Health & Fitness

Health March 2020

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in this issue

3 min.
from the editor: here’s to happy

I learn so much as we’re creating every issue of Health magazine—I hope you feel the same way when you’re reading it! This month, a piece of advice from our pages that I’m going to take into my own life is to keep a gratitude journal. This is one of the many doable tips in “The Happiness Handbook” (page 90), which is all about bringing more joy into our everyday. I’ve always been a naturally optimistic person (this happens to be one thing I’m grateful for!). But when life gets busy, it’s way too easy to rush through the motions without paying attention to the good stuff, feeling annoyed rather than appreciative. Taking a moment at the beginning or end of each day to record a few things you’re grateful for…

8 min.
the share

ICE PICKS Skip the sad strawberries at the supermarket and instead look to the freezer for your fruit fix at this time of year. Fruits (and veggies) are picked and frozen at peak ripeness, so they’re just as healthy, and often tastier, than out-of-season produce. Plus, you can find a lot more than blueberries in the freezer aisle these days. Danielle Whisnant, global grocery category manager for Whole Foods Market, notes that there’s more variety than ever before, including smoothie blends, unexpected options like jackfruit, and even kale. The chain debuted frozen cubed passion fruit and watermelon (perfect for smoothies and cocktails)in February, but Whisnant reveals that its best-selling frozen fruit is, yes, blueberries. HAIR STORY Curly Girls, Rejoice! Tracee Ellis Ross’ signature curls and playful style have taken on a life of their…

6 min.
best tressed

Detox Your ’Do in Three Simple Steps 1 EXFOLIATE Your scalp has a huge impact on hair health. Oils, a buildup of product (like dry shampoo, mousse, or gel), and dead skin can collect around follicles. Loosen the gunk and boost circulation with a scalp-exfoliating brush. “Lately, I’ve been using a brush that exfoliates while you shampoo,” says stylist and hair-product guru Tyson Kennedy of the Cutler Brooklyn salon. We like ColorProof Scalp Cleansing Brush ($19; colorproof.com). Or try a scrub, such as (1) Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub ($14; target.com), with a gentle-but-effective sugar exfoliant. 2 REMOVE BUILDUP “I do a weekly vinegar rinse,” says Justine Marjan, global stylist for TRESemmé and go-to pro for celebrities like Ashley Graham. “Dilute a couple tablespoons of unrefined apple cider vinegar or white vinegar with…

2 min.
a rough patch

The Lowdown: Those rough, red bumps are caused by a buildup of keratin, which blocks the opening of the hair follicles. Keratosis pilaris (KP) is very common—it affects 50 to 80 percent of all adolescents and approximately 40 percent of adults, according to a study in the International Journal of Trichology—and is actually considered a variation of normal skin, explains Michelle Henry, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. The most typically affected spot: the upper arms. But it can also be found on the thighs and buttocks (and, in more severe cases, on the cheeks). There’s no known reason why some people in a family are predisposed to KP and others aren’t, says Anne Chapas, MD, dermatologist and founder of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. Dr. Henry adds…

9 min.
the beginners’ guide to running

There’s no way around it: Running is hard! The mere thought of lacing up and hitting the road can be intimidating and overwhelming, even if the basic movement is something you’ve been doing for almost your entire life. But running is also exhilarating—it can actually cause the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in the brain’s pleasure and reward centers as some addictive drugs (hence, the “runner’s high”), according to a 2015 study published in the journal Neuropharmacology. And it comes with big benefits: Even less than 50 minutes a week (whether that means one run or four 10-minute runs) may lower your risk of early death from all causes by 27 percent (and by 30 percent and 23 percent for cardiovascular disease and all types of cancer, respectively), according to a…

7 min.
when it’s not what you think

CERTAIN SIGNALS from your body are obvious. Post-workout ache in your hamstring? You likely strained the muscle. Have the sniffles and a scratchy throat? Probably a cold. But other clues aren’t so easy to decipher (even after extensive googling sessions). Take the five common scenarios here, in which the underlying problem may be nothing you’d expect. Learn which symptoms can actually be a lot less scary than they seem and which require a doctor’s visit, stat. Our experts’ advice might save you a needless worry spiral one day, or it might save your life. You Have a Pimple That Won’t Go Away It’s easy to ignore a blemish. However, when a pimple lingers for three to four weeks, it’s worth calling your dermatologist, says Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, senior vice president of…