Health Blog

  • 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.

  • Garlic: A Super Herb

    Any quick search about garlic and metabolism brings up several articles concerning garlic as it pertains to weight loss support. In one 2011 study involving fat-induced mice, garlic increased thermogenesis and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity and decreased the activity of several genes involved in adipogenesis (which contributes to the increased adipose tissue mass of obesity).1

    In these studies, garlic showed promise in supporting several aspects of metabolism, including circulation and blood pressure support, reminding us that a healthy metabolism incorporates several aspects of the body, including digestion and the heart.

  • Create A Positive Mindset

    Discover steps to a more positive mindset, including information about serotonin and supplements that support healthier responses to stress. Make your best mood a priority through healthy eating, positive self-talk, regular exercise and more. 
  • Lifestyle Strategies to Survive Allergy Season

    Hiding under a blanket of tissues through allergy season is no way to spend springtime! With simple tweaks to your food, supplements, and lifestyle, you can keep your symptoms at bay so your quality of life is fit for all seasons.

  • Circulation: Keys to a Healthier Metabolism

    When we think of the concept metabolism, we mostly picture how quickly we burn calories, or how well our thyroid functions. But many other mechanisms in our bodies are responsible for our overall metabolic health. One of the key components of healthy metabolism is blood circulation. Healthy blood circulation improves heart health, brain health, eye health, and so much more. When blood flows well, it means we are properly processing the foods we eat, have healthy cell membranes that communicate well and are only sticky when we want them to be, have vein and artery walls that are free from unhealthy plaque, and so much more.

    In the following studies, different nutrients show promise in helping healthy circulation, a key to the healthiest you.

  • 10 surprising facts about calcium and your body

    You may associate calcium with your daily glass of milk or serving of yogurt to help support strong bones. However, there’s much more to this important mineral than eating your dairy and maintaining healthy bones.
  • Our Education Session With Trace Minerals

    We're only as healthy as our soil is fertile.

    This statement is how Dr. Darrin Starkey, N. D., of Trace Minerals Corporation began his in-person training of our staff this past Tuesday. Here are a few of the most important insights we gained from that education session.

  • Achieve a healthier you with better diet goals

    You’ve decided to clean up your diet to buoy energy, banish fatigue, possibly lose a few pounds and achieve greater general health. But if your goal is simply to “eat better,” chances are you’ll fall short. Here's why small specific diet shifts are the key to meaningful health improvements.