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SPR 2019

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { spring 2019 } 7 the buzz HEALTH MYTH: These can't be seasonal allergies—I've never had them! THE TRUTH: Adult- onset allergies are a reality, say experts. According to 2018 research by U.S. News and World Report, people who have a family history of allergies or who experience a major change in their environment (like moving to a new state or adopting a dog) are most at risk for developing allergies later in life. "When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven't." —THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931), AMERICAN INVENTOR AND BUSINESSMAN By now, most of us know that processed foods like frozen suppers and cheesy chips aren't healthy. But a study published in February reveals just how bad the fare can be for us. French researchers—who tracked the eating habits and overall health of more than 44,000 adults age 45 and older over eight years—found an association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and an increased risk for death from any cause. In fact, for every 10 percent increase in the proportion of processed foods a person ate, researchers saw a 14 percent increase in their mortality risk. Study authors define ultra-processed foods as "ready-to- eat or –heat" fare containing additives and/or preservatives, which are commonly used to enhance foods' color or flavor and prolong its shelf life. Though additive-filled snacks, desserts, and microwaveable meals may be convenient, researchers urge consumers to opt instead for fresh fare and whole foods as often as possible. Chuck the Junk Food Thanks to Marie Kondo—the Japanese organizing expert whose Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has made waves this year—it seems everyone has the de-cluttering bug. Which is good news for our stress levels, as a University of California study found elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol among women who described their homes as "cluttered." But letting go of stuff isn't always easy. A recent survey of more than 1,000 adults by Porch, a website that connects homeowners with repair experts, sheds light on what often keeps us from letting go: Clear That Clutter take a look: WHEN ASKED WHY PARTICIPANTS KEEP UNUSED ITEMS, "I MIGHT NEED IT" WAS THE MOST COMMON RESPONSE. OTHER TOP REASONS INCLUDED "IT WAS EXPENSIVE" AND "IT BRINGS BACK GOOD MEMORIES." MORE THAN 30 PERCENT OF THOSE POLLED SAID THEY HANG ONTO UNUSED AND OUTDATED ELECTRONICS BECAUSE OF THEIR INITIAL COST. 1 2 3 AMONG BABY BOOMERS POLLED, DOCUMENTS WERE THE TOP-KEPT ITEMS; FOR GENERATION XERS, IT WAS HOLIDAY DECORATIONS; FOR MILLENNIALS, KNICKKNACKS AND DÉCOR REIGNED SUPREME.

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