Prevention March 2019

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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healthy every day

Thanks for inviting Prevention to your house every month (love what you’ve done with the place!), but did you know we could be hanging out more often? The staff here has so many brilliant ideas that not all of them fit into our pages. Here are two designed to help you get healthier: MEAL PLANNING: For a lot of us, the barrier to healthy eating isn’t lack of knowledge—we know what real food is and why our bodies need it. The problem is finding the time and motivation to cook it for every meal. That’s why our site director, Christine Mattheis, dreamed up the Meal Prep Reset (; it’s designed to give you four weeks’ worth of make-ahead meals and snacks so you’ll always have something healthy on hand. We’re highlighting…

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silence is golden

In our bustling world, it makes sense that silent retreats are increasingly popular. Some last for a day, while others can span a week or more, and they’re typically held at meditation centers or in nature. “This period of extended meditation practice gives you a chance to focus without the usual distractions or responsibilities of daily life,” says Ted Meissner, with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Everything you do during the retreat—walking, eating, yoga, hiking—is done mindfully. The payoff? “People commonly experience states of calm, reduced tension, and lower heart rate,” Meissner says.…

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the risk of being a night owl

If you’re drawn to keeping late hours, it might be time to try being an early bird, says a new study review: Night owls may be at greater risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease than those with earlier bedtimes. Researchers think common night-owl habits—erratic eating and sleeping schedules—are to blame, because they can affect metabolism, hormone regulation, and glucose sensitivity. This may lead to weight gain or unnatural blood sugar fluctuations, both linked to heart disease and diabetes risk. Find a routine with tips from Raj Dasgupta, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine: BEDS ARE FOR SLEEPING OR SEX—AND THAT’S IT! “No eating, no working,” says Dr. Dasgupta. “If you can’t nod off in 15 or 20 minutes, leave the room and do something…

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new hope for alzheimer’s detection

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis typically comes once symptoms like memory loss or cognitive and behavioral changes have already started to appear. But new research by Duke University suggests that doctors may one day have a noninvasive way to detect it earlier, opening up the opportunity for better treatment options. Using eye scans to compare the eyes of Alzheimer’s patients to those of healthy people, researchers discovered that people with the disease had less dense retinal blood vessels and other retinal changes. “The eyes are an extension of the brain—the small blood vessels in the retina and those in the brain share the same anatomical and physiological properties, so changes going on in the brain are also likely happening in the retina,” says study coauthor Sharon Fekrat, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at…

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probiotics don’t help sick kids

When children have stomach bugs, some parents may dose them with over-the-counter probiotics in an attempt to reset their guts and boost their immune systems. But a study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that this isn’t effective. Among 971 kids under 4 with gastroenteritis, there was no difference in symptoms or recovery between those who received probiotics and those who took a placebo. It’s most important to keep kids hydrated and continue their regular diet, says Geoffrey Preidis, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. EYE: CONEYL JAY/GETTY IMAGES. SIPPY CUP: GETTY IMAGES.…

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indigo to heal skin

A species of flowering plant used to produce natural blue dye, indigo was traditionally applied by Japanese samurai warriors to help repair wounded skin. Now skincare brands are harnessing its power to soothe modern-day ailments like redness and irritation. “Indigo can help reduce the production of inflammatory hormones associated with skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema,” says Elizabeth Trattner, Ph.D., a doctor of Oriental and integrative medicine in Miami. Look for it in serums and creams for the face and body, and don’t worry—the ingredient can give products a tint, but it won’t turn you blue. 10 NUMBER OF CUPS OF UNSWEETENED BEVERAGES YOU SHOULD DRINK PER DAY; PROPER HYDRATION IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO SKIN CELL REGENERATION, WHICH IS KEY FOR RADIANCE, says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., nutrition director at…