Impressed Doctor Says, “Continue what you’re doing”

Shared by Danae Songy, AIM Preferred Member

In January 2013, I was diagnosed with remitting-recurring multiple sclerosis, a chronic, typically progressive disease that damages nerve-cell sheaths in the brain and spinal cord. My symptoms included vision impairment, balance issues and numbness in my legs and hands.

I have always lived a healthy lifestyle and am an aerial silk acrobat, which demands peak athletic ability and stamina. My diet has been mostly vegetarian. This lifelong commitment to health made my diagnosis so hard to understand.

During the five years I was on MS medication, I battled bronchitis at least four times a year and lost my voice, which impacted my ability as a full-time, Christian radio DJ.

I also developed basal cell carcinoma near my eye. My doctor speculated it could be a result of a suppressed immune system brought on by the MS therapies. So, I was concerned not only about this terrible disease but also side effects of the medications.

My mom and I had been praying for guidance. Around that time, an odd thing happened. My medication delivery was delayed, so I had to do without it. Then I happened to see Chairman’s Club Director Michelle Long in Walmart one day. I had known her mom, Janet Pauly, and how BarleyLife had helped her. Michelle and I talked about BarleyLife, and I decided to try it to support my immune system. My medications had yet to arrive.

Fast forward seven months when I had a routine MRI in July 2018. I was really nervous about the follow-up appointment with my neurologist primarily because I never went back on my meds. Some doctors won’t see patients who don’t take the prescription med­i­cations. To be clear, I am cer­tainly not advocating that people should go off prescription medications without checking with their health care professional.

My neurologist did NOT drop me as a patient. In fact, he said I had above average brain tissue with no new brain lesions and asked me what I had been doing. I mentioned taking concentrated nutrition from a whole-food juice pow­der as well as eating mostly vegan, avoiding sugar and enriched-bleached flour, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep. I also described my acrobatic routines and many other cardio activities.

Being so impressed, my doctor told me to continue this lifestyle and asked permission to share my story as an alternative to conventional MS therapies/medications. I was thrilled, relieved and so thankful to the Lord for answered prayers.

I give all the credit and glory to God when I say that I have not had another MS episode since 2012. I believe that BarleyLife along with a healthy lifestyle is critical and that exercise is as important as nutrition. I cannot say definitively that BarleyLife is helping to man­age my MS symptoms, especially since I was symptom-free for five years before tak­ing it.

Since starting BarleyLife, how­ever, my overall health has improved. I sleep better, have more energy and no longer have menstrual cramps. I love my BarleyLife and crave it all day!

My journey with AIM is just beginning. I continue to enjoy sharing BarleyLife and other AIM products with others and seeing the positive health benefits that result.

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.

The Inner Workings of Fiber

The history of what is good and what is not good for you has definitely had its misleading moments over the course of time.

This is especially true in regard to nutrition. One claim that misled people for nearly two centuries is that fiber is not important for maintaining your health.

From the early 1800s, this essential nutrient—although not everyone agrees it’s essential or a nutrient—was termed crude fiber because it was indigestible: no energy or health benefits provided. Even the word “crude” hints at something negative about fiber. Nothing could be further from nutritional truth.

Fiber Man

Since the 1970s, it has been Dr. Denis Burkitt who is primarily associated with bringing the healthy facts about fiber to light.1 Based on his observations working as a missionary surgeon in Africa, Burkitt noted that his patients had high-fiber intakes and did not suffer from modern health problems common to the West.

A prime example is coronary heart disease, which was pretty much non-existent in Uganda where Burkitt was based. It is now the leading cause of death worldwide.

The observations and writings of Dr. Burkitt brought focus to the idea that diets low in fiber also increase the risk of many other health problems, including appendicitis, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Today, in countries where a “Western Diet” of mostly processed or fast foods with high amounts of fat, salt and sugar is popular, most people get less than half of their daily recommended 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams for men. Dr. Burkitt’s patients were averaging close to 100 grams of fiber daily by primarily eating plants.

Of course, fiber is only one of many beneficial nutrients found in plant-based food, providing countless natural nutrients that work at keeping a body healthy. In fact, the most recent research and studies offer a truly modern medical perspective: plant-based food may be the best medicine you can give your body.2

Upping Fiber Intake

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts will increase the amount of fiber you get. It’s great to have simple choices in life that make such a healthy difference. And when it comes to upping your intake with supplemental fiber, AIM offers natural choices that are simply great: Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber.

