Health Blog

  • Deep Dive Into Detox, a Vital Immune System Function

    The term “detoxification” refers to biological processes responsible for safely removing harmful substances from the body. This involves the coordination of several body systems, including the circulatory system, liver, intestines, kidneys, and more.

    Shifting our diet and lifestyle patterns, as well as providing higher amounts of certain nutrients to the body, can help enhance this process. In a whole-person approach to detoxification, we also place an emphasis on repatterning our mental processes and what we choose to feed our mind. Here are some strategies to help support this holistic approach to detoxification.

  • What To Do About These 4 Signs Your Immune System Needs Support

    The immune system is responsible for a lot more than you might think. Here are four signs your immune system may be weak, along with what to do about each.
  • Diabetes Update: Improve Diabetes Factors

    According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 37 million children and adults in this country face the challenge of managing blood sugar in the wake of a diabetes diagnosis. 88 million of us have been diagnosed with prediabetes, putting them at greater risk to develop the disease. Below are findings from several studies on nutrients that hold promise in supporting blood sugar management.
  • Blood Pressure: Tips for February and Beyond

    The two numbers in a blood pressure (BP) test measure the pressure against artery walls first when the heart contracts to pump blood (systolic), then when the heart relaxes between contractions (diastolic). Normal BP is less than 120/80 mmHg, and high BP, or hypertension, begins at 130/80. 

  • Healthy Together: what you and your partner can do for each other’s health

    A recent study observed that couples who live in the same home environment also tend to “copy” each other. This may explain why, when one partner has a chronic disease such as hypertension, diabetes, or dyslipidemia (high cholesterol), their spouse is at risk of having (or developing) the same diseases.

    Come February, many of us rush to buy things to prove our affection to our partners. But what if, instead, you gift each other better health and a long-lasting togetherness?

  • Deep Dive Into Immune System Dos and Don'ts

    Prevention is the most important weapon against illness. That’s why we’re looking under the hood at some common miscues and misunderstandings surrounding immune health. Today, we discuss some essential dos and don’ts to keep your immune system revved up for optimal performance in the face of microbial challenges, as well as looking at some products that may help you accomplish your new immune to-do checklist.

  • Ahead of the Curve: Immune Health

    Good results in the lab can lead to larger human trials. Here are some of the most promising recent findings from lab work concerning immune health, our deep dive topic for the first quarter of 2022.

  • To Diet or Not To Diet: 4 Popular Diets Compared

    After the decadence of the holidays, you may want to shift your focus to healthier eating habits. But with so many dietary options to choose from, where’s a person to start? To help you select the best diet for you, here’s an overview of the most popular diets, their pros and cons, and the exciting research that supports (or doesn’t support) their use.

    As always, before starting any new diet or taking any new supplement, check with your health care practitioner to ensure that it’s right for you.

  • Vitamin D Benefits

    Here are some of the latest benefits of vitamin D.
  • Gut Microbes: Immune Health and Weight Management Support

    Probiotics in the gut support the immune system. They help fight bad bacteria and encourage the production of certain antibodies that are important to immune health. They may also boost immune cells like T-cells. Because of stress, toxin exposure, and poor diets, most of us need probiotic support. A diet rich in fiber and fermented foods supports a healthy probiotic profile. Supplementing with probiotics may also help.

    New research shows that while the microbes in your digestive tract may not directly cause you to gain or lose weight, they are thought to influence your metabolism and serve as mediators between your lifestyle choices and your body weight.

  • Sports Nutrition For All

    Fueling your body with the right nutrition is critical for peak athletic performance. But what if you’re vegan? Or gluten intolerant? Or hitting some major age milestones? Read on to explore the foods and supplements you need to know for your unique needs.
  • Deep Dive: Immune Health

    In 2022, Betsy’s Health Foods is taking a deep dive each quarter into one area of health (and looking at how interconnected our human systems actually are). This first quarter, we’re deep diving into immune health.

    In this article, we discuss some of the specialty supplements, along with your standard ABCs of vitamins and minerals, that help support your best immune health.