Healthy Results with AIM

Shared by AIM Member David Lentz

I was diagnosed with heart arrythmia at age 55. My cardiologist put me on a low-dose beta-blocker. Then he suggested I take a blood thinner as well. I didn’t want to do that, so he told me to take a daily aspirin instead.

I followed his advice for a short period of time until I heard about the AIM products from Frank and Bernadette Pickett, AIM Directors. They told me about the powerful benefits of BarleyLife, so I thought, well, if I start taking it, I’m just going to say no to taking a blood thinner or aspirin, regardless of what my doctor says.

Shortly after I started taking a daily teaspoon of BarleyLife, I began noticing results. I had better energy. And skin tags and cysts that I would have from time to time disappeared. I increased BarleyLife to two teaspoons daily and continue to do so.

My cardiologist had been im­pressed with the AIM literature I had shown him, unlike a lot of doctors that dismiss natural supplements. Most importantly, there were notable improvements in my abnormal heartbeat.

Since turning 40, I’ve been exercising and training with weights up to four days a week. And I started doing 45-minute-walks daily. Considering my age, I was in pretty good shape. In fact, my cardiologist said that I was a role model for what his other patients in their late 50s and early 60s should do. I felt pretty good about that.

As time went by, I began taking other AIM products. My diet isn’t too bad, but I don’t eat all that I should. Taking CoCoa LeafGreens a couple of times a day gives me a lot of the benefits of vegetable servings. And when my blood pressure spiked a little, Bear Paw Garlic was my choice instead of medication to keep my levels normal.

Thank goodness for AIM products and all the amazing things they do, not just for me but for others too. Wouldn’t it be great if every­one started taking AIM prod­ucts?

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve. AIM recommends following your physician’s advise and medication prescribed.

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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 Western Diet

If you are a fan of Western films, you often see cowboys enjoying a big meal at the ranch or around the chuckwagon after a long, hard day on the lonesome trail. It’s likely though that the food of your average cowpoke didn’t include veggies beyond beans. They pretty much consumed dried and fresh meat, hard cheeses, dried fruit, biscuits, coffee and . . .  yes, beans. Lots of beans.

Then again, imagine a time with no antibiotics in the grass-fed cows or dairy products, no chemicals used to grow the beans, fruit or coffee beans and no hybrid wheat flour, chemicals or preservatives in the biscuits. Maybe this “Western” diet wasn’t so bad after all. It just needed a salad and some sautéed kale on the side.

That said, cowboy fare of the Wild West is a far cry from the not-so-wild Western Diet. Consuming this modern nutrition includes a sizeable amount of saturated fats and sugar, a low intake of fiber and a procession of processed food that is far removed from that which grows naturally. It doesn’t take much thought to conclude that such a diet can’t be good for you in the end, except for the likelihood of contributing to a quicker end.

The Disease Factor

The unhealthy kind of food that contributes to a long list of modern diseases is found in today’s Western diet. Much of this is the “edible, processed and packaged stuff” found in the middle aisles of supermarkets. It’s not real food.

This “not real food” has had a major impact on the health of human beings who make it a regular part of their nutritional intake. In fact, the modern Western diet is the key factor in the onslaught of civilized diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease.

Cultures that stick to local diets do not have to deal with these Western health issues. But given the poor opportunity of eating like the average North American, people in those cultures soon have to deal with Western diseases. All it takes to reverse those health problems is for them to return to eating their traditional meals. And real food is all it takes for anyone who wants to turn their health around.

Let’s Go Shopping!

You should be eating real food, especially fruit and vegetables. That’s one of the reasons farmer’s markets have become so popular. Shopping there is like having a good habit. So when you go into supermarkets, do the same thing: shop mostly in the fresh food sections and ignore most of what is on the shelves of the middle aisles. It’s processed.

Pretend as though the processed stuff is not meant for human consumption because it really isn’t, even though it is heavily advertised as convenient, wholesome nutrition. Such advertisements are to sell products and increase profits, not to maintain good health for adults, teens and children. The same can be said for the majority of fast foods. If you buy into the commercials and slogans, you buy into the Western diet and the poor health it delivers.

Your Microbiota Is What You Eat

Keep in mind that when you choose real food that provides nutrients from plants, you are feeding the microbes that are integral to maintaining your health. In 2017, the Frontiers in Immunology journal published a study analyzing the impact of the Western diet on the good bacteria that populate the intestinal tract. And it’s not good news.

The nutrients you ingest affect the microbiota and immune system, ultimately determining how well everything functions in your body. If you want a strong immune system that protects you, you can’t feed your good bacteria bad food.

AIM Supplemental Real Food Choices

The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines the word “supplement” as “A thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.” AIM has always recommended a whole-food diet as an essential way to maintain good health, along with taking its products as a way to enhance this healthy nutritional intake.

