The Probiotic and Prebiotic Connection

Over the years, The AIM Companies has stressed the importance of good gut bacteria known as probiotics. The latest research is now confirming the significance of prebiotics—types of fiber that good bacteria eat—establishing that these two go hand in hand to improve and maintain good health. AIM offers healthy sources of both: FloraFood probiotics and fit’ n fiber prebiotics.

You and Your Gut Microbiome

All of the microorganisms that make up your gut microbiome (or microbiota) can be thought of as a nurturing and protective army. Your microbiome helps to keep you alive by performing many important duties, such as digesting food, absorbing nutrients, forming short-chain fatty acids (primary nutrient of cells lining the colon), producing vitamins and defending you from disease-causing pathogens.

Many of the pathogens your gut battles against are types of bad bacteria. These bad guys are believed to be factors in the onset of inflammation, obesity and a variety of chronic diseases by overpopulating your microbiome until they are out of balance with your good bacteria.

Consuming probiotics in FloraFood help to keep your gut in a balanced state. And with the latest research showing that probiotics thrive by eating prebiotic fiber that you cannot digest, AIM has a duo of products that supports a balanced microbiome.

FloraFood Probiotics and fit’ n fiber prebiotics

As a source of probiotics, FloraFood contains three types of good bacteria: Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum. Each capsule delivers 3 billion good bacteria that back up your nurturing and protective army.

To help feed this army, the fit ’n fiber formula includes three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers a significant amount of food for probiotics: 8 grams of prebiotics to feed FloraFood’s 3 billion good bacteria, helping them to grow and reproduce exponentially to ensure a balanced microbiome.

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The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance

There’s a bacterial balancing act going on inside your gut microbiome: the microorganisms in your intestinal tract. And you want them to be dominated by good bacteria (probiotics) that keep you healthy.

Overpopulated, bad bacteria can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel disorders as well inhibit the absorption of nutrients that your body needs. When you consider that your digestive system houses over 100 trillion bacteria weighing in at around four pounds, it is vital that the good outweigh the bad.

 Support Your Microbiome with FloraFood and fit ’n fiber

FloraFood provides a supplemental population of probiotics (good bacteria) for your gut microbiome. Each capsule of FloraFood probiotics contains 3 billion colony forming units to help outnumber the bad. And fit ’n fiber delivers prebiotics (food) for those probiotics to thrive and reproduce in your gut, the core of your disease-fighting immune system.

Know Who Your FloraFood Friends Are: Lacto, Bifido & Bifido

So what are the three types of good bacteria found in FloraFood that supplement those in your gut microbiome?

One of the main species of good bacteria that populates your gastrointestinal tract is also in FloraFood: Lactobacillus gasseri. This species creates a variety of organic compounds that inhibit unfriendly bacteria. One of these compounds is lactic acid, which creates an unsuitable intestinal environment for the bad to breed.

Along with the resilience to survive a journey through stomach acid on the way to the intestines, L. gasseri is the stickiest of all lactobacilli when it comes to adhering to intestinal walls, allowing it to effectively colonize and protect you against disease-causing pathogens.

The other two FloraFood friends are some of the very first microbes to colonize the human gastrointestinal tract and belong to the Bifidobacterium species: B. bifidum and B. longum.

These probiotics have been shown to:

  • provide nutrients by breaking down non-digestible, dietary carbohydrates
  • protect against pathogens by competitive exclusion (beating out the bad guys)
  • modulate the immune system
  • confer positive health benefits

Taking Care of Your FloraFood Friends with fit ’n fiber

Research has shown that good bacteria feast on undigested dietary carbohydrates defined as prebiotics, which help them to flourish in gut microbiome.

Fit for probiotic feasting, fit ’n fiber contains three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers 8 grams of prebiotics to feed probiotics, helping good bacteria grow and reproduce exponentially.

To help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your microbiome, supplement with FloraFood probiotics and keep them well fed with fit ’n fiber prebiotics.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like FloraFood and fit ‘n fiber and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Fall or Spring into Weight Loss

This year in the Northern Hemisphere, spring arrives on March 20, meaning the end of winter is in sight. In the Southern Hemisphere, March 21 is the first day of autumn, so the beginning of winter is on the way. Whatever the season, this is typically the time of year when a New Year’s resolution to lose weight loses ground (or grinds to a halt).

Unfortunately, shedding pounds and keeping them off isn’t easy for most people. There are so many diet plans to choose from and often difficult to maintain. Yet the truth about putting on weight or losing weight is about balance: calories in versus calories burned.

The type and quantity of food and drink consumed daily determine the calories in. Body metabolism and physical activity determine the calories burned. What if one simple dietary change could be made to lower caloric intake yet not make a person feel hungry all the time?

Filling Up with Fiber

If you or anyone you know has been struggling to lose weight, eating fiber-rich foods and taking AIM fit ’n fiber to maintain a high-fiber intake can help to take off pounds, keep them off and keep a person healthy.

