Nutrition for Vision

Your five senses are such a daily part of being alive. Yet it is usually only when one of them is compromised that you give it the awareness it deserves.

Take vision as an example. The gift of sight is such an important sense. You only have to close your eyes and imagine never being able to reopen them to sense what life would be like without being able to see. And if you are shortsighted or farsighted, you are fortunate that corrective lenses allow you to at least see far more clearly.

If you are gifted with the sense of sight, the National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends a number of tips to keep your eyes healthy, such as wearing sunglasses, giving your eyes a rest (especially from computer and phone screens) and maintaining a healthy weight (to avoid the increased risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to loss of vision). Another of the NEI’s tips is also a focal point of The AIM Companies™: eat right to protect your sight.

Have You Ever Thought About Nourishing Your Eyes?

The right nutritional choices can help you to maintain healthy vision.

Dark, leafy greens are beneficial for the overall health of your body, given their rich source of nutrients. LeafGreens provides supplemental greens that deliver key nutrients for eye health, including lutein and zeaxanthin from spinach and kale, which also contain beta-carotene. All three nutrients are antioxidants that protect the eyes from oxidative stress.

Carrots are usually one of the first “good for eyesight” vegetables that spring to mind. Just Carrots powder is supplemental whole food that contains a concentration of carrot nutrients, including beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is necessary for the conversion of light energy into electrical energy in the retinas of the eyes. The optic nerve then transmits this energy to the brain, and you have vision.

Eye GinkgoSense

For targeting eye health, GinkgoSense combines an effective ingredient that improves circulation to your eyes and key nutrients that need to be circulated to your eyes. Ginkgo biloba extract increases blood flow to the eyes and brain, making it a healthy herb for vision and memory. Only two carotenoids are present in the maculas of the eyes in sizeable amounts: lutein and zeaxanthin, so it makes sense that these nutrients are also part of the formula. Helping to prevent macular degeneration, omega-3 essential fatty
acids are another GinkgoSense ingredient. In other words, GinkgoSense is an eyeful when it comes to nutrition for vision.

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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.

What Makes Essential Fatty Acids ESSENTIAL?

Contrary to negative thoughts about fat, the human body uses it as a major source of fuel energy and helps with the absorption of carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. So fat is a nutrient that every body needs . . . in moderation and from healthy sources. Fat is acquired from a variety of fatty acids: the building blocks of the fat in food and the body.

Fatty Acid Breakdown

Trans – found in processed products created by food manufacturers (fats harmful to the body and should be avoided)

Saturated – the body can synthesize and needs for physiological and structural functions

Monounsaturated – some of which the body synthesizes and requires for good health

Polyunsaturated – the body cannot synthesize yet essential for good health 1

Polyunsaturated omega-3 and -6 are referred to as essential fatty acids because the body lacks the enzymes to synthesize them, so they must come from nutritional intake. Linoleic acid (LA) is the parent fatty acid of omega-6 while alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the parent fatty acid of omega-3. 1

AIMega contains a balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 (ALA) and -6 (LA) from organic seed oils because most people do not get enough omega-3 and far too much omega-6 from poor nutritional sources.

Essential Fatty Acids Are Important

Omega-3 and -6 are structural and functional components of every cell in the body. Healthy cellular membranes depend on the presence of these essential fatty acids so that they remain flexible and permeable, allowing nutrients to enter and waste to exit. Consuming these essential fatty acids helps to modify membrane composition and molecular structure.

If cell membranes are healthy, then cells are healthy. Since the body is constructed of cells from the inside out to the skin layer, then healthy cell membranes are integral to the overall health of the body.

In particular, increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake increases the omega-3 content in red blood cells, immune cells, atherosclerotic plaques, heart muscle tissue and other cell types throughout the body. 2

The benefits of omega-3 (ALA) may include inflammatory response modulation, central nervous system function and behavior improvements and cardiovascular system protection. 3

It’s a fact: the body needs a regular supply of essential fatty acids. AIMega delivers.

1 www.nap.edu/read/10490/chapter/10
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2 lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/other-nutrients/essential-fatty-acids#introduction
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3 www.researchgate.net/publication/249402716_Update_on_alpha-linolenic_acid_Nutrition_ReviewsC_Vol_66_No_6
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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 AIMega 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.

