January 24, 2017

The Eye is the Window to the… Body?

They say the eye is the window to the soul.  But, what if I told you the eye is the window to your body?

Your eye, specifically your iris, is a map of your body.  Reading this map (the iris), can reveal disease and health weakness in different parts of your body.

Reading of the Eyes

The reading of the eyes dates back to the Chaldeans, 1000 B.C.  Even several thousand years ago, the Chinese and Japanese knew how to recognize diseased organs in the body by looking at the eyes. Its popularity began in Europe (primarily in Germany) in the 1800s.  Diagnosing eye health became well known in America in the 1930s, thanks to famed Chiropractor Dr. Bernard Jensen.

This “reading of the eyes” is called iridology.  Here is one of the more “simplified” versions of an iridology chart.

The iridology chart is arranged very similar to the structure of our body.  The head is at the top of the chart and the legs at the bottom.  The right iris is connected to the right side of the body and the left eye to the left side of the body.

Obviously, it takes training and practice to be able to read the eyes.  Those who are trained are called Iridologists.  Many Iridologists are also Naturopathic Doctors, Chiropractors, Herbalists, or Acupuncturists.  This alternative practice is, in my opinion, a highly accurate way of finding imbalances in the body.  It is fun to look at your own eyes, but please seek a professional Iridologist to get a proper reading.

What Your Eye Color May Say About You

One of the most interesting things about iridology is that even your eye color says something about you.  This is called constitutional typing.  Understanding your constitutional type can give you an understanding of the inborn health weaknesses someone may struggle with through their life.

There are three basic colors that represent the three primary constitutions.  Beyond these three primary constitutions there are many subtypes. Those are categorized by additional colors and designs of the iris.  I will stick to describing just the three primary constitutions, as it gets quite complicated beyond this.

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This eye color is blue or blue gray.  The iris can also appear hazel, violet, grey or green.  You can easily see the iris fibers.

Weaknesses include:

  • Overactive immune system
  • Allergies
  • Acidity that leads to arthritis
  • Excess mucous production.  This can appear in the ears, sinus, throat, lungs, intestinal lining, vagina and bladder.
  • Anxiety
  • Ulcers
  • Children may have skin problems like eczema

Treatment includes: Avoiding mucous producing foods like wheat, dairy, and sugar can help with these health weaknesses.

Biliary Constitution (Light Brown Iris)

This eye color is a light brown color that typically has a lighter layer underneath.  Many times this under layer is a shade of yellow.  Those with biliary constitutions tend to have a weakness in the liver and gallbladder.

Other weaknesses include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Blood sugar problems

Treatment includes: Staying away from unhealthy fats and oils is very wise.  Taking herbs that support the liver, like dandelion and milk thistle, can also help keep the liver clean and strong.

Hematogenic Constitution (Dark Brown Iris)

This is the true brown eye.  It has so much pigment that it’s hard to see the iris fibers.  Many people with the hematogenic constitution have a tendency for disorders involving the blood (“Hema” means blood or hemoglobin).

Weakness may include:

  • Poor blood circulation
  • Varicose Veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Gallstones

Treatment includes: Staying away from unhealthy fats and oils can greatly help.  Taking enzymes for digestion is recommended, as well.

Beyond Eye Color

These three constitutional types just scratch the surface of the complexities of iridology.  Your symptoms may very well not fit under your eye color.  Again, this is why it is important to visit an Iridologist.  They understand the many subtypes and iris irregularities that point to different health weaknesses.

I found that my weaknesses go right along with my eye color.  Do yours?  Comment below this article with your constitution type (eye color) and whether your health issues coincide. I’d love to hear from you!

To find an Iridologist in your area, go to http://www.iridologyassn.org/iipa2/iipa-certified-iridologists.aspx .  These Iridologists belong to the International Iridology Practitioners Association, a reputable organization.

Importance of Eye Health

It is quite fascinating that the eye can reveal the state of our body’s health.  But, we also must focus on the health of the eye itself.  Millions of Americans suffer from sort of eye problem.  From dry eyes to cataracts to simply needing glasses; if your eyes are 100% healthy you, then are truly one of a kind.  For those of you who suffer from one or many eye problems, there is hope.  There are many natural remedies that not only prevent eye problems, but also bring relief.

Key Eye Nutrients

78% of adult Americans wear some sort of corrective vision.  This is quite puzzling to me.  Did people always suffer such poor vision?  Or, has industrialization contributed to that rate? I personally believe that our modern diet is a lot of the problem.  Colorful fruits and veggies are the highest in the nutrients that feed our eyes.  But, our common modern diet is pretty void of color. Everyone knows that carrots are great for the eyes, but there are many more amazing foods that feed the eyes.  These foods are high in the antioxidant carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. The best of those (aside from carrots) include:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Egg yolks
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Orange bell peppers

Many studies have been performed on the power of lutein and zeaxanthin and their effect on our eyes.  Several of these studies establish a connection between the consumption of these two carotenoids and the incidences of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  A few of those studies include:

  • The Eye Disease Case Control Study found that those with the highest levels of lutein and zeaxanthin had a significantly lower risk of AMD.
  • The Nurses Health Study found that high amounts of both lutein and zeaxanthin (6 mg per day) lowered the need for cataract surgery.
  • The Health Professionals Follow Up Study also found that high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin (6.9 mg per day) lowered the need for cataract surgery.

Studies have also noted improved vision from these carotenoids.  The key is getting enough of the antioxidants to truly “see” the difference.  Your body does not make these nutrients so they must be consumed in your diet or by supplement.  In order to notice improvement, I recommend at least taking the following daily:

  • 8 mg of zeaxanthin
  • 9 mg of lutein

Check your multivitamin.  Many high quality ones contain a little lutein, as well.

What makes these nutrients so special?

  • Zeaxanthin works by protecting the cones of the eyes.  Your cones detect color and fine details and are responsible for your central vision.
  • Lutein works like internal sunglasses.  It filters blue light before it can damage the macula.

Both are pretty incredible nutrients and an extremely important part of maintaining, protecting and improving eye health.

Nature’s Most Powerful Eye Antioxidant

It doesn’t stop there! The newest and arguably the most powerful antioxidant/carotenoids for the eyes is astaxanthin.  Astaxanthin comes from an algae called Haematococcus pluvialis.  This algae produces the super antioxidant astaxanthin to protect itself from UV radiation.  This UV radiation protection carries over to us when we consume astaxanthin.

Dr. Tso of the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University discovered that astaxanthin crosses into the tissues of the eye and acts stronger than any other carotenoid.  He believes that astaxanthin is effective at treating a plethora of eye diseases including:

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Astaxanthin is a cousin to beta-carotene, but far more potent as a natural anti-inflammatory! In fact, it makes flamingo’s pink! For a natural source of astaxanthin, eat Wild Alaskan Salmon to prevent cataracts.

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory eye diseases
  • Cystoid macular edema
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Central retinal arterial and venous occlusion

If you could choose just one supplement to take for eye health, choose astaxanthin. It’s just as powerful for the rest of the body as it is for your eyes.  I have taken it daily for the last 6 years.  Another fun fact is that it can prevent sunburns.  I’m fair complected and I’ve noticed that I don’t burn like I used to.  I don’t wear sunscreen either!  This is, again, because it protects against UV rays.  It’s also one of the most fantastic anti-aging supplements.  If you want to stay looking, feeling and seeing youthfully, add astaxanthin to your daily regime.  A great place to start is taking 4-10 mg astaxanthin a day.

Natural Relief for Dry Eyes

One of the most common eye complaints I get in my practice is dry eyes.  Many things can cause dry eyes:

  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Lasik surgery

I always recommend 6 mg astaxanthin for dry eyes, as well as omega-3 fish oil.  Make sure your fish oil has at least 800 mg of EPA and 500 of DHA.  Omega-3 fatty acids are very effective at moisturizing the eyes from the inside out.  As I always say, make sure your fish oil says on the label that it’s been tested to be free of PCB’s and heavy metals.

I have also found that the Dry Eyes Relief drops from Similasan work extremely well.  They are 100% natural and contain homeopathic medicine that addresses the root of your dry eyes.  During allergy season, I keep these drops on hand and have had great results.

The Future of Healthcare Through Your Eyes

Technology is moving quickly.  So fast in fact, that you will soon be able to send pictures of your eyes to your doctor through a phone app for diagnosis.  A mirror is also being developed that can help diagnose you by reading the eyes.  Even scientists realize the importance of iridology and using the iris of your eyes as a diagnosis tool.  The future is incredible and truly fascinating.

Keep your eyes moist and protect them from damage with the right antioxidants, lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin.  You deserve to “see” the future.

 

Amanda Box is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years and currently has a Naturopathic consulting practice in Sioux Falls, SD.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic doctor to turn to for your personal needs, Dr. Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.

 

 

 

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For Your Eyes Only

Is It Really Possible to Improve Your Vision with Food?

From the Collection of the United States Postal ServiceWarning: blatant pop-culture references dead ahead…

When you think of improving vision with a certain food, which one darts into your mind faster than Bugs Bunny missing that left turn at “Alber-koiky?”

What’s up Doc?

Why it’s carrots, of course!

And what we aim to find out here today is if ole Bugs was on to something (other than annoying catch phrases) by eating carrots. If so,  what other foods can and should be used to improve overall vision and help reduce the impact of dreaded eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

But first, since ¾ of our country just doesn’t see so good – we’ll start with some interesting stats on corrective lenses.

Hey four eyes…over HERE!

The Vision Council of America says:

  • About 75% of adults here in the U.S. use some sort of corrective lenses.
  • 42% are men and 58% are women.
  • Surprisingly, only 30% of these folks are near-sighted (myopia – needing glasses to see distance).
  • Where 60% are far-sighted (hyperopia – needing glasses for up-close viewing).

Yes – you’re seeing that right. That adds up to only 90%…we’re not sure what happened to the other 10 – maybe they couldn’t see the question.

So if you were part of the group being teased for having “four eyes” in school, then…REJOICE! We were and still are part of the majority! Take THAT jock-guys and cheerleading prom-queens!

Still, for those of us who wear corrective lenses and would LOVE to put them on the nightstand – and LEAVE them there – the question remains: Do certain foods have the power to reverse myopia and hyperopia?

Fact is there is NO medical evidence that any one food or combination of foods can work to give you the ability to ditch the glasses.

However…if you want to hold on to the dream…have the patience to wait it out…and the stomach for it, many folks have reported that going vegan has improved their vision over time.

Also, there are simple eye exercises you can try that have offered some benefits to practitioners.

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Seeing Is Believing: Supernatural Vision Health

Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have until we no longer possess it. Our vision accounts for up to 80% of our sensory input, so needless to say we should preserve healthy vision – at all cost!

Your eyes are like priceless cameras that process thousands of images everyday, which are then stored on your master hard drive (your brain) to be recalled whenever you desire.

Years ago, I took a church youth group on a mission trip to the Bahamas. During our trip, I took the youth to a remote uninhabited island that could only be reached on foot at low tide. We knew we only had a brief window of time to get to the island and back before the tide came in again. In our haste to get to the island, every one of us forgot our cameras!

From our unspoiled vantage point on this lush island, we could see some of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine. Suddenly I told the youth, “Take pictures!” Confused the children said, “But, we forgot our cameras!” I replied, “Use your eyes and you will capture this day forever.”

I can still recall every frame of that breath taking experience years later. Let me prove it to you.

Have you ever seen the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore or the Empire State Building? Walk to a quiet place, close your eyes and focus. See it? Of course you do. Taking into account the great importance of our vision, we must remember there are factors that can impair your ability to see.

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Poor nutrition
  • Injury

Knowing this, there is obviously only one area you have control of: nutrition! So before we tackle the supernatural side of vision health, let’s talk about what we can do to enhance our vision health naturally.

Nutrition for Vision

Popeye, Spinach and You

We often think of Popeye the sailor as a muscle bound cartoon hero who derived his strength from spinach, maybe there is more to the story.

You see, spinach contains the antioxidant lutein, which has been proven to reduce the risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD). Spinach also contains:

  • Beta carotene (vitamin A)
  • Vitamins C, E and B
  • Minerals
  • Omega-3

People with a diet that includes spinach also have lower incidences of cataracts. Carrots, rich in carotene (vitamin A) are an obvious and nutritious choice for natural eye health. After all, have you ever seen a blind bunny?

Glutathione: A Vital Lens Antioxidants

Here is something you may not know,

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6 Tips for Computer Eye Strain Relief

Mom (or Grandma!) may have been right. “Don’t sit too close to the T.V. or you’ll go blind!”  Did your parents tell you of the ill effects of watching too much television?! Were you told your eyes will go square from sitting too close?!

This warning may have come from the early days of television when television sets emitted radiation. Radiation is no longer a risk, but we sit in front of video games, tablets and computer screens and damaging your eyesight is still a reality. Your eyes may not go square, but sitting too close to your computer can create eye strain and adverse effects on your vision.

Computer Usage Risks Eye Health

It is hard to believe that many of us didn’t even know how to turn on a computer a decade or so ago. Today, even this Grandma is surfing the thing called Internet (for recipes, mostly!) and my grandchildren are learning their ABCs on small hand-held computer screens.

If you are reading this, then I think it is safe to assume you use a computer on a regular basis.  I know Joe and those that work at Barton Publishing sit in front of a computer all day – just to work. If you use a computer for part of your job, then use the computer or tablet for personal usage, then chances are you are spending at least 8 hours a day in front of a computer screen.

What is the result?  Eye strain. Our eyes just aren’t designed to stare at a flat screen for hours and hours. As a result, your eyes have to work overtime to keep things in focus. Like any other muscle in our body when they are fatigued, the strained eye muscles produce blurry vision, headaches and fatigue – maybe even your forehead feels “fried.”

The muscles inside your eyes are very much like a lens on a camera. They change the shape and size of your eye when you are focusing on an object (they don’t actually become square – thank goodness!).  But when you look at things up close, like a computer screen, for long periods of time, the muscles become stressed.

Computer Vision Syndrome Diagnosis

Maybe your job requires hours of work at a computer. Maybe you like to spend your free time surfin’ the Net. Whatever the reason, your body is probably feeling the effects of spending too much time logged on—tired eyes, headaches, neck pain, etc. This is now identified as Computer Vision Syndrome!

Luckily, help is on the way. Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is temporary condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display for extended, uninterrupted periods of time. Some symptoms of CVS include:

    • Headaches
    • Blurred vision
    • Neck pain
    • Redness in the eyes
    • Fatigue
    • Eye strain
    • Dry eyes
    • Irritated eyes
    • Double vision
    • Difficulty refocusing the eyes

Thankfully, CVS will not permanently damage the eyes or cause a loss of vision. Though it is one of the most common medical ailments that can affect learning and working.  In fact, it is now the number one computer-related complaint in the United States – ahead of carpal-tunnel syndrome.

The way I see it, we are going to be using more and more computers of various shapes and sizes far more as time goes by. I don’t want anything to keep me from seeing pictures of my grandchildren on Facebook, watching my daughter sing on Youtube or reading Joe’s articles online. It won’t be mind that keeps me from growing. It won’t be my health that keeps me from learning.  And it won’t be my eyes that keep me from reading.

Here are some tips and techniques that I gathered for you to minimize the impact of CVS and relax, refresh and reduce eye strain.

5 Tips to Curb your Screen Habits 

1. Blink!

The average human being blinks 20 times a minute – but only 7 times a minute when using a computer. The longer the eye remains open between blinks, the more likely the cornea is to dehydrate, burn or ache. Blink often to keep the eyes moist. It washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears.

2. Look Away

For every 20 minutes that you spend watching television, reading, or working on the computer, stare at an object 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. Better yet, take a 10-minute bathroom break at least every two hours, even if you don’t have to go. Walk there, back or anywhere, letting your eyes idle. Hey, chit-chat with a co-worker while you are at it and ask them how they are doing!

3. Eye Exercises

  • Bring an object (such as a pen) as close to your eyes as possible while still being able to focus on the object clearly, then focus on an object 10 feet away from you. Repeat this exercise for 3 to 5 minutes several times per day.
  • Roll your eyes upward towards your eyebrows, and then roll your eyes in a large circle. Repeat every few hours when using your computer or watching television to combat Computer Vision Syndrome.

4. Try Palming

“Palm” your eyes by covering them with the palms of your hands, blocking out the light completely for 1 to 3 minutes several times a day.

Palming is one of the most relaxing things you can do for your eyes.  Jeff, one of Home Cures That Work and Barton Publishing’s valuable contributors, can testify that he knows exactly what it feels like to have strained eyes and what to do to remedy CVS:

“When my eyes get strained and tired while staring at the computer screen all day, I enjoy Palming. I take my glasses off – very important first step there – and I cup the palms of my hands over my eyes.

When you try it, make sure the ‘pinky’ sides of you hands are on either side of your nose and rest the fingers of your right hand on those of your left.

Then open your eyes to make sure you’ve blocked all or most of the light. Then close your eyes and relax. You might want to rest your elbows on a pillow so you don’t strain your arms. Don’t squeeze just cover your eyes and enjoy the break.

Sometimes I see ghost images of the last things I was looking at – that’s pretty cool! When the ghost images disappear, and everything’s just dark – that’s when I figure I’ve done it long enough.

Shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. And I do it whenever I feel strained…it’s perfectly safe. They even say it helps improve eyesight – but have yet to experience that angle!”

 5. Monitor and Screen Changes

  • If you found that you are feeling dizzy after being on the computer all day, but subsides after you stop using the computer, only to come back the next day as soon as you get back on the computer, then turn down the brightness on your screen.
  • In addition, position your monitor so you are looking down, not up. Tilt your screen slightly downward, so its center is about 4 to 8 inches below eye level. Then, you need to sit at least 65cm away from your computer screen because sitting close requires the muscles in your eyes to work harder.

6. Try Natural Home Remedies

  • This might sound funny, but put potato slices on your closed eyes for about 20 minutes. If you eyes are burning, itchy and irritated, this old homemade remedy just might help you. Raw potato has drying and disinfectant properties, as well as being a rich source of vitamin C. Store potato slices in water in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to help sooth your eyes.
  • Rose water is a relaxer and can be used as eye drops for soothing effect in tired and fatigued eyes. Wash and flush your eyes in cool tap water. Dry by dabbing with a clean towel, but do not rub. Let rest for a few minutes and wash and flush with cotton balls soaked in rose water. Do this at bedtime and before sleeping apply the soaked cotton balls to eyelids and leave overnight. In the morning, rinse again. The benefits are clean fresh sparkling healthy eyes. You’ll feel more awake and alive. Make sure you remove all eye make up before washing with rose water.

In a world full of personal computers, hand-held video games, smartphones and e-readers, and hours of television, eye-related problems such as Computer Vision Syndrome are increasing in many Americans. Before your eyes are badly strained, have blurry vision and needlessly suffer headaches, follow these tips before it reaches a critical stage.

My last piece of advise to you would be to shut down. Your retinas need rest like the rest of the body.  Here’s another quip that my Mom use to tell me and I’ll share with you to help overcome eye strain:  Hit the hay!

 

Have you relieved your computer eye strain? Have you tried anti-glare glasses?  What are you natural eye remedies after sitting in front of a computer all day?

 

 

Grandma Barton is mother to Joe Barton (founder of Barton Publishing), grandmother to 6 grandkids and 28 step-grandkids, and over 3000 Home Cures That Work members. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor with the help of Dr. Saunders and natural remedies. Grandma loves finding cures within the home to treat all sorts of ailments. With tips she’s learned on the farm and along the way, Grandma Barton brings a time-tested and trusted voice when it comes to home remedies. She really is an inspiration to us all.

How To See Better…At Any Age

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

When it comes to taking care of your eyes, here are the basic 4 rules to halt and reverse vision loss, at any age:

  1. Get them checked regularly.
  2. Incorporate healthy eye-food into your daily diet.
  3. Give your eyes rest.
  4. Exercise regularly:
    • Men can lower their risk of cataracts by running and engaging in other cardio-respiratory fitness activities, according to a 7 year study.
    • Chinese massage incorporates several poses that increase blood circulation to your eyes and strengthen the eye muscles. Also, several techniques reduce stress levels through the body and increase breathing power, so your entire body, including your eyes feels refreshed.

Every geek, gamer, and programmer needs to know about the following eye exercises. These eye exercises take 5 minutes and will improve your vision by strengthening your eye muscles. Take a look and watch Paul McCartney demonstrate some eye exercises he learned in India. Your eyes will definitely feel more relaxed.

Got Weak Eyes?

When you begin to age your body begins to protest. Everything seems to be slowly becoming more difficult just a little at a time. One thing that happens to just about everyone is the inability to see like you used to. Even those with 20/20 vision begin to experience a need to don eyeglasses when reading close work or when driving, for example. Working on the computer becomes more of a challenge and that fine print on vitamin labels is almost impossible to read.

Some of the common age-related eye disorders set in for the following reasons:

  • Because of a diet lacking nutrients that improve vision or prevent vision from deteriorating
  • Due to loss of tissue tightness around the eye socket, leading to droopy or puffy eyelids
  • Weakening of the retinal muscles leading to lower closer-range vision and so on

Incidentally, smoking reduces blood circulation to the eyes. And in the study cited above, being overweight can increase your chances of developing cataracts.

Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eyes are so very common these days, what with the way we stare at the computer, walk around without sunglasses on sunny days and stay awake for longer than our eyes can stand.

Cataracts are clumps of protein molecules that cloud up your lens making it difficult to see clearly, whereas a build up of pressure on the optic nerve causes glaucoma. This happens when the watery liquid flowing between the lens and the cornea is blocked.

Healthier Eyes At Any Age

There are plenty of ways in which we can work to stay vision fit and combat eyesight deterioration. If your dentist tells you to brush your teeth to keep them healthy, then you need to keep your eyes healthy with the following vision correction methods:

  • While at work make sure that the source of light is behind you, and not shining directly at you. Overhead lights are fine as long as they do not throw off the glare at you from the computer screen you are looking at. If you can manage: position the light source over your left shoulder, if you are right-handed, and over your right shoulder if you are left-handed.
  • A straight back will keep work at eye level or slightly lower so that you are looking down. Reclining will take us away from reading at “eye level” and we land up looking upwards.
  • To relax stressed eyes, close your eyes as much as you can. (If you’re doing it correctly it should feel like you’re scrunching your face together.) Hold the pose for a few seconds and quickly open your eyes. Blink and repeat five times.
  • Blink. Blink. Blink. Fifteen-twenty times a minute.
  • To strengthen eye muscles, close your eyes and roll your eyeballs around for one minute.
  • Every now and again, rub your palms together and place them over your eyes. Count to 20. Do this regularly.  If you can, sit on the floor with your knees raised to your chest. While your palms are over your eyes, rest your elbows on your knees and breathe deeply.
  • Don’t let cigarette smoke, or any kind of smoke get into your eyes. It can cause the formation of free radicals in the eye, which can cause macular (retina muscle) degeneration.
  • Most of the time we are only reading or interacting with things indoor, but our eyes aren’t made just for this! Going outdoors helps the eye stay true to its nature. And when outdoors, try to focus on things at a distance to exercise the eye muscles.
  • Prevent your chances of getting eye infections by washing your hands often, especially if you are in a public space. Do not share face towels or eye cosmetics. And do not rub your eyes too vigorously.
  • Avoid reading while ill, because this puts extra strain on the eyes.

Super Eye Foods

The eyes are the light of the body. So it is important to eat healthy foods that contain the right nutrients to allow different part of the body to function very well, especially the eyes. There are some things you can do to maintain the eyesight as we age and to sharpen the focus. Most of these solutions include what is contained in your daily diet.  Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods and nutrients can maintain eyesight and improve vision.

  • Bilberry extracts. This herb has been shown to slow the development of cataracts. It increases the blood supply to the eyes.
  • Red, orange, yellow fruits and green vegetables are particularly good for the eyes. They are loaded with antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamins A, C, E.
  • Omega-3 oils found aplenty in cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod and sardines are healthy for the eyes.
  • A tea made from eyebright, Echinacea, clover, burdock and licorice boosts your immune system… helping you resist eye infections.

Chinese Eye Massage Techniques and Exercises

As a bonus, here are some Chinese eye exercises to help you relax and see, beneficial by relieving, firming and healing the eye. Eye massage can increase blood circulation inside the eye, and thus many eye problems can be relieved by self-healing. Your eye muscles, like any other parts of your body, want to be exercised for optimal health. Some of the valuable Chinese eye massages are in the below video:

If eyes are the window to your soul, strengthen the eye muscles and help improve vision, eye health, body…and soul.  You’ll see better….for longer.

 

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