March 11, 2014

Wheat Grass – A Natural Immune Booster.

Wheatgrass is a kind of grass. Its ground parts, roots, and rhizome are used to make medicine. Wheatgrass is primarily used as a concentrated source of nutrients. It is also called as “A Natural Immune Booster”.

Wheatgrass is typically also known as a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant. It is allowed to grow longer than malt. Wheatgrass contains no wheat gluten. It is grown from wheat seeds, and contains high amounts of chlorophyll.  Wheatgrass contains large amounts of chlorophyll, and is thought to have a wide variety of health promoting properties.

“Its health benefits and curative powers were promoted in the 1940s by Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian immigrant to Boston and holistic health practitioner.”

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS
  • Wheatgrass juice is rich in chlorophyll. About 70% is chlorophyll.Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element
  • Wheatgrass is an excellent source of vitamin C, E, K and B complex (including B12).
  • In the minerals parts, it is rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, cobalt, germanium, sodium, sulphur and zinc.
  • It also contain long list of functional unit of protein i.e. amino acids. Near about 17amino acids are present in this miracle grass as well as 80 known enzymes.
  • It is a powerful source of antioxidants that protects against free radical damage.
  • Restores alkalinity to the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect body from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
  • The high grade content of iron in wheatgrass juice makes it a great blood builder, increasing red blood cells count. It regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.
  • The anti-bacterial effect of wheatgrass juice helps to relieve the itchiness caused by athlete’s foot. Soak feet in a small bucket with distilled water pre-mixed with two ounces of the juice.
  • This is one of the very few juices that can actually remove heavy metals from the system. Regular consumption will greatly helpful in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and any other mental problems.
  • Wheatgrass juice contains a long list of amino acids that are the building blocks of protein.
  • The anti-bacteria effect of wheatgrass creates an unfavorable environment for yeast and bacteria. Regular consumption of this juice will help to prevent further yeast and bacterial growth.
  • The ability to regulate blood sugar level makes this green juice a suitable drink for diabetes.
  • Wheatgrass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
  • Wheatgrass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr. Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery, and so forth.
  • A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet prevents tooth decay. (Wheatgrass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.)
  • Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.
  • Wheatgrass juice prevents skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
  • It keeps the hair from graying.
  • Its juice improves the digestion and blood disorders of all kinds.
  • Wheatgrass juice is high in enzymes and an excellent skin cleanser. (Pour green juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.)
  • Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.
  • Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
    “Wheatgrass can double your red blood cell count just by soaking in it. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen found that no other blood builders are superior to green juices and wheatgrass. In his book ‘Health Magic through Chlorophyll’ 

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March 10, 2014

Foot massage: The pause that refreshes and is good for you!

             Your feet work hard for you every day. Especially at this busy time of year for many people — shopping, get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers, and school events — there is no shortage of time spent on one’s feet.You may not think about your feet that often -- way down there at the ends of your legs -- but they're an essential part of almost everything you do. Whether walking, running, exercising, or just standing, having feet that are comfortable and well-cared for (rather than aching or in pain) makes the experience must more pleasant. this isn't just about feeling good. When your feet don't get the attention they need, chronic problems can develop, which may trouble you for years to come. In many cases, there are some simple stretches and exercises that can help keep your feet in top form. Circulation problems are often associated with older feet, but the fact is that anyone can have such problems. When there's not enough blood flowing to your feet, you may experience tingling, numbness, cramping, and discoloration of the skin and toenails. One of the best ways to avoid trouble with your feet is to exercise preventive care. 


Just like your neck, back, and shoulders, your feet can also benefit from a regular rubdown. Foot massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often eases pain. It also gives you a chance to check out your feet so you can get a jump on treating blisters, bunions, corns, and toenail problems.
A professional foot massage is a treat, but not necessary to get the benefits. Here is a guide to a do-it-yourself foot massage:
  1. Sit in a comfortable chair. Bend your left leg and rest your left foot gently on your right thigh.
  2. Pour some skin lotion or oil into your hand. Rub it gently into your foot and massage your whole foot, including the toes, arch, and heel.
  3. Do a deeper massage. Press the knuckles of your right hand into your left foot. Knead your foot as you would bread. Or work the skin and muscles by holding a foot with both hands and pressing your thumbs into the skin.
  4. Using your hands, gently pull the toes back and forth or apart. This stretches the muscles underneath.
  5. Repeat on the other foot.

Massage devices in local drugstores or health stores can also help relax and restore your feet. Foot rollers are low-tech devices that can provide fast foot massages at home or at work. Simply remove your shoes, and roll your feel over the massagers for a quick pick-me-up.
TakeCare……

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Nutrition in pregnancy and lactation

When you're pregnant, eating healthy foods is more important than ever. You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you did before pregnancy. You also need more calories. But "eating for two" doesn't mean eating twice as much. It means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby. Sensible, balanced meals will be best for you and your baby.



Get off to a good start with these pregnancy super foods.

Whole grains

Enriched, whole-grain breads and cereals are fortified with folic acid and iron and have more fiber than white bread and rice. Work whole grains into your day: oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich on whole-grain bread at lunch, and whole-wheat pasta or brown rice for dinner. 

Beans

Add black beans, white beans, pinto beans, lentils, black-eyed peas, and kidney, garbanzo, or soy beans to your diet. Try them in chili and soups, salads, and pasta dishes. Besides providing protein and fiber, they are also good sources of key nutrients, such as iron, folate, calcium, and zinc. 

Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your baby's brain and eyes, and salmon is a great source. Plus it provides protein and B vitamins. Salmon is also relatively low in mercury compared to other fish. Try it grilled, broiled, or on a salad. You can safely eat up to 12 ounces of low-mercury fish, such as salmon, per week. 

Eggs

Eggs are versatile and a good source of protein that provides amino acids you and your baby need. They contain more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for baby's brain development. However, be sure not to eat undercooked or raw eggs.

Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are delicious snacks and taste great in pancakes and on top of cereal. Berries are packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber.

Low-fat yogurt

One cup of plain, low-fat yogurt has more calcium than milk, is high in protein, and doesn’t have the added sugar of flavored yogurts. Dress it up with fruit or crunchy, whole-grain cereal. 

Most rapid brain growth occurs during the last 3 months of fetal life-with the infant’s brain tripling in size by the first birthday. The researchers believe that supplementing pregnant mothers with DHA may benefit brain and retinal development in their offspring particularly if born prematurely. Docosahexaenoic acid (commonly known as DHA) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid.


They point out that supplementing from mid-pregnancy to the 34th week is perfectly safe.

After birth, from 1 to 8 months of age, DHA continues to accumulate at a slower rate in the baby’s body. After about 2 years of age brain DHA practically reaches adult levels.

Since breastfeeding is the only source of nourishment for the newborn for the first 6 months of life, it is important to ensure that the breastfeeding mother has adequate stores of DHA as well. In another study, supplementation of infant formula with DHA during the first weeks of infancy was found to improve the mental function.


Major food sources of DHA


Fishes such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel; fish oil supplements, nuts, seeds, oils like soyabean oil, rapeseed oil, linseed oil, flaxseed oil, eggs and marine algae are rich in DHA.However, excessive cooking of these foods may destroy DHA.


DHA is available as a supplement in two common forms:-

• Fish oil capsules, which contain both DHA and EPA
• DHA from algae, which contains no EPA





Ways To Become "Mindful"

Learning to focus the mind can be a powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of our on-the-go lives. The ability to pay attention to what you're experiencing from moment to moment — without drifting into thoughts of the past or concerns about the future, or getting caught up in opinions about what is going on — is called mindfulness.


This basic mindfulness meditation exercise is easy to learn and practice.
  1. Sit on a straight-backed chair, or cross-legged on the floor.
  2. Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensations of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.
  3. Once you've narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and ideas.
  4. Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it as good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

The effects of mindfulness meditation tend to be dose-related — the more you practice it, the more benefits you usually experience.
A less formal approach can also help you stay in the present and fully engage in your life. You can practice mindfulness at any time or during any task, whether you are eating, showering, walking, touching a partner, or playing with a child. 
Here's how:-
  • Start by bringing your attention to the sensations in your body.
  • Breathe in through your nose, allowing the air to move downward into your lower belly. Let your abdomen expand fully. Then breathe out through your mouth. Notice the sensations of each inhalation and exhalation.
  • Proceed with the task at hand slowly and with full deliberation.
  • Engage your senses fully. Notice each sight, touch, and sound so that you savor every sensation.
  • When you notice that your mind has wandered from the task at hand, gently bring your attention back to the sensations of the moment.


March 07, 2014

Mediterranean Diet – Healthy Heart Way…..

       If you're looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating .However, a total diet and lifestyle approach continues to be one of the best prescriptions for a long, healthy life.
     Most healthy diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats. While these parts of a healthy diet remain tried-and-true, subtle variations or differences in proportions of certain foods may make a difference in your risk of heart disease.

Benefits of the Mediterranean diet:-
    Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. Further the study concluded that Mediterranean diet helps to lower total and LDL-cholesterol, increased HDL-cholesterol and reduced total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Mediterranean diet focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains:-
    The Mediterranean diet traditionally includes fruits, vegetables, grains, whole grain and usually contain very few unhealthy trans fats, and bread is an important part of the diet. However, throughout the Mediterranean region, bread is eaten plain or dipped in olive oil — not eaten with butter or margarine, which contains saturated or trans fats.
       Nuts are another part of a healthy Mediterranean diet. Nuts are high in fat, but most of the fat is healthy. Because nuts are high in calories, they should not be eaten in large amounts — generally no more than a handful a day. For the best nutrition, avoid candied or honey-roasted and heavily salted nuts.
      The Mediterranean diet scores big for heart health. Studies suggest it can make you less likely to get heart disease, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and may also help you avoid certain cancers and chronic diseases. Studies show it may be better for weight loss than a low-fat diet however if it is followed for at least 6 months.

Key components of the Mediterranean diet:;-
    The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:-
1. Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.
2. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil.
3. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.
4. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.
5. Eating fish at least twice a week Or include rich sources of Omega 3 from a vegetarian diet.
     The diet also recognizes the importance of being physically active and enjoying meals with family and friends.

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The trick to real and lasting lifestyle changes

        Regardless of the time of year that we decide to eat better, exercise more, or be less stressed, it can be hard to make a lifestyle change, and even harder to make it stick.
But there is a way to up your chances of success.

        Experts say efforts to change are more likely to produce results if they are SMART — that is, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. If you’re thinking of making a change, see if your goal can pass the SMART test:
  1. Set a very Specific goal. For example: I will add one fruit serving — that’s half a cup, chopped — to my current daily diet.
  2. Find a way to Measure progress. For example, I will log my efforts each day on my calendar.
  3. Make sure it’s Achievable. For example, don’t set a goal of a daily 5 mile run if you’re out of shape. If you can’t safely or reasonably accomplish your goal, set a smaller, achievable one.
  4. Make sure it’s Realistic. It may seem counterintuitive, but choosing the change you most need to make — let’s say, quitting smoking or losing weight — isn’t as successful as choosing the change you’re most confident you’ll be able to make. Focus on sure bets: if you picture a 10-point scale of confidence in achieving your goal, where 1 equals no confidence and 10 equals 100% certainty, you should land in the 7-to-10 zone. An additional fruit serving a day is a small, manageable step toward better health.
  5. Set Time commitments. Pick a date and time to start. For example, Wednesday at breakfast, I’ll add frozen blueberries to cereal. Pick regular check-in dates: I’ll check my log every week and decide if I should make any changes in my routines to succeed. Find an outside deadline that will help keep you motivated.
   Source   HHP 
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March 06, 2014

7 ways to snack smarter

Have you upgraded your snacks in the interest of more healthful eating? Perhaps you’ve traded in your afternoon candy bar for an energy bar or have become a fan of baked potato chips or fat-free ice cream. Maybe you’re willing to pay a little extra when the label says “organic” or “natural.”
It’s a great idea to choose snacks wisely. But many foods that seem to be a great nutrition value aren’t. Bran muffins and cereal bars can be packed with unhealthy fats and added sugar. Fat-free foods often contain lots of added salt and sugar.


Here are 7 tips for smarter snacking.
Go for the grain. 
Whole-grain snacks — such as whole-grain low-salt pretzels or tortilla chips and high-fiber, whole-grain cereals — can give you some energy with staying power.
Bring back breakfast. 
Many breakfast foods can be repurposed as a nutritious snack later in the day. How about a slice of whole-grain toast topped with low-sugar jam? Low-sugar granola also makes a quick snack. 
Try a “hi-low” combination. 
Combine a small amount of something with healthy fat, like peanut butter, with a larger amount of something very light, like apple slices or celery sticks.
Go nuts.
Unsalted nuts and seeds make great snacks. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, filberts, and other nuts and seeds contain many beneficial nutrients and are more likely to leave you feeling full (unlike chips or pretzels). Nuts have lots of calories, though, so keep portion sizes small.
The combo snack.
Try to eat more than one macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate) at each snacking session. For example, have a few nuts (protein and fat) and some grapes (carbohydrates). Try some whole-grain crackers (carbohydrates) with some low-fat cheese (protein and fat). These balanced snacks tend to keep you feeling satisfied.
Snack mindfully.
Don’t eat your snack while doing something else like surfing the Web, watching TV, or working at your desk. Instead, stop what you’re doing for a few minutes and eat your snack like you would a small meal.

You can take it with you.

Think ahead and carry a small bag of healthful snacks in your pocket or purse so you won’t turn in desperation to the cookies at the coffee counter or the candy bars in the office vending machine.

March 05, 2014

6 things you should know about vitamin D

           Figuring out all the factors that can affect your vitamin D level is complicated. Your body makes vitamin D when sunlight hits the skin. You can also get the vitamin from food (mainly because it’s been added; few foods are natural sources of vitamin D) or by taking a supplement.

·             The process by which the body makes vitamin D is complex. It starts when the skin absorbs rays in the invisible ultraviolet B (UVB) part of the light spectrum. The liver and the kidneys also participate to make a form of the vitamin that the body can use.



A number of factors influence a person’s vitamin D levels. Here are six important ones.

Where you live:- The further away from the Equator you live, the less vitamin D–producing UVB light reaches the earth’s surface during the winter. Residents of Boston, for example, make little if any of the vitamin from November through February. Short days and clothing that covers legs and arms also limit UVB exposure.

Air quality:- Carbon particles in the air from the burning of fossil fuels, wood, and other materials scatter and absorb UVB rays, diminishing vitamin D production. In contrast, ozone absorbs UVB radiation, so pollution-caused holes in the ozone layer could end up enhancing vitamin D levels.

Use of sunscreen:- Sunscreen prevents sunburn by blocking UVB light. Theoretically, that means sunscreen use lowers vitamin D levels. But as a practical matter, very few people put on enough sunscreen to block all UVB light, or they use sunscreen irregularly, so sunscreen’s effects on vitamin D might not be that important. An Australian study that’s often cited showed no difference in vitamin D between adults randomly assigned to use sunscreen one summer and those assigned a placebo cream.

Skin color:- Melanin is the substance in skin that makes it dark. It “competes” for UVB with the substance in the skin that kick-starts the body’s vitamin D production. As a result, dark-skinned people tend to require more UVB exposure than light-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D.

Weight:- Body fat sops up vitamin D, so it’s been proposed that it might provide a vitamin D rainy-day fund: a source of the vitamin when intake is low or production is reduced. But studies have also shown that being obese is correlated with low vitamin D levels and that being overweight may affect the bioavailability of vitamin D.

Age:- Compared with younger people, older people have lower levels of the substance in the skin that UVB light converts into the vitamin D precursor. There’s also experimental evidence that older people are less efficient vitamin D producers than younger people.





March 04, 2014

Don't wait another year — or another day! Keep that promise you've made to yourself! Discover the healthy diet plan that delivers results you will see & feel !!!!!

       You know you should "eat better." Less fast food. More fruits and vegetables. Cut the sugar and salt. Add lean protein. You've heard it before, and maybe even tried it before. It sounds so simple. Why is it so hard to do? And, more important, is there some way to make it work?
There is!.
     One common mistake we make is Make resolutions. We try to change a host of ingrained habits all at once and overnight. That's not only impractical, it's nearly impossible! Using a gradual approach that builds upon successive week-by-week achievements to transform your eating habits with less sacrifice and fewer setbacks proves to be a smarter way for weight loss. 
    

    Make a few small changes each week until at the end of 1st month you are effortlessly choosing more wholesome foods and a healthier eating pattern you will continue to enjoy has become a habit. When it comes to healthful foods, today there's a lot more to choose from than broccoli and bulgur. Look and analyze smart shopping ideas for vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, poultry, snacks, spices, grains and more. 

      Actually, you are what you digest and assimilate, and you become diseased by the foods that your body does not digest. People are plagued with many illnesses, primarily due to unhealthy dietary choices. Even those who have an interest in eating well are overwhelmed by the myriad of temporary popular views; these must be juggled with eating habits deeply ingrained in us from childhood. The dietary changes may feel like sacrifices in the beginning, but your optimum health and longevity is worth it. In understanding why diet is such a factor in optimum health, we can stay inspired to make these lifelong changes and reap the many benefits, at all levels.

March 03, 2014

Lower stress, lower your blood pressure


  •  You can’t see your blood pressure or feel it, so you may wonder why this simple reading is so important. The answer is that when blood pressure is high your heart is working overtime to pump blood through your body. This extra work can result in a weaker heart muscle and potential organ damage down the road. Your arteries also suffer when your blood pressure is high. The relentless pounding of the blood against the arterial walls causes them to become hard and narrow, potentially setting you up for stroke, kidney failure, and cardiovascular disease.

  • A healthy lifestyle — not smoking, losing excess weight, eating nutritious foods, and exercising regularly — is the cornerstone for preventing and treating hypertension.

  • Another important lifestyle change that can help lower blood pressure is managing stress. Too good to be true? No. Your blood pressure comes down when you practice the relaxation response — even when simply breathing deeply for several minutes to calm your body. Regular practice of the relaxation response could help you reap more lasting benefits.

  • There are many ways to elicit the relaxation response. Techniques include breath focus; body scan; guided imagery; mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi, Leisure Reading and many more. The trick is to find a method you are comfortable with and to make your stress reduction practice part of your routine.

  • For some people, medication — in addition to lifestyle changes — is necessary to get blood pressure to a healthy level. Even so, stress management can be a helpful addition. In fact, a randomized, controlled trial of older adults showed that an eight-week program of relaxation response plus other stress management techniques lessened the amount of medication some of the participants needed to control their blood pressure.

  • We all have "want to's." Those changes we know we should make — changes that will make a lasting and beneficial difference in our lives.

  • Whether it's shedding those twenty extra pounds, sticking to an exercise routine, lessening daily stress, eating healthier, maintaining a positive outlook, or getting finances under control — we struggle to attain those goals. Despite our best intentions, we often fail.

  • Doctors have long known the impact that day-to-day choices have on an individual's long-term health, resistance to life-shortening illnesses, as well as vitality, mental outlook, and happiness. 
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March 01, 2014

Warning signs of a serious eye problem

     Eyesight naturally changes as we age. As we grow older, our eyes go from being able to refocus easily to having a harder time seeing . People who used to be able to see well at distances and close up in their 20s will need glasses for reading by their mid-40s. But while glasses can help, there's another category of eye problems that post 50s may unwittingly be making worse: eye disease. The most common eye diseases all increase with age starting at about age 40 to 50.


Here are five surprising ways you're hurting your vision:

1. Smoking

      We all know the damage smoking can do to your body, but many may not realize the effect the bad habit has on the eyes. It can increase the risk of suffering from cataracts and retinal diseases that lead to vision loss. It also makes existing eye problems -- age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage worse. Smoking seems to affect circulation. As we get older, life forces tend to challenge our circulatory systems -- add smoking to it and it's even worse. That's because having healthy circulation of blood to your eyes means your eyes are getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to prevent eye diseases and eye stress.

2. UV Exposure

    Similar to how it causes damage to the skin, UV light damages your DNA which leads to cellular damage. The body has repair mechanisms, but over time these damages accumulate and the body can't compensate after a certain point. Hence the damage to the surface structures and the deep structures of the eye are evident.
 3. Not Taking Proper Care Of Your Overall Health
    Things like managing your cholesterol and blood pressure can improve your eyesight. These things all contribute to eye health. If the person has high blood pressure, they're at a higher risk for having damage to the eye that can lead to vision loss. There are certain eye diseases associated with diabetes and high blood pressure. In the case of diabetic retinopathy, damage to the eye's blood vessels as a result of diabetes, the National Eye Institute recommends stopping the disease's progression by controlling the levels of blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
4. Computers and iPads

    Though the effect technology has on our eyes has been well-documented, it's worth noting again.
     A few things happen when you stare at a computer, people do concentrated near work they tend to not blink as often as when they're doing more active activities. The eye is focused on one spot for a long time, and the eye muscle may fatigue and feel a sense of strain.

Impaired vision is not a normal part of aging. Here's how you can take control of your eye health.

Make an appointment for an eye exam.

    A lot of people take their good vision for granted. Unless they have a problem, they don't think about what they should do to get their eye health looked at.This is especially problematic because there aren't early warning signs for some eye disease. Without that eye exam we can't identify a problem and treat it. So much of blindness and vision loss is preventable, but the key is early detection.
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
·        Change in iris color
·        Crossed eyes
·        Dark spot in the center of your field of vision
·        Difficulty focusing on near or distant objects
·        Double vision
·        Dry eyes with itching or burning
·        Episodes of cloudy vision
·        Excess discharge or tearing
·        Eye pain
·        Floaters or flashers
·        Growing bump on the eyelid
·        Halos (colored circles around lights) or glare
·        Hazy or blurred vision
·        Inability to close an eyelid
·        Loss of peripheral vision
·        Redness around the eye
·        Spots in your field of vision
·        Sudden loss of vision
·        Trouble adjusting to dark rooms
·        Unusual sensitivity to light or glare
·        Veil obstructing vision
·        Wavy or crooked appearance to straight lines





Nutrition

"Nutrients that are found in green leafy vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids seem to be particularly helpful for dry eye problems. There are a number of foods that promote better vision, including nuts, seafood and quinoa.

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