Welcome to a new year and a new decade that offers both opportunities and challenges in our pursuit of healthy living! We begin the year with an edition packed with so many ways to live vibrantly. The eternal quest for the fountain of youth leads us to examine the factors that contribute not only to living long, but living well, and our January feature by Melinda Hemmelgarn looks at the role of genes, environment and lifestyle factors; she offers age-defying strategies—from diet, exercise and sleep, to protecting our telomeres and adjusting our attitudes.
At the foundation for lifelong health is a healthy immune system, and Julie Peterson focuses on the nutritional factors that go into building one in “Gut Check: Feeding the Immune System.” It’s wonderful to see that the gut is getting much more mainstream attention and even many allopathic practitioners are giving it an overdue nod. Is gut health something you’ve ever considered?
Physical fitness is generally at the top of our minds with the start of the new year, and those of you that may have previously struggled to shed post-holiday pounds might be surprised and pleased to discover that moderation may be the key to burning fat. In “When Workouts Don’t Work: Why Less Is Sometimes More,” Marlaina Donato explains how stress-free exercise can deliver better results by optimizing the response of cortisol, a steroid hormone that plays a critical role in regulating metabolism.
Ready to get moving? What are your resolutions to make 2020 your best year yet? I hope that no matter what they are, this issue adds to your inspiration at this time of year when we carve out a new outlook for the future.
Here’s to a prosperous, productive and very healthy New Year!
Carolyn Coogan, Publisher