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departments 13 AMAZING NEWS The lastest research on garlic, dark chocolate, exercise, and more.

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BUILD IRONCLAD IMMUNITY Whether you’re looking to prevent a cold or flu, or create long-term immune support to help protect against cancer and other diseases, supplements can help. These 10 have been proven to fight infection—and more.

BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS The Amazing Wellness staff tested tons of supplements and personal care products that were introduced to consumers this year, and we came up with a list of the best of the best for 2018.

2018 GIFT GUIDE Here are plenty of ideas for that health-and-fitness-minded friend or family member on your list.

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20 INSIDE SCOOP Oh! Mega

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30 HERBAL HEALING Control Blood Sugar Naturally

Diabetes is almost completely preventable and reversible. Recent studies on natural remedies provide hope. Here are three to consider.

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56 GO AROMATHERAPY Aromatherapy Around the Clock

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A daily multivitamin/mineral should go beyond basic wellness support. Here’s how to choose the best multi for you.

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The Real Story on Collagen Everyone seems obsessed with collagen right now. What are the benefits of this popular supplement?

Break A Sweat to Ease Depression Antidepressants aren’t the only solution when you’re feeling blue. Research shows that exercise can improve brain function and mood.

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t’s always a good idea to boost your immune system, but this time of the year it’s particularly important. We’ve lost an hour of daylight, we’ve been through Halloween, and now we’re preparing for the busy holidays in the months ahead. It’s important to keep our energy levels up and our immune systems robust. However, a strong immune system does more than fight colds and the flu. It battles more serious diseases like hepatitis, leukemia and cancers. While there are some lifestyle choices you can make to optimize your immune system — getting enough sleep, drinking less alcohol, eating more fruits and veggies, and exercising daily— you can keep your immune system strong with supplements. In “Build An Ironclad Immunity,” on p. 34, writer Lisa Turner shares 10 supplements that are proven to fight infection. While we’re on the topic of holidays, this issue we put together a list of gift ideas for the health-and-fitness-minded friend or family member in your life. Turn to p. 47 to find incredible gifts curated for everyone on your list. And consider this our present to you: the staff of Amazing Wellness did the legwork for our readers, and tested tons of supplements and personal care products that were introduced to consumers this year, and we came up with a list of the best of the best for 2018. We’re excited to recognize some of the outstanding products rolled out in the past 10 months. Turn to p. 38 to see the winners! Here’s to a healthy and happy holiday season!

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STRESS-FIGHTING SUPPLEMENTS Holidays. Work. Family. Stress has become a part of our daily lives. Stressmanagement strategies are critical, but supplements are an effective method of managing stress. Amazing Wellness shares some natural remedies to help you curb anxiety.

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Is Medical-Grade Liquid Collagen Better For You?

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As scientists look into the effects of diet on health, they’re finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every cuisine, has emerged as one such superfood. Eating garlic regularly is not only good for us; it has been linked to reducing heart disease, stroke, cancer, and infections. Garlic contains allicin, an organic sulfur compound that is thought to strengthen immunity, improve heart health, lessen inflammation, and even act as an antibacterial agent to banish bacterial illness and food poisoning.

✜ FIGHTS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: High blood pressure, or hypertension,

is one of the biggest drivers of cardiovascular diseases. Human studies found that garlic supplements have a serious impact on reducing blood pressure in people with hypertension. In one study, 600 to 1,500 mg of aged garlic extract was just as effective as the drug Atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24-week period.

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Garlic has been recognized as being instrumental in both treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S. In fact, in a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, garlic has been shown to help reverse early heart disease by removing plaque buildup in patients’ arteries.

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Do YOU Get Enough Exercise? A quarter of the world’s adults don’t get enough exercise, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in The Lancet Global Health. The study found that 27.5% of people across the globe don’t meet the WHO’s physical activity guidelines of 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. The WHO’s study was based on data from 358 surveys conducted between 2001 and 2016, including 1.9 million people from 168 countries. Although more data was available for high-income than low-income countries, the study group represented 96% of the world’s population. Each of the surveys asked participants about how much physical activity they did through work, household tasks, transportation and leisure time. During the study period, high-income Western nations saw physical inactivity rates increase from almost 31% to almost 37%, while rates remained stable—around 16%—in low-income countries. On the whole, the researchers also found that women get less exercise than men. Globally, 25.5% of men did not meet physical activity guidelines, compared to 31.5% of women. That discrepancy, the authors write, is likely related to differing gender norms related to work and recreation around the world, as well as safety and accessibility issues in many countries that prevent women from exercising. Exercise is one of the best ways to improve health and longevity and prevent chronic disease.

SNEAKY SIGNS OF B12 DEFICIENCY Vitamin B12 plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and is important for the functioning of our brain and nervous system. However, estimates suggest between 1.5 and 15 percent of the U.S. population are deficient in B12, although the signs may not be readily obvious. One of the warning signals of a deficiency is bad breath, revealed Craig Maxwell, DO, medical director with the Integrative Medical Center in Metamora, Indiana. Symptoms like dizziness, prickling in the feet or hands, changes in coordination, or a swollen or inflamed tongue are some of the other sneaky signs. The best way to get vitamin B12 is through diet. Harvard Health recommends eating foods like salmon, tuna, beef, and nonfat Greek yogurt. When it’s not possible to get enough vitamin B12 from food, supplementation is recommended. While the RDA of vitamin B-12 for adults is 2.4 micrograms, you can safely take higher doses. Your body absorbs only as much as it needs, and any excess passes through your urine.

DARK CHOCOLATE — Inflammation Fighter? Two recent studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity, and mood. Research presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 meeting shows that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory, and immunity. While it’s known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine, and cardiovascular health. “For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content — the more sugar, the happier we are,” said Lee S. Berk, DrPH, associate dean of research affairs, School of Allied Health Professions and a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science at Loma Linda University, who served as principal investigator on both studies. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans, and we are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity, and other beneficial effects.” Researchers said the studies require further investigation, specifically to determine the significance of these effects for immune cells and the brain in larger study populations. 14

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More reasons to eat Cherries Want to tame inflammation, lower blood pressure, and get a better night’s sleep? Sweet cherries can help, according to a research review published in the March 2018 issue of the journal Nutrients. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of California, Davis, examined 29 published human trials and found that, among study subjects who consumed sweet cherries, the health benefits included decreased oxidative stress and inflammation; fewer attacks of gout; lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure; and improved sleep, anxiety, and mood. Sweet cherries are low in calories, but deliver high concentrations of nutrients and bioactive components, including fiber, polyphenols, melatonin, carotenoids, vitamin C, and potassium, which may explain many of their health benefits.

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1 in 10 The number of children in the United States who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to findings, published in JAMA Network Open. ADHD is being diagnosed more frequently than it was even two decades ago.

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MODERATE CARB INTAKE could help you LIVE LONGER Diets both low and high in carbohydrates have been linked to an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates have the lowest risk of mortality. Eating carbs in moderation seems to be optimal for health and longevity, suggests new research published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Less than 40 percent or more than 70 percent of your energy—or calories—coming from carbohydrates was associated with the greatest risk of mortality. Eating moderate levels between that range offered the best options for a healthy lifespan. The lowest risk of an early death was seen where carbs made up 50 to 55 percent of a person’s diet, according to the study. Here’s the twist: According to the researchers, low-carb  diets where carbs are replaced with animal meat, full of animal protein and fat, lead to early death. However, low-carb diets packed with protein and fat from plant-based sources like veggies, whole grains, and nuts do not. “Our data suggests that animal-based low-carbohydrate  diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span and should be discouraged,” said lead researcher Dr. Sara Seidelmann.

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KAREN SALMANSOHN The bestselling author and healthy living expert offers wellness tips aplenty in her new book, Life is Long! By Chris Mann aving a baby at age 50 might sound exhausting, but it only fired up self-help author Karen Salmansohn. “I’ve always taken good care of my health, but when you have extra motivation—like being around for as long as possible for your child—you kick it into high gear,” says the energetic mom, 58. “My son means the world to me. So I said, ‘Ari, I’m gonna be 100 for you.’ He said, ‘Mom, live to 200.’ I bargained him down to 100, and he accepted my counteroffer,” she adds with a laugh. The self-described “research geek” soon realized she had her next lifestyle tome. “I wanted to create a book that was comprehensive but not complicated,” says the founder of the lifestyle website NotSalmon.com. The result: the fact- and funfilled Life is Long! 50+ Ways to Help You Live a Little Bit Closer to Forever (Ten Speed Press). This inspirational guide has already transformed Salmansohn, who recently stopped eating meat and processed food—and no longer craves sugar. “My whole mindset has changed,” she says. “I try to mainly get nutrients from whole foods and spices, but I do take some supplements.” In addition to a liquid vitamin D3 with K2, Salmansohn takes the following:

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Staying In Step— And Feeling Vital— After 50 (And Through 100!) Midlife motherhood hasn’t slowed down Salmansohn, who walks a mile each weekday morning with her son to school—and a mile back. She repeats this when picking him up in the afternoon. “I now walk four miles a day without even trying, and I love it!” she says. “And when I walk with him, we have the best conversations. On the way home, I clear my head. It’s part mindfulness and meditation, and part physical.” Weightlifting at the gym and yoga round out her fitness. Research shows that intermittent fasting can boost mitochondrial energy efficiency and expand longevity, so she occasionally skips breakfast. The self-styled “pesca-egg-atarian” starts her day off with an avocado smoothie and eggs, while favoring fish, veggies, and fruit for lunch and dinner. Her favorite snack: brain-boosting walnuts.

