Both Sides of Inflammation

Inflammation? Doesn’t sound good, does it? Turns out it’s both good and bad.

On one hand, good (acute) inflammation is an element of the body’s healing response to infection, toxins and tissue damage. Cut a finger, sprain something or contract a respiratory infection, and the immune system reacts defensively. The resulting pain, swelling, redness, heat, fever or tingling are to help in the healing process. By killing germs and establishing a line of defense, acute in­flammation helps to prevent a problem from worsening.

On the other hand, bad (chronic) inflammation is a potential horror story. This type can trigger a long list of disorders, including arthritis, asthma, blood flow issues, cancer and diabetes. In fact, it is believed to be at the core of disease.

As the word “chronic” implies, this type of inflammation is persistent, so your body is on guard constantly. This is a problem. For example, if inflammatory cells are present for too long in blood vessels, the result can be an increase in plaque buildup. This can lead to thickening of the arteries, which increases the likelihood for a stroke or heart attack.

A hallmark of the AIM mes­­sage is nutrition. Eating plant-based food is associated with les­sening the ravages of bad inflammation and supporting good inflammation. AIM provides concentrated forms of plant nutrients. While not promising to diagnose, mitigate, treat or prevent disease, there’s a wide variety of whole-food concen­trates and natural health prod­­ucts fea­tured in the 2019 Living Well catalog that may alleviate the bad kind of inflammation.

Do yourself a favor: eat nutrient-dense foods and take AIM supplements. Since its founding, AIM has been advocating healthy choices that remain true. Along with good habits that include exercising regularly and drinking plenty of water, consuming anti-
inflammatory, antioxidant-rich whole foods and supplements are in­vestments in yourself that can pay a lifetime of dividends for your immune system.

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

PrepZymes Eases the Bite!

Shared by Charlotte Thompson,  AIM Chairman’s Club Director

Enzymes have really interested me for the last few years. I have a thick book that emphasizes their importance: the more enzymes, the more life. They are like workers in our bodies. If we don’t have enzymes, we don’t live. This has interested me so much that I’ve become quite acquainted with AIM PrepZymes.

People often call to ask me about pain and inflammation. AIM has a number of products that address these issues. And now I’ve also come to learn that taking PrepZymes in between meals helps the body to repair and restore. Recently, I put these AIM enzymes to the test for pain and inflammation … of my own.

I was bitten by a spider on the bottom of my foot, making it swollen and painful. My middle son and I had made plans to go camping for the weekend and he was going to teach me how to fly fish. But I could hardly walk, so I decided it was time for me to try what I had been telling everyone else about PrepZymes: great for reducing inflammation.

Along with all my other AIM products, I started taking PrepZymes daily, emptying the contents of multiple capsules into water and mixing it with my little blender. In other words, I began drinking my enzymes.

We headed out on the camping trip and then it was time for me to go fly fishing for the very first time in my life. I put on the waders and was able to walk without limping or feeling any pain. That was amazing to me. Each day the swelling in my foot went down. PrepZymes helped to reduce the inflammation from the spider bite so that I didn’t have to miss out on this new experience.

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 Music Plays on Thanks to AIM’s Dynamic Duo

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AIM’s Dynamic Duo—AIM BarleyLife® and AIM Herbal Fiberblend®—made a dynamic difference in the life of Stephen Distad.

In 1987, at the age of twenty-three, Stephen faced a bright future in the music industry, pursuing a master’s degree in organ church music at Baylor University. Those dreams appeared as if they would be derailed.

Stephen developed a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, and it cast a cloud on his future in music. Tests at the Mayo Clinic confirmed Stephen’s greatest fear: The severity of his arthritis would be too great to continue with his music studies. According to the clinic’s physician’s, Stephen would eventually be resigned to a wheelchair, and he would have to change careers.

Throughout his life, he sought natural remedies for his arthritis, including a therapy with bee stings that gained notoriety in a local paper. The article caught the attention of AIM Member Douglas Waters, who went to the Distad residence in Waco with a jar of AIM green barley powder. Stephen took the powder for a week and noticed a considerable boost in energy.

The following spring, Stephen began taking AIM Herbal Fiberblend® to cleanse his body. These two products—the dynamic duo of greens and fiber—made a profound difference on his health.

One year later, tests conducted at the Mayo Clinic confirmed that Stephen was arthritis-free.

A confirmation letter from the clinic revealed that no other patients had overcome rheumatoid arthritis as severe as Stephen’s. The best treatment was to mask the side effects while the condition worsened.

Stephen embraced this new lease on life wholeheartedly. He completed his master’s degree program at Baylor. Quickly, his services came into high demand. He performed concerts in every European country, including Coventry Cathedral in England. He received a scholarship from the French government to study in Paris for one year. He performed at famed locations in New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church.

Currently, Stephen is an organist at Houston’s Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, where he plays for a congregation of 7,500. He also maintains a role as concert pianist.

Living the life he had always dreamed was made possible through hard work, determination, and the gift of health with AIM.

We thank Stephen’s mom, Verna Distad, AIM Director from Brownstown, Pennsylvania, for sharing this great story of the gift of health.

Verna Distad

The Way to a Healthy Heart Is Through Your Stomach

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There are a lot of good reasons to use probiotics like AIM’s FloraFood. They may help you manage your weight, quiet an upset stomach, improve digestion and bolster your immune system like a champ. But the benefits aren’t just relegated to our midsections.  There is evidence that probiotics help the skin and teeth, too, and now new research shows that they might also improve cardiovascular health.  Here is how.

Probiotics and Cholesterol 

According to a paper published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, probiotics seem to fight cholesterol in several ways. They create acids that counter cholesterol production. They break down liver acids made from cholesterol which means the liver will need more cholesterol to make more acids, so you’ll have less overall.  Also, probiotics munch down cholesterol like they were a submarine sandwich.

Probiotics actually eat cholesterol: Probiotic bacteria have been shown to break down cholesterol and use it for nourishment. —Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research

In the most recent study–published less than a month ago in Circulation Research–they found solid evidence that gut bacteria were associated with cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  The study looked at 900 people and found thirty-four types of bacteria that they linked to triglycerides, HDL (healthy cholesterol) levels and BMI. They were also able to estimate that the gut microbiome could explain a four to six percent variance in those factors.

Probiotics and Chronic Inflammation 

Another way that probiotics may be able to aid with heart health is by possibly alleviating chronic inflammation. Although it has not been proven that chronic inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, it is commonly associated with heart disease and stroke. It’s also been blamed for making other illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s worse as well as for playing a role in diabetes.  Chronic inflammation is, in short, not preferable.

As noted earlier, probiotics seem to really do a bang-up job at putting the kibosh on cholesterol. So when LDL (low-density lipoprotein–the bad cholesterol) builds up in the artery wall, it triggers inflammation, a natural response of the immune system. This response causes more cholesterol to build up and leads to more inflammation.  The theory is that probiotics may be able to chomp down some of that cholesterol before it becomes a problem and reduce inflammation in that way.

Additionally, because the gut microbiome seems to play such a huge role in the immune system, probiotics have been linked to reducing inflammation through its influence there.

For example, a 2013 study published in Gut Microbes looked at markers of inflammation in healthy subjects and those suffering from psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome. The subjects who took probiotics had fewer markers of inflammation by the end of the trial.

From Medical News Today:

Co-author Professor Eamonn Quigley, chief of the gastroenterology and hepatology division of Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, said:

What is impressive about these results is that not only are they from human subjects, but from individuals with common inflammatory conditions.”

So remember, the way to optimum heart health may just be through your stomach!