Could parasites be making you fat and feeling tired?

From: AIM Article Archives, Jan 2007

COULD IT BE PARASITES?

     Recently one of our employees at AIM’s US corporate office brought in a women’s magazine with an article about how parasites can make you fat. She had looked up the cost to order the suggested program and shared the cost with us. I told her that in AIM’ s product line, there are products that are very effective at removing parasites for a fraction of the cost of the program that was offered in the article, and left it at that.
     Although we don’t think of ourselves as parasite hosts, millions of North Americans are infected with some kind of parasite. There are more than 130 different species of parasites that can be lurking in our food, water, air, and soil.
     Most of us don’t see how we could have parasites but they can reach us from the foods we eat, through water systems, daycare centers, pets, farm animals, and each other.
      Many of us do not recognize the signs and symptoms of a parasite infestation because they can occur weeks or even years after the initial contact, and because a parasitic infestation often mimics other similar conditions. You may be part of the parasite epidemic if:
      • Constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating come and go for no apparent reason.
      • You have developed allergic-like reactions and don’t know why.
      • You cannot gain or lose weight no matter what you do.
      • You feel tired, anxious, and depressed and don’t know why.
      • You have joint or muscle pain and don’t know why.
      • You have immune dysfunction, including reoccurring yeast infections and colds.
      • You have trouble sleeping and grind your teeth. 

 To have the best results, avoid simple carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar during this 30-90 day cleansing period. Plan your meals around fresh fruits, raw and steamed vegetables, high-fiber grain products, cultured dairy products, and good sources of protein.
      Most importantly, you must drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Squeezing the juice from a fresh lemon in a few of your waters is refreshing and has added benefits.
      AIM BarleyLife® helps maintain a healthy immune system. It contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, enzymes,  phytochemicals  and chlorophyll to help maintain whole body health.
      AIM Herbal Fiberblend® contains herbs that are known to have anti-parasitical properties. Fiber can greatly improve the effectiveness of a parasite treatment plan since it helps remove the pest’s eggs from the body before they can colonize.

      AIM Para 90® combines several time-tested herbs with cleansing properties plus bromelain, a digestive enzyme to provide a very effective anti-parasitic formula. (No Canadian rights.)
     

AIM FloraFood® contains friendly bacteria that helps balance intestinal pH and restore and promote healthy and beneficial flora, contribute to the destruction of mold, viruses, and parasites, and alleviate gas.
     

AIM Composure® (optional) helps to calm the body, including the digestive system. (Canada has a different formula.) 

     • Pumpkin seeds – Found in AIM Herbal Fiberblend®.
     • Garlic – Found in AIM Bear Paw Garlic® and AIM PrepZymes®. Garlic contains Allicin, a natural sulfur compound that kills GI tract invaders.
     • Citrus – Found in AIM BarleyLife® Xtra.
     • Carrots – AIM Just Carrots® contains immune-boosting carotenoids that can boost the activity of parasite-fighting white blood cells. One half-pound of carrots is equal to one tablespoon of AIM Just Carrots®.
NOTE: Consult a health practitioner if you have ulcers, colitis, have had a colostomy, or have severe health problems before using AIM’s Para 90®. Not all AIM products recommended are available in all countries. For more detailed information on these or any AIM products, please see individual product data sheets and AIM’s detoxification data sheet. 

All articles and information are for educational purposes only. They are  not to be regarded or relied upon as medical advice.  The articles and  information have not been evaluated by the FDA. AIM products are not intended to cure, treat, heal, mitigate, or prevent a disease or illness. Results may vary per person. Consult your  health practitioner if you have health problems.

Copyright © AIM International, Inc. Used with permission

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Natural Supplements to help Irritable Bowel Syndrome

From: AIM Article Archives

February 2011


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common digestive disorder seen by physicians.  For reasons unknown, IBS is most common in women between the ages of twenty and thirty, and it occurs five to six times more often among people of Jewish ancestry than among people of other ethnic backgrounds.  This disorder is also sometimes called intestinal neurosis, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, or spastic colon.

