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Amazing Wellness Early Summer 2018

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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2 min
take charge

These days it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. With busy lifestyles and bad habits like skipping sleep, excess alcohol consumption, and sky-high stress levels, it’s harder than ever for most people to stay fit and healthy, much less take extra steps to reduce the risk of diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease. But taking steps to stay healthy is the most important investment you can make in yourself. Eating a healthful diet—one abundant in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with a moderate amount of fish—and limiting alcohol, salt, and sugar intake are important parts of taking care of yourself because your body needs nutrients to perform properly. Regularly engaging in moderate exercise is not only good for your body, but, studies show, that…

1 min
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NATURAL SECRETS TO ALL-DAY ENERGY We sifted through the research on sleep, superfoods, supplements, and more for these fatigue-fighting tips. 7 GAME-CHANGING HEALTH & NUTRITION TRENDS Health and nutrition trends come and go. Our experts weigh in on which ones are sticking around and are worth your attention. GENIUS HEALTH HACKS Small tips and tricks that don’t require much effort but make staying healthy and fit a breeze, and can make your life better, more balanced, and possibly even longer.…

8 min
the coconut oil conundrum

A few months ago, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a report, the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory, that triggered a maelstrom of controversy around coconut oil. Although the report quoted studies as old as 1995, and was authored by researchers with ties to the Canola Oil Council and other groups, coconut oil was suddenly cast in a sinister light. What’s the truth about coconut oil and, for that matter, other cooking oils and fats (and butter)? Do saturated fats cause heart disease? There is ample evidence suggesting they don’t. A meta-analysis of 41 studies examining saturated fat and heart disease found that saturated fats are not associated with cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Another meta-analysis found “no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with…

3 min
reset your mindset

Whether embodying feminist icon Gloria Steinem or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, actress and life/fitness coach Sonia Satra preaches the power of movement. “If your body is moving, your brain is active and alive, and you’re keeping your whole self energized, and motivated,” says Satra, who split her time in 2017 expanding her “motivational exercise” program Moticise and playing Steinem in the Amazon docuseries American Playboy. “The body in movement unlocks a lot of thoughts, ideas, and possibilities, creating a movement in your life,” says the former Guiding Light and One Life to Live star. Satra encourages men and women to apply the mental techniques from her Moticise DVD Mindset Reset to realign with their wellness, fitness, business, and life goals. “Imagine what you really want, and how you can take the actions to…

4 min
fish oil: does it really work?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Omega-3s are important components of the membranes that surround each cell in your body.” This is a critical function. Much like the skin on our bodies, cell membranes act as a protective barrier and enable each cell to function properly and sustain life; damage to that protective “skin” will inevitably have unhealthy consequences. The NIH notes that omega-3s are essential for healthy function of the heart, blood vessels, brain, eyes, lungs, immune system, sperm cells, and glands that produce hormones. Unfortunately, says Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, an integrative cardiologist and director of the Women and Heart Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, “the body does not make omega-3s. It’s something that you can only get from diet.” And that’s where supplements—especially…

6 min
the truth about fat

Q: One day fat is bad; the next it’s good. What is the real deal on dietary fat? — J. Meyers, Philadelphia A Once upon a time there : was no confusion about healthy eating. We all knew the rules, even if we didn’t always follow them. High complex carbs, heavy on the grains, moderate fish and chicken. Low calorie—even lower fat. But that was then. Emerging science suggests that we were not only wrong about fat, we were spectacularly, embarrassingly wrong. It’s clear that our knowledge of what fat is, what it does, and what it does not do needs a serious update. Let’s start by looking at three of the biggest myths related to fat and disease. MYTH 1: SATURATED FAT CAUSES HEART DISEASE Actually, it doesn’t. There have been several major, peer-reviewed…