Turmeric Curcumin This combination “is a potent anti-inflammatory and terrific antioxidant,” she says. “It’s recommended to have black pepper with it, which contains piperine, which enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000 percent. I also have turmeric tea at night. Plus, I love kombucha with turmeric in it—there’s one brand I have all the time.”

oral health, Salmansohn says. “You apply it with your finger to teeth and gums. Or put it in water and swoosh.”

CoQ10 This co-enzyme “is well-known for protecting your heart, lungs, brain, immune system—nearly every body cell,” she says. “It basically helps your mitochondria burn fuel more efficiently.”

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B12 “I was told that because I don’t consume meat and/or dairy that I should take a B12 supplement.” This vitamin, she adds, “plays an important role in red blood cell formation, good bone health, and good energy levels—and has even been reported to help with the risk of age-related macular degeneration.”

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OH! MEGA There’s a lot of confusion around what omega-3s are, and why you need them. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about this supplement By Jill Schildhouse

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mega-3 is a class of essential fatty acids with numerous health benefits found in cold-water fish and some nuts and seeds. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are the two most common omega-3 fatty acids. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in flaxseed oil, chia seeds, canola oil, and walnuts, is another common omega-3 and is converted in the body to EPA and DHA, but in very small amounts. These essential omegas have long been used for their anti-inflammatory benefits.

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“This is problematic because, despite being essential, these fats can become unhealthy when the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 gets higher than 2:1,” says Evan DeMarco, clinical researcher, expert and nutritionist. “Omega-6 fatty acids can be very pro-inflammatory when the ratio gets too high. A hundred years ago, the average ratio in our diets was 1:1. Now, it’s estimated at 20:1.” Omega-9 fatty acids, also known as monounsaturated fats, can be found in canola oil, safflower oil, olive oil, mustard oil, nut oils, and nuts such as almonds. Unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids can be produced by the body, which means you likely already get what you need.

OMEGA HEALTH BENEFITS Omega-3s have shown benefit for numerous biological functions, including:

✜ MUSCLE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS.

As we reach our 30s, DeMarco says that age-related sarcopenia, or muscle protein breakdown, starts to take hold. Our bodies simply don’t synthesize amino acids to help build and maintain muscle mass. “Omegas help support the use of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) to improve muscle protein synthesis,” he says. “If you want better gains in the gym, add omegas.” ✜ BRAIN AND EYE HEALTH.

In studies, DHA appears to have the ability to influence many different signaling pathways, receptor systems, and enzyme activities that ultimately lead to overall better development, maintenance, and aging of the central nervous system. ✜ INFLAMMATION DEFENSE.

Clinical trials have examined the benefits of dietary supplementation with

omega-3s in such inflammatory and autoimmune diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, and migraines. Trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and less need for anti-inflammatory medications. ✜ HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND LACTATION SUPPORT. Studies

show DHA’s importance on the development of the brain and resulting cognitive function during pregnancy and infancy, which highlights the importance of accumulation of DHA during gestation and nursing. ✜ CARDIOVASCULAR SUPPORT.

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be attributed to its effects on lipids, blood pressure, vascular function, cardiac rhythms, and inflammatory responses. Another study found that omega-3 fatty acids have shown to reduce coronary mortality and sudden death in people without prior cardiovascular disease.

OMEGA INTAKE The modern Western diet has become very pro-inflammatory, and many farm-raised fish have higher levels of omega-6. So trying to eat your way to higher omega intake can have negative results. DeMarco says that one major consideration is rising ocean pollution and its effects on fish — plastics, mercury, and

pollution can mean your fish dinner comes with a side order of chemicals and contaminants. Getting your omegas from goodquality fish supplements is the best way to ensure a consistent, reliable dose of daily omegas. The combinations and ratios of omega fatty acids are as important as the acids themselves. “The average Western diet yields an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 20:1,” says DeMarco. “This is exacerbated by cheap omega-3 supplements, which have a high concentration of omega-6, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Athletes looking to improve their performance should get a high-concentrate omega-3, something 80 percent or higher, and rely on their diet to support omega-6 and omega-9.”

Omega 3s Taking a good quality omega supplement can help take the guesswork out of getting the proper amounts of omegas from diet alone. For people to get the real benefit of omega supplementation, DeMarco says it’s important to look for a high-concentrate oil produced using CO2 and not harsh chemicals or solvents. He also suggests a 1:1 ratio of EPA and DHA, with a 10:1:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6, 9. Consider one of the following: ✜✜ Omax3 Ultra-Pure Omega-3 ✜✜ Nordic Naturals Omega-3 ✜✜ Carlson Super Omega-3

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WHY ORAL HEALTH MATTERS Gum disease and other oral health problems can be a sign that your body is out of balance By Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc

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id you know that poor dental/oral health can increase the risk for other diseases? The link between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease has long been established. And more recently, researchers have been taking a great deal of interest in the gut-brain axis, which involves the connection between intestinal health and mental health.

The good bugs that reside throughout our bodies—including in the mouth—work in many ways, largely by helping to digest nutrients so they can be absorbed, and also by helping to form enzymes and neurotransmitters, including adrenaline, cortisol, serotonin, and GABA. This delicate balance of microbes in the mouth and the rest of the digestive tract can be thrown out of whack easily, creating a range of health problems. For instance, there is a lot of microfloradisrupting junk out there posing as “food.” I don’t want to sound judgmental, but I’m always shocked when I walk into a superstore and see aisle upon aisle of fluffed-up, GMO-laced corncarbs with artificial flavorings. Protect your brain! Don’t walk down these aisles.

YOUR MOUTH IS FULL OF BACTERIA & WHY IT MATTERS The mucosa-covered surfaces in your mouth are prime targets for bacteria, and various types can be found on the throat, tongue, teeth, and gums no matter how healthy you are—especially Streptococcus, Neisseria, Fusobacterium, and Prevotella bacteria. Recent research shows that Parkinson’s patients are low in Prevotella bugs in their mouth and gut. The mouth is subjected to constant environmental changes, and any disturbance in the mouth leads to changes in microflora. When conditions are disrupted, and the helpful bacteria are outnumbered by pathogenic bacteria, diseases can occur. Some of the same bacteria that cause bad breath on the tongue will

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MULTIPLE CHOICE: WHAT’S NEW IN MULTIVITAMINS A daily multivitamin/mineral should go beyond basic wellness support to help ensure your body is receiving the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy and active. Here’s how to choose the best multi for you By Lisa Turner

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ven the best-fed Americans may be lacking in certain key nutrients—all the more reason to fortify yourself with a well-designed multi. And you have more options than ever before. Check out our list below for some of the newest selections for your multiple choice.

1. MULTIS, BUT FOOD

2. GROWN-UP GUMMIES

Back-to-the-plate formulas are less about high-tech delivery systems, and more about basic ingredients. Food-based formulas focus on whole plants like berries, kale, spinach, mushrooms, beets and apples, and contain complex compounds that optimize absorption and bioavailability. Studies suggest vitamins and minerals derived from food are more bioavailable than their synthetic versions. And foodbased multis generally include a clean ingredient list that’s organic, raw, vegan and/or vegetarian, and laced with fiber, probiotics, and naturally occurring antioxidants. Product pick: Plnt Whole Food

Why should kids have all the fun? New, adult-friendly gummies and chews are easier to take — especially for people who can’t swallow pills — and enhance compliance. In other words, you’ll be less likely to skip your morning multi when it’s in the form of a sweet, chewy treat. And adult gummies are formulated for grown-up needs, like bone protection, heart health, prostate support, and stress. Product pick:

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For best absorption, split the daily serving into two or three doses, and always take your multi with meals.

