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…

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 some signs your immune system may be weak, along with what to do about it. 1. Sweet tooth What this says about immune health  Sugar cravings could signal underlying gut dysbiosis, which refers to the overgrowth of “bad” micro-organisms in…

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…

Blood Pressure: Tips for February and Beyond

Understanding blood pressure 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.  Phytosterols help control BP Phytosterols…

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…

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…

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. Vitamin B6 in Covid-19 Vitamin B6 has links to immunity, with low levels typical in chronic inflammatory conditions such…

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…

Vitamin D Benefits

Mothers’ low D promotes overweight kids Babies whose mothers are low in vitamin D while pregnant are more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI) score and excess fat around the waist by age four to six years. In this study, doctors measured vitamin D levels in 370 pregnant women at week 14,…

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…

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. Fuel for everybody and every body Most athletes need three main nutrients:…

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,…