Joining the AIM Family

Shared by Lee Buckle, AIM Royal Emerald Director

Joining The AIM Companies™ in July 1997 was the start of another exciting journey. I had just arrived back from a year of sailing the Indian Ocean with my husband and two small children. For six months, we were on an uninhabited island called Chagos, where we ate loads of fish, rice, tinned and dehydrated vegetables … no fresh vegetables. Well, on leaving the island, my hair was falling out at a scary rate and my teeth felt loose. I am convinced it was a lack of fresh vegetables, fruit and mainly enzymes.

On our return, I started working half days as a pharmacist in a wholesale company. Stuck in a back office placing phone orders, I was so unhappy, having no face-to-face chatter with people, only four walls. My children were in school and aftercare.

A pamphlet of this strange barley grass product caught my attention: a salad in a glass! What a perfect product for sailors. I joined and, to my husband’s horror, I ordered a 6-pack of BarleyLife. I loved the product.

My first AIM meeting was like joining a family. As I learned about the other AIM products, I became more and more excited, and I started introducing them to people. Herbal Fiberblend became one of my favorites. The idea that all disease starts in the colon made so much sense. We are what we eat.

I won my first package for two to the AIM Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 1998. What an experience. Within six months of joining AIM, my commission check matched my salary check. I resigned from work and starting working AIM full time.

I was blessed to be able to work at home around my children for 16 years and be at every hockey match and swimming gala. I networked at every function. Networking is my passion!

I love helping people to work on the reason for their dis-eases and the changes in their lives as they take control. I also love traveling, so getting onto an airplane is exciting as it takes me to so many stunning places and enables me to meet awesome people.

And my boyfriend, Lourens, and I own a couple of pharmacies, where we also sell AIM products that make an impact on many lives.

At age 56, I run half marathons and cycle in mountain-bike races. I know that what you put into your mouth determines your health. I have amazing energy and just love life. I feel very blessed.

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.

Moms and AIM Nutrition

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13, a date to honor all of the wonderful things about moms. There’s the love, the caring, the kindness and the sup­port that good mothers give to their children. This outpouring of motherly con­cern is an everyday occurrence whenever re­quired. Essentially, motherhood is a full-time job: seven days a week.

For most moms, this enormous responsibility is one they embrace and cherish selflessly. And that responsibility begins with pregnancy and continues through infancy, childhood, the teenage years and beyond. In today’s world, even adult children may depend on parental support.

AIM Moms

Over the years, one thing remains constant when it comes to being an AIM mom: the importance of wholesome nutrition for children. There are so many examples of mothers whose nutritional intake was supplemented by AIM products, which also benefited their children before and after they were born. And in the long run, it just may be one of the most important things moms can do for their kids: getting them off to a healthy start in life.

Chairman’s Club Director Lanny Donald is the mother of four and grandmother of three. Many years ago, Lanny turned her health around with the help of BarleyLife, and she passed this goodness on to the rest of her family. Lanny and her husband, Ken, would eventually share the health benefits of AIM products with patients in their dental practice.

Two of Lanny’s daughters, Jensina and Kalina, who are both AIM Directors, have children of their own, and their babies happened to be born less than a week apart in September 2014. Kalina had twin boys, Kaelan and Keiran, and then a few days later Jensina delivered her son, Kaius. Both moms had taken AIM products for years. During their pregnancies, their key supplemental nutrition came from BarleyLife, LeafGreens and ProPeas, which helped to maintain their energy levels and avoid the usual cravings and symptoms that are often associated with pregnancy. Their children became BarleyLife babies, and today all three boys are healthy three-year-olds who love the taste of AIM nutrition.

AIM Director Tiki McIntyre has been taking AIM’s green barley powder ever since she was a little girl, thanks to her father, so dads can also play a major role in keeping their kids healthy. Tiki ended up influencing her own children, who love whole-food drinks made from AIM products, such as the Garden Trio or CoCoa LeafGreens. “Nowadays, you have to be vigilant about nutrition,” Tiki emphasized. “In my grandfather’s time, you just had nutrition—from the garden …” In today’s world, AIM supplements are a convenient way to improve your nutritional intake and that of your children.

At the same time, it can be challenging to get kids to regularly consume healthy greens. Chairman’s Club Director Ann Sontag had to be a little inventive, such as hiding the green drinks in red or purple sippy cups or giving CoCoa LeafGreens drinks to their kids and letting them think it was chocolate milk.

Once children are openly or surreptitiously introduced to AIM nutrition, they often clamor for it as a result. Preferred Member Jen Beaton will hear a “screech” from her son, Owen, if he doesn’t get a share of his mom and dad’s green shakes that he loves to drink with them every morning.

Health Benefits

Chairman’s Club Director Carolyn Kling knows that AIM products have helped so many people in her family. In one case, a granddaughter suffering from post-partum depression was able to improve her state of mind in around two weeks by taking the Garden Trio (a combination BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets): a fine example of “letting food be thy medicine” instead of drugs.