3. DRINKABLE MULTIS Powdered drink mixes and liquid multivitamins make supplements easier to swallow, and are ideal for pill-haters. Like gummies, they bypass “pill fatigue,” common in adults 45 and older, who often take more than four prescription pills per day. Because multivitamin powders and liquids don’t rely on binders and fillers—needed to compress nutrients into pill forms—they’re easier to break down and absorb. And they’re convenient; add liquids or powders to breakfast smoothies or juice, or toss individual packets into your purse or briefcase for on-the-go nutrition. Product pick: All One Green Phyto Base Multiple Vitamin & Mineral Powder

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More sophisticated (and natural) than prenatal vitamins of earlier generations, new multis target all stages of motherhood—important, because proper nutrition from conception through nursing is crucial for the prevention of adulthood diseases. Pregnancy multis vary from streamlined, food-based formulas to more complex blends that increase energy, boost fiber, or support moms over 35. Conception multis include fertility-boosting nutrients and botanicals, and postnatal formulas are designed to support energy, mood and lactation, with herbs to enhance lactation. Product pick: Rainbow Light

Remember the last time you went on a trip and had to take bulky bottles of supplements (or transfer various combinations to Ziploc bags)? Prepacked products make it easy to take your dailies—even if you’re not going anywhere. Plus, they’re targeted for specific needs. Most include a full-spectrum multi, with additional capsules, tablets, or softgels of other nutrients like omega-3s, green tea, saw palmetto, probiotics, or L-citrulline. Product pick: MyTrition Women

Even well-fed kids may be lacking in key micronutrients, but a growing crop of multis focuses on specific needs at every stage of development. Many include probiotics to offset the overuse of antibiotics, as well as omega-3s for brain development, fiber for digestive health, and nutrients to support immune function. Teen-based multis include nutrients for energy, stress, healthy skin, and brain power. And most offer kid-friendly formats, like gummies, powders, or chocolate chews, with lots of sugar-free and organic options. Product pick: Olly Kids’ Multi +

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7. HERBS. AND MORE HERBS New multis go beyond basic vitamin-and-mineral blends to include herbs, botanicals, and adaptogens for optimal health. Look for blends with turmeric to ease inflammation; ginkgo biloba and rhodiola rosea for mood and memory; hawthorn berry or knotweed (polygonum) for cardiovascular health; ashwagandha and holy basil for stress and anxiety; echinacea and mushroom extracts for immune function; dong quai and red clover for women’s health; or saw palmetto, ginseng and muira puama for men’s health and energy. Product pick: Floradix Epresat Multivitamin

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By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

THE REAL STORY ON COLLAGEN

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Everyone seems obsessed with collagen right now. What are the benefits of this popular supplement? — Stephanie, St. Louis

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Back in the 1990s, I worked in New York with nutritionist Oz Garcia. Oz was very cutting edge with nutritional supplement recommendations, and we had an entire dispensary filled with all kinds of high-end brands of designer vitamins, exotic nootropics from Europe, and injectables like glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid. Top-ofthe line stuff. And right there on the shelf alongside these superstar supplements was a big carton of plain old Knox gelatin. That’s right, gelatin. Like the stuff they make Jell-o from. And it was on the shelf with all the superstars because—at the time—it was one of the most powerful natural treatments we had for joint health. The reason we used gelatin for joints was that it’s a precursor

to something our joints absolutely need—collagen. And in those days, we were taught that you couldn’t really take collagen supplements because they weren’t well digested, so an envelope of gelatin seemed like the only option. But that was then. The notion that you couldn’t digest and absorb oral collagen supplements has long since been buried on the garbage dump of wrong nutritional theories, and collagen supplements have now become, as they say, a thing. So what’s the deal? What’s the difference between gelatin and collagen? And what’s the difference between collagen supplements for the skin and collagen supplements for the joints? And what’s up with collagen protein powder? Glad you asked.

COLLAGEN AND GELATIN First, let’s sort out the gelatincollagen relationship. Gelatin is the cooked form of raw collagen. The raw collagen itself comes from animals, particularly the parts of the animal that we usually don’t eat, like gristle and cartilage, tendons and bones. When you cook that stuff—as you do when you simmer bones in a broth for 12 hours—the collagen heats up and turns into a form we know as gelatin. And that’s exactly what it looks like, a kind of gelatinous yellow waxy substance floating in the bone broth, that, though unattractive, is nonetheless quite edible. The problem is that bone broth is not a particularly

efficient way to get collagen into your body—at least not if you want that collagen to do the things it is known for (like helping to improve joints and skin). Here’s why. Bone broth contains collagen proteins in the form of gelatin, and that’s a good thing, as collagen protein is a terrific protein (which is why so many manufacturers are using it in protein powders). But collagen proteins—also known as peptides, strings of amino acids—are big messy molecules, and they need to be broken down further if you really want to absorb them. Your body will absorb the collagen protein—but it won’t effectively break it down into small enough particles for it to be of maximum use to you in repairing and maintaining connective tissue. That’s where hydrolization comes in. Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that’s been broken down

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Your body’s collagen production declines as you age. Adding collagen to your diet can help support skin and joint health.

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into tiny, microscopic particles that the body will just suck up and use at exactly the places you need it. And it’s hydrolyzed collagen supplements that are primarily sold for skin, hair, nails, and joints. Don’t get me wrong—bone broth is a terrific food that supplies a rich array of vitamins and micronutrients and some collagen in the form of gelatin. But if you want collagen for more specific purposes, hydrolyzed collagen supplements are the way to go. And, although there are many variations and combination products, most fall into one of two categories: products that provide collagen 1 and 3, and products that provide collagen 2.

WHAT ARE ALL THESE DIFFERENT KINDS OF COLLAGEN? There are at least 16 different types of collagen, but about 90 percent of the collagen in your body consists of types 1, 2, and 3. Collagen 1 and 3—which are almost always found together— are mainly in the skin. Collagen 2 is found in the joints. All the collagens serve the same purpose: to help tissues withstand stretching. Most collagen supplement companies offer at least two formulas—a combined collagen 1 and 3 supplement (for the skin) and a separate collagen 2 supplement (for the joints). So why do we need collagen supplements anyway? Number one, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, so by definition it’s pretty important. Number two, we need it for just about everything: strong bones, cartilage, tendons, joints, skin,

therapeutic agent of potential hair, and nails. (Remember, it’s utility in the treatment of the main protein in connective tissue!) And last but not least, we osteoarthritis and osteoporosis,” adding that “its high level make less of it as we get older. of safety makes it attractive We don’t know why collagen as an agent for long-term use production declines with age, in these chronic disorders.” but it does—dramatically (just Another study, lasting as production of NAD, 24 weeks, showed testosterone, and improvement all kinds of did you know... of joint pain other bioStudies have linked in athletes chemicals collagen supplementation who were slows down with reduced symptoms of treated with with age). arthritis. In one study, 4 out of 5 osteoarthritis sufferers who took the dietary In the case a daily 40 mg dose of type II supplement of collagen, collagen saw their pain drop collagen after the age of by about 26%. hydrolysate. 20, one percent I think collagen less of collagen is protein is a very produced in the dermis promising protein powder that every year. In our 40s, we could work well as a high-quality essentially stop making it. protein source. (Vitamin When you don’t have Shoppe carries a number of enough collagen, bad stuff happens. In the skin, the fibers high-quality collagen protein powders.) There’s not nearly thicken, stiffen, and lose their as much research on collagen elasticity—all resulting in protein powder as there is on aging lines and wrinkles. whey, so for the time being, Joints become less flexible. whey protein powder remains Joint aches and pain increases. my go-to protein powder. Which brings us to collagen But I consider collagen protein powder. While collagen protein an excellent choice supplements are a great way and often use it instead of to get support for skin and whey just for variety. It might bones, there’s recently been be a particularly good choice a trend toward high-quality for those who are extremely collagen protein powders, sensitive to dairy. which offer a much greater dose of the collagen peptides. Collagen protein powder is COLLAGEN: rich in amino acids that are FISH OR BEEF? important in building joint There really is no vegan cartilage. Clinical studies source of collagen, but there suggest that 10 grams per day is a pescatarian one—fish of pharmaceutical-grade collagen collagen. As a commercial reduces pain in patients with product, it hasn’t been around osteoarthritis of the knee or as long, but it does have a hip. One published review few definite selling points. concluded that “Collagen Number one, it’s your only hydrolysate is of interest as a option for vegetarians—or at

least vegetarians who eat fish. Number two, fish collagen peptides are smaller than beef collagen peptides, and studies have shown that they are very well absorbed and digested. (Many of my naturopathic doctor friends, like Dr. Nikki Arguinzoni-Gil, recommend fish collagen supplements for patients with any gut issues or sensitivity, since they are so easy on the gut.) And number three, fish collagen is high in a particularly valuable amino acid—hydroxyproline—that seems to have particular value in stimulating collagen synthesis. A recent study showed that people taking antioxidants together with fish collagen had improved measures of moisture and skin elasticity. It’s also worth pointing out—as I have many times before—that products that come from beef, such as collagen, or whey protein, should always be sourced from healthy cows. A number of companies—such as NeoCell—have grass-fed/ pasture-raised collagen in their product lineup; a very encouraging sign indeed!

A PERSONAL NOTE I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Vitamin Shoppe Conference (my seventh time), and many of you came up to me and asked what collagen routine I personally follow. I promised I’d answer in the monthly column, so here it is: My daily routine consists of 1½ servings of NeoCell 4000+C pomegranate liquid (about 6,000 mg a day), and 1 serving of NeoCell Collagen Type 2 Joint Complex.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist and the best-selling author of 14 books. His latest is Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now (written with Steven Masley, MD). Visit him at jonnybowden.com. Have a question for Jonny? Send it to amazingwellnessmag@gmail.com. Write “Health Q&A” in the subject line.

