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Health July/August 2017

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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3 min.
go ahead and really relax

We all get overwhelmed now and then. Between endless to-do lists and the constant updates buzzing through our phones, it’s easy to feel like you’re always on call. Luckily, there are simple ways to find your calm so you stay happy and healthy. Studies show that just 10 minutes of meditation a day can boost focus and reduce stress for people prone to anxiety. If you’re not one for sitting cross-legged in silence, this month’s “Get Ready to Relax” feature (page 116) offers 11 completely doable habits that will help you push pause and recharge. And because I’m always curious to know how our Health staffers keep calm and carry on, I asked a few of them to share their personal favorite de-stressing rituals. clare@health.com “I listen to music. It’s the antidote to…

1 min.
put purple on your plate

Purple food is hot, with health nuts gobbling everything from purple cauliflower hummus to maqui-berry smoothies. And the brilliant hue is good for more than just a killer Instagram post. “Purple whole foods are extremely high in antioxidants, which protect our bodies against free-radical damage that can contribute to aging and diseases like cancer,” says Stephanie Middleberg, RD. The intense color comes from anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that’s linked to big benefits, from decreased heart disease risk to better cognitive function. We’ll eat to that! Pigment Power Branch out from beets and berries and try more unusual blue-purple produce, like asparagus or carrots. Use ’em just as you would the regular versions.…

1 min.
natural skin savers

There’s a reason that cute cactus on your desk can survive without much attention—its fleshy leaves are able to retain water, sustaining the plant in even the driest climates. That resilience makes succulentderived ingredients ideal for skin care. “Cactus extract contains high levels of antioxidants that calm inflammation, while its oils hydrate,” explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Try these products for optimal hydration this summer. 1. Make Succulent Mist($25; makebeauty.com) Aloe vera, a mainstay in soothing skin-care items, is teamed up with moisturizing prickly pear and hyaluronic acid in this cooling mist. 2. Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic ($12; pacificabeauty.com) Like other micellar waters, this one draws out dirt and oil from the pores. But thanks to cactus…

1 min.
watch this weight-loss saboteur

Not-so-huge shocker: Eating at restaurants is one of the main factors interferingwith people’s weight-loss goals, according to recent research. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association, surveyed when dieters felt most tempted to stray fromtheir weight-loss plan. Folks were less tempted to go overboard on food at home orwork. If you’re trying toslimdown, monitor your eating using a food diary or app, advises lead study author LoraBurke, PhD, professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. You’ll become more aware of your behaviors and habits, she says, and better able to pinpoint high-risk situations. 60SECONDS Hitting the stairs for this amount of time (broken down into three vigorous bouts of 20 seconds, with two minutes of recovery between bouts) three times a week boosts aerobic fitness. SOURCE:Medicine &…

1 min.
get action star strong

Want to be in butt-kicking shape like 41-year-old Atomic Blonde star Charlize Theron? Try theWalking Wide-Leg Squat, says Andrea Kinsky, a Hollywood stuntwoman and fitness expert. “To be a great fighter, you need strength and endurance in your legs, back, and abs,” she explains. “This exercise also builds balance, which helps make your movements more powerful and controlled.” Stand with feet as wide apart as possible, toes at 45 degrees. With abs tight and hands clasped in front of chest, lower down, looking straight ahead and keeping torso upright, chest out, and butt tucked in (A). In this position, pivot on ball of left foot as you lift right foot and step it across body to come into a wide stance facing the opposite direction (B). Staying low in the squat,…

1 min.
listen up!

NONFICTION 1.Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun The journalist and essayist offers her witty and intimate thoughts on the institution of marriage—and her own longtime union. 2.I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart Dropping some major wisdom and laughs, beloved comedian Kevin Hart shares how he overcame a tumultuous childhood to become the successful funnyman he is today. FICTION 3.The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne This thriller tells the story of Helena, the product of her mother’s abduction, after her dangerous father has escaped from prison and threatens to expose her secret past. 4. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan The hilarious novel from the author of Crazy Rich Asians follows the grandchildren of a dying matriarch, all sabotaging one another in order to get her fortune and glamorous estate.…