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.

I Will Never Be Without AIM BarleyLife!

Shared by Fred Hampshire, AIM Director

Since 1997, I’ve been promoting and using AIM products, having overcome bursitis, diverticulosis, gingivitis, high blood pressure and high blood sugar with no further need of medications.

Over the years I had much exposure to industrial toxins, molds, asbestos and pesticides, but, nevertheless, I was shocked to be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in my neck in 2014. Against my doctor’s advice, I adamantly kept taking BarleyLife along with other AIM products during radiation treatments. I lived cancer-free for two years.

Another shocker came in 2016 when cancer was detected in my liver as well as a stage 4 tumor in my abdomen. This was spreading to blood vessels in my left leg, cutting off circulation and causing infection. I had to have chemotherapy or I would have lost my leg.

Again, I was told to stop taking AIM supplements, but I responded, “Not on your life!” Each morning before chemo, I took BarleyLife, Herbal Fiberblend and CellSparc 360. I went through the treatments with lots of energy and without nausea but was left with a swollen ankle that caused much discomfort while walking. I was told to learn to live with it but Cell Wellness Restorer came to my rescue.

And I’m so grateful for The AIM Companies™. I mean, where would I be without my BarleyLife?

Eight months after diagnosis, I was cancer-free! My oncologist told me that if anyone had told him that I would be sitting across from him cancer-free following chemotherapy, he would have disagreed. Even the radiologist who did the PET scan to rule out cancer anywhere in my body was amazed as she
was expecting my whole body to light up yellow revealing cancer but not so.

My medical team was very impressed with my results and have now advised me to continue my supplement regime. I’m almost eighty years old and plan to stay healthy and physically fit.

Through this difficult time, I received wonderful care from my wife, Marlene, and great encouragement from Edna Smith, Chairman’s Club Director. She prayed with me frequently and always reminded me to keep trusting the Lord. And I’m so grateful for The AIM Companies. I mean, where would I be without my BarleyLife?

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

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

The AIM Companies — Our MLM Business

 

Shared by Rita and Eno Vandertil, AIM Star Sapphire Directors

In January 2002, we started our first jar of BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend. I shared AIM with a few people, but I wasn’t interested in building a business because I didn’t think I knew enough or that anyone would listen to me.

At a Women’s Aglow meeting in October 2004, two ladies told me that there would be “suddenlies” in my life, maybe in business. The next spring the Lord brought Ken Campbell (AIM Director) into my life. His miraculous recovery from leukemia and prostate cancer gave me a passion to share the AIM products.

I began attending AIM meetings to learn more about the products and improve my own health. This made me realize the importance of offering meetings, so I have helped to organize many in our area.

It has been such a blessing for Eno and me to attend many AIM Celebrations.

When planning meetings, I do an email blast; however, I still like to phone my Members personally to invite them. It gives me an opportunity to catch up on what is going on in their lives, and I find that people still like that personal invitation. Even if the member does not attend the meeting, I have been able to connect with them. The key is FOLLOW-UP, FOLLOW-UP,  FOLLOW-UP, especially after the meeting is over to see if they need help in any way.

It has been such a blessing for Eno and me to attend many AIM Celebrations. I won a prize to go to San Antonio in 2006. Eno thought I should go by myself, but later decided he would join me. We enjoyed it so much that Eno told me to work hard to be able to participate every year. We have been able to see many lovely places and meet wonderful people who have become dear friends.

We are very thankful for the integrity of The AIM Companies™ and for the help and encouragement we receive from them and from our upline. I enjoy being part of the AIM Prayer Team and continue to pray for The AIM Companies to excel in every area and to be able to provide the best products on the market!

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

NOTE: The AIM Companies is an international network marketing company that has been in business since 1982.  We provide wholefood powder concentrates and nutritional supplements.

Alex Frisk in the Net!

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AIM nutrition powered AIM-sponsored Athlete Alex Frisk through academic and athletic demands at Red Deer College during the fall of 2016.

“The term was awesome! I found it easier to be awake all day in terms of energy,” Alex stated. “Even staying after class to study in the library after getting through a day of studying. Not taking naps at all. And the best grades I’ve gotten yet.”

Alex’s knee injury that she received while playing on a men’s roller hockey team in July 2016 hasn’t held her back on the ice. As one of three goalies on the Red Deer College Queens, Alex helped her team to reach first place in the league. Highlights of the fall include being in net for the first annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser in support of women’s cancer. “My parents were there to watch me play,” Alex said. And in the game that put her team in first place, Alex had a shutout, blocking twenty-three shots on net.

In April, Alex will participate in the trials for a spot on Team Canada’s roller hockey team. And in May, she is getting married, so 2017 is shaping up to be an incredible year for this talented young woman.

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The Immune System and the Cancer Connection

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In 1971, the National Cancer Act waged a war on cancer. Massive research followed although cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death to this day.

Three main treatments are given to people with cancer: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Other forms of treatment like hormonal therapy, biological therapy and stem cell transplant are also used, depending on the type of cancer. And there is a barrage of drugs prescribed for all forms of treatment.

Medical science has also explored the idea of using the body’s immune system to battle cancer: immunotherapy. The year 2013 saw the introduction of checkpoint inhibitors, drugs that trigger the immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells.

Sometimes the immune system is not able to recognize cancerous cells. The presence of specific proteins can make it seem cancer cells are normal to the immune system’s T-cells. It’s like being surrounded by friends, a few of which turn out to be mortal enemies. And they can multiply if left undetected.