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Diabetes is almost completely preventable and reversible. Recent studies on various natural remedies provide hope. Here are three to consider By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

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ore than 30 million people, or almost 10 percent of people living in the United States, have diabetes. About 24 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. The prevalence of prediabetes is also on the rise, estimated to affect 33.9 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older, based on their fasting glucose or A1C level. Those with prediabetes have above-normal levels that are just below the defined threshold of diabetes. On top of that, nearly half (48.3 percent) of adults 65 years or older have prediabetes. Without appropriate intervention, people with prediabetes are very likely to become type 2 diabetics within a decade.

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Taken together, that’s about half of American adults with unhealthy blood sugar levels. This disorder of high blood sugar is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, and people with diabetes typically have medical costs that are approximately 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is dangerous. It often leads to kidney disease, blindness, leg and foot amputations, nerve damage, and even death. It is, however, an almost completely preventable and reversible condition. With diet and lifestyle changes, plus some selected natural remedies, you can greatly improve your chances of avoiding or reversing it.

CONTROLLING BLOOD SUGAR The body breaks carbs down into glucose, and then insulin moves the sugars into cells. Faced with an excess of dietary carbs or problems with insulin function, this process fails, and blood glucose levels rise. The American Diabetes Association recommends controlling carb intake by counting carbs or using a food exchange system. Planning meals appropriately will likely further improve blood sugar control. Many recent studies also show that a diet with lowered carb intake helps reduce blood sugar levels and extends mortality. Keep in mind that when using any remedy that affects

blood sugar, it is a very smart idea to monitor glucose in the blood to assess progress. Gymnema sylvestre, known as GURMAR , or killer of sweet, is an especially effective Ayurvedic herb from India. When chewed, its leaves block sweet taste on the tongue, reducing the appeal of sugary foods. In use for centuries in India, it is now being recognized by modern science. Its benefits extend to type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and it significantly improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well. It certainly could be the backbone of a natural diabetes program. It is unlikely that gurmar heals the underlying reasons for high blood glucose,

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gymnemic acid. Monitor your but taken daily it will usually blood glucose as you adjust the reduce blood sugar levels. dose so as to not lower blood Several studies have sugar excessively. accumulated to support the overall benefit of gurmar. One FENUGREEK , a small legume, recent scientific paper said, is an effective blood sugar“G. sylvestre has good prospects lowering herb. Since fenugreek in the treatment of diabetes as it actually tastes good, it may be shows positive effects on blood more practical for people to use sugar homeostasis, controls on a daily basis. One study used sugar cravings, and promotes fenugreek seed baked into flat regeneration of pancreas. The bread, which proved effective. herbal extract is used in dietary In one open study of 60 type supplements since it reduces 2 diabetics, 25 grams per day body weight, blood cholesterol, of fenugreek led to important and triglyceride levels and improvements in overall blood holds great prospects in dietary sugar control, blood sugar as well as pharmacological elevations after a meal, and applications.” Another cholesterol levels. A different paper from 2017 stated that open study showed results with gurmar shows remarkable only 15 grams of fenugreek hypoglycemic properties and daily. In a clinical trial study, forms the platform of diabetes 24 type 2 diabetic patients took therapeutics. 10 grams/day of powdered A randomized, double-blind, fenugreek seeds (soaked in hot placebo-controlled clinical trial water) for eight weeks. The waterfrom 2017 evaluated the effect soaked fenugreek improved of G. sylvestre administration many aspects of diabetes. on metabolic syndrome (MetS), It is not clear whether the active insulin secretion, and insulin principle in fenugreek lies in sensitivity. A group of 24 patients the highly soluble fiber content, (without pharmacological most notably galactomannans, treatment), 30–60 years old, or in another unknown with diagnosis of MetS, took compound. Fenugreek is effective 600 mg of gurmar extract per in both types of diabetes, is day or a placebo for inexpensive, well 12 weeks. The tolerated, and, herb extract at 28 percent decreased protein body weight, content, a BMI, and favorable VLDL levels. food source. Use up to Diabetics often 10 grams per experience day of dry cardiovascular powder in a symptoms. Death fenugreek capsule or 1,000 from cardiovascular milligrams of Gymnema disease is 60 to 70 percent sylvestre extract (leaf) in diabetics, versus 20 to standardized to 25 percent 25 percent in nondiabetics.

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Studies suggests aloe reduces bodyweight, body fat mass, and insulin resistance. Legumes are beneficial at least in part because they contain a water-soluble, gel-forming fiber which has been shown to enhance diabetic control. Evidence supports the role of a novel compound found in miniscule quantities in fenugreek. Not found in any mammal tissue, the peculiar free amino acid, 4-hydroxyisoleucine, increases insulin production. Studies in rats and dogs indicate that the effect is at least in part from a direct pancreatic B cell stimulation. Use up to 15 grams of ground fenugreek seed as powder, capsules, or a condiment. Speaking of soluble fiber, ALOE, packed with this beneficial constituent, has been shown to benefit blood sugar. One study involved Aloe vera leaf pulp extract, compared to a common diabetes drug. Aloe extract significantly decreased

serum glucose and significantly increased serum insulin levels as compared to controls, more effectively than the drug. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston stated that aloe preparations offer an attractive adjunctive strategy for impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance in conditions such as prediabetes/ metabolic syndrome. Another investigation found that aloe, in people with prediabetes or early untreated diabetes, reduces body weight, body fat mass, and insulin resistance. In a 2017 study in 30 patients, a formula containing aloe and a few other constituents (fenugreek, garlic, etc.) was found safe and effective in lowering the levels of blood glucose and serum lipids in patients with advanced type 2 diabetes. Use up to 2 ounces per day of aloe gel.

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Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH, specializes in Ayurveda and herbalism, and has more than 40 years of experience in holistic medicine. His website is kpkhalsa.com.

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WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO PREVENT A COLD OR FLU, OR CREATE LONG-TERM IMMUNE SUPPORT TO HELP PROTECT AGAINST CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES, SUPPLEMENTS CAN HELP. THESE 10 SUPPLEMENTS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO FIGHT INFECTION — AND MORE By Lisa Turner

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s winter approaches, we’re all thinking about bolstering our defenses against colds and flu. But a robust, well-balanced immune system does more than fight off bacteria and viruses; it’s key in preventing more serious diseases, like hepatitis, leukemia, and other cancers. This year, as cold and flu season enters its wintry worst, fight back: keep your system rock solid, with these 10 superimmune supplements to maximize your pathogen-fighting potential—and set you up for long-term health.

1. VITAMIN C This powerful antioxidant has antimicrobial activities, improves components of the immune system, and reduces the risk, severity, and duration of infectious disease. Some studies show that large doses taken at

the onset of colds can lessen symptoms. More importantly, vitamin C may also protect against some forms of cancer, including pancreatic, breast, colon, and cervical cancer.

2. MUSHROOMS Reishi, maitake, cordyceps, and other medicinal mushrooms contain immune-enhancing lentinan and other compounds that ward off viral infections, lower inflammation, and help prevent bronchitis and flu. Studies have also shown their effectiveness in treating HIV-infected patients, reducing cancer risk, and inhibiting the growth and spread of tumors.

3. ZINC This trace element is crucial for the development of white blood cells that destroy bacteria and viruses, and even mild deficiencies can increase the

risk of infection. Studies show zinc may reduce the length and severity of the common cold, especially when taken as lozenges the first 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Other studies show zinc supplementation inhibits the growth of cancer cells and induces apoptosis (cancer cell death) and can help protect against prostate, lung, bladder, and other cancers.

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These beneficial bugs have potent antiviral effects, and can fight stomach bugs and other infections. Studies show probiotics shorten the duration of the common cold and respiratory viruses. In one trial, people who took probiotics regularly had fewer illnesses and shorter episodes of illness. Other studies suggest probiotics protect against cancer, reducing invasion and spread of cancer cells.

Used for hundreds of years in herbal medicine, echinacea (purple coneflower) petals, leaves, and roots have antiinflammatory and immuneboosting properties, and can shorten the duration and severity of colds and upper respiratory infections when taken as soon as symptoms appear. Some studies suggest echinacea may also reduce cancer risk.

This berry is a powerful antiviral and antimicrobial, and can ward off colds and flu. In one study, people who took elderberry had a shorter duration of colds, with fewer symptoms. In another study, a standardized black elderberry extract protected against 10 strains of influenza virus, and shortened the duration of flu symptoms.

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7. OREGANO OIL Extracted from the oregano plant, oregano oil is rich in carvacrol, a phytochemical with antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Oregano oil extracts have been shown to inhibit the activity of the influenza virus and help dilate the bronchi, increasing airflow to the lungs and making it easier to breathe during respiratory tract infections. Other studies suggest carvacrol induces apoptosis, or cancer cell death.

