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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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.

Heavenly Herbs

The funny thing about people who reject natural supplements, saying they are a waste of money and do little or nothing for your body is that the synthetic drugs that they may turn to are primarily the result of using herbs for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

That’s right. It all began with nature, and the hundreds of thousands of plant species that it provides to search among for medicinal use. In the end, modern medicine grew into the promotion of unnatural drugs, effective or otherwise.

Herbal Past and Present

Ancient times called for ancient measures when it came to dealing with medical problems. The earliest records of medical prescriptions were carved on clay tablets found in Sumer in the southern region of Mesopotamia, dating back to the seventh century BCE. Over 250 plants were referenced. Human instinct and beliefs initially guided the use of plants as medicine.

In spite of the total mystery of the human body and illnesses that affected it, over time somehow the experience of effective medicinal herbs created a body of global knowledge that remains in use in modern times. For example, Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine are still being practiced because they come from thriving societies that keep this knowledge alive.

The cultures that have little or no power in the modern world receive little or no attention regarding their traditional herbal remedies. Much ancient knowledge still exists today among the rare people who continue to live in isolated, wild lands far from both modern life and diseases. The awareness of medicinal plants to treat their communities has been invaluable to their survival. And they have never even taken an aspirin.

Herbal Release

Introduced to AIM Members back in 1993, Herbal Release brought together a variety of herbs with a history of beneficial properties that greatly contribute to inner cleansing of the body. The combination of ingredients is slightly different in the U.S. formula and the Canadian formula, but they share eight effective herbs:

Barberry

North American Indians introduced early settlers to the benefits of barberry, which was believed to be effective for treating ailments such as ulcers, heartburn and stomach upset. Recent herbal knowledge recommends barberry for the liver, the blood-filtering, detoxifying and drug-metabolizing organ. Alkaloids such as berberine and berbamine are the primary active compounds of this herb.

Buckthorn

Native to western Asia, northern Africa and Europe, alder buckthorn is both an ornamental and medicinal plant that was introduced to North America in the 18th century. Since the middle ages, buckthorn has been used as a very gentle laxative. Its bile stimulating properties also make it a cholagogue, supporting liver and digestive health. The key active compounds are glucofrangulin A and B.

Cascara Sagrada

The bark of the cascara sagrada tree was originally used to treat constipation and upset stomachs by Native American Indians. They introduced this herb to Spanish explorers who gave it a name in their own language that translates as sacred bark. According to Nutrition Review, a free online resource devoted to the science of nutritional supplementation, “Cascara sagrada is considered one of the safest laxatives and can be used to restore tone to the colon, as well as being useful in detoxifying and cleansing programs.” The key active compounds in this herb are anthraquinone glycosides.

Chickweed

This herb got its common name back in the 1400s when it was first used as food for chickens, and its Latin name, Stellaria media, came from the heavens, named after its tiny, star-shaped white blossoms. For centuries, chickweed has been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments, including blood disorders, constipation and inflammation. Along with flavonoids, the presence of the anti-inflammatory glycosides rutin and saponin promote the medicinal benefits of this herb.

Dandelion

The presence of dandelions on groomed lawns indicates another weed in most people’s eyes, but this herb has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Its name originates from the French word that translates as lion’s tooth: dent-de-lion. Acting as a detoxifier, dandelion is particularly efficient for cleansing the liver. It has also been classified as a lymphatic herb, which cleanses the system that keeps the body detoxified. Dandelions contain a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that promote detoxification and good health.

Echinacea

One of the herbs that is best known for fighting the common cold is echinacea, which boosts the immune system by producing more white blood cells. Many herbalists refer to echinacea as an effective lymphagogue that increases the flow of fluid in the lymphatic system. Compared to most other medicinal plants, echinacea has a relatively short history of use that began with the indigenous Indians of North America. Alkamides and polysaccharides are just two of the compounds in echinacea that contribute to its efficacy.

Parsley

Originating from the Mediterranean region, this herb seems to be ever-present as a garnish or ingredient for food. Long before it was consumed as part of a meal, parsley was used medicinally, most notably as a diuretic and a laxative. The high concentration of a flavonoid in parsley known as myricetin provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Sarsaparilla

Cowboys in the Old West used to sidle up in saloon bars for a sarsaparilla drink to quench their thirsts. The medicinal side of this herb stems from its root, which has been used for hundreds of years in Asia and the Americas as a diuretic, sudorific (sweat-inducer) and tonic and in Europe as a blood purifier. Sarsaparilla’s toxin-removing properties make it particularly beneficial for cleansing the body, having high concentrations of phenolic compounds with antioxidant activity, including quercetin, phytosterols and saponins.

Combining all these botanicals into an AIM supplement created an herbal release that cleanses and supports the body and its systems in a natural way. And they are available on both sides of the US-Canada border.

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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.

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.

 

 

The Best Day of My Life

The Best Day of My Life

By Lorraine Grove, AIM Group Builder from Camrose, Alberta

My name is Lorraine S. Grove, and I have Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.). I was lying in bed fairly regular; the fatigue was really bad, no energy. My husband was doing all the cleaning, cooking, and laundry, and driving me wherever I wanted to go. I was too tired to do anything.

