noted.

The metabolic effect of lactobacillus gasseri was clearly evident in this study. Researchers believe that lactobacillus gasseri’s impact on weight loss may be due to its intestinal anti-inflammatory properties and its maintenance of a healthy digestive system, two factors that can contribute to preventing body fat.

Digestive health has always been a calling card for FloraFood. The combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria counteracts the unfriendly bacteria in the gut, aids in the digestion of lactose and protein, cleans the intestinal tract, and purifies the colon. The benefits of friendly bacteria extend even to immune response, vitamin production, healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and protection against toxins.

You can add weight loss to the list also.

Consider adding FloraFood to your healthy weight regimen, and get the most from your friendly bacteria. With one billion friendly bacteria in each capsule, FloraFood has you covered for digestive health, weight loss, and so much more.

Discipline Leads to Weight Loss

Discipline to Weight Loss

Even the simplest weight loss plans are possible with desire and determination.

With her husband facing heart health challenges, AIM Director Masako Moriyama from Abbotsford, British Columbia, got serious about altering their diet— removing processed foods and unwholesome grains and sugars and replacing them with fruits, vegetables, and AIM nutrition. This simple change in diet was the impetus for getting their health back on track.

“The change was easy once the decision was made,” Masako said. “The food choices may have been simple, but it takes a strong commitment and discipline to achieve this. Everything else stayed the same. By changing what I consume, I was able to shed extra toxins and fat, even without exercise.”

Masako’s plan (see sidebar) included consistent use of AIM powder concentrates like AIM’s BarleyLife®, LeafGreens™, Herbal Fiberblend®, and ProPeas™ as well as an increase in fruits and vegetables and a decrease in unhealthy foods.

The end result: Masako lost 20 pounds in six months and went from a size 12 to a size 8.

The assist from the AIM products was substantial, and Masako’s combination of products—greens, fiber, and protein—proved ideal for her weight loss goals. The nutrient-rich greens in BarleyLife and LeafGreens have an alkalizing effect on the body, which can help create a toxin-free environment. Fiber supports a healthy digestive system, and it partners with protein to boost satiety and curb appetite.

When combined with a healthy diet of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables, not to mention the removal of processed foods and glutenous wheat, the AIM products help form a complete, simple diet plan. Even the small changes can yield big dividends, as Masako discovered, and her plan is possible for anyone.

“You can do it, too!” Masako said. “Wheat is addictive, don’t eat it. Choose to eat better. God gave you a body to take care of, and it is your responsibility to keep it well. You can be the creator of your own healthy body. It just takes discipline, encouragement, diligence, and most of all, commitment.

“When all is said and done, you will feel the difference.”

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My Journey to Healthy and Beyond

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Shared by Tamara Matteson, AIM Preferred Member, Grants Pass, Oregon

I have been overweight all of my life, attending my first Weight Watchers meeting at the age of nine. By 2002 I had reached my all-time, heaviest weight of 293 pounds. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I began a journey to find my way to good health.

Using a variety of different diets and methods, I have managed to lose over 100 pounds, but I was still not eating very healthy and felt tired all the time. My blood sugar continued to be unstable.

This changed when I found The AIM Companies and My Busy Healthy Life with AIM Director Celeste Davis. After doing a twenty-one-day cleanse, I felt great and my blood sugar stabilized. I am now learning how to maintain these improvements. AIM products are awesome, and my body loves them.

Lifestyle changes along the way have been essential to keeping the weight off. I am not
eating fast food for nearly every meal any more. Even though it took several years to end an addiction to drinking soda pop, I gave it up. [Editor’s note: U.S. studies show that soda drinking is associated with a 25 percent increase in the risk of developing diabetes.] I started eating more foods that were raw and natural.

It is still quite a challenge to get the recommended daily servings of vegetables. I think that is why I am so excited about AIM products like the Garden Trio®. I can easily get the supplemental nutrition I need, making it so much easier to stay with the healthier choices I am trying to make. Since I started taking all the supplements, I feel so much better. I hope to share them with other people who have weight and health issues because I really do believe in AIM and the quality of the AIM products.

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