Of course, there is still lots of skepticism around when it comes to choosing natural solu­tions. Royal Em­er­ald Director Mada­leine Helm had her doubts about giving
BarleyLife to her asthmatic son. “After using it for only a couple of weeks, my four-year-old’s asthma started to clear up,” Madaleine stated. Her healthy son is now in his twenties.

Good health is the payoff for moms who share AIM nutrition with their families. Royal Emerald Director Dixie Shaw remembers that her five adult children were almost never sick when they were kids. She credits this to her family taking BarleyLife nearly every day. “Little kids are sick all the time, but ours just weren’t,” Dixie stated. “We hardly have anyone sick in our family.”

Rarely having sick family members is one the finest results of being an AIM mom. And keeping your children in good health no matter how old they are may just be the finest Mother’s Day gift of all.

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 by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Nutrition that Works!

This past year, a few staff members of The AIM Companies™ took a closer look at BarleyLife’s potent “Nutrition That Works!” Now we cannot tell you the proprietary secrets that create these one-of-a-kind greens, but we can let you in on some interesting details that will always keep our competitors at a substandard step behind us. So let’s go to the nutritional heart of the matter: a barley grass cell.

An Insider’s Look

Very few people get to see the cellular insides of a blade of green barley.

Inside a cell of barley grass, it’s a city of activity. Imagine a large group of city workers (enzymes) doing all of their in­dividual jobs. Enzymes are protein structures that work to make things happen in an organized and controlled manner.

When you crush the cells of young barley plants to make a juice powder, all that control is destroyed. It’s as though a riot is created because the enzymes suddenly turn into demolition workers out to destroy and take things apart.

A Chilling Experience

The only way to gain back control in the heat of such destruction is to quickly lower the temperature. Cooling the riot, so to speak, basically slows everything down until all the action nearly comes to a standstill. This allows the crushed grass to be dried while maintaining the attributes of freshly squeezed juice.

Keeping It Fresh

We have to use freshly cut barley grass that is not too dried out. If the grass is not quickly processed, you’d be drinking a glass of garbage, not grass.

The aim is to capture all of the fresh nutrients. For example, when you mow your lawn and chew on a blade of grass, that’s the fresh taste and flavor that is being recreated in the juice powder—minus the fiber you cannot digest. The cold preserves the quality and benefits of the nutrients, in­cluding those volatile enzymes, in freshly cut barley grass. This makes BarleyLife a convenient “stir it up and drink it” powder that brims with an extra­ordinary concentration of plant nutrients.

However, unlike fruit and vegetable juices that remain tasty and nutritious after being left in a glass for some time, grass juice goes bad quickly due to the high level of enzymatic activity. So drink your glass of fresh grass soon after you mix it, and enjoy the incredible health benefits from BarleyLife.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone 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.

Baby Jaxon Loves AIM BarleyLife

Star Sapphire Director Ron Murray became involved with The AIM Companies™ back in 1986 after relatives, Star Sapphire Directors Roger and Florie David, introduced AIM’s barley product to his family. Ron followed suit, sharing the health benefits of AIM to many people. “Nothing is more rewarding than being part of changing people’s lives in meaningful and growthful ways,” Ron stated.

Over the years, Ron witnessed that children whose mothers took BarleyLife right from pregnancy seemed to be head and shoulders above other kids, especially in terms of mental alertness, attention span and the ability to figure things out. Ron acknowledged that his daughter Natalie Murray, Blue Diamond Director, has done really well, having taken BarleyLife ever since she was a young girl. “I started when I was ten years old, so I know what it does for me,” Natalie acknowledged.

When Natalie became pregnant at the age of forty-one, she increased her BarleyLife intake to two to three times a day. “There were long working days, and I wasn’t eating well,” Natalie explained, “so I lived on BarleyLife, the Garden Trio and ProPeas during my pregnancy.”

“I always knew he would be a BarleyLife baby, raised from the womb.”

When Jaxon came into the world, Natalie decided to try giving him just a little powder on the end of her finger. He loved it. As he grew, Jaxon would eagerly go for the green-tipped finger. It wasn’t long before he was eating BarleyLife powder on a breakfast spoon, licking it clean and then saying, “Mom, mom, mom!” Translation: “I want more!”

Jaxon has a big, bright personality and is a very happy, chatty little boy,” Natalie stated. “He is a fast learner with a curious, adventurous spirit. At nine months he is a solid twenty-one pounds, ready to walk and currently has seven teeth. And he can do sit-ups! Since our family has taken AIM products for so long, we believe that it has given Jaxon the best start possible for a strong and healthy future.” And Jaxon’s grandparents, Ron and Lendy Murray, couldn’t be prouder of their little guy.

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul, and a look into Jaxon’s bright eyes reveals a knowing and attentive spirit. “People remark on what a happy and bright boy he is,” Natalie said. “I always knew he would be a BarleyLife baby, raised from the womb.”
With that said, BarleyLife has provided healthy nutrition for three generations of the Murray family.

