Health blogs are an integral part of the Global Wellness economy. And health blogs cover an immensely wide range of topics. From fitness to nutrition to wellness, to alternative therapies to mental health to beauty and longevity, to diseases, herbal remedies, allopathic treatment, natural healing, it’s all under health blogs. So they are a combination of fitness blogs, beauty blogs, food blogs and more. We all want to stay healthy and live longer!
Did you know that the Global Wellness economy is worth $4.5 Trillion, and growing! Between 2015 and 2017 the growth rate was 6.4% each year. What does this mean for anyone wanting to monetize or start their health blog?
It means that there is a huge opportunity. And the opportunity gets one step closer to becoming reality once you choose a niche and narrow your target audience down. But even if you are just trying to find good health blogs to follow, our selection is a quality list.
10 distinct categories make up the Global Wellness economy. And today I’m going to share 29 health blogs from the various sectors. Yes, that’s 29 awesome and amazing health blogs across the entire global wellness sector at your fingertips!
So whether you’re a health nut, searching for quality content, or a blogger who wants to start a health blog, there’s no need to use your valuable time hunting for reliable, content-rich health blogs and websites.
List of Health Blog Categories (that make up the Global Wellness Economy)
These are the 10 categories that you’ll find in the Health Blogging Niche:
- Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine Blogs
- Private and Personal Medicine and Public Health Care
- Healthy Eating, Nutrition, and Weight Loss
- Physical Activity
- Personal Care, Beauty, and anti-aging (longevity)
- Wellness Tourism
- Wellness Real Estate
- Spa Economy
- Thermal/Mineral Springs
- Workplace Wellness
Below is an infographic, courtesy of the Global Wellness Institute. It shows the different health sectors within the global wellness economy, and what each sector is worth per annum. If you want to learn more on how to make money blogging, or how to make money online check out my articles.
Despite there being 10 categories, it’s almost impossible to sort the most popular blogs about health into separate sections because many bloggers cover more than one aspect of this booming and lucrative market.
A Short Intro on Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine Blogs (natural health, nutrition, and fitness blogs)
The CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) sector includes natural health blogs, natural medicines, blogs on herbal and natural remedies, nutritional blogs (often advocating for certain lifestyle diets like paleo, keto, veganism, etc.), and fitness and nutrition.
Also, traditional medicine in America may refer to the treatment and procedures that you’d find in a hospital or a doctor’s room. But if you were in Africa, traditional medicine would refer to what the traditional healers use. Witchdoctors and herbalists are adept at prescribing the right herbs and potions for almost every ailment under the sun. So in these countries, the treatment you’d get from a hospital or doctor would be called Western, or allopathic medicine. Generally, traditional medicine refers to non-allopathic, or complementary, branches of healing. It also often refers to Chinese medicine, known as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Health Blog Categories
This category, like all the health categories, will overlap into other categories. There are health and nutrition blogs, fitness and health, health and wellness, holistic healing, alternative therapies, complementary medicines, integrative medicine, functional medicine, naturopathy, fitness and wellness. And more.
Other microniches in this genre will include blogs by CAM doctors, health and wellness practitioners, nutritionists, and many personal lifestyle bloggers as well as health and wellness coaches.
Doctors, who have written books, use blogging to promote their various offerings to the world. You’ll find that their blogs also cover herbs, nutritional and cosmetic health benefits, recipes, remedies, superfoods, different eating plans, and different dieting philosophies.
There are 100s of doctors, from many different medical disciplines, that have personal blogs. Their mission is to educate us on their specific schools of thought.
It’s always wise to research deeper before embarking on a new eating plan. This blogging niche is wide open for both professionals and charlatans to promote themselves. Discernment is a good habit to cultivate when navigating this vast and varied niche.
List of Best Blogs – 29 Best Health Blogs
Health Blogs by Natural Health Advocates
I chose the first 8 blogs because the founders all believe that what you eat determines how healthy you will be. They preach prevention is better than cure. Their ideologies may differ but they all believe in the body’s ability to heal, and they prefer natural cures over pharmaceuticals. Each one brings their version of how to eat healthily.
What they all have in common is that they are CAM practitioners, of various disciplines. Often these doctors get debunked by doctors in the private and personal healthcare sector. This is usually because they are competing against Big Pharma. These personal blogs have excellent articles guaranteed to be accurate.
Another commonality between these types of blogs is that the owners are all qualified practitioners, in one discipline or another. They all believe the best way to tackle the problems of obesity, heart disease, metabolic diseases, and diabetes, is to change the way you eat.
Let’s see what they are all about.
1. Dr. Perlmutter (drperlmutter.com)
Dr. Perlmutter is the author of books like “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat” and “Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life”. He is a neurologist and he believes that grains, gluten, and carbs have an adverse effect on the brain.
He advocates a keto eating plan as well as a gluten-free diet. And his blog fits neatly into the CAM health sector. He differs from others that promote these diets because his focus is primarily on brain health.
