Health & Fitness

Health May 2020

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2 min.
from the editor: let’s talk

Last time I went for a physical, the nurse who weighed me and took my blood pressure also asked a few questions: “Have you been feeling down or depressed?” “Have you been nervous, anxious, or on edge?” I was surprised—pleasantly so. Because being “healthy” is about a lot more than your blood pressure. We can appear healthy in every way and still be suffering. In fact, one in five adults will experience mental illness this year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). What that nurse was doing—starting a conversation—is our goal with “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” (page 88). In honor of Mental Health Month, we invited several writers to share their stories. Their honesty is remarkable, and their words are heartbreaking and uplifting. They may even be…

6 min.
the share

EAT YOUR (MICRO)GREENS These little leaves—seedlings of vegetables and herbs harvested a week or two after germinating—are big in nutrition. In fact, microgreens may contain up to five times the amount of vitamins as their full-grown counterparts. Different varieties have different flavors, ranging from sweet to spicy. Look for them at good grocery stores and your farmers’ market. Toss microgreens into salads, pile them onto sandwiches, or sprinkle them over soups or main dishes to add a pretty—and potent—finishing touch. LIFE LESSONS Follow the Jelly Turns out there’s a lot we can learn from these invertebrates. In this excerpt from her new book, Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish: And Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature, Rani Shah reveals the survival strategy that makes this sea creatureone of the most energy-efficient animals on the planet: To swim,…

2 min.
shades of spring

THE LOOK: Subtle Sheen You know that “I just got a really good facial” glow? That’s the inspiration here, sans aesthetician. HOW TO GET IT: Start with a facial oil or moisturizer that leaves skin dewy, adding a sheer BB cream if you need some coverage. Get a healthy flush with an orangey pink cream blush, and finish by tapping a clear face gloss onto high points of cheekbones. THE LOOK: Bold Blue “Classic Blue” is Pantone’s color of the year and, lucky for us, it’s universally flattering on all skin tones, whether you stick with a simple line or go for a full wash of color. HOW TO GET IT: Glide a navy gel eyeliner just above your upper lash line (a creamy formula is easy to apply and smudges are OK—the color is…

7 min.
your complete guide to getting a skin check

YOU’RE DILIGENT ABOUT booking your annual physical, ob-gyn appointment, and eye exam. But there’s another ultra-important doctor’s visit that belongs on that list—a skin check. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Still, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is a whopping 99 percent if diagnosed and treated early enough, which is why routine skin-cancer screenings can truly mean the difference between life and death. Unlike other preventive medical exams, there’s no set recommendation as to when one should start getting annual skin-cancer screenings, though the dermatologists we spoke with agreed that early adulthood, between the ages of 18 and 21, is generally best. A few caveats: If you have a history of sunburns or…

6 min.
the anxious mind

I’VE BEEN A JOURNALIST for nearly a decade, and I still have moments of paralyzing self-doubt. An insecurity will crop up (usually, “I’m a lousy writer”), and my fears spiral from there. This brand of angst may seem familiar: It’s estimated that one in six Americans has suffered from an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental illness in the U.S. But you don’t need a diagnosis to relate to anxious thoughts. “Anxiety is evolutionarily wired into our brains,” says psychologist Jill P. Weber, PhD, author of Be Calm. And collectively, our unease appears to be growing: A poll by the American Psychiatric Association in 2018 found that people felt more anxious than they had the year before. The data also showed that women are worrying more than men. Indeed, anxiety…

2 min.
the gut-hormone link

Around Your Period Familiar with PMS belly? Blame progesterone, which spikes about a week before your period arrives. “It’s a muscle relaxant that can relax the colon and slow transit time of food in your intestines, [so] you might experience bloating and constipation,” says Shilpa Ravella, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Likewise, a dip in estrogen just before your period can also slow down digestion. But not all women get backed up at this time of the month—some have to deal with diarrhea. One reason is that shifting estrogen levels may cause spasms in the digestive tract and increase motility, or the movement of food through your system. EASE THE SYMPTOMS: “Drink lots of water, and eat a diet high in fiber,” says Dr. Ravella. “That will help…