Healthy Bones and Joints

The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone … by a joint. Bones and joints go hand in hand … or ball in socket to be more exact when it comes to hip and thigh bones or shoulders for that matter. The structure and performance of the skeletal frame and all of its movable parts is a work of natural art.

When the skeletal frame works, it gives you the freedom to move and be active. Otherwise, we might all be plants rooted in the earth, going nowhere. It can make you think about those who choose to be physically inactive. And sadly, some people have no choice in the matter.

If your skeletal frame is working, one of the best things you can do to keep it that way is to keep moving and stay active. Being too sedentary turns good bones and joints into an “if you don’t use it, you lose it” situation over time.

‘Osteo’ Conditions

The word “osteo” relates to bones, with its origin in the Greek language: osteon. The two most common health problems related to bones and joints are osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Osteoporosis means porous bones, which is caused by calcium loss, making bones more likely to break. Regular exercise helps to inhibit the rate of bone loss. Because exercise strengthens the skeletal frame, the risk of falling and breaking bones is reduced. The message remains “keep moving.”

Osteoarthritis might be translated as bone-joint inflammation. It’s a condition that results from the break down of cartilage (the cushion) between joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. Again, exercise is beneficial for the joints. A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Anatomy determined that “exercise has positive salutary benefits for joint tissues in addition to its other health benefits.”1

AIM Bone and Joint Maintenance

CalciAIM
To replace and maintain the body’s calcium levels, CalciAIM provides three types of this essential mineral. CalciAIM powder mixes into a bioavailable drink that also includes nutrients required for the absorption of calcium, such as vitamin D and magnesium.

Frame Essentials
The essential components of joint cartilage structure—glucosamine and methylsulfonylmethane—are available in Frame Essentials. The formula also
includes a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic: boswellia extract, and all three ingredients may help to reduce arthritic pain, stiffness and swelling.

CalciAIM and Frame Essentials deliver supplemental building blocks for healthy bones and joints to support a strong and functional skeletal frame.

1 Journal of Anatomy 2009 Feb; 214(2):197–207
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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.

The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance

There’s a bacterial balancing act going on inside your gut microbiome: the microorganisms in your intestinal tract. And you want them to be dominated by good bacteria (probiotics) that keep you healthy.

Overpopulated, bad bacteria can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel disorders as well inhibit the absorption of nutrients that your body needs. When you consider that your digestive system houses over 100 trillion bacteria weighing in at around four pounds, it is vital that the good outweigh the bad.

 Support Your Microbiome with FloraFood and fit ’n fiber

FloraFood provides a supplemental population of probiotics (good bacteria) for your gut microbiome. Each capsule of FloraFood probiotics contains 3 billion colony forming units to help outnumber the bad. And fit ’n fiber delivers prebiotics (food) for those probiotics to thrive and reproduce in your gut, the core of your disease-fighting immune system.

Know Who Your FloraFood Friends Are: Lacto, Bifido & Bifido

So what are the three types of good bacteria found in FloraFood that supplement those in your gut microbiome?

One of the main species of good bacteria that populates your gastrointestinal tract is also in FloraFood: Lactobacillus gasseri. This species creates a variety of organic compounds that inhibit unfriendly bacteria. One of these compounds is lactic acid, which creates an unsuitable intestinal environment for the bad to breed.

Along with the resilience to survive a journey through stomach acid on the way to the intestines, L. gasseri is the stickiest of all lactobacilli when it comes to adhering to intestinal walls, allowing it to effectively colonize and protect you against disease-causing pathogens.

The other two FloraFood friends are some of the very first microbes to colonize the human gastrointestinal tract and belong to the Bifidobacterium species: B. bifidum and B. longum.

These probiotics have been shown to:

  • provide nutrients by breaking down non-digestible, dietary carbohydrates
  • protect against pathogens by competitive exclusion (beating out the bad guys)
  • modulate the immune system
  • confer positive health benefits

Taking Care of Your FloraFood Friends with fit ’n fiber

Research has shown that good bacteria feast on undigested dietary carbohydrates defined as prebiotics, which help them to flourish in gut microbiome.

Fit for probiotic feasting, fit ’n fiber contains three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers 8 grams of prebiotics to feed probiotics, helping good bacteria grow and reproduce exponentially.

