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Amazing Wellness

Amazing Wellness Winter 2019

Amazing Wellness helps make shopping for natural products fun and easy. All articles are packed with practical, usable information on nutritional supplements, personal care/beauty products, fitness, and natural foods and beverages. The latest information on real-life makeovers and success stories, expert advice, and quick recipe ideas are also included. Specific product recommendations are included in most articles to help shoppers make better buying decisions and stay up-to-date on new products sold at The Vitamin Shoppe.

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c’mon, get happy!

As 2019 starts, many of us are optimistically setting new year’s resolutions. In fact, many of us resolve to eat healthier in the new year, but with so much information (much of it conflicting) about diets and nutrition, where do you start? There are many diets out there: gluten-free, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Whole 30, ketogenic, and Mediterranean are just a handful of healthy diet options. Which is the most effective one? The fact is, there is no single diet plan that works for everyone. The best diet is the one you’ll stick with. It’s the one that fits your lifestyle and is easy for you to follow. So how do you sort through the marketing claims to find a plan that works for you? In “The Diet Showdown,” on page 34, writer…

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in our next issue ...

10 MOST HEALING FOODS Seeing your food as medicine helps you make better decisions about what to eat. Our experts share a list of 10 foods that help bolster your health. Plus, you’ll find simple tips for how to enjoy each one, as well as how much you should eat. 30 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER YOU Improve your health one day at time. Our 30-day checklist is packed with research-backed tips—such as stress reduction, nutrition, supplementation, exercise, and mindfulness—to improve your physical and mental well-being. NATURAL WAYS TO COMBAT FATIGUE We all experience low energy at some point. We offer science-backed tips for overcoming those energy zappers and getting your energy back.…

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Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may help lower blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost stamina, and support brain and bone health. Even better, they’re delicious and easy to add to your diet. Check out the amazing benefits of this ruby red veggie. HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS: Beets are naturally high in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and trace minerals. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to your cells. This protects against illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, aging, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Beets are also high in betalains, a family of natural pigments that give beets their color and are thought to be responsible for protecting against certain cancers and diseases. FIGHT INFLAMMATION: Inflammation is a normal response by the immune system that…

1 min
bad for the bone

The average American consumes more than 100 pounds of sugar a year. And that’s not just bad for our weight— it may also be bad for our bones. “Sugar causes inflammation in the joints, making arthritis and other conditions worse,” according to Victor Romano, MD, a board-certified orthopedics and sports medicine doctor. Sugary foods cause a spike in insulin, which starts a cascade of biochemical reactions that lead to inflammation. Research also shows that sugar depletes important minerals needed for proper muscle contraction and relaxation. If you suffer from joint and/or muscle aches, boost your intake of foods with anti-inflammatory properties, including omega-3-rich fish, chia, and flaxseed, as well as curcumin and turmeric, which have been found to assist in alleviating joint pain.…

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hug it out

A new study published in a recent issue of the journal PLOS One finds that hugs shield us from the harmful effects of a bad mood that comes from conflicts with others. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University say people who consider themselves huggers have better overall health and stronger relationships. They analyzed data of 404 men and women between the ages of 21 and 55. Participants, who were all in good health, were interviewed every night for two weeks about their interactions with others each day. The researchers found that people who received a hug on the same day they experienced a conflict with another person showed a smaller decrease in positive emotions, and a smaller increase in negative emotions, compared with those who were not hugged. In other words,…

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let the (sun) light in

We know that sunlight has mood-boosting benefits. Studies also show that people with higher levels of vitamin D, called the “sunshine vitamin,” have a lower risk of disease. And now a new study published in the journal Microbiome revealed that the sun offers another perk: it can kill disease-causing bacteria. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Oregon, set up 11 identical dollhouse-size rooms. Some of the rooms were exposed to daylight through regular glass, some rooms were exposed to ultraviolet light only, and other rooms were kept completely in the dark. The miniature rooms were then filled with dust to replicate an actual living environment and placed outside for 90 days, after which the rooms’ bacterial levels were tested. The rooms exposed to daylight had fewer germs…