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Good Health February 2020

Good Health - for people with a healthy attitude to life! Our aim is to make Good Health informative, up-to-date, relevant to women´s lives and entertaining. Every issue is packed with information - cutting edge medical advances, psychology, relationship, kids, food, beauty and much more. Above all, we want to empower our readers with a sense that they can do something POSITIVE to enjoy a long and healthy life.

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in this issue

2 min.
honest effort

I always think February is the month to really get stuck in with any new year’s resolutions to improve your life. I know I’ve never successfully kickstarted a new exercise regime or changed my diet on January 1. For me, the first month of the year is a time to soak up the sunshine, hang out with the kids, and enjoy barbecues and a couple of wines with friends. But by the time February rolls around, I’m ready to get serious. In this issue we’ve included a bumper guide to putting aside the party season and detoxing your life. Now’s the time to give your liver, gut and your mind a break. It isn’t just about overhauling your eating and drinking habits – although we do have some wonderful healthy meal…

1 min.
have your say

Write in and WIN! Next month’s star letter wins a skin loving prize pack from Goodness, worth $210. Goodness pride themselves on creating skincare straight from goodies that Mother Nature gives us, with amazing products for all skin types. This pack contains a range of oils, creams, cleansers and more to keep your skin looking and feeling fabulous this summer. goodnessproducts.co.nz Apologies Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a mix-up in our January Last Word (page 130). We had a picture of Steve Willis – aka Commando Steve – and his thoughts on yoga, holidays and health food BUT we accidentally included a caption about boxing champion Danny Green. Apologies for the confusion this might have caused. You can find out what Danny actually thinks about yoga in his real Last Word at the…

1 min.
welcome back!

I’ve always been a keen reader of your magazine and once bought a subscription for my father, years ago. I haven’t purchased the magazine for a couple of months, but today I did. Oh my goodness! I realised within the first few pages, how much I love it. I haven’t finished reading it all, but felt compelled to email after reading the Breast Health Handbook – a wonderful, informative and easy read. My mother died from breast cancer at 40, back in 1974, when breast cancer wasn’t discussed. All body parts were whispered about in hushed voices. So for women to have an informative read at their fingertips, I applaud you, and you may even save a few lives. A great job on a great magazine! – Elizabeth…

2 min.
decision overload

We all know about FOMO (fear of missing out), but now we have to grapple with FOBO (fear of better options) – the latest term to be coined that may explain our inability to make even the simplest of decisions due to choice overload, which in turn could be fuelling our anxiety. We’ve all been there when ordering at a restaurant; deciding on a dish can be difficult enough and there’s always the chance that someone else’s meal will come out looking better. Now New York-based author Patrick McGinnis, who’s behind the concept of FOMO, is claiming that FOBO syndrome is making us all indecisive and unreliable, and therefore, miserable. IT DOESN’T HELP THAT WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF OPTIONS AT OUR FINGERTIPS It doesn’t help that we have thousands of options at our…

8 min.
health now

GET ACTIVE A new study has shown that 35 extra minutes of exercise daily can help curtail episodes of depression, even in those who have an increased genetic risk. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that participants in the study who were physically active were less likely to experience depression, even if they were at higher risk due to genetics. “Our findings strongly suggest that, when it comes to depression, genes are not destiny and that being physically active has the potential to neutralise the added risk of future episodes in individuals who are genetically vulnerable,” says lead researcher Karmel Choi. “On average, about 35 additional minutes of physical activity each day may help people to reduce their risk and protect against future depression episodes,” she adds. Smart choices Typically, conversations…

9 min.
breaking through

Straight-talking, self-deprecating, and incredibly frank, Julia Morris is the kind of celebrity that Australia needs way more of. Armed with a wicked sense of humour – and an infectious cackle to go with it – she has spent the last 30 years making us laugh, whether it’s on the stage as a stand-up comedian, or on our TV screens via a string of top-rating shows. All the while, she’s a wife and mother to two young girls so to call her life ‘busy’ would be an understatement. Over the past 12 months in particular, a succession of high energy, prime-time shows – including I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Blind Date, and Sunday Night Takeaway – left the 51-year-old feeling exhausted and frazzled. Proving that age-old maxim ‘something has got…