8. ANDROGRAPHIS This bitter herb works by reducing inflammation, fighting viruses, and enhancing immune function. Andrographis extract wards off flu and reduces the intensity of common cold symptoms; in one study, it was 53 percent more effective than a placebo in reducing respiratory tract infection. Other studies show it inhibits the proliferation of tumor cells and can protect against colon, esophageal, prostate, gastric and other forms of cancer.

9. OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT Olive leaf extract is rich in a variety of antioxidant polyphenols that have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory actions, and can ward off colds and flu. Other studies show olive leaf extract can prevent DNA damage and reduce cancer risk.

Living for Immunity Diet, weight, sleep, and stress all affect immune response. Give your system the upper hand, with these strategies for disease-free living. ✺ MINIMIZE MEAT.

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✺ KICK SUGAR.

Instead, focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes; they’re rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber to support immune health. ✺ SLIM DOWN. Some studies suggest excess body fat triggers inflammation and upsets the immune system. Additionally, obesity increases the risk of complications and death from influenza infection. ✺ SOBER UP. Alcohol disrupts the immune system and impairs the body’s ability to prevent infection. Drink in moderation, and stick to red wine; it’s high in resveratrol, which supports immunity.

Tea is rich in L-theanine, which increases the body’s levels of virus-fighting compounds, and green tea also contains epigallocatechin (EGCG), a powerful immune booster. ✺ GRAB YOUR MAT. Yoga enhances immunity by lowering stress, reducing inflammation, and upping the body’s levels of cytokines, chemicals that regulate immune response. ✺ SPICE UP YOUR MEALS. Garlic is rich in compounds that increase immune-system activity, ginger is a potent antimicrobial, and capsaicin, the spicy component in cayenne pepper, protects against viruses.

It decreases the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria, and hampers immune response. If you crave sweets, stick to raw, unfiltered honey or Manuka honey—both inhibit the flu virus. ✺ SLEEP BETTER. Peaceful slumber is critical for a strong immune system, and chronic sleep deprivation can increase your susceptibility to pathogens. ✺ CHILL OUT. Chronic stress dysregulates immune responses by altering cytokines, increasing inflammation, and suppressing immunoprotective cells. Over time, ongoing stress can contribute to cancer and other diseases.

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Pure Vitality Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen This is a blend of matcha green tea with collagen protein, the building block of the body’s connective tissue. Matcha is packed with free-radicalfighting antioxidants, and collagen promotes bone, joint ,and skin health. Offers 10 grams of collagen per serving, and contains 60 grams of naturally occurring caffeine, which is combined with L-theanine to provide energy without the jitters. Available in two flavors: Original Matcha, or Peach.

Bulletproof Powder Nutiva Organic MCT Powder Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contains mediumlength chains of fats called triglycerides, which make them more easily digestible. Many health benefits are linked to the way your body processes these fats. Nutiva Organic MCT Powder delivers digestible fatty acids that quickly convert to ketones, giving the brain, muscles, and other tissues fast and sustained energy. A creamy alternative, Organic

MCT Powder is easier to blend in beverages and is gentler on the digestive system. Three grams of fiber from prebiotic acacia fiber keeps your gut happy and healthy. Nutiva’s Organic MCT Powder has 10 grams of MCTs and zero grams of carbs per serving. Compared with MCT oil, Organic MCT Powder is easier on the digestive system, and a full serving can be consumed right away.

Just Beet It Healthy Delights Naturals Power Beets Soft Chews Beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and are high in compounds like antioxidants and phytonutrients, which can relieve inflammation,

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promote heart health, boost brain function, and support digestive health. Here’s a delicious and easy way to get the benefits of beets, which support circulation by activating nitric oxide levels, helping blood vessels relax and dilate, and allowing for increased blood flow and oxygen throughout the body. One chew provides 500 mg of beet root powder in a tasty Strawberry Burst flavor.

Stamina Booster Irwin Naturals Concentrated Maca Root and Ashwagandha Derived from the Peruvian turnip-like root vegetable, Maca is used traditionally to promote energy and improve stamina, fertility, and sex drive. It’s also a rich source of B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, D, and E. Ashwagandha offers support for stress, energy, and mood. It’s a specialized blend of ingredients to help boost feelings of sexual vitality. Powerful botanicals such as red ginseng, ashwagandha, damiana, and tribulus have all been used in sexualenhancement formulas. Also included in the formula are flaxseed oil and MCT oil to promote optimal well-being and energy.

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Fast Migraine Relief Akeso MigreLief-NOW Feverfew is a plant traditionally used for the treatment of fevers, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and other aches and pains. Puracol is a proprietary combination of whole-leaf feverfew that contains a broad spectrum of naturally occurring chemicals in addition to parthenolide and a unique blend of feverfew extract. Clinical studies have shown that the combination of magnesium (citrate and oxide), Puracol feverfew, Cerevasc Ginger, and Aflapin Boswellia Serrata provides fast-acting, drug-free dietary support for migraines. There are none of the side effects associated with chronic NSAID use, and it doesn’t cause rebound or medicationoveruse headaches.

Roll-On Relief Boiron Arnicare Roll-On Arnica montana is the Latin name for a perennial that grows tall with yellow,

daisy-like flowers. Arnica has become one of the most popular homeopathic medicines in the world. Use arnica at the first sign of pain, stiffness, swelling from injuries, bruising, or after surgery. The water-based gel cools on contact, and it’s absorbed quickly by the skin, leaving no residue. The no-mess roll-on keeps hands clean, making this non-greasy gel convenient to apply on the go. It doesn’t contain menthol, camphor, methyl salicylate, capsaicin, fragrances, dyes, or parabens.

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Mega Vitamins MegaFood D3 Wellness Made with real, whole foods sourced from farm-fresh partners to deliver a range of health-promoting compounds. Each serving of D3 contains a blend of organic orange, cranberry, blueberry and ginger root, along with 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 to support bone, muscle, and immune health. No high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin, added flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Natural Pain Relief Terry Naturally CuraMed + Turmerones Turmeric is the plant that provides curcumin, one of a family of compounds from the plant that is associated with a variety of health benefits. However, a typical turmeric rhizome (essentially, the plant’s root) contains only about 2 to 5 percent curcumin. That means that an unstandardized, powdered turmeric supplement would supply very little of this valuable compound. The BCM-95 curcumin included in this supplement combines curcumin with turmeric essential oil, improving absorption. This blend makes an already effective alternative to OTC pain relievers even better.

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Fresh & Fizzy Trace Minerals Magnesium Effervescent Tablets Almost 70 percent of Americans aren’t getting the RDA of magnesium, an important mineral for bone health, calcium absorption, reduced inflammation, heart health, and much more. With 150 mg of magnesium from magnesium carbonate, these effervescent tablets are an easy, on-the-go way to get your daily serving. Just add water and drink. These sugar-free, gluten-free, certified vegan tablets come in a refreshing orange flavor.

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Burn It Up Ancient Nutrition Keto Fire The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate-protein diet that shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and toward fat burning and ketone 40

production, putting the body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When the body has the ability to burn fat as fuel, the liver creates fats called ketones, which provide energy more efficiently than carbs can. Its unique combination of ingredients works to activate ketones, support healthy energy levels, fight stressinducing food cravings, boost performance during exercise, and enhance muscle mass, strength, and recovery. It’s keto- and Paleo-friendly, features MCTs and organic chicken bone broth, and contains about 100 mg of caffeine per serving.

Sparkling Energy Celsius Live Fit This great-tasting drink has been clinically proven to accelerate metabolism and burn calories and body fat while providing energy. Celsius uses green tea extract that contains a specific ratio of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which has been shown to boost metabolism. It also contains guarana seed extract, which offers twice the amount of caffeine as the average coffee bean. Ginger root aids in thermogenesis and creates a positive effect on the digestive system. B vitamins are essential for metabolism and energy production, and they support your adrenal glands, which helps you recover from fatigue.

It’s low in sodium, sugar-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified vegan. Available in both sparkling and non-carbonated, but we are fans of the new sparkling Kiwi Guava flavor.

Plant Power Solgar Spoonfuls Vegan Protein Powder You want to increase your protein intake, but protein doesn’t have to come from animals. Full of vegetables, fruit, greens, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and flaxseed, vegan protein can supply you with all the nutrients your body needs. This plant-sourced multi-protein blend is derived from peas, brown rice, hemp seed, and pumpkin. Greens include chlorella, barley grass, spirulina, alfalfa juice powder, dandelion leaf, and watercress. It also offers 4 billion CFU of probiotics, as well as B vitamins, vitamin D3, and 100 percent daily value of 15 other vitamins and minerals. Each serving of this smoothmixing powder contains 20 grams of complete protein. Available in Vanilla Chai and Mixed Berry flavors.

Egg-cellent Protein Designer Protein Totally Egg Protein Powder Egg yolks contain phospholipids, which are critical for

maintaining cellular function, especially in the brain. They are also shown to benefit bone formation, cell repair, and an improved endocrine response to exercise-induced stress. One serving of Totally Egg contains 24 grams of natural egg yolk and egg white protein — the equivalent protein of three regular eggs — with 50 percent fewer calories, 93 percent less fat, and 98 percent less cholesterol. With only 110 to 120 calories per serving, it also is a rich source of riboflavin, B12, and potassium. It is sugar-free, certified Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and kosher.

