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Amazing Wellness Early Winter 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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stay healthy this holiday season

It’s always a good idea to boost your immune system, but this time of the year it’s particularly important. We’ve lost an hour of daylight, we’ve been through Halloween, and now we’re preparing for the busy holidays in the months ahead. It’s important to keep our energy levels up and our immune systems robust. However, a strong immune system does more than fight colds and the flu. It battles more serious diseases like hepatitis, leukemia and cancers. While there are some lifestyle choices you can make to optimize your immune system — getting enough sleep, drinking less alcohol, eating more fruits and veggies, and exercising daily—you can keep your immune system strong with supplements. In “Build An Ironclad Immunity,” on p. 34, writer Lisa Turner shares 10 supplements that are proven…

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STRESS-FIGHTING SUPPLEMENTS Holidays. Work. Family. Stress has become a part of our daily lives. Stress-management strategies are critical, but supplements are an effective method of managing stress. Amazing Wellness shares some natural remedies to help you curb anxiety. BEST DIETS FOR YOUR HEALTH Are you confused about the amount of conflicting info on what to eat, what not to eat, and which diet is best for you? Amazing Wellness breaks down to help you decide which diet is right for you. SHAKE THINGS UP Did you resolve to start—or restart—a workout plan in the new year? Mix up your routine with these fun, new workouts to shake up your fitness.…

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As scientists look into the effects of diet on health, they’re finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every cuisine, has emerged as one such superfood. Eating garlic regularly is not only good for us; it has been linked to reducing heart disease, stroke, cancer, and infections. Garlic contains allicin, an organic sulfur compound that is thought to strengthen immunity, improve heart health, lessen inflammation, and even act as an antibacterial agent to banish bacterial illness and food poisoning. ✜ PROTECTS THE HEART: Garlic has been recognized as being instrumental in both treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S. In fact, in a study published in the Journal of…

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do you get enough exercise?

A quarter of the world’s adults don’t get enough exercise, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in The Lancet Global Health. The study found that 27.5% of people across the globe don’t meet the WHO’s physical activity guidelines of 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. The WHO’s study was based on data from 358 surveys conducted between 2001 and 2016, including 1.9 million people from 168 countries. Although more data was available for high-income than low-income countries, the study group represented 96% of the world’s population. Each of the surveys asked participants about how much physical activity they did through work, household tasks, transportation and leisure time. During the study period, high-income Western…

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sneaky signs of b12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and is important for the functioning of our brain and nervous system. However, estimates suggest between 1.5 and 15 percent of the U.S. population are deficient in B12, although the signs may not be readily obvious. One of the warning signals of a deficiency is bad breath, revealed Craig Maxwell, DO, medical director with the Integrative Medical Center in Metamora, Indiana. Symptoms like dizziness, prickling in the feet or hands, changes in coordination, or a swollen or inflamed tongue are some of the other sneaky signs. The best way to get vitamin B12 is through diet. Harvard Health recommends eating foods like salmon, tuna, beef, and nonfat Greek yogurt. When it’s not possible to get enough vitamin B12…

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dark chocolate — inflammation fighter?

Two recent studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity, and mood. Research presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 meeting shows that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory, and immunity. While it’s known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine, and cardiovascular health. “For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content — the more sugar, the happier we are,” said Lee S. Berk, DrPH, associate dean of research affairs, School of…