The Benefits of Folate

It’s a fact that folate is important for women before, during and after pregnancy. An increased intake of this B vitamin helps to prevent birth defects, fuel rapid growth and fortify breast milk. Recent research indicates that folate for fathers-to-be is important as well. A study published in 2019 examined the data collected on 108Continue reading “The Benefits of Folate”

Serving Others by Offering Hope

Shared by Char Pelfrey AIM Director Of all the roles in life I’ve loved and endeavored to undertake, cancer survivor was not on my list. In 2016, my husband, Jerry, and I were living full, productive lives with four grown daughters and 11 grandchildren: Jerry as lead pastor of our church and I with 15Continue reading “Serving Others by Offering Hope”

Childhood WEIGHT Issues

It’s a sad fact of modern life that so many children around the world are facing a health problem that is largely preventable: being overweight (having extra body fat) or obese (having too much body fat). The World Health Organization (WHO) presents some alarming statistics on the number of children who are affected by excessContinue reading “Childhood WEIGHT Issues”

The Outbreak of Psoriasis

Around the world, 125,000,000 people suffer from psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that comes and goes but is never completely cured. The cause is believed to be a malfunctioning immune system. Overactive T cells that normally protect the body begin attacking healthy skin cells. The result is thick, scaly, red patches of skin that canContinue reading “The Outbreak of Psoriasis”

When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!

The immune system is your body’s defense against attacks from organisms or substances that can make you sick. The primary defenders in this protective system are your white blood cells, leukocytes that include phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes envelop and destroy invasive elements, such as bacteria, dust and viruses. Lymphocytes remember invaders, allowing your body toContinue reading “When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!”

AIM to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat is on in North America! As temperatures rise, energy levels lower for most people. But hey! It’s summertime. You get to spend more time being physically active outdoors. At the same time, the heat makes you sweat, so you need to replenish with water to avoid dehydration. Perspiring also makes you lose electrolytes.Continue reading “AIM to Beat the Summer Heat”

Men Aging Well

Imagine a young man in his teens beginning a fitness routine and continuing it through his middle-aged and senior years. What if most men did this? How would exercise affect their health as they age? On a nutritional level, what if this imaginary teen’s parents had been advocates of wholesome food and raised him toContinue reading “Men Aging Well”

Boosting Bone Health

  We all know that calcium is a mineral that makes bones strong and healthy. It’s a fact that over 99 percent of all the calcium in our bodies is located in our teeth and bones.1 The rest is found in our tissue, blood and fluid outside of our cells. That small percentage of calciumContinue reading “Boosting Bone Health”

Healthy Results with AIM

Shared by AIM Member David Lentz I was diagnosed with heart arrythmia at age 55. My cardiologist put me on a low-dose beta-blocker. Then he suggested I take a blood thinner as well. I didn’t want to do that, so he told me to take a daily aspirin instead. I followed his advice for aContinue reading “Healthy Results with AIM”

The Western Diet

If you are a fan of Western films, you often see cowboys enjoying a big meal at the ranch or around the chuckwagon after a long, hard day on the lonesome trail. It’s likely though that the food of your average cowpoke didn’t include veggies beyond beans. They pretty much consumed dried and fresh meat,Continue reading “The Western Diet”