Best Health magazine is dedicated to helping you “Look Great, Get Healthy, Eat Well and Embrace Life.” A new magazine from Reader’s Digest, it brings an inspiring voice to today’s contemporary Canadian woman. It’s filled with the latest health news, fitness tips, relationship and weight loss advice. Best Health stands apart with inspiring and approachable healthy lifestyle information on all aspects of your life. It’s like a day at the spa, not a trip to the clinic. You’ll appreciate its cutting-edge, no-nonsense information, delivered in the warm, upbeat tone of a well-informed friend.
INNER STRENGTH = BODY STRENGTH
GET LIT! • Looking for an instant mood booster? A candle richly scented with citrus notes may do the trick. According to a recent Japanese study, smelling citrus for just 10 minutes can improve mood for up to a half-hour. For more about the power of scent, see page 11.
TRAINING DAY • So you’ve decided to run your first half-marathon. Ah-mazing! Not only are you gaining lifetime bragging rights but new research shows that running a marathon at any age can add years to your life. We talked to Brittany Moran, a Nike running coach and chiropractor, about how to put your best foot forward.
GEAR GURU • Your next great run starts with the right footwear. Here’s how to hit your stride.
3 SWAPS FOR CLEANER EATING • Eating processed foods is convenient, but it might not be worth it: New studies have found that it drives weight gain. What’s more, people who cook their own food consume fewer calories and are typically healthier than those who don’t. With the help of your trusty blender or food processor, you can swap out a few packaged staples for the real deal to curb your consumption.
COMMON scents • Scent has a powerful effect on your emotions – anyone who has ever smelled her childhood laundry detergent or ex’s cologne can testify to that. Here’s what kind of candle to light for every mood.
FOODIE FUEL • How do busy food experts fuel their bodies? We got the Top Chef Canada judges to dish!
THE 5 Qs • How Eden Grinshpan, a chef and Le Cordon Bleu grad (NBD) and host of Top Chef Canada, feeds herself, literally and figuratively.
TAKE YOUR FITNESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
MOOD ENHANCERS • Six ways to fight anxiety and depression
Q+A • What are the best non-surgical options for body enhancement?
Q Now more than ever, I want to build a strong microbiome. As life returns to normal, how can I achieve this goal?
Q Between the coronavirus pandemic, and other grim world news, my depression and anxiety are at an all-time high. How can I cope in these difficult times?
Q Like many, my gym has been closed for weeks, so I’d like to try a digital workout. How can I tell if my form is OK?
Explore TORONTO • Want a New York minute? Try a minute New York (aka Toronto) instead. With an impressive food scene, stunning green space and an abundance of culture (the BBC once named it “the most multicultural city in the world”) crammed into 17 square kilometres, Toronto is the perfect destination for a swift yet satisfying vacay.
CRYSTAL CLEAR • Research shows that your environment can increase feelings of negativity. The good news is that you don’t need to redecorate your house – just adding small items like healing crystals or a Himalayan rock salt lamp may help you feel more positive. See more tips on page 26.
BYE BYE NEGATIVE ENERGY! • It’s been a winter like no other in recent memory. And while we can’t change world events, with a few strategies we can boost our positive vibes. Here’s how.
the halo effect of excercise • Yes, we exercise to get toned, but sweating it out has long-lasting benefits that go way beyond our waistline. Here are eight...