The AIM Journey

Sometimes your journey in life can feel as though you are riding on a train, rolling along the tracks toward your destination. The railroad you find yourself traveling upon may or may not be the tracks you desire.

The compartment you ride in could be coach, business or first class, depending on your initial lot in life perhaps. Along the way, there are usually many stops of interest, distraction and confusion, but eventually you get back on the rails and continue on your way.

There may come a time when you veer off on a totally different track, perhaps because of a fluke that hits a switch and aims you in a direction you never knew existed. This is the journey many AIM Members find themselves on, as though the railway changed from Amtrak to the AIM track, making a huge impact on their lives as the years roll by.

A Journey of Opportunity

When you board the AIM train, a number of opportunities present themselves.

You have access to high-quality supplements that can improve and maintain your health. A lifestyle choice of taking AIM whole-food concentrates and natural health products increases the intake of nutrients that your body thrives on. Good health is one of life’s greatest gifts and being on track with AIM helps to keep you on your journey in good health.

As a Member, you can also have your own business by sharing the benefits of AIM nutrition with others. One of the many positive results is being a witness to health improvements in so many people. It’s a platform with limitless possibilities of direction and expansion.

The more new Members you bring aboard, the greater your smart start rewards and monthly commissions. And since its inception, The AIM Companies has never missed a monthly payment to AIM independent distributors, so you can depend on this reliable schedule.

As a Member of AIM’s worldwide network marketing business, you also become part of a worldwide association: the AIM family. This means you are never alone in your endeavors. To help keep you on track, support from your upline, AIM and Chrysalis Networx is available throughout your journey.

Along the way, railcars continue to be added to the limitless length of the AIM train, so there will always be room for more passengers. And Members will always be welcome aboard.

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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.

Athletes and Plant-Based Diets

Research indicates that athletes who overtrain and push their endurance to extremes have a higher risk for heart problems, notably plaque buildup in the arteries and cell death in the heart. In other words, overdoing it athletically can increase heart attacks.

This may tie in to the damage caused by oxidative stress, which occurs simply through the breathing process. Endurance athletes really push their use of oxygen, so oxidative stress may have a greater negative effect on their bodies.

Pushing It with Poor Nutrition

Back in 1977, The Complete Book of Running was published, influencing the widespread popularity of running as a healthy exercise. The book’s author, James Fixx, promoted the idea of pushing yourself through pain to reach the eventual high of running.

Seven years after the publication of his book, James Fixx died of a heart attack while running. An autopsy showed that he had atherosclerosis—arterial plaque buildup. The truth is that Fixx had a genetic predisposition for cardiovascular issues. His father died from a heart attack at the age of 43. But James believed that by pushing himself physically, he could avoid the same fate.

Moderation and Wholesome Food

By comparison, Jack LaLane was a fitness guru who penned a number of books and had his own TV show for over 20 years. LaLane’s father died of a heart attack at the age of 50, so he had the same health threat as Fixx. But LaLane lived to the ripe old age of 96.

The key differences between these two advocates of fitness were the intensity of their exercise routines and nutrition. Fixx believed in overdoing exercise and had a poor diet. LaLane promoted exercise in moderation, ate lots of fruits and vegetables, took supplements and promoted juicing big time. Exercise and good nutrition turn out to be a winning combination.

Scientific Support

A review published in the online journal Nutrients (January 2019), shows the correlation between endurance athletes and their dietary intake. It is known that consuming plant-based food is important not only for heart health but for the overall well-being of the human body. But for athletes that push their physical limitations, a plant-based diet is critical for their cardiovascular health.

Studies show that the nutrients from plants can have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, blood sugar levels and blood-fat concentrations as well as contribute to reversing plaque buildup in the arteries. Plant-based diets also promote a healthy body weight, improved tissue oxygenation and reduced inflammation and, especially for athletes, reduced oxidative stress.

The wealth of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are major factors in the nutritional value of a plant-based diet for protecting the heart and the body from cellular damage.

AIM Nutrition

Supporting a plant-based diet, The AIM Companies provides an incredible selection of concentrated plant nutrition in whole-food concentrates, such as the Garden Trio: BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets.

AIM nutrition has been supporting the endeavors of athletes for years, including Lew Hollander, who in 2014 became the oldest athlete to compete in an Ironman triathlon. In his late eighties, Lew continues to push the boundaries of physical limitations with AIM nutrition on his side. As Lew says, “I love the AIM products. They have contributed to my ability to live a very active life in old age.”

Whether you are an athlete or not, AIM nutrition can help to make a healthy difference in how you feel and move through your lifetime.

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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.

Your Heart Healthy AIM

Life is just a heartbeat away. By giving your heart the right nutrition to remain strong, the beat goes on. AIM’s natural health products can help to deliver supplemental support.

