Ruth’s Million Dollar Journey

Being among the Elite group of AIM Members in the Million Dollar Club goes far beyond a dollar figure. It’s really about all the people you have been able to help along the way. This is what you truly come to understand from Chairman’s Club Director Ruth Overholt, who reached this AIM milestone in May 2018.

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Interestingly enough, Ruth and her husband, Andrew, who predeceased her in 2011, both grew up on farms, where they learned about the importance of wholesome, natural food. “My husband was a vegetable farmer,” Ruth stated. “We always wanted to eat healthily.” The Overholts raised their family with this healthy lifestyle choice in mind. And when they lived in Southern Indiana, they even ran a store that sold fresh produce to their local community.

When it came to other healthy ways to help people, Andrew was licensed to provide colon cleanses, operating a rejuvenation therapy clinic for many years. “People would come from all over to get help with their digestive systems,” Ruth said. And a chance introduction to AIM fit perfectly into their aim to improve people’s health.

“We were in Texas on a trip one time,” Ruth said, “We were staying with family and noticed this container of green powder on a shelf. We were told how good BarleyLife was for your health by AIM Director Evelyn Miller, our sponsor, and that’s how we joined AIM and then found out about Herbal Fiberblend.”

When Andrew added Herbal Fiberblend to his customers’ colon-cleansing regimen, the results were astounding. Word of its effectiveness spread like wildfire as did the growth of their AIM business.

Given the Overholts knowledge of healthy food, providing BarleyLife as follow-up nutrition to colon cleanses made perfect sense. “Of course, AIM nutrition also helped to maintain our health over the years,” Ruth added.

To this day, Ruth continues to take AIM products. “I take a heaping teaspoon of BarleyLife twice a day,” she stated. “People marvel at my health. I’m 91, my blood work is normal, and I have been helping my daughter with her cleaning business for over six years.” For Ruth Overholt, it’s all about helping people.

And one of the many beneficial results of helping others to improve their health with AIM nutrition is opening the door to the Million Dollar Club. Welcome, Ruth Overholt!

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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.

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

Improving Vision with Nutrition

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is when a person has difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses, contacts lens or after having eye surgery. It affects one out of six adults over age 45 and one out of four adults over age 75. Low vision can be caused by conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Prevention

Nutritional intake plays a major role in preventing diseases, and this includes conditions that affect vision. Eating foods and taking supplements that provide nutrients that the body cannot produce, such as lutein and zeaxanthin—carotenoid pigments found in the macula—and beta-carotene, give the eyes nutritional support for staying healthy.1 All three plant-based micronutrients are structurally related to vitamin A.

Vitamin A helps to maintain clear corneas. Consumption of lutein and zeaxanthin has been shown to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration.2 Along with a diet that provides these micronutrients, the age-related eye disease studies (AREDS) recommends sup­plementing with nutrients that include beta-caro­tene, lutein and zeaxanthin to prevent macular degeneration.

AIM Eye Nutrition

Among the many healthy nutrients found in carrots, the juice powder in Just Carrots provides a concentrated source of beta-carotene that the body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage that can cause eye issues.

GinkgoSense contains both lutein and zeaxanthin, which are also powerful anti-
oxidants that protect the eyes from oxidative stress. And there are more eye-healthy ingredients in the GinkgoSense formula, including Ginkgo biloba and bilberry.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food3 revealed that Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) and the anthocyanins in bilberry fruit could be effective for improving visual function in patients with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), which damages the optic nerve.

February is Low Vision Awareness Month for good reason. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, around 3 million Americans have it.

The study determined that eye health benefits of GBE and bilberry anthocyanins are likely to include improved circulation and protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with improved cognitive function. The brain-boosting effect puts the sense in GinkgoSense.

The right nutrients can help to prevent low vision, and Just Carrots and GinkgoSense are just two of several AIM supplements that deliver eye-healthy nutrition.

References accessed November 16, 2018

1 https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/lutein-and-zeaxanthin-protection-against-macular
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15604618
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3429325/

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like Just Carrots and GinkgoSense and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

The Question of Digestion

In January 2008, a report was published with the ominous title, “The Burden of Digestive Diseases in the United States.” It’s not an easy or pleasant read: gastrointestinal infections, digestive cancers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Since its publication eleven years ago, the burden seems to have grown heavier. And it’s no longer just a North American problem.

Several decades ago, Asia seemed to have avoided such “Western” diseases, primarily because most of the population had healthier diets. But over the past two decades, digestive diseases have appeared in increasing numbers in countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, where people have more income and frequently choose processed and fast food for meals instead of wholesome nutrition. There are other factors, such as increased antibiotic usage, but dietary changes that decrease the intake of natural nutrients and increase fat and sugar are primary factors.

It’s as though when economies grow and more people move away from farm-based food, addictions to convenience increase as a result of a faster pace of life, less free time and disposable income.

One stunning example is the rise in obesity in Thailand since the 1980s, when this Asian country began transitioning from a mostly agricultural society to a more industrialized nation. The result has been an increase in overweight and obese adults and children because “eating patterns have shifted from a traditional Thai diet – vegetable, rice-based and low-fat diet – to a westernized diet, which is rich in meat, fats and sugars . . . As obesity prevalence is increasing in Thailand, the risk for mortality and morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease is increasing too.”

Of course, the companies that created fast foods and processed foods years ago were out to sell products. Some have been incredibly successful, growing into global franchises and multi-national companies. In the beginning, there was likely no intent to create health problems by marketing their products, but over time, a link between these dietary changes and health problems has been firmly established.

Natural Support from AIM

The AIM Companies was firmly established in 1982 with the intent to introduce a whole-food, barley grass juice powder via network marketing that improves people’s health: BarleyLife. Thirty-seven years later, AIM continues to successfully improve people’s health with a wide variety of natural products. And, being a network marketing company, over the years an incredible number of AIM Members have built independent distributorships that create monthly incomes by sharing these products. It’s AIM’s way of sharing the wealth.

Along with BarleyLife, a number of AIM products have proven to be particularly beneficial for digestive health: Herbal Fiberblend, Herbal Release, FloraFood and PrepZymes, just to name a few.

Herbal Fiberblend arrived on the scene in 1988 and ever since, countless individuals have benefited from its cleansing and detoxifying combination of fiber and herbs that supports a healthy digestive system. For example, constipation is noted in the 2008 report as one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, and Herbal Fiberblend has proven to be an effective supplement for relieving this all-too-common health issue.

Herbal Release became available in 1993 to provide a unique selection of herbs that cleanse at the cellular level for the health of organs and body systems, most notably for the lymphatic and immune systems. Nature has provided natural medicine from herbs since the beginning of time, and knowledgeably combining the variety in Herbal Release has allowed AIM to provide their natural benefits.

FloraFood was introduced in 2000, long before the word microbiome became a regularly discussed aspect of human health and disease. Containing three types of healthy human bacteria, FloraFood contributes to balancing out the necessary friendly and unfriendly bacteria that make up a body ecosystem that is vital for maintaining good health.

PrepZymes also became a part of the AIM lineup in 2000, providing a variety of enzymes that target the digestion of different food components: protein, fat, carbohydrates, dairy, etc. The digestive system can use all the help it can get from the supplemental enzymes that PrepZymes delivers, not only for the break down and assimilation of food, but as backup for the enzymatic reactions that occur in the body.

As the rise in digestive disorders continues worldwide, it is comforting to know that The AIM Companies continues to provide natural products that can support a healthy digestive system and maintain body 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 Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Are You Pro . . . Peas?

Protein is found pretty much everywhere in the body—hair, bone, skin, muscles, etc. The enzymes that create the vital biochemical reactions in your body and the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin that makes your blood red are proteins as well.

What’s more, you are made up of around 10,000 proteins, but your body cannot produce all the amino acids that are the building blocks of this macronutrient. That’s why a daily protein supply that includes essential amino acids is so important.

For every 20 pounds of weight, you need a dietary intake of around 7 grams of protein daily. As an example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be consuming about 53 grams every day. The daily maximum amount of protein in your dietary intake is 35 percent.

There is ample evidence that the source of protein you choose can affect your health negatively or positively. This is one of the reasons AIM provides ProPeas—a healthy, vegetable protein made from field peas.

Inside Protein

A variety of animal-based foods provide protein: meat, fish, eggs, to name a few. Plant-based sources include legumes, nuts and fruits.

A concern among vegetarians is not being able to get a complete protein source that provides the twenty-plus amino acids. However, eating a variety of protein-providing plants can give them everything they need.

With plant protein, you don’t get the saturated fat from red meat, which can negatively affect your health, contributing to acidity and creating a welcoming environment for disease.

ProPeas’ Alkalizing, Non-Allergenic, Vegan Protein

Supplementing your protein intake with vegan-certified ProPeas helps to avoid the acidifying effects of animal-based protein.

Like most vegetables, peas have an alkalizing effect on the body, and your body is naturally in an alkaline state. So ProPeas is a healthy way to reduce your meat intake and a healthier choice than whey or soy protein supplements.

Soy and whey (a by-product of cheese made with cow’s milk) are among the list of common 8 foods that cause allergic reactions. Peas are not a major food allergen.

Non-GMO, Gluten-Free ProPeas

Unlike peas, soy comes from crops that are mostly genetically modified organisms (GMO). ProPeas is certified Non-GMO as well as being certified gluten-free. More healthy reasons to choose ProPeas over other sources of supplemental protein.

The Full Picture

One of the fine side effects of consuming protein is that it is the nutrient that fills you up for the longest period of time, much more so that carbohydrates or fat. If you are trying to lose weight, being regularly satisfied with your food intake for lengthy periods is one of the best ways to cut down on calories and slowly but surely shed unwanted poundage.

One 16-gram serving of ProPeas adds only 60 calories, but it takes over 4 hours to digest. During that time, your body has 12 grams of healthy protein to work with, boosting your fat-burning metabolism as it is digested.

And when it comes to building lean muscle, pea protein is a perfect choice for everyone, from active bodybuilders to couch potatoes. Whether you are trying to bulk up or just trying to maintain a healthy musculature, ProPeas is up for the task. Seniors who tend to lose muscle mass as they age as a result of reduced appetites will benefit greatly from drinking smoothies made with ProPeas.

The many benefits of pea protein provide the same number of pros for supplementing with ProPeas.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like ProPeas, Peak Endurance and RediBeets, and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Heavenly Herbs

The funny thing about people who reject natural supplements, saying they are a waste of money and do little or nothing for your body is that the synthetic drugs that they may turn to are primarily the result of using herbs for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

That’s right. It all began with nature, and the hundreds of thousands of plant species that it provides to search among for medicinal use. In the end, modern medicine grew into the promotion of unnatural drugs, effective or otherwise.

Herbal Past and Present

Ancient times called for ancient measures when it came to dealing with medical problems. The earliest records of medical prescriptions were carved on clay tablets found in Sumer in the southern region of Mesopotamia, dating back to the seventh century BCE. Over 250 plants were referenced. Human instinct and beliefs initially guided the use of plants as medicine.

In spite of the total mystery of the human body and illnesses that affected it, over time somehow the experience of effective medicinal herbs created a body of global knowledge that remains in use in modern times. For example, Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine are still being practiced because they come from thriving societies that keep this knowledge alive.

The cultures that have little or no power in the modern world receive little or no attention regarding their traditional herbal remedies. Much ancient knowledge still exists today among the rare people who continue to live in isolated, wild lands far from both modern life and diseases. The awareness of medicinal plants to treat their communities has been invaluable to their survival. And they have never even taken an aspirin.

Herbal Release

Introduced to AIM Members back in 1993, Herbal Release brought together a variety of herbs with a history of beneficial properties that greatly contribute to inner cleansing of the body. The combination of ingredients is slightly different in the U.S. formula and the Canadian formula, but they share eight effective herbs:

Barberry

North American Indians introduced early settlers to the benefits of barberry, which was believed to be effective for treating ailments such as ulcers, heartburn and stomach upset. Recent herbal knowledge recommends barberry for the liver, the blood-filtering, detoxifying and drug-metabolizing organ. Alkaloids such as berberine and berbamine are the primary active compounds of this herb.

Buckthorn

Native to western Asia, northern Africa and Europe, alder buckthorn is both an ornamental and medicinal plant that was introduced to North America in the 18th century. Since the middle ages, buckthorn has been used as a very gentle laxative. Its bile stimulating properties also make it a cholagogue, supporting liver and digestive health. The key active compounds are glucofrangulin A and B.

Cascara Sagrada

The bark of the cascara sagrada tree was originally used to treat constipation and upset stomachs by Native American Indians. They introduced this herb to Spanish explorers who gave it a name in their own language that translates as sacred bark. According to Nutrition Review, a free online resource devoted to the science of nutritional supplementation, “Cascara sagrada is considered one of the safest laxatives and can be used to restore tone to the colon, as well as being useful in detoxifying and cleansing programs.” The key active compounds in this herb are anthraquinone glycosides.

Chickweed

This herb got its common name back in the 1400s when it was first used as food for chickens, and its Latin name, Stellaria media, came from the heavens, named after its tiny, star-shaped white blossoms. For centuries, chickweed has been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments, including blood disorders, constipation and inflammation. Along with flavonoids, the presence of the anti-inflammatory glycosides rutin and saponin promote the medicinal benefits of this herb.

Dandelion

The presence of dandelions on groomed lawns indicates another weed in most people’s eyes, but this herb has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Its name originates from the French word that translates as lion’s tooth: dent-de-lion. Acting as a detoxifier, dandelion is particularly efficient for cleansing the liver. It has also been classified as a lymphatic herb, which cleanses the system that keeps the body detoxified. Dandelions contain a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that promote detoxification and good health.

Echinacea

One of the herbs that is best known for fighting the common cold is echinacea, which boosts the immune system by producing more white blood cells. Many herbalists refer to echinacea as an effective lymphagogue that increases the flow of fluid in the lymphatic system. Compared to most other medicinal plants, echinacea has a relatively short history of use that began with the indigenous Indians of North America. Alkamides and polysaccharides are just two of the compounds in echinacea that contribute to its efficacy.

Parsley

Originating from the Mediterranean region, this herb seems to be ever-present as a garnish or ingredient for food. Long before it was consumed as part of a meal, parsley was used medicinally, most notably as a diuretic and a laxative. The high concentration of a flavonoid in parsley known as myricetin provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Sarsaparilla

Cowboys in the Old West used to sidle up in saloon bars for a sarsaparilla drink to quench their thirsts. The medicinal side of this herb stems from its root, which has been used for hundreds of years in Asia and the Americas as a diuretic, sudorific (sweat-inducer) and tonic and in Europe as a blood purifier. Sarsaparilla’s toxin-removing properties make it particularly beneficial for cleansing the body, having high concentrations of phenolic compounds with antioxidant activity, including quercetin, phytosterols and saponins.

Combining all these botanicals into an AIM supplement created an herbal release that cleanses and supports the body and its systems in a natural way. And they are available on both sides of the US-Canada border.

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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.