Herbal Fiberblend

The bottom line is that fiber is associated with bulking up stools to efficiently eliminate waste from the body. Herbal Fiberblend moves this necessary function into the realm of detoxification with carefully selected herbs blended with psyllium. For upping your fiber intake while experiencing cleanses that detoxify, choose Herbal Fiberblend.

fit ’n fiber

Your choice for an everyday fiber supplement is fit ’n fiber, delivering this essential nutrient from psyllium husk, oat, apple, flaxseed, acacia and konjac. Ideal for weight management programs, fit ’n fiber also provides food for good gut bacteria: 8 grams of prebiotic fiber.
Fiber is an essential nutrient that provides a variety of health benefits, and AIM makes it simple to benefit from the inner workings of fiber.

References:

1 Denis Burkitt and the origins of the dietary fibre hypothesis
2 www.nutritionfacts.org/topics/plant-based-diets/

Childhood WEIGHT Issues

It’s a sad fact of modern life that so many children around the world are facing a health problem that is largely preventable: being overweight (having extra body fat) or obese (having too much body fat).

The World Health Organization (WHO) presents some alarming statistics on the number of children who are affected by excess body weight:
• 41 million under the age of 5
• Over 340 million aged 5-19

WHO notes that an energy imbalance relating to calories consumed and calories burned is the underlying cause of these weight issues. Globally, people are eating more high-fat food and doing less physical activity. Both lifestyle factors have been adopted by the younger generation.

Overweight or obese children usually remain so as they become adults, increasing their risk of the early onset of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. An unhealthy heaviness has no place in the life of a child.

Reducing Weight Issues

Seeing as how the right kind of food and regular exercise is integral to maintaining a healthy body weight, parents need to take charge in providing direction and discipline to children so that they avoid or reverse the trend toward obesity.

Giving children healthy supplemental nutrition from AIM provides nutrient-dense, vegan drinks with few calories. One serving of BarleyLife or RediBeets is only 15 calories. CoCoa LeafGreens, a chocolaty favorite of kids, is just 10 calories per serving.

Most importantly, AIM nutrition gives children the right kind of food for maintaining their physical shape and wellness into a healthy future.

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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.

Physical Activity for Good Health

We human beings are funny creatures when it comes to exercise. It’s good for us, but it seems the majority of people have to force themselves to do what is physically good for them on a regular basis.

Maybe it’s the word “exercise” that is off-putting for a lot of folks. It conjures up having to go to a gym, jog for miles, do aerobics or even hot yoga.

Some people have exercise delay syndrome (EDS), putting off exercise for extended periods of time or forever. Having this syndrome is the perfect excuse for not working out, even though it’s a made up disorder. * Maybe part of the cure is to use the words physical activity instead of the dreaded word: exercise.

Why Keep Moving?

First of all, the health benefits of physical activity are nothing new. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said that “. . . food and exercise, while possessing opposite qualities, yet work together to produce health . . ..” He would even write “exercise” prescriptions for patients with consumption.

Dating back to the 12th century BC, tai chi is a gentle and meditative way to move that originated in China. Going back even further in time, the roots of yoga, not necessarily hot, grew from India. Even calisthenics date back to ancient Greece. People who have no interest in touching tires may find these forms of moving far more appealing. And you can do them anywhere without the need for special equipment.

The point of thinking about the history of exercise is that a lot of things from the past that were supposed to be good for you turn out to be untrue. Not physical activity. And the early forms still work today. Their health benefits extend to every part of our bodies and help prevent and even alleviate most chronic diseases.

What’s Your Choice?

In today’s world, there are so many ways to stay active, from the simplest to the most challenging. The key is to find something that you enjoy, whether going for regular walks or Navy SEAL physical and mental training. When you really like something, it can become addictive. And being addicted to physical activity is a healthy compulsion. The following choices are some of the most popular.

Aerobic Exercise:

  • helps to improve endurance
  • supports heart health, weight management and overall fitness level
  • includes aerobics classes, brisk walks, cycling, dancing, swimming and tennis

Strength Training

  • helps to improve endurance and muscle strength
  • supports heart health, weight management and overall fitness level
  • includes body weight, resistance tubing, free weight and weight machine exercises

High-Intensity Interval Training:

  • helps to improve endurance
  • supports heart health, weight management and overall fitness level
  • alternates between high and lower levels of intensity for short periods of time
  • includes burpees, dips, jumping jacks, mountain climbers and push-ups

The truth is that all of the above contributes to physical and mental health, supporting all body systems, although particularly good for the heart.