To help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your microbiome, supplement with FloraFood probiotics and keep them well fed with fit ’n fiber prebiotics.

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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 FloraFood and fit ‘n fiber and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Bees and BarleyLife

Shared by Arnold and Judy Berkin, AIM Star Sapphire Directors,

We first learned of green barley powder in 1987. Judy suffered from anemia constantly and took iron medication with its associated problems. After six weeks of daily use of this green powder, there was a major change in her blood iron levels.

Then I got the courage to try this “green stuff” myself. Three years previously, I had a major heart episode. After taking these greens for three months, I felt well enough to stop taking all the prescribed heart medication I was on.

When AIM came to Australia, we didn’t have to be convinced; we joined immediately. In 1995, we were were awarded a trip to San Francisco, sponsored by The AIM Companies™. That was a great experience.

Our favorite products are BarleyLife, RediBeets and Just Carrots powders. In October 2016, Judy had a bad fall and broke her upper right arm. We then added CalciAIM to the Garden Trio, and she is doing fine now.

As beekeepers, we learned that if our bees were struggling to find good pollen sources, they would consume BarleyLife. It amazed us how it helps to raise the crude protein level in their bodies.

To get the BarleyLife to the bees, we just sprinkle about 10 grams of the powder in the bottom box where the brood— young developing bees—is located. We do this once a month, and it also helps them in cleaning the hive.

BarleyLife doesn’t improve the actual honey, but it does improve the health of the bees, so they can produce more honey with a lower moisture content. By eating the BarleyLife, the bees are more resilient and able to cope better with environmental stress.

Most honeys have health benefits for people. Citrus honey is helpful with respiratory problems. All honeys give an energy boost to your day. The very dark honeys help with lower bowel conditions. For example, a person who had been told they needed to have major bowel surgery came to us in 1994. They have been taking BarleyLife and Banksia honey ever since and have not required any surgery.

All AIM Members are welcome to visit us. Just give us a call or send an email to make sure we will be home.

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.

Actively Fit Firefighter and Father

As much as you want something to happen right away, it’s not going to because there’s a different plan. These are the words of Red Rush Athlete Andrew Tagdhiri, who for many years dreamed of being a father and becoming a firefighter.

Back in 2010, he owned a gym in California. “I really wanted to get into the fire service, helping people and being the first one people call when they’re in trouble,” Andrew stated, “but life wasn’t leaning me toward that way.” So three years later, he moved to Idaho. “I fell in with the right people and worked for the right people.”

Andrew had been actively involved with CrossFit, which is how he met Phillip Jermann, biologist and quality assurance manager for The AIM Companies. Andrew also found a gym, Snake River CrossFit, where he found himself to be an asset, and started coaching full time for owners Frank and Michaela Beauvais. Frank happened to be a well-known firefighter in the valley. “He took me under his wing, and I followed in his footsteps,” Andrew said.

In August 2017, Andrew began four months of training at the Treasure Valley Joint Fire Academy. “The first three months focused on drill work followed by a month in a classroom,” Andrew stated. “Phillip had hooked me up with Red Rush in 2014 at CrossFit, and it had made my lungs feel fresh. The amount of air and oxygen that I could get was a big difference than when I didn’t take it. So it really helped me physically with the grueling, firefighter tryout process and mentally for the focus I needed in the classroom. Other guys got tired, but Red Rush helped me to keep pushing through.”

Four days before Andrew graduated from the academy, his wife, Bri, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl named Elliet. “Pretty good finale to 2017,” Andrew exclaimed. “Everything we’ve been praying for ever since we’ve known each other. Bri’s known that I’ve wanted to be a firefighter and a dad for a long time. All of it came true in perfect timing. Life aligned so perfectly.”

Andrew and his family live in Nampa, Idaho, home of AIM USA. Red Rush continues to be a daily part of his shift work at the Meridian Fire Department. “Something I was made to do is to be there for people, an avenue outside of coaching CrossFit or athletes, to help people, but now in people’s everyday lives, not just at the gym,” Andrew said. “And Red Rush is working out to better my skills in a way of being able to perform as an occupational athlete. Sometimes I have to make game-time decisions that can affect lives. Red Rush keeps me focused and doesn’t let fatigue make those decisions.”

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

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