Prevention December 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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holiday peace

WHEN I WAS ABOUT 6, the age my son is now, my family drove from Chicago to upstate New York on Christmas Eve. A huge blizzard hit near Erie, PA, and any of you from that area know exactly what the highway looked like: cars on the side of the road rapidly collecting walls of snow, the headlights of snowplows barely visible. My dad safely guided our station wagon to a motel, where we got the very last room. A Christmas miracle, but I was concerned: Would Santa know where we were? My mother promised that he would, but after scrutinizing the clearing weather, my father decided we could make it the rest of the way. I’ll never forget how carefully he drove, into the small hours of Christmas Day. I…

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winter workout boost

Exercising in the chill may not sound appealing, but it’ll help you burn more fat, says research from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Lower temps plus exercise activate a certain peptide in muscles that helps cells burn more fat than glucose. “This combination creates an ideal situation to burn more calories,” says Muthu Periasamy, Ph.D., study author and professor at SBP Lake Nona. “This is Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’s secret to eating 10,000 calories a day and staying slim—he swims in cold water.” So consider bundling up and taking a long walk in the snow.…

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a novel way to treat pain?

Here’s a new twist on the placebo effect. Researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine gave chronic pain patients a sugar pill, told them it was a placebo, and took MRIs of their brains. Those whose pain was lessened all had similar brain anatomy (a larger cortical sensory area) and similar psychological traits (like being more emotionally self-aware). Researchers can now see why placebos work for only some people, which may lead to drug-free treatments in the future—attractive, as patients could avoid the side effects and addictive properties of some meds.…

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spot health scams

To help keep you from draining your holiday-spending budget on wellness scams, a team of health pros from the University of British Columbia have ID’d deceptive marketing techniques often featured in ads for health products that don’t live up to their claims. Red flags of possible fraud: • celebrity endorsements• the claim of a limited supply• technical language that’s really just jargon, repetition, or made-up words• extraordinary claims that seem unrealistic• before-and-after photos• the promise of a free gift or sample Overall, legit ads won’t guarantee fast results or use testimonials to draw you in, says Bernie Garrett, study author and associate professor at UBC School of Nursing in Vancouver.…

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’tis the season for giving back

WALK FOR A DOG Walking your pup is a good workout for both of you, and with this app you’ll also support less fortunate doggies. For each dog walk, you can earn donations for the animal charity of your choosing. So far, over 30 million walks have helped 7,000 shelters and rescues nationwide. DONATE A PHOTO This app by Johnson & Johnson uses what we all have in our phones—photos—to do good. For every photo you upload to the app, $1 is donated to a charity like Operation Smile or Feeding America. FOREST Disconnecting provides a mental lift. Here, you “plant” virtual trees; they grow when you don’t touch your phone, and you earn virtual coins. When you spend them, Forest donates to an org that plants real live trees all over the world. CHARITY MILES Select…

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binge drinking and the heart

Over-imbibing could hurt your ticker. Researchers from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing examined self-reported drinking habits data of 5,000 young adults ages 18 to 45. Men who frequently binge drank had higher systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels (two heart disease risk factors) than those who drank less often. Female binge drinkers didn’t experience a rise in blood pressure or cholesterol, but they showed higher blood glucose levels than those who abstained; chronically high blood sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes, a heart disease risk factor. Wondering what defines binge drinking? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says it’s four drinks for women and five for men over about a two-hour period. 1 IN 6 U.S. ADULTS BINGE DRINKS ABOUT FOUR TIMES A MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS…