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January 2018 Issue


Dialing Down Stress

How to Stay Calm and Cool

by Lisa Marshall

Whether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association's 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is "the lowest point in the nation's history" and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation's future (including its healthcare, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress.

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Understanding Nutraceuticals​​

How They Differ from Health-Store Supplements

by Linda Sechrist

Medicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: protein powdered meal-replacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients.

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Kick the Plastic Habit

Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives

by Avery Mack

Grocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily.

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10,000 Steps and Counting​​

Keep Moving to Stay Fit

by Kathleen Barnes

We have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. ​