Tips for helping the planet this holiday season

Tough on the planet, tough on us: that’s how the holidays can be, especially since waste increases significantly during the holidays. Together, let’s discover new ways to enjoy the holidays and help the planet by reducing waste. 1. Rethink gift giving Save your busy trips to the mall. Buy local Buying from a local store…

Beating PCOS: Nutrients for Women’s Health

Vitamin D and omega-3 improve PCOS What is PCOS? Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormone imbalance—including excess male hormone levels—that changes menstruation, can impair fertility, and raises chances for metabolic syndrome and other physical and psychological conditions. Vitamin D In this study, 40 women with PCOS took a placebo or 3,200 IU of vitamin D…

Saffron and Tryptophan for Mood

The holidays aren’t necessarily the happiest of times for everyone. Everyday issues with mood and stress can be greatly exacerbated by the pressures of holiday preparations. It’s simply too easy to fall into the trap of trying to make everything so perfect that we forget to pause long enough to enjoy the moment. The end…

Diabetes and COVID-19

Diabetes and COVID-19 are related in some very meaningful ways. Find out how—and what it means for you! The diabetes-COVID relationship Although our knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (and COVID-19, the disease it causes) epidemiology is still uncertain in many areas, one of the strongest associations to emerge thus far is the link between diabetes mellitus…

Blood Sugar Management Tips To Help Our Kids

Type 2 diabetes was almost nonexistent among children three decades ago, affecting primarily adults 45 and older. Nowadays there is a worrying increase in cases among young people. What happened between then and now, and what can we do? Understand the insulin connection Every time we eat, our bodies get an influx of sugar which,…

Cope With Stress As You Age

What fears and worries keep you up at night? Each generation—from kids to seniors—have unique stressors. Understanding this can help us all find a bit more peace for ourselves and those we love. Children and young adults According to mental health educator Rebecca Higgins, climate change is one of the top things contributing to children’s…

Tips For Your Best Sleep At Every Age

It’s as essential to our very survival as water, food, and shelter, yet sleep tends to be pushed aside when it comes to priorities, considered an afterthought or even an inconvenience amid our busy schedules. Blissful, sufficient sleep doesn’t have to be the stuff of dreams, however. Here’s how to get a good night’s sleep….

Health Updates You Can Use: Immune Support

Almost thirty years have passed since we opened our family-owned supplement store. Since then, we’ve been working hard to know our products as well as our customers. At Betsy’s Health Foods, we strive to answer your product questions and help you meet your health goals, which these days center more than ever on immune health….

Brain Up With These Tips

Imagine being 90 (or 100) and having the sharp memory and cognitive skills of your younger self. It’s possible with a few lifestyle tweaks, some of which involve your taste buds. Yes, you can literally eat your way to a healthy brain. Genes and lifestyle Faulty genes can increase the risk of cognitive decline and…

Get Out There: Boost Your Mood With Some Time In Nature

Just in time for the three weeks of “just right” weather we’re likely to get, Houston, here are some good reasons to spend some time outdoors. Step outside. How wild is the landscape you’re in? It could be a garden patch or the canopy of trees you walk under if you live in the city,…

Tips for Living Long and Well

We’re living longer, healthier lives. The “third age” (between retirement and the onset of age-induced physical, emotional, and cognitive limitations) is a time of personal fulfillment for many, but longevity also comes with challenges—physical, social, and economic. Read on for how to best prepare for the golden years. What is the “longevity dividend”? In researching…

Make Gratitude a Daily Habit

More than simply a glass-half-full attitude, the impacts of gratitude are rich and far-reaching. Read on to learn about the range of benefits of consciously cultivating more gratitude, and how to make it part of your day. Give thanks Researchers phrase gratefulness as a broad and positive orientation toward recognizing and appreciating what’s good in…