AIM at Alpenblick Farm

Shared by Petra Stevenson, AIM Director

My husband, Robert, grew up on his family’s mountainside, organic farm in Switzerland, and he and I have operated a Swiss-themed farm in Canada since 1968. Alpenblick Farm is our organic livestock haven, where animals roam freely on nearly 200 acres of land.

I’ve been an AIM Member since 2005, and I avidly use a variety of products, including Mag-nificence CWR, lotion and spray. Over the years, AIM products have become a significant factor for all creatures at Alpenblick farm. For instance, we had to deal with a severe problem with a calf we named Elkie. He was raised mostly inside the barn after his mother passed away. One day, we felt it was time to let him enjoy the outdoors with the other cattle. When Elkie returned to the barn in the evening, he seemed weak and had to lie down immediately.

The following morning, Elkie still could not get up by himself. I gave him vitamins and minerals and lots of water and hay. Two days later, his condition had not changed, so we built a winch to lift him up and check his legs. Elkie’s hind legs were not so bad, just weak, but his front legs were buckled with swollen knee and ankle joints and would not straighten out.

I started massaging his legs and applied Mag-nificence spray, mainly to the joints. I also made a foot soak with the CWR. Then he needed to lie down again. Later that day, we lifted Elkie again, and his front legs looked a bit better, but he still could not put any weight on them. I applied lots of Mag-nificence spray again on all the joints of his front legs and massaged it in, and then bandaged the ankle joints.

The following morning, the swelling in his knees was almost totally gone. He could straighten them out but not his ankles, so I kept applying the spray twice daily. On the third day, Elkie could support his body weight but still needed help getting up and down. By the fourth day, he managed to get up and down by himself.

Thanks to Mag-nificence CWR and spray, Elkie can move again. Without these products, we would have lost him.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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5 Nutritional Strategies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome affects a significant segment of the population (around 15%).  The underlying cause or causes of IBS is unknown, but it often manifests in a variety of symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.  To complicate matters further, each sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered by any number of factors specific to the individual.  That means a nutritional strategy has to be self-tailored, possibly under the watch of a healthcare professional.  We will examine what experts are saying about nutrition for IBS as well as some of the latest research.

Fiber Supplements

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders calls fiber a double-edged sword because some IBS sufferers may experience gas or bloating after use. However, they also add that almost every IBS sufferer would likely benefit from a moderate fiber increase. The IFFGD recommends gradually increasing fiber intake until reaching 20-35 grams per day (based on the individual’s recommended dietary allowance).

Probiotics

There is evidence that probiotics which contain Bifodacteria may alleviate or reduce some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There is a caveat to this, however.  In terms of IBS, it is less about just taking a probiotic and more about gut-flora manipulation. Some people found relief from IBS by taking antibiotics which kills gut flora, and others have benefited by gradually changing the landscape of their gut biome over time.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes like amylase, lactase, protease and lipase help break down food, making digestion easier. There have only been two small studies on digestive enzymes and IBS. Both have been positive. One study found that enzymes improved post-meal IBS symptoms. The other showed that enzymes helped relieve gas and bloating.

Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote The Magnesium Miracle. She also, conveniently, wrote IBS for Dummies. In her works,  she explains that magnesium taken orally can have a laxative effect, helpful for people whose IBS has made them constipated.  However, if a person suffers from IBS-related diarrhea, he or she can use a topical magnesium on the skin to reap magnesium’s benefits without upsetting the stomach.

A Low-FODMAP Diet

There is evidence that short-chain carbohydrates (aka fermentable oligo-saccharides, si-saccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols) can aggravate IBS because they tend to ferment in the gut and cause gas. That is why many IBS sufferers choose to follow a low-FODMAP diet. You can find a complete list of low- and high-FODMAP foods here. Spicy foods, sugary foods and caffeine can be problematic as well.

AIM offers nutritional supplements that can fit into a low-FODMAP diet as well as digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber and topical magnesium. But in the case of IBS, you should consult a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes. This post is for education purposes only.