The results of a study published in 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that “a simplified approach to weight reduction emphasizing only increased fiber intake may be a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”1

Eating a variety of fiber-rich foods, especially fruit, legumes and vegetables, keeps your stomach feeling full without an overload of calories to burn off. And the nutrient-rich, plant-based choices are healthy for you as well.

To further increase your intake of this essential carbohydrate, supplemental fiber from fit ’n fiber can be taken as a snack or even a meal replacement espe­cially since it delivers both insoluble and soluble fiber. A 2016 study conducted at the Uni­versity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign determined “Soluble fiber beneficially impacts metabolism, and supple­men­tation may be a feasible ap­proach to improve body composition … ”2

So getting more filling fiber can be a simple change to help get the change in weight you desire.

1 Annals of Internal Medicine®, accessed January 3, 2018
2 The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, accessed January 3, 2018

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

Fiber & Weight Loss Simplicity

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people, especially when they attempt to follow complicated “diet plans” that end up not being effective in permanently taking off the pounds.

So how about keeping weight loss simple and effective by introducing more fiber into your diet? A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine® demonstrated that increasing fiber intake only may be “a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”

Fiber: The Low-Calorie Carbohydrate

Yes, fiber is a carb although your body does not easily digest it. That means it goes through your digestive tract without increasing blood sugar.  And along the way, fiber cleans the intestinal walls and bulks up waste to create soft stools that are eliminated in bowel movements. Drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with increasing fiber intake, enhancing its effectiveness.

Another great thing about this low-weight carbohydrate is that it is plentiful in healthy whole foods, such as fruit and vegetables.

Fiber Full Foods

When you fill up on fiber-rich foods, your stomach gets full, which tells your brain (and you) to stop eating. That’s where the simplicity comes in.  And because most fiber goes undigested, you stay full for longer periods of time.

Eating an apple or a baked potato with the skin left on gives you fiber. Or suppose you chop up a variety of fresh, colorful veggies and snack on them instead of a bag of cookies or chips. You’re getting whole-food nutrients including a load of fiber, all without a lot of calories. Fewer calories means less weight gain. And again you’ll feel full much longer than after a cookie or chip binge, so you’ll eat less.

How Much Fiber?

According to the Institute of Medicine, the daily fiber requirement for an adequate intake is 25 grams for women (age 19 – 50 years) and 38 grams for men (age 14 – 50 years).  For women aged 51+, 21 grams is considered adequate while men in this age group need 30 grams daily.

Getting even more fiber may be a preventative measure. For example, rural South Africans often have more than 50 grams of fiber in their daily diets compared to African-Americans who average only 15 grams per day. A notable result of the high-fiber intake is that chronic diseases such as colon cancer are much rarer [PubMed Central® (PMC)].

A high-fiber intake goes way beyond just simplifying a weight loss program as it may contribute to blood sugar regulation, LDL cholesterol reduction and lower risk of chronic diseases (SAGE Journals).

Supplemental Fiber from AIM

For additional help with weight management, Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber are two supplemental fiber options that can help add to your “food” fiber intake.

If you want to begin with an intestinal cleanse, start by taking Herbal Fiberblend because along with psyllium fiber, it provides detoxifying herbs that will help to get your weight loss goal off to a cleansing beginning.

For an everyday fiber supplement, take fit ’n fiber to get more of this low-calorie, stomach-filling carbohydrate into your diet as a simple step toward losing weight.

Diabetes is Bad But Reducing Inflammation with AIM Products Can Help

Diseases deserve their awful-sounding names: tuberculosis, fibromyalgia, cancer. No matter how you say them, they sound as bad as they are and make life worse than it ever should be.

There’s one particular disease out there with a growing, rippling effect around the globe. That’s because the number of people in the world who have diabetes is increasing with each passing year. The worldwide statistic for adults living with diabetes was 108 million in 1980. By 2014 that number had reached 422 million.

The Impact of Type 2 Diabetes

The majority have type 2 diabetes—the body makes insulin, but cells don’t use it effectively. That means blood sugar remains high, circulating throughout the body and causing chronic inflammation. Shockingly, it used to be a disease that only adults developed but now commonly affects children.

Type 2 diabetes is bad because it can damage eyes, kidneys, the heart, blood vessels and nerves, resulting in blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke or lower limb amputation. Diabetes is really bad.

Lifestyle changes, such as a proper diet and regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight, can be effective in preventing or reversing type 2 diabetes. So it just doesn’t make sense that more and more people are being diagnosed.

Or maybe it makes perfect sense when considering the worldwide embracement of poor nutrition: fatty fast foods, processed foods, sugar-filled foods and drinks! They are not natural, so consuming them on a regular basis creates unnatural side effects like chronic inflammation that can lead to the onset of type 2 diabetes.

A 2003 study published by the American Diabetes Association shows that people with type 2 diabetes have higher levels of inflammation, particularly with the presence of cytokines1: inflammatory chemicals often stored in fat tissue.

