Prevention November 2020

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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happiness & hope

I’M THINKING we should all share some good news with one another right now—how about you? In one of the weekly meetings I attend, we each take a minute to talk about something we’re proud of from the previous week. The contributions have ranged from “I gave up caffeine” to “I double-checked my voter registration” to “I learned to drive a tractor mower” (that was me!). In that spirit, here are a few highlights from this issue that we hope will make you feel good: MOCKTAILS ARE GENIUS! Let’s toast to fun drinks with no tomorrow-morning side effects. Try our favorites on page 76. IF YOU LIVE WITH A SNORER, WE CAN HELP YOU SLEEP. We asked experts about ways to shut out noise—and if you need that, I know you need…

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reminder: get your flu shot!

It’s always a good idea to get pricked during flu season (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated), and with COVID-19 still an issue, it’s even more critical to do everything possible to protect yourself from getting sick at all. “Getting a flu shot is extremely important and helpful in potentially preventing flu sickness, especially this year because health care resources are already stretched and anxiety and uncertainty around the coronavirus are rampant,” says Ian Smith, M.D., host of The Doctors. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for your body to build up the necessary antibodies to protect you from getting sick, so check with your local pharmacy to see when it will start offering the shot.…

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exercise your peepers!

Breaking a sweat could help protect your vision, according to a study by researchers at University of Virginia School of Medicine. Rodents who hopped on a running wheel showed a reduction in blood vessel overgrowth in the eyes, a key contributor to macular degeneration and other eye disease, compared with sedentary ones. Scientists plan to conduct further research to uncover what’s behind the benefit, but they suspect it may have to do with the fact that exercise boosts blood flow to the eyes. Flip to page 22 for tips on getting in a great workout at home.…

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tense? pop a stress pill

Someday your doctor might be able to write you a prescription for a pill to tame your stress—one that’s completely medication-free. Study participants who read an article about placebos, then received a saline nasal spray that they were told contained no active ingredients but might still help them, reported experiencing less emotional distress after viewing a series of disturbing images. And here’s something even cooler: Brain scans to detect neurological activity backed up their self-assessments. How might this look IRL? Your doctor could one day prescribe you a placebo and tell you it’ll help. If you believe it can make you feel better, there’s a strong possibility that it will, say the researchers, who were from Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Dartmouth College. 57% OF WOMEN SAY THEY WOULD…

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tech made easy

So many of us rely on video calls these days to stay in touch and help care for loved ones, but for a lot of seniors, getting set up can seem complicated and overwhelming. Enter Sound-Mind, a Web portal for families. SoundMind ships a fully configured Alexa-enabled device to your family member so all they have to do is plug it in—absolutely no other setup or contract is needed on their end. Besides making it super simple for them to stay connected (“Alexa, call my daughter”), it lets them retrieve family photos and get reminders about events and activities just by speaking. Together you can manage their calendars, reminders, and more through SoundMind’s secure Web portal. ($99 for an Echo Show 8 plus $20 per month)…

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meditate for your heart

Meditation can relieve stress, but it may also give your heart health a boost, per a new study in the American Journal of Cardiology. According to health data from over 60,000 people, meditating was associated with a lower risk of high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here’s how to ease into meditation and mindfulness. A few times a week, set aside just 10 minutes to relax. Pick a quiet location and, using the tips here, make the habit stick by practicing on the same days and in the same spot each week. Find a comfortable position—you can sit, kneel, or even lie down. Close your eyes and turn your attention to your breath, then relax your body, part by part, focusing your attention on how each feels along…