Check out these health apps
The right app can turn a smartphone or wearable fitness device into a truly useful tool. Check out these new ones: Kumu (getkumu.com): Offers a real-life human—a personal wellness coach who works with you via texts and live video chats. There’s a fee ($19.99 per month, or $99.99 for 6 months), but you can try it out for a week at no charge. Atkins (atkins.com): For a low-carb lifestyle, this free app identifies and tracks net carbs, protein, fat, and fiber; plans shopping lists; and provides recipes. SugarChecked (sugarchecked.com): To steer clear of unwanted sugars, simply scan a bar code with your phone while you shop. The app (costs 99 cents) identifies added sugars and sweeteners, and recommends healthier products, recipes, and menus.
ONE MULTIVITAMIN REDUCES STRESS
Just one dose of a multivitamin can reduce stress, increase a sense of calm, and boost mood, according to an Australian study of 76 women between the ages of 50 and 75, published in the journal Age. Earlier studies found that taking a daily multi improved mental performance among older women after 16 weeks, and improved memory among men after 8 weeks. The multis in these studies contained a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant extracts, designed for either women or men age 50 and older.