Nutrition that Works!

March is a health awareness month for nutrition in North America. But where does this “awareness” originate and what is it all about? In the USA, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses “on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” The 2018 campaign of the Dietitians of Canada is dedicated to “Unlock the Potential of Food.”

At The AIM Companies™, every month is Nutrition Month: Nutrition that Works!
The AIM campaign to “unlock the potential of food” began back in 1982 with the introduction of the juice powder of barley grass. Back then, drinking a glass of grass was one of the healthiest drinks a person could swallow. That hasn’t changed. For thirty-six years, BarleyLife has supported good health by delivering easily assimilated vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, chlorophyll and antioxidants manufactured by nature.

Over the years, AIM has received testimonial after testimonial relating how BarleyLife’s nutritious powder has helped individuals, families and friends all over the world. With the advent of social media, having your say on the worldwide stage has been made even easier. The AIM Companies™ is pleased to share some of the most recent postings from its Facebook page.

BarleyLife is what got me well more than twenty-five years ago, when nothing else did. And it is still keeping me well today. I’m disease-free and take no medications!
– Carmie Jones

With the amount of abuse I put my body through for years, I am convinced it was BarleyLife that prevented me from being riddled with disease.
– Claire Cherice Carradice

I love all of the AIM products. They are unique, and I can’t do without them. But AIM is the pioneer of green barley juice . . . and BarleyLife brings LIFE to people all over the world!
– Joan van Rensburg

I took BarleyLife for granted because I’ve used it for years. But when my beloved old dog couldn’t walk anymore because of arthritis, I began giving her BarleyLife. Within one week she was back up on her feet. Now she can even take on stairs, whereas before she always needed to be lifted.
– Susan Roberts

BarleyLife makes me feel good to put something healthy into my smoothies.
– Dianne Caruso Garrison

I’ve been taking BarleyLife for over thirty years! I can’t do without it. It even goes with me when I’m traveling.
– Lori Ferree Storm

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

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

To Wheat or Not to Wheat … ?

That Is the Question

In North America, one of the most commonly eaten grains is wheat. Toast in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, bread with dinner, not to mention the fact that wheat is an ingredient in the majority of processed and packaged foods found in your local supermarket and 7-Eleven.

Think about it, wheat is omnipresent. You can find it in different types of flour, bread, cereal extract, crackers, pasta, wheat germ, wheat starch: wheat, wheat, wheat . . . (resembling the shower-scene soundtrack of the movie, Psycho, for those with gluten issues).

And wheat is often present in somewhat hidden ways, such as artificial flavors, food starch, soy sauce, syrup, etc. You cannot escape it unless you carefully read labels and know which ingredients are wheat-based.

Good or Bad?

Here’s the thing: people have been eating foods that contain wheat for millenniums. But how wheat is grown and harvested has changed dramatically over thousands of years. Today’s crops are said to be vastly different from wheat plants of the past.

In fact, the past four decades have seen a shift to hybridized, high-yield wheat, which to quote Dr. William Davis, “is a genetically-unique plant that stands 18-24 inches tall, not the 4 1/2-foot tall ‘amber waves of grain’ we all remember.”

Dr. Davis is a renowned cardiologist who came to the conclusion that eliminating wheat from your diet can result in all sorts of health benefits, including weight loss, after asking his pre-diabetic and diabetic patients to remove wheat from their diets. The across-the-board positive results were beyond coincidence: weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and relief from a variety of health issues that included acid reflux, arthritic pain, chronic sinus infections, irritable bowel syndrome and migraine headaches. His claim that eating wheat causes heart disease remains controversial.

His book, Wheat Belly, became a bestselling book, and Dr. Davis went on to write several other well-received titles, including Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor. And a lot of people stopped eating wheat, which caused huge drops in sales of cereals and wheat in general.

It wasn’t just about eliminating gluten. Wheat contains over 1,000 proteins that have the potential to cause unexpected or odd responses, according to wheatbelly.com: “You might say that wheat is a perfectly crafted Frankengrain that almost appears like it was created to exert maximum health damage in the most desirable, irresistible form possible.”

Believe It or Not

Now, it is difficult to know what to believe these days, but with all of the Wheat Belly information and the initial idea of this blog being that wheat is such a dominant daily ingredient in North American diets, maybe there is something to be said for making a change.