In IBS, the normally rhythmic muscular contractions of the digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated.  This interferes with the normal movement of food and waste material, and leads to the accumulation of mucus and toxins in the intestine.  This accumulated material sets up a partial obstruction of the digestive tract, trapping gas and stools, which in turn causes bloating, distention, and constipation.  IBS may affect the entire gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth through the colon.

Symptoms of IBS may include diarrhea alternating with constipation, lasting for six months or more; intermittent abdominal tenderness; bloating and abdominal distention; gas; nausea and vomiting; and loss of appetite, anorexia, and intolerances to certain foods.  Pain is often triggered by eating, and may be relieved by a bowel movement.  Because of the pain, diarrhea, nausea, and sometimes severe headaches and even vomiting, a person with IBS may dread eating.  Whether or not an individual with IBS eats normally, malnutrition may result, as nutrients often are not absorbed properly.  As a result, people with IBS require as much as 30% more protein than normal, as well as an increased intake of minerals and trace elements, which can quickly be depleted by diarrhea.  Although the physical cause of IBS is not known, predisposing factors may include a low-fiber diet, emotional stress, and the use of laxatives.  People with IBS are often “bowel conscious” – they are more sensitive than other people to motion and sensations within the digestive tract.

Many other diseases can be related to IBS, including candidiasis, colon cancer, diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, malabsorption disorders, pancreatic insufficiency, ulcers, and the parasitic infections amebiasis and giardiasis.  Over 100 different disorders may be linked to the systemic effects of IBS.  Diagnosis of IBS requires ruling out disorders that can cause similar symptoms, such as Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, lactose intolerance, and ulcerative colitis.  A physician may recommend one or more of a variety of procedures to do this, including barium enema, colonoscopy, and rectal biopsy, sigmoidoscopy, and stool examination to check for the presence of bacteria, blood, and/or parasites.

IBS is painful, but not serious and most people who have it can lead active, productive lives if they change their diets, get regular exercise, and replace needed nutrients.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Eat a high-fiber diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains (especially brown rice) and legumes.
  • Use supplemental fiber (Herbal Fiberblend!)  Psyllium powder regulates bowel movements and should be used daily.  Also use oat bran and ground flaxseeds daily, on an alternating basis.
  • Avoid animal fats, butter, all carbonated beverages, coffee and all other substances containing caffeine, candy, chocolate, all dairy products, fried foods, ice cream, all junk foods, the additives mannitol and sorbitol, margarine, nuts, orange & grapefruit juices, pastries, all processed foods, seeds, spicy foods, sugar, sugar-free chewing gum, and wheat bran and wheat products.  These foods encourage the secretion of mucus by the membranes and prevent the uptake of nutrients.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco; these irritate the linings of the stomach and colon.
  • When an intestinal upset occurs, switch to a bland diet.  Put vegetables and non-acidic fruits through a food processor or blender.  If you are on a soft diet, take come type of fiber and a protein supplement.  (Herbal Fiberblend & Pro Peas)
  • For excessive gas and bloating that lingers, take some Florafood – this will replace the “friendly” bacteria very quickly and resolve the problem.  Exercise, such as stretching exercises, swimming, or walking, is also important.
  • Check to see if you have food allergies; they are important factors in this disorder.  Eliminating allergenic foods from the diet relieves symptoms in many cases.
  • Chew your food well.  Do not overeat or eat in a hurry.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises.  Shallow breathing reduces the oxygen available for proper bowel function.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.  Do not wear anything that is tight around the waist.
  • Do not eat right before going to bed.  Wait one or two hours after eating before lying down.
  • Test your pH as significant acidosis may occur with IBS.  You can buy AIM’s pH Tester and test your urine first thing in the morning.  If you are very acidic, increase your alkaline forming foods in your diet until balance is restored (BarleyLife/ Garden Trio).