2. Dr. Mark Hyman (drhyman.com)
Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician. He’s also leading a health revolution! He’s internationally known as a speaker (he is the creator of numerous best podcasts), leader, educator, and best-selling author. He is an advocate in the field of Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine focuses on restoring gut health and promotes a diet that is low in gluten, carbs, and sugar. Functional medicine teaches people to eat according to the “rainbow”.
Dr. Hyman hosts a health podcast called the Doctor’s Farmacy. He often appears as a guest co-host on the Dr. Oz Show. He’s also an advisor for the show.
3. The Noakes Foundation (thenoakesfoundation.org)
Dr. Timothy Noakes is a scientist and researcher. He specializes in the field of exercise physiology. He is an advocate of LCHF/Keto/Banting diets. The blog on this website has excellent health, and health news, articles.
Another part of the website is to promote the Nutrition Network – Changing medicine, One practitioner at a time. It is a learning and connection platform. This program is for health practitioners across all disciplines to learn and be involved with the research and science of low carb nutrition.
4. Dr. Will Cole (drwillcole.com)
The Future Of Natural Healthcare.
Dr. Cole is another Functional Medicine practitioner, author, and leading authority on Functional Medicine. He has authored two books, Ketotarian, and The Inflammation Spectrum.
The blog is a rich resource of reliable information on healthy eating, and common problems like inflammation. Dr. Cole took the keto diet and modified it to be vegetarian. This fits in perfectly with the global trend of plant-based eating. And Ketotarianism is a growing trend.
5. Dr. Axe (draxe.com)
Most fans of health blogs have probably come across Dr. Axe’s site. It is one of the high-ranking health blogs. It’s crammed with health news, fitness and nutrition advice, recipes, and natural health hacks, tips, and remedies. The blog also has beauty advice and an essential oils section.
Dr. Josh is a chiropractor, clinical nutritionist, and a certified doctor of natural medicine.
6. Dr. Mercola (mercola.com)
Dr. Mercola is an osteopathic physician, a natural health activist, and founder of drmercola.com. He is also one of the few, but growing numbers, of doctors speaking out about the very real dangers of vaccinations. And the possible ramifications of having vaccinations “forced” on the general public.
His natural health blog covers breaking news, pets, food facts, fitness, and health articles.
7. Suzy Cohen (suzycohen.com)
Suzy Cohen graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 1989. She no longer advocates for medicines and is now a Functional Medicine Practitioner. These days she’s a mom of 3, a health blogger and formulator of supplements (natural), with patents pending.
She sells her range of supplements and her books from her blog. Besides her blog posts, there are also healthy recipes on offer.
8. Holford Patrick
Patrick has over 35 years of experience in the health and wellness sector. He has authored 37 books that have been translated into over 30 languages. Known as a pioneer in the field of nutrition and supplements (natural supplements). And as the GI fundi of the health world.
Many of his books deal with glycemic index and glycemic load. This research revolutionized the way we look at blood glucose levels and was an introduction to how everyone can avoid and (sometimes) reverse diabetes just by watching what and how we eat.
Medical Health Blogs (for Quick Referencing)
The next batch of health blogs are popular and rank high. They are great for the average person who wants to find a few facts on nutrition. Or who wants to know what the symptoms are for various illnesses.
But these sites sometimes (not often) have incorrect information. Sometimes an article gets posted with an error. And because they are often used as references by lazy bloggers, the error gets passed on from post to post. And becomes the accepted “truth.”
For anyone starting a health blog, that is not a qualified practitioner, make sure your content is legit. You owe your readers accurate info. The blogs I selected below are usually error-free. But always check your sources.
My advice, for anyone looking for health facts, is to follow the links to studies that back up these health claims. But back to the blogs at hand!
You might know some of these blogs already. They are a mix of complementary and allopathic health information. But the focus is more on conventional treatments than alternative ones. And they advocate drugs as opposed to natural alternatives.
But they are easy to read and are great for people who don’t want much detail. Or are in a rush to look something up quickly. Some of these health blogs have too many ads and take a while to load but it doesn’t mean the blog posts are not a handy source of information.
They seem to dominate the rankings. Often this is because they are part of large media companies. This does not mean your future health blog has no chance of ranking high. It means you’ll need to get creative, be consistent, and persevere.
Let’s check these “conventional medicine” health blogs out!
9. WebMD (webmd.com)
This is a helpful blog for anyone who wants to check out symptoms and find a doctor or dentist. It also has an A-Z section with info on many minor and major ailments and diseases. The blog has these sections
10. Medical News Today
Today the Medical News Today is part of Healthline Media Uk. It’s one of the biggest health information sites in the US. Incidentally, the same contributors that write for medical News today also write for Healthline, below. They have over 70 million visitors to the site each month!
11. Healthline (healthline.com)
Healthline is a site covering “all facets of physical and mental health openly and honestly.” Over 100 professionals, covering over 50 specialties, contribute to this vast resource of evidence-based, person-centric, health information.
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