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.

FAT

There are so many contradictory ideas floating around about fat and the amount you should consume in your diet. Just like most things in life, one size doesn’t fit all. So it is good to turn to science and not just the latest diet fad to try to find some answers.

The focus of the November 2018 issue of Science magazine was diet and health, and the introduction to this special edition included the following statement: “Advice on what constitutes a healthy diet is more prevalent and more inconsistent than ever.” Fat is a large part of the inconsistencies.

The questions of which type of diet is better—high-fat and low-carbohydrate or low-fat and high carbohydrate—were addressed in a review that looked at whether or not dietary fat had gone from being an enemy to a friend. Or is it just the type of fat that you consume?

Again, confusing, contradictory suggestions are out there. That’s why the relationship between what you consume and what it does to your health is worth scientific examination to sort out what is best even though science doesn’t have the definitive answer for everyone.

Scientific Results

Apparently no specific dietary ratio of carbohydrates and fats is best for most people. As well, people have different metabolisms, so whichever diet is chosen, it won’t necessarily deliver similar metabolic effects.

The closest thing to an answer in the review is that many people do well with a quality diet in regard to a reduction of processed foods, such as refined grains and sugar, and a considerable healthy variety of macronutrients, namely protein, fats and carbohydrates. This answer is one that The AIM Companies has been suggesting for nearly four decades.

Essential Fatty Acid Results

The specific results in regard to fat, from an AIM perspective, are not surprising either. Omega-3 and -6 are essential fatty acids because the human body cannot synthesize these polyunsaturated fats that are “critical components of every human cell membrane.” Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are available in a balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6 in the organic seed oils in AIMega.

The review results go on to state that both EFAs are precursors of the eicosanoid hormones that mediate immunity, inflammation, insulin resistance and blood clotting. One of the monumental statements is that increasing omega-3 intake alters expression of more than 6,000 genes.

The review also referenced a large cohort study that indicates higher intake of polyunsaturated fat lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in regard to blood levels of linoleic acid, which is found in each capsule of AIMega.

As far as cholesterol is concerned, saturated fats increase blood cholesterol concentrations, whereas polyunsaturated fats reduce cholesterol levels, so the “essential” quality of fat counts.

In the end, whatever you consume, it all boils down to quality. That’s why choosing the best foods and supplements is so important for your health. Supplements such as AIMega provide a quality source of fat that is essential for good health.

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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 AIMega 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.

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.

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.

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.