PrepZymes Eases the Bite!

Shared by Charlotte Thompson,  AIM Chairman’s Club Director

Enzymes have really interested me for the last few years. I have a thick book that emphasizes their importance: the more enzymes, the more life. They are like workers in our bodies. If we don’t have enzymes, we don’t live. This has interested me so much that I’ve become quite acquainted with AIM PrepZymes.

People often call to ask me about pain and inflammation. AIM has a number of products that address these issues. And now I’ve also come to learn that taking PrepZymes in between meals helps the body to repair and restore. Recently, I put these AIM enzymes to the test for pain and inflammation … of my own.

I was bitten by a spider on the bottom of my foot, making it swollen and painful. My middle son and I had made plans to go camping for the weekend and he was going to teach me how to fly fish. But I could hardly walk, so I decided it was time for me to try what I had been telling everyone else about PrepZymes: great for reducing inflammation.

Along with all my other AIM products, I started taking PrepZymes daily, emptying the contents of multiple capsules into water and mixing it with my little blender. In other words, I began drinking my enzymes.

We headed out on the camping trip and then it was time for me to go fly fishing for the very first time in my life. I put on the waders and was able to walk without limping or feeling any pain. That was amazing to me. Each day the swelling in my foot went down. PrepZymes helped to reduce the inflammation from the spider bite so that I didn’t have to miss out on this new experience.

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.

Fit is the New Thin: Caitlin Lawrence

Shared by Caitlin Lawrence, AIM Preferred Member

I was born at a normal weight but with a big appetite. I remember dieting from an early age without much success. Although my mom was always into health foods and we were notoriously known as “the healthiest family in the neighborhood,” my weight tended to make people to think otherwise.

My mom was introduced to AIM products when I was about 14. She began forcing the whole family take greens and fiber. As a result of the healthy diet and AIM products, my brother and I rarely got sick. When we did have an illness or surgery, our recovery time was much shorter than average, like the time I had to have my stone-filled gallbladder removed.

When I entered university, I lived in residence for two years and my food choices became increasingly worse. I gained weight, became extremely depressed and anxious and did poorly in school. I suffered terribly from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), to the point where I’d have to eat two hours before going out because of the attacks that followed meals.

I finally decided to move back home and attend community college. My first year went well, but my food intake was still unhealthy. My weight ballooned to 230 pounds, and I was extremely unhappy and self-conscious about my body.

I made up my mind that 2013 was the year for me to make a change, so planning for my weight loss and health gain journey began. On April 28, I started Weight Watchers and began exercising five times a week while working full-time at a fast food restaurant. By December, I dropped to 165 pounds but reached a plateau that I struggled to break through.

I decided to try an elimination cleanse that worked dramatically for my mom, who had strug­gled to lose weight her entire life. The main com­ponent was filling your body with beneficial and nutri­tious food. It was at this point in my life that AIM products became vital to my journey.

My weight has fluctuated over the last three years, but three things have remained consistent: my exercise routine, my healthier food choices and the inclusion of the AIM products in my life.

Since I am lactose intolerant, have IBS and don’t have a gallbladder, I am unable to consume milk products and find it difficult to digest fats, particularly those found in deep-fried foods and meat products. I rely on the ProPeas for protein boosters because I do not eat much meat.

I love to start my day with a smoothie that contains ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and CoCoa LeafGreens. I have taken BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend capsules in the evening for the past eight years, but since attending the AIM Celebration in Toronto, I am now taking the Garden Trio in the morning and for lunch instead. I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of this inclusion.

Other products I rely on include FloraFood and PrepZymes to help absorb and digest fats, AIMega to provide good fats for brain and skin health and Composure to relieve anxiety and depression.

I’m happy to say that I’m maintaining a weight of 140 pounds and haven’t felt better. My IBS and anxiety still like to rear their heads from time to time, but I am able to control them for the most part through a controlled diet that includes AIM products. While losing weight and gaining health are largely based on determination and drive, I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today without AIM.