 

CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Eating the correct diet, using supplemental fiber, and drinking plenty of quality water are very important in controlling IBS.  Early recognition of the disease, good nutrition, and a positive outlook help minimize complications.
  • Certain foods irritate the wall of the intestinal tract.  Lactose (milk sugar) is a common culprit, as are all dairy products.
  • IBS should not be confused with the more serious bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  These are also inflammatory bowel diseases but, unlike IBS, they result in demonstrable lesions in the digestive tract.  Crohn’s disease affects the entire length and thickness of the wall of the large and/or small intestine; ulcerative colitis affects the lining of the large intestine, the last five to seven feet of the digestive tract.
  • People with IBS should receive regular physical examinations.  This disorder has been linked to a higher than normal incidence of colon cancer and diverticulitis.
  • If IBS causes chronic diarrhea, electrolyte and trace mineral deficiencies are likely (Peak Endurance to the rescue!)
  • Certain drugs can aggravate the malabsorption problems often present with IBS.  These include antibiotics, corticosteroids, cholestyramine, and sulfasalazine, among others.  These drugs increase the need for nutritional supplements.
  • Research and testing have found not only that breathing exercises can control IBS, but that people who practice stress management have fewer and less severe attacks.  Stress management also relieves symptoms.  (Composure for stress – very important in IBS patients!)
  • The symptoms of IBS are similar to those of many other disorders, including cancer.  If dietary modification and natural remedies yield no relief, it is wise to consult a physician to rule out some other underlying problem. 

AIM PRODUCTS FOR IBS:

  1. Herbal Fiberblend – use as prescribed, for every year struggling with digestive trouble, stay on HFB for a month, e.g. 10 years trouble, at least 10 – 12 months consistently every day!
  2. Composure – excellent supplement to help with stress management, as well as that the herbs are feeding/aiding the adrenal glands.  To be taken daily, whether client thinks they need it or not; consistent use will aid greatly in general wellbeing & managing of daily stress.
  3. Florafood – you cannot be without this product.  The bacteria balance in the colon & digestive tract is directly responsible for your health.  Please take 1-2 capsules daily.  If a severe attack is experienced, up your intake of Florafood to 6 a day until relief is experienced for 5 days, before cutting back down to a daily maintenance dosage.
  4. BarleyLife & LeafGreens – this is foundational food for your body, especially when you are battling with IBS.  The LeafGreens is high in protein, and your body struggles with protein absorption when you have IBS.  The BarleyLife & LeafGreens are high in all the minerals & vitamins, your body will be fed at cellular level & best of all, it gives your digestive system a rest from digestion!!  Win-Win all the way!!!!
  5. ProPeas – a most wonderful vegetable protein supplement.  Use as suggested on the container.  Helps assist the body with protein absorption as well.
  6. Cell Wellness Restorer – a daily soak in the bathtub with this product is just what the doctor should order.  It replaces the magnesium through your skin, helps you to relax, and aids in a good night’s rest.  When you are struggling with IBS, you are always tense, waiting for the next painful spasm.  CWR is a wonderful aid to help relax, so that when you sleep, the body can recover, restore, & rejuvenate properly.

Once the IBS is under control, I would strongly suggest the client do a parasite-cleanse, using AIM’s Para90.  Parasites are dangerous, and they cause more harm than most in the medical fraternity acknowledge.  You have nothing to loose, just parasites!!  I would also recommend a course of Herbal Release to aid the lymph in cleansing the blood, thereby assisting the liver, which will in turn assist the digestive system to get healthy & strong. 

Get your digestive system strong, clean, & healthy, and you will experience abundant life on a whole new level.

Ananda Russ, Royal Emerald Director

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FOODS THAT HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL

There are several foods that help lower high cholesterol. A diet consisting of these food items help a person lower blood cholesterol naturally without any side effects. Apart from eating these foods that help to lower cholesterol, it is also necessary to make lifestyle changes and exercise.

Following are some of the foods that should be included in a diet. These foods are not just tasty, but also healthy and have been the subject of intensive research during recent times.

  • Oatmeal and oat bran: Oatmeal contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Besides oatmeal, brussels sprouts,  kidney beans, fruit and flaxseed are just a few examples of foods that contain fiber. Soluble and insoluble fiber helps to reduce the rate at which carbohydrates are converted into glucose and improve the functioning of the intestinal tract.

    * Plant stanols and sterols: Recent studies have shown that intake of food items such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, grains and nuts assist in reducing the absorption of dietary cholesterol and lowering of LDL cholesterol.

