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Health March 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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1 min.
are you overtraining?

Never miss out on great food, fitness, beauty, and wellness strategies! Scan the cover image above to subscribe to our monthly print and tablet editions for only $12 a year. End Allergy Agony Runny nose. Constant sneezing. Itchy eyes. You know what that means: spring allergy season. Fight symptoms with science-backed tips at health.com/stop-allergies. Superfood Sweets, Yum! The secret to fudgy brownies is...avocado? Yep, this savory fruit can take the classic dessert to a whole new level. Get the full recipe at health.com/avocado-brownies. Stick with Your Wellness Goals Need a little help hitting your shape-up targets? Keep your fitspiration going strong by following us on Twitter (@goodhealth) and looking for the hashtag #HealthMagMotivation. Snap Your DIY Meals We want to see your foodie masterpieces! Follow us on Instagram (@healthmagazine) and tag your best homemade meals with #EatingWithHealth. We'll…

3 min.
power days start here

Isn't it funny how the morning so often sets the tone for the whole day? You make it to that before-work yoga class or you slowly enjoy a balanced breakfast instead of gulping down coffee, and you feel truly ready for anything that comes your way. This month, we asked some of our favorite wellness pros and thought leaders how they make their mornings count. Reading all about their wise rituals (see page 69), I wondered how our own Health staffers begin their days, so I asked them. Let me know your secret to better mornings! Clare McHugh editor clare@health.com "I start every day with a killer workout. It releases residual stress from the day before, makes me happy, and sets me on the path to making healthy choices for the rest of the day. Lately…

1 min.
smashing the coconut oil myth

It's possible the superfood alpha isn't as heart-healthy as we thought (gasp!). The argument in favor of coconut oil: Even though it's mostly saturated fat, it's rich in a type that may help raise HDL (aka "good") cholesterol. But a surprising study last fall found that folks with the highest HDL levels weren't less likely to die of heart disease than those with midrange levels—in other words, focusing on raising your HDL might not benefit your health. You don't have to abandon coconut oil entirely, says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center: "It beats the heck out of trans fat, and it's better than animal-derived oils high in saturated fat." Just use it sparingly. Essential Oils Make extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil your pantry staple; both pack…

1 min.
easiest mood boost ever

Surprise: It's taking a quick walk, per a new study from Iowa State University. Researchers found that a 12-minute walk improved people's moods and helped eliminate feelings of boredom and dread—even when the walkers weren't expecting any benefit. "When people walk, this indirectly activates body and brain mechanisms associated with active reward seeking, including feelings of vigor, energy, and enthusiasm," explains study author Zlatan Krizan, PhD. Seafood intake The average American consumed 15½ pounds of seafood in 2015, nearly a pound more than in 2014, according to a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. Cholesterol levels The average total cholesterol among American adults 20 and older dropped from 204 mg/dL in 1999 and 2000 to 189 mg/dL in 2013 and 2014, per a new JAMA Cardiology study. WOMAN, ALENA GAMM/EYEEM/GETTY IMAGES; EMOJIS COURTESY OF…

1 min.
emojis for beauty lovers

Beaumoji With product pics like an Urban Decay Naked Palette or a Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume, this set from L'Oréal is ideal for dropping hints to friends around birthday time. Dove love your curls Ever get stuck in the rain and ruin a blowout? Let someone know with an umbrella over curly hair. The best part: All the emojis are smiling because they love their curls! Sephojis Time for a spa night? Text your bestie a face-mask invite from Sephora's sticker pack. She can respond with the emoji that says "Be ready in 5." Happy masking, ladies!…

1 min.
sip before you sweat

Another reason to love your morning joe: Folks who downed roughly 20 ounces of caffeinated coffee (or decaf paired with caffeine supplements) 45 minutes before performing weighted squats did more reps than those who drank strictly decaf or who took caffeine supplements alone. So what's special about the winning combos? "Other components of coffee, such as polyphenols, may have a beneficial effect on performance in combination with the caffeine," explains Neil Clarke, PhD, a senior lecturer in sport and exercise science at Coventry University in England. Plus, he adds, drinking your daily drip can improve your mood, which might also enhance performance. Bottoms up!…