Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • 4 Diet mistakes that age you

    What if the fountain of youth were in your own kitchen? While we've come to expect certain physical and mental changes as an inevitable part of getting older, the fact is that the foods we eat-or don't-may speed those processes along, aging us before our time. The reason is simple: "We eat too many processed foods," says David Katz, MD, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. "They're often high in calories and low in nutrients such as vitamin B12 and omega-3s, so we end up with islands of deficiencies in a sea of excess." These inadequacies can result in symptoms we tend to assume are due to aging, such as the four below. Work with your doctor to determine whether adjusting your diet or adding a supplement can help you look-and feel-younger.

    Organic foods worth your hard earned money

    Mistake #1: You avoid all animal protein.
    Why it's aging you: You may lack of vitamin B12. which is essential for energy.

    Found only in foods that are derived from

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  • 7 Healthy—and unique!—gifts for Mother’s Day

    Don't know what to get Mom this Mother's Day? Use our gift guide to find the perfect gift to suit your mom's interests. From beautiful jewelry to tech gifts to eco-friendly finds, we've got something that's almost as unique and special as your mother.

    For the mother who…loves jewelry
    Satya Open Mind Hamsa Earrings ($88;

    Why they're healthy for Mom: We love these pretty topaz baubles because they are meant to bolster your ability to dispel negative thoughts. Studies show that optimism may ward off heart disease, and who couldn't use a little more positive energy in her life?

    10 Secrets of happy women

    For the mother who… loves her workouts
    Asics Abby Long Short ($45; for stores)

    Why they're healthy for Mom: No matter if your mom is into Pilates or loves to run, she'll happily slip into these slimming shorts to wear during her 30 minutes of daily exercise. Made with breathable compression, the lightweight fabric is

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  • 6 Ways technology can help you lose weight

    Losing weight is tough enough without trying to go it alone. Tons of research shows that you're more likely to stick to a diet plan if you have support--you'll eat better and work out harder; you'll drop more pounds and keep them off. Some dieters rely on family and friends for support, while others turn to their computers and smart phones: "Social media, for example, is more and more popular among people trying to lose weight," says Marjorie Nolan, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and certified personal trainer. From Facebook to smart phone apps, these different technologies offer at-your-fingertips access to weight loss strategies, motivation, and encouragement. Here are 6 ways to get tech weight loss support and reach your goal.

    Jump-start your fat burn with this 3-day sample menu.

    1. Post your goals for friends and followers.
    Telling your mirror about your exercise plan may not keep you as focused as posting the proclamation to all 248 of your

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  • Prevention's Quick Fix: 5 Home remedies for allergies

    Allergies are the result of an immune system run amok; they develop when your body overreacts to a normally harmless substance, such as pollen, cat dander, or dust. About 20% of Americans are plagued by allergies. The hallmark symptoms include sneezing, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, itchy eyes, hives, and rashes.

    For allergies to things like foods and medications, avoidance is your only option. But for allergies to seasonal triggers, like pollen, or irritants in your home, like dust mites, there's a lot you can do to minimize the misery. Here, the best home remedies to soothe allergies and allergy symptoms.

    Find the perfect home remedies for dozens of everyday ailments!

    1) Crank up the water heater
    Wash your bedding weekly in water that's at least 130˚F to keep dust mites in check. These bugs also live in clothes and carpeting, but their highest concentrations are in beds. If you wash with cold or warm water, you're just giving them a

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  • 6 (Mostly) false food myths

    They run amok online, through e-mail chains and even across generations, making it harder and harder to separate fact from fiction. Here, six of the most common food myths, and the nugget of truth each contains that you can use to your health or weight loss advantage.

    Myth #1: Drinking water helps you lose weight
    The nugget of truth: Water may trim meal size
    Just adding a few glasses to your day isn't going to melt away fat, but research shows if you drink up before a meal, you may eat less. Scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University followed a group of adults on low-calorie diets for 12 weeks; they found that those who had two cups of water before each of their daily meals lost 4.5 more pounds than the non-water drinkers. Filling your stomach with a zero-calorie substance might lead to smaller meals, say scientists; plus, substituting water for soda and juices also helps save calories. Hate the nontaste of plain water? Stick a slice of lemon or

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  • 6 Ridiculously healthy sandwich breads

    Your turkey, tuna, or PB & J is only as healthy as the package it comes wrapped in. That's why we went shopping for 6 ridiculously healthy breads, wraps, and rolls (plus their just plain ridiculous counterparts) to make sure your sliced bread is the best thing since, well, you know the rest:

    11 "health" food impostors to avoid now!

