Many preventive measures can be taken to decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, but one of the easiest ways you can minimize your chances is by knowing your fats. Trans fats can cause inflammation and produce free radicals which can be costly on the brain. Avoid consuming fast food, packaged and fried foods. However, Omega-3 fats can help prevent Alzheimer’s by reducing beta-amyloid plaques. Increase your consumption of cold-water fish such as salmon or take a fish oil supplement.
(HelpGuide.org, April 2017)
As summer is in full swing and you begin to spend more time outside, it’s important to remember how to properly take care of your skin. One of the largest threats to your skin is UV rays. To protect your skin against the ultraviolet rays, use sunscreen every single day and reapply if you are outside for an extended amount of time. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. You may also want to consider using a mineral- or physical-based sunscreen, according to Dr. Samantha Conrad, a dermatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
(Everyday Health, March 2017)
Backyard barbeques, midnight star-gazing, and late night bonfires are all outdoor activities that you may not be able to enjoy this summer if you feel like a feast for pesky mosquitoes. To avoid being a mosquito’s next meal, try to decrease your carbon dioxide production. It may sound a little strange, but studies have shown that CO2 is the way mosquitoes identify primary food sources. When your heart rate is higher, your CO2 production increases. Therefore, avoid drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods or exercising to decrease your chances of increasing your metabolic rate and getting feasted on by these pests.
There’s nothing quite like a steak, hot dog or hamburger prepared on the grill and bursting with flavor. However, you don’t need to be all up in your grill’s … well, grill. Allow enough adequate space to keep your family and home safe from potential danger. You should allow a five-foot perimeter around the grill to keep children and pets safe while also only placing your grill on a stone, dirt, or steel surface. If you have a patio for entertaining, maintain the same perimeter around your grill and make sure there are no plants, bushes, or furniture that could catch fire.
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