Why BarleyLife Is Unique

Part 1

There are many kinds of barley grass products in the marketplace. None is as good as BarleyLife. It’s a strong statement, and here are some initial reasons that make it a true one.

Barley Whole-Leaf Powder: Bad

Many new Members may not recognize the difference between AIM’s barley leaf juice powder and the whole-leaf powder in other barley grass products.

Under a microscope, whole-leaf powder looks like ground leaves because that is exactly what it is. And when whole leaves of barley grass are dried and ground, you get a mostly indigestible powder with few absorbable nutrients because unlike livestock that grazes on grass, humans cannot digest the cellular walls of grass fiber to release its incredible source of natural nutrients.

AIM has always taken a different approach to accessing the wholesome food available in green barley grass. Obviously, the entire details of the process that AIM has developed over the last three and a half decades cannot be revealed here because our competitors would love to get their hands on this secret information.

Barley Leaf Juice Powder: Good

To begin with, a lot of care and attention goes into making BarleyLife. AIM uses only young barley plants that are short in stature while at the height of their nutrient content. The grass is processed in a way that breaks down the fibrous cellular walls that enclose the nutrients, releasing them so that the juice can be concentrated and dried into an easily digested, bioavailable powder.

This is accomplished by mac­erating the barley leaves into tiny pieces and putting them into a press that draws out all of the juice. The remaining debris, mostly fiber, is taken away and used as cattle feed or a soil additive. This vital detail once again points out that these indigestible components are included in barley whole-leaf powders made by our competitors.

What’s more, our juicing process is conducted at a low temperature to preserve the nutritional content of the barley leaves. When it reaches the spray drying stage, a low temperature is also used for the same reason. AIM gets the most nutrition out of every single leaf so that Members get the highest quality BarleyLife possible.

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 by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Bees and BarleyLife

Shared by Arnold and Judy Berkin, AIM Star Sapphire Directors,

We first learned of green barley powder in 1987. Judy suffered from anemia constantly and took iron medication with its associated problems. After six weeks of daily use of this green powder, there was a major change in her blood iron levels.

Then I got the courage to try this “green stuff” myself. Three years previously, I had a major heart episode. After taking these greens for three months, I felt well enough to stop taking all the prescribed heart medication I was on.

When AIM came to Australia, we didn’t have to be convinced; we joined immediately. In 1995, we were were awarded a trip to San Francisco, sponsored by The AIM Companies™. That was a great experience.

Our favorite products are BarleyLife, RediBeets and Just Carrots powders. In October 2016, Judy had a bad fall and broke her upper right arm. We then added CalciAIM to the Garden Trio, and she is doing fine now.

As beekeepers, we learned that if our bees were struggling to find good pollen sources, they would consume BarleyLife. It amazed us how it helps to raise the crude protein level in their bodies.

To get the BarleyLife to the bees, we just sprinkle about 10 grams of the powder in the bottom box where the brood— young developing bees—is located. We do this once a month, and it also helps them in cleaning the hive.

BarleyLife doesn’t improve the actual honey, but it does improve the health of the bees, so they can produce more honey with a lower moisture content. By eating the BarleyLife, the bees are more resilient and able to cope better with environmental stress.

Most honeys have health benefits for people. Citrus honey is helpful with respiratory problems. All honeys give an energy boost to your day. The very dark honeys help with lower bowel conditions. For example, a person who had been told they needed to have major bowel surgery came to us in 1994. They have been taking BarleyLife and Banksia honey ever since and have not required any surgery.

All AIM Members are welcome to visit us. Just give us a call or send an email to make sure we will be home.

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 by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Earth Day Message

In 1969, a major oil spill off Santa Barbara polluted beaches for thirty-five miles along the California coast. Up to that point in time, this environmental disaster had been the worst oil spill in America’s history. Images of blackened coastline and oil-drenched wildlife shocked and appalled people all around the world.

The devastation motivated Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, to bring together the wealthy and the-not-so wealthy, those living in rural areas and those living in big cities, Republicans and Democrats, all in support of the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Before the year’s end, the United States Environmental Protection Agency had been created.

By 1990, Earth Day was recognized in over 140 countries, bringing global awareness to environmental issues. Today, over a billion people in 192 countries celebrate April 22 as a day to change environmentally destructive human behavior as well as create policies that nurture the health of our shared planet.

The AIM of Earth Day

Back in 1983, AIM introduced The Healthy Cell Concept™, guidelines that involve five components to help keep your cells healthy. One of them is environment.
By examining the conditions of your environment, you may find factors, such as air pollution, exposure to chemicals or the degradation of agricultural land, which can negatively impact your cells and affect the health of your body. Doing whatever you can do to make environmental lifestyle changes to keep your cells healthy has a positive effect on your overall wellness.

With The Healthy Cell Concept in mind, imagine the earth as one immense cell that needs to be kept healthy for all of the life that inhabits it. It’s the only cell we’ve got. By taking care of the earth, we take care of the human race.

Focusing on the agricultural envi­ronment, we know that polluted or nutrient-depleted soil does not produce wholesome food. Yet nutrition is a major factor in staying healthy. So it is crucial that plant-based food draws essential nutrients from the earth’s soil as it grows. People need access to health-maintaining harvests because proper nutrition works.

The AIM Companies™ has succeeded in providing supplemental Nutrition that Works! By using plant-based ingredients grown without the use of pesticides, AIM contributes to a healthy earth environment and healthy human beings.

Without nutrient-rich soil, our days on earth would be numbered, one of the many important reasons for acknowledging the message of Earth Day.

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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 , Just Carrots and RediBeets and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

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.