Boosting Bone Health

We all know that calcium is a mineral that makes bones strong and healthy. It’s a fact that over 99 percent of all the calcium in our bodies is located in our teeth and bones.1 The rest is found in our tissue, blood and fluid outside of our cells. That small percentage of calcium is vital for nerve, muscle and heart health.

If there isn’t enough calcium present in our bodies, excavating cells known as osteoclasts begin to borrow it from our bones. The long-term effect is osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous instead of hard and dense.

Osteoporosis deve­lops slowly over time without noticeable symp­toms until a bone fracture occurs. One of the primary ways to determine a problem is to take a bone mineral density test.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, prevention of this disease includes a nutritious diet, an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, and regular weight-bearing activity, such as walking, climbing stairs or weight lifting.

Additionally, vitamin K has been shown to increase bone density and reduce fractures.2 Omega-3 essential fatty acids also support bone density.3 A number of osteoporosis studies indicate that the internal microbiome plays a role in bone health and taking probiotics can increase bone mass.4

AIM Supplements for Healthy Bones

Supplementing with CalciAIM in­creases calcium intake from powder, not tablets or capsules. It makes an easily absorbed beverage that includes vitamin D, magnesium and zinc for nutritional assistance with calcium absorption. And each serving delivers a safe amount of calcium because the body can only absorb so much at one time.

Nutritional help from AIM also includes whole-food powders such as BarleyLife and CoCoa LeafGreens, which provide a concentration of plant-based nutrients, including an incredibly rich source of vitamin K.

Taking AIMega capsules delivers omega-3 from organic flaxseed for a plant-based source of essential fatty acids.

The good bacteria in FloraFood deliver three billion live cells per capsule, providing a super source of pro­biotics to repopulate gut flora.

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To Sneeze or Not to Sneeze

Why is it that some people have allergies while others waltz through life without them? Apparently, life isn’t fair when it comes to allergic reactions either.

Ask anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies about the unfairness of making it through a long winter only to sneeze their way through spring and summer and they’ll tell you in no uncertain terms just how irritatingly unfair it is to have allergies.

Wheat Trigger?

With seasonal allergic rhinitis, a person reacts primarily to the pollen released from grasses, plants and trees, all of which spring to life after winter. Certain foods may also play a role in triggering allergic reactions to pollen.

For example, wheat has been a dietary staple for centuries in bread and is an ingredient in most processed foods. Over time, people can develop inner reactions related to a family of wheat proteins, amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs), which, according to a 2016 study, promote intestinal inflammation.1

This inflammation associated with wheat could be an allergy activator come spring. Anecdotal evidence demonstrates that eliminating dietary wheat has helped to put a stop to seasonal allergies that trigger itchy eyes, runny noses and uncontrolled sneezing.

Maladies . . . Melodies
Allergies to dust and grain
Maladies . . . Remedies
Still these allergies remain
© 1981 Words and Music by Paul Simon

Alleviate with AIM

The nutrition you add to your dietary intake can also help to alleviate allergy symptoms. LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens contain kale, arugula, Swiss chard and spinach, all of which are natural sources of quercetin. This plant flavonoid is recognized for its antioxidant activity and anti-allergic properties.

Quercetin naturally inhibits the release of histamines.2 For most people, pollen is harmless. But for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the immune system identifies pollen as something harmful to the body, so it releases chemicals—histamines—to get rid of it, creating inflammation and allergy symptoms.

Increasing your intake of quercetin-rich vegetables and AIM concentrates such as LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens may help to correct this inflammatory response to a perceived threat.

FloraFood may also provide relief. With the recent focus on the microbiota’s importance to overall health, it may not be surprising that a 2016 randomized trial concluded that allergy sufferers who took probiotics experienced improved quality of life.3

The probiotics used in the study were Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum, which make up the FloraFood formula. These friendly bacteria may increase the percentage of T cells called Tregs that control the immune system’s response to foreign particles and generate a tolerance for pollen.

If seasonal allergies affect you or someone you know, it is good to know that there are non-medicinal steps that can be taken to help alleviate this unnatural body response to something as common as pollen, allowing full enjoyment of a spring that has sprung.

References accessed March 8, 2019

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AIM for Your Gut

The microbiome remains a mystery even with all the recent buzz about its importance. And it is often linked to another word: microbiota.

According to the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah, the microbiota is a “collection or community of microbes” while the microbiome is viewed as “the full collection of genes of all the microbes in a community.”1

Mind-Boggling Microbes

Microbiota or microbiome microbes are microscopic organisms that normally inhabit the human body on the skin, in the mouth, in the gut, etc. And we’re spe­cifically talking about archaea, bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses as well as microscopic animals2 when referring to microbes.

