Battle with IBS

Battle with IBS

FromAIM Article Archives
March 2009

If you are affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you are not alone. You are one of 60 million fellow sufferers.

Though its prevalence goes largely unnoticed, IBS affects as many as one in five Americans and up to a quarter of the world’s population. Symptoms range from discomfort and distress to bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. It is not a fun problem to deal with.

Since 1997, April has been designated as IBS Awareness Month, in part to help spread the word about IBS and end the condition’s relative anonymity. The publicity seems to be working. It is now one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors, with as many as 20 percent of Americans suffering from some symptoms of the syndrome. Once diagnosed, there are treatments and lifestyle changes available to diminish the effects of IBS, but awareness is the first step.

Amy HoustonAmy Houston, a Director from Epping, New Hampshire, was one of those people who didn’t know what was wrong with her until she was diagnosed with IBS. Fortunately for her, AIM products were there to help when she needed it.

“The number one product that has made a huge difference for me over the years is AIM Herbal Fiberblend®. I was diagnosed with IBS after never understanding what was wrong with me. After starting on Herbal Fiberblend about nine years ago, I started noticing that my more serious symptoms were going away. I used to have sharp chest pains that I now know were directly linked to my digestive problems. I no longer have those pains. I switch between the cleansing method and maintenance. I like to tell people to start with a small amount and gradually increase the serving size over a couple of weeks. I then recommend that they use it twice per day for three months then maintain on once per day.”

“I recommend adding it to juice or a smoothie. I can make the best tasting chocolate raspberry Herbal Fiberblend smoothie. This is a common treat for me. Yes, I can turn Herbal Fiberblend into dessert! I like the convenient packets for keeping with me. I simply add one to juice. The key is to drink extra water just before or after each serving.

“Herbal Fiberblend is the only product that I will pay to advertise. I just think that it is the best cleanse on the market and that everyone needs to cleanse. When used properly, it will not disrupt your routine. It is very important to explain how to use it properly. I often refer people to the video ‘Fiber-on-the-Go’ and the audio ‘Cleansing for Health.’
“I would highly recommend AIM PrepZymes® as well. I keep a bottle in my purse so I will always have it with me at each meal.”

Most of problems for IBS sufferers begin with the colon. Though researchers have yet to discover the main cause of IBS, they believe that abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract are at least partially to blame. Herbal Fiberblend steps in to help by acting as a colon cleanser and ridding the body of toxic substances that have built up over time.

Two other helpful products for those suffering from IBS are PrepZymes and AIM FloraFood®.
The ingredients in PrepZymes provide a means of replacing or reinforcing the naturally occurring enzymes of the body to help meet the digestive needs of an Americanized diet high in processed foods. PrepZymes contains a number of enzymes including protease, amylase, lipase, cellulose, lactase, sucrase, and maltase. In addition to these, PrepZymes also contains papaya fruit, and wild garlic.

Researchers have found that diet can play a part in exacerbating IBS disease for some patients, especially a diet that is not full of healthy fruits and vegetables. It is these types of diets that PrepZymes was built to combat. For IBS sufferers, this is great news, because the enzyme help in PrepZymes can provide the extra boost needed to get the digestive tract back on the road to health. A healthy enzyme process can ease a lot of discomfort.

The other AIM product for IBS sufferers to consider is FloraFood. This product, too, focuses on helping the body’s digestion process, but instead of doing the job with enzymes, FloraFood attacks the problem with intestinal flora – the “good” bacteria of the digestive tract.

Trillions of bacteria make their home in the digestive tract. Some bacteria are good, but unfortunately some are bad. And it is not uncommon for digestive tracts overrun with bad bacteria to result in symptoms of IBS.

FloraFood provides relief by giving the body extra good bacteria in the form of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium longum. These forms of good bacteria help balance out the bad bacteria in the digestive tract by improving the intestinal environment, enhancing the immune system, and inhibiting harmful bacteria and enzymes.

Toni EvansToni Evans, a Director from Delaware, Ohio, knows the bacteria battle better than most, and she can testify to the benefits of a product like FloraFood.

I have been a Director for AIM for a number of years and have seen many benefits from the use of the products. A number of years ago I had a rare form of bacteria that went undetected by doctors and was treated with long-term antibiotic therapy. As a result of that therapy, I acquired Candida (yeast infection). After using drugs prescribed by my doctor that didn’t really work and had a lot of side effects, I turned to FloraFood. When I started taking the product I had Candida so bad that three of my fingers were infected and literally oozing pus and thumping so badly I was considering going to the emergency room. After taking massive doses of FloraFood (three capsules two times a day), I have been symptom free. My tongue still has a white coating since I am not willing to follow the strict diet, but thanks to FloraFood, I live symptom free.

“My son has Lyme disease and is taking FloraFood because he is on heavy antibiotic therapy, and it has been a great help. I also have a friend who is a quadriplegic and constantly had yeast growing where his fatwould overlap due to his inability to move. I suggested a regimen of FloraFood, and he no longer suffers from yeast problems. This is truly a remarkable product, and I thank God every day that it came into my life.