You don’t even have to put a label on what you do. Keep in mind that physical activity comes in many forms: doing any kind of housework, choosing to climb stairs instead of pushing an elevator button, walking instead of driving to your destination, etc. Any movement that doesn’t hurt you helps you in the long run.

AIM Nutrition for Physical Activity

Just as Hippocrates noted how food and exercise go hand in hand for good health, The AIM Companies has stressed this combination for years as the first two avenues in the Healthy Cell Concept.

Whole-food powders that include the Garden Trio and LeafGreens energize at the cellular level with plant-based nutrients.

AIM even came up with the Sports Pack as go-to nutrition for the physically active. And if the words above mean anything, this should include pretty much everyone. Peak Endurance provides more of the energy molecule your body produces: ATP. RediBeets delivers vegetable nitrate that your body converts to nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and increases circulation. ProPeas offers a vegetable source of protein for building lean muscles. These three products in a pack are also a money-saving combination of nutritional support for the physically active.

Eating well and supplementing with AIM nutrition may even help those with exercise delay syndrome by maintaining high energy levels: physical inspiration to not delay moving. * Note: Turns out that there really is a syndrome with the abbreviation EDS: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome makes joints loose and weak and skin unusually stretchy. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking, swimming, tai chi, recreational biking, using an elliptical machine or a stationary bike are all good choices of physical activity for those with EDS. Hmm . . . exercise. Go figure!

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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.

Reaching More Generations

Shared by Nicolas van Rensburg, an Independent Service Provider for The AIM Companies

When AIM was founded in 1982, most Members were part of the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964) and for those of you who don’t know, after the Baby Boomers came “Gen X” (born 1965-1980) and now the “Millennials” (born 1981-1996).

If you are a business builder, you have the opportunity to position your business to tap into the millions of young people in this generation. By positioning yourself in front of this generation, you have the potential to explode your business.

Most millennials are disillusioned with the lifestyle led by their parents, who at times have sacrificed relationships and sometimes their health in order to work long and hard hours towards their retirement. In fact, a survey conducted by Deloitte revealed that 66% of millennials plan on leaving the workforce by 2020 because they want to do it differently. They want to make an impact on the world and live a life of purpose. At the same time, this generation embraces the Direct Selling Industry with open arms.

To sum it up, what Millennials want is family. They want to spend time with their kids; they want to look after their health with preventative solutions and are embracing health and wellness like never before! I can’t think of a better opportunity than AIM, to meet their wants and needs.

We’re at a unique time in history, where there is a perfect storm brewing. You have an opportunity to completely change people’s lives, and in return change yours. Five years from now, you might be going to a future AIM Celebration and your life could look completely different.

If you are a seasoned networker with AIM or just getting started, think about this opportunity and get to work. I am certain you’ll be thankful that you did in the years to come.

For those of you who have built large businesses and are more or less retired, reaching the next generation is your insurance that your business and legacy will be passed down for generations to come. You don’t want to lose what you’ve built. Reignite your passion, embrace change and transformation, set new goals again, register with fellow AIM leaders who have joined Chrysalis and become a part of the AIM business community.

As we look into this exciting future, know that AIM is never going to lose their unique culture or who they are as a company. AIM is a family, a community of like-minded people, and it will always feel like home to you. This culture is firmly rooted in serving others, embracing all generations, as AIM stands ready to welcome all.

Presently, AIM is working harder and smarter than ever to continue providing you with the best business platform moving forward, the best innovative products, a full rebrand, a new improved website. Together with you, the AIM Members, our mission is to continue improving people’s lives as we journey confidently into the future.

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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.

The Outbreak of Psoriasis

Around the world, 125,000,000 people suffer from psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that comes and goes but is never completely cured. The cause is believed to be a malfunctioning immune system.

Overactive T cells that normally protect the body begin attacking healthy skin cells. The result is thick, scaly, red patches of skin that can itch or burn.

A psoriasis outbreak continues until this skin condition is treated. And then inflammation activates another cyclical onset.