Power Up Your Workout Bucked Up Pre-Workout Using simple, high-quality ingredients, this pre-workout is effective for serious athletes, and anyone else looking for focus, energy, and muscle growth. Each serving contains 6 grams of L-citrulline, a key player in energy production; beta-alanine, an essential pre-workout ingredient that increases the length of time you can maintain power during a workout; velvet extract IGF-1, which has been shown to maximize hormone levels, leading to faster recovery and increased strength; and approximately 200 mg of caffeine. Bucked Up comes in eight game-changing flavors, like Strawberry Kiwi and Rocket Pop.

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MAKE PEACE WITH YEAST End the battle against yeast with Super 8 Probiotic. If you’ve been battling the unpleasant symptoms of yeast imbalance, you know…the itching, the burning…then it is time to enlist the help of Super 8 Probiotic. Super 8 puts 8 strains of probiotic goodness and 42 billion cells of yeast-balancing genius on your side. It’s like having your own personal army ready to defend you when things get a little off balance “down there”. With Super 8 on your side, you can finally make peace with yeast. #MakePeaceWithYeast

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Hi-Pro Cookies The “F” Word FBomb Macadamia Nut Butter FBomb Nut Butter is an allnatural blend of macadamia nut butter and coconut butter with a touch of sea salt crystals. These packets make an easy and delicious midday meal replacement, or on-the-go snack. Each 10-ounce packet offers 208 calories, 5 grams of carbs, and 21 grams of high-quality fat, which fits into a keto-friendly diet. FBomb nut butters are keto-friendly, Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, vegetarian, and free of added sweeteners.

Buff Bake Protein Sandwich Cookies Up your snack game and satisfy that sweet tooth with clean ingredients, high protein, and no sugar. Get your protein on the go with these high-protein nut-butter cookies. Each serving offers 12 grams of whey protein in crunchy sandwich cookies. These non-GMO cookies now come in five flavors, including Birthday Cake and Sweet & Salty

Belly Good Natrol WellBelly Probiotics + Enzymes for Digestive Relief Includes a proprietary blend of three probiotic strains that will colonize both the large and small intestines. It also includes digestive enzymes to promote digestion, reducing the factors that lead to gas, bloating and digestive discomfort. Contains alpha galactosidase, cellulase, amylase, protease, and lipase to promote nutrient absorption and help digestion of carbs, proteins, and fats to reduce occasional discomfort. Each capsule consists of 5 billion CFU (colony forming units) live cultures, and five types of enzymes to maintain digestive balance.

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Putting the Bar in a Jar Grenade Carb Killa Spread All the flavor of a regular chocolate hazelnut spread, but with less sugar and as much protein as a sports nutrition bar. Carb Killa Spread is packed with whey protein and has 87 percent less sugar than regular spreads, making it a delicious addition to your healthy diet. Slather it on pancakes, or use it as a high-protein filling for muffins. And there’s no harm in eating it straight from the jar.

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Go With Your Gut New Chapter Probiotic All-Flora Your overall health is linked to the activity of healthy microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Probiotic All-Flora delivers two types of clinical-strength flora: friendly bacteria and beneficial yeast. It delivers 5 billion CFU that works to balance your total microbiome (the bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms in the gut and throughout your body). The 3-in-1 blend delivers prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics for complete gut health. This formulation is optimized to support healthy immune defenses and promote digestive health.

Belly Up to the Bar ProBar Live These bars do double-duty for you, helping you refuel on the go while serving up one billion CFUs of probiotics per bar. Made with minimally processed ingredients, preservatives, or emulsifiers, so refrigeration is recommended. These bars contain 10 grams of plant-based protein with no added sugar. USDA-certified organic, non-GMO-certified, and

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Fish Oil for Your Face Reserveage Nutrition Lipid Beauty Complex Omega-3 fatty acids can benefit the skin by bolstering the cell membrane of the epidermis. The sun’s ultraviolet light increases the aging process of the skin, but research has demonstrated that omegas can decrease skin damage from UV light, pollution, and an unhealthy diet. Lipid Beauty Complex supports wellness with a combination of whole-food marine nutrients known to calm environmentally induced acute inflammation and support radiant health. Sourced from the Bering Sea, the Pacific cod contain specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) and are high in DHA, EPA and DPA, and naturally occurring vitamins A and D. It promotes the body’s ability to overcome stressful activity that can dull your appearance and health. The wild cod 44

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extract that exfoliates to reveal smoother, healthierlooking skin. Immerse yourself in the tropics when you massage this scrub gently into skin to rid your hands and feet of dead skin cells, improve skin texture, and improve moisture absorption.

BEST NEW HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS Multi-Tasking Moisture SheaMoisture Ultra Hydration 100% Raw Shea Butter This moisturizer features 100 percent raw, unrefined shea butter that’s extracted without the use of chemicals. It helps repair hair and skin with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A and D. Shea butter soothes dry skin, addresses damaged hair, and treats stretch marks, chapped lips, rough cuticles, brittle nails, and more. The smooth, non-greasy formula contains no mineral oil, no parabens, no sulfates, and no animal testing.

Get Glowing Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub Coconut oil cleanses and moisturizes even the driest skin and hair. Packed with fatty acids, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, and minerals, coconut oil heals and prevents dry, cracked skin. Papaya is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Together these tropical fruits nourish and rehydrate skin. This sugar scrub also contains shea butter and vanilla

Boost Your Blood Sugar Natural Factors WellBetX Berberine Berberine is a naturally occurring plant alkaloid found in various plants, including barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape. Berberine plays an important role in blood sugar (glucose) metabolism and cardiovascular health. Berberine helps maintain healthy blood sugar and total cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Each capsule contains 500 mg of berberine for cardiovascular and blood sugar support.

No More Dry Eye Dr. Krawitz Dry Eye Support Dry eyes feel gritty, itchy, and red. Sometimes it’s the result of air conditioning or too much heat, but other things like aging and drugs such as

antihistamines dry eyes out. Dry Eye Support addresses tear production, moisture retention, and overall eye comfort to provide relief. It’s made with 1,000 mg of triglyceride omega-3 fish oil from Alaskan pollack that promotes healthy tear production, while curcuminoids from natural turmeric root, flaxseed oil, and GLA from black currant seed oil provide long-lasting, soothing relief. It contains no GMOs, soy, gluten, sugar, egg, milk products, whey, peanuts, shellfish, or fish protein.

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Fatigue Fighter Garden of Life mykind Organics Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is a clinically studied adaptogenic herb that nourishes your adrenal glands, helping your body to manage stress, optimize energy levels, and fight fatigue. mykind Organics Ashwagandha—and the entire line of Herbals—is certified USDA organic and non-GMO Project Verified, ensuring these herbals are clean and grown without toxic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Each serving contains 600 mg of organic ashwagandha root and 50 mg of organic fermented ginger root, and includes added probiotics for digestive health.

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Boost Your Smoothie to Boost Your Mood New Chapter Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder Formulated with ingredients such as black seed (Nigella), Lion’s mane, turmeric, peppermint, coriander, and artichoke, this powder delivers soothing holistic wellness support. Fermented Black Seed Booster Powder offers occasional stress relief and memory support,

while aiding a healthy mood. Turmeric is a natural inflammation fighter, while Lion’s mane promotes normal brain function and mental clarity. The easy-to-digest powder is formulated with a unique 2-step fermentation method and has been proven to deeply nourish at a cellular level. It also contains aloe, a gentle detoxifier that aids in digestion. It’s non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, gluten-free, and 100 percent vegan. Add it to smoothies, shakes, yogurt, or juices.

Anti-Stress Gummies Natural Vitality Calm Gummies Magnesium is a vital part of hundreds of incredibly important enzymes in the body that play a role in everything from nerve to heart to bone to muscle functioning. Deficiencies may increase the risk of diabetes, hypertension, weak bones, poor brain functioning (including migraines and depression),

and heart disease. Low levels can contribute to fatigue. Ideally, you’d get all the nutrients you need from food, including plenty of magnesium, but food sources of magnesium are often inadequate. There are also several factors that can impair your ability to use the magnesium you do eat, including diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and too much calcium in the diet. They promote a healthy magnesium level and balance calcium intake—the result of which is natural stress relief in great-tasting, kid-friendly, anti-stress gummies.

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Beauty & The Beast Good Grooming Badger Beard Grooming Kit The man in your life can keep his beard in shape with this grooming kit. Beard Oil nourishes the skin with a blend of jojoba, babassu, and antioxidant-rich CO2 extracts of pomegranate. Beard Balm is a daily, leave-in conditioner and styling aid that moisturizes, keeping the beard healthy and soft.