    1) WHOLE WHEAT: Earth Grains Wheat Berry with Honey (2 slices)

    NUTRITION: 200 cal; 10 g pro; 6 g sugar; 6 g fiber; 2 g fat; 300 mg sodium

    Why it's ridiculously healthy: This bread gets our vote for its nutritional value, great taste, and the eco-friendly way its wheat is grown.

    What's just ridiculous: If whole grains are not listed as the first ingredient, keep shopping; you're getting next to nothing in the way of heart- and waistline-friendly whole grains.

    2) ROLL: Martin's Famous Whole Wheat Potato Rolls

    NUTRITION: 100 cal; 7 g pro; 5 g sugar; 5 g fiber; 1 g fat; 160 mg sodium

    Why it's ridiculously healthy: This soft

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  • 12 Ridiculously healthy packaged foods

    In a perfect world, we'd all make whole wheat pasta from scratch and grow fresh tomatoes in our own backyard. We do not live in a perfect world. That's why prepackaged foods make so much sense-as long as they're a healthy addition to your diet. Here, 12 great-tasting packaged products that are also ridiculously good for you (they're also trans-free and low in sodium and sugar).

    5 Ways to spot a healthy food

    1) Cereal: Ambrosial Venetian Vineyard Granola

    Why it's a winner: This sweet and crunchy organic granola wowed our tastebuds with its combination of walnuts, dates, and raisins. It packs in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and 28 g of whole grains and has no added oil.

    Healthy highlights: Though it's a little caloric, at 230 calories and 7 g of fat per 1/2 cup serving, it contains 5 g of fiber, 6 g of protein, and 10% of your daily dose of iron.

    Try it: Over yogurt or mixed with fat-free milk and fruit.

    Get Cereal-Smart with these tips for buying the

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  • Prevention's Quick Fix: The 5 Best home remedies for snoring

    Snoring isn't just a nighttime annoyance; it can be a serious health issue, disrupting normal sleeping patterns and disturbing partners as they try to sleep through the noise. Snoring affects more than 90 million adults and their partners. One British survey found that if your spouse snores, by your 50th wedding anniversary you'll have lost about 4 years' worth of sleep.

    Besides just feeling tired all the time, people who don't get enough sleep can develop memory and mood problems; they're even at a greater risk of car accidents. Moderate snorers include people who snore every night, but perhaps only when on their backs or only for part of the night. Heavy snorers should see a doctor to make sure they don't have a serious sleeping disorder called sleep apnea.

    For light or moderate snorers, here are home remedies that can help you-and your partner-sleep better.

    Are you robbing yourself of sleep?

    1) A Tennis Ball

    If you snore mostly when on your back, put a

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  • Feeling bloated? 5 carbs that may be to blame

    Pants tight? Take a closer look at your carbs, says Jacqueline Wolf, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach. Many-even ones that are otherwise healthy, like beans and certain whole grains- are high in one of five hard-to-digest sugars: lactose, fructose, fructans, sugar alcohols, and galactans. To help relieve your stomach symptoms, study your diet and follow these tips.

    1. Stop milking it.

    If dairy makes you bloated, you may have developed lactose intolerance. Try lower-lactose foods (like hard cheese or yogurt) or lactose-free dairy products, or take a lactase enzyme.

    See over 4,500 dairy-free recipes in Prevention's Recipe Finder tool

    2. Pick fruit carefully.

    Berries, grapes, and citrus contain a near-equal ratio of the sugars fructose and glucose, making them easier to digest than fruits with more fructose, such as honeydew, apples, and pears.

    See which fruits and veggies you

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  • 8 Sneaky ways to burn calories without sweating

    Activity is not just about "exercise," it's about moving your body more all day long. This type of light activity is essential, whether you're a card-carrying couch potato or a marathon runner. Growing evidence finds that too much sitting harms your heart health. Worse, that damage is not easily undone by jumping on the elliptical trainer for 30 minutes in the morning if you spend the other 23 ½ hours sleeping and sitting. A recent study of 1,579 people found that people whose jobs require more than 6 hours of chair time a day are 68% more likely to wind up overweight than those who sit less.

    The solution: Stand more. By using these tips you'll be in motion more all day long. That alone could be enough to help you shed stubborn pounds for good.

    Lose 35+ pounds without working out

    1. Limit yourself to one TV show: Watching TV is a great way to unwind. But when it comes to the tube, there's such a thing as too much downtime. The average American tunes in for 3 hours a day, which is

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