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Amazing Wellness Early Summer 2019

Amazing Wellness helps make shopping for natural products fun and easy. All articles are packed with practical, usable information on nutritional supplements, personal care/beauty products, fitness, and natural foods and beverages. The latest information on real-life makeovers and success stories, expert advice, and quick recipe ideas are also included. Specific product recommendations are included in most articles to help shoppers make better buying decisions and stay up-to-date on new products sold at The Vitamin Shoppe.

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to your good health

An estimated 20 million Americans live with some form of thyroid disease, such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. But diagnosing problems with your thyroid can be difficult because many of the symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, and anxiety, are vague and nonspecific. The thyroid, that butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, works hard, producing hormones that regulate everything from your metabolism and organ function, to your heart rate, cholesterol levels, energy, memory, mood, and more. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to it. In this issue, we tell you everything you need to know about the gland, from the signs to look for when it’s out of balance, to lifestyle changes you can make to keep it functioning properly, as well as nutrients you can take to…

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HEALTHY HABITS FOR LIFE Many of us live stressful, demanding lives, but with a few tweaks here and there, we can develop habits that will help us live healthier and more productive lives. INFLAMMATION & AGING We dive into the research about how chronic inflammation can lead to age-related disease. Plus, we offer food, supplement, and lifestyle tips to slow down the aging process. GLOW, SAFELY You don’t have to avoid the sun completely. Follow these easy steps to protect your skin from UV rays.…

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It seems as though modern health practitioners just discovered the healing benefits of mushrooms, but the fact is their use goes back thousands of years. Mushrooms contain powerful compounds that can balance your health and boost your immune system. These compounds offer potential benefits for a variety of conditions, such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, digestive health, and Alzheimer’s disease. Here are four most popular mushrooms you should try to regularly include in your diet. Reishi Thought to have the longest historical use of any medicinal mushroom, reishi has been shown in studies to fight inflammation, cancer, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and more. Reishi is a powerful adaptogen that helps the body deal with stress. It’s also known for its ability to boost athletic performance by enhancing blood oxygenation. It also supports lung…

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artificially sweetened drinks are linked to higher stroke risk

More bad news for soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increase in clot-based strokes, heart attacks, and early death in women over 50. In a study published in the journal Stroke, researchers studied data from more than 81,000 post-menopausal women enrolled in the large population-based Women’s Health Initiative. Three years into the study, the women answered questions about how many diet drinks — including low-calorie sodas and fruit beverages with artificial sweeteners — they consumed in the past three months. After an average follow-up of nearly 12 years, the scientists found that women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day had a 23 percent higher risk of having any type of stroke, and a…

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feed your brain

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified top brain nutrients for older people by using unusual techniques. Rather than asking study participants to recall what they ate, which can be unreliable, they tested blood for markers of various nutrients. And rather than giving people mental quizzes or memory tests, scientists used magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate how efficiently participants’ brains were functioning. In a group of 116 healthy adults between the ages of 65 and 75, the researchers found these nutrients to be especially important for good brain function: omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, carotenoids, lycopene, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. These appear to work together synergistically, and are all plentiful in a Mediterranean diet full of fish, seeds, nuts, and a variety of different colored…