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

 

Young Adults Who Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables Have Fewer Heart Problems Later

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The current crop of youthful people, the “Millennials” –those born between 1982 and 2001–are one of the biggest emerging markets in the world. Forbes magazine reports that they prefer cheap and convenient food with the caveat that they are also willing to pay for healthy food and will even go out of their way to search for it.  AIM provides inexpensive, healthy whole-food juice products that are both high-quality and very nutritious.

With that being said, a new study published in Circulation journal reported that young adults who eat their fruits and vegetables had less coronary artery plaque twenty years later. Researchers followed over 2,500 participants for two decades and placed the participants into three groups based on how many fruits and veggies they consumed–the most, a medium amount and the lowest amounts.

Those who ate the highest amounts of fruits and veggies (more than five servings) had a twenty-six percent lower chance of developing calcified plaque twenty years later when compared to those who ate the least. A buildup of calcified plaque is the main cause of atherosclerosis which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

There is a widely established connection between fruit and vegetable consumption and heart health in middle-aged people. However, this is the first study that examined the diets of young adults.

So if you’re a young adult or know someone who is, then this is the perfect time to introduce them to AIM’s line of whole-food juice concentrates. They’re convenient (No-hassle juicing!). At a per-serving price they are extremely affordable, and they are also incredibly healthy.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Knee Pain

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The greatest danger to your knees is simply using your knees–as one does–for years and years and years.  According to WebMD, there’s a 33% chance that if you’re at the doctor, you’re there because your knee hurts. The majority of knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis, a condition brought about by wear and tear.  Athletes, the overweight, women, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and the elderly are those people at the greatest risk of suffering this kind of knee pain.

One of the simplest ways of reducing knee pain is by losing weight.  A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that for every pound lost, it reduced four pounds of stress on the knees.  In other good news, exercise that helps strengthen muscles around the knees can also reduce pain. Additionally, there are several nutritional strategies that can help alleviate knee pain.  Here are some.

  1. Glucosamine and MSM

Several studies have shown that glucosamine and MSM fight osteoarthritis pain by reducing inflammation.  A study published in Clinical Drug Investigations concluded that:

From the abstract:

Glu, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. All the treatments were well tolerated. The onset of analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

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      2. Vitamin K

In 2009 study from the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, researchers found a link between low levels of vitamin K and the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Related Product: LeafGreens, BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, CoCoa LeafGreens,

3. Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Increased inflammation can lead to increased pain. So you’ll want to stay away from inflammatory foods: trans fats, sugar, red meat, refined carbohydrates and the like.  Instead, choose anti-inflammatory foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish.

Related Products: BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens

    4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

Not only have Omega-3 fatty acids been shown to reduce inflammation, but low levels of omega-3’s have been linked to the development of osteoarthritis in animal studies.

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  5. Vitamin D

A study on 400 people with osteoarthritis found that subjects who had low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy vitamin-D levels.

Related Product: Veggie D, CalciAIM

Thylakoids: How Leafy Green Vegetables May Help with Weight Loss

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It’s hard to find fault with green, leafy vegetables these days. Besides for containing lots of dietary nitrate, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber among other things, they also have a compound called thylakoids.  A thylakoid is “a membrane-bound compartment inside chloroplasts (cell-food producers) and cyanobacteria (bacteria like blue-green algae that gets energy through photosynthesis).”  New research has shown that thylakoids may help with weight loss and/or weight management through appetite suppression.

A study published at the beginning of June in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition strengthens the case for weight-loss benefits of thylakoids.  In the study, they looked at sixty obese and overweight individuals. Some were given five grams of spinach extract and others were given a placebo. Blood was drawn at various times to assess cholesterol, glucose, etc. Four hours after lunch, participants were shown images of foods and took a survey to gauge hunger. Finally, they were offered Tombstone pizzas and were told to eat as much as they liked. Those who had taken the spinach extract saw a two-hour reduction in their hunger levels after thylakoid consumption.

This isn’t the first study that links thylakoids to weight loss. Research published in the October 2014 issue of Appetite was the first human study.

In this study we demonstrated for the first time that green-plant membranes, when added to the diet daily for three months, markedly reduced body weight in overweight women. In addition, total and LDL-cholesterol levels were reduced compared to control. These findings are supported by animal studies, where body weight loss and blood lipid lowering effects have been observed (Kohnke et al, 2009 and Montelius et al, 2013).

The AIM Companies has several products–BarleyLife, CoCoa LeafGreens, BarleyLife Xtra–that contain leafy green vegetables but the most notable is Leaf Greens, a product that will be getting a new formulation soon, making it leafier and greener. It will contain several heavy hitter from the leafy green vegetable kingdom: kale, chard, arugula and spinach. And besides for being excellent sources of folate, vitamin K and carotenoids, it seems that it may aid in appetite suppression as well.