AIM BIG Contest Standings

As of 11:59 p.m. November 22, here are the current AIM BIG Contest standings to let you know what you’ve earned or how much more you need to earn a celebration package!  When you accrue points, you can earn up to two Celebration Packages and two additional nights at The Rosen Centre in Orlando! PLUS, if you are within the top 30 winners, you can earn from $1,000 to $5,000 in prize money.

If you have between 350 and 699 contest points, you’ve already earned 1 celebration package, a value of $750 USD. If you have between 700 and 999 points, you’ve earned 2 celebration packages. If you’ve reached 1,000 to 1,499 contest points you have earned 2 celebration packages PLUS one extra night. If you have reached 1,500 or more contest points, you’ve earned 2 celebration packages PLUS two extra nights, a value of $1,880 USD!

Below is a current listing of the top AIM BIG contest points earners. For full contest details, go to AIM BIG Contest flyer.

Membership Name Points
Miller, Joseph W. and  Emma M. 17236
Miller, Matthew and Karen D. 6260
Peterson, Ralph S. 3428
Stoltzfus, Levi J. 3406
Jada, Muhammad 2988
Miller, Lester and Lydiann J. 2976
Jada, Razia 2868
Long, Michelle and Tad 2830
Vawda, Moonira 2672
Jada, Shaheer 2637
Avodah Financial, LLC 2462
Paquin, Ginette 2427
Jada Shaik, Raeesa 2206
Fisher, Andrew and Ruth 2150
Greens For Life, Inc. 2030
Jonsson, Shona 1953
Bloemhof, Herman 1824
* 1782
Reineke, Elise 1700
Stoltzfus, Sarah K. and John K. 1502
Van der Westhuizen, Tanya 1464
Ponchot, Cynthia K. 1450
Schiele, Loren E and Kathleen 1435
Shaw, Dixie and Eddie 1400
Mary A. (Toni) Lund Family Trust 1314
Robinson, Leré and Eddie 1295
Gerhardt, Ulrike E. (Rica) 1286
Upfold, Jon and Julie 1256
Stoltzfus, Rose A and David 1248
Desai, Hafiza 1215
Gloria Smith  D/B/A Aim for Health 1209
Vladimirsky, Bella I. 1138
Carolyn D. Kling 1094
Quantum Knowledge Pty., Ltd. 1054
Ascent Strategies, Inc. 1038
Pugh, Debra A 1032
Prince, Scott and Sara 1006
Weitsz, Vanessa 977
Donald, Lanny and Ken 962
Toft, Heidi and Mike 948
Helm, Madaleine 929
van der Walt, Erna 899
Yoder, Albert and Barbara 899
Van der Merwe, Louise Heleen 894
McCrea, Cathy S. 887
McPherson, Muriel and George 881
Kaufman, Eldon and Rachel 875
Trak Consulting, Inc. 874
Trust, Krause Health 866
Ghoor, Sadia 858
The Natural Way Network 856
Breitkreutz, Janet and Darrel 839
Baty, Erin and Michael 834
Du Randt t/a Metabole Pty Ltd, Charl & Malinda 810
Revolution Solution, Inc. 807
Badat, Razia 801
Hochstetler, Perry L and Mary 800
Davis, Celeste R. 787
Miller, Glenn and Laurie 781
Okui, Mitsuko 775
Fresh Beauty (Pty) Ltd, Placecol 769
Settsu Derma Shine, Ltd. 768
* 752
Rehbock, Elize 715
Miller, Rosie L. 713
C and S Knight Enterprises, Inc. 704
Troyer, David E and Regina 671
Weber, Ron E. and Mary C. 665
Ger, Juliet 664
Van Den Bosch, Marinda 664
Swarey, Susan M. and Jacob C. 660
c/o Health & Babies, Yulanda Ridge 652
Miller, LaVern L. and Linda E. 646
De Villiers, Yolanda 641
Miller, Barbara M 627
Maradiaga, Amanda 618
Villeneuve, Melanie 617
Casavant, Monique 609
Russ, Ananda and Herbie 605
Knapton, Joyce and Rory 600
Vandertil, Rita and Eno 597
Brown, Charlie and Joyce 596
Bester, Karin 595
Jones, Derrinda and Yvette 577
Raber, Mary A. 573
Poswiata, June 568
Stoltzfoos, David F. and Ruth A. 567
Bontrager, Jane and Calvin 561
Wilkie, Nikola 560
Van Rensburg, Chris and Joan 559
Huxter Ltd, Ken and Cheryl 558
Fisher, Daniel and Katie Lynn 556
Blasingame, Pat and Gene 554
Shu, Loretta C. and Joseph S. 547
King, Michael and Mary C. 537
Botha, Stephne 536
Thiessen, Darlene 528
Christian Traders S&ED 526
Eicher, Sam D. and Rosa 524
Yu-Shiaw Chen, PhD 517
Wright, Rita and Dennis M. 516
Kuret- Coetzer, Tanya 515
Abrams, Jann and Stan 511
Fonseca, Lorraine B. M. and Roger 509
Swartzentruber, Amos and Barbara B. 508
Zeluf, Melanie Anne 507
Brown, Jenny Ann 507
van Den Bosch, Nieske Lydia 503
Smith, Leoné 499
Esther A. Faseun, D/B/A Wise Health Options 499
Stoltzfus, Elam M. and Katie 496
Cover, Carol 491
Prabha, Sashi 490
Jackson, Joanne and Wayne 482
Lambright, Lester P. and Esther E. 479
Brooks, Laura E. 472
Klohs, Penelope J. 464
Myburgh c/o Something Natural, Vivienne 463
Crane, Samantha 461
Clemmer, Ronda and Paul 461
Yoder, Raymond E. and Alma A. 456
Esh, Henry S. and Miriam 450
Cole, David F and Linda 447
van der Walt, Marietjie 444
Yoder, Maynard and Marie 443
Mullet, Nathan and Lori 442
Peer, Rashida 438
Eagle Ranch, Inc. 436
Barkman, Monroe J. and Barbara 433
Perfect Health 431
Westerfield, Mary 430
Kenney, Mark N. 420
Mikoll, Lorraine 420
* 419
Overholt, Ruth 419
Docrat, Fatima 411
Miller, Andrew M. and Martha W. 410
Wolfe, John T. and Lynn C. 410
Pems 409
Reimer, Elaine and Rudy 405
Swarey, Solomon L. and Hannah S. 401
Lagerwall, Fay 401
Stutzman, Paul and Susie 396
Cote, Lucie 393
Yoder’s Nutritional Products, LLC 383
Gullion, Loretta 381
Anderson, Betty 379
Thompson, Susan B. 376
Salmon, Raema Jane 372
Botha, Surette 369
McLean, Krys and Bill 369
Levin, Hester 362
Beanland, Glenda 360
Mdaka, Winnie 353
Berkin, Arnold and Judy 352
Carriere, Mireille 350
Gerbaz, Ila M. 343
Swain, Anthony G. 343
Gingerich, Lucinda and Jonathan 342
Loveday, Margaret 338
Peterson, Brent D. 336
Jones, Rosetta F. and Leonard T. 334
Barbara S. Robertson Trust 331
Graber, Mark and Marilyn 330
King, Sarah and Stephen 327
Yong, Christina 327
Cheng, Sophia 325
Landsberg, Jenny 321
Miller, Marietta E. 319
Beaton, Saskia and Larry 319
Brogan, Lisa 315
Sante 2000 314
Essential Organics 313
Sunderland, Virginia and Charles 304
Evans, Robert L. and Patricia 301
Roth-Roffy, Sandra S. 300
Troyer, Joyce L. and Reuben J. 300
Rubyono, Emalia 300
Kearney, Cecilia (Irene) 300
Miller, Elmer D. 300
Ngidi, Bheki 300
Hofer, Tim S. and Christina 300
Moloi, Nunu 300
Huang, Alice L. 296
Eternal Health 295
Darden, Alicia P. 295
Campion, Denice 295
Bana, Nasreen 289
Huron, Sil and Yoli 289
Rasseau, Michelle 288
Monte, Susan R. 287
Clark, Ricki and Rob 287
Keefer Chiropractic Clinic, PC 283
Hershberger, Kathy J. 279
Ministik Cottage 278
Fausett, Grant and Heather 278
Thompson, Joy and Nathan 275
Stevenson, Petra 275
Wilkerson, Tina 274
Redick, Jeane C. and Ken 273
*Membership wishes to remain anonymous.

