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Can Music Really Boost Your Immune System?
To build and maintain a healthy immune system, doctors recommend a balanced diet filled with fresh fruit and veggies and vitamin supplements. But how about filling your ears with the sounds of Mozart or Bob Dylan to boost your health? "Certainly music has an impact on the brain, and anxiety and stress impact the immune system," says Andrew Levin. A neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh, he manages stress by playing the trumpet. Over the last decade, multiple studies have supported his stance. A 2013 review in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that the emotional and psychological effects of listening to music have a direct impact on our hormone levels. A 2019 review in Annual Research & Review in Biology found that if the music is soothing and calming, it can reduce anxiety and cortisol, the stress hormone. But, of course, it matters what sort of music you’re listening to. Or, more specifically, that you like the song. Songs filled with good memories or prior associations affect how your body responds. Generally, music with a slower tempo and peaceful qualities is better at reducing blood pressure and heart rate. It’s no wonder streaming services have reported a bump in the streaming of classical, folk and children’s music over the last year! Listening to music may not be a magic cure-all. But its health benefits certainly fit into the wider "mind-body connection" conversation. So, the next time the pressures of life come knocking, pop on your favorite soothing symphony and float on a melody for a little while.
Here's What to Expect During the Claims Process
When the "unexpected" has happened (e.g., a fire, storm, fallen tree or burst pipe has damaged your property), you'll be glad to know you've selected a trusted insurance agent who genuinely cares for the complexities of your homeowners insurance policy. Here's what to expect during the claims process after the initial dust has settled.
Document. Take detailed photos of the damage. Pro tip: periodically document your home and valuables with photos or videos.
Claim intake. Make the call to initiate your claim. Your insurance provider will collect general information regarding what happened and what is damaged. Remember to ask this person for the following key information: claim number, your adjuster's contact information and next steps with a tangible timeline for follow up.
Remediation specialist. Remediation companies clean up the mess and often later become the contractors who make any repairs. This is why it's critical to hire a reputable company; be sure to ask us for recommendations.
The adjuster. The adjuster or other representative will visit your home, take photos and ask detailed questions. These details help compose the official report, including the determined "cause of loss."
Determining coverage. The "cause of loss" in comparison to the terms of your policy determines what percentage of your claim is covered by insurance. Policy limits are also important to review to ensure that you have adequate coverage. We'd be happy to discuss your current policy to make sure that in the midst of tragedy, you won't experience the added disaster of subpar coverage.
Make you "whole" again. Your insurance provider then pays to replace or repair covered items or property, either paid directly to you or to service providers. If major repairs are required, your policy should include additional living expenses and lodging while work is being done.
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