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Best Health

Best Health

October/November 2020

Best Health magazine is dedicated to helping you “Look Great, Get Healthy, Eat Well and Embrace Life.” A new magazine from Reader’s Digest, it brings an inspiring voice to today’s contemporary Canadian woman. It’s filled with the latest health news, fitness tips, relationship and weight loss advice. Best Health stands apart with inspiring and approachable healthy lifestyle information on all aspects of your life. It’s like a day at the spa, not a trip to the clinic. You’ll appreciate its cutting-edge, no-nonsense information, delivered in the warm, upbeat tone of a well-informed friend.

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2 min.
from the editor

MY INAUGURAL WEEK on the job at Best Health brought a lot of firsts: For example, there was the first time I attended a work meeting in pyjama pants while simultaneously trying to ignore my husband’s own video call in the background and explaining to my daughter why her fifth straight hour of screen time would be her last for the day. A slightly different version of that “first” has played out almost every day since, and though working from home as a full-time parent has been overwhelming, it doesn’t compare to the challenges millions of other Canadian women have faced in 2020 — a year that makes the term “dumpster fire” feel almost quaint. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended almost every aspect of life, changing how we work, who we see…

1 min.
visit besthealthmag.ca for tips on how to make the most out of fall

BEST EATS Pumpkin lattes? Pumpkin everything! We have 25 delicious pumpkin recipes — from pancakes to soups — to try. besthealthmag.ca/pumpkin-everything BEST LOOKS Is your lengthy skin-care routine causing more harm than good? We asked an expert if a less-is-more-approach is the way to go. besthealthmag.ca/back-to-basics BEST YOU Feel like you’re repeating the same day over and over again? Same. Check out our roundup of easy, fulfilling ways to shake up pandemic life, from new podcasts and newsletters to Insta-inspiration and more. besthealthmag.ca/pandemic-shake-up WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA @besthealthmag @besthealthmag facebook.com/besthealth…

2 min.
how to tell covid-19 apart from the flu

COVID-19 AND THE flu are caused by different viruses, but the symptoms (such as fever, cough, fatigue, and body aches) are remarkably similar. Being able to tell the two illnesses apart is important, as it will impact how they’re managed. An August 2020 study in Frontiers in Public Health suggests the order in which symptoms appear was slightly different in COVID-19 than influenza. This was the same regardless of how severe the illnesses were. So what should you watch for? Fever. This is the first symptom to appear with COVID-19, and the most common symptom, reported by 88 percent of patients in the study sample. It may start as a low-grade fever then get worse over time, or it can come and go. With the flu, fever can go as high as…

2 min.
drink it in

THE PANDEMIC HIT, and we all reached for the bottle. Okay, maybe not all of us. But 18 percent of Canadians stuck in their houses reported an increase in their alcohol consumption at home due to COVID-19 (that number rose to 25 percent for people ages 35 to 54), according to an April report by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. Anecdotally, we know many of us have increased our booze intake since March — witness the alcohol-related memes and #winemom culture. But the adverse health effects are real, especially for women. Alcohol has long been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, but it seems even a moderate intake — drinking one glass of wine, beer or any other type of alcohol a day — may raise…

2 min.
food for thought

YOUR BRAIN IS always working, despite some evidence — where are those care keys?! — to the contrary. And how you fuel it directly affects its function. Eat high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and you’ll nourish and protect your brain from oxidative stress (that’s the waste, or free radicals, produced when the body uses oxygen, and it can damage cells). Canada’s revamped Food Guide, which put an emphasis on eating more fruits and vegetables, has been lauded for its potential benefits to brain health. Need more convincing? The findings from these recent studies are a good reminder of why you should keep nutrition on the mind. Fabulous flavonoids A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed the eating habits of 2,801 Americans over the…

4 min.
stretch your heart out

ACCORDING TO A paper recently published in the Journal of Physiology, we can now add regular leg stretching to the list of preventive measures for heart disease and diabetes. The study followed a group of men and women who, after passively stretching their legs for 12 weeks, exhibited increased blood flow in their lower legs and upper arms, and reduced arterial stiffness. (A passive stretch uses an external force like gravity, a wall or a chair). That boon to heart health makes good sense to Whitney Dikoume, a Calgary-based strength coach and certified athletic therapist. She offers up three sets of complementary exercises and stretches that will increase your strength and flexibility and also target the muscles surrounding major artery groups. GLUTES + QUADS Activate your glutes to help stretch and elongate the…