The Joint Issue

Smoothly moving joints are like well-oiled door hinges and contribute greatly to painless aging. One of the best ways to avoid joint aches and pains is to take AIM Frame Essentials to give your body essential nutrients that help maintain healthy joints. But first some basics of what lies between.

The Cartilage Connection

Three types of cartilage are found in the body:

  1. Elastic
  2. Fibrous
  3. Hyaline (Articular)

Found in most joints, hyaline (glass-like) cartilage is a type of connective tissue and a buffer between bone ends that is shiny and smooth, like two pieces of hard glass gliding over one another. Hyaline is also called articular cartilage because it refers to the bone surfaces that meet to form joints.

The bone structure of the body is made into moving joints by this cushioning system. With a stretch of the imagination, you could think of articular cartilage as a pillow between bone ends. But these pillows are made of tough, flexible tissue, perfect for cushioning the effect of two bone ends rubbing together during movement as well as acting as shock absorbers for any weight-bearing activity.

But even this incredibly resilient cartilage can be damaged by injury, the wear and tear of time or diseases that cause joint inflammation and cartilage erosion. Again, Frame Essentials can be taken to provide preventative and corrective support to help maintain healthy cartilage.

Inside Cartilage

The only cells in cartilage are chondrocytes, which are directly involved in the synthesis and turnover of the extracellular matrix that makes up articular cartilage. Simply put, the chondrocyte is the architect of cartilage.

One of the chemical compounds produced in the body that greatly affects chondrocytes is a natural amino sugar called glucosamine, which is found around cartilage cells and in the synovial fluid around joints. It just so happens that glucosamine is a natural precursor of glycosaminoglycan, a component of the cartilage extracellular matrix, which is why supplementing with glucosamine is thought to provide a substance that might help with the synthesis and repair of cartilage.

A 2006 study published in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage journal revealed that “glucosamine modulates chondrocyte proliferation, matrix synthesis, and gene expression . . . optimal amount of glucosamine preserves cartilage tissue and promotes its repair upon damage.”

Frame Essentials: Nutrients for Healthy Cartilage

Providing both glucosamine hydrochloride and sulfate, Frame Essentials gives your body optimal daily amounts of an essential nutrient for healthy cartilage. There are no food sources, so you need to take a supplement like Frame Essentials to increase your glucosamine levels.

Glucosamine is also an effective anti-inflammatory compound. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are inflammatory in nature, creating joint degeneration and resulting pain. Levels of glucosamine drop during the aging process, so the older you get the less you probably have. This can lead to the breakdown of cartilage and the onset of arthritis.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually prescribed to treat arthritis, but they can cause a variety of harmful side effects. Glucosamine is a safe option because it’s a natural body compound, so your body responds well to supplementation.  Studies have shown that glucosamine sulfate is a healthy alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs because it is effective in reducing inflammation and suitable for long-term use.

Along with effective glucosamine, Frame Essentials delivers two additional anti-inflammatory, joint-healthy nutrients: boswellia extract and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

For centuries, boswellia extract has been used as a remedy for chronic inflammatory issues. Commonly known as frankincense, the resin produced by the Boswellia serrata tree contains acids that help to prevent the formation of inflammation-causing molecules called leukotrienes. This natural resin goes hand in hand with glucosamine in reducing joint pain, stiffness and swelling.

Like glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is another natural, anti-inflammatory chemical found in the human body. This sulfur compound helps to form connective tissue in muscles and joints. Supplemental MSM has been shown to reduce inflammation and inhibit the breakdown of cartilage.

These four ingredients deliver a synergistic effect from natural nutrients working as a team to maintain healthy cartilage, making Frame Essentials is an effective supplement for avoiding the joint issue in life.

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

Firmly Planted

Have you ever really looked at a plant? Engaged in a staring contest with a shrub or other green foliage? They are incredible creations, able to stay rooted to the earth without ever having to go anywhere to eat.

In fact, they make their own food from the presence of minerals and water in the soil, carbon dioxide in the air and light from the sun (without the need for sunscreen). It’s a combination of light (photo) and putting things together (synthesis).

These food factories also breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen, a colorless, odorless gas that supports life on the planet. And, again, they accomplish all of this while staying firmly planted, growing but not moving very far, except skyward.

Green Emotion

Some people believe that plants have feelings and respond to care and kindness even without visible motion (or emotion).

Such a believer, who will remain nameless, was once asked by a passing neighbor how he was able to keep the houseplants in his apartment so healthy because hers were always turning brown and dying.

His response was that he looked after the plants carefully, placing them where they got the right amount of light, keeping their leaves clean and watering them regularly. His neighbor looked at him questioningly and said, “You mean you have to water them?” This is a true anecdote.

Just like someone who doesn’t know the basics of plant care, some people simply have no idea of the importance of eating a lot of plant-based foods, especially those who in their heart of hearts hate eating vegetables.

Green Food

Plants are healthy food for humans and other animals that eat vegetation, providing carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and a wealth of other plant nutrients that people’s bodies thrive on. So veggie loathing really ought to be veggie loving even though you don’t have to become a vegetarian like a cow or an elephant.

The vegetarians of the animal kingdom are called herbivores. The African elephant is the largest of the plant-eater variety, consuming around 300 pounds of foliage daily to maintain its massive presence. Just like making prolonged eye contact with a plant, pondering the elephant-sized importance of eating non-animal nutrition is worth a little bit of mind time. Plant-based foods build healthy elephants and other creatures of all shapes and sizes, including humans.

The Greenest of Them All: Barley Grass

The AIM Companies is plant-based, beginning its 37-year supplemental history by tapping into the unparalleled wealth of nutrients in young barley plants that go into BarleyLife.

Firmly planted in the soil of the earth for millenniums, barley grass lay in waiting for someone who could extract its nutritional bounty so that humans could share the same benefits enjoyed by cows and other grass grazers.

That someone was Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, and his assertion that barley grass is the most nutritional plant on the planet paved the way for AIM to improve on getting the most nutrition out of blades of barley grass.  Over the years, AIM has continued to maximize the nutrient levels for BarleyLife, including the lifeblood of plants: chlorophyll.

BarleyLife offers a supplemental source of whole food that goes hand in hand with choosing a plant-based diet, either partially or entirely. Taking this juice powder of young barley plants can help you to stay firmly planted on the path of good health . . . and keep you moving.

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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.

Boost Immune Health this Winter

January is a cold month both weather-wise and health-wise. When the temperature drops, more often than not your immune system is suppressed by frigid degrees, lowering its abiltiy to protect. Most people figure getting a cold or catching the flu is a normal part of winter. But those in the know know that there are steps you can take to avoid getting sick, especially AIM Members who are aware of the benefits of Proancynol 2000.

Oxidative Stress Relief from Antioxidants

Simply by breathing the oxygen that is vital for life, the body is introduced to free radicals—molecules with unpaired electrons. This natural process needs to be kept in balance by the presence of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Oxidative stress is the result of an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals that can cause a chain reaction of damage to cells, proteins and DNA.

The body produces antioxidants but not enough to keep a person fully protected. This is why eating antioxidant-rich foods and taking supplements such as Proancynol 2000 are so good for the body. Increasing the number and variety of antioxidants strengthens the immune system, particularly when it is suppressed by colder temperatures.

Proancynol 2000 for Diverse Antioxidants

With only seven ingredients, Proancynol 2000 delivers a potent variety of antioxidants.

1. Green Tea Extract

The antioxidant power of green tea is its assortment of polyphenols, including flavanols, flavandiols and phenolic acids, which protect against oxidative stress and increase the antioxidant capacity of the body.

2. Rosemary Extract

A fragrant, evergreen herb, rosemary contains anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants that boost the immune system and circulation.

3. Grape Seed Extract

Delivering antioxidants such as anthocyanins, flavonoids and OPCs, grape seed extract helps to protect against inflammation, tissue damage and oxidative stress.

4. N-Acetylcysteine

As a building block of the anti-aging antioxidant glutathione, N-acetylcysteine supports the immune system and may help to prevent and alleviate colds and the flu.

5. Alpha-Lipoic Acid

A potent antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid is believed to provide protection from nerve tissue damage and relieve oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals and regenerating other antioxidants.

6. Lycopene

Extracted from tomatoes, lycopene is part of the carotenoid family, delivering antioxidant properties that help protect the body from free radicals and keep them in balance.

7. Selenium

This essential antioxidant mineral strengthens the immune system by promoting the production of white blood cells and the recycling of glutathione.

Increase antioxidant levels with Proancynol 2000 this winter to maintain your best line of defense: a strong immune system.

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.

The Weight of It All

It’s the New Year and already the weight of any resolutions you made can feel like someone nagging you to do something about it. If you have resolutely made up your mind to lower the number that appears when you step on a scale, then at least you can be comforted in knowing that you are not alone. An online survey that asked “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” revealed that 45 percent of the people who responded wanted to lose weight or get in shape. Many fail.

Looking back at all of the weight-loss fads that have been foisted on the public over the years, it would seem that all of the diet plans that have come and gone were most successful in gaining fees and royalties for the people who happened to come up with the latest craze. It’s still happening. What is rarely happening is healthy weight loss that stays off.

 Burn More Than You Consume

Sometimes the most practical way to do something successfully seems . . .  well, too sensible, as though it has to be a case of no pain, no gain. But what if being practical actually works best for losing weight?