The Inflammatory Side of Psoriasis

The T cells that are activated to help heal a cut on the skin are a vital part of the body’s inflammatory response. The redness and sensitive skin eventually disappear.

The opposite occurs in psoriasis because T cells create chronic inflammation and the visible, unpleasant symptoms. Among patients with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is common and creates chronic joint pain along with the skin disorder.

In fact, inflammation has been tied to a number of debilitating conditions. Consuming foods that give the body nutritional defense to reduce inflammation has been shown to be an effective way to combat these conditions.

Anti-Inflammatory Greens

When you take AIM nutrition such as the juice powder of young barley plants in BarleyLife, you are giving your body concentrated greens that help to keep inflammation in balance. Greens are naturally anti-inflammatory, which is why vegetables are so important. And BarleyLife, LeafGreens and other AIM whole-food powders can be a healthy part of an anti-inflammatory diet for those with psoriasis.

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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.

Manufacturing Muscles

Have you ever wondered how the body makes muscles? It is suitable to use the word manufacture because it is as though your body is a natural factory for muscle production using proteins. It truly is incredible.

The assembly lines in this inner factory are essentially controlled by the information in your DNA, containing the blueprints for building cells. The two types of molecular machines on these assembly lines are RNA and protein.

How It Gets Done

RNA transports elements where needed, adjusts the speed of how everything happens, turns other inner machines on or off and transmits coded building information from DNA (sort of a copy and paste delivery system).

The simplified steps of protein construction involve three types of RNA. Transfer RNA delivers the building blocks of protein—amino acids—to the protein assembly line and translates the code in messenger RNA into a string of amino acids. The cellular protein assembly machines are the ribosomes. Acting like an enzyme, ribosomal RNA links amino acids to make protein.

Using Protein

Just as the building blocks of protein are amino acids, the main molecular building blocks of cells are proteins, which literally hold cells together and are able to send necessary signals where needed.  

Blood, bones, cartilage, skin and pretty much every body part and tissue, including muscles, are made from proteins, of which there are at least 10,000 different kinds. One of the largest proteins that the body makes is titin, containing over 30,000 amino acids and giving muscles length and elasticity. The three types of protein-based muscles cells are cardiac, smooth and skeletal.

The Downside of Muscle Manufacturing

Believe it or not, once you pass the age of 30, you start losing skeletal muscle. It’s not noticeable at first but by the time you reach your golden years, muscle loss accounts for visibly skinnier arms and legs in those who are not overweight or obese.

A number of factors are involved, including hormonal deregulation, mitochondrial dysfunction, fewer muscle stem cells and inactivity. Especially inactivity!

The Solutions

Exercise can prevent muscle loss and build lean, healthy muscle mass even as you age. It’s much easier if you have been physically active most of your life, but it’s never too late to start.

A daily sufficient amount of high-quality protein—just over 7 grams for every 20 pounds of body weight—gives your body the amino acids to fuel muscle manufacturing. Most people consume enough but not necessarily quality protein.

Now AIM can’t supplement you with exercise. That’s something only you can do on your own. But as for high-quality protein, ProPeas offers it from field peas.

You don’t have to be a body builder to benefit from supplemental pea protein, it works for all ages to help support lean muscle mass. Being plant-based, ProPeas is also an alkalizing choice over acidifying meat protein. So help to fuel muscle manufacturing with supplemental protein from ProPeas.

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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.

When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!

The immune system is your body’s defense against attacks from organisms or substances that can make you sick.

The primary defenders in this protective system are your white blood cells, leukocytes that include phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes envelop and destroy invasive elements, such as bacteria, dust and viruses. Lymphocytes remember invaders, allowing your body to recognize and destroy them if they reappear.

Something Goes Wrong

Normally, the immune system works to protect your body. But with the onset of autoimmune disorders, the immune system malfunctions and becomes the attacker. It may produce immune cells or antibodies that go after healthy cells, tissue, organs or other body systems and components. It’s as though this defense system is suddenly unable to differentiate between what is invading the body and the body itself.

What causes this to happen is basically unknown, but it is believed to be related to genetic and environmental factors and their interactions. Whatever triggers the dysfunction of the immune system, just like the underlying cause of most diseases, inflammation seems to be present.

But it’s not the normal inflammatory response that heals injured tissues. The immune system is creating inflammation in healthy tissue and doing damage that results in autoimmune diseases.

