As we breeze into fall, vitality is the watchword for recharging batteries. Writer Marlaina Donato offers a comprehensive guide to ward off inflammation and premature cell death in “Age-Defying Bodywork: How to Turn Back the Clock.” She explains how fortifying the nervous system through massage, acupuncture and reflexology is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol—and has been embraced by the medical mainstream.
We also celebrate National Yoga Month with Donato’s take on “The Power of Yoga: Tapping into the Life Force.” Another potent stress-buster, yoga’s contribution to mind-body fitness is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression.
The mind-body connection is also at the forefront of writer April Thompson’s “Ayurvedic Cooking: Ancient System Restores Balance.” Here, in one of the world’s oldest systems, food is medicine; the menu is seasonal and local, and timing and preparation are critical to rebalancing health.
The health of the planet and its inhabitants is also at the core of writer Yvette Hammett’s article “The Re-Use Revolution: Plastics Peril Drives New Strategies.” The growing plastics crisis has some people yearning for the days when soft drinks and beer all came in reusable containers that required a deposit, or when milk and cream was delivered to the front porch in quaint, glass bottles. Some states, municipalities and private companies are taking us back to the future in innovative ways.