You Glow, Girl Andalou Naturals Bioactive 8 Berry Enzyme Mask Face masks are an amazing way to relax and practice self-care. But they are also an easy skin-care treatment. Packed with fruit stem cells, resveratrol CoQ10, and a bioactive berry complex, this mask gently exfoliates dull, dry skin, revealing a natural glow.

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Mineral Fusion Natural Brands Kabuki Brush Your makeup application is only as flawless as the tools you use. Kabuki brushes are idea for applying bronzers, blushes, powders, and shimmers flawlessly. Mineral Fusion’s densely bristled Kabuki brush allows you to pick up enough product in one swipe, while providing full coverage.

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True Grit Every Man Jack Body Wash and Shower Gel in Cedarwood This refreshing, hydrating body wash for men will nourish and protect skin. Made with naturally derived and plant-based ingredients, this wash contains no parabens, dyes, or aluminum. Essential oils rosemary and sage refresh skin while this wash removes dirt and grime without overdrying.

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For Fitness Lovers Get Your Om On Gaiam Marrakesh Yoga Mat You’ll love unrolling this mat and stepping onto its colorful printed medallion pattern. The 6-mm thickness keeps you stable and supported while helping protect joints from postures and movements. It’s lightly textured to protect from slipping, and it’s lightweight but durable. Perfect for the yogi in your life.

Become a Band Geek Sports Research Corporation Mini Loop Bands Whether you exercise at home, on the road, or in the gym, these heavy-duty exercise bands are versatile and convenient. The easy-to-use bands come in four different resistance levels, from light to heavy, and they offer a wide variety of exercise variations that can target all muscle groups in your body. Resistance-band training is also easy on the joints.

Step On It Trigger Point Nano Roller Perfect for any athlete or fitness enthusiast, Trigger Point Nano foot rollers give your feet a well-deserved break from a long day of intense training — or just wearing high heels. This textured roller is made of regular-density EVA foam that replicates the feeling of a massage therapist’s fingertips, giving instant relief from minor aches and pains.

Get to the Core Harbinger Fitness Humanx AbX The AbX is a fundamental core-training accessory. The curved foam board flexes the spine to lengthen the abdominal muscles for more effective sit-ups, crunches, and other similar exercises. It’s designed to provide the full range of motion necessary to train all abdominal muscle groups. AMAZING WELLNESS | EARLY WINTER 2018

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Get Chill Light It Up The SOi Company Red Currant Jar Candle Soi candles are hand-poured using 100 percent kosher soy oil, and they burn cleaner than paraffin-based candles. SOi candles are triple-fragranced but they’re never overpowering. This one smells like currants drizzled with a touch of vanilla, and it burns for 140 hours.

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Good Clean Fun The Honest Company Sweet Orange Vanilla Bubble Bath The sweet smell of orange and vanilla will brighten spirits while you soak away stress. Aloe, chamomile, and calendula gently soothe skin, while jojoba protein and quinoa extract help nourish delicate skin. And the super-foaming bubbles are long-lasting.

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SpaRoom Pro-Air Essential Oil Diffuser with Bluetooth Create a spa-like atmosphere with this wood-grain diffuser that will blend your music with your aromatherapy. The built-in sound system can wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth-capable device and run up to eight hours with a continuous mist. Just add 10 ounces of water and your favorite essential oil (for some our faves, check out “Aromatherapy Around The Clock” on page 56), then settle into calming bliss.

Get Salty Evolution Salt Co. Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp Himalayan salt lamps are made from pink crystals mined from the edge of the Himalayan Mountains. They are mined and hollowed out to be fitted with a bulb to provide both light and heat. The soothing pink glow can stimulate relaxation, helping you sleep better and reduce stress, and the soft hues can calm mood and increase focus.

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Meet Amanda. Hear her story. Visit florahealth.com/floradix to learn more.

TIRED OF BEING TIRED? So was Amanda…until she tried Floradix® Iron + Herbs. You can probably relate: between juggling her job and family, she was constantly exhausted. She put off going to the gym because, well…she was just too tired. Some nights, making dinner seemed like a heroic task. Then she found out she had the most common nutritional deficiency in the US: iron deficiency. Amanda turned to Floradix, an easily absorbed, plant-based, liquid iron supplement that has been helping women reclaim their energy for over 60 years.* If you can relate to Amanda—the constant fatigue, pale skin, and dark circles under your eyes—it’s time to reclaim your energy with Floradix.*

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Get Cooking Pack It UP 6 Pack Fitness Innovator Mini Stealth This meal-management bag allows you to keep your nutrition on point when you’re on the go. The stylish cooler carries a day’s worth of meals, and the fully insulated interior keeps them cold for up to eight hours. It includes three snap-lid containers and two gel packs and side pockets offer space for your protein shaker, water bottles, or snacks.

Get Caffeinated Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker Like coffee? You’ll love this cold brew coffee maker. With cold brewing, only the natural coffee flavors are extracted, creating a balanced smooth extraction of concentrated coffee. This deluxe cold brew coffee maker also features a nonslip silicone handle for easy handling and transport. You can use it with any ground coffee to make perfectly balanced, smooth-tasting cold brew.

Hydration Helper Mix it Up NutriBullet RX NutriBullet RX provides all the nutritional benefits of the Original NutriBullet and more. It offers an amazing 95 percent nutrients extraction ratio, so you get the most out of the foods you’re eating. With its 2.3-hp motor and 1,700 watts of power, it offers smart technology — a unique feature that can automatically create nutritiously cool drinks and scrumptiously heated soups/sauces for single or familysized servings.

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Zing Anything Aqua Zinger Flavor Infuser We all know we need to drink more water, but sometimes it can be a chore. The Aqua Zinger offers a fun way to enjoy drinking water. It works by subtly infusing water with flavors like cucumber or lemon to strawberry or even mint. The flavors are limited only by your imagination. The stainless steel bottle has a bottom-mounted grinder that retains the pulp of your ingredients but allows the flavors to infuse the water.

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beauty inside & out | discover your inner glow

HOLIDAY NAIL HACKS All thumbs when you’re doing your nails? Try these seven tips for a perfect DIY mani-pedi By Lisa Turner

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estive holiday parties and open-toed evening shoes demand perfect nails. But professional manicures are pricey, and hard to fit into busy days—and most salons use mainstream products that contain harsh chemicals and endocrine disruptors. The best solution: a DIY salon session with toxin-free products. Nail your holiday mani-pedi with these seven simple steps.

1. Remove old polish.

Most nail polish removers contain acetone, a solvent that can cause nose, throat, lung, and eye irritation when inhaled; it’s also hard on nails, leaving them dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Choose a natural, acetone-free formula to protect nails (and your health). Soak a cotton ball in remover, press firmly against nail for a few seconds, then swipe off. Use a cotton swab dipped in remover to clean old polish from edges of nails and cuticles.

3. Soak and scrub.

Soak hands and feet in a bowl or tub of warm water for five minutes, then gently rub with a sugar or sea salt exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin. Dry hands and feet, and use a pumice stone or callus remover on heels to smooth away remaining roughness. Massage in or brush on cuticle cream or oil, then gently push back with an orange stick or cuticle pusher. Never clip your cuticles—the cuticle is there to protect nails, and removing it can leave you open to bacteria and fungal infections. PERFECT NAIL PICKS: SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Hand & Body Scrub

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6. Finish it up.

A top coat is a must, to smooth away minor imperfections and make your mani-pedi last. Brush on a coat of clear polish, or choose one with glittery accents. (A clear coat can also freshen up nails between full treatments.) Let the top coat dry completely, then use a cotton swab dipped in remover to swipe away any bits of polish on cuticles or edges of fingers and toes. After nails are completely dry, finish with a super-rich hand and foot cream to soften and smooth; pay special attention to heels and sides of big toes.

5. Prep and color.

Dip a cotton ball in witch hazel and swipe nails to remove any oils from scrubbing and soaking. Apply a layer of clear polish to create a smooth, even surface for colors to cling to, and avoid streaking and smearing. Let base coat dry completely, then apply color: starting at the base of each nail, use a light stroke on the right side, then the left, then down the center. Don’t load up the brush; thin coats dry faster and are less likely to bubble or streak. Do your big toe last to avoid smearing. Let the first coat dry completely, then apply the second.

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A perfect mani-pedi starts with strong, healthy nails. Keep yours in tip-top shape with natural products that fight common nail conditions. For weak, soft nails, add a scoop of collagen to your morning smoothie, or take a daily supplement that includes nail-strengthening nutrients like horsetail, biotin, copper, and zinc. For nail fungus, try tea tree oil or oregano oil. For brittle nails and problematic cuticles, use a nail strengthener daily and apply cuticle cream every night before bed. PERFECT NAIL PICK: MegaFood Skin, Nails & Hair

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go aromatherapy | healing essential oils

AROMATHERAPY AROUND THE CLOCK Essential oils can boost your wellness from morning to bedtime By Cheryl Cromer

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romatherapy aficionados will tell you that incorporating essential oils into daily living is an easy and enjoyable way to boost your wellness quotient. Begin your mornings with a refreshing, caffeine-free burst of energy. Like your favorite juice, citrus oils like TANGERINE (Citrus reticulata) and LEMON (Citrus limon) offer a natural wake-up call for your senses. Upon rising, add a few drops to an aroma diffuser to combat fatigue and those Mondaymorning blues. In addition to their therapeutic properties, many essential oils offer cosmetic benefits as well since they can quickly penetrate the skin. Essential oils purify the outer dermis, using vital antibacterial components to ward off airborne germs and hearty antioxidant elements to combat damaging free radicals.