Plan to join your AIM family at our 2019 Celebration in Orlando, Florida, from June 20 thru 23.

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A Life with AIM

Dr. Mary Ruth Swope
Oct. 28, 1919 – Sept. 1, 2018

In the world of AIM Diamonds, there are individuals who shine exceedingly bright during their time as Members. One of those brilliant lights has faded away, and it is appropriate that The AIM Companies™ sends word to the entire AIM family of the passing of Dr. Mary Ruth Swope at the age of 98.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Swope was initially reluctant to become a Member, having declined on three separate occasions of being asked to join by David and Cece Brewer, Royal Emerald Directors. After she prayed on their offered opportunity, God told her, “The way is clear. There are no hindrances.” The year was 1982.

Dr. Swope went on to become a Chairman’s Club Director and, in 2016, she was inducted into the Eight Million Dollar Club, incredible achievements for someone who originally had no intention of being in business. She attributed her record at AIM as an outstanding business builder to God having a plan for her life.

Part of the plan was having a wonderful post-retirement life with less daily pressure and more time for spiritual development, study, travel and gardening, all the things she was unable to do while working as a university dean and professor. Dr. Swope had attained her doctorate in administration from Columbia University in New York City.

After joining AIM, she educated herself on the nutritional benefits of barley grass and the AIM Member Income Plan. Then Dr. Swope began giving away AIM’s juice powder of young barley plants, asking for only testimonials in return. Recipients shared their personal stories on how BarleyLife was beneficial for a wide variety of health issues, including skin problems, heart disease, fatigue, diabetes and arthritis.

Opportunities to speak all around the country came her way, along with radio and TV interviews that generated phone calls and letters from people wanting to know more about BarleyLife. AIM president and co-owner Dennis Itami acknowledged that Dr. Swope reached more people directly through radio and TV broadcasts than any other Member. She also authored a number of books.

The wealth she gained from her AIM business was donated to pastors, ministries, orphans, widows and a variety of charities. Once she reached her 70s, Dr. Swope’s efforts to help others were assisted by Charlotte Bates, her aide and friend. This incredible team worked non-stop and traveled to most U.S. states and over 20 countries in an effort to help others.

Dr. Mary Ruth Swope and the time of her life with AIM will always be cherished and fondly remembered.

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.

Protein from Plants

Protein is a macronutrient—needed in large amounts—that literally holds the structure of our bodies together: cells, tissues, muscles, organs, bones etc. The enzymes that initiate the multitude of chemical reactions in the body are proteins. Then there are proteins that transport nutrients and build lean muscle; essentially protein is a key factor in overall growth of the body.

Vegetarians are familiar with the challenges of getting enough protein in their diet, given that they do not eat meat. Those challenges relate to the variations of beliefs about whether a totally plant-based diet gives you complete protein.

A Thoughtful Blast from the Past

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book was published, Walden, in which he makes an interesting observation for vegetarians. “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

When you think of the power of oxen, or horses for that matter from which the measurement of horse power arose, you are aware that these strong creatures eat no meat. Make no bones about it, eating nothing but plants can create a healthy body made of strong bones and muscle.

Present Protein Thoughts

Jumping ahead over a century and a half later from Thoreau’s printed words to the present day onslaught of words on the internet is corroboration in an article from the American Heart Association’s online journal, Circulation, “Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition”, which confirms Henry’s apt observations on “vegetable-made bones” of the farmer’s oxen. A vegetarian diet gives a person, not just oxen or horses, the nutrients required for good health, including protein.

Protein Building Blocks

To make all of the different types of protein, your body requires 21 different amino acids, 9 of which are essential. Just like the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids  your body cannot produce them, these 9 amino acids—histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine—are an essential part of your dietary intake. AIM ProPeas is vegan pea protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids and more. But first:

As per the AHA’s article on a plant-based diet providing all the amino acids you need, it is important to end the myth that a vegetarian diet is not enough: “The reason it is important to correct this misinformation is that many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets—they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg, rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health.”

