Gesundheit & Fitness

Prevention July 2017

Prevention magazine gives you healthy solutions you can really live with. Every issue delivers the latest news and trends on health, food, and nutrition, family, fitness, and more!

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a really good year

HELLO, READERS! Welcome to my 12th issue, marking the 1-year anniversary of my arrival at Prevention. I’m just as inspired now as I was when I met you in 2016. And I love the attention you’re paying us. Now I know you prefer our ad-free format and enjoy the hundreds of health tips we fit into our tidy package. (One of you made my day when you wrote in, “I get excited every time I see Prevention in my mailbox!”) I also appreciate your thoughtful criticisms: For instance, you want simpler recipes. Thank you for responding when we asked for your home remedies, haiku, and heartfelt personal stories (we published one in May). You’re an awesome community, and we want you to stick around! To entice you, I’m inaugurating the first…

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letters to the editor

NURSES WE LOVE Thank you for honoring the often-overlooked hard work of nurses. They are as indispensable as doctors, yet we have many lists of top doctors and not enough recognition for nurses. I loved the article, and thank you to all the nurses. Paola Eisler / New york, Ny MIND GAMES Thank you for your editor’s letter about games. When I was my father’s caregiver, I made up a game that I called let’s pick the Brain. I would ask him questions about his past, and he remembered every incident, which would sometimes turn into a story. I found this to be beneficial for him and for me because I learned about our family. It’s important to challenge the mind to keep it healthy and to learn from it as well. Wilfred Dutchover /…

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Act Fast The longer water is left in the ear canal, the greater the chance of developing an ear infection. SWIMMER’S EAR SOLUTIONS Perhaps you’ve seen—or performed—the head-tilted, one-legged hop swimmers do to knock water out of their ears. Hop no more. If earplugs and bathing caps aren’t for you and you end up with an ear canal full of water, try these tips. 1. Tug your earlobe while tilting your head down toward your shoulder. 2. Lie on your side, with the clogged ear facing down, and let gravity do its work. 3. Tilt your head and press your palm tightly over your ear, creating a vacuum. When you remove your hand, the water may drain. Repeat several times if necessary. 4. Hold a hair dryer on the lowest setting a foot…

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you’re (almost) never too old to donate

the oldest donor for a successful organ transplant in the Us was a 92-year-old man, whose liver was given to a 68-year-old woman. the Us Department of Health and Human services doesn’t place any cap on a donor’s age—the person’s health is considered more important—but some medical centers impose their own age limits in an effort to increase the chances of success. this may not be necessary, however: a recent study of results from kidney donors ages 50 and up found little difference in success rates provided the donors were under 80. sign up to be a donor at organdonor.gov.…

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dehydration generation

Hot summer weather can quickly dehydrate you, and because the sensation of thirst declines with age, older adults are at an increased risk. Illness and medications may further reduce thirst or increase urine production, says Marie A. Bernard, deputy director of the National Institute on Aging. Early signs of dehydration include dark yellow urine and dry skin. In severe cases, symptoms can progress to dizziness, fainting, and even seizures. To reduce your risk, Bernard recommends sipping water throughout the day rather than waiting until you feel thirsty. It’s also smart to drink a full glass of water each time you take medications (if recommended). You can hydrate with foods, too, such as soup, smoothies, and produce with high water content, like celery and watermelon. OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM LEFT: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/GETTY IMAGES.…

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staving off cravings

the sudden, intense desire to devour a slice of pizza or a brownie can be tough to resist. When a craving for something unhealthy strikes, try these tricks to outsmart the urge. 1. Take a walk. a brisk jaunt can slash stress, reducing the desire to eat. one study found that 15 minutes of walking can cut the craving for sugary snacks. 2. Distract yourself. text a friend, check your e-mail, grab a magazine. your brain can juggle only so much at once before it forgets the cupcake. 3. Sniff a scent. the sweetness in, say, a vanilla- or green apple–scented candle can help curb appetite. 4. Take a small taste of whatever you’re fixated on. you might find that’s all you really wanted. 5. Have a noncaloric, natural beverage. sipping tap water, sparkling water,…