Health Blog

  • Need A Brain Boost? Omega-3s To The Rescue!

    For a long time now, we’ve known that our flavorful, fatty American diet contains the wrong kinds of fats (or imbalanced intake of fats) hanging out in the wrong places in our bodies, causing discomfort, foggy brain, sluggish circulation and so much more. In response to this knowledge, we have seen a wave of programs suggesting we cut fats altogether without realizing that all fats are NOT created equally.

    Good fats, like the omegas found in fish and some plant foods, help counterbalance our over-consumption of other fats, bringing our omega profile back into a healthy balance. However, eating foods with a high, “good” omega count can be challenging, especially because in our fast-paced world learning new ways to think about food, how we should cook or order from restaurants or which foods to throw out of our cupboards can create more stress than we’re prepared to handle.

    This is where supplements may come in to play a role and make a difference. In these studies, researchers looked at the impact of different omegas on brain health. Find out more.

  • How to help kids embrace their natural curiosity and learn with joy

    Children have a natural curiosity. They’re built to learn. We can help instill in our children a sense of confidence and satisfaction through a combination of psychological, behavioral, and nutritional approaches to create an optimal environment to facilitate learning.
  • Is Your Skin Stressed?--Podcast

    Stress and hormone imbalance can wreak havoc on the skin, leaving acne, eczema, and wrinkles in their wake. Learn how to mitigate stress and strike a balance in your hormones to cultivate a happier reflection in the mirror.
  • Ease anxiety in under 5 minutes with these 10 steps

    While it comes on a sliding scale—from the occasional experience to ranging severities of anxiety disorders—we all deal with anxiety in our lives. When things get to be too much, taking just five minutes to try one of these 10 strategies could help calm you down and rise above the anxiety.
  • Protect Your Brain At Any Age–and Start NOW

    Memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease may seem like distant concerns. But taking care of your brain isn’t something you should put off.

    Is your brain in trouble?

  • Nourish the “Second Brain” in Your Gut

    Your brain and your digestive tract are not as independent as they seem. Here’s how you can change your diet and lifestyle to support your gut bugs and mental wellness.
  • Deep Dive: the Brain

    This third quarter of 2022, we’re deep diving into the brain, discussing important topics like memory support, stress, mood, learning, and more. We hope you’ll join us through our blog posts, emails, podcasts, videos and in-store as we share tips and also talk about the nutrients we all need to best serve our hard-working minds.
  • How To Protect Your Prostate

    Given a choice in a cheeky men’s health survey recently, 72 percent of men said they’d rather clean the toilet than go to the doctor. Most cited embarrassment or discomfort as reasons—especially when it came to “below-the-belt” issues.

    So … let’s talk—about something you can’t see—and likely don’t even think about, unless, of course, it’s acting up. We’re talking prostate.

  • Post-Exercise Nutrition Tips

    You drank your pre-workout shake. You stayed hydrated as you sweated it out. But have you given any thought to what you’ll eat and drink when you’ve wiped that sweat off your brow? Your post-workout nutrition is just as important for your athletic performance.
  • We Can Do Something About Our Metabolism

    Think your metabolism is slowing down? According to new research published in the journal Science, middle age may not be a good excuse for that weight gain. In fact, researchers discovered there was no real change in the metabolism of 6,500 participants during the age span of 20 to 60 years. And when some slowing began after the age of 60, it occurred at just 1% per year. Even resting metabolic rates between men and women showed no differences, further negating a commonly-held “truth.”
  • Why Does High Blood Pressure Happen?

    Normal blood pressure is about 120 over 80. The first (top) number indicates the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, while the second (bottom) number indicates the pressure between beats.

    High blood pressure is known as hypertension, and it can play a role in the hardening of your arteries and increase your risk of stroke, kidney disease, heart failure, and eye problems. While the exact causes of hypertension are unknown, there are things you can do to help lower your blood pressure if it’s high. Check out these 8 factors that contribute to high blood pressure.

  • Save Our Supplements

    Let’s not try to fix what isn’t broken. In this podcast, Betsy and Ramona Billingslea of Betsy’s Health Foods discuss the latest threat to our supplements, S. 4090 and Senator Durbin’s rider added to the 400-page Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) that must be reauthorized this September 2022. We discuss the particulars of these legislative actions, why Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) works and doesn’t need fixed, and the grass roots effort in the early 1990s that helped bring DSHEA into existence.