July/August 2021

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2 min.
finding the right eat-quation

A recent review in the journal Immunology Letters suggests that the timing of meals can give your immune system an edge. “Intermittent fasting increases the rate of autophagy [cell recycling] and, therefore, decreases the amount of inflammation in the body,” says Jamal Uddin, Ph.D., a coauthor of the study. “This in turn lets the immune system more efficiently spend its resources fighting off illness.” In a nutshell, the extended calorie drought prompts your body to look for a refuel by converting damaged cells into nutrients, which reduces inflammation caused by those cells, says Herman Pontzer, Ph.D., the author of Burn, a new look at metabolism. THE MATH BEHIND FASTING What time frame triggers this calorie-restricted signal to the body? An earlier analysis of intermittent fasting in the New England Journal of Medicine…

1 min.
letter from elizabeth

RECENTLY, I ASKED the Shape staff to complete this thought to kick off our annual Healthy Body issue. And I got the most amazing words and phrases in response, which I’m sharing with you on this page. They reveal so much—most important, how complex and beautiful our relationships with our bodies are. Summer is a time, I think, when we can truly appreciate the majesty of our physical selves. There’s something about the warmer months that connects us to our bodies in a deeper and more meaningful way—we relish how the sun feels on our skin, how amazing a dip in the ocean is after a sweaty jog on the beach, and the freedom of simply wearing less. My hope for you this season is that you use the content…

5 min.
in the v-zone

YOU PROBABLY ALREADY know that the body’s production of spongy collagen—the stuff that makes skin plump and firm—decreases with age. But what surprises most people is that collagen loss also extends to the vagina, leaving it less elastic. Similarly, other skin-aging concerns, such as dryness, discoloration, and increased sensitivity, become more bothersome in the bikini area too. As we get older, we produce less estrogen, and “estrogen is to the vagina what lotion is to the face,” says Karyn Eilber, M.D., a urologist in California who specializes in female pelvic medicine. “Without enough estrogen, the vagina and vulva areas become dryer, the skin there thins and is more easily irritated, and pH levels can become imbalanced, leading to more yeast and bacterial infections.” Aging can also affect skin tone in the…

2 min.
win at fitness

BE HOLISTIC ABOUT CROSS TRAINING “Your whole body needs to work together for running,” says Aliphine Tuliamuk, an Olympic marathoner and Tracksmith athlete. That means balancing your mileage with other critical pillars to truly flow: plyometrics, stretching, weight training, and flexibility drills. “One tip that is true for all runners is that it’s better to run one fewer mile in your training and to spend that time on drills and stretching,” she says. That’s key for injury prevention in distance running, where “imbalance will come back to haunt you,” Tuliamuk says. MIX THOSE DRINKS It’s simple: Being hydrated helps fend off fatigue. “I drink a glass of water in the morning first thing,” says Kyra Condie, who will compete in the debut of Olympic rock climbing this summer. Condie sticks with water as…

2 min.
fizzy & fruity

LIGHT, BRIGHT, and refreshing, a spritz is the ultimate easy-drinking summer cocktail. It’s a great way to enjoy the season’s freshest flavors, and its low alcohol content makes it perfect on a warm day. “I am a huge fan of always having a spritz on a cocktail menu because it’s a gateway to underappreciated spirits, like vermouth, amari, and herbal liqueurs,” says Tim Kweeder, the general manager of Bloomsday Café in Philadelphia, where the Amara Spritz featured here was created. Spritzes are a blend of sparkling wine, spirits, and fruit. But you can use flavored sparkling water instead of wine, try different liqueurs to change the taste, and add whatever fruit sounds good. Start with one of the quick and easy mixes at right, then play around and create your own…

1 min.
build a superior sandwich

1. PB&S In a food processor, process 2½ cups (12 oz.) toasted, unsalted pistachios, 3 Tbsp. maple syrup, 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract, and ½ tsp. kosher salt until smooth and creamy, about 7 min. Drizzle in 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, and process until combined. Generously spread pistachio butter onto 1 slice whole wheat bread (or your bread of choice), and top with thinly sliced strawberries and a generous dusting of finely grated lemon zest. Top with another slice of bread. (Makes 1½ cups pistachio butter. Save the rest for another sandwich.) 2. AVOCADO SALAD In a bowl, whisk 1 Tbsp. avocado oil with 1 Tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar, 2 tsp. grainy mustard, and ¼ tsp. cumin. Stir in 1 large avocado, diced, ½ cup drained chickpeas, 2 Tbsp. finely chopped celery,…