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.

Festive Season or Stressful Season?

It is hard to believe that 2017 is coming to an end. It’s been an eventful year to say the least. And December is filled with festivities that usually demand a fair bit of attention, so even the final month of the calendar may be jam-packed and challenging.

Anyone who has shopped for presents, spent money they cannot afford, made preparations for Christmas dinner or plans for New Year’s Eve probably understands that the experience is not always joyous in spite of the underlying message that it’s supposed to be.

For many people who embrace the festivities with family and friends, there may be long-distance journeys involved, which can be expensive, stressful and tiring because it’s the high season of travel: long lineups, crowds, flight delays, missing baggage and lost sense of humor. For those who are alone this time of year, it is often a time that brings on the blues.

Whether you’re a willing participant in any of the festivities this time of year or an “I’m not buying into it” observer, there is always something there to remind you that it’s happening. Believer or not, you either experience or are witness to the stress in the mad dashes to decorate, purchase presents and baste the turkey, all of which mask the true meaning of a holiday such as Christmas.

The AIM Companies™ and its Members believe in taking advantage of “Nutrition That Works!” to boost both body and spirit even more so during this festive and feast-filled season.

Supplementing the Feasts

Participating in an overindulgence of food and drink over the holidays, many people reject the idea of needing any added nutrients to their waistlines. And then there are those who totally understand that stuffing yourself like a turkey does not mean you are giving your body the nutrition it actually needs.

Throughout the year and especially around feasting occasions, supplemental nutrition from natural food concentrates such as BarleyLife greens and ProPeas vegetable protein support a healthy body and spirit. And for festive overeaters, the digestive enzymes in PrepZymes and the friendly bacteria in FloraFood will help to stop digestive system overload from the inside out.

A Side Dish of Composure

When all is not calm and bright and the festive season turns into a stressful season, you may lose your composure—that feeling of being relaxed and in control of your emotions. To help keep you level-headed, reach for a bottle of Composure. A serving of its soothing herbs can bring about inner peace even in the most stressful of situations and contribute to a much-needed, refreshing sleep.

And may the end of the year be a festive time for you and your loved ones.

5 Nutritional Strategies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome affects a significant segment of the population (around 15%).  The underlying cause or causes of IBS is unknown, but it often manifests in a variety of symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.  To complicate matters further, each sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered by any number of factors specific to the individual.  That means a nutritional strategy has to be self-tailored, possibly under the watch of a healthcare professional.  We will examine what experts are saying about nutrition for IBS as well as some of the latest research.

Fiber Supplements

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders calls fiber a double-edged sword because some IBS sufferers may experience gas or bloating after use. However, they also add that almost every IBS sufferer would likely benefit from a moderate fiber increase. The IFFGD recommends gradually increasing fiber intake until reaching 20-35 grams per day (based on the individual’s recommended dietary allowance).

Probiotics

There is evidence that probiotics which contain Bifodacteria may alleviate or reduce some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There is a caveat to this, however.  In terms of IBS, it is less about just taking a probiotic and more about gut-flora manipulation. Some people found relief from IBS by taking antibiotics which kills gut flora, and others have benefited by gradually changing the landscape of their gut biome over time.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes like amylase, lactase, protease and lipase help break down food, making digestion easier. There have only been two small studies on digestive enzymes and IBS. Both have been positive. One study found that enzymes improved post-meal IBS symptoms. The other showed that enzymes helped relieve gas and bloating.

Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote The Magnesium Miracle. She also, conveniently, wrote IBS for Dummies. In her works,  she explains that magnesium taken orally can have a laxative effect, helpful for people whose IBS has made them constipated.  However, if a person suffers from IBS-related diarrhea, he or she can use a topical magnesium on the skin to reap magnesium’s benefits without upsetting the stomach.

