Frame Essentials: Natural Pain Relief

Frame Essentials

Pain is instantly recognizable but can be hard to describe and define because it can vary in duration and severity; however, pain does have three major classifications: Nociceptive (injury to a body tissue, usually aching, sharp, or throbbing,) psychogenic (pain caused from a psychological source) and neuropathic (pain often caused by nerve damage). Nociceptive is the most common type and is associated with the classic manifestations of inflammation: pain, heat, swelling, and redness. Arthritis is a form of nociceptive pain but is unique in that it can persist indefinitely.

Arthritis is not a single disease, but a term that includes over 100 unique medical conditions. The US National Library of Medicine says that common indicators of arthritis are pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving about. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the affliction, affecting nearly 27 million adults in the US, though osteoarthritis is sometimes called non-inflammatory arthritis, (rheumatoid being its opposite) it still causes inflammation due to wear and tear.

AIM Frame Essentials® contains three all-natural ingredients that may help to relieve the inflammation commonly associated with arthritis and other types of nociceptive pain.

Boswellia Extract
There is growing body of evidence that boswellia extract has anti-inflammatory properties. A small study published in Phytomedicine found that osteoarthritis sufferers who supplemented with boswellia extract saw greater improvement in knee mobility and walking distance when compared with those who were taking a placebo. The participants also reported a significant reduction in knee pain. Additionally, two further studies on rheumatoid arthritis patients reported that boswellia relieved their symptoms.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM is thought to deliver much-needed sulfur to the joints, strengthening their tissues. The MSM Advisory Board has said that “cartilage integrity is a sulfur-dependent state.” Studies have shown that MSM relieves pain associated with osteoarthritis and has also shown promise as an anti-inflammatory compound in lab tests done on animals.

Glucosamine
Glucosamine is commonly found in the body, but as people age, their glucosamine levels drop. This can cause the joints to wear out. There is evidence that glucosamine supplementation may reduce the deterioration of the joints caused by the aging process and may also ease osteoarthritis pain. There are no major food sources of glucosamine, so this makes Frame Essentials especially essential.

Health and Happiness with AIM

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By Emily Liu (Translated by Dr. Yu-Shiaw Chen)

I hope people can benefit by reading my testimonial. I live in the small, quiet town of Hillsborough, New Jersey. Twenty years ago, my friend introduced me to AIM’s green barley powder, and I haven’t gone a day without it since. Before becoming an AIM Member, I usually had a sore throat or an infection of some kind. Now, I rarely catch a cold or have a sore throat. Here’s another interesting thing: I don’t have to dye my hair. It is shiny and black, the color of someone twenty years younger. I believe this might be due to my persistent use of AIM BarleyLife®.

Another great product is AIM FloraFood®. One day in the summer of 2009, I woke up with several red bumps on my left arm. I thought they were bug bites, so I applied some drugs for swelling. None of them worked. The bumps got bigger and more appeared. I went to see a doctor and was diagnosed with herpes. The illness wasn’t as painful or as uncomfortable as the doctor predicted because I was very health conscious and took AIM products consistently. The doctor even teased me saying, “You don’t look like you have any pain at all.”

I am very grateful for AIM’s FloraFood. I believe it alleviated my suffering and made my recovery from herpes much quicker. A month later, I was able to help a friend who had poison ivy all over her feet and legs. I immediately told her about FloraFood as a solution to her poison ivy problem. I gave her capsules. Two days later, I followed up with her and her feet were much better.

In the New Jersey springtime, many people are aggravated by hay fever and allergies as well as poison ivy and other plants. I recommend everyone take advantage of BarleyLife and FloraFood for protection against those threats. That way you can enjoy all the flowers in bloom.

Finally, I am grateful for the research done by The AIM Companies™. They have come up with so many superb and beneficial products. In the past decade, so many different health food supplements have appeared in the marketplace, but I have never lost my faith in the AIM products and will never give up the privilege of using them. The AIM Companies has given me unexpected health and happiness.

