To Sneeze or Not to Sneeze

Why is it that some people have allergies while others waltz through life without them? Apparently, life isn’t fair when it comes to allergic reactions either.

Ask anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies about the unfairness of making it through a long winter only to sneeze their way through spring and summer and they’ll tell you in no uncertain terms just how irritatingly unfair it is to have allergies.

Wheat Trigger?

With seasonal allergic rhinitis, a person reacts primarily to the pollen released from grasses, plants and trees, all of which spring to life after winter. Certain foods may also play a role in triggering allergic reactions to pollen.

For example, wheat has been a dietary staple for centuries in bread and is an ingredient in most processed foods. Over time, people can develop inner reactions related to a family of wheat proteins, amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs), which, according to a 2016 study, promote intestinal inflammation.1

This inflammation associated with wheat could be an allergy activator come spring. Anecdotal evidence demonstrates that eliminating dietary wheat has helped to put a stop to seasonal allergies that trigger itchy eyes, runny noses and uncontrolled sneezing.

Maladies . . . Melodies
Allergies to dust and grain
Maladies . . . Remedies
Still these allergies remain
© 1981 Words and Music by Paul Simon

Alleviate with AIM

The nutrition you add to your dietary intake can also help to alleviate allergy symptoms. LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens contain kale, arugula, Swiss chard and spinach, all of which are natural sources of quercetin. This plant flavonoid is recognized for its antioxidant activity and anti-allergic properties.

Quercetin naturally inhibits the release of histamines.2 For most people, pollen is harmless. But for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the immune system identifies pollen as something harmful to the body, so it releases chemicals—histamines—to get rid of it, creating inflammation and allergy symptoms.

Increasing your intake of quercetin-rich vegetables and AIM concentrates such as LeafGreens and CoCoa LeafGreens may help to correct this inflammatory response to a perceived threat.

FloraFood may also provide relief. With the recent focus on the microbiota’s importance to overall health, it may not be surprising that a 2016 randomized trial concluded that allergy sufferers who took probiotics experienced improved quality of life.3

The probiotics used in the study were Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum, which make up the FloraFood formula. These friendly bacteria may increase the percentage of T cells called Tregs that control the immune system’s response to foreign particles and generate a tolerance for pollen.

If seasonal allergies affect you or someone you know, it is good to know that there are non-medicinal steps that can be taken to help alleviate this unnatural body response to something as common as pollen, allowing full enjoyment of a spring that has sprung.

References accessed March 8, 2019

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Both Sides of Inflammation

Inflammation? Doesn’t sound good, does it? Turns out it’s both good and bad.

On one hand, good (acute) inflammation is an element of the body’s healing response to infection, toxins and tissue damage. Cut a finger, sprain something or contract a respiratory infection, and the immune system reacts defensively. The resulting pain, swelling, redness, heat, fever or tingling are to help in the healing process. By killing germs and establishing a line of defense, acute in­flammation helps to prevent a problem from worsening.

On the other hand, bad (chronic) inflammation is a potential horror story. This type can trigger a long list of disorders, including arthritis, asthma, blood flow issues, cancer and diabetes. In fact, it is believed to be at the core of disease.

As the word “chronic” implies, this type of inflammation is persistent, so your body is on guard constantly. This is a problem. For example, if inflammatory cells are present for too long in blood vessels, the result can be an increase in plaque buildup. This can lead to thickening of the arteries, which increases the likelihood for a stroke or heart attack.

A hallmark of the AIM mes­­sage is nutrition. Eating plant-based food is associated with les­sening the ravages of bad inflammation and supporting good inflammation. AIM provides concentrated forms of plant nutrients. While not promising to diagnose, mitigate, treat or prevent disease, there’s a wide variety of whole-food concen­trates and natural health prod­­ucts fea­tured in the 2019 Living Well catalog that may alleviate the bad kind of inflammation.

Do yourself a favor: eat nutrient-dense foods and take AIM supplements. Since its founding, AIM has been advocating healthy choices that remain true. Along with good habits that include exercising regularly and drinking plenty of water, consuming anti-
inflammatory, antioxidant-rich whole foods and supplements are in­vestments in yourself that can pay a lifetime of dividends for your immune system.

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

Nola Excels in Pan Pacific Masters

AIM Member Nola Nolte has a healthy life motto: exercise to enjoy a better quality of life and no matter what your health and fitness goals are, proper nutrition is essential.

Nola, who lives on the mid-north New South Wales coast, competed in the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast last November and came home with three medals. The events she participated in were the beach mile, 5k road race, 4k cross country and 10.1k trail run.

Nola has been a Member since 2017 and firmly believes that the AIM products contributed to her athletic success. In the lead up to the Pan Pacific Games, she took plenty of ProPeas, Red Rush and Peak Endurance, and now enjoys CranVerry+, FloraFood and GinkgoSense as part of her daily maintenance regime.

The growth of both athletic participation and the body of research in sport nutrition and exercise science has increased exponentially in 20 years. This evidence-based collection of data has helped athletes fine-tune the art of sport nutrition with results as proof. One nutritious juice that has been investigated by scientists is derived from beetroot.

