6 Natural strategies for protecting your vision

Despite what your eye doctor may say, there are natural, common-sense strategies you can employ to help protect your healthy vision.

1. Quit smoking, if you currently do. Smoking ramps up free radical production throughout your body, and puts you at risk for less-than-optimal health in many ways. If you want healthy vision for your whole life, you cannot afford to risk less-than-optimal eye health with cigarettes.
2. Lose weight. If your over weight you’re going to have all the negative effects associated with being over weight or obese like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can harm your eyes.
3. Care for your cardiovascular system. High blood pressure can cause damage to the minuscule blood vessels on your retina, obstructing free blood flow.
4. Normalize your blood sugar. Excessive sugar in your blood can pull fluid from the lens of your eye, affecting your ability to focus. And, it can damage the blood vessels in your retina, also obstructing blood flow.
5. Eat plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetables. Studies have shown that a diet rich in dark leafy greens helps support eye health. And that those with the highest consumption of carotenoid-rich vegetables, especially ones rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, had increased vision health.
6. Consume omega-3 rich foods. Consume fresh caught salmon, or use a reputable omega – 3 supplement. A study published in the August 2001 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology found that consuming omega-3 fatty acids was protective of your healthy vision.

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Reduce the number of germs you come in contact with

1. Don’t Touch the First Floor Elevator Button Everybody touches the 1st floor button and eventually eats their lunch and or picks their teeth without washing their hands. Many germs are found there because everybody returns to the first floor. Let someone else push the buttons so you don’t have, use your elbow, or the back of your knuckle instead of your finger to press the button.
2. Dangerous Shopping Cart Handles Shopping cart handles are prime culprits in the spread of germs. Some supermarkets now offer germ-killing wipes in the cart area. Bring your own if they don’t. Use them to sanitize the cart handle. And never put fresh produce in the cart seat, where diaper-aged children often sit.
3. Watch Those Escalator Handrails Escalator handrails are loaded with germs. Don’t touch them if you can manage without it.
4. Use the First Toilet
Research shows that most people use the middle stall in public bathrooms, so avoid those. More use means they’re the dirtiest and have the most germs.
5. Office Coffee Pots Dripping With Disease Your office coffee pot and mug may have been cleaned with a sponge dripping with germs. Hang on to your own mug, and use a dishwasher when it’s time to clean it. Another trick: Keep apple cider vinegar in the office and pour a water-cider solution through the coffee machine weekly. It will help kill bacteria.
6. Kitchen Woes Be aware that kitchen sponges, dishcloths, the kitchen and bathroom sinks, cutting boards, and even the bathroom floor carry more germs than the toilet seat.
New research suggests that if you want to sterilize your sponge, put it in the microwave for two minutes. Research shows this gets rid of 99% of the bacteria.
7. Your Desk Is Dirtier Than the Toilet Who would have guessed the typical office desk area has 400 times the amount of bacteria than the average toilet seat. Worst offenders: The office phone. The desk. Finally, the keyboard. Use a disinfectant wipe to clean the desktop, computer keyboard, and phone.
8. Avoid Hand Shaking, Kissing This may be an impossibility for some, but try to avoid shaking hands or kissing during the flu season.
9. Wash your hands This is the number one way to avoid getting sick. Scrub your hands with warm water and soap (many don’t use soap) for at least 15 to 20 seconds after using the bathroom; eating, working or playing outdoors; playing with pets; or coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Anything less than 15 seconds won’t do the job.
Incredibly, 95 percent of people say they wash their hands after using the bathroom, but only 67 percent really do it. Worse, only 33 percent bother to use soap and only 16 percent wash their hands long enough to remove germs.
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Raw milk and allergies

Children raised on farms have fewer allergies than children raised in cities. 1 in 3 children are currently affected by eczema, hay fever, or asthma, as opposed to 1 in 6 twenty years ago. The number of people needing emergency hospital treatment for severe allergic reactions has tripled over the last 10 years. A new study suggests the boom in allergies is largely due to pasteurized and homogenized milk. The study shows that children raised on farms who drink just 2 glasses of raw milk per week reduce their chances of eczema by 40% and hay fever by 10%. Blood samples revealed the consumption of raw milk decreased the levels of immunoglobulin E by half, which causes allergy symptoms.
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How do you act when things go wrong

“Circumstances do not make the man, They merely reveal him to himself.”

Epictetus

Your Best Life Diet!

Diet and exercise is a lifestyle choice.

Once you decide to get fit, staying fit becomes your biggest challange.

A few tips from health expert Bob Greene will keep you on track while maintaining your fitness goals.

The best life diet, the creation of physiologist Bob Greene, has an easy-to-follow approach to weight loss and healthy living.

This diet plan calls for lifestyle changes as well as healthy eating habits. This best life diet does not include physical activity and exercise as primary forms of weight loss, instead, promotes nutritious and healthy eating.

Depending on the person’s physical conditions and general fitness, the best life diet suggests a calorie intake of about 1,500 to 2,500 based on the list of recommended foods and their number of servings.

This easy-to-understand weight loss diet is very effective, and Oprah Winfrey is one of its success stories.

There are a wide range of recipes, tips, and tools for the dieters to keep on track and stick to diet regime. The best life diet can be customized further to suit various body types as well as different lifestyles. This may include different food choices and activity levels of the individual.

The main feature of the plan is controlling food choices, portions, and serving sizes and numbers. A lot of liberty regarding food choice is given in the third phase of this diet plan.

The diet also guides an individual about basics of food and about how to replace unhealthy foods with similar-tasting healthy foods. The diet educates individuals about trans fats, soft drinks, high-fat dairy and other foods that they should avoid.

Another interesting fact is that Greene has placed a best life diet seal on various food products so that the dieters may not have any confusion about what food they may or may not eat.

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