August 2021

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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build strong bones

Get moving for longer A first-of-its-kind study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research continuously tracked kids on a 24-hour loop and determined that 1.5 hours of moderate-to-vigorous activity a day is the sweet spot for bone health (though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends just an hour). Weightbearing exercise (running, dancing, tennis, soccer) and resistance exercise (push-ups, cartwheels, crab walking, lifting hand weights) are the biggest bone builders. “These activities stress the bones, and when bone cells sense this, new bone tissue is made,” says Andrea Mucci, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Think beyond formal exercise In addition to high-impact activities, kids need 3.4 hours of light activity daily, the same study found. That includes any off-the-rear time, as in standing, walking, and doing chores.…

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how to read nutrition labels

The Food and Drug Administration recently did a much-needed update of the nutrition facts label on foods and beverages. One of the main changes: Both total sugars and added sugars are now listed. “Total sugars” includes both added and natural sugars, whereas the “added sugars” value underneath that indicates the amount of sugar that has been added to the product. One other thing to keep in mind: Ingredient lists are ordered by weight, so if an added sugar is a product’s first ingredient, the item’s nutritional value is likely to be poor.…

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break up with sugar once and for all

IT’S HARD TO GET AWAY FROM SUGAR. Sure it’s in your favorite desserts, but it was also hiding in the ketchup and hot dog buns at yesterday’s barbecue as well as in the dressing of the otherwise healthy salad. In fact, the average American downs about 57 pounds of added sugar every year! That’s concerning, because research shows that consuming too much can up your risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. But sugar provides the fuel your body and brain need to function properly, so we consulted nutritionists to better understand what we’re eating and how we can cut back.…

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meet your hair

1 A Hairy Situation Thankfully you can’t tell, but we’re as hairy as chimps. Like your monkey cousins, you have about 5 million hair follicles, only 100,000 of which are on the scalp. This means most of your body (save your palms, the soles of your feet, and your lips) is covered in hair—it’s just that most of our hairs are so small and colorless that they’re almost invisible. Yet they’re busy trapping warmth for you when you’re cold (hello, goose bumps) and wicking away sweat. The thicker hairs, the ones you can see, have other jobs. For example, your lashes protect your eyes from dust and excess light, while your eyebrows help you communicate confusion or surprise; head hair guards against harmful UV rays and is, of course, available to…

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natural benefits of ginger

ITCH EASER FOR THE SCALP This anti-inflammatory solution can calm a dry, itchy scalp. Fill a 1-oz spray or dropper bottle nearly to the top with organic jojoba or coconut oil. Add 3 drops each of peppermint, tea tree, and ginger essential oils. Shake well, apply to dry scalp, and massage in. Depending on your hair and scalp type, you can leave it in either until the next time you shampoo or just overnight (lay a towel over your pillowcase), washing it out the next morning. If you have sensitive skin, test a small area first. Store at room temperature. TUMMY-SOOTHING TEA Sip this tonic to relieve nausea, bloating, gassiness, or intestinal spasms. Wash and cut a 1-in. piece of fresh gingerroot (peeled) into thin slices. Place 1½ cups water in a saucepan,…