One of the most important microbes in the list is the bacteria that dominate the gut, helping to digest food, produce vitamins, regulate the immune system and protect against disease-causing bacteria. The greater diversity of bacterial species you have, the healthier you are.

A 2010 Italian study compared the diversity of bacteria in children who ate a modern diet to children who ate a more ancient, plant-based diet. Guess which kids had the greatest diversity of species?

Over the years, diets that include burgers and fries may have murdered many species of useful human bacteria. So the crux of the matter is food that feeds people … and their bacteria.

Boosting Bacteria

Seriously, who would have thought that large populations of many different species of bacteria—and we’re talking trillions—in your colon actually keep you healthy, which is primarily why the microbiome has become such a buzz word since the late 1990s.

Whatever you can do to boost the presence and variety of bacteria in your microbiome, the more boosting bacteria you get in the health department. And getting back to the children in the study who ate a largely vegetarian diet, those youngsters had a high intake of fiber. Specific types of fiber—prebiotics—are dietary delights for bacteria. Eat more fiber and you feed the little buggers that boost your health.

FloraFood and fit ’n fiber Fit

AIM supports the pro­file of a healthy micro­biome with fit ’n fiber’s prebiotics and FloraFood’s probiotics—supplemental healthy bacteria. fit ’n fiber provides three kinds of prebiotic fiber, food for your friendly microbiome inhabitants. And Flora­Food boosts the presence of three friendly species of gut bacteria. AIM nutrition is a fine fit for your gut.

References:
1 https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/
2 https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/intro/
https://www.pnas.org/content/107/33/14691

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Sleep for Your Microbiome

It is entirely possible that stress gets between your sleep patterns and the health of your microbiome. If the bacterial balance in your gut is off, your response to stress can be off as well, keeping you tossing and turning during the night. And lack of sleep can alter the diversity of bacteria and negatively impact the state of your microbiome. It’s a two-way street that may cause a disease-developing situation.

Dysbiosis

Chronic sleep loss can create an abnormal relationship with your microbiome. This disturbance can lead to dysbiosis, a disruption of balance that studies have shown can cause the onset of a variety of health problems, including gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer.

Your microbiome is made up of all the microorganisms that inhabit your body from the inside out. A good majority of them are the good bacteria that live in your colon, where the largest percentage of your immune system is located. And because these healthy microorganisms are key players in the body system that protects you from infection and disease, it makes sense that your health can be compromised when there is an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria.

Repopulating the good guys by taking probiotics—supplemental friendly bacteria—and nurturing them with prebiotics, the types of fiber that bacteria feed and thrive on, can restore a healthy balance. And a healthy microbiome helps you to handle stress and sleep much better.

AIM for Your Microbiome

You can help maintain the health of the good guys by taking AIM nutrition that targets the well-being of your microbiome: supplemental friendly bacteria, the food that keeps them healthy and calming herbs that find the off-switch of a stressed-out mind.

Each FloraFood capsule of probiotics contains three billion live cells to repopulate your intestinal tract with the good bacteria that maintain a balanced microbiome … and your health.

Each serving of fit ’n fiber provides 8 grams of prebiotics that feed the good bacteria and further increase their numbers.

Each capsule of Composure provides a variety of natural herbs that can help to combat the stress that may be keeping you awake at night and messing with the relationship you have with your microbiome.

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Bacteria, the Brain and Bones

The microbiome is an amazing part of your life . . . literally. Life within life so to speak. All of the microorganisms that make up your microbiota are alive and doing their part to keep you healthy, particularly the friendly bacteria. But like everything good in life, it tends to be all about balance.

When the population of bacteria in your colon is in proper balance, it regulates a number of functions, including nutrient metabolism, gut barrier protection and immunomodulation. In fact, there has been so much research on the microbiome in the past 10 years or so that gut bacteria have been determined to impact pretty much all body systems.

That’s why it’s not entirely surprising that there is likely a bacteria-brain-bone connection. Recent research indicates it’s likely that gut bacteria regulate bone growth and structure by way of certain hormones in the brain. So, try and wrap your mind around the possibility that bacteria work in cahoots with your brain to keep your bones strong.

Bone Basics

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are cells that regulate bone tissue. ’Blasts build bone while ‘clasts excavate bone tissue for elements, calcium for example, needed by the body in a process known as resorption.

Osteoporosis is a disease that has a constant excavating effect on bone tissue, weakening the matrix and causing susceptibility to fractures, breaks and spine curvature disorders. Research on this debilitating bone disease indicates that probiotics−supplemental friendly bacteria−are beneficial for increasing and strengthening bone matrix.

