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Visit besthealthmag.ca for tips on how to make the most out of fall • The season of spiced drinks, cozy knits and brisk mornings is here. But as with everything in 2020, it may play out a little differently. Check out these stories which, we hope, will bring some positive energy your way
FACE FORWARD • We didn’t anticipate that face masks would be 2020’s must-have accessory, but consider us all in. And as these beautifully patterned, Canadian-made options prove, you can stay safe without sacrificing style.
HOW TO TELL COVID-19 APART FROM THE FLU • The order of the symptoms could be a clue.
DRINK IT IN • Reaching for that nightly glass (or three) of wine a little too often? Try this perfect cool-weather mocktail instead.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT • New research shows the importance of choosing the right fuel (including one modest condiment) to power your brain.
RUNNING INTO FALL • Jogging remains one of the safest ways to get aerobic exercise under pandemic conditions (provided you distance from others). As the days grow crisp, here’s what’s on our wish-list for a fashion-meets-function fall running kit.
STRETCH YOUR HEART OUT • We know stretching can prime your muscles for exercise, prevent injury and aid in recovery. According to new research, it can also improve your cardiovascular health.
LIVING, DYING AND WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND • Dakshana Bascaramurty’s new book documents a terminally-ill father’s lessons for his young son.
VITAMIN D • Sunlight’s a little hard to come by these days. Are you getting enough vitamin D?
Q: I’ve heard eating certain foods will not only improve my health but also reduce my risk of developing cancer. Which foods should I focus on, and which should I avoid?
Q: Finding time to work out these days is a pipe dream. There aren’t enough hours in the day. How can I get motivated again?
Q: I know physical distancing is important, but it makes me feel lonely and isolated. How can I counteract that?
Q: How should I rethink my financial strategy during these uncertain times?
TOTAL SNOOZE FEST • Staying cool is key to getting a good night’s sleep. Too bad your hormones never got the memo. The fluctuations that come with perimenopause (which women tend to enter in their 40s, but can start earlier) often bring on damp, clammy night sweats. Breathable pjs can make all the difference.
COME ON, GET SLEEPY • Insomnia is already quite common in women. Add a pandemic, and you’ve got a perfect storm for sleepless nights. Here are 10 proven ways to get more shut-eye.
COLD SORES • They’re painful. They’re embarrassing. And they love to show up when life gets stressful. Here’s how to keep cold sores at bay.
LOVE LOCKDOWN • CANADIAN WOMEN SHARE WHAT THE PRESSURES OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, AND ALL THIS TOGETHERNESS, HAVE REVEALED ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIPS.
COVID KICKSTARTED OUR BLENDED FAMILY
HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE TOUGH STUFF WITHOUT LOSING YOUR COOL
A NEW MARRIAGE TO PUT TO THE TEST
TALK TO ME • I NEVER CONNECTED WITH ANY OF MY WELL-MEANING, WHITE THERAPISTS. THE TRUTH IS, GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.