Every body is different, but every body burns calories daily. This works for maintaining an ideal body weight. If inactive, your body burns anywhere from 1,800 – 2,400 calories daily in the normal metabolic process. So if your daily caloric intake outweighs what your body burns, you become overweight. It’s pretty much that simple. To reverse this, burn more than you consume to lose weight.

Hunger Pangs

The primary feeling that works against the balance of calories in and calories burned is hunger. We all get hungry. How we react to hunger is what separates the “lightweight” from the overweight.

Do you know that you can eat a big bowl of raw vegetables that gives you healthy plant nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber but with minimal calories? The most difficult part is washing and chopping a daily supply and storing it in the fridge. For some, the most difficult part will be training their minds and bodies that vegetables are a better choice than a big bowl of potato chips. It’s called being in charge of your health.

Suppose you make this vegetable feast one of your three meals of the day. The pounds will slowly waste away from your waist. Slow but sure is a healthy approach to weight loss.

AIM for Satiety

AIM provides another way to have a replacement meal without a lot of calories: the Weight Loss Pack. And a fine mix it is—vegetable protein from ProPeas, a variety of filling fiber from fit ’n fiber and fat- and carbohydrate-metabolizing nutrients from GlucoChrom. Drinking daily smoothies made with ProPeas and fit ’n fiber are an effective way to feel satiated for hours. AIM for weight loss through healthy nutrition.

Helping Your Body’s Metabolism

This is the point where the E-word appears: exercise. Some people cringe at the thought, even though they know it’s good for them. Others don’t feel balanced unless they get some exercise.

These days, there are a lot of extreme forms of physical activity. Do not even go there if you’re someone who tends back away from the idea of physical activity. There are simple ways to get some beneficial exercise without having to go to extremes or a fitness center for that matter.

Take a Walk

Walking is natural for human beings and really easy. Cars and public transportation are great inventions, but they have eliminated the need to walk from point A to B. This vehicular convenience is the usual go-to choice even for short distances, so a simple way to get some daily exercise is missed by walking to a vehicle only.

Climb Stairs

Stairs are a great way to get a cardiovascular workout, but elevators are the vehicle of choice for the ups and downs of daily life. Taking the stairs instead of entering an elevator and pushing a button gives you a lot more exercise. And if you need to go up several flights, start by climbing stairs for a floor or two to build your stamina. You may eventually be able to climb to the top all on your own steam.

In the end, losing pounds that you don’t want to carry around can make living in your body feel so much better. It’s a worthwhile New Year’s resolution that’s doable. Just do it sensibly and get some help from AIM.

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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.

When Opportunity Knocks …

Shared by Ralph Peterson, AIM Chairman’s Club Director

I’d like to tell you about an opportunity of a lifetime. AIM International is the opportunity of a lifetime that I started taking advantage of back in 1989. It has grown and continues to grow every day. I’m so thankful that it came my way and I grabbed it. I wish you would too.

Since joining AIM, I have gone through the levels of the Member Income Plan from Wholesale Member to Preferred Mem­ber, all the way to reaching the top level of AIM’s Chairman’s Club Director last year. Again, I really am so thankful.

I never realized the opportunity that I had initially. But it has given me so many great experiences, traveling and meeting people all around the world and sharing with them as I continue to build my AIM business.

I am so blessed to have been afforded the chance to have a very nice retirement income. I’m working harder than I ever have, but it’s a great income for me to receive. I am just beyond words. What I never dreamed could happen to me has happened because of AIM. And others can experience this as well, with a little hard work and being blessed.

It’s interesting that some­­thing so incredible in my life could result from something so bad in my life. Almost 30 years ago, I had severe arthritis. Doctors told me that my knees needed to be replaced. Then a friend introduced me to a green powder—BarleyLife. And it was by taking this green powder for only two weeks that my knees quit hurting. Three decades later, I’m still carrying on because of BarleyLife, which I have shared the benefits of with people worldwide through the business op­portunity offered by AIM.

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.

AIM Nutrition Changed My Life

Shared by Tina Wilkerson, AIM Director and Personal Trainer

Back in 2001, after my daughter, Jordan, was born, I felt very poorly. I had a number of health issues: fatigue, headaches, aching joints, and I was overweight. At that point in time, I wasn’t a personal trainer yet, but I began a wellness journey that would change my life for the better and allow me to help others do the same.

The Journey

I managed to go from size 14 to 2, but, honestly, I didn’t do it in a healthy way. I wish I had had the knowledge that I have now so that I wouldn’t have taxed my body as hard as I did. I would have been able to maintain my weight in a healthy way.