The Dysfunctional Inflammatory Response

An autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis creates inflammation in the body’s connective tissues. In lupus, many parts of the body become affected by inflammation. Inflammatory bowel disease is named for its relationship with inflammation.

And then there’s celiac disease. At least with this disorder, the trigger is known: gluten. This protein is found in certain grains, most notably in wheat because of its dominant presence in so many foods.

For those with celiac disease, eating foods that contain gluten triggers the immune system to create inflammation in the small intestine, damaging the villi, finger-like structures that absorb nutrients in foods.

The combination of inflammation and inadequate absorption of essential nutrients is a recipe for poor health. Abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and food intolerances are some of the discomforts that make life miserable for people with celiac disease. 

The Autoimmune Protocol Diet

In the world of diets, from weight loss to Paleo and gluten-free, there is even a diet specifically designed to reduce inflammation, helping to relieve the symptoms of autoimmune disorders.

Based on the Paleo diet of eating fish, meat, nuts, seeds and vegetables, the autoimmune protocol diet is much more strict, eliminating foods that cause inflammation in the gut and choosing nutrient-dense foods only.

The AIM Protocol

While never professing to provide cures, for over 37 years, AIM has provided a selection of whole-food powders that help to reduce inflammation while delivering impressive concentrations of natural nutrients.

Traditional BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets are very suitable for people with auto-immune disorders, especially celiac disease. All three plant-based supplements are gluten-free, fitting the food intake required for those with gluten issues. Besides, powders are easily assimilated by the body, so they are ideal for those whose digestive systems are compromised by poor nutrient absorption.

LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens, BarleyLife Xtra and BarleyLife capsules, although not gluten-free, also help to reduce inflammation and provide a rich source of food nutrients.

Turning to AIM’s targeted nutrition, all supplements are gluten-free with the exception of Herbal Fiberblend and Canadian Herbal Release.

A natural health product such as AIMega contains essential fatty acids that are essential for balancing inflammation in the body.

FloraFood supports a healthy gut with probiotics that increase the population of friendly bacteria. One of the unfriendly species of bacteria, Enterococcus gallinarum, has been identified as an initiator of antibody and inflammation production outside of the gut.

The prebiotic fiber in fit ’n fiber provides essential food for good bacteria, and a high-fiber intake reduces inflammation. It all adds up to the AIM protocol of giving your body the natural nutrients it needs to keep your immune system strong so that you stay healthy.

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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.

The Brain-Bacteria Chatline (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2

Given the importance of microbiota population and diversity, it is interesting to understand how it all begins in the human body. Microbiome development is said to start as soon as someone is born, influenced even by the method of being delivered into the world. However, recent research indicates that a baby is exposed to bacteria while still in the womb.

The Baby Factor

At birth, a human infant has very few microbes, and the establishment of a microbiome happens during the first couple of years of life. This early bacterial development has been shown to have an effect on a baby’s disposition.

A 2019 study conducted at the University of Turku in Finland revealed that the gut microbiota composition of 2-month-old infants determined their temperaments by the time they were 6 months old.

Babies with a greater diversity of gut bacteria exhibited fewer negative emotions and fewer fearful reactions. These results imply a possible avenue in preventing mental health problems as a child grows older.

Your Gut Health

Factors that influence the microbiome—being born, lifestyle choices, chemicals in the environment, toxins, etc.—continue to be studied for more insight into this life within your life.

Investigations of composition of the microbiota and gut–brain signaling of microbes are top topics. It all suggests that what goes on in your gut has a lot to do with how you feel physically and mentally, taking gut feelings to a whole new level.

And in the meantime, you can effect positive changes in your microbiome. Excerpted from a May 2019 Medical News Today article*, here are 10 ways to improve gut health:

  1. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods
  2. Eat prebiotic fiber
  3. Eat less sugar and sweeteners
  4. Reduce stress
  5. Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily
  6. Exercise regularly
  7. Get enough sleep
  8. Use different cleaning products
  9. Avoid smoking
  10. Eat a vegetarian diet

*www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325293.php

AIM for a Healthy Gut

In the above list of ten ways to improve gut health, the first two can be supported by taking FloraFood and fit ’n fiber. Enhanced support can be added with PrepZymes. And by starting with a colon cleanse using Herbal Fiberblend, you get gut health improvements off to a clean start.

