Best Health Magazine: October 2009

Discover what you'll find in the October 2009 issue of Best Health, plus get links to what's online

Best Health Magazine: October 2009

New & Now

Why girl talk is good for you • Your essential daily stretch • Foods that boost good cholesterol • Don’t toss out those pumpkin seeds! • Are fertility meds linked to ovarian cancer? • A heart-healthy smoothie • When should you change your furnace filter? • 
Best fast-food swap • Good news about migraines • Pre-winter gardening tips • Food production and the environment • Are these drinks healthy? • What’s new in breast cancer screening • How to photograph your pet • Trying for a baby? Here’s a home test with a twist • Great book picks • Eco-friendly beauty products • 
The latest research on family health • These friends thrive on dragon boating  • Great gear for spinning

Look Great

34 Get a Strong, Sexy Back
Do these three moves just three times a week to look and feel invincible.
37 Your Five-Minute Makeup Plan
A pro shares his must-know tips and tricks for a fast and easy routine.
40 Cut Your Cosmetic Clutter
How Best Health beauty editor Rhonda Rovan simplified her makeup drawer (and streamlined her routine).
43 BH Science of Beauty
Is petrolatum a safe ingredient?
46 Beauty Bar
Our makeup, hair and skincare picks.
48 A Man and a Spa
Writer Dave Bidini discovers what all the fuss is about. Plus, take our poll about men’s hygiene and grooming habits.
50 Get Gorgeous Hair
Industry insiders tell you how.
52 It Works for Me!
Readers’ favourite products for fighting frizzy hair.

Get Healthy

56 Ready, Set, Ride!
Why cycling is so good for your body and mind—plus, how to pick the gear that’s right for you.
59 Your Guide to Healthy Boobs
Our breasts change as we age. Find out what’s normal, and when you should see the doc.
62 Should Women Do Breast Self-Exams?
Two experts weigh in.
65 Get Fit for Less
Ten cheap home fitness tools that really work.
69 Male Call
Is he moody and lethargic? It could mean low testosterone.
70 BH Essential: Stronger Body, Longer Life
Invest in your muscles now with these easy exercises.
72 Your Best Shots
Our clip-and-save vaccination guide for families.
74 Should Girls Get the HPV Vaccine?
Writer Claudia Cornwall asked two healthcare experts for their take on the issue.

Eat Well

78 Cruciferous Vegetables
Kale, broccoli and more: They’re super-high 
in vitamins and antioxidants. Here’s how to get more into your diet.
80 My Family’s Favourites
Fresh-food chef Paul Finkelstein shares his 
harvest-time recipes that your whole family will love.
85 How Much Sugar is in Your Food?
We found some surprises, and 
suggest healthy alternatives.
88 Buy a Bushel!
Apples, tomatoes, peppers and corn—mmm. Get them while you can, and savour autumn’s tastes for months with big-batch recipes.
92 “Mom, What’s for Dinner?”
Save time (and your sanity) during busy weeks with our two-week menu planner, designed by a dietitian.
96 Canada’s Healthiest Restaurants
We highlight four across the country. Bonus: A gluten-free black bean stew recipe. 
101 Quick Fixes
Healthy dishes you can make in about 30 minutes.

Embrace Life

106 BH Quiz: Is Your Sex Life Healthy?
Find out now.
110 Ask a Sex Therapist
A registered psychologist and sex therapist answers one BH staffer’s sex question. Now we want yours!
115 Blindsided by Swine Flu
Writer Patricia Pearson shares her family’s experience with the new H1N1 virus. Plus, how you can lower your risk.
118 Sick of Your Messy Home Office?
How one woman got control of 
clutter and reduced stress—and how you can, too. (Plus, pretty products!)
122 Miscarriages of Justice
Writer Erin Phelan shares the moving story of her struggle with infertility.
127 Bonnie’s Best Health Minute
Our editor’s roundup of top tips.
128 My Healthy Life
How a Dragons’ Den judge, Calgarian Arlene Dickinson, learned to put herself first to get healthy.

8 Editor’s Note
10 Community Centre
12 Letters
14 Web Editor’s Note
118 Shopping Guide

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