This point in the blog is a “believe it or not” marker. Keeping anonymity by request, let’s just say that many years ago in a seasonally allergenic North American city, an individual was plagued by miserable springs, when pollen allergies created flu-like symptoms that made this person want to do nothing except lie on the couch, exhausted by sneezing and ever-flowing congestion. It was before the 2011 publication of Wheat Belly or the knowledge that city planners had played misogynistic Mother Nature and planted all-male varieties of trees that only produce pollen without dropping petals, berries or fruits that this red-eyed-in-the-spring individual decided to stop eating wheat. Why? Because wheat was something this person had eaten daily for a lifetime. Believe it or not, the result was no more seasonal allergies. No wheat, no allergies.

Perhaps others may want to take the wheat-less way and see what results. It’s tough because things like bread taste so good (because apparently wheat stimulates your appetite . . . and weight gain). Replacing wheat-based food with more vegetables that are fiber- and nutrient-rich without the weight gain is just one helpful step.

From an AIM perspective, choosing a glass of BarleyLife or the Garden Trio over two slices of buttered toast offers a nutrient-rich habit that you make on a daily basis. In other words, you train your stomach what is actually good for your body and not the other way around.

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

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products, like BarleyLife and Garden Trio, and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Protein from Plants

Protein is a macronutrient—needed in large amounts—that literally holds the structure of our bodies together: cells, tissues, muscles, organs, bones etc. The enzymes that initiate the multitude of chemical reactions in the body are proteins. Then there are proteins that transport nutrients and build lean muscle; essentially protein is a key factor in overall growth of the body.

Vegetarians are familiar with the challenges of getting enough protein in their diet, given that they do not eat meat. Those challenges relate to the variations of beliefs about whether a totally plant-based diet gives you complete protein.

A Thoughtful Blast from the Past

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book was published, Walden, in which he makes an interesting observation for vegetarians. “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

When you think of the power of oxen, or horses for that matter from which the measurement of horse power arose, you are aware that these strong creatures eat no meat. Make no bones about it, eating nothing but plants can create a healthy body made of strong bones and muscle.

Present Protein Thoughts

Jumping ahead over a century and a half later from Thoreau’s printed words to the present day onslaught of words on the internet is corroboration in an article from the American Heart Association’s online journal, Circulation, “Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition”, which confirms Henry’s apt observations on “vegetable-made bones” of the farmer’s oxen. A vegetarian diet gives a person, not just oxen or horses, the nutrients required for good health, including protein.

Protein Building Blocks

To make all of the different types of protein, your body requires 21 different amino acids, 9 of which are essential. Just like the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids  your body cannot produce them, these 9 amino acids—histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine—are an essential part of your dietary intake. AIM ProPeas is vegan pea protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids and more. But first:

As per the AHA’s article on a plant-based diet providing all the amino acids you need, it is important to end the myth that a vegetarian diet is not enough: “The reason it is important to correct this misinformation is that many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets—they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg, rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health.”

AIM ProPeas pea protein

Not only does ProPeas provide the 9 essential amino acids, it also delivers essential branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs), such as valine, isoleucine and leucine, which stimulate protein synthesis in the muscles. Leucine is also vital for metabolism and weight loss. So to supplement your protein intake with a plant-based source, ProPeas is an ideal choice, helping to build lean muscle and manage weight.

How much Is Enough?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kilograms), you need nearly 55 grams daily. Supplemental protein from ProPeas gives you 12 grams of healthy vegetable protein per 16 gram serving.

The truth is that most people, possibly seniors with small appetites excepted, get enough protein. Big meat eaters get more than enough, including the other things you may ingest in animal protein: saturated fat and cholesterol and perhaps added hormones and antibiotics (and the unhealthy side effects that can result).

Choosing the source of your protein intake is another step in being your own health care practitioner. And the evidence shows that the more plant-based your food is, the healthier it is for you. And that includes protein from plants no less.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Going Plant-Based!

The word is out there. Having a primarily whole-food, plant-based diet is one of the healthiest steps you can take for yourself. The AIM Companies has promoted this idea ever since first introducing the juice powder of barley grass back in 1982 and The AIM Healthy Cell Concept a year later. It’s a message worth emphasizing over and over again.

