Going the Distance

Shared by Andre de Beer, AIM Preferred Member in Bultfontein, Pretoria, South Africa.

I grew up in South Africa with an older brother and two younger sisters. Financially, times were tough. The first time in my life that I had three meals a day was when I joined the army. Although we battled, I was very blessed in sport and realized that it would take me places.

In 1982, I fell in love with the sport of triathlon—swimming, biking and running. I had swum an Olympic qualifying time in 1976, but isolation kept us out of international competition until 1992, when I was included on the national team.

As for education, I completed my law degree, studied human movement science and furthered my studies on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), which caused the ruin of so many athletes.
My main golden rule is to know your own body and be conscious of what you put in it. I had a passion for nutrition, and I started to concentrate on natural products.

Over the years, I have had major health issues. In 1996, foot melanoma required having chemotherapy. Surgery to remove this cancer resulted in an infected wound that almost made me lose my foot. Then in 1999, I went through brutal chemotherapy after a diagnosis of testicular cancer. Miraculously, prayers from a teammate made it go away. Last year, I was diagnosed with urethral carcinoma, so I went through additional brutal chemo.

Even with these health challenges, as of 2019, I have done over 60 full-distance Ironman events as well as other types. I have traveled the world doing Ironman, inspiring people and getting inspired by athletes who have been in even worse situations than me.

At the beginning of lockdown in 2020, a dear friend introduced me to AIM, starting us off with  BarleyLife, FloraFood and a whole range of products. She believed that this was my first step to a change in lifestyle. Within three days of using BarleyLife and Flora­Food, my wife noticed a big change in me. 

For training, I take RediBeets and will soon add Peak Endurance. My recovery is on another level, and I can feel the difference AIM has made in my diet every day.  In all my years of research, I never came across a company with as much backup, passion and knowledge as AIM.

My aim is to do another Ironman event in the future, and I’m very excited because I believe that anything is possible and all praise to God.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.
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The AIM Companies pioneered the use of plants—barley, carrots, and beets—as vehicles to deliver the body concentrated nutrition conveniently. Founded in 1982 in Nampa, Idaho, The AIM Companies has operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, providing AIM products to more than 30 countries around the world.

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