Decades of research into the onset and progression of heart conditions and other diseases has lead to the recognition of chronic inflammation as a common factor.1 Eating healthy foods, such as leafy greens and other vegetables, and taking a variety of AIM supplements that provide the following nutrients and foods may help to reduce inflammation.

Omega- 3 and -6 Essential Fatty Acids

Essential for the structure and function of every cell in your body, omega-3 and -6 are polyunsaturated fats that are vital for balancing inflammation.

Flaxseed oil contains omega-3, an essential fatty acid that decreases inflammation. It’s a healthy fat that you never want to be without because it may help to reduce blood clots as well as to lower triglycerides, the blood fat linked to heart disease.2

Sesame and sunflower seed oils are rich in omega-6, which helps to lower LDL: the bad cholesterol.2 Omega-6 is also involved in the natural inflammatory response to injury in the body. A healthy ratio of omega-6 to -3 keeps inflammation in balance.

Alpine Wild Garlic

Garlic has always been considered a healthy addition to food; however, alpine wild garlic has far more active substances than domesticated varieties.

The leaves of wild alpine garlic exert anti-inflammatory activity3, making it a wise supplemental choice for a healthy heart. Besides, alpine garlic has also been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels4: two vital factors for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.

Coenzyme Q10

The powerful antioxidant required to generate energy production in the cells is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Your heart needs an enormous amount of energy to maintain a steady, relentless beat, so energy-sparking CoQ10 supports the health and function of this vital organ.

CoQ10 has also been identified as having an anti-inflammatory effect on overactive inflammasomes5, protein complexes that can play a role in the development of cardiovascular diseases.6

Fiber

Increasing your fiber intake may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and, of course, inflammation.7 Research indicates that the levels of inflammatory markers associated with cardiovascular disease are reduced by dietary fiber.8

Fiber also provides the “I’m full” factor for reducing caloric intake to maintain a healthy weight, which is one of the best things you can do physically for your heart and overall health.

Red Beetroot

By knowing the extent to which beets are so good for your health, you understand how making red beetroot a part of your food intake is such a healthy habit.9 The heart-protective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of red beetroot can make you think its deep red color was made to order for healthy blood flow and pressure.

Your body converts the vegetable nitrate in beets into nitric oxide, which improves circulation and lowers blood pressure by relaxing and widening the arteries.
The betaine in beets is a fine source of choline, which helps to regulate inflammation and maintain normal homocysteine levels. Betaine is also associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers.10

AIMega provides a healthy 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids in a blend of organic flax, sesame and sunflower seed oils. Each capsule delivers supplemental essentials for your heart and overall health on a daily basis.

Bear Paw Garlic contains the leaves of alpine wild garlic. The active substances and resulting benefits of this unique source of garlic are available in every capsule.
Note: Bear Paw Garlic is not available in Canada.

CellSparc 360 offers encapsulated, plant-derived CoQ10 that supplements the presence of and protection from this powerful antioxidant for heart and body wellness.

fit ’n fiber increases your fiber intake with a two-tablespoon daily serving, helping to reduce hunger pangs and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

RediBeets, as the name suggests, is a source of red beetroot in a juice powder, delivering vegetable nutrients that help increase nitric oxide and decrease inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is at the core of health issues like cardiovascular disease. AIM nutrition gets to the heart of the matter by helping to decrease inflammation with heart-healthy nutrients.

References accessed November 15, 2018
1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5488800/
2 https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/healthy-eating/fats-and-oils
3 http://bit.ly/ResearchGate_Wild_Alpine_Garlic
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5000681/
5 https://www.fxmedicine.com.au/blog-post/coq10-new-anti-inflammatory
6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253520/
7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5731843/
8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15884088
9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425174/#__sec4title
10 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49

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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.

To Blog or Not to Blog

In the movie, Contagion, Elliot Gould’s character provides a dismissive view of blogs when he says, “Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.”

Here at the BarleyLife Blog, it is hoped that the words that have appeared here over the years have moved beyond this negative perspective of unasked for spray-painted designs and have been punctuated by some wishfully interesting articles and useful information. This has always been the goal.

The thing about blogs is that they have a short shelf life. Blogs are custom built in the internet age of instant information and on to the next thing. Unlike graffiti, not a lot of blogs stick to anybody’s wall. It’s a case of read and move on.

That’s why this blog is going to be a little different. It’s going to be a trip down the memory lane of BarleyLife blogs, which could be seen as AIM blowing its own blog horn or simply as an easy way to refocus on some of the good stuff that may have gotten away.

The BarleyLife Blog Past

 Personal Successes and Healthy Cells

Right off the bat, the best way to go on about the benefits of BarleyLife is to hear from some of the many people who have been helped. Here are some personal “Reflections on BarleyLife.”

