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Prevention February 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
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lie about your age.

WHY AGE GRACEFULLY, WHEN YOU CAN AGE SUCCESSFULLY? Our bodies can be younger or older than our actual age depending upon diet, lifestyle choices and physical activity. This is called biological age, which could be different than the age on your driver’s license, which is called chronological age. A recent study of over 900 adults who were tracked for 12 years, from ages 26-38, showed that people who were aging faster, meaning that their biological age was higher than their chronological age, were not as healthy or physically fit. This group was also more likely to show cognitive decline and was at a greater risk for age-related health conditions. A growing body of research demonstrates that the keys to aging successfully are a combination of exercising regularly, keeping engaged with life, and…

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testing, testing

When people visit me at work and want a glimpse of how we do things, I take them up a flight of stairs, to the 29th floor. That’s the location of our test kitchen (yum!) as well as the renowned Good Housekeeping Institute, which has been putting products through rigorous testing since 1909—though with much higher-tech equipment nowadays! The scientists and engineers take their jobs super-seriously, as you’d hope, and it’s really impressive to see how much care and data (so much data!) go into their recommendations. I recently got to help the GH Institute launch its new Wellness Lab, dedicated to testing health and well-being innovations. Which products make claims we can get behind? How can we separate the trendy from the useful? It’s so aligned with what we do…

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can’t buy me love

Before you contribute to the $19 billion that Americans are estimated to spend on Valentine’s Day, take note: In a study of more than 1,300 married people, those who ranked money and materialism as highly important were less satisfied in their marriages and valued them less. “This may reflect how they view the relationship—that it’s based on what they can buy and collect rather than strong shared values that can keep a marriage afloat,” says Judy Ho, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and cohost of Face the Truth on CBS, who was not involved with the study. To strengthen your bond, try scheduling regular time as a couple. “Sipping your morning coffee together or crawling into bed 20 minutes earlier may help,” she says. Potential health bonuses of a solid relationship? A…

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got leftover antibiotics?

Spare antibiotics should be disposed of, but many Americans hold on to them—or worse, dole them out without a doctor's supervision, says research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. A survey of nearly 500 parents found that 73% of those who kept leftover antibiotics distributed them to people they weren’t prescribed for or took them themselves. That’s a big no-no. Popping antibiotics unnecessarily can lead to resistance, meaning they might not work when you actually need them; plus, people may be allergic or experience serious side effects, creating a potentially dangerous scenario. 33 PERCENT THAT’S HOW MUCH PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW A MEDITERRANEAN DIET MAY SLASH THEIR RISK OF DEPRESSION, likely due to the high volume of anti-inflammatory foods the diet includes, says a new study in Molecular Psychiatry.…

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put down the energy drink

A small study by McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston used ultrasound to determine that after people downed a 24-oz energy drink, their blood vessels constricted. That’s dangerous because it could impair the blood vessels’ function. Researchers think the combo of common ingredients such as caffeine, taurine, sugar, and herbs may be to blame. Instead, reach for a better-for-you energy booster like water or matcha green tea, or for foods full of H2O such as citrus, cucumber, or berries, advises Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Atlanta. “Proper hydration can help you stay sharp without caffeine jitters," she says.…

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hydrate–with houseplants

Should you swap your skin creams for a few potted ferns? A new study by the Royal Horticultural Society found that indoor plants help increase moisture in the air, which can combat dry skin. The dirt: It happens through a natural process called evapotranspiration, in which plants lose water through their soil and leaves that is released into the air as humidity and can help boost skin’s moisture levels. Plants requiring more water can generate more humidity—the best skin hydrators in the study were peace lilies and ivy. Even more reason to go green!…

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