Product Certifications: Why They Matter

Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher and Vegan

For consumers who want accessible information to assess products they pick up from store shelves or view online, certain certifications can be a deciding factor in making choices.

The same can be said for AIM independent distributors sharing the healthy benefits of AIM products: certifications matter. The AIM Companies recognizes their importance and has taken steps to certify the AIM lineup. Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher and Vegan certifications help assist Members and those beginning to learn about AIM in choosing high-quality AIM supplements. Some certification logos are already printed on a variety of AIM product labels.

Non-GMO

Nature creates plants and animals that are NOT genetically modified organisms: Non-GMOs. Every AIM product is certified Non-GMO, one of several important certifications in regard to food and natural health products.

Unlike what occurs in nature, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are “bioengineered” plants or animals through the use of gene-splicing. Genetically modified foods remain a worldwide concern. The safety of consuming GMO food is unproven even though Americans have been eating genetically modified ingredients in most processed foods since 1996.

A wide range of environmental damage and health risks has been linked to GMO food. By 2020, all food makers in the USA will have to label bioengineered (BE) food and ingredients. Having bioengineered (BE) on the label instead of genetically modified organism (GMO) suggests the negative association that GMO has in the minds of people all around the world.

It’s worth repeating: every AIM product is certified Non-GMO.

Gluten-Free

Celiac disease is a widespread health problem, roughly affecting 1 in 100 people globally. Those with this disorder have to avoid foods that contain gluten because eating these proteins found in wheat and other grains can cause damage in the small intestine, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms and poor absorption of food nutrients.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity has been deemed “The New Frontier of Gluten Related Disorders” in a 2013 study, so gluten issues are affecting even more people. Being able to identify gluten-free foods and supplements is of utmost importance to anyone with gluten sensitivity.

The AIM Companies has tested for the presence of gluten in all of its products. The vast majority tested gluten-free. Members and those new to AIM can refer to the and AIM website to easily identify all of these gluten-free products, including BarleyLife powder, which is a safe “superfood” for anyone with gluten issues.

Kosher

Kosher food laws set a high bar in terms of cleanliness, purity and quality, so people not only of the Jewish faith look for the OK symbol on labels. The AIM Companies has achieved kosher certification for the Garden TrioBarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets—as well the BarleyLife powder in the 180-gram canisters and sample packs and will continue to expand kosher certification to its product lineup. Watch for the OK symbol.

Vegan

For anyone following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, it is essential to know what can and cannot be consumed. The certified vegan logo indicates products that do not contain animal products or by-products and have not been tested on animals. All of the AIM products that are certified vegan can be easily identified with this logo on the AIM website and AIM product catalog.

As time and label space allow, more of these certification logos will appear on AIM product labels. In the meantime, if you are an independent distributor, let people know about product certifications whenever you share your knowledge of AIM nutrition. Certifications matter.

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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.

 

 

My Gluten-Free Journey

GF Journey

By Brittany Burkfield, AIM Director

All my life, I have had digestive and intestinal issues. Calling one of my parents to bring medicine to help me with my awful stomach pains became a normal routine in elementary school. I learned to avoid “rich” foods because they would make me sick if I ate them. In college, I gained weight and had bad stomach reactions, so I decided to go to the Seattle IBS Clinic to get a blood test for food allergies. When the results came back, I learned that I suffered from gluten intolerance. This explained my lifelong struggle.

I’m a stubborn person, and I hated the thought of being allergic to something. I tried eating gluten again after a few months of being off the stuff. Unfortunately my body wasn’t having any of it, and I became sick. So I learned my lesson. No more cheating for me.

A gluten-free diet isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle change. Gluten is a substance found in certain grains, mostly wheat. Anything made from wheat flour contains gluten. There are a lot of people who go on diets where they eliminate carbs or bread or whatever, but the majority of people who go gluten-free need to because they have been diagnosed with celiac disease and want a healthier lifestyle.

When I went gluten-free the most drastic thing that happened was that I lost fifty pounds. I also haven’t gotten sick nearly as often. Growing up, I suffered from a skin condition called pilaris keratosis where tiny red bumps that felt like sandpaper sprouted all over my arms and legs. I also had hyperhidrosis, an excess of sweat even when I was cold. Since I removed the gluten from my diet, my skin has smoothed out, and I only sweat when it’s hot.

Every morning I start with an AIM shake: ProPeas®, fit ’n fiber™ and CoCoa LeafGreens® in coconut milk and a tiny spoonful of certified gluten-free natural peanut butter. Just this can keep me full for my whole workday. I also supplement with GlucoChrom®, Frame Essentials®, AIMega®, FloraFood®, PrepZymes®, and Bear Paw Garlic®.

And since BarleyLife® has such a minute percentage of trace gluten, it’s pretty much gluten negligible. Even with my really bad sensitivity, I can drink it no problem.

There is absolutely no health detriment caused by removing gluten from your diet. Sometimes
the price of a gluten-free product is a little more expensive. Sure, it takes some getting used to when you go to the grocery store or eat out, but we live in a time where it’s so easy to find good food products that cater to people with food allergies. There has been a diet revolution going on, and the great thing about it is that it’s starting to show up in the mainstream.

Even if you’re not allergic to gluten, I would highly recommend incorporating some gluten-free alternatives into your diet. Even a small change can yield a huge and positive impact.