• By Jen O'Hara

Monday's Housecall

March 9, 2015

HousecallBanner1THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular?raw paleo quinoa kale salad in a bowl. healthy eating diet food.
The Paleo diet may have worked for humans millions of years ago. But is it right for you today? Get your questions answered.

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity
Less stress, lower blood pressure, better heart function and improved fitness. They're all reasons to give yoga a try.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Sleep aids: Could antihistamines help me sleep?
Antihistamines are somewhat effective as sleep aids — but only for occasional insomnia.

Mammogram: Can it find cancer in dense breasts?
Dense breasts can make a mammogram more difficult to interpret. But the screening is still helpful in finding cancer.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
COPD
Spotting symptoms of diabetic macular edema
Complementary and alternative medicine
Early-onset Alzheimer's: When symptoms begin before age 65

HEALTHY RECIPES
French country chicken with mushroom sauce
Seared endive
Ratatouille with roasted tomato vinaigrette
Poached pears

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Time to cut back on caffeine?
That morning cup of coffee or early afternoon soda is probably OK. But more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, or more than about four cups of coffee, can cause restlessness, anxiety, headaches and other problems. Know how much caffeine is in your diet. You may be getting more than you think. To cut back, replace caffeinated drinks with decaf ones.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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Nutrition-wise: Sugar challenge: Cut the sweets for 2 weeks

Can you give up added sugar and artificial sweeteners for two weeks? You may never think about sugar the same way again.

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