AIM ProPeas pea protein

Not only does ProPeas provide the 9 essential amino acids, it also delivers essential branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs), such as valine, isoleucine and leucine, which stimulate protein synthesis in the muscles. Leucine is also vital for metabolism and weight loss. So to supplement your protein intake with a plant-based source, ProPeas is an ideal choice, helping to build lean muscle and manage weight.

How much Is Enough?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kilograms), you need nearly 55 grams daily. Supplemental protein from ProPeas gives you 12 grams of healthy vegetable protein per 16 gram serving.

The truth is that most people, possibly seniors with small appetites excepted, get enough protein. Big meat eaters get more than enough, including the other things you may ingest in animal protein: saturated fat and cholesterol and perhaps added hormones and antibiotics (and the unhealthy side effects that can result).

Choosing the source of your protein intake is another step in being your own health care practitioner. And the evidence shows that the more plant-based your food is, the healthier it is for you. And that includes protein from plants no less.

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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.

Menopause – A Natural Transition

Life as a woman unfolds through several biological stages. The variations on how these are experienced are as diverse as life itself. Whether considering birth, infancy, childhood, puberty, adolescence, reproductive maturity or menopause, each is a natural part of being alive. At the same time, any woman who is having an incredibly difficult time going through the stages of menopause will most likely say that it certainly doesn’t feel natural.

And so it begins

Several years before menopause, a woman enters an interval known as perimenopause, when changes start to occur in hormone production.
Inside every woman’s body are at least fifty different hormones. These chemical messengers circulate in the bloodstream, controlling the starting, stopping, speeding up or slowing down of functions and processes in organs and body systems such as the reproductive system.

During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fall and fluctuate. This hormonal change is a natural part of the transition. However, the resulting imbalance can begin to trigger a number of symptoms associated with menopause, including depression, hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, insomnia, water retention and weight gain. Although irregular menstrual cycles can also occur, pregnancy is still possible during the perimenopausal years.

Menopause and Hormonal Imbalance

The ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, the primary hormones involved in reproduction. A balanced ratio of these hormones is required for the optimal functioning of the reproductive system, including the menstrual cycle and fertility.

A woman is born with a lifetime reserve of around two million eggs that are stored in the ovarian follicles. Over time, the ovaries begin to reduce in size. As the number of follicles declines during the aging process, follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones are unable to regulate estrogen and progesterone levels, which control the menstrual cycle.

When a woman misses her period for twelve consecutive months, she has officially entered menopause. Her ovaries no longer release eggs and stop most of their estrogen and progesterone production.

This gradual transition that signals an end to the reproductive years typically starts when a woman is in her forties or fifties. However, menopause can begin at an earlier or much later age.

The body of each woman is different, so the effects of the physiological changes during menopause are not the same for every woman. Some women experience a varying number of uncomfortable symptoms while others experience the transition with little or no discomfort.

Menopausal symptoms result when levels of estrogen are higher than progesterone, creating a hormonal imbalance. One factor that contributes to “estrogen dominance” is the prevalence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals called xenoestrogens, which may be found in animal, dairy and skin-care products, herbicides and pesticides, plastics, etc. To restore the balance, it may be helpful to use natural progesterone cream.

Completing the Transition

The final stage of the transition is referred to as postmenopause. Unpleasant symptoms may ease off at this point in time. Simultaneously, because of lower than normal levels of estrogen, the postmenopausal period can increase the risk of developing health problems, including urinary incontinence, osteoporosis and cardiovascular issues.

Still, the fact is that good health can be maintained right from the start, leading to a smooth transition through menopause and a new beginning.

Natural Remedies

First and foremost, embracing this inevitable stage of life with a positive attitude is a healthy way of adjusting. Rather than viewing menopause as an ending to youthfulness and fertility, accepting it as a new life chapter puts an entirely different read on the situation.

Lifestyle changes that include a primarily plant-based (anti-inflammatory) diet, regular exercise, plenty of rest and relaxation will go a long way in making a smooth transition through menopause.

Natural health products that provide supplemental nutrients to help the body adjust to the transition can also be beneficial in avoiding menopausal symptoms.

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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.

AIM’s Northern Lights Contest Winners!

The Northern Lights Contest was in play from June 1 to December 31, 2017, offering Members worldwide a chance to win cash prizes and packages for the 2018 Celebration in Toronto, Canada. The results reflect the brilliance of Diamonds Aglow: Members actively growing their AIM businesses and contributing to the future of The AIM Companies™. Congratulations to each and every winning membership!

