Best Health Magazine: Summer 2012
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Did you know?
Dehydration can cause fatigue and even slow down your metabolism. Find out more about the worst energy zappers (and how to avoid them) at besthealthmag.ca/energy.
Healthy meals all summer
Check out our healthy summer meal ideas for delicious salad recipes, healthy barbecue ideas and everything else you’ll need to eat well this summer.
Be kind to your feet
As soon as the warm weather arrives, we tend to kick off our shoes and slide into a pair of flip-flops. But is this popular summer footwear bad for your feet? Find out how to avoid fallen arches, blisters and more at besthealthmag.ca/summersandals.
New & Now
A simple trick that can help you work out longer • Your essential daily stretch • Eco-friendly beauty picks • Staff-tested munchies • Latest studies on family health • Behind the label of a beauty brand: Makeup For Ever • Best fast-food swap • These friends have “ladies’ nights” at the golf course • Products to keep you feeling fresh and cool • Pet water safety tips • A thirst-quenching smoothie • Should you apply ice or heat? • Canada’s newest breast milk bank • June 14 is World Blood Donor Day • Canada’s largest health survey will have global benefits • A pre-gardening warm-up • Four iconic British treats • Do foods lose nutrients after cooking? • “Mini beer” for women • A new drug for melanoma sufferers
BONUS: Read more about breast milk banks in Canada.
36 Sunscreens: The Next Wave How health authorities and manufacturers around the world are improving sunscreens—and the info on their labels.
BONUS: Find more ways to protect yourself from the sun's rays by avoiding these common sun protection mistakes.
40 Hats On! Six lovely and protective sun hats.
42 Foods that Fight Sun Damage A nutritionist’s top five picks for foods that help maintain healthy skin.
BONUS: Find out which foods will help fight wrinkles.
44 Beauty Bar Our makeup, hair, fragrance and skincare picks.
46 Paradise, Home and Away Two simply dreamy spas.
48 Staff-Tested We buffed, sloughed, smoothed and spritzed our way to great-looking skin.
50 Help Me, Rhonda Our Beauty Editor, Rhonda Rovan, answers your questions. This issue: Are self-tanners safe?
52 Sporty Spice How to get the trendy look of athletic-inspired beauty.
BONUS: Try this easy, five-minute makeup routine for a minimal, yet put-together look.
54 Step Brightly Our roundup of pretty sandals.
58 Diving Into the Summer Games Four-time Olympian Émilie Heymans is a medal hopeful for this year’s Games.
BONUS: Watch our behind-the-scenes video from Émilie Heymans photo shoot.
BONUS: Looking for more women Olympian hopefuls? Check out our Q & A with cyclist Clara Hughes, plus profiles of Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (hurdling); Mary Spencer (boxing); and Martha McCabe (swimming).
BONUS: London will also play host this summer to the 2012 Paralympic Games, which will be the biggest Paralympics to date, with 20 sports and participants from 163 competing nations. Find out more about the Canadian athletes you'll see during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
62 Three Men to Watch Meet three Canadian athletes heading for London this summer.
64 Life is Easier When You’re Fit! Besides a reduced risk of disease, here are 16 other benefits of getting fit.
65 Rash Decisions Treatments for poison ivy, oak or sumac.
BONUS: Try these natural home remedies to treat poison ivy.
68 10-Minute Tuneups It’s easy to fit in a workout when it takes only 10 minutes. This issue: Mini-band toning exercises.
BONUS: Video! Watch 10-Minute Tuneups: The Mini-Band Workout online.
73 What Works, What Doesn’t Answers to everyday health questions.
74 Lyme Time This summer, take steps to protect yourself and your family from Lyme disease.
BONUS: Find out about natural ways to keep bugs off this summer.
76 It Worked for Me A reader shares how a simple procedure finally ended her heavy, painful periods.
78 A Doctor’s Advice Why our levels of sexual desire can change.
BONUS: Did you know exercise can improve your sex life! Find out how.
82 Ripe for the Picking Eggplants and summer squash are full of nutrients—and are amazingly versatile. Try these easy and delicious recipe ideas.
BONUS: Check out more recipes featuring summer squash.
84 Fresh Summer Salads Loaded with flavour, these satisfying salads make great seasonal meals.
BONUS: Find additional healthy salad recipes.
90 Quick Fixes Good-for-you meals you can make in less than 30 minutes.
BONUS: For more quick and healthy meal ideas, visit our recipes section.
94 Swap & Drop Grocery product switches that help you limit fat.
96 A Dietitian’s Advice Tips for summer food safety.
98 Grill Time Fire up the barbecue for Father’s Day with these recipes from fresh-food chef Paul Finkelstein.
BONUS: Make dad's day with these 20 healthy grilling recipes.
102 Cool BBQ Tools Make the most of outdoor dining.
104 Portion Checker Craving a frozen treat? Here’s how various scoops compare when it comes to fat and calories.
108 How to Love Camping Not a camper? Here’s why you should try it.
BONUS: Find camping dinner recipes and a list of important gear to have on your camping trip.
110 Camp Like a Pro Our roundup of “glamping” gear.
112 Quiz: She’s Such a %#@&! Dealing with someone difficult? Find out what could be behind their behaviour, and learn the best ways to cope.
BONUS: Take more quizzes by visiting our quiz section.
116 Dream On... Why letting your mind drift is actually good for you.
BONUS: Find out more about the benefits of daydreaming.
118 Books We Love The BH team’s all-time favourite reads.
122 Ask A Sex and Relationships Therapist Advice for a couple coping with premature ejaculation.
126 BH Minute Our editor’s picks of this issue’s top tips.
128 My Healthy Life Olympian Adam van Koeverden shares his love of Scrabble—and what else gives his life balance.