Checkpoint inhibitor drugs block the ability of cancer cells to deceive the immune system, allowing T-cells to identify and kill them. But supporting the immune  system with these drugs can cause side effects, including a variety of inflammatory conditions.

There is also a long-standing belief that a natural, whole-body approach to battling diseases such as cancer can reactivate the body’s ability to heal itself with a strengthened immune system and without harmful side effects. More and more doctors are saying as much in magazine articles, books, videos, TED talks, etc. , including Dr. Lissa Rankin (New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine) and Dr. Dean Ornish (New York Times bestselling author of The Spectrum).

It is believed that the key requirements of the body to heal itself are:

  • A low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet
  • Moderate exercise
  • Stress management
  • Social contact

The AIM Healthy Cell Concept has always recommended these requirements, and The AIM Companies has been providing supplemental, whole-food nutrition that supports a strong immune system since 1982.

The following products are just a handful in the AIM lineup: BarleyLife, AIMega and Herbal Fiberblend deliver essential plant-based nutrients that maintain good health. Peak Endurance and Red Rush suppor t exercise programs. Composure contributes to stress management. And being part of the AIM family offers connections to likeminded individuals.

The fact is that a strong immune system is vital for maintaining good health. And it is a widely held view that by giving the body what it requires to strengthen its defense, it can heal and take care of itself for a lifetime.

Long-Time Success with Herbal Fiberblend

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Shared by Mili and Henry Huff, AIM Group Builders in Rossville, Georgia

One day I was in the AIM office and Ron Wright (AIM Senior Vice President and co-owner) handed me a plastic bag full of different kinds of not-so-good-smelling herbs. He said they were for healthy bowels and asked me to try them. I knew that one of my AIM customers had chronic bowel trouble, so, without telling Ron, I accepted them and gave them to her. In a few days, she called and said her bowel trouble was completely gone.

Some time later, I was traveling to Hawaii and offered to put on a couple of AIM product meetings there. Toward the end of one of the meetings, I could tell that one lady in the front row was anxious to say something, so I acknowledged her waving hand. “Aren’t you going to talk about the new herbal product that AIM is coming out with?” she asked. ”Why don’t you?” I offered with a smile, whereupon she got up and enthusiastically told of intestinal parasites and other problems she no longer had.

Flying home, I decided to give the herbs an honest try. I bought some. Ten days went by, and I didn’t have any bowel movements! I kept taking it. Two days later, I had my bowel movement. It looked exactly like one of the pictures in a booklet that Chairman’s Club Director Teresa Schumacher had given to me called Cleansing the Body and the Colon for a Happier and Healthier You. I learned that the molecules in some of AIM’s herbs are smaller than the molecules of the accumulated, hard-packed grunge inside some colons; the herbs work their way between the grunge and the wall of the colon.

Happy to say, I’ve had healthy bowel movements every single day since then. On the rare occasion that I get diarrhea, I just sit down with a teaspoon of Herbal Fiberblend mixed into a small bowl of applesauce and the diarrhea clears right up.

My husband still takes it every few days to stay regular. I am now seventy-one and my husband is seventy-three. In July we’ll be taking a cruise to Alaska for our 50th wedding anniversary and think we might possibly be the only people on board our age who are not on any kind of drugs or medications. Praise the Lord for Ron and Opal, Dennis and Kay, Teresa Schumacher and AIM’s nutritional supplements.

The Latest Scoop on Fiber

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Our favorite carbohydrate is making headlines again. Best known for its ability to promote good digestive health and combat cholesterol, fiber has been one of the main staples of a healthy diet since diets were invented. And yet, still, new discoveries are being made all the time. Here are some of the latest:

Fiber May Help Prevent Lung Diseases

A study published in the January issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examined data gathered in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that of the people who consumed the most fiber, — more than 17.5 grams of fiber daily—68.3% had normal lung function and that only 14.8% had airway restriction. In comparison, of those who consumed the least fiber—less than 10.75 grams—50.1% had normal lung function and 29.8% had airway restriction. The researchers cite fiber’s ability to combat inflammation and regulate the gut microbiome as the source of the possible health benefits.

A Low-Fiber Diet May Damage Gut Flora for Generations

This study comes to us from the July 2015 issue of Nature. Scientists fed mice low-fiber diets and found that certain strains of gut bacteria died off. These bacteria did not reappear when the mice were re-administered a high-fiber diet. After four mouse generations, most of the beneficial strains of gut bacteria had gone extinct due to the low-fiber diets. (This is another good reason for people to take FloraFood, too!)

Avoiding Fiber May Cause Crohn’s Disease to Flare Up

Researchers surveyed over 1,100 Crohn’s Disease sufferers about the behavior of their disease and their diets. From the data that they collated, they were able to determine that patients were approximately 40% less likely to have a disease flare up when they did not avoid high-fiber foods compared to those that did. In general, Crohn’s Disease sufferers who consumed the most fiber were the least likely to have flare ups period, according to the research published in the December 2015 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

More Indication that Fiber Contributes to Weight Loss

According to a story published in the Washington Post, Under Armour—the athletic apparel company—looked at data from 427,000 of its MyFitnessPal app users who lost weight. Those who came closest to their weight-loss goals showed nearly identical data when compared to those who did not achieve optimum weight-loss results: similar calories consumed, protein, fat, carbs and exercise. The only difference, those who slimmed down most ate about 29% more fiber.

The AIM Companies provides fiber through two amazing supplements: Herbal Fiberblend and fit ‘n fiber. Both are effective ways of adding fiber to the diet to aid with weight management and digestive health. They can be combined into one potent super-fiber formula that tastes fantastic!