Note: Emily Liu takes AIM’s Garden Trio® and CalciAIM™ as her morning drink. She also uses AIM Proancynol® 2000, CellSparc 360®, and AIMega®.

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

In the Business of Helping People

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Snake River CrossFit boasts a capable staff of well-trained athletes and fitness experts, but the heart and soul of the gym are its owners, Frank and Michaela Beauvais (AIM Members.) They have been married for thirteen years and have two children. As a Captain and a fitness trainer in the Nampa Fire Department, Frank knew that marriage was often difficult for rescue workers due to long, irregular hours, so he suggested CrossFit as an activity that he and his wife could share. They started in their garage, and that home gym grew into their current business.

Michaela, who shoulders the task of running the gym while Frank spends days at a time stationed at the firehouse, studied Exercise Physiology at Boise State and has years of experience studying and working in the fields of injury rehabilitation, massage therapy, and nutrition to name just a few.

CrossFit has allowed her to “pull from all of her studies and work experiences to help people find connection, function, and wholeness as they create stronger versions of themselves.This might mean someone returning to physical activity after just having a baby, regaining their strength after surgery, or finding courage to attend class after years of inactivity. I just feel like the more I can learn, the more people I can help. We have many athletes who have been able to get off of blood pressure and cholesterol-controlling medications because of the changes they have made in their nutrition and physical activity. Many have stopped taking anti-depressants, anti-anxiety prescriptions, and pain medications. We’ve had some people lose substantial amounts of weight. We have one gentleman who is under 300 pounds for the first time in years and others gain weight along with new-found confidence, wellness, and strength.”

As a firefighter, Frank uses fitness every day. “The population isn’t getting any smaller, and I’m not getting any larger. That means I need to become stronger. I don’t want to face someone’s wife or husband and tell them that I wasn’t strong enough to save their spouse. Firefighters are in the business of helping people.” This is a philosophy that the couple shares in their gym and in their relationship with AIM. “There has never been an element of ‘How can I profit off this?’ and granted there is an underlying monetary piece to everything, but it’s so far down on the list of importance that it doesn’t get in the way of the greater good of making people feel better.

“That’s why it has been so easy. I have no reservations about the company. It’s an open book to me. They talk about a CrossFit honesty where we don’t miss a rep, where we don’t miscount. We will always do what we think is right. That’s a pretty broad statement, but it rings true. So when people do approach a CrossFit gym, I think knowing that you have a good product that is backed by an American company that is doing good things and employing good people, I think that is where you’ll be able to make in-roads. Letting the products speak for themselves. You can pronounce everything that’s on the label. We work way too hard to put stuff into our bodies that we don’t need. So if we can get a product that is priced right that is made by Americans and if we can get a product that we feel is good, it will be a great relationship. If Red Rush didn’t do what it says, we wouldn’t have it in the gym. It actually makes me happy. “

Take It to Heart

Take it to Heart

Introduced back in 1996, AIM CellSparc 360® provides plant-sourced coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a natural nutrient that provides antioxidant properties, decreases the risk of blood clots, and sparks cellular energy.

The heart requires an enormous amount of energy to beat over a lifetime, so sufficient amounts of CoQ10 are vital for staying alive. Although CoQ10 is naturally produced by the body, the aging process reduces levels of this crucial nutrient. Daily supplementation of CellSparc 360 increases CoQ10 levels.

Medical science is often slow in legitimizing the effectiveness of nutrients that AIM has offered for years, and such is the case with CoQ10 for heart health benefits. The conclusion of a 2013 study cited in the European Journal of Heart Failure determined that patients with chronic heart failure should use CoQ10 as a part of their maintenance therapy.