A Low-FODMAP Diet

There is evidence that short-chain carbohydrates (aka fermentable oligo-saccharides, si-saccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols) can aggravate IBS because they tend to ferment in the gut and cause gas. That is why many IBS sufferers choose to follow a low-FODMAP diet. You can find a complete list of low- and high-FODMAP foods here. Spicy foods, sugary foods and caffeine can be problematic as well.

AIM offers nutritional supplements that can fit into a low-FODMAP diet as well as digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber and topical magnesium. But in the case of IBS, you should consult a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes. This post is for education purposes only.

FloraFood and PrepZymes: Stronger Apart

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Even though AIM provides products that can be taken with most others, two AIM products really don’t get along. Like two talented people who cannot work together but individually produce excellent work, AIM FloraFood® and AIM PrepZymes® must be kept separated to be mutually effective.

Both work wonders for your digestive and immune systems, supporting overall good health. The enzymes in PrepZymes not only help to digest food, they provide supplemental enzymes needed for literally thousands of essential chemical reactions in your body. The friendly bacteria in FloraFood promote a healthy balance of intestinal flora and pH, while helping to produce vitamins and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of these natural health products.

But if you take FloraFood and PrepZymes at the same time, the internal battle begins. Without perceptive brains (or any brain matter for that matter), enzymes simply start to digestively devour FloraFood, destroying the equally brainless bacteria that have only your healthy interests at heart. What a waste of effort (and money)!

Taken separately at different mealtimes allows FloraFood and PrepZymes to get their work done without any mean-spirited interference or supposed superiority. So if you take PrepZymes with breakfast and dinner, take FloraFood with lunch and a snack. Whatever you do, just keep ‘em separate. They just don’t get along. And they never will.

Our AIM-Nourished Travels

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Shared by Jan Baxter, AIM Director in Waterloo, Ontario

My husband Wayne and I are both in our early seventies, and we do enjoy traveling. The first thing I pack is our First AIM Kit to help us maintain our health. We use recycled containers for our nutritious AIM powders such as the Garden Trio®, ProPeas®, and CalciAIM™. Depending on how many days we’ll be traveling, I pack an equal number of small, plastic bags containing a daily supply of encapsulated supplements that include AIM GinkgoSense™ and AIM PrepZymes®.

In celebration of our forty-second anniversary, we planned a Caribbean cruise over Christmas 2014. A few days before our trip, I sent a message to AIM Online to check which products we would need for Jamaica after hearing about the chikungunya virus spread by mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headaches, nausea, and rash. It affected hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean, spurring a state of emergency in Jamaica. Keith Duff (AIM Regional Meeting and Training Director) suggested that I also pack extra AIM Proancynol® 2000 for antioxidants and AIM FloraFood® for friendly bacteria.

We like adventure but opted for a taxi ride around the town of Falmouth, Jamaica instead of taking a bamboo raft trip down the Martha Brae River that runs through lush, green vegetation where mosquitoes breed.

On the beautiful island of Roatan, we went on a five-hour, 20-mile, guided bike tour through tropical rainforests with fourteen others despite the 900 F (300 C) temperature and the hilly, narrow roads. We took a well-deserved break at a beach to unwind and do some snorkeling. Thank goodness I had some convenient sample packs of AIM BarleyLife® (for energy) and AIM Peak Endurance® (for ATP and electrolytes) to mix in my water bottle. Biking back to the ship gave us an interesting insight into the life of the locals. Back onboard, it was wonderful to rub on AIM Mag-nificence™ lotion to relax our sore, stressed muscles.

Two days later, sixteen of us took a 5-hour, clear kayak and snorkel trip. The transparent kayak made it even easier for us to see the incredible variety of colorful fish and coral below us in the crystal clear water. Later, our snorkeling adventure gave us an even closer look at the marine life.

Not only did we enjoy these excursions, we also survived them due to the wonderful AIM products that we’ve been taking daily for over seventeen years. We owe our health, wellness, and active lifestyle to them. Thank you, AIM, for Nutrition that Works!

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