After cleansing, spritz your face with a hydrosol — the byproduct of the steam distilling process that captures essential oils from plants. Hydrosols offer the same properties as their parent oils, but in far lower concentrations. Choose sweet ROSE GERANIUM (Pelargonium roseum) or bracing TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia) to treat combination or oily skin; lightly floral ROSE OTTO (Rosa damascena) to bolster dry or mature skin types; and woody SANDALWOOD (Santalum album) for post-shave skincare. Or make your own skin tonic by mixing 6–8 drops of your favorite skin-loving essential oil in 2 oz. distilled water in a dark glass spray bottle. The bonus? The aromas are soothing and can be applied throughout the day when skin (or mood) needs a little lift. Instead of reaching for another cup of java midmorning to

boost flagging energy, take a whiff of cooling essential oil of PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita), whose invigorating menthol scent will enhance alertness and boost stamina. Another option is BERGAMOT MINT (Mentha citrata) when you need to hit the pause button during a too-busy day: As an

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Energizing Workout Blend

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2 oz. distilled water or calendula oil 12 drops lavender 8 drops rosemary 6 drops lemongrass 4 drops eucalyptus

2 oz. distilled water 12 drops bergamot mint 10 drops lavender 8 drops tangerine

2 oz. distilled water 14 drops grapefruit 8 drops rosemary 8 drops lavender

2 oz. grapeseed or other carrier oil 10 drops ginger 8 drops vanilla absolute 6 drops cinnamon 6 drops lavender

adaptogen essential oil, it is simultaneously calming and uplifting. The fragrance is citrusy like Bergamot, but with a slightly sweet hint of mint. Adaptogens offer both stimulating and relaxing constituents that work to balance the nervous system and are a restorative go-to during stressful times. Stomach growling? Try inhaling GRAPEFRUIT (Citrus paradisi) essential oil for one minute, which scientific studies indicate helps quell hunger. The tangy aroma provides a quiet, steady energy to hold you until you can sit down for a proper lunch. And along with the herbal freshness of ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis) — known as a memory

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enhancer — grapefruit is the perfect addition to an afternoon pick-me-up blend. It’s five o’clock, when an essential oil one-two punch of clarifying EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus globulus) and tart LEMONGRASS (Cymbopogon citratus) is called for. A pre-exercise spritz of an energy mist will help amp up your energy level while supporting respiratory health for a late-day workout. Or blend these companion oils in a carrier oil such as calendula, an excellent choice to treat muscle spasms and swelling, and apply postworkout. For a blissful evening, choose from the calming members of the spice family such as VANILLA

(Vanilla planifolia), CINNAMON (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), and GINGER (Zingiber officinale). These rich essential oils are known for their warming and aphrodisiac properties that inspire relaxation. Blend these grounding oils with 2 to 3 ounces of a carrier oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond to create a comforting blend for moisturizing skin or for massage. Ah, at last — lovely LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia), the most popular, effective aromatic for instilling tranquility no matter the time of day. I often add lavender to each of my blends simply to promote balance — it’s that versatile.

The essential oil’s sedative properties, however, make it the prime choice for bedtime. Whether you choose to simply toss a few drops of lavender on your pillowcase or diffuse several drops in an aroma diffuser, the scent will lull you into a peaceful state.

Note: Although these blends contain a small percentage of essential oils, they may interact with some medicine. If you are pregnant or on medication, please check with your physician before using essential oils. Conduct a skin patch test prior to use. And always keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets.

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fit & healthy | exercise and diet for active lifestyles

BREAK A SWEAT TO EASE DEPRESSION Antidepressants aren’t the only solution when you’re feeling blue. Research shows that exercise can improve brain function and mood By Jill Schildhouse

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f you’ve been feeling blue, chances are exercise is one of the furthest things from your mind — it’s natural to seek out the comfort of a Netflix binge on the couch to take your mind off things, or to spend a little extra time snoozing in bed. But movement, from taking a walk to resistance training, is being hailed as a safe, nondrug alternative for easing signs of depression and other mood disorders. “Exercise is good not only for the body, but research is showing it has an extraordinary capacity to improve brain function and mood,” says Robert Zembroski, DC, DACNB, MS, author of Rebuild: Five Proven Steps to Move from Diagnosis to Recovery and Be Healthier Than Before (Harper Wave, 2018). “From cognitive decay in the aging brain to

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and stress-related symptoms for those who regularly walked than for those who didn’t.”

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According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reports having depression. And while it may seem easier to choose mood-altering prescription medications, they often come with an endless list of potentially dangerous side effects. “Exercise represents a cost-effective and easily implemented intervention for depression with no real side effects,” says Dr. Zembroski. “For instance, data out of Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports demonstrate that walking showed far greater improvement in depression, anxiety,

found in Psychosomatic Medicine, participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups for 16 weeks: supervised exercise in a group setting; home-based exercise; antidepressant medication; or a placebo pill. At the end of the study, researchers found those assigned to the aerobic exercise group had the same improvements in depressive symptoms as those taking antidepressant drugs. ✜ SLEEP. There is a strong link between mood and sleep — something you’re probably acutely aware of after even one sleepless night. “One of the symptoms of mood

disorders like depression and bipolar is sleep disturbance or insomnia,” says Emily Mendez, MS, EdS, a mental health expert with On The Wagon. “Lack of sleep only makes irritability and mood issues worse. Poor sleep can also interfere with cognitive processes, making it harder to make decisions and cope with everyday stressors.” A study in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. ✜ CONFIDENCE. Physicians often use low self-esteem as an important indicator when diagnosing depression. “Exercise helps you feel more confident and has social benefits, as well,” says

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Mendez. In fact, physical activity has been shown to both directly and indirectly improve self-esteem.

THE RIGHT MOVES If you’re wondering how much exercise you need to improve mental health and boost your mood, there’s good news: You don’t need to spend hours on end in the gym or exhaust yourself on your treadmill. The Primary Care Companion says that just 30 minutes of exercise three days a week is sufficient to improve mental health and begin alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety. “As each person is different based on physical capabilities

and schedule, it’s best to create an exercise plan and schedule that works for you,” says Dr. Zembroski, who relies on highintensity interval training to boost his own mood and spur creativity. “For my patients with anxiety, depression, and/or cognitive challenges, I suggest 30 minutes of moderate exercise five to six times a week. Since we don’t want that to become stressful, I suggest they break the program into two 15-minute sessions, which works just as well. The point is to move the body with some exertion in order to activate the brain for better mental health.” There is no one type of exercise that is better than others to

improve mental health. For instance, a study of 30 people with clinical depression, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that taking yoga classes twice a week may help ease depression, thanks in part to deep breathing. These findings align with a November 2016 study from the University of Pennsylvania that determined breathing-based meditation practice helps reduce major depressive symptoms. Likewise, according to researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, aerobic workouts — such as jogging, rowing, swimming or cross-country skiing — can

increase specific feel-good chemicals in the brain. These chemicals, including endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine, are what produce that so-called “runner’s high.” “It’s important to choose the type of exercise that you enjoy the most,” says Mendez. “Some people enjoy group exercise, and others prefer to work out alone. To get the most benefit, it is important to choose something enjoyable.” So, take a walk with intent to exercise (not just to smell the roses), hop on a bicycle, dance to your favorite music, or try a yoga flow class — all of these activities are sure to help boost mood and mental health.

Jill Schildhouse is an award-winning writer and editor who writes about healthcare, fitness, and food science. She is a world traveler, dog lover, and chocoholic.

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healing kitchen | recipes for your health

HEALTH-BOOSTING DRINKS The list of apple cider vinegar (ACV) benefits is extensive. Add it to your smoothies and other drinks to reap its benefits By Maureen Farrar PEAR-BERRY BLAST

particles being caught in the large intestine’s pockets. Apple cider vinegar assists in this work by providing nutritious enzymes that help break down food as it passes through the digestive system. Improving digestion and supporting the body by ensuring the proper absorption and

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minerals, and potent antioxidants can also soothe sore throats, calm respiratory illnesses, and fend off viruses, bacterial infections, and microbes that can wreak havoc on the body. When combined with ACV’s naturally occurring enzymes, collectively known as the “mother,” lemons and other immunity-boosting ingredients can be blended into a delicious and nutritious drink that protects

cells and promotes overall health and well-being. When taken at the first sign of symptoms, such as a stuffy nose, a sore throat, or fatigue, this simple drink can help you avoid developing a serious immune system-draining illness. 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar 2 cups low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt 3 medium lemons, peeled and seeded

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