AIM offers healthy ways to increase your levels of plant nutrients in the concentrated powders of BarleyLife, Just Carrots, RediBeets and CoCoa LeafGreens, just to name a few of the easily absorbed, supplemental whole-food choices.

Making supportive nutrients available for your body and microbiota has possibly never been more important. Real food can help to prevent or reverse many of the modern diseases that tend to be increasing exponentially as the popularity of the Western diet grows globally. Adding the concentration of nutrients in AIM’s whole-food powders can help to increase your nutritional intake greatly.

Cowboys and cowgirls of days gone by would have likely appreciated the convenience of AIM products in their “Western” diet. Fortunately, these days AIM nutrition is available for all to distance themselves from the effects of the modern Western diet.

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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.

Ending a Bad “Bacteria” Relationship

On the one hand, you need to have a healthy, balanced relationship with the bacteria in your microbiota because they contribute so much to your well-being. Forming a large part of immune system defense, friendly bacteria protect your inner being from the harmful kind.

On the other hand, bad bacteria may manage to wiggle their way to the walls of your urinary tract, attaching themselves and creating infections. It’s a toxic relationship that you really need to end as quickly as possible.

Anyone who has experienced recurring urinary tract infections can relate to the idea of having an internal stalker that just won’t let you go. You literally have to find a way to give this bacteria the slip. CranVerry+ can show them the slippery way forward and out.

The Crimson Slip

The plant world is alive with limitless health benefits. Yet who would have thought that a tart red berry typically used for a festive sauce contained just what you need to end a one-sided attachment to unfriendly bacteria? Native Americans figured it out hundreds of years ago, using cranberries to treat kidney and bladder issues, long before scientific research got in “berry” deep.

Originally, it was thought that the acidity of the cranberry prevented bacteria from sticking to the cellular lining of the urinary tract. Then the chains of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (PACs) were identified as the compounds in cranberries that gave bacteria the slip. Even though many other fruits provide PACs, only those found in blueberries and cranberries have a slippery way of detaching bacteria.

AIM chose the effectiveness of cranberries to do the job when they introduced CranVerry+.

One of the Good But Sometimes Bad Guys

Most people have heard of E. coli, which is short for Escherichia coli, a common bacterium found in the human gut. Most strains are harmless, but some can cause a variety of serious health issues, including respiratory illness, pneumonia, meningitis and intestinal and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) is the primary strain that causes UTIs, having a particularly sticky way of adhering to the lining of the urinary tract. Adhesive, hair-like appendages called fimbriae allow the bacteria to stick to other surfaces. A consistent presence of PACS helps to prevent these hairy hangers-on from attaching, allowing bacteria to be flushed from the body. Sick relationship ended.

Bacteria Be Gone

Recurring urinary tract infections are quite common when treated with antibiotics. In fact, recent research reveals the frightening fact that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are reproducing rapidly, and combinations of antibiotics are being prescribed. However, the proanthocyanidins in cranberries have been shown to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, providing a natural way to prevent recurring UTIs.

Native Americans had it right in choosing what is available in the natural world. Fortunately, natural choices have been made conveniently available in AIM products such as CranVerry+, effective for ending an unhealthy relationship with one of the bad guys.

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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.

Balancing the Essentials

Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids that your body cannot produce on its own. This means it is essential that you get them from dietary intake, whether from food or supplementation.

Sourcing Your Essentials

The most common food associated with omega-3 is fish, especially wild salmon, mackerel and sardines. These high-fat fish swim in cold water. The trouble is you cannot be sure if they are free of mercury or other contaminants, which would pretty much counteract the benefits of any omega-3.

Dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, are a safe omega-3 choices, particularly if you buy from local farmers or an organic supplier, moderating the ingestion of herbicides or pesticides.

Also of the plant world, avocados, olives, walnuts and sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds are healthy sources of omega-6. Additionally, flaxseed oil just happens to contain high levels of alpha-linolenic acid: omega-3.

An organic source of flaxseed oil is the key omega-3 ingredient in AIMega: a plant-based omega-3 and -6 supplement. The omega-6 in AIMega is linoleic acid, from the organic oils of sunflower and sesame seeds and olives. So AIMega delivers both essential fatty acids, providing an ideal “supplemental” choice.

It’s also ideal for another essential reason: balance. AIMega gives you a 2 to 1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. The reason for this goes a long way back in time and all the way back to the present.

Historical Balance

Things change over time but not always in a good way. This is the case with the history of human beings and their intake of omega-3 and omega-6.

In studies of early human beings, it has been determined that they had a ratio of roughly 1:1 of both essential fatty acids, a fine balance that keeps omega-3 and -6 working well together. Our early ancestors got these essentials from meat, wild plants, eggs, fish, nuts and berries.