A 2018 study revealed that “Intestinal microorganisms can disrupt the balance between bone formation and resorption by indirectly stimulating or inhibiting osteoblasts and osteoclasts . . . An increasing number of studies on osteoporosis have suggested the beneficial effects of probiotics in terms of increasing bone mass.” So, supplementing with friendly bacteria can have a positive effect on bones.

Bone Up on AIM

Since friendly bacteria seem to have a role in the health of all body systems, adding more to your gut population with probiotics is a healthy thing to do. FloraFood contributes to increasing the population of healthy gut inhabitants by providing three billion live cells in each capsule. And you get three different species of bacteria as well because variety is the spice of life even for your microbiome.

Just like you, friendly bacteria need to be fed the right kind of nutrition to thrive, and fit ’n fiber gives them food they enjoy feasting on: prebiotic fiber. In other words, prebiotics are made for probiotics. It’s also interesting to note that even though fiber is an essential nutrient your stomach doesn’t digest, your friendly bacteria munch on it to stay healthy, and, in doing so, keep you healthy.

And for the building block of bone, CalciAIM delivers three types of calcium in a powder to make it easier for your body to absorb this bone-building mineral. And CalciAIM also contains the nutrients your body needs to properly absorb calcium, including vitamin D and magnesium.

Back up your microbiome with AIM supplements that contribute to its well-being and to the well-being of your bones.

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The Finn Family’s Miracle

Finn-momSometimes a mother’s in­stinct works wonders. Such is the case with Tamara Finn, an AIM Wholesale Member in Ohio. If it weren’t for Tamara’s enduring faith and motherly intuition, her son, Richard, would most likely not be alive today. Even when doctors gave her a “do it or he will die” ultimatum, Tamara had other ideas.

“Back in June 2010,” Tamara related, “Richard noticed a pea-sized lump in his groin, so he went to our family doctor, who gave him antibiotics and pain medicine as well as ultrasound that showed he had a hydrocele, causing fluid buildup in the scrotum. Three months went by with several visits to doctors, but he wasn’t getting any better, and the lump continued to get bigger. Richard went to a urologist and had blood work and more tests done that only confirmed the initial diagnosis.”

In the meantime, Tamara had begun doing research because Richard was getting sicker and sicker. “His feet would turn purple,” Tamara stated. “He was so pale and had little energy. And the lump was growing so large that Richard couldn’t even wear jeans to work, only sweat pants.” It was Richard’s father who had been monitoring the growth of this mass.

The situation continued for months and by December, Richard was suffering horribly. His doctors wanted to do more tests but not until January 2011. “That’s when I had enough,” Tamara exclaimed. On Christmas Eve, they took him to the hospital. “It was in the emergency room that I first saw his tumor by accident. By then, it was the size of a small basketball.”

Tamara told the doctors that they wouldn’t leave until Richard was given a contrast CAT scan. It would later reveal that he had cancerous growths throughout the skeletal muscles in his body, including lesions on all of his bones and a 6 cm mass pressing on the aorta and his lungs, which explained the discoloring in his feet from poor circulation. Richard had one of the rarest types of adult cancer: embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. Their family doctor and a urologist had totally misdiagnosed his condition.

“Richard was hospitalized for around two months,” Tamara stated, “and given chemotherapy that made him increasingly sick. And they were feeding him snacks of cookies, cupcakes and ice cream. I told them they were actually feeding the cancer with sugar. They asked me how I knew this, and I replied ‘I’m not stupid. I did the research.’ And I made them stop.”

Tamara began bringing wholesome food to the hospital. Through their church, Tamara had met AIM Star Sapphire Director Cindy Ponchot, who told Tamara about her own successful battle against cancer using AIM nutrition. With the help of some fund-raisers, Tamara was able to purchase high-quality organic food and AIM supplements for Richard. “Of course, when I told the doctors about AIM nutrition, they said it wouldn’t help,” Tamara noted.

After around eight treatments, Richard told his mother that he couldn’t take any more chemotherapy, even though he had around 40 more treatments remaining and radiation that would follow. He had gone from about 180 pounds down to 115.

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“The chemo was killing him,” Tamara said. “The doctors had originally told us that Richard would live for only a month, but with chemotherapy and radiation, maybe six months.” But Tamara told her husband, “Richard’s not going to die. He’s going to be a miracle. So don’t worry.”

After a heart-to-heart talk with Richard, Tamara, her husband, family and friends all supported his decision to stop chemotherapy. “I still had an overwhelming feeling that he was going to be a miracle but was still scared to death as any mother would be,” Tamara said.

The doctors disagreed, noting in Richard’s medical chart that by them refusing to continue with chemo or radiation, Richard was going to die. She angrily told them to never say this to her son, and that they were not God and only He would decide the fate of Richard.

Along with a strict, organic diet that included wild salmon and raw vegetables, Tamara and her husband had begun giving Richard AIM smoothies three to four times a day while hospitalized and later at home. “I gave him a blend of products, such as BarleyLife Xtra, Just Carrots, RediBeets, as well as AIMega, FloraFood and PrepZymes. Digesting food used up much of his energy, so the digestive enzymes really helped his immune system fight the cancer,” Tamara explained.

By the second month of being on this diet, Richard went back for a checkup, and the doctors couldn’t find any cancer in his body. “They attributed this to the initial chemo therapy and said the cancer would return within 90 days and he would die unless treatment continued, but we knew better,” Tamara said. “Seven years later and now 29 years old, Richard is still cancer-free.”

There’s even more to Tamara’s belief that her son was going to be a miracle. His physicians said he would never have children, but Richard is the proud father of a daughter named Mya. After Tamara posted his cancer story with side-by-side photos of a terribly ill Richard and a terribly happy Richard with his newborn daughter, fiancé and stepson, people from all around the world have been contacting her. And she gives them health consultations for free. Tamara believes in sharing miracles.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve. AIM recommends that members follow advice given by medical professionals.

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The Question of Digestion

In January 2008, a report was published with the ominous title, “The Burden of Digestive Diseases in the United States.” It’s not an easy or pleasant read: gastrointestinal infections, digestive cancers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Since its publication eleven years ago, the burden seems to have grown heavier. And it’s no longer just a North American problem.

Several decades ago, Asia seemed to have avoided such “Western” diseases, primarily because most of the population had healthier diets. But over the past two decades, digestive diseases have appeared in increasing numbers in countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, where people have more income and frequently choose processed and fast food for meals instead of wholesome nutrition. There are other factors, such as increased antibiotic usage, but dietary changes that decrease the intake of natural nutrients and increase fat and sugar are primary factors.

It’s as though when economies grow and more people move away from farm-based food, addictions to convenience increase as a result of a faster pace of life, less free time and disposable income.

One stunning example is the rise in obesity in Thailand since the 1980s, when this Asian country began transitioning from a mostly agricultural society to a more industrialized nation. The result has been an increase in overweight and obese adults and children because “eating patterns have shifted from a traditional Thai diet – vegetable, rice-based and low-fat diet – to a westernized diet, which is rich in meat, fats and sugars . . . As obesity prevalence is increasing in Thailand, the risk for mortality and morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease is increasing too.”

Of course, the companies that created fast foods and processed foods years ago were out to sell products. Some have been incredibly successful, growing into global franchises and multi-national companies. In the beginning, there was likely no intent to create health problems by marketing their products, but over time, a link between these dietary changes and health problems has been firmly established.

Natural Support from AIM

The AIM Companies was firmly established in 1982 with the intent to introduce a whole-food, barley grass juice powder via network marketing that improves people’s health: BarleyLife. Thirty-seven years later, AIM continues to successfully improve people’s health with a wide variety of natural products. And, being a network marketing company, over the years an incredible number of AIM Members have built independent distributorships that create monthly incomes by sharing these products. It’s AIM’s way of sharing the wealth.

Along with BarleyLife, a number of AIM products have proven to be particularly beneficial for digestive health: Herbal Fiberblend, Herbal Release, FloraFood and PrepZymes, just to name a few.

Herbal Fiberblend arrived on the scene in 1988 and ever since, countless individuals have benefited from its cleansing and detoxifying combination of fiber and herbs that supports a healthy digestive system. For example, constipation is noted in the 2008 report as one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, and Herbal Fiberblend has proven to be an effective supplement for relieving this all-too-common health issue.

Herbal Release became available in 1993 to provide a unique selection of herbs that cleanse at the cellular level for the health of organs and body systems, most notably for the lymphatic and immune systems. Nature has provided natural medicine from herbs since the beginning of time, and knowledgeably combining the variety in Herbal Release has allowed AIM to provide their natural benefits.

FloraFood was introduced in 2000, long before the word microbiome became a regularly discussed aspect of human health and disease. Containing three types of healthy human bacteria, FloraFood contributes to balancing out the necessary friendly and unfriendly bacteria that make up a body ecosystem that is vital for maintaining good health.

PrepZymes also became a part of the AIM lineup in 2000, providing a variety of enzymes that target the digestion of different food components: protein, fat, carbohydrates, dairy, etc. The digestive system can use all the help it can get from the supplemental enzymes that PrepZymes delivers, not only for the break down and assimilation of food, but as backup for the enzymatic reactions that occur in the body.

As the rise in digestive disorders continues worldwide, it is comforting to know that The AIM Companies continues to provide natural products that can support a healthy digestive system and maintain body health.

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