Beetroot juice contains an active nutrient called nitrate, which assists in pro­longing time to exhaustion and making exercise less tiring. This is called greater energy efficiency and has been shown to work in studies with athletes including the recreational and non-elite athlete subjects.

Studies with beetroot juice show that subjects who drank this beverage had better performance and heart function while exercising.

Nitrates are converted in the body to various other compounds and part of this process involves bacteria found in the mouth and digestive tract.

So how does beetroot juice work? Basically, it doubles the amount of nitrate in the blood and reduces the rate at which muscles use their source of energy, ATP.

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Four things you should understand about antioxidants

To understand the value of antioxidants found in many AIM products, it is vital to grasp that they protect you from the negative effects of oxygen. Breathing sustains life but also produces free radicals that attack stable molecules in your body. This can create a chain of imbalance and the spread of cellular damage from oxidative stress, a major factor in health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, preventing the harmful effects of oxidative stress.

Your body produces antioxidants but not enough of these inner—endogenous—antioxidants to offset all the free radicals created from normal metabolic function. An external source—exogenous anti­oxidants—is necessary to prevent cellular damage from oxidative stress. Both internal and external antioxidants are invaluable as “free-radical scavengers” that hunt and tame the bad guys.

Kept in balance, free radicals serve a purpose. For example, your body’s immune cells use free radicals to kill infection-causing bacteria. The key is to have enough antioxidants to help keep free radicals in check. It’s not easy because free radicals are also produced by external factors, including UV rays, pollution, smoking and unhealthy foods. Supplementing wisely with AIM products helps maintain an antioxidant edge, especially as you age.

As the benefits of antioxidants became well-known, some studies concluded that the naturally occurring antioxidants in fruits and vegetables should be the primary source. However, wholesome food can be further supported by taking AIM nutrition that includes whole-food concentrates and Proancynol 2000. Supplementation provides an even wider assortment of antioxidants to help fight destructive free radicals and prevent the ravages of oxidative stress. Your cells are engaged in a daily war; AIM nutrition is a valuable ally in winning that conflict.

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March On with BarleyLife

March 20 is a turning point. In the Northern Hemi­sphere, the date officially marks winter turning into spring. The return of green marks the former winter landscape with new leafy growth and the promise of fresh greens from gardens and farms.

Three days before the first day of spring is green-themed St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 celebrates the culture of Ireland through parades, music, dancing, drinking, etc., and of course, wearing green, which can pretty much be a fashion choice any day of the year.

Wearing green on the inside through AIM nutrition ought to be a healthy choice that happens every day of the year. And spring and St. Patrick’s Day can serve as symbolic reminders to “March” on with lifestyle choices that include BarleyLife.

Going Inner Green

Members have been wearing green from the inside out ever since they began taking AIM products such as BarleyLife. Put some on your tongue and green is seen. It’s primarily chlorophyll that gives barley grass and all other plants their green pigment. The beauty of the chlorophyll in BarleyLife is that the 22.4 grams per serving is in balance with the multitude of natural nutrients that spring to green life as barley grass grows.

AIM harvests young barley plants long before the grass grows to golden grain. These fresh young greens are quickly turned into an easily assimilated juice powder with pretty much all of the fiber removed. That’s because people lack the enzymes required to break down grass fiber. AIM makes the incredible balance of natural nutrients in barley grass available for human consumption.

Consuming the concentrated green nutrition in BarleyLife:

  • Elevates plant-based nutrient intake
  • Cleanses and detoxifies
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Delivers antioxidant protection
  • Helps to reduces inflammation
  • Supports the the body’s acid-alkaline balance

By the way, you don’t need a seasonal change or “The Luck the of Irish” to enjoy the benefits of BarleyLife. You just need AIM.

“If you are ever on a sinking ship, grab your BarleyLife. It will sustain you for some time before you are rescued. It is a whole food and essential for health. You can live on BarleyLife for a while, so be sure and grab it … right after your life jacket.”
Michelle Long, Chairman’s Club Director

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

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It’s All About Nutrition

Looking at Health Awareness Calendars for 2019, it’s interesting to note that March stands out as Nutrition Month in the United States and Canada. It’s especially interesting for The AIM Companies™, given that this Member-driven organization is in the business of sharing “Nutrition that works!” It’s a simple yet significant catch-phrase that reflects the importance of the right kind of nutrition.

Nutritious, whole food works to maintain good health, and AIM’s high-quality, whole-food concentrates and supplements can help to take natural nutrient intake to optimal levels.

The Rise of Digestive Diseases Worldwide

On the poor nutritional side, a North American diet that includes too many processed and fast foods has undoubtably been a major factor that contributes to a variety of health problems.

A 2008 National Institutes of Health report on the burden of digestive diseases provides some convincing evidence as to what can happen when you regularly put the wrong kind of foods into your mouth: gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, digestive cancers, etc. 1 To further illustrate the power of poor nutrition, you only have to look to changes in the Far East.