Membership Name Points
LEVEL 5 CONTEST WINNERS  
Miller, Joseph W. and Emma M. 10360
Rawls, Marlene and David 5127
Peterson, Ralph S. 4727
Jada, Muhammad 3804
Jada, Razia 3793
Miller,  Matthew and Karen D. 3370
Jada Shaik, Raeesa 2861
Van Den Bosch, Marinda 2382
Greens For Life, Inc. 2306
Bloemhof, Herman 2209
Quantum Knowledge Pty. Ltd. 2022
Van Rensburg, Chris and Joan 1943
LEVEL 4 CONTEST WINNERS  
Schiele, Loren E. and Kathleen 1805
Upfold, Jon and Julie 1805
Markotter, Elzette 1783
Weitsz, Vanessa 1780
Toft, Heidi and Mike 1613
* 1565
van der Walt, Erna 1522
Vivienne Myburgh c/o Something Natural 1478
M & M Healthy Sales, Inc. 1460
Thompson, Joy and Nathan 1259
Robinson, Leré and Eddie 1240
Borntrager, Rudy and Anna 1136
LEVEL 3 CONTEST WINNERS  
Knipp, Cara D. 1114
Helm, Madaleine 1026
Kuret- Coetzer, Tanya 1023
Vawda, Moonira 1009
Van der Westhuizen, Tanya 967
* 932
Kritzinger, Benita 916
De Villiers, Yolanda 913
Paquin, Ginette 878
Lim, Jian 865
King, DC, Susan M. 852
Du Toit, Rene 840
LEVEL 2 CONTEST WINNERS  
Ascent Strategies, Inc. 840
JMK Marketing 825
Forrest, Andrena 691
Fry, Matthew D. and Ruth M. 681
Yoder, Elmer A. and Barbara J. 667
Casavant, Monique 587
Vandertil, Rita and Eno 569
Odendaal, Mabet 568
Stoltzfus, Rose A. and David 541
Maas, Liesl 526
Mary A. (Toni) Lund Family Trust 523
Raber, Daniel and Soloma 521
LEVEL 1 CONTEST WINNERS  
The Natural Way Network 519
Brogan, Lisa 516
Durrant, Janine 503
Berry, Sandy 502
*Member wishes to remain anonymous

Level 5: Wins TWO Celebration Packages (a $1,000 value) plus $1,500 Cash
Level 4: Wins ONE Celebration Package (a $500 value) plus $1,000 Cash
Level 3: Wins $1,000 Cash
Level 2: Wins $750 Cash
Level 1: Wins $500 Cash

Prizes values shown in USD. Please watch for a personal email regarding your contest prize.

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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.

A Case for Supplements

First of all, this is not about a container for your supplements. It’s about making a case for supplements. Wait a minute: now it sounds like a blog about making your own supplement case. And that would just be wrong, so let’s try another paragraph of specifics.

The use of supplements has been debated over several decades with negative and positive opinions aplenty. The words “waste of money” and even “possibly harmful” are the bottom line for the naysayers. But they missed the key factors and the main point in the case for supplements.

Key Factors

All supplements are not created equal, and it is simple as ABC. If a health product does not contain:

  1. High-quality, NATURAL ingredients
  2. Actual ingredient(s) printed on the label
  3. Designated ingredient amounts printed on the label

Then the purchaser has been HAD. The supplement is not going to do much of what it purports to do for the consumer. And there are so many poor quality products (often used in the case against supplements) in the marketplace.

Main Point

The words “food supplement” mean “a substance designed to make up for a deficiency in one’s diet” (Collins English Dictionary). That is the main point of taking supplements: to make up for a deficiency. Not getting enough nutrition in the food you eat is the reason why supplementation makes so much sense.

Nutritional Deficiencies

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reports that the average intake of some essential nutrients, such as potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D, is so low as to be a public health concern. Low intakes of other essential nutrients are primarily due to unhealthy food choices.

What if you eat well? Well, research confirms that today’s food crops contain lower amounts of essential nutrients than those grown several decades ago. This is apparently due to soil depletion: “Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows” (scientificamerican.com).