The study’s first author, Svend Aage Mortensen, MD, said, “… These results are guideline changing, making a strong case for CoQ10, a natural substance that’s virtually without side effects, to be considered as part of the maintenance therapy for all patients with chronic heart failure. CoQ10 (also known as ubiquinone) is a vitamin like substance … and generates energy in the form of ATP.” (the website of European Society of Cardiology [27 May 2013])

These days, doctors in the know recommend CoQ10 supplementation to patients taking statin drugs to reduce cholesterol levels. That’s because this medication also reduces the body’s CoQ10 levels.

Of course, AIM’s own research indicated the addition of palm oil tocotrienols, which help reverse blockage of the carotid artery, reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis and stroke. Both CoQ10 and tocotrienols are fat-soluble, so AIM included pure fish oil in the CellSparc 360 formula to enhance bioavailability and to add heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Providing another source of omega-3, AIMega® is natural health product that you can also take to heart on a daily basis for overall wellness. Omega-3 essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body, so dietary intake is vital for good health.

AIMega’s organic seed-oil source is flaxseed, a plant-based omega-3 that WebMD reports to “help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat.” Flaxseeds also provide the richest dietary source of lignans. The Linus Pauling Institute specifies that “Diets rich in foods containing plant lignans have been consistently associated with reductions in risk of cardiovascular disease.”

AIM takes your well-being to heart by providing high-quality, natural health products that are effective in keeping you and your heart in good health.

It’s Easy Being Green

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In the world of plants, the color of life is green. It’s a healthy hue due to the chlorophyll that is the lifeblood of our planet’s vegetation. This greenery produces the oxygen in the air that we breathe and provides a nutritious food source that can keep us healthy. AIM makes it easy to go internally green with a healthy variety of whole-food concentrates.

BarleyLife®
(powder, capsules & sample packs)
When The AIM Companies™ introduced the juice powder of barley grass to the world in 1982, no one could have predicted the lasting impact of these unparalleled greens on people’s health. Thirty-three years later, AIM BarleyLife® continues to provide a balanced source of natural nutrients from one of the most nutritious grasses on the planet. Most importantly, BarleyLife is a juice concentrate (not dried, ground grass) giving you more green nutrition that is fully absorbable and usable by your body.

The alkalizing and anti-inflammatory effects are only two of the many health benefits of going green with BarleyLife. The abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes in barley grass makes BarleyLife a bountiful food supplement. In fact, the number and types of natural nutrients in young barley plants have yet to be fully counted and identified, but you can count on BarleyLife greens to help maintain good health.

BarleyLife® Xtra
(powder & sample packs)
Sometimes you want something extra, so one more green option is AIM BarleyLife® Xtra. Providing a sweet, fruity taste for children (or adults with a sensitive palate), BarleyLife Xtra packs an additional nutritious punch with the powders of eighteen fruits and vegetables.Each 4.5 grams of powder contains a 4-gram serving of BarleyLife. Best taken on an empty stomach (thirty minutes before a meal or at least two hours after eating), concentrated BarleyLife and BarleyLife Xtra powders are easily digested by your body and absorbed at the cellular level.

CoCoa LeafGreens
(powder and sample packs)
Not everyone appreciates the taste of greens, so a healthy taste of chocolate was added to create AIM CoCoa LeafGreens®. Along with a delectable flavor, three types of cocoa powders provide a wealth of antioxidants and flavonoids to the already nutrient-dense LeafGreens mix. Over 700 healthy compounds are found in cocoa, supporting bone, heart, and cognitive health.

Those who just can’t wrap their minds around the thought of drinking greens will enjoy the taste of CoCoa LeafGreens, especially when added to almond or rice milk.

ProPeas
(powder)
You can even green your protein by supplementing with AIM ProPeas®, which provides a vegan source from field peas. Protein is an integral macro-nutrient required by all of your cells. This means your body needs large amounts to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals as well as for the building blocks of blood, bones, cartilage, muscles, and skin.

The major source of protein in the North American diet is meat, which has an acidifying effect on your body pH. “An acidic body opens the door to disease” is a message that AIM has repeated over the years and for good reason. AIM greens and pea protein help promote a healthy, alkaline body pH. Add a scoop of ProPeas to almond or rice milk and you have a tasty smoothie that supplements your body’s protein requirements in a healthy way.

AIM Energizes at Any Age

Medicine Hat

“I believe that any kind of exercise is important for aging well. That’s why I began taking hockey lessons offered at a military base. I later met a group of women who get together to play recreational hockey.

“I’m forty-three years old, but the group is made up of women of all ages and abilities. We all get together once a week to shoot the puck around. Some have played hockey for years. One player is twenty-one years old and plays on a junior hockey team, so it is a challenge for me to keep up.

“I definitely noticed a difference in my performance since I started taking AIM Peak Endurance® and AIM Red Rush™ before playing hockey. I have more energy and don’t feel as tired. I can race for the puck even faster without feeling out of breath. For recovery after playing, I take Peak Endurance again, so I don’t feel sore the next day. Overall I’m more relaxed as well.

“After sitting in on a ProPeas teleclass, I decided to try AIM’s pea protein to help me build muscle mass. I think it’s working. So all three AIM Sports products are helping me.

“By the way, I also take the Daily Essentials on a regular basis as well because I’m in this for the healthy long run. People say I look younger than my age. That’s great, but what’s important is that I’d like to be playing hockey twenty years from now. And when I’m eighty, I hope to have the energy of a sixty-year-old! Along the way, I’m going to keep on letting people know about AIM products.”

Kimberley Schaeffer, Preferred Member Medicine Hat, Alberta
Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everyone can achieve.

Go Alkaline with AIM

Go Alkaline With AIM

There are several reasons to switch to an alkaline diet. Studies have indicated that it may promote strong bones and muscles and could boost cognitive functioning and improve memory. Additionally, research indicates that it could play a role in preventing kidney stones, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. It’s a good, all-around healthy diet.

However, the main thing we demand from our diets is weight management, and an alkaline diet can help you do just that. From a practical standpoint, if you were to switch from the Standard American Diet notoriously heavy on processed foods, red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods, soda pop, high-fat dairy, and refined grains to an alkaline diet, you’ll probably lose weight just from good old-fashioned calorie reduction.

But the thinking behind an alkaline diet goes beyond calorie restriction. In fact, the diet has no official calorie cap. Acidic foods like processed meats, sugars, refined grains, and so forth change the pH balance of the body’s cellular environment. An acidic cellular environment can put stress on the body and its organs. The body becomes taxed trying to remove the acid and this negatively impacts the immune system and can cause unhealthy inflammation, thought to be an overreaction to overeating. Many people in the scientific community believe that chronic inflammation is what makes obesity so dangerous. So an alkaline diet may be a way to reduce weight and inflammation through proper nutrition.

AIM BarleyLife® has a potential renal acid load (PRAL) value of -6.77. The PRAL value adds the protein and phosphorus content of a food and subtracts the magnesium, calcium, and potassium content. The lower the PRAL value the more alkalizing the food. Of our all wholefood juice concentrates, BarleyLife is the most alkalizing with AIM Just Carrots® running a close second at -6.16. CalciAIM™, a nutritional supplement, has the overall highest at -8.18. To put it in perspective, foods commonly considered unhealthy like salami (+11.6) or frankfurters (+6.7) are unsurprisingly acidic. But innocuous-seeming foods like noodles (+6.4) and oat flakes (+10.4) can also have an acidifying effect on the body.

For those of you looking to go full-bore into an alkaline diet, The AIM Companies™ has several products that can help you transition. ProPeas™ is a good source of alkalizing protein for example. Those people who want to maintain a healthier cellular environment and reduce their waistlines and the accompanying chronic inflammation without eliminating bread, nuts, or meat should pour themselves a couple glasses of BarleyLife every day. At only fifteen calories per nutritionally dense serving, you get a full battery of vitamins and minerals in addition to the inherent alkalizing effects all in one amazing whole-food juice concentrate.