    * Fish: A recent study has proved that fatty fish such as mackerel, herring and salmon are high in  omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Omega 3 fatty acids are effective in reducing triglycerides and build up of arterial plaque.  The American Heart Association also recommends eating fatty fish at least two times a week in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease CVD.
     
    * Soy protein: Soy protein foods such as soybeans, tofu and soy milk are also very effective in reducing your total cholesterol and bad cholesterol (LDL). You can use these types of foods to replace foods that are rich in saturated fats.

    These foods not only help to reduce cholesterol, they are tasty as well as nutritious. It is  not always necessary that something that is good for you, need not taste well. 

 FOODS THAT BOOST HDL – THE GOOD CHOLESTEROL

 You might not have fully thought about it all this while but eating the right type of food can also increase the level of HDL, the good cholesterol, in your blood. All you need to do is to eliminate a few things while munching the rest in a usual manner. But most of all, do eat the following:

Nuts: Quite surprisingly this, and other food groups, would be made up of a lot of fats. However, this fat would be either monosaturated fat or polyunsaturated fat. Both of them are good for health. Nuts are an example of the two. They are full of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This type of fat is quite healthy in nature and can help increase the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood.

Fish: Fishes are an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, another type of healthy fat which helps increase the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the body. Most fishes can be consumed to increase HDL levels in the blood. However, stay away from the real fatty ones.

Olives: Olives are excellent source of monosaturated fats, fats which are easier to breakdown and which, like others, increase the level of HDL Cholesterol in the blood. Olives can be consumed either in the fruit form or in the form of olive oil.

Monosaturated Oils: Oils such as Canola oil are good source of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Hence, they are good for improvement of HDL-Cholesterol levels in the blood.

Foods rich in Vitamin B: Vitamin B has been considered to be highly effective in increasing the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood. Though it is easily available in drugstores (without prescription) it is best to have it in the natural form, extracted by our body from Vitamin B rich foods. This would also lay to rest any possibilities of an overdose of Vitamin B, which usually is the case when it is taken in the pill form.

Alcohol: In a way, alcohol can be treated as a food as well, albeit a modified type of food. A 12 ounce serving of beer or 5 ounce of wine, when taken on a regular basis, can help improve the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood. However, do not exceed this limit or take it as a way to legitimize alcohol consumption. Drink but do not binge.

Lean Meat: Lean meat can also help you improve the level of HDL Cholesterol in your blood.

SOME FOODS YOU HAVE TO AVOIDE TO

Red Meat: Red meat is considered a harbinger of bad cholesterol. Hence, avoid it at all costs.

Eggs: If you love an omelette or fried eggs, then know that you are inviting trouble. Egg yolk contains a lot of cholesterol, which means trouble in the long run.

Cheese: Cheese is something which you should stay away from as it contains a lot of cholesterol. A higher amount of cholesterol in the blood would result in lowering down of HDL-Cholesterol. Hence, avoid it.

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Help Lower Cholesterol with AIM Fit ‘n Fiber

Study: Indicates that soluble fiber lowers cholesterol and reduces risk of heart disease.

Risk of prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, and more can be lessened with lower cholesterol, according to recent studies. High levels of good cholesterol and low total cholesterol was found to be associated with 60 percent less risk of certain cancers.

The findings are good news for AIM Members. One of AIM’s newest products, AIM fit ‘n fiber, helps fight bad cholesterol thanks to heart-healthy soluble fiber.

A key factor in the digestion process of fiber is the distinction between soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance, which then swells and prevents rapid absorption of glucose and cholesterol into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber acts more as a colon cleanser, moving through the intestine in roughly the same state as when it entered the body. 

A recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a soluble fiber supplement induced satiety and had beneficial effect on cardiovascular disease risk factors, the most important of which was a significant decrease in plasma LDL-cholesterol.  Soluble fiber inhibits bile recycling in the intestinal tract.  Bile, which is formed from cholesterol, is pulled into the feces for eliminations rather than accumulating in the blood.

The high soluble fiber content in fit ‘n fiber helps make the product a key part to a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle as well as a supporting component to the Healthy Cell Concept. For best results, make sure to drink plenty of water and to include fit ‘n fiber as part of your regular diet and exercise regimen.

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