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Keeping Your Brain Sharp

Find yourself walking into the kitchen every once in awhile and forgetting why you came in there? You’re not alone. We’ve got 7 tips that can help improve your memory and keep your mind sharp and focused.

1. Eat More Fat – No, really. Research has shown that those who consume more fat in their diets run a lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia. (Does this mean I can count potato chips as health food?)

2. Eat More Berries – This is a good tip if you’re one of those who don’t like potato chips.

3. Limit Sugar & White Flour – These two are perennial villains in any diet plan. Turns out high carbs lead to wacky insulin levels that can mess with your memory.

4. Challenge Your Brain – Do a crossword or a Sudoku, even reading a book qualifies here. Just like your muscles, the brain stays fit when it’s exercised.

5. Hang with Your Friends – Studies show the more socially active you are, the less likely you will suffer memory loss. (If you can’t remember where you put that invitation to Saturday’s cookout, it may already be too late.)

6. Follow a Regular Sleep Schedule – For most of us, encouraging us to hit the hay should not be a problem.

7. Cook Food at Lower Temperatures – Studies have shown that toxic chemicals linked to mental decline and or even Alzheimer's are released in greater amounts when food is cooked at higher temperatures. Who knew?

One final tip is to make sure you’re visiting us here at Boomtown America every day. We’ll provide you with your minimum daily requirement of Rock, Roll & Remember!

 

This Week's Health Tip

If you’re taking a blood thinner, avoid fish oil supplements. Those supplements can also thin the blood. If you like eating fish, don’t worry. Fish that we eat contain very small amounts of fish oil, so they should be safe.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, consult your doctor.

Isolation as Bad as Smoking?

We all know modern society is more disconnected than the world we grew up in. That is especially true as we age.

Isolation is different than simple lonliness. Isolation means emotional and physical disconnection with friends and family members and researchers say it affects more than 8 million Americans over the age of 50.

Prolonged isolation can contribute to poor health. A recent study suggests it's as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes!

To find oout your risk of isolation, AARP has posted a quiz online at their webite. If you'd like to take the quiz, click here.

Managing Your Memory

The notion that we get more forgetful as we age is a cliché. Sadly, most clichés contain an element of truth. What can you do to give your memory a boost?

Physical activity – Like you’ve been hearing forever, exercise is good for you. Experts recommend dozens of small ways you can be more active, like picking a parking space farther from the store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator when it’s only a few floors.

Eating right – Foods that can help include fruits, veggies, nuts, fish and olive oil.

Spending time with friends & family – Studies show engaging in group activites can help stimulate brain activity.

Managing your blood pressure – High blood pressure can cause small blood vessels in your brin to rupture. As you might guess, that’s not good for the cells involved with memory.

What doesn’t work?

Surprisingly, researchers can find no benefit to playing “brain games,” consuming Omega-3 fish oil or ginseng.

Fortunately, they do find a brain benefit in listening to music! Yay! That means you should be listening to Boomtown America as much as possible!

Taking the Burn Out of Heartburn

As we get older, sadly, we can’t eat like we once did and heartburn may become a problem, particularly during the nighttime hours.

The experts say these foods can be part of the problem:

  • Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fatty Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Spearmint or Peppermint (Who knew?)

The first rule in relieving the discomfort is: don’t go to bed on a full stomach!

Other things that might help:

  • Lose weight (which eases the pressure on your stomach)
  • Elevate your head – if you can, your head should be about 6 to 8 inched above your body to help prevent reflux
  • Minimize your meals – Try eating smaller portions more frequently
  • If you smoke, stop – tobacco smoke can weaken the gateway between your stomach and esophagus.

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