You can’t go wrong by giving your small and large intestines the scrubbing fiber and detoxifying herbs in Herbal Fiberblend. Getting rid of any toxins in your intestinal tract or parasites that may compromise your health, supports your immune system and adds balance to your microbiome. In other words, remove the bad and maintain a healthy environment for the good. Herbal Fiberblend is effective in getting the job done.

Each FloraFood capsule repopulates the microbiota with 3 billion live cells consisting of three species of friendly bacteria. Along with increasing the count of these healthy microbes, consuming FloraFood probiotics also supports digestion and has an alkalizing effect on body pH.

To thrive, good bacteria need to be fed the right kind of food. The acacia fiber, konjac fiber and guar gum in fit’ n fiber are prebiotics that friendly bacteria feed on, providing 8 grams of prebiotic fiber per serving. So fit’ n fiber goes hand in hand with FloraFood in supporting gut health.

Taken separately from FloraFood at different meals, PrepZymes gives the digestive process a helping hand from nine cultured, digestive enzymes along with alpine wild garlic and papaya fruit. Food that is thoroughly digested prevents the buildup of toxins.

Taking these AIM products are natural ways to help maintain a balanced microbiome that keeps you healthy. And if it were possible to listen in on the brain-bacteria chatline, you might hear a conversation confirming as much.

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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.

The Brain-Bacteria Chatline

Part 1 of 2

Science has only scratched the surface of the deep relationship between the human body and the microbiome and microbiota, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the human gut. This myriad of microorganisms includes archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes, fungi and viruses. Research is also suggesting that there is communication coming from within this inner life.

The largest microbe population is bacteria, originally estimated to be 10 times the 30 to 40 trillion cells that make up a human body. However, that ratio is being questioned as microbiome research continues. And even though the thought of your body containing so many of these “bugs” might give you the creeps, bacteria live inside of you for good reasons.

The Bacterial Balancing Act

Just how healthy you are is said to be related to both the number of bacteria and the variety of species in your gut. It’s as though your intestinal tract offers the perfect home for these microbes to live, thrive and be as good as bacteria can be. In return, they do whatever they can to make sure this good situation lasts by helping to keep your body healthy.

Of course, each person’s microbial makeup is different, but healthy individuals have similar profiles. But those whose microbiota is lacking in numbers and diversity have increased susceptibility to health disorders:

With the mind-boggling realization that a bacterial imbalance may contribute to autism in children or cause people to become depressed, it’s no wonder that science is so focused on the relationship between the brain and what lives in the gut.

Look Who’s Talking

One of the many fascinating discoveries is the communication that goes on back and forth between bacteria and the brain to modulate body health. This bidirectional channel of interactions is primarily through the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system. Plus, there is “side-talking” going on with other body systems—immune, digestive, etc.—because everything is connected.

Still, so much remains unknown, which is why the gut-brain axis (GBA) is now sometimes referred to as the brain-gut-microbiome axis. This brain-bacteria relationship remains at the forefront of microbiome research. There’s even thought that there could be a microbiome in the brain. If true, it means that the brain and bacteria are even closer that ever considered before.

The First Example of a Brain-Bacteria Chatline?

Looking at the history of studying at the gut level points to a dubious doctor-patient relationship that began in June of 1822 at Michigan’s Fort Michilimackinac.

A French Canadian fur trapper by the name of Alexis St. Martin suffered an accidental gunshot wound that left a gaping hole leading directly into his stomach. The only physician on Mackinac Island was William Beaumont, who became the accidental father of gastroenterology as a result of this bizarre wound that wouldn’t fully close.

Alexie St. Martin allowed himself to be a guinea pig because he was no longer able to work as a trapper. He signed an “I’m-a-medical-experiment” contract that he couldn’t read in exchange for a job as a handyman.

Dr. Beaumont studied the hole—medically known as a fistula—for ten years, observing digestion directly whenever Alexis ate food or . . . when the good doctor dipped food on a string into his patient’s stomach and then pulled it out to examine how much of it had been digested.

One of Beaumont’s many noted observations was that his patient’s mood affected digestion speed. Food broke down slowly when Alexie was in an irritated state of mind. Unknowingly at the time, this was a visible (and some would say really gross) first indication of the possible chatting that goes on between the gut and the brain almost two centuries before the concept of the microbiome came into being.

(. . . to be continued . . .)

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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.