7 Nutritional Strategies for Headaches

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If you suffer from headaches, migraine or otherwise, finding dietary strategies may prove difficult. Take the banana as an example.  The banana has a lot of good stuff in it: potassium, magnesium, vitamin B 6 and vitamin C. A lot of these nutrients and minerals appear on this list of headache fighters. However, bananas also find themselves on the list of possible migraine trigger foods. That means, finding a nutritional strategy is really an individual journey, one that should possibly be even undertaken with the aid of a health care professional.  With that said, here’s a list of vitamins and minerals that have shown promise for headache prevention and elimination.

  1. Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 
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50% RDI of B-2, B-6, B-12

According to current lines of scientific thought, migraine sufferers are believed to have an impaired ability to metabolize oxygen due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Since riboflavin plays such an important role in metabolism, it could therefore improve mitochondrial functioning and overall oxygen metabolism. The majority of test subjects in a Belgian study saw a significant reduction in migraine attacks after consuming 400 mg of vitamin B-2 daily.

2. Magnesium

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High concentration topical magnesium

Of all the nutrients on this list, magnesium probably has the best scientific evidence backing it for migraine prevention, migraine reduction and headache relief in general.

  • First, people who suffer from migraines are believed to have magnesium deficiencies in their brains.
  •  Secondly, serotonin deficiency can cause migraines. Guess what nutrient balances serotonin levels? It’s magnesium.
  • Thirdly, it’s shown promise as a way to relieve PMS-related headaches.
  • Magnesium may also be able to stop small, calcium-related blood clots from forming and causing headaches.
  • For general headaches, magnesium may relieve tension and spasms in the head and neck muscles.

3. CoQ10

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60 mg of CoQ10, balanced EFAs

A 2002 study found that migraine sufferers who took CoQ10 for periods of three months or more reduced their frequency of attacks by half.

Sources (1-3): Migraine Trust, The Magnesium Miracle

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Balanced omega fatty acids

In a small study published in Pain, researchers found that balanced omega fatty acids reduced headache pain and frequency and improved quality of life. A 2002 study on adolescents found that omega 3’s may be beneficial for recurring migraines.

5. Folate, B6, and B12

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10% RDI folate and other B Vitamins

A study released in early 2015 linked a diet high in the B vitamins folate (B-9), B-6 and B-12 to a reduction in migraine frequencies.

6. Probiotics

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Friendly bacteria

Some headaches are associated with a stomach bug known as helicobacter pylori.  Eliminating that stomach bug with antibiotics cleared up the headaches. However, if those people followed up the antibiotics with probiotics, they only had a 20% chance of relapse. Those who took the antibiotics alone were 50% likely to relapse.  Source: CBS News

Counter-intuitively, irritable bowel syndrome can cause headaches. Probiotics may relieve IBS and would then reduce headaches in that way.

7. Vitamin B-3, Calcium and Vitamin D

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38% RDI Calcium, 70% RDI Vitamin D, 26% RDI Magnesium

Vitamin B-3, calcium and vitamin D have all shown promise as a way to reduce premenstrual headaches.

Magnesium vs. Diabetes: 4 More Things You Should Know

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It’s National Diabetes Month, and it would be remiss of us to not mention magnesium. To be fair, we’ve mentioned magnesium and its inverse relationship to diabetes on more than one occasion, but this month, a large meta-analysis was published in Nutrition.  So, it’s worth bringing up, at least, one more time. Here’s four new things that you may not yet know about the relationship between diabetes and magnesium.

1). A New Study Shows Another Deep Connection

The new meta-analysis looked at nine studies that had, all together, over 300,000 diabetic participants and eight studies with over 300 non-diabetic test subjects.  When all the data was examined, the researchers found that increased intakes of magnesium seemed to reduce the risk of metabolic disorders by 22%. Scientists speculate this may be because of magnesium’s pivotal role in glucose metabolism.

2). Diabetics Have Trouble Retaining Magnesium

People afflicted with diabetes will lose more magnesium through urine, often because of the diuretic blood-pressure-lowering drugs.

3). A High-Sugar Diet Depletes the Body’s Supply of Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean the author of The Magnesium Miracle writes that sugar overload can cause magnesium deficiency in several ways. Mainly, a high-sugar diet produces an acidic pH within the body. To counteract this, the body uses its stores of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. If the situation is dire enough, the body will even remove these minerals from the teeth and bones. This can lead to tooth decay and other health problems.

4). How Much Magnesium Do Diabetics Need? 

