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Better Nutrition

January 2021

Since 1938, Better Nutrition magazine’s mission has been to responsibly inform health-food-store shoppers in nutritional approaches to health and wellness, as well as report on the latest research on vitamins, herbs minerals, nutrients, whole foods, natural personal care and beauty items and environmentally friendly products.

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Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
12 Issues

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RESOURCES & REFERENCES For links to studies cited in our articles and other helpful sites and books, visit betternutrition.com. RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS Between holiday overindulgence and the dreaded “quarantine 15,” weight loss is a hot topic in 2021. So we put together a collection of recipes that can help you shed pounds, including: * Healthy Chicken Pad Thai* Roasted Salmon with Parsley-Spinach Sauce* Spaghetti Squash Lasagna* Chocolate Avocado Mousse Check them out at betternutrition.com. New! NATURAL MEDICINE HUB We’ve partnered with the Institute of Natural Medicine (naturemed.org) to bring you a range of health and wellness articles written by today’s leading naturopathic doctors. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Receive timely articles, recipes, eBooks, and exclusive giveaways in your inbox weekly with our newsletter Healthy Buzz. Photo:Pornchai Mittongtare; Food styling: Claire Stancer; adobestock.com…

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ring in the new

To start things out on a super healthy note, we have 31 tips on p. 36 to help you feel your best in 2021, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your mental and spiritual well-being are as important as your physical health—a lesson many of us learned all too well last year. If you gained some weight from the pandemic or over the holidays, the article “7 Healthy Weight-Loss Diets,” on p. 32 is for you. Consider this a Cliffs Notes to today’s most popular diets. Each of these food plans is based on clean, whole foods, from intermittent fasting to keto to pegan, a vegan-Paleo hybrid created by health pioneer Mark Hyman, MD. Speaking of pioneering: In the article “Seeing the Light” on p. 20, BN columnist Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc, investigates…

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our writers

* Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, is an award-winning educator, author, and real food chef. She’s helped thousands of people make lasting, healthy changes to unhealthy habits. jeannettebessinger.com * Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist and the bestselling author of 15 books, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. jonnybowden.com * Jillian Levy, CHHC, is a senior writer for DrAxe.com and a certified holistic health coach. She's also a certified Yoga Alliance instructor and has been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. * Chris Mann is a California-based wellness writer and interviewer with 20 years’ experience in natural health publishing. He is also an entertainment author and podcaster. ChrisMann.tv * Jill Schildhouse is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in travel, health and wellness, fitness and nutrition, beauty, and consumer products. jillschildhouse.com * Melissa Diane…

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the top secret to a healthy gut

“I felt like I was 60 when I was 30,” recalls Will Bulsiewicz, MD, author of Fiber Fueled. Back then, his grueling medical residency with 30-hour shifts was fueled by fast food and caffeine and led to a 50-pound weight gain, anxiety, and digestive problems. “My self-esteem was shockingly low,” he recalls. Plant Foods That Heal the Body The schedule improved as his career progressed, and to get in shape, Bulsiewicz adopted a rigorous 6-day-a-week endurance and weight training program. But despite his getting very fit, the weight wouldn’t budge, nor would his other health issues. Any attempt to eat a salad triggered severe indigestion, cramping, and often, diarrhea—until he gradually began to substitute plant foods for fast food, a little at a time, starting with a smoothie instead of a double cheeseburger. “Instantly,…

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2021 immune supplement checklist

✔ ASTRAGALUS, a traditional Chinese herb, regulates immune function and has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. In studies, it’s been shown to reduce upper respiratory tract infections, especially in children. ✔ CURCUMIN, the active compound in turmeric, reduces inflammation and protects against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Some researchers suggest that it could be used as a supportive therapy in the treatment of Covid-19. ✔ N-ACETYLCYSTEINE (NAC) is necessary for the production of glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants. It’s been shown to inhibit replication of the influenza A virus, and some researchers suggest that it may be used as a potential treatment or preventive against Covid-19. ✔ PELARGONIUM, also known as African geranium, enhances immune response, inhibits infection, interferes with replication of seasonal influenza A virus strains, and can treat a…

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keep your nose clean

Focusing on nasal hygiene is an overlooked—and extremely effective—way to reduce the risk of respiratory illness, according to new research. Trials, including one at Utah State (using Xlear Nasal Spray) and another at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, showed that a 5% solution of xylitol helped block viral adhesion of SARS-CoV-2. Additional research is ongoing. Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol, has more than 50 years of research behind it, primarily related to its oral care benefits. In a nasal spray form, xylitol makes it harder for bacteria, allergens, and other germs to stick to mucous membranes in nasal passages and replicate. Wash your hands, eat right, get enough sleep, wear a mask—and consider using a xylitol-based nasal spray daily (we like Xlear) for a powerful extra…