Jump ahead to the modern Western Diet, and suddenly people are getting way too much omega-6 and not even close to enough omega-3. The use of cereal grains instead of grass to feed livestock has changed the fatty acid profile that humans ingest when they eat meat. This along with the intake of refined vegetable oils and processed foods has greatly altered the quantity, quality and ratio of essential fatty acids.

In fact, the ratio of omega-6 to -3 jumps as high as 25:1 in some estimates although the average is likely somewhere in the middle. And that means increased inflammation in the body.

Inflammation

In short, omega-3 decreases inflammation. That’s a good thing because inflammation is said to be the underlying cause of disease.

Omega-6 increases inflammation. This is also a good thing when it comes to the body’s ability to respond inflammatorily to injured tissues from burns, physical trauma, bacteria, toxins or other causes.

You cannot see it happening internally, but a simple paper cut is a great visual and physical sense of the positive side of inflammation. The redness you see and the rawness you experience is your body using inflammation to heal.

This inflammatory response is the way that the body protects you. But it’s a balancing act: no inflammation unless required to improve your health. Having an omega-6 dominant diet upsets that balance right down to the cellular level.

Cell Membranes

The primary components of every cell in your body are omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. If your intake is a healthy ratio, then omega-3 helps you stay on top of inflammation. But if you’re getting too much omega-6, inflammation dominates.

A high omega-6 to -3 ratio promotes the onset and progression of health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Increased levels of omega-3 have preventative effects, helping to maintain good health.

So balancing your intake of omega-3 and -6 contributes greatly to maintaining healthy cells and keeping inflammation useful not harmful. Supplementing with AIMega can help to maintain that balance.

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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.

BarleyLife for Pets

Shared by Mary Brubaker, Preferred Member

Have you ever considered that BarleyLife might be helpful for your four-legged friends? Neither did I until we had this predicament with our four-month-old golden retriever, Lily.

Lily

Upon letting her out of the barn one morning, I was surprised to see her face all swollen up. Whatever could have happened?

I immediately thought that it could be allergies and called the vet to confirm my suspicion. He agreed, suggesting it could be from a spider bite or something she may have eaten. Being a puppy, she chewed on anything that interested her, so who knows what could be this allergy culprit?

The vet recommended giving her Benadryl before it got worse. Unfortunately, I had no such thing in my medical supplies, but I did have an idea I thought might work.

You see, I have this favorite product called BarleyLife Xtra that I use everyday, so why not share some with Lily? I think I read somewhere that BarleyLife can help with allergies.

I mixed a few teaspoons of the greens with some milk and set it in front of her, eager to see what she would do. Lily sniffed it, lapped it a bit and then turned her sad-looking eyes the other way.

“Come on,” I coaxed her, and she lapped it up until she’d all but cleaned the dish.
I thought “Let’s see if that helps.” I monitored her and within an hour, I believe the greens started working. The swelling had already gone down by half.

As the day went on, the swelling slowly vanished, so there was no need to give Lily the Benadryl that my husband brought home after work.

Our eight-week-old Shiba Inu puppies love this green drink, too. Our three-year-old son loves BarleyLife Xtra, and I found him sharing it with the puppies. They nearly went crazy for it.

Though we don’t feed it to our pets on a regular basis, I know I have something to try should they need it.

As for our family, we take even more AIM products daily, especially Herbal Fiberblend. We no longer have constipation problems like we used to and enjoy a happier, healthier lifestyle. And we thank God for leading us to these products.

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.

Locked and Loaded

It is one of the most effective armies ever constructed. Fortunately for all of us, it wins more battles than it loses. It has no general and knows no geographic borders.

Welcome to your immune system, your body’s natural de­­fense that relentlessly battles infections, bacteria, parasites and any virus identified as a threat to normal healthy tissue.

The primary immune system defenders include:

(1) Tonsils and Thymus: both produce antibodies that fight infections

(2) Lymphatic System: traps bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by white blood cells called lymphocytes

(3) Bone Marrow: the primary site of new blood cell production

(4) Spleen: filters compromised blood cells, destroying bacteria and other harmful blood-borne substances

(5) White Blood Cells: attackers that attempt to obliterate harmful bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms

A strong, healthy immune system identifies and eliminates germs and other invaders that have no business being in your body. In contrast, a compromised immune system opens the door to health problems, allowing infectious agents to flourish and cause major illnesses, along with annoying maladies such as colds or the flu.

Even though the immune system is built to defend and does an incredible job of protecting you from disease-causing microbes, healthy lifestyle choices can help to maintain its effectiveness; for example, not smoking, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, wholesome nutrition and AIM’s high-quality health products.

AIM’s whole-food concentrates and targeted nutrition provide supplemental support that can assist the immune system’s army in its constant battle against germ warfare.

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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.

 

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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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.