It’s a given that if you have—or are told to be at risk of—type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes are necessary, mainly in regard to eating whole foods that are primarily plant-based. For example, dark, leafy green vegetables are an ideal food to combat inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

BarleyLife delivers anti-inflammatory properties in the natural balance of nutrients found in barley grass, concentrated into a unique juice powder. The body thrives on a daily supply of antioxidants, chlorophyll, enzymes, min­erals and vitamins, especially when these nutrients come from a plant-based source as rich as barley grass.

AIMega contains omega-3 essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce but requires to reduce inflammation. AIMega’s bal­anced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6 from organic seed oils contribute to the healthy membrane structure and function of every cell.

Herbal Fiberblend or fit ’n fiber provide the anti-inflammatory properties of fiber, which slows down digestion and the release of glucose into the blood. Additionally, insulin is not required to digest fiber, so blood sugar levels are not spiked. A high-fiber intake makes the stomach feel full for a long time, helping to maintain a healthy weight.

GlucoChrom offers a natural way to increase the effective action of insulin, which channels blood sugar where it belongs: into cells that use glucose as an energy source, not a source of inflammation. The GlucoChrom combination of chromium, vanadium citrate, Gymnema sylvestre leaf extract and bitter melon fruit also helps to metabolize carbohydrates and fats, which assists with weight management.

Diabetes is bad, but there are natural ways to combat the bad and make it better. AIM leads the natural way.

1 Diabetes 2003 Mar; 52(3): 812-817. https://doi.org/10.2337/diabetes.52.3.812

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IBS Basics

Chronic bowel disorders can make life miserable for people who have them, affecting the absorption and digestion of food by the body and causing symptoms that include constipation and diarrhea. Conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

And then there is irritable bowel syndrome, commonly referred to as IBS. This disorder affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States and 5 million in Canada, which has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world.

Affecting the colon (large intestine), IBS is deemed a chronic condition that can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms; e.g., abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, cramping, diarrhea and flatulence.

What Causes IBS?

Like so many ailments, the exact cause of IBS is not certain. However, a number of factors can play a role, including bacterial overgrowth, food triggers and stress as well as hormones. Women have double the incidences of IBS compared to men, and research indicates that estrogen and progesterone fluctuations during the menstrual cycle may increase flare-ups.

Whichever factor is involved, IBS negatively affects the normal muscular contractions of the intestinal walls, which move food through the digestive tract until it is eliminated.

With IBS, the contractions can be more intense and for a longer duration, leading to bloating, diarrhea and gas. This type is known as IBS-D (for diarrhea). Or the contractions can be weak, which slows down the passage of food waste and creates dry, hard stools: IBS-C (for constipation). Some sufferers have both symptoms: IBS-M (for mixed).

Reducing IBS Symptoms

For the most part, reducing IBS symptoms can be accomplished through stress management and changes in lifestyle and diet. For example, some common food triggers are broccoli, cabbage, chocolate, fats, milk and alcohol, so any symptom activators should be avoided.

Increased physical activity seems to help most people with IBS, so even walking more can be a positive lifestyle change.

Since stress worsens IBS symptoms, managing stress levels by breathing calmly, getting sufficient sleep, or through meditation, hypnosis, etc., helps to reduce their intensity.

Supplemental Help for IBS

Fiber supplements that contain in­gredients such as psyllium can alleviate constipation when taken with lots of water. And they may create less bloating than fiber-rich foods. The best method to supplementing with Herbal Fiberblend (or fit ’n fiber) for IBS is to start out with small amounts and gradually increase intake over time. Too much too soon can overwhelm the digestive tract of an IBS sufferer.

Additionally, Herbal Fiberblend’s soluble and insoluble fiber and cleansing herbs act as a soothing balm on intestinal walls, and these botani­cals may contri­bute to a return of normal muscular contractions that lead to healthy digestion and elimi­nation.

Repopulating healthy bacteria in the colon with FloraFood can contribute to balanced intestinal flora, which may alleviate symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements.

The easily assimilated nutrients in BarleyLife may help to counteract the food absorption issues associated with many bowel disorders, providing a natural source of vitamins and minerals along with a wealth of plant nutrients that support whole-body health.

Note: Herbal Fiberblend, fit ‘n fiber, FloraFood and BarleyLife are products from The AIM Companies, a wholefood juice concentrate and nutritional supplement company with a network marketing opportunity . Established in 1982.

The Missing Link to Good Health

Over the centuries, there has been much debate over the value of dietary fiber. In fact, before the 1970s, it was called crude fiber because it was thought to be unimportant for good health. Since then, fiber has been proven to be an essential part of a healthy diet, but most people don’t get enough.

Not getting enough fiber means you are not cleaning your insides. Without it, waste becomes impacted along the intestinal walls, which can result in any number of health issues.

Along with cleansing and helping to keep your hunger and blood sugar under control, fiber also helps to regulate how your body uses sugar.

As an everyday fiber supplement, fit ’n fiber makes it easy to top up on this essential carbohydrate that your body won’t gain calories from and doesn’t digest. So stay unclogged, sugar-balanced and satiated with help from fit ’n fiber.