Prevention May 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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hello, hope

MY BEST FRIEND was supposed to be born in January (many a year ago!), and she was awaited with joy and trepidation: Her parents had lost their first child, a son, just days after his birth. The plan was to name this baby (if it was a girl) January Hope, to signify what she would bring to her family that year. Then she was born, healthy as could be, on February 1. They dropped the January, but stuck with Hope—and she believes her name has guided her all her life. For 25 years, I’ve witnessed the way she sees possibility where others don’t and been inspired by her ability to face sadness and setbacks with determination. It comes from believing, in her core, that she and the people she loves will…

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3 fun facts about the spring virtual walk

1. IT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. The Virtual Walk is a real 5K walk you do wherever you are on May 1. Thousands of other participants will be doing it too! Walk outdoors or on a treadmill, by yourself or with others, at the time that works for you. Embrace the power of walking and celebrate yourself! 2. YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY OR JOIN OURS. It’s super easy to set up a team when you register for the Virtual Walk. Invite your friends to join you in person (if that’s a safe option for you) or in spirit. Pop into our Virtual Walkers Facebook group too—we’d love to meet you! And on the big day, share your pics on social media using #virtualwalk and @preventionmag. 3. IT’S NOT TOO LATE…

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science says: take a nap

Afternoon siestas are good for more than a pick-me-up—they may help keep you sharp. Adults who napped regularly performed better on dementia screening tests that measured things like memory, attention span, locational awareness, and verbal fluency, according to a study by Chinese researchers in the journal General Psychiatry. Napping may benefit the mind because it compensates for not getting enough shut-eye at night (on average, study participants slept six and a half hours each night, which is less than sleep experts recommend). Sleep helps the body regulate its inflammatory response, and chronic inflammation is linked to cognitive troubles over time. 8 in 10 PEOPLE REPORTED MODERATE TO SEVERE ANXIETY IN MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA’S ONLINE SURVEY OF 315,000 ADULTS, according to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report…

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snore stopper

For people who snore due to sleep apnea, the most common way to get relief is by adjusting sleep position or using a CPAP machine (not the most comfy experience). Now the FDA has approved a device that may help reduce snoring by strengthening the tongue. During sleep apnea episodes, the tongue collapses backward, partially blocking the airway; this device electrically stimulates the tongue’s muscles during the day so it’s stronger and less likely to droop back at night. It’s intended for patients with mild sleep apnea, but talking to your doctor first is a good idea. Possible side effects include tongue tingling, tooth discomfort, and excessive salivation, and certain people, such as those with dental implants, braces, or pacemakers, aren’t good candidates.…

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bleeding gums? you might need a vitamin boost

We’ve always been told that bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease—and they are—but they’re also associated with low vitamin C levels, according to a new analysis of 15 studies. Remember: Vitamin C supports a strong immune system and helps protect cells from the effects of free radicals that can play a role in your risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Make it a priority to fill up on C-rich picks like red bell peppers, citrus, strawberries, spinach, and broccoli. 41% OF PEOPLE SAID THEY’D RATHER WORK ON IMPROVING THEIR OVERALL HEALTH THIS YEAR INSTEAD OF DIETING, according to a survey by OnePoll on behalf of the Zero fasting app.…

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b is for the brain

Worried about your memory? Vitamin B could halt age-related cognitive decline, according to a University of Oxford study. Over two years, people over 70 with mild memory issues who took high doses of three B vitamins (folate, B12, and B6) as well as omega-3 fatty acids showed an 86% slowdown in regional brain atrophy in areas responsible for learning and memory. A. David Smith, the study’s lead scientist (who also works with Elysium Health, maker of Matter, a supplement based on his work), explains that the vitamins essentially remove an amino acid that harms gray matter. Ask your doctor about your vitamin B levels.…