TIP OF THE WEEK

Dr. Georgia Ede offers the following tips for a brain-healthy diet (which is also healthy for the rest of your body) in Psychology Today.

1. Eat only real, whole, “pre-agricultural” foods like seafood, red meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

2. Drink water or unsweetened, naturally flavored water/seltzer when you’re thirsty.

3. Avoid refined carbohydrates.

4. Avoid refined “vegetable” (seed) oils, like soybean, safflower and corn oil, and choose natural, unprocessed animal and fruit fats instead.

5. Include animal protein in your diet regularly — seafood, poultry, red meat, eggs, etc.

6. Minimize alcohol, and be careful with caffeine, especially if you have anxiety or insomnia.

7. Get tested for insulin resistance (pre-diabetes).

8. Get tested for iron deficiency.

9. Get tested for vitamin B12 deficiency.

10. Find a form of exercise you enjoy and participate nearly every day, if you can, but at least three times a week.

AGING

4 tips for easier aging in place

Most Americans are looking forward to remaining in their own homes indefinitely so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. That’s becoming more achievable as businesses offer a range of services to the powerful market represented by aging Americans. Consider the following tips from Merry Maids:

— Emergency alert services: Consider a personal emergency response system that can immediately call for medical or police assistance at the push of a button.

— House-cleaning services: Hiring a professional crew to regularly take care of routine housework can free you up for more enjoyable activities while ensuring your home stays clean and welcoming.

— Transportation services: Options might include a taxi service such as Uber, a private car service, a dial-a-ride service, traditional public transportation or paratransit.

— Grocery delivery: Many grocers are remaining competitive by offering low-cost delivery services.

ALLERGIES

Allergies and college

For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living on their own. Young people with allergies and asthma may end up neglecting their health due to added responsibilities and demands. If you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, here are tips to prepare for the transition.

Make time for your allergist — Late spring and early summer is a good time to see your current allergist and discuss plans for the fall.

Tell others about food allergies — Talk to food handlers and ask about ingredients at every meal, and make sure your friends, roommate and resident adviser know about your allergies.

Be prepared — Anyone at risk for anaphylaxis needs to always keep two doses of epinephrine on hand.

To make sure you’re fully prepared for the fall, contact your allergist or, if you need help finding one, visit the ACAAI allergist locator today.

AGING

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement

In a recent paper titled “Salt Appetite Across Generations,” Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa indicated that among seniors, a reduced sense of thirst could increase the risk of serious dehydration. They also noted that the appetite for salt does not diminish with age, and suggested that this could be used to help sustain hydration and prevent the dangerous symptoms that result from dehydration.

Another study published in the American Journal of Hypertension identified significant risks to cardiovascular health and longevity from consuming less than 1, or more than 3 teaspoons of salt per day..

Low-salt diets can also cause seniors to suffer from mild hyponatremia, an electrolyte imbalance in the blood that can lead directly to walking impairment, attention deficits and a much higher frequency of falls.

— Brandpoint