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5 Proven Tips To Improve Eye Health and Prevent Eye Disease

5 Proven Tips To Improve Eye Health and Prevent Eye Disease

Today I’m going to share with you a few eye health tips that are proven in the scientific literature to actually provide benefits for eye health and help prevent future eye disease

1. Cut Back on the Cholesterol

To keep your eyes healthy, you should watch your cholesterol levels and decrease your saturated fat intake. It’s not really big medical news that having a high level of cholesterol and saturated fat in the diet isn’t good for you, but it’s certainly not good for the eyes either. There are studies that suggest that having elevated amounts of cholesterol and eating high amounts of saturated fats actually contribute to the development of age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration. Also, having higher amounts of these levels in your bloodstream can contribute to other diseases, like diabetes and high blood pressure – both of which actually contribute to different retinal diseases within the eye.

Not only that, high fat and cholesterol can lead to other diseases, like diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness, and hypertensive retinopathy, which is from high blood pressure that can harm the eye. You can also develop actual cholesterol plaques that get released from cholesterol getting stuck in your arteries, which can actually get all the way up to the eye and cause a stroke within the eye (referred to as a Hollenhorst plaque). This all means that decreasing the amount of foods in your diet that have elevated amounts of bad fats, such as fast food or processed meats (including high-fat dairy products such as milk, butter, and cheese) could not just be beneficial for your whole body and heart health, but also for the eyes. This risk is actually compounded again by having a decreased body mass index, so getting out exercising and watching you eat is associated with less eye health issues.

2. Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

While tip number 1 is to decrease the bad fats in your diet, tip two is to increase the good fats in your diet – namely omega-3 fatty acids. In case you haven’t heard, omega-3 fatty acids are considered the good fats that we find in some natural food sources, such as oily fish like salmon, as well as from some vegetable sources, including nuts and seeds. There’s even an algae-based supplement that I’ve found that can actually be taken as an alternative to fish oil capsules.

Now there’s a whole lot of omega-3 debates about how omega-3 fish oils could help with heart health, or joint health, or even neurological brain health. There are a lot of documented studies that support the notion that omega-3 fatty acids can help with dry eye symptoms, as well as preventing retinal disease. What’s really interesting is that research studies have consistently shown that people who eat a diet with higher amounts of omega-3s  have a decreased risk of developing age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, as well as diabetes. In fact, a recent study found that people with diabetes who had higher amounts of omega-3s higher in their diet had a reduced risk for diabetic retinopathy, and it was less severe in those people who did develop it it.

That’s some amazing support for having omega-3s in your diet. And even if you’re not diabetic, there is a lot of evidence supporting that omega-3s are good for your eyes and your whole body, as well.

3. Eat More Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Tip number three is to eat more foods with high levels of antioxidants in them –  that is namely fruits and vegetables. The high levels of powerful antioxidants that are found in foods like fruits and vegetables often contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, zeaxanthin, as well as a very powerful eye nutrient called lutein. These have all been found to be very beneficial for the processes inside the eye, to keep the eye healthy and prevent eye disease. Since we are constantly looking at everything around our world, the light is actually entering the eye and causing the photoreceptors within the retina to constantly regenerate, and that requires a very high amount of metabolism. A faster working metabolism causes more amounts of reactive oxygen species which antioxidants basically negate. In fact, with some eye diseases like macular degeneration, it’s standard care for eye doctors to prescribe vitamins because it helps those diseases so much. So yes, just as you’ve probably heard throughout your entire life, eat your fruits and veggies!

4. Eye Supplements

Tip number four is to consider taking some sort of eye vitamin supplement. If you’re somebody who doesn’t like eating fruits and vegetables and you can’t really stomach eating oily fish like salmon, then perhaps taking some sort of supplement is the best option for you. There’s many different vitamins you can find in the market, and if you go to the store you’ll probably be overwhelmed by the amount of options that you have for eye vitamins, in general. You’ll probably see ones with the words “AREDS” written on the side, which stands for the age-related eye disease study, which are all large scale studies that basically found benefits when using a vitamin supplementation for diseases like age related macular degeneration. If you’re somebody who’s never been diagnosed with a disease like that, you probably won’t have much benefit from taking that specific formulation, but there are different vitamins out there to supplement for your eye health.

By taking these vitamins you help prevent aging eye disease, mainly by preventing damage from high-energy light that we get from the Sun and digital devices. I personally still think it’s best to try and eat healthy foods and get all of your nutrients naturally instead of supplements, but I still think it’s a good option for those who maybe are concerned, or have higher risk for retinal or eye disease. I also want mention that if you’re considering taking some sort of vitamin supplement, be sure you talk to a medical professional in your area to make certain that it is right for you.

5. Stop Smoking

The fifth tip for improving eye health and preventing eye disease is something that I know a lot of people are not going to like to read, and that is to quit smoking. This is because cigarette smoking, and tobacco use in general, is associated with higher risk factors of developing eye diseases such as macular degeneration – again, a blinding eye disease that people get in their 50s and beyond. It can also cause the development for things like dry eyes, uveitis (a bad inflammation inside the eye), as well as a condition called thyroid eye disease. So if you have any sort of thyroid problems for yourself, or in your family, smoking very greatly exaggerates those problems.

However, the reality is that it’s really no big news that smoking can cause a lot of problems in your entire body. I mean, it’s written on a warning right on the side of the box. That said, I do know that quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you can do, and I do encourage you to reach out to a medical professional in your area in case you can get medication from them, or counseling services that they could recommend so that they can help you quit.

So which one of these tips was your favorite, or do you have any other eye health tips of your own? Go ahead and comment in the section below and let me know what you’re thinking.

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Testosterone Production and Weight Lifting

Great information on increasing testosterone production, especially for those seeking muscle mass increase through weight lifting.

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What is HGH (Human Growth Hormone)?

HGH has been used legally and illegally for quite a while, and has been the cause of many athletes being banned from sports. But what exactly is HGH, and what does it do exactly. Can it really help with performance and recovery?

HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, is a specific type of hormone composed of nearly 200 amino acids, which are called the “building blocks” of protein. It’s made in the pituitary gland, which located deep in th brain and is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism.

Technically, HGH is classified as an anabolic hormone, one that causes growth in muscles and bone tissue. It also boosts the body’s response to physical exercise.

An insufficient amount of growth hormone in children can cause short height and stunted growth. Too much GH production, on the other hand, can cause acromegaly and a host of other medical issues.

For a long time, the only way to treat growth hormone deficiency in children was from HGH taken from human cadavers. Then, in the 1980’s, a synthesized form of the substance was developed, making availability of treatment much easier.

With the increase in the amount of HGH made available, it’s use in sports and competition became more widely used as well. It was also a popular anti-aging supplement, touted as the “fountain of youth” due to naturally declining levels that occur with age.

Obviously, there are a plethora of benefits that an athlete might seek to find from using HGH, even if illegally. The fact is, though, that a lot of research that’s been done examining the effects on muscle and strength gains have been on middle-aged men, and the conclusions aren’t that great.

On the other hand, the effects on middle-age men compared to elite sports athletes is another thing altogether. The fact is, those who are using growth hormone illegally are usually one step ahead of researchers when it comes to real-world results from doping.

There’s also the thought that growth hormone can help with speeding up muscle recovery and healing of physical injuries and surgery. Research seems to support this idea and some studies indicate that the use of human growth hormone seems to negate the negative effects of immobilized muscle and connective tissue.

Technically, this might help with recovering from injuries – as a matter of fact, there’s currently a study being conducted at the University of Michigan looking at the impact HGH has on people recovering from ACL surgery.

If this and other research studies confirm the theory that human growth hormone can aid in recovery, it will open up a whole new can of worms when it comes to regulating it’s use on and off the field. Should it’s use be allowed for a period of time while recovering from surgery or an injury? If so, then specifically for how long, and in what particular circumstances?

As you can see, this is not just a simple black-and-white issue, and if a substance like HGH is allowed to be used during recovery, things might get a lot more confusing before it’s over.

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Significant Criteria Of Health Issues

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If you hadn’t noticed yet, men are also battling health issues just like women. The difference is, women are more open to their problem compared to men. It could be with embarrassment that they are unwilling to tell others about their health problems or they are not even are of the possibilities. Actually, it is advisable for men between the age of 40 to 55 to have themselves examined especially if they are feeling something has changed in their usual body routine.

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Be realistic because you are the first and only person to know what is happening to your body. Once you have been to the doctor, it is best to start changing your lifestyle and aim for a healthier approach. Start eating lots of fruits and vegetables. It is known that they help in cleaning the body and it regulates your bowel movement. Make sure that your daily meal includes fruits, even just one serving and snack on them as well. Since you already took the first step in going to the doctor for consultation and check up, you ask for the proper way to check yourself as well. This is actually important as these lumps in your body forms unannounced.

Nowadays that Testicular cancer is common, you should be prepared to check yourself at all times. As young as 15, this can actually happen. Whenever you are in a shower, examine your scrotum by placing soap in your hand. Hold your testicles in between your thump and fingers and start rolling it softly. You should feel as if you are holding a peeled soft boiled egg as your testicles should be smooth all over. If you feel lumps, you should heed back to your doctor. Being prepared is a must in order to have resolutions to all problems that may come your way.

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The Basic Health Needs

45Men and women are certainly different when it comes to health needs. However, both can achieve optimum health if they keep a healthy lifestyle, consume healthy diet and exercise. This is very easy to memorize yet doing it is a little bit challenging. Besides, there are circumstances wherein you do not get enough nutrients from the food you consume. Vitamins are also essential to keep your body strong and healthy.

Even if you are careful with what you eat, there are instances where you are not getting what your body really needs, especially men. This is the reason why there are more variety of men’s health supplements in the market specifically designed for each needs. These are made to make sure that these deficiency is addressed properly.Healthy-weight-loss-men-Eating

Regular health supplements often contain Vitamins A and B6 and zinc. This one is high in antioxidants which takes care of toxins in the body to help prevent cancer. These are also best in strengthening the immune system that keeps you from getting sick at all times. For those mature men, it is best to find health supplements that are high in Pantothenic acid, zinc and niacin for energized body and alert minds.

photodune-3054404-man-exercising-at-the-gym-xsPanthothenic actually focuses on the adrenal glandand this helps sharpen your thinking. Zinc on the other hand is needed mainly for prostate health to avoid the big C. It also aids in testosterone production and sperm development. In addition to prostate health, it is imperative to make sure you are taking Vitamin D. Based on studies, it helps in slowing the growth of prostate tumor cells and it also regulates the growth of the new blood vessels in the body which is crucial in keeping the health of the cells in the body healthy. Whether you are a man or a woman, it is best to keep your body strong and fit at all times.