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The week in review | April 9, 2017

Home stuffing

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It’s spring: time to unclutter, open the doors and windows and let the season’s smells sneak in.  Your indoor plants will need appropriate care: help them recover quickly by watering them efficiently. If you’re going to do some springtime cleaning, you might also want to make sure that those toxic household products are in a safe place. With online shopping on the rise, it’s no surprise that even Amazon has a program named “Something-in, something-out” to help you recycle products that you don’t need anymore. You don’t want to be known as a hoarder, do you?  I know: some things are really hard to get rid of; even those things we know for a fact that we won’t ever use again. It turns out that there’s a good reason for that. And before I forget, check out this article about the sneaky effects of food wrappers on our health.

Aging and sleeping

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Another season reminds us that we’re all growing older. A study by UC Berkely suggests that the older we get, the less our brain thinks we’re tired, which is often why we end up sleeping less. If older is also wiser, we may have to consider getting our sleep schedule in order, since there’s a clear link between smarter people and their sleep habits. One of the ways to ensure that we sleep more soundly is to take care of our partner’s snoring.

The Environment

The impact of climate change (a fact which nobody is actually denying in and by itself) on humans goes beyond the physical adjustments: it is also affecting our health, both physical and mental. In a report published a few days ago by the APA, experts from different fields explore the many ways in which climate change is changing us all.

Speaking of climate change: Fast fashion, or the trend to push cheaper, disposable textile-based items up to the consumers faster every season, has well-known detrimental effects on the environment. Recognizing that the trend will not go away by itself, some producers are warming up to the concept of upcycling and incorporating it in both their manufacturing process and their marketing efforts. It stands to reason that our individual choices matter: you don’t have to work in the textile industry to opt-in on clothing and bedding that are sourced and manufactured the “organic” way. So far, plants have done their part in trying to keep those changes at bay, but they’ve pretty much run out of options by now. It’s our turn to take the baton and fight back. We may have to start by investing in wastewater treatment.

Allergies

It seems like modern science keeps confirming those things that most of us already have known seemingly forever. For example, scientists recently determined that living with a pet, while not an antidote to allergies, can help in reducing the number of allergies the owner may suffer from. As a bonus, taking care of a pet also tends to reduce obesity. Finally, check out Allergic Living’s improved website for more allergy-related news and communities.

Have a great, safe and clean week. We’ll be around next week.


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