Several Asian countries whose pop­ulations had seemed to be immune are
now experiencing the onset and rise of many of these North American diseases, primarily due to the adoption of poor nutrition over the past 40 years or so. Before the transition toward industrialized societies, most people’s eating habits were healthier until modernization introduced the convenience of processed and fast foods.

A Medical Perspective

A steady diet of poor nutrition shows that a lifestyle move away from wholesome food results in poor health. Of course, there are other factors that can trigger digestive and other diseases, but, over time, dietary factors top the list.

Numerous enlightened minds in the medical profession, including Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and Dr. Alona Pulde, co-author of The Whole Foods Diet, emphasize that lifestyle changes, with good nutrition leading the way, can make an incredibly positive difference in your well-being.

The AIM Perspective

The AIM Healthy Cell Concept™ focuses on five factors that promote healthy body cells, a key element in your overall state of health. Nutrition is the first factor, and the AIM intention of providing natural sources of supplemental nutrition is not only to get people’s health back on track but to keep it there.

Nurturing cells with easily absorbed, natural nutrients from AIM supplements can help to optimize healthy food intake, making a huge nutritional difference at the cellular level and supporting body health from the inside out.

Along with nutrition awareness, March is also the month that contains the first day of North American spring, when gardens begin to reappear after a long, cold winter. So let’s take a look at the Garden Trio: three examples of AIM “Nutrition that works!” to make cells healthy.

The Garden Trio

BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets comprise a nourishing trio of whole-food concentrates that provide an unparalleled combination of plant-based nutrients.

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Barley grass grows with a fibrous root system that acts like a nutritional sponge, absorbing nutrients from the soil and sending them up into sprouting green shoots. Young barley grass is believed to be the most nutritious plant on the planet, but because of its high concentration of fiber, the human digestive system is not “grass-enabled.”

AIM delivers barley’s potent greens as an edible leaf juice powder to give people easy access to its abundance of natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and unique plant nutrients. Nutritious, cleansing, detoxifying, alkalizing and inflammation-reducing … that’s BarleyLife.

Just Carrots and RediBeets

Carrots and beets are taproot vegetables that you can think of as units of underground food storage. Their fleshy roots absorb nutrients from the earth and keep them in what are literally protective, fibrous containers.

Like barley grass, AIM taps into the treasure of nutrients in carrots and red beets to create easily assimilated juice powders with minimal fiber.

Carrots are a very good source of beta- carotene, potassium, vitamins B6 and B7 and a variety of antioxidants and plant nutrients that support whole-body health, particularly in regard to the eyes and skin. Just Carrots delivers all the benefits of this orange taproot filled with nutrition.

Red beets store a rich source of polyphenols, betalains, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and vegetable nitrates, providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, circulatory and detoxification support that promotes good health and improved liver function. Each canister of RediBeets stores these nutrients and benefits, so tap into them to improve and maintain well-being.

The concentration of nutrients in the Garden Trio will provide a daily awareness of nutrition . . . and that works!

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1 http://www.niddk.nih.gov/about-niddk/strategic-plans-reports/burden-of-digestive-diseases-in-united-states

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Ruth’s Million Dollar Journey

Being among the Elite group of AIM Members in the Million Dollar Club goes far beyond a dollar figure. It’s really about all the people you have been able to help along the way. This is what you truly come to understand from Chairman’s Club Director Ruth Overholt, who reached this AIM milestone in May 2018.

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Interestingly enough, Ruth and her husband, Andrew, who predeceased her in 2011, both grew up on farms, where they learned about the importance of wholesome, natural food. “My husband was a vegetable farmer,” Ruth stated. “We always wanted to eat healthily.” The Overholts raised their family with this healthy lifestyle choice in mind. And when they lived in Southern Indiana, they even ran a store that sold fresh produce to their local community.

When it came to other healthy ways to help people, Andrew was licensed to provide colon cleanses, operating a rejuvenation therapy clinic for many years. “People would come from all over to get help with their digestive systems,” Ruth said. And a chance introduction to AIM fit perfectly into their aim to improve people’s health.

“We were in Texas on a trip one time,” Ruth said, “We were staying with family and noticed this container of green powder on a shelf. We were told how good BarleyLife was for your health by AIM Director Evelyn Miller, our sponsor, and that’s how we joined AIM and then found out about Herbal Fiberblend.”

When Andrew added Herbal Fiberblend to his customers’ colon-cleansing regimen, the results were astounding. Word of its effectiveness spread like wildfire as did the growth of their AIM business.

Given the Overholts knowledge of healthy food, providing BarleyLife as follow-up nutrition to colon cleanses made perfect sense. “Of course, AIM nutrition also helped to maintain our health over the years,” Ruth added.

To this day, Ruth continues to take AIM products. “I take a heaping teaspoon of BarleyLife twice a day,” she stated. “People marvel at my health. I’m 91, my blood work is normal, and I have been helping my daughter with her cleaning business for over six years.” For Ruth Overholt, it’s all about helping people.

And one of the many beneficial results of helping others to improve their health with AIM nutrition is opening the door to the Million Dollar Club. Welcome, Ruth Overholt!

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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.

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