Best Health

October/November 2021

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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editor’s note

My husband, who happens to be a gift-giving Jedi, knew just how to get me my fix: an early-birthday-present plane ticket to meet up with my bestie. She and I hadn’t been face to face in two and a half years: Even before there was a global pandemic to blame, family demands, career right turns and 2,000 kilometres all conspired to get in the way. Suddenly, I had a weekend pass to hang with my spiritual twin. I had no idea how badly I needed it. That’s the trouble, says science journalist Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. Hanging out with friends feels like fun, she says, and therefore feels indulgent or like a luxury. We deprioritize it. And yet, the science is…

4 min
get under your skin

Sure, probiotics are good for your gut, but did you know they can benefit your face, too? That’s because they can help your skin microbiome, which is an entire ecosystem that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, with dedicated products taking over shelves. A healthy microbiome equals healthy skin, says Jennifer Brodeur, a Quebec-based celebrity facialist and the founder of JB Skin Sävvi. Propelled by a global pandemic that has fuelled a fixation on germs and increased occurrences of stressed-out skin, the science of skin health has never been buzzier. “Through recent developments in microbiology we can obtain very specific, genetic-based information about the skin,” says Dr. Nazli Ghiasi, a dermatologist, the owner of MapleDerm and an assistant professor of medicine at University of Toronto. “This has advanced our…

1 min
key players for a microbiome-friendly skin-care routine

[ 1] Calm multiple symptoms of sensitive skin while reducing redness fast. REN Evercalm Redness Relief Serum, $76, [ 2] A soap- and fragrance-free formula cleanses while soothing even the driest skin. Ducray Dexyane Ultra-rich Cleansing Gel, $24, pharmacies across Canada and [ 3] Treat blemish-causing bacteria and restore balance to skin. JB Skin Sävvi La Crème Harmoni, $95, [ 4] Glycerin (hydrating) and lactic acid (exfoliating) give lackluster skin a gentle boost. Faace Tired Mask, $45, [ 5] This dreamy blend of probiotics and hyaluronic acid tends to skin while you sleep. Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream, $70, [ 6] An ultra-rich way to deeply comfort a dry, stressed-out complexion. Murad Intense Recovery Cream, $109,…

6 min
entrepreneur lynn-marie angus on working with her sister and sharing indigenous medicines

Business origin stories tend to follow a predictable formula: Someone encounters a need in the market and creates a new product or service to fill it. But for sisters Lynn-Marie (pictured far left) and Melissa-Rae Angus (pictured left), their wellness brand, Sisters Sage, emerged from the need to become self-sufficient. “We didn’t have the education or training, or an idea or a want to be business owners,” Lynn-Marie says. In the summer of 2018, both sisters were in tough spots—Lynn-Marie was in a toxic work environment, and Melissa-Rae was pregnant and facing homelessness. The two women thought about what they had to offer, which was a knowledge of and an interest in Indigenous medicines and wellness. They developed a line of handmade soaps and bath bombs inspired by Indigenous traditions.…

4 min
eat more buckwheat

From noodles to pancakes, what can’t buckwheat do? Like amaranth and quinoa, this super seed is an ancient grain that’s considered a pseudo-cereal—a plant that produces starch-rich seeds that can be used in similar ways to cereal grains. Despite its misleading name, buckwheat is not a type of wheat but actually a seed, and it’s closely related to the herbaceous plants rhubarb and sorrel. Buckwheat plants are harvested for their pyramidal seeds, which can be used instead of rice or wheat in a variety of dishes. Buckwheat is grown in almost every country that produces grain crops but is a particular staple in high-altitude regions in Asia because it can flourish in cold, mountainous areas where other grains cannot grow. From there, buckwheat crops spread to central Asia, Tibet and Russia,…

3 min
how can i protect the health of my peepers?

When it comes to vision problems, women have higher rates of all three of the top eye diseases: glaucoma (a condition involving damage to the optic nerve), macular degeneration (which degrades central vision) and cataracts (a clouding of the lens of the eye). Mainly, that’s because they’re age-related diseases, and statistically women live longer. But certain ocular conditions are more common in young women, too. “Dry eye, for example, is much more prevalent in women than men,” says Ottawa-based optometrist Kristen North. Blame hormones—tear quality and quantity are connected to fluctuations in estrogen and testosterone levels, and those happen more in women, especially around pregnancy and post-menopause. Here are six tips to keep your eyes healthy. Remove makeup before bed The glands inside your eyelids can get clogged with makeup residue. Over…