The Healthy Cell Concept has always been front and center in the AIM belief system because healthy cells are the goal of a healthy lifestyle that includes AIM Nutrition that works! The blog “Healthy Cells” revisits this concept

Behind the Curtain and Improvements

It’s always interesting to have an idea of what goes into making high-quality supplements, so have a look “Behind the Scenes at AIM.”

Through the years of AIM’s existence, improvements are always aimed for however naturally possible. Here’s a blog example in “BarleyLife Now with More Chlorophyll.”

Drinks Are on Us

Going back to December 2014 adds a little fizz for a blog from the past. With the “5 Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda” there’s lots of evidence to avoid drinking these intentionally pleasant, fizzy, sugar-filled beverages that just aren’t good for you.

Sport drinks continue to be marketed, but none match AIM Peak Endurance. And “5 Reasons Why Peak Endurance Is Better Than Regular Sports Drinks” from February 2015 explains it all. (By the way, an improvement to Peak Endurance provides 200 mg of ATP per serving.)

Some Essentials

What are the essential fats that every body needs daily? The answer lies in “Who Needs Fatty Acids?

The essentials of understanding and combating joint issues are addressed in “The Essentials of Frame Essentials.” Each ingredient is examined for its beneficial properties that promote healthy joints.

Questions?

People have a lot of questions about natural health products, and AIM Members are no exception as seen in this Q & A blog.

One question that keeps being asked is an organic one, so a blog was written to answer “The Organic Question.”

Let’s Make It Personal

Along with questions, people have many stories about how they became AIM Members. Here’s one of those tales that became a blog.

As previously mentioned, a blog of words only goes so far, and it continues to be true that “Actions Speak Louder than Words” even though it’s in a blog.

Looking at and into Supplements

The supplemental choices available also require a question as to how natural they actually are, and AIM gets to the heart of the matter in “Supplements . . . Natural or Synthetic?

Not everyone agrees that supplements are beneficial. Opinions on both sides of the argument have been going on for years. AIM decided that it was a good time for a blog about making a case for supplements.

Doctor’s Orders

The medical community is slowly but surely wrapping its mind around the vital importance of nutrition, especially regarding a diet that reduces meat intake. Some of the doctors at the forefront of this movement in the right direction are revealed in the “Going Plant-Based” blog.

Here’s a suggestion from Dr. Michael Greger that we recommend you try only at home, “Testing Your pH with Purple Cabbage” or you can use the less colorful but effective AIM pH test strips (blog coming soon , , , or not).

Healthy or Not?

The subject of wheat grew exponentially when a heart doctor associated its intake with growing bellies. Borrowing from Shakespeare once again, “To Wheat or Not to Wheat” that is the question.

 Some people consider sleep to be a waste of time, trying to snooze as little as possible to get the most out of their daily hours. Hmm . . . probably of case of “You Snooze You Lose” syndrome . . . .worth blogging about no less.

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Of course, there’s more graffiti to choose from but the final link in this blog is to the most recent one with the archive to the side. Thanks for reading up to this point. Now move on.

 

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.

Fit is the New Thin: Cassey Shaw

Shared by Cassey Shaw, AIM Preferred Member

I am a wife, mom, business owner and recovering food addict. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.

In May 2018, I decided enough was enough. I focused on changing my mindset and nutrition. I counted calories and ate whole foods. I worked hard for those first two months to fight the mental battle that has always plagued me and in two months I lost 25 pounds!

At this point, I began running, and I purchased my first Garden Trio. I could have never imagined that I would fall in love with this drink so much. These products are not new to me because my in-laws, whom I’ve known for over 19 years, have been faithfully taking them. However, this is the first time I started taking AIM products.

By including my two children in my health and wellness journey, it has held me accountable. No matter what, I wanted them to grow up in a healthy home, making healthy choices, even if mommy was closet eating. Making our [Garden] Trio smoothies together has been a game changer for my kids and now my whole family enjoys smoothies multiple times a week.

Today I am down 55 pounds and use the Garden Trio regularly. When I feel bloated, need a quick meal on the go or a quick post-workout smoothie, I always reach for my power drink. As a homeschooling mama and business owner, this smoothie gives me the energy to keep up with life. I travel often and being able to pack my powders and blender not only saves me money but keeps me on track.

I never thought I would enjoy these products so much, but today I CRAVE THEM!

Cassey’s Smoothie Ingredients:
1½ cups of water
1 tsp. RediBeets
1 tsp. Just Carrots
1 tbsp. BarleyLife
1 tbsp. fit ’n fiber
2 small handfuls of mixed frozen berries
2 handfuls spinach

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.