Water – The Essence of Life

“Once, during Prohibition,” said comedian W.C. Fields (1880-1946), “I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.” Of course, he was known for spiking his water, so for him it probably was not as bad as he made it sound.

Water is normally free and abundant and is necessary to replenish the body, which is composed of approximately 65 percent water. Having such a major presence in the body’s structure, water plays an obviously vital role in maintaining good health. For example, water aids digestion, flushes toxins, reduces fatigue, regulates body temperature, helps organs to function properly and, as a blood component, moves nutrients throughout the body. Plus, there is a correlation between water intake and weight control. So drinking enough water on a daily basis is essential.

The mantra for years was eight glasses of 8 ounces of water per day, or 64 ounces. No one is sure where this advice came from, but it is sometimes attributed to the Stillman Diet, which began recommending it back in 1967.

If life were only so simple.

In the last decade, a number of medical and nutrition specialists have increased the ante to 100 ounces per day (nearly 3 liters) . . . with some saying up to 20 percent of the water intake can come from food. There is even more specific advice than consuming 100 ounces of warm or cold water.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 91 ounces per day for women, 125 ounces for men . . . including the 20 percent food factor. A more specific recommendation calls for dividing your body weight by one-half and consuming that amount of water daily. The average weight for women is 169 pounds, for men it is 196 pounds.

And, just to keep something as simple as water in perspective, there are even a few studies concluding that 64 ounces per day is not necessary. But, generally, the move toward 100 ounces is becoming more the norm as a daily recommendation.

Water escapes the body in a variety of ways, so it should be replaced periodically during the day. Lungs expel up to 16 ounces of water daily just by breathing, sweaty feet account for 4 ounces, trips to the bathroom average 24 ounces of lost water daily, sleeping can result in as much as 16 ounces of water loss per night and normal perspiration aside from exercise is another 8 ounces.

The Cleveland Clinic cautions that water intake should not be confused with liquid intake. For example, liquid alternatives to water (soft drinks, juices, coffee, energy drinks) can contain 100 calories or more and a lot of sugar. The sugar content diminishes the rate water is absorbed by the body.

While comedian Fields was no friend of water, opining that water rusts pipes and
fish do disgusting things in it, nonetheless the 64 ounce recommendation is still good advice and 100 ounces per day is even better.

Water is essential for good health. And AIM powders such as BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets mix flowingly with water to create nutrient-rich beverages, delivering natural health benefits that are just a sip away.

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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 BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

AIM Keeps Me In the Game

Shared by Blake Thompson, son of Craig and Kristi Thompson, AIM Directors

AIM products have been a part of my life from an early age. I have been taking BarleyLife daily for as long as I can remember.

Using AIM products daily has helped me live a healthy lifestyle, but AIM’s salubrious effects have been most prevalent in my athletic career.

I started playing lacrosse in grade 5, and by freshman year of high school, I knew I wanted to play lacrosse in college as well.

In my first year of high school, I began taking Proancynol 2000, Frame Essentials and Peak En­durance in addition to BarleyLife. Using these products has greatly improved my availability in lacrosse. Today, I play Division 2 lacrosse at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina.

Throughout my high school and current college lacrosse career, I have played or started in every single lacrosse game. During this period of time, there have been multiple occasions when I was either ill or injured to the point when I thought there was absolutely no chance I would be able to compete in the upcoming game. However, with the power of Proancynol 2000 for boosting the immune system and the recovering power of Frame Essentials for muscles and joints, I was always well enough to play come game time.

During games and workouts, Peak En­durance gives me the fuel to perform at a high level for the entire duration of physically demanding two-hour practices and workouts six days out of the week.

All in all, AIM products have helped me to not just compete at the collegiate level in athletics, but also to live a happy lifestyle where I never have to worry about my health inhibiting me from doing the activities I love to do.

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

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

To Wheat or Not to Wheat … ?

That Is the Question

In North America, one of the most commonly eaten grains is wheat. Toast in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, bread with dinner, not to mention the fact that wheat is an ingredient in the majority of processed and packaged foods found in your local supermarket and 7-Eleven.

Think about it, wheat is omnipresent. You can find it in different types of flour, bread, cereal extract, crackers, pasta, wheat germ, wheat starch: wheat, wheat, wheat . . . (resembling the shower-scene soundtrack of the movie, Psycho, for those with gluten issues).

And wheat is often present in somewhat hidden ways, such as artificial flavors, food starch, soy sauce, syrup, etc. You cannot escape it unless you carefully read labels and know which ingredients are wheat-based.

Good or Bad?

Here’s the thing: people have been eating foods that contain wheat for millenniums. But how wheat is grown and harvested has changed dramatically over thousands of years. Today’s crops are said to be vastly different from wheat plants of the past.

In fact, the past four decades have seen a shift to hybridized, high-yield wheat, which to quote Dr. William Davis, “is a genetically-unique plant that stands 18-24 inches tall, not the 4 1/2-foot tall ‘amber waves of grain’ we all remember.”

Dr. Davis is a renowned cardiologist who came to the conclusion that eliminating wheat from your diet can result in all sorts of health benefits, including weight loss, after asking his pre-diabetic and diabetic patients to remove wheat from their diets. The across-the-board positive results were beyond coincidence: weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and relief from a variety of health issues that included acid reflux, arthritic pain, chronic sinus infections, irritable bowel syndrome and migraine headaches. His claim that eating wheat causes heart disease remains controversial.

His book, Wheat Belly, became a bestselling book, and Dr. Davis went on to write several other well-received titles, including Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor. And a lot of people stopped eating wheat, which caused huge drops in sales of cereals and wheat in general.

It wasn’t just about eliminating gluten. Wheat contains over 1,000 proteins that have the potential to cause unexpected or odd responses, according to wheatbelly.com: “You might say that wheat is a perfectly crafted Frankengrain that almost appears like it was created to exert maximum health damage in the most desirable, irresistible form possible.”

Believe It or Not

Now, it is difficult to know what to believe these days, but with all of the Wheat Belly information and the initial idea of this blog being that wheat is such a dominant daily ingredient in North American diets, maybe there is something to be said for making a change.

This point in the blog is a “believe it or not” marker. Keeping anonymity by request, let’s just say that many years ago in a seasonally allergenic North American city, an individual was plagued by miserable springs, when pollen allergies created flu-like symptoms that made this person want to do nothing except lie on the couch, exhausted by sneezing and ever-flowing congestion. It was before the 2011 publication of Wheat Belly or the knowledge that city planners had played misogynistic Mother Nature and planted all-male varieties of trees that only produce pollen without dropping petals, berries or fruits that this red-eyed-in-the-spring individual decided to stop eating wheat. Why? Because wheat was something this person had eaten daily for a lifetime. Believe it or not, the result was no more seasonal allergies. No wheat, no allergies.

Perhaps others may want to take the wheat-less way and see what results. It’s tough because things like bread taste so good (because apparently wheat stimulates your appetite . . . and weight gain). Replacing wheat-based food with more vegetables that are fiber- and nutrient-rich without the weight gain is just one helpful step.

From an AIM perspective, choosing a glass of BarleyLife or the Garden Trio over two slices of buttered toast offers a nutrient-rich habit that you make on a daily basis. In other words, you train your stomach what is actually good for your body and not the other way around.

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

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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 BarleyLife and Garden Trio, 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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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

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

Healthy, Happy and Very Active

Shared by Whitey Johnson, AIM Group Builder

I was introduced to AIM’s barley grass powder by Carolyn and Jim Kling, Chairman’s Club Directors. They told me that it was quickly assimilated by the body. At that time, I was taking a bunch of vitamins and minerals, but I didn’t feel well. Right away these supplemental greens made a difference, and I felt better. It wasn’t an instant high; I just felt better. So I really got excited about it. That was about eighteen years ago now. It started out as a supplement. Now it’s an investment.

Before being introduced to AIM, my health wasn’t good. Our family had a history of disease. Dad died early of cancer, mom had Parkinson’s and there was diabetes and a whole bunch of other issues too. So I wasn’t doing well at all. I ate and drank all the bad stuff. My wife Brenita and I started changing our diets. If you put the right fuel in your body, you start feeling a healthy difference.

Then I found out about the Garden Trio. I take it in the morning, followed by two more servings of BarleyLife during the day. It helps with everything. I also learned about Herbal Fiberblend: it cleans out the plumbing so that nutrients can get through the intestinal wall. That stuff is really amazing.

I also take Proancynol 2000, CellSparc 360, GinkgoSense, ReAssure SP and AIMega daily.

As for my career, I started in construction when I was seventeen and worked as a general contractor building custom and high-end homes. Anyway, I began having a little problem with my memory. In carpentry and construction, you have got to remember numbers. I didn’t want to write them down, but I was having trouble remembering them well in my head.

GinkgoSense made a big difference. It started clearing things up in my head. My memory just kind of improved and excelled. It even helps when you’re driving. If your memory is working well, it helps with everything.

I started on ReAssure SP because I had an issue there, and it really helped me. All my tests are good and no prostate cancer.

So I’m healthy, happy and very active at the age of eighty-seven. You can better help your community and family if you have good health. You can function better, and our goal is to keep improving. By the way, we are very pleased with AIM’s service as the products get to us very quickly. We’re so thankful for The AIM Companies™.

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

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

Age Truly Is Just a Number!

Saying “age is just a number” is bandied about with such frequency that many individuals react with a cynical “sure it is” in response to hearing it. But there are far too many people who are fine models for the validity of this expression.

Let’s be honest, we all know people who seem old in their twenties or thirties. Then there are other people who remain vibrantly young through their eighties and nineties. Take the examples of Doris and Walter Lacks, AIM Group Builders in Norwood, New York. They prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that age is irrelevant unless you buy into the negativity that surrounds the cynics.

Ninety-year-old Doris competed in two 5K races in 2017. She’s been doing this for the past five to six years for reasons beyond her own well-being. For example, Doris raced at New York’s Union Springs Academy in the eighth annual USA Eagle Run, a competition that supports Adventist education in the form of scholarships. Other charitable races she enters are for her passions: schools and hospitals. On December 20, 2017, Doris turned ninety-one. Age is truly just a number.

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Then there’s Walter Lacks, who is ninety-two and has an award named after him. Each year, the Saint Lawrence County Health Initiative gives out the Walter Lacks Award to the person who does the most volunteer work in the county that promotes healthful living. Long before it was named after him, Walter was the very first recipient.

The form used to nominate someone contains the impressive reasons Walter was given this honor:

“In 2011 the Health Initiative inaugurated the Walter Lacks Award, named for an amazing community resident, Walter Lacks, who well into his 90s works tirelessly to improve his own health and the health of community members, whether here or across the nation and the globe. This award was created to both honor him and to recognize other individuals in the community who also express the qualities that Lacks embodies.

A true champion for community health, Walter is a role model for all to admire and aspire to, demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to both his personal wellness and his dedication to increasing the wellness in others.”

Walter is an incredibly active guy, so much so that Doris admitted, “I just can’t keep up with him!” And she noted that there is an AIM product that has helped them maintain their individual paces into their nineties. “BarleyLife keeps us going 100 miles an hour.” And she really means it!

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

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

Supplemental calcium from CalciAIM

As the most common mineral in the body, calcium is required for strong bones, teeth and, yes, muscles. Yet most people do not get enough.

Supplementing with tablets or capsules can be a waste of money since the body cannot break them down easily, so most of the calcium is simply eliminated.

CalciAIM provides calcium in powder form, meaning the body can easily absorb it when taken as a beverage. And since the formula also contains nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin D and zinc, which are necessary for the body to properly absorb calcium, you will not find a better supplement than CalciAIM to increase your intake of this fundamental mineral.

Around 99 percent of body calcium (around two pounds) is stored in bones and teeth. The rest is primarily found in body fluids, such as blood. Your body depends on this additional source of calcium to assist in functions like muscular con­tractions. This
in­cludes regulating the rate of contractions of muscle in a vital organ—the heart.

If you are calcium deficient, your body begins to literally excavate it from your bones to use for other functions. Long-term removal of calcium results in the weakening of bone structure: osteoporosis. You never want to be calcium deficient.

As an example of the health risks of a calcium deficiency, Chairman’s Club Director Marilyn Shewfelt fractured both the tibia and fibula of her left leg. An X-ray revealed a clear one inch of osteoporotic bone (little or no bone density). “We started Marilyn on two servings of CalciAIM per day as soon as she was home from hospital,” explained her husband, Dr. John Shewfelt, Chairman’s Club Director and chiropractor. Twelve weeks later, when the surgeon examined new X-rays, he thought they were someone else’s. “Not only had the fractures healed well, but there was no evidence of osteoporosis in either bone!” John exclaimed. “CalciAIM continues to be a daily use product for both of us.”

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