The daily RDA of magnesium is 350 mg. The majority of people in the US, diabetic or not, don’t get that much. (Dr. Dean believes that the amount should be doubled).  Some doctors and researchers even go so far as to suggest that 1000 mg per day may be beneficial for diabetics. (Note: Don’t take this as medical advice. See your doctor and ask what’s right for you).

Magnesium for Healthier Bodies

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Magnesium’s function in the human body is vast—everything from electrolyte maintenance to metabolism to heart health and so much more can be traced back to magnesium. The new AIM Mag-nificence™ can help create a body in balance and lead to improved health in a number of areas.

How can you tell if you need more magnesium?

Without a definitive test for magnesium deficiency, the best option is careful self-examination of your diet and lifestyle. Answer the following questions to see where you stand.

Do you regularly drink dark-colored soft drinks?

The phosphates in these sodas bind with magnesium and hinder its efficacy

Do you eat sweet foods and desserts on a regular basis?
Refined sugars rob the body of vital nutrients, including magnesium.

Are you constantly under stress?
The body uses magnesium to counter emotionally stressful situations.

Have you recently undergone a major medical procedure?
Like emotional stress, physical stress takes a toll on the magnesium reserves in your body.

Do you drink coffee, tea, or caffeinated beverages daily?
Caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium.

Do you take prescription drugs?
Certain diuretics, heart medications, asthma medications, birth control pills, and estrogen replacement therapies may cause magnesium deficiency by way of excess kidney filtering, similar to caffeine’s effect.

Do you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages per week?
Like caffeine and prescription drugs, a high intake of alcohol can cause the kidneys to over-excrete magnesium.

Do you take calcium supplements without a proper ratio of magnesium supplements?
Magnesium and calcium work hand-in-hand, but when the amount of calcium greatly exceeds that of magnesium, the imbalance can hinder magnesium absorption and retention.

Do you experience neurologic or neuromuscular symptoms?
Neurologic symptoms may include anxiety, restlessness, or sleeplessness; neuromuscular symptoms may include spasms, cramps, and tics. These signs could hint at magnesium deficiency since magnesium plays an important role in the health of the neurologic system.

Are you over the age of fifty-five?
Aging, stress, and disease all contribute to lower magnesium levels.

To meet your magnesium need, consider the Mag-nificence family of products —three new applications: bath crystals, spray, and gel, plus traditional AIM Cell Wellness Restorer™ bath additive.

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CalciAIM™ is a natural citrus drink mix that provides free ionic calcium and bioavailable nutrients essential to proper skeletal function and overall wellness. Each scoop contains 38 percent of the daily intake of calcium, along with support minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamins A, C, and D.

Why Topical Magnesium?

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We’ve been taught that we get nutrition from the things that we eat. So when you apply lotion or a spray to the skin or soak in a bath with crystals added, nutrition may not be the first thing that leaps to mind. However, our topical Mag-nificence™ products were designed with nutrition at the forefront. Essential magnesium is involved in hundreds upon hundreds of biological activities in the body, but only around 20 percent of the population gets the recommended daily amount of magnesium through their diets. Furthermore, a lot of people have trouble with oral magnesium because it can have a laxative effect, ironically, making it hard to absorb.

Magnesium is difficult to test for as the blood will only contain about 1 percent of your body’s supply. This may be part of the reason why magnesium deficiency is both widespread and overlooked.

It may seem counter intuitive that you can get a nutrient through your skin, but when you think about it, that’s how vitamin D works. Today, there is a growing body of evidence showing that magnesium can be absorbed through the epidermis.

From Carolyn Dean, MD’s book the Magnesium Miracle, “Magnesium oil can be sprayed on the body and is readily absorbed through the skin. It helps greatly to increase the amount of magnesium in body tissues and overcomes the problems that some people have with loose stools when they try and take enough magnesium to meet their needs. “

A study presented at a scientific conference by researchers showed that magnesium traveled through the skin of cadavers when applied like a lotion.

A pilot study out of England found that “magnesium in the chloride form will raise magnesium levels within the body over a relatively short period of time.”

The University of Maryland Medical Center website simply states, “Some magnesium can be absorbed through the skin.”

The AIM Companies provides Magnificence topical magnesium in three forms: lotion, spray and bath crystals. How will you get your magnesium?

Note: The main ingredient in Mag-nificence is magnesium chloride.