Turns out you’ve got the making of a powerful anti-Alzheimer’s agent in your cupboards: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The combo kills and rinses away oral bacteria that causes gingivitis – gum inflammation so common, it affects 3 in 4 adults. And that’s the key since research shows the bacteria may be linked to the formation of brain plaques that trigger dementia. To do: Once a month; mix 2 Tbs. of baking soda with a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste. Massage into the gum line with a toothbrush, then rinse well with warm water.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).