At this point I wasn’t sure what I was good for anymore. Depression was always around the corner. I could not take the M.S. medication; my body was not accepting it at all. I was on depression medication for many years prior to finding out about having M.S.

Then in January I met a very special lady named Melanie. She was a Member of The AIM Companies™. We got to talking about the health and wellness products, and it sounded very interesting, but I had tried so many different types of health and good-for-you stuff, so I wasn’t too interested at this time. But we did have an enjoyable time visiting.

Don, another person I knew, came by my home three days later with products in hand. “Would I please try these products?” he asked. The sincerity and kindness I saw in his eyes prompted me to say that yes, I would try them one last time. I signed up under Don that day to receive the products wholesale.

I can honestly say that day became the best day of my life. Within two days, I began getting results and feeling stronger. I no longer spend my days in bed watching TV.
First to leave was the heaviness, the fatigue. The walker nwas put back in the basement with the wheelchair. Neither is needed anymore.

Other things started changing as well, too many to put down on paper. A person doesn’t realize how out of whack you are or how truly ill you were until you put good nutrition back into your body. How many people are out there who think their bodies are okay the way they are when all it takes is a little time and effort to make your life even better?

I’m back in the kitchen cooking again. I’m driving my car again and doing my own laundry. My husband is still helping with the heavier stuff in the home, bless his heart. I still tire, but it’s a good tired.

I was only going to buy products for myself. I could not see me doing a business, but things just grow when you share a good thing. I now work two farmers markets, and I help at a third market once in awhile.

I have been taking these products for seven months now and have 19 people under me. When the word just gets around that the products are truly amazing, only great things can happen. The products I started on that changed my life: AIM BarleyLife®, AIM Just Carrots®, AIM RediBeets® (AIM Garden Trio®) AIM Herbal Fiberblend®, AIM Herbal Release®, and AIMega®.

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

AIM Products and Digestion

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The Digestive System

The main function of the digestive system is to break down food into smaller bits so that the nutrients can be absorbed by the body and converted into energy.  Its secondary role is to remove the waste leftover from the conversion process.

Fiber

The average person gets only 15 grams of fiber a day. The American Heart Association recommended amount of fiber is 20-35 grams per day. Research has shown that people with high-fiber diets increase their survival rates by 22%.

Fiber comes exclusively from plants, and there are two types of fiber:  Soluble and insoluble.  Although both are necessary, soluble breaks down in water and insoluble does not.

Insoluble fiber can absorb water and keep you fuller, longer and can help make waste easier to pass. Some soluble fibers work as prebiotics.

Symptoms of low fiber intake include weight gain, constipation, blood sugar fluctuations and fatigue.  Fiber also helps control cholesterol levels and may improve mineral absorption.

Studies have shown that fiber may prevent diverticulitis, reduce the risk of first-time stroke by 7% and help your body remove the carcinogens in cooked meat.

Related Products: fit ‘n fiber, Herbal Fiberblend

Digestive Enzymes:

Digestive enzymes are proteins that act as biological catalysts that help the body convert food into usable stuff like energy or amino acids. They also facilitate the absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are fragile things.  Food, in its natural state, should contain enzymes. Because so much of today’s food is processed and/or cooked, we often don’t get the enzymes that we’re supposed to.

Digestive enzymes may help with or relieve symptoms of:

  • Promoting growth of beneficial gut bacteria
  • Transforming food into nutrients
  • Tissue repair
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Gas pain
  • Stomach ache
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Immune system health

Related Product: PrepZymes

Probiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and have been used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins, pathogen protection, aiding our immune systems and disarming toxic compounds.

A thriving and healthy gut microbiome can be thrown off kilter by relatively common things: stress, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, artificial sweeteners, antacids, antibiotics, toxins and individual digestion problems.

Probiotics may help with or relieve the symptoms of:

  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Digestion problems following or caused by antibiotic use
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infections
  • Immune system health
  • Yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Atopic eczema
  • Respiratory tract infections in children
  • Tooth decay

Related Product: FloraFood

Lymphatic System

As a sub-section of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system—composed of the spleen, thymus, bone marrow and lymph nodes—acts a filter for interstitial fluid. Sixteen percent of your body weight is comprised of this fluid.  It provides the cells a method of receiving nutrients and removing waste.

The lymphatic system cleans the fluid and returns it to use. As a central part of the immune system, the lymphatic system removes pathogens and toxins, generating antibodies for bacteria and viruses in the lymph nodes.

This system also plays a huge role in digestion because lipids—molecules such as fats, fat-soluble vitamins, etc—are also transported by the lymph fluid.

Herbal Release provides a unique blend of herbs that target the various mechanisms of the lymphatic system for improved digestion and overall health.  Thirty minutes after ingestion, our time-release capsules ensure delivery directly to the intestines. This product has been known to provide a gentle laxative effect.

Related Product: Herbal Release