Kale: The Powerful Superfood That Can Protect Your Sight

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By Nicola Haley

We all know that living a balanced lifestyle is the key to good health. That means getting plenty of exercise, eating well and keeping our minds and bodies active. But in recent years, the use of digital devices has continued to rise. In moderation, time spent shopping online, reading a book on your tablet or catching up on the latest news on your smartphone does not pose a problem. However, exposure to digital devices for a prolonged period of time can damage your health, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s your eyesight that’s most likely to pay the price.

The damage caused by blue light

Many people are aware that light can be dangerous, but usually, it’s the light we cannot see that causes us the most harm. For instance, the sun produces UV light, which we all know can be extremely harmful, but it also produces blue light, which is part of the visible light spectrum. Blue light has a very short wavelength. This causes it to scatter when it comes into contact with air molecules and this is the reason the sky looks blue.

However, the sun is not the only source of blue light. It is also produced by digital devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets, and it is this that can damage our eyes. The trouble is that unlike weaker wavelengths of visible light, blue light flickers at a shorter wavelength and it is this action that, over the longer term, can cause retinal damage to the eyes.

The role of lutein and zeaxanthin

The macula in the eye has a yellow pigment which filters out the harmful blue light to protect the eye. However, over-exposure to blue light can damage the macula and lead to a condition called age-related macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin, which we get from our diet, play a significant part in protecting the macula from this type of damage. In fact, a Harvard study found that people who eat plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin are 40% less likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration.

How does kale help?

Kale that has been cooked contains the highest amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, with 18.3mg per 100g, of any food type. There are also plenty of other foods that contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, such as eggs, broccoli and garden peas.

Of course, protecting your peepers is not the only part kale can play in your physical health. It’s low in calories, high in fibre and has zero fat. It also has high levels of iron, which aids cell growth and promotes the formation of haemoglobin and enzymes. Then there are the high levels of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C, which are excellent for the immune system, vision and bone health.

How else can you protect against age-related macular degeneration?

Other ways you can help to protect against the risk of age-related macular degeneration include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and wearing sunglasses and a hat when you’re out in the sun.

What steps do you take to protect your eye health? Please leave your tips in the comments section below.

5 Healthy Habits To Protect Your Eyes

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By Aaron Barriga

eyeEyes are one of the most sensitive organs of the human body. If you do not take care of them, you can invite a host of eye related problems and diseases, some which may even affect your vision permanently. Let us look at a few habits which will help you avoid various eye related problems and make sure your eyes stay healthy for a long time.

1. Diet Matters

You must have a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy veggies like kale, spinach and collard greens. The essential omega-3 fatty acids can be gained from eating fish like salmon, tuna and halibut. Healthy diet will also prevent obesity, which is directly linked to diabetes. This in turn contributes to eye problems like glaucoma — a disease that damages the optic nerve.

2. Cleanliness Equals Healthy Eyes

Always wash your hands before touching the eyes, especially when you put or remove your contact lenses. Clean hands and fingers will prevent you from exposing your eyes to germs, and hence avoid risking infections or serious eye diseases that can lead to vision problems. You have to exercise caution when it comes to using make-up. Eyeliners, mascara and eye make-up are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Dispose the make-up after every three months and buy only good quality products.

3. Protecting the Eyes

You have to use protective eyewear whenever you play a sport like ice hockey, football or swimming or carry out certain home or DIY activities like gardening, sawing wood or cleaning the chimney. Safety glasses, eye guards and safety shields are designed to provide the correct protection to eyes during the activities mentioned above. The lenses of protective eye wear are made up of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. You can get protective eyewear at any eye care providers as well as some sporting goods stores.

Apart from the protective eye gear, you must use sunglasses every time you step out in the sun to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Buy only those glasses which can block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

4. Give Them a Break

familywalkWe spend most of the day staring at the screens of laptops, computers or smartphones for work or entertainment. This puts a strain on our eyes, which is why you must take regular breaks in between to relax them. Generally, we blink about 15 to 20 times in a minute but this drops by half when we are looking at a digital screen. By not blinking enough, the cornea can dry out and irritate your eyes. Try out the 20/20/20 rule when staring at a screen – Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This allows you to blink naturally and give your eyes some time to relax.

5. Visit the Eye Doctor Regularly

Regular eye checkups help in identifying vision related problems at an early stage, and in maintaining the health of the eyes. Regular eye exams can also detect diseases like glaucoma, which has no symptoms. Early detection makes it easier to cure.

It is equally important to know about your family history and inform about the same to your doctor. This knowledge will help your doctor in predicting whether or not you will suffer from any hereditary eye condition. If you experience any kind of eye problems such as redness or blurry vision, visit the eye doctor immediately.

These are just some basic habits which you can follow in your everyday life. Remember that if you take good care of your eyes, you can protect your vision for a long time.

Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care especially LASIK. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.

3 Ways To Protect Trees From Storm Damage

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treeIn their latest article, Precision Tree Services addresses 3 ways that trees experience damage and how property owners throughout Skagit and Snohomish County can actively care for their trees.

The frequent wind and rain in the Pacific Northwest makes it critical that property owners know how best to protect their trees from storm and wind damage. In their latest article, Precision Tree Services discusses 3 specific ways trees can suffer damage. In addition, the article also covers 3 ways property owners can maintain their trees to keep them healthy and beautiful.

The first way trees can suffer damage is through stem or trunk failure. The article states that stem failure can occur after a tree has experienced “decay, pest damage, or deep cuts into the tree’s living tissue.” Damage in the tree’s trunk leaves weak spots that will then increase the likelihood of stem failure during storms.

Another way that Precision Tree Services states that trees can experience damage during a storm is when there is root failure in the roots that provide the tree with the most structural stability. The article states that, “If these roots are damaged, diseased, or constrained during the tree’s growth, they will not be able to sufficiently support the tree.”

The article goes on to list the 3 ways homeowners can protect their trees from storