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.

Combat Seasonal Allergies with Nutrition

The rate of seasonal allergies is on the rise. Luckily, there are several dietary strategies that can alleviate or ameliorate symptoms.

Omega-3s with AIMega

Inflammation occurs when the immune system reacts to injury, illness or irritant. An allergy is often nothing more than an inflammatory overreaction to a perceived threat: a particle of dust, pollen. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help soothe inflammation in people with either allergies or asthma.

Probiotics with FloraFood

Preliminary research sug­gests that probiotics might aid seasonal allergy suffers. Beneficial gut bacteria help to regulate the immune system’s response to allergens, re­lieving symptoms.

Green Tea Extract with Proancynol 2000

Your aunt may have been right when she told you to drink green tea for hay fever. Researchers in Japan found that green tea contains a compound (EGCG) that blocks certain allergic responses. Plus, green tea brims with antioxidants.

Quercetin with LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens

Quercetin is a pow­er­ful plant flavonoid. In test tube studies, quercetin stopped im­mune cells from releasing allergy-causing histamines. It also has antioxidant proper­ties that can reduce inflammation.

Vitamin C in BarleyLife Xtra and Peak Endurance

Most often used to prevent the common cold, Vitamin C also has antihistamine properties. Several studies have shown that vitamin C might reduce allergy symptoms as well.

Note:  The AIM Companies provides AIMega, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens, BarleyLife Xtra and Peak Endurance.  We are a wholefood juice concentrate and nutritional supplement network marketing company that has been in business since 1982.

Nutritional Strategies for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a common tick-borne illness that affects around 300,000 individuals every year. It causes severe pain, swelling in the joints, arthritis, rashes and worse. If detected early, Lyme disease can be treated and abolished, but many will suffer for months on end with some developing post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (also known as chronic Lyme disease or PTLDS).

Scientists believe that PTLDS may be caused by residual tissue damage and chronic inflammation. Dietary factors can ease or increase inflammation. Sugars, gluten and dairy will fan the fires of inflammation, but there are several dietary approaches that will diminish it.

Good fats, the kind found in fish, flaxseed and olive oil are well-known and stalwart inflammation fighters. Look for those fats in AIMega and CellSparc 360.

Fruits and vege­­tables pro­vide in­flam­­mation-fighting antioxidants, and there might be no better source of plant-based an­ti­oxidants than those found in BarleyLife or BarleyLife Xtra.

CoCoa LeafGreens and Leaf­Greens con­tain quercetin, a substance that may assist with Lyme-related bladder issues, allergic reac­tions and pain.
Finally, probiotics such as FloraFood have been recommended for leaky gut issues associated with PTLDS.

Note: The AIM Companies is a wholefood juice concentrate and nutritional supplement network marketing company that has been in business since 1982.

I was having pain in my hips, knees, shoulders, jaw as well as severe headaches. At times the headaches were unbearable. Within a year, it became more difficult to do household tasks. I was praying every day that God would help me.

A family friend heard of my condition and brought me BarleyLife. After three days of taking it, I was up cleaning the house. When my husband came home from work, I was doing dishes. He was surprised that I was up and feeling so much better. He said, ‘That stuff works, keep taking it.’ So I did.

Later, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and was put on a 90-day plan. I kept up with the AIM products and my health and energy began improving every day. I was no longer experiencing those horrible headaches and the pain in my joints was reduced.

—Judy C.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Dry Skin

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Not only is the wintertime cold, but it is also dry. This is because cold air holds less water, making it drier. A parched, arctic environment can wreak havoc on the skin, causing an array of discomforts: itching, pain, outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis and, of course, the dreaded dry eyes.  Faithful applications of lotion and moisturizer and fewer showers may help, and there are some dietary approaches as well.

1.Make Sure You’re Not Vitamin Deficient

True vitamin deficiencies are rare in the developed world as we are more likely to be simply insufficient. However, it would be wise to make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of vitamin A, iodine and riboflavin (B2). Deficiencies in these vitamins can cause dry skin as well as other, greater problems.

Related Products: BarleyLife Xtra, BarleyLife, Just Carrots and Peak Endurance

2.Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There is no better nutrition for your skin than omega fatty acids. It’s possible that they can be useful for almost any skin problem, including wrinkles.  They play a key role in the upkeep of the cell membrane which lets the good stuff into the cell and throws the bad stuff out. A well functioning cell membrane also helps to prevent cellular dehydration.

Related Products: AIMega, CellSparc 360

3.Vitamin C 

You may be taking vitamin C to prevent colds during the winter, but mighty vitamin C might help with dry skin, too. Vitamin C is a boon for the skin overall, and a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found evidence that vitamin C may relieve skin dryness.

Related Products: BarleyLife Xtra, Peak Endurance, CalicAIM

4. Zinc 

One of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is rough, dry skin, but zinc plays such a large role in skincare that it deserves its own bullet point. Many use zinc for acne, eczema and to ward off wrinkles. It provides general antioxidant protection for your skin and plays a big part in the stabilization of the cell membrane, an important component of cell hydration.

Related Products: CalciAIM, ReAssure SP

5. Probiotics 

Believe it or not, the bacteria in your gut can affect the quality of your skin. A belly full of healthy bacteria reduces inflammation. There is good evidence that unchecked inflammation empowers skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Probiotics assist the skin’s barrier function and helps your skin hold onto more moisture.

Related Products: FloraFood

Bacteria Derived from Human Strain

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Three strains of bacteria  derived from a single sample were donated by the University of Tokyo and the Medical University of Japan. They were obtained by an oral swab from a healthy, living infant.

This one-time collection of bacteria was then isolated, identified, purified and mass produced. The bacteria, acquired nearly thirty years ago, have been naturally replicated.

Q: Why Use Human Strains?

A: Human strain/natural probiotics are proven to be better at adhering to the human intestine.

Human strains are suitable for both production and survival in the human intestinal tract.

Bacteria derived from dairy and other sources are less likely to remain in the intestinal tract of humans. They may afford only temporary, if any, benefits. Human strains show better colonization and effectiveness.

Celebrate a Healthy Cell Environment with AIM

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AIM’s Mission and Promise to You 

In April, we celebrate our planet and the diverse and abundant organisms (like us) that are living well thanks to the goodness and bounty of the natural world. So when selecting wholefood nutritional supplements, the first thing you want to do is to make sure that whatever you choose comes direct from nature and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals that can pollute your body. The AIM Companies knows this. That’s why we only use plants that are tested for the absence of over 300 pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other harmful chemicals. The USDA reports that 50% of foods that are labeled “organically certified” still contain chemical residues. Our Quality Assurance Department will reject any ingredients that test positive. The AIM Companies goes above and beyond to ensure that you receive the highest-quality, healthiest wholefood products and nutritional supplements.

Cleansing 

If you’re feeling worn out or if you’re walking around all day in a haze, if you feel bloated, constipated or congested, if you get sick more often than normal or have worsening allergies, it could be due to a toxin buildup. Your body works hard at removing toxins through organs like the liver, lungs and kidneys, but if you’re eating too much fat, sugar and meat, toxins can begin to accumulate rapidly and may be a real nuisance to your wellbeing. Luckily, there are quite a few nutritional strategies for detoxifying.

Fiber

Fiber is one of the best nutritional tools for cleansing. Sometimes toxins and other gunk can accumulate inside the walls of your intestines which can prevent you from absorbing valuable nutrients. A healthy dose of deep-cleansing fit ‘n fiber or Herbal Fiberblend may be able to help keep your digestive system running smoothly and your intestine walls gunk- and toxin-free.

Lymphatic Cleanse

The lymphatic system is an often overlooked but highly essential part of the immune system. It acts as a filter for the body’s ubiquitous interstitial fluid, and it also transports fats and vitamins. Herbal Release is the pinnacle of lymphatic cleanses.

Probiotics 

The gut does more than digest food. It’s also home to a wild environment unlike any other on the planet, the gut microbiome. And it is estimated that 70% of our immune system is housed in our midsections. All those unpleasant, aforementioned toxin-bringers (sugar, fats, meat, etc.) and things like stress and illness can wreak havoc on your internal environment. That’s why a probiotic like FloraFood is so important. It restores balance to your body by promoting the growth of healthy, natural gut bacteria.

Pollution

The World Health Organization estimates that over 1 million people die each year from the effects of air pollution. Most of those deaths and many related health problems can be tied back to oxidative stress.

Antioxidants 

High levels of oxidative stress means that your body is out of balance. When pollution is high, the body becomes inundated with free radicals and cannot produce enough antioxidants to fend them off. That’s why it’s important to reach for an antioxidant supplement like Proancynol 2000 or a wholefood product with a high ORAC score like BarleyLife. Each contains the building blocks of free-radical protection that your body can use to defend itself.

Dietary Nitrate 

Air pollution has also been linked to endothelial dysfunction dysfunction (aka dysfunction of the veins), and pollution caused by heavy traffic has been shown to increase blood pressure and decrease blood flow. Scientists tested beet juice to see if it would help to mitigate this phenomenon. When people drank beet juice, their blood flows were unhampered and improved. You can obtain your daily dose of dietary nitrate from Red Rush or RediBeets.

Vitamin C

A study published in Epidemiology looked at subjects who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). On days when the air pollution levels were highest, their symptoms were the worst and many were admitted to the hospital. However, if they had low levels of vitamin C, the chances of a COPD sufferer ending up in the hospital was 1.2 times greater, leading researchers to believe that vitamin C’s antioxidant properties offered some protection against the pollution. And you can find vitamin C in Peak Endurance and BarleyLife Xtra.

Sun Damage 

Although humans, animals and all the plants need sunlight to survive, too much of a good thing can be a bit dangerous and unpleasant. That’s why it’s important to be responsible about soaking up those vitamin D-filled rays. One nutritional tip for keeping your skin healthy and young in the sun is through the use of omega-3 fatty acids. Sun damage can cause wrinkles, and omega-3s may help reduce inflammatory compounds that speed up the wrinkling process. Get your essential fatty acids from AIMega.

 

 

CoCoa LeafGreens and FloraFood: A Winning Combination

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Cocoa and probiotics seem like an unlikely pair, but if you think about it, there was probably a time when peanut butter didn’t know jelly’s sweet embrace or when bacon was eggless. But a new study from the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that the gut microbiome interacts with cocoa flavanols and their confluence may help stave off metabolic syndrome.

Here is how it supposedly works.  According to the study, when somebody eats cocoa, it gets concentrated in the intestines. Cocoa, as you probably know, is chock-full of flavanols and antioxidants. Those flavanols interacted with the gut flora and improved gut barrier function, reducing the amount of toxins absorbed, specifically circulating endotoxins and insulin signalers. And that sort of thing doesn’t do pesky, old metabolic syndrome any favors.

Source: Nutraingredients

Seventy percent of your immune system is in your stomach. That’s why maintaining that gut flora is so important. Try AIM’s FloraFood, a high-quality blend of powerful friendly bacteria to keep it running smoothly.

For Cocoa, we offer CoCoa LeafGreens. Get all the antioxidant power of cocoa alongside a heaping serving of  greens like spinach and broccoli in every scoop of CoCoa LeafGreens. It’s nutritious and delicious.