The Answer

So what do you do? Supplement your nutritional intake with high quality, natural health products: brand name AIM! With an extensive line of “Nutrition that Works!”, The AIM Companies™ has been a tried and true go-to source of supplemental nutrients since 1982.

For example, those in the know know the positive difference the Garden Trio can make to a person’s health. BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets make up this nutritionally rich threesome that collectively captures all that is beneficial in barley grass, carrots and beets in concentrated powders that are easily assimilated and used by the body. Correcting a nutrient deficiency is as easy as adding the Garden Trio to water, mixing and drinking. A daily drink of this combo is supplemental perfection.

And there are so many more AIM natural health products to explore that make a “convincing” case for supplements. See for yourself by visiting the online product store.

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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.

Reboot Your Gut Health with 3 Billion Live Cells from FloraFood

Thinking back twenty years ago, did you know what a probiotic was? In 1999 AIM introduced FloraFood capsules, each con­taining 1 billion colony-forming units from a combination of Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum. The belief in probiotics has changed dramatically over the past five years, and there has been an explosion of new ideas about the role that gut bacteria and the microbiome play in our health with the supplementation of probiotics.

There are hundreds of bacterial species living with our bodies with around 100 trillion microbial cells, which outnumber our own cells by 10 : 1. Microbiome live all over our bodies (inside and out), with the gut microbiota being the largest reservoir of microbiota in the body which specifically impacts the following aspects of our biology:

  •  Digestion
  • Metabolism and body weight
  • Neurological health
  • Cognition
  • Emotional well-being
  • Immune response
  • Reproductive health

That’s the reason why we need to protect our gut by taking a daily probiotic. This month, AIM will release a new and improved FloraFood, guaranteeing you 3 billion CFU (colony-forming units) per capsule of the three bacteria in the original formula. The larger dose of these three species will provide you more gut protection and improved digestive functioning.

I love getting more friendly bacteria into my body, especially for the same price. Three times the amount of probiotics at no extra cost!
—Rica Gerhardt, Ashton, ON

Many analogize the gut as being like an inner garden with bacteria living in it, so like any good ecosystem, we need to feed it the right nutrients to keep it thriving and flourishing. Prebiotics are one such nutrient that feed and ensure the gut bacteria proliferate in that inner garden. Prebiotics are found in fermented vegetables, green bananas, sweet potatoes, onions, asparagus, leeks, plus good sources of fiber such as AIM Herbal Fiberblend and AIM fit ’n fiber that contain dandelion root extract and artichoke leaf extract.

Probiotics exist in two primary forms: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. There are many other varieties and strains available, but these are the two main ones.

Before industrialization when no refrig­eration existed and there was little food processing, people were able to obtain plenty of foods that boost immune system and maintain healthy gut flora by eating pickled, cured and fermented foods.

Nowadays with refrigeration and the overuse of antibiotics, coupled with antibacterial products, stress, poor sleep and no time for exercise, people are experiencing imbalances between beneficial and undesirable bacteria in the digestive tract, leading to a host of health problems.

I trust the quality of FloraFood and take it daily. It keeps my immune system strong, so I stay healthy even when I’m surrounded by people who are ill.
—Diane Vezina, Ottawa, ON

Specifically, gut inflammation can lead to autoimmune diseases and illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, food sensitivities and allergies. The well accepted gut-brain axis concept is now termed by the medical profession as the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Researchers have found that probiotic therapy appears to be an interesting adjuvant in the dietetic management of celiac disease, since sufferers have lower levels of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.1

The future of probiotics continues to excite with Harvard researchers recently announcing that certain strains of bacteria may affect the microbiome makeup to aid athletic performance. Other researchers propose that our gut bacteria should be viewed as an epigenetic entity. That is, the gut bacteria makeup regulates how your genes are expressed (positively or negatively). 2

References

1 Fernando de Sousa Moraes, L et al. Intestinal Microbiota and Probiotics in Celiac Disease, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, July 2014, Vol 27, Number 3, p. 482-489.

2 Stilling, R.M, Dinan T.G, Cryan, J.F. Microbial genes, brain and behaviour – epigenetic regulation of the gut-brain axis. Genes, Brain and Behavior Journal. Vol 13, Jan 2014, p. 69-84.

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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.