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Women's Health October 2019

Women's Health readers strive to better their whole lives. And that's exactly why Women's Health reports on all the topics that interest them. In every issue you'll find topics on success strategies, nutrition, weight loss, health, fitness, special reports, sex & relationship, beauty breakthroughs, and style & fashion.

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10 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
liz’s letter

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @lizplosser I think back to my first job at a health brand 15 years ago, and oh boy, the wellness world has evolved so much. Back then, I was a sleuth on a mission to uncover the most undercelebrated products, tech, ideas. Today, our jobs are the opposite: We’re curators sifting through a lot of leads, making sure we highlight only the best for readers. Which is why our Game Changers feature is our editor-penned ode to the stuff that has made life healthier and happier. Health director Jacqueline Andriakos shares her love story about the Apple Watch, otherwise I would’ve written my own note to it. Don’t worry, you can see the other product that changed my life on page 108. This issue is personal in many others ways too. We…

1 min.
advisory board

CARDIOLOGY Jennifer H. Mieres, MD Professor of cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; senior vice president, Center for Equity of Care, Northwell Health DERMATOLOGY Mona Gohara, MD Associate clinical professor, department of dermatology, Yale School of Medicine Ellen Marmur, MD Founder, Marmur Medical FERTILITY Sheeva Talebian, MD Fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist, CCRM New York FITNESS Ben Bruno, CFSC Certified functional strength coach and private trainer Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS Evidence-based fitness coach and certified sports nutritionist; author of Eat. Lift. Thrive. Stacy T. Sims, PhD Exercise physiologist; nutrition scientist; author of Roar: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life GASTROENTEROLOGY Samantha Nazareth, MD Board-certified gastroenterologist GYNECOLOGY Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA Minimally invasive gynecology, Baylor University; founder, Her Viewpoint Kate White, MD, MPH Associate professor of ob-gyn, Boston…

2 min.
balancing act

“I’m not trying to be my pre-mom self. I want to feel good in my new body.” I’m a fashion director, so bodies and the clothes we put on them are quite literally my business. That said, it wasn’t a fashion trend that changed my attitude toward my own body—it was trying to have a baby. I struggled with fertility from 2014 to 2017. When I’d had enough of the frustration, I turned my back on the investment, emotional effort, and time spent lingering in waiting rooms to…run a marathon. I know it seems weird, but I wanted to will my body to do something extraordinary at a time when I felt so out of control. Marathon training was an unexpected relief; I could focus on a singular goal rather than the…

1 min.
finding happy hour

1 min.
love your heart

Grapes have over 1,600 natural plant compounds Research into the potential impact to our health when consuming grapes suggests that the whole grape—which contains over 1,600 natural plant compounds, including antioxidants and other polyphenols—offers a range of intriguing health benefits when included in our daily diet. Grapes are heart-healthy Grapes are a heart-healthy addition to your diet. In two studies conducted at the University of Connecticut, researchers found that adding grapes to the diet every day supports a healthy heart. Women who consumed 1¼ cups of grapes every day reduced blood triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol levels, inflammatory proteins and other markers of heart disease.* Men with metabolic syndrome who consumed 1½ cups of grapes every day reduced blood pressure, improved blood vessel function and decreased a key marker of inflammation.** A whole bunch of…

1 min.
ready for relief

BEST FOR LOWER-BODY TIGHTNESS The large surface area of a smooth foam roller helps you dig into super-achy big muscle groups, like your glutes and quads. ProSource Fit High Density Speckled Foam Roller, $18, prosourcefit.com BEST FOR SMALL, CURVED AREAS A soft (you control the inflation) ball lets you roll out hard-to-reach spots, like your lats (below your armpit) and pecs (your chest). Lo Rox Aligned Life Body Sphere, $20, optp.com BEST FOR SPECIFIC OUCH SPOTS A punctuated massage stick—this one has five moving spheres—allows you to dig into tiny knots, like along your calf or IT band. Addaday Pro Roller, $47, addaday.com BEST FOR CAN’T-WALK SORENESS Vibrations can override pain receptors, which doesn’t nix discomfort but makes you feel less of it. Try this buzzing, travel-friendly (lacrosse-size) ball. Hyperice Hypersphere Mini, $99, hyperice.com DANIELLE DALY, PROP STYLING:…