House Calls

SUM 2017

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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the buzz Try this! TO BOOST YOUR DIGESTION Sip a glass of warm water mixed with the juice of half or a whole lemon first thing in the morning. The flavonoids found in lemon juice may help stomach acid break food down, say wellness experts. In addition, it delivers vitamin C (an immune booster) and helps keep you hydrated. 6 { summer 2017 } h o u s e c a l l s Busy Bees Step aside, afternoon tee times and extended vacations—when it comes to social status, having an abundance of leisure time is out and being "too busy" is in. Marketing researchers at Columbia University recently conducted three experiments gauging "social attribution," or characteristics that indicate a person's place within society. They found that, within the U.S., the perception of being over-busied is held in higher regard than having free time, which, historically, was a symbol of elevated social status. But with stress levels among American adults on the rise— according to the American Psychological Association, average stress levels rose from 4.9 in 2014 to 5.1 in 2015 alone—this trend toward busy-busy may not be best for our health. Surprising to note, however (and perhaps good news for our bodies and minds), is that study authors say the amount of leisure time Americans enjoy has not decreased in recent years. Jogging Toward Longevity Lace up your sneaks and hit the road! I magine you could tack an extra three years onto your life. According to a new study published recently in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, running— even slow or sporadic jogging—may help you do just that. Researchers from Iowa State University examined several large-scale studies involving running, as well as scores of fitness and medical data gathered in recent years by The Cooper Institute in Texas, and found that regular jogging (no matter the distance nor pace) reduced a person's risk of premature death by 45 percent—even among those who were overweight or who had unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking. Moreover, scientists calculated that the physiological benefits reaped from every hour spent running may increase a person's life expectancy by seven hours— plateauing at a gain of roughly three years. Though the findings are associational and don't prove causation, researchers explain that jogging is a top-notch way to boost aerobic health (a key factor in longevity), can lower blood pressure, and can help a person maintain a healthy level of body fat.

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