And fortunately it’s a message that is coming from more and more medical practitioners, whom the general public has a tendency to follow. Doctors such as Dean Ornish, Michael Greger and Matt Lederman and Alona Pulde have reached similar conclusions on the effectiveness of adopting lifestyle changes that include a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Dr. Ornish created a program that has been scientifically proven to reverse heart disease at the root cause. Optimizing four life elements—diet, stress management, physical activity and love/support—makes all the difference. Some of the key elements of diet are to “eat mostly plants in their natural form” and “eat mostly plant-based protein.” Interestingly enough, the good doctor calls his program “Ornish Lifestyle Medicine.” But it is medicine that has little to do with medication. And he’s a doctor. How refreshing!

Dr. Michael Greger launched a website in 2011—www.nutritionfacts.org—that provides a wealth of information on the subject, including informative videos and studies. In December 2015, Dr. Greger wrote an article entitled, Making Plant-Based Diets the New Normal, in which he brings attention to a Nutritional Update for Physicians that “encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy and eggs as well as all refined and processed junk.” This is powerful stuff!

Dr. Matt Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde are the authors of The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. They appeared in the film, Forks over Knives, which “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” Again, powerful stuff.

So where do AIM products fit into the plant-based diet scenario? Well, first of all, to be clear, none of the above doctors endorse any natural health products. So the intention is not to suggest otherwise. The intention is to propose that supplementing a plant-based diet with whole-food, plant-based supplements such as the Garden Trio is a viable addition.

If you check out an earlier blog, A Case for Supplements, you’ll note that even if you are eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, “Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows” (scientificamerican.com).

“Nutrition that Works!” can help put back what is lacking in today’s food crops. AIM whole-food powders, including BarleyLife, LeafGreens, Just Carrots and RediBeets are nutrient-rich, plant-based nutrition. AIM even has plant-based protein: ProPeas. Go to the online product store for a whole lot more!

Note: “Plant-based” is used thirteen times in this blog (not including this note). Perhaps it is a less than subtle attempt to encourage people to go “plant-based” in the food department.

Nutrition that Works!

This past year, a few staff members of The AIM Companies™ took a closer look at BarleyLife’s potent “Nutrition That Works!” Now we cannot tell you the proprietary secrets that create these one-of-a-kind greens, but we can let you in on some interesting details that will always keep our competitors at a substandard step behind us. So let’s go to the nutritional heart of the matter: a barley grass cell.

An Insider’s Look

Very few people get to see the cellular insides of a blade of green barley.

Inside a cell of barley grass, it’s a city of activity. Imagine a large group of city workers (enzymes) doing all of their in­dividual jobs. Enzymes are protein structures that work to make things happen in an organized and controlled manner.

When you crush the cells of young barley plants to make a juice powder, all that control is destroyed. It’s as though a riot is created because the enzymes suddenly turn into demolition workers out to destroy and take things apart.

A Chilling Experience

The only way to gain back control in the heat of such destruction is to quickly lower the temperature. Cooling the riot, so to speak, basically slows everything down until all the action nearly comes to a standstill. This allows the crushed grass to be dried while maintaining the attributes of freshly squeezed juice.

Keeping It Fresh

We have to use freshly cut barley grass that is not too dried out. If the grass is not quickly processed, you’d be drinking a glass of garbage, not grass.

The aim is to capture all of the fresh nutrients. For example, when you mow your lawn and chew on a blade of grass, that’s the fresh taste and flavor that is being recreated in the juice powder—minus the fiber you cannot digest. The cold preserves the quality and benefits of the nutrients, in­cluding those volatile enzymes, in freshly cut barley grass. This makes BarleyLife a convenient “stir it up and drink it” powder that brims with an extra­ordinary concentration of plant nutrients.

However, unlike fruit and vegetable juices that remain tasty and nutritious after being left in a glass for some time, grass juice goes bad quickly due to the high level of enzymatic activity. So drink your glass of fresh grass soon after you mix it, and enjoy the incredible health benefits from BarleyLife.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

NEW! Nutrition Facts Label Rules

Members will most likely have noticed that AIM has been making revisions to food product labels. Such changes are for important, time-sensitive reasons.

