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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Fit is the New Thin: Caitlin Lawrence

Shared by Caitlin Lawrence, AIM Preferred Member

I was born at a normal weight but with a big appetite. I remember dieting from an early age without much success. Although my mom was always into health foods and we were notoriously known as “the healthiest family in the neighborhood,” my weight tended to make people to think otherwise.

My mom was introduced to AIM products when I was about 14. She began forcing the whole family take greens and fiber. As a result of the healthy diet and AIM products, my brother and I rarely got sick. When we did have an illness or surgery, our recovery time was much shorter than average, like the time I had to have my stone-filled gallbladder removed.

When I entered university, I lived in residence for two years and my food choices became increasingly worse. I gained weight, became extremely depressed and anxious and did poorly in school. I suffered terribly from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), to the point where I’d have to eat two hours before going out because of the attacks that followed meals.

I finally decided to move back home and attend community college. My first year went well, but my food intake was still unhealthy. My weight ballooned to 230 pounds, and I was extremely unhappy and self-conscious about my body.

I made up my mind that 2013 was the year for me to make a change, so planning for my weight loss and health gain journey began. On April 28, I started Weight Watchers and began exercising five times a week while working full-time at a fast food restaurant. By December, I dropped to 165 pounds but reached a plateau that I struggled to break through.

I decided to try an elimination cleanse that worked dramatically for my mom, who had strug­gled to lose weight her entire life. The main com­ponent was filling your body with beneficial and nutri­tious food. It was at this point in my life that AIM products became vital to my journey.

My weight has fluctuated over the last three years, but three things have remained consistent: my exercise routine, my healthier food choices and the inclusion of the AIM products in my life.

Since I am lactose intolerant, have IBS and don’t have a gallbladder, I am unable to consume milk products and find it difficult to digest fats, particularly those found in deep-fried foods and meat products. I rely on the ProPeas for protein boosters because I do not eat much meat.

I love to start my day with a smoothie that contains ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and CoCoa LeafGreens. I have taken BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend capsules in the evening for the past eight years, but since attending the AIM Celebration in Toronto, I am now taking the Garden Trio in the morning and for lunch instead. I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of this inclusion.

Other products I rely on include FloraFood and PrepZymes to help absorb and digest fats, AIMega to provide good fats for brain and skin health and Composure to relieve anxiety and depression.

I’m happy to say that I’m maintaining a weight of 140 pounds and haven’t felt better. My IBS and anxiety still like to rear their heads from time to time, but I am able to control them for the most part through a controlled diet that includes AIM products. While losing weight and gaining health are largely based on determination and drive, I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today without AIM.

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

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Natural Nutrition from AIM

Shared by Rebecca Liu, AIM Chairman’s Club Director

Since joining The AIM Companies (AIM) in 1988, we have benefited a lot! Not only financially, but more importantly, we have learned so many concepts about maintaining good health through the use of natural nutrition from AIM. And I have a number of experiences that I would like to share.

In April 2017, I broke out in hives, so on some parts of my body, large areas of rashes and bumps appeared on my skin. Some looked like big mosquito bites that were red, itchy and swollen; the worst were near my waist. These eruptions popped up usually in the middle of every night. It was really annoying!

I went to a pharmacy to ask what I should do, and the pharmacist gave me an antihistamine, which is a drug used to treat allergic reactions. I only tried it once and didn’t want to use it anymore because I didn’t believe allopathic medicine would cure this skin problem.

Later, it occurred to me that I could apply Mag-nificence lotion to the affected area. After about 10 minutes, the redness, burning and swelling disappeared and the itching stopped. I continued using AIM’s topical magnesium for a few months and got rid of this skin problem. No more suffering during the night. Another great benefit is that magnesium helps you sleep, so I get a good night’s sleep. It’s so great . . . killing two birds with one stone.

For many years, I had a poorly functioning digestive system. Although many others suffer from constipation, my problem was loose, watery bowel movements. I had to go to the bathroom five or six times a day, even once or twice during the middle of the night. Again, it was very annoying. Not long ago, I started taking FloraFood on a regular basis. Wow! A few days later I was having regular bowel movements once or twice a day.

I also treasure Composure. I take two capsules before bedtime. It helps improve the quality of my sleep. I feel much better, more refreshed and full of energy the morning after having a deep sleep throughout the night.

From all of these experiences I’ve learned “The body is the best doctor, and food is the best medicine.” Hurray! Long Live AIM!

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

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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.