Prevention August 2018

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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celebrate summer

TEN AUGUSTS AGO, my husband and I got married and went on our honeymoon to Peru, where we hiked up Huayna Picchu, the mountain you see in the background of pretty much every shot of the famous Machu Picchu site. The drop-offs beside the path were terrifying, and we weren’t exactly speedy—we were passed every several minutes by hikers wearing sandals—but we were so thrilled to be out there, getting a new view of the world. Nowadays, we hike even more slowly than we did then, because our 6-year-old son comes along (“I love hiking!” he stopped to shout into the trees in Shenandoah National Park last spring), and we stay much closer to home so we can also bring our dog. Because of their company, hiking a short trail…

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connect with us!

Q I appreciate the article on migraine in your May issue. I have tried many treatments over the years, with limited success. How soon will any of the new drugs be available? —Amy Webb, New York City A One of the medications was approved by the FDA just weeks after we hit newsstands. Here’s the science behind Aimovig: It works by blocking a specific protein, the CGRP receptor, thought to play a role in the onset of migraines. After three clinical studies, the side effects for those who took it were mostly minor and similar to those of people who took the placebo; as with any new drug, its long-term safety is not yet known. It’s pricey ($575 a month), though there’s a copay program (visit Talk to your doctor, because…

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what’s new on

We’ve got the real scoop on the wellness trends everyone’s talking about. Will the keto diet help you lose weight? What the heck is matcha? What is LISS cardio? Head to for these answers and so many more. We weed out the fads that aren’t worth your time (PSA: You should not try sunscreen pills!) but keep you up to date on the ones with staying power. PLUS: Follow us on Pinterest! We have boards dedicated to smoothies, healthy desserts, yoga, fitness tips, and much more. preventionmagazine…

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the water you don’t want to drink

You’ve heard the word “raw” used to describe unpasteurized milk and uncooked foods. The latest trendy variation: raw water. While fans say untreated spring water (available online and at health food stores in some states) tastes better, infectious disease specialists warn that it can be contaminated with germs that transmit intestinal infections such as shigella and norovirus—and those can bring on diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. “The bacteria can be there in such low concentrations that the water appears clear and untainted,” says Donald Schaffner, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University. “But they’re present. That’s why water is treated before flowing into your home.”…

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keep your food safe

Nothing ruins the memory of a fun backyard barbecue like a bout of food poisoning. The CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses each year, and the trend spikes during summer, when warmer temps cause food to spoil and bacteria to multiply faster. Here’s how to avoid the ickies and enjoy your meals this season. SALADS Prepared foods like potato salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw can become a hotbed of bacteria when they’re left unrefrigerated for hours. Place each bowl in a larger one filled with ice to help keep the food cold while serving, and put leftovers back in the fridge or cooler as soon as you’re done with them. CANTALOUPE This sweet melon grows the listeria bacteria more easily than more acidic fruits. Wash before cutting. Keep chilled…

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tick-off tips

Protect yourself Wear long pants and sleeves, socks, closed shoes, and a hat when going to wooded or brushy areas, which are havens for ticks. Apply a repellent such as DEET to exposed skin. Consider treating clothing with permethrin, proven to immobilize ticks. Check yourself Strip immediately and tumble dry clothes on high heat for 10 minutes to kill any biters still hanging on. Shower, then do a full body check in front of a mirror so you can scan all of your bare skin. Look for a tiny dark spot that might resemble a mole. Treat yourself Use tweezers to grasp a tick close to the skin, then pull upward with steady pressure. Don’t twist or jerk it; this can leave part of the tick behind. Clean the area thoroughly. Ticks can harbor diseases,…