During my wellness journey, I got into personal training and opened my own studio. However, the stress of starting a business and raising a daughter caught up with me. I regularly worked 12-hour days, and I was getting sick a lot and taking antibiotics probably four times a year.

Discovering AIM

Six years ago, I met Star Sapphire Director Leré Robinson, who mentored me on the use of AIM products. I started on a committed regimen of the Garden Trio, FloraFood, AIMega, Composure and Renewed Balance body cream. Within three months, I was feeling completely renewed, capable and energetic.

I credit AIM nutrition with these positive changes because I didn’t do anything else that was different. As a personal trainer, I already exercised and ate well, so it was the AIM products that really changed my life.

That’s when I started telling all of my clients about AIM, recommending products not only for losing weight but for improving all kinds of body functions. Those who come to my studio are generally middle-aged woman, many of whom have chronic pain, don’t sleep well, have poor digestive function and hormonal imbalance. Many want to improve their mobility, or what I call the “feel good” factor.

In addition to the exercise component to enhance mobility, I use AIM products to improve their wellness on an intracellular level. Addressing external factors of wellness, such as exercise (mild to moderate), sufficient sleep, sun exposure, etc., and the internal factors of eating well and supplementing with AIM products has helped a lot of my clients to get stellar results. They are able to look better, move better, feel better and be better from the inside out.

AIMing for Weight Loss

Most of my clients have weight loss goals. Last year, I ran a six-week weight-loss challenge. I had them replace their highest calorie meal of the day with a ProPeas shake. The average weight loss was eight pounds.

ProPeas and fit ’n fiber are mostly used for meal re­placements, having developed a couple of recipes that include adding kale or spinach and a teaspoon of healthy oil. Almost all of my clients also use Peak Endurance for supplemental energy.

The combination of AIM products and functional exercise—movement that helps you age well—is a sustain­able, balanced approach to weight loss and wellness, which I believe is healthiest after experiencing my own health journey and 14 years as a personal trainer.
At the same time, there are definitely unhealthy, unsustainable ways to lose weight. Because of my own history, I don’t encourage extreme exercise, which is not helpful and likely harmful for your body in the long run.

As men and women age, exercise can actually become counter-productive very quickly. Exercise naturally creates inflammation in the body. And if you’re an older person, overweight, have health issues, have been on a lot of meds or you haven’t moved well in a long time, then you’re already walking around with a lot of chronic, low-grade inflammation.

Increasing inflammation with the wrong kind of exercise is only going to make matters worse. And while we’re on the subject, reducing inflammation with AIM whole-food concentrates such as BarleyLife is an ideal approach to wellness. And as for exercise, you just have to move smart.

I don’t even like to use the word exercise; I just think movement. The right kind makes everything better; the wrong kind makes everything worse. Keep moving in the right way that makes you feel better and your life better.

Everything that has transpired in the 10½ years that I’ve owned Elite Personal Training has come out of my own wellness journey, just like my use of the AIM products. I will continue to promote them in my studio because they have changed my life and have been changing the lives of my clients.

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.

It’s Wild: Bear Paw Garlic

Shared by Paul Clemmer, AIM Star Sapphire Director

Many years ago, I was introduced to a product from The AIM Companies™ called Bear Paw Garlic. I had heard of the bulb kind many times before, but Bear Paw was very different.

I learned that Bear Paw’s garlic grows wild in Europe’s mountainous areas and that when bears come out of hibernation in the spring, they gorge on this alpine garlic. I also learned Bear Paw Garlic was super special, being a leaf and having qualities and properties that bulb garlic doesn’t, such as being much higher in adenosine and odorless on the breath.

As I continued to do research, I began using Bear Paw Garlic, not knowing that it would come in very handy for something as common as a sore throat. The soreness in my throat would go away seemingly overnight after taking it.

It worked on our grandkids as well. But how do you get children to swallow capsules? Well, we found a simple way to them give Bear Paw Garlic: sprinkle the contents of one capsule on some apple sauce. They began begging for it, especially if they had sore throats because they remembered how quickly the soreness went away after eating Bear Paw Garlic-flavored apple sauce!

One of the many other great benefits of Bear Paw Garlic is that it is good for blood pressure. I didn’t have this problem back in 1996, when I was first introduced to it. But as time went by, I developed hypertension and soon learned it could be controlled quite easily with Bear Paw Garlic.

I began taking it on a minimal basis at first, increasing it to the recom­mended three cap­sules daily as I got older. This natural health product has kept my blood pressure levels normal. I’m very thankful that I can use something natural, just like the bears, to control such a simple thing as high blood pressure and not have to use pharmaceuticals with all of their side effects.

I’m very thankful to The AIM Companies for having researched and brought the ingredient in Bear Paw Garlic to us from Europe, where wild alpine garlic has been used medicinally for hundreds of years.

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.