Health & Fitness
Best Health

Best Health

August/September 2020

Best Health magazine is dedicated to helping you “Look Great, Get Healthy, Eat Well and Embrace Life.” A new magazine from Reader’s Digest, it brings an inspiring voice to today’s contemporary Canadian woman. It’s filled with the latest health news, fitness tips, relationship and weight loss advice. Best Health stands apart with inspiring and approachable healthy lifestyle information on all aspects of your life. It’s like a day at the spa, not a trip to the clinic. You’ll appreciate its cutting-edge, no-nonsense information, delivered in the warm, upbeat tone of a well-informed friend.

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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT WHEN IT’S the last thing you’re going to write? Given that this is my final issue as Editor-in-Chief of Best Health, that question has been on my mind. My answer, I realize, stretches back 34 years. As with so many things in my world, my mother’s illness and premature death informed my life’s work. I doubled down on my desire to carve out a career in the wellness space so I could help other women talk confidently about their health and not feel guilty about prioritizing their needs. Mom was embarrassed to discuss her disease (she had colon cancer – such an “unladylike” illness, she heard more than once) and felt uncomfortable complaining, knowing that in many circles her words weren’t worthy of the air they occupied.…

1 min.
stroke of genius

Water is your key to better health – and we’re not talking about getting your eight glasses a day (but do that, too). Turns out, your community pool or lake can sculpt your body better than the most bougie gym or upscale Pilates studio without the price tag. We chatted with former Olympic swimmer Scott Dickens about the reasons why swimming should be the new cycling. Basically, it ticks all the boxes! MULTITASKER “Unlike other exercise, swimming works every muscle in your body – it tones, builds strength and increases endurance.” GOOD FOR CIRCULATION “Since you’re exercising in a horizontal position, it helps blood circulate more easily.” JOINT-FRIENDLY “Swimming is low impact, so it can increase your fitness level without putting stress on your joints. It’s a great complement to other training to increase cardio endurance…

2 min.
gear guru: sports bra

Have you ever worked out in the wrong bra before? We feel your pain. It’s no wonder it’s so uncomfortable: Your boobs move up and down and side to side when you exercise. Depending on your cup size, they can move around a lot: A D cup can move almost eight centimetres. To make sure everything is in place when you’re running, jumping or lifting, here’s a strategy to find the perfect sports bra. FABRIC Sweat wicking – like this polyester/elastane combo – is a must to keep you dry in intense workouts or summer heat. Perforations in the fabric that allow air to flow freely through your sweaty bits, like on this model, are a cool bonus. CUPS Look for a bra that has the tech to mould to your body’s shape to…

1 min.
spice is nice

Thyme to spice things up? Maybe. According to a study in The Journal of Nutrition, adding spices to high-fat, high-carb diets might just offer antiinflammatory protection. The Penn State study found reduced levels of inflammatory proteins, called cytokines, after participants ate heavy meals that included six grams of spices. The blend consisted of basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, oregano, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, thyme and turmeric. Want to spice up your diet? Check out Kanel, a Canadian brand that offers unique combos like Sunday Night Roast Dinner and Golden Lemon Turmeric.…

2 min.
sleeping giants

One of the hallmarks of a sound body (and mind) is quality sleep. If you’re not getting it, you’re not alone: Almost 70 percent of Canadians report poor quality sleep. But there’s a lot to be said about what kind of insomniac you are. Lorna Vanderhaeghe, founder of Smart Solutions, explains what your sleep problems may be trying to tell you about your body. SUPPORT YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS If you drift off to sleep without a problem but wake up suddenly at 2 or 3 a.m. wide awake, it could mean your cortisol is peaking at 2 or 3 in the morning instead of 6 or 7 a.m. (when it is supposed to). “All of that increased cortisol will make you feel like you should get up and out of bed,” says…

1 min.

New research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. shows that as women continue to have children later on in life, menopause will inevitably be delayed and could even cease to exist altogether. The team of evolutionary biologists say that menopause is not a given; it’s a genetic anomaly created by human behaviour, which continues to evolve. Since women worldwide are delaying childbirth (the average age that a Canadian woman gives birth has changed from 23 to 30 in just the past 50 years), it’s conceivable that our bodies will keep delaying meno-pause – or stop altogether – and pass that trait on to the next gen.…