Back in May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an announcement that the rules regarding Nutrition Facts on food products would have to change to reflect the latest scientific information.

The most notable new info is the link between diet and chronic diseases that The AIM Companies has recognized since 1982, when the incomparably nutritious juice powder of barley grass was first introduced.

One of the FDA’s main reasons for this “refreshed design” in labeling is to make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about their food choices, particularly in regard to servings, calories and sugar.

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Bigger and Bolder Changes

Figuring out what the information on a label means hasn’t always been easy. With the new format, important details are much easier to read:

  1. Right at the top under Nutrition Facts, the servings per container and the number of serving sizes are bigger and bolder.
  1. The biggest and boldest detail of them all is calories per serving, one of the most important bits of information when it comes to weight management.
  1. The addition of added sugars shows the huge difference between what is naturally sweet and unnaturally sweetened.

And based on new scientific evidence, updated daily values for nutrients have been added as well. Speaking of % Daily Values, there is now a clearer definition of what it actually means: how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet.

The Deadline for Change

The original due date for completing the design of these new labels was July 28, 2018.  After the rules were finalized, industry and consumer groups provided feedback regarding the need for more time to make the label changes. In October 2017, the FDA published a proposal to extend the compliance date by approximately one and a half years.

AIM is already ahead of the game, having implemented changes to some of our product labels. More labels will be revised to reflect the new rules. At the same time, the additional costs involved with such a monumental change will be minimized. For example, labels with the former Nutrition Facts can now be used past the old deadline of July 2018, complying with the FDA’s acknowledgment that consumers will see both old and the new versions of labels during the transition period.

So keep your eye on labels!

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The AIM Companies has been in business since 1982 providing whole-food concentrates and nutritional supplements through network marketing.

Happy about AIM BarleyLife

In 2018, Clyde Walters will be ninety years old, and he has a lot to say to others so that they reach their tenth decade and beyond in good health. And it’s primarily about BarleyLife.

“I’m happy about BarleyLife. I can talk about it, and I can argue about it and never lose an argument,” Clyde said matter-of-factly. “I’m a classic example of what it can do for your health if you stick with it. I know people in their fifties who argue that I’d probably have the same good health if I hadn’t taken BarleyLife all these years. I say, ‘You’re not even sixty and you already have one foot in the grave.’ They don’t argue anymore.”

Clyde came across AIM’s juice powder of young barley plants in the early 1980s. “I’ve always had a lot of interest in vitamins and minerals,” Clyde stated, “so I did my studies on barley plants. I kind of analyzed everything AIM had and tried everything. It made sense to me.”

Being a successful car salesman, Clyde also looked at the AIM business angle. “I was fascinated with network marketing,” he explained. “I started selling jars of AIM’s barley grass juice powder and soon had a downline going that turned into a successful business.”

Clyde held seminars in many different cities, including Nashville, Tampa and Orlando, promoting to Star Sapphire Director in 2000. In St. Petersburg, his hometown, he would speak about AIM nutrition in front of crowds of 300–400 people in a church. People know him as the owner of a used car lot: Ace Motors and Garage. Clyde has a solid reputation for being a salesman that you can totally trust. He is not interested in taking advantage of people; he wants to help them.

While in college, Clyde took a good course on mental health that gave him valuable insights on how to accurately read people. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he worked for twenty years as a police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department in the motorcycle division.

As his career in law enforcement drew to a close, Clyde started selling motorcycles in his present-day location. After retiring in 1972, he began selling cars at Ace Motors, a business that has lasted for forty-five years. With about a year left on his dealer’s license, Clyde is considering a second retirement, closing the shop and selling the property. If he does, it will be really difficult for people in the area to find another
Clyde Walters.

When asked about the AIM products that he takes, Clyde said, “I settled down on Proancynol 2000 (two capsules daily for additional antioxidants) and BarleyLife capsules. I take five in the morning and then some more in the afternoon. BarleyLife gives me more energy than any other product I’ve taken ever did.” And you can’t argue about that with him either.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

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The AIM Companies has been in business since 1982 and distributes whole-food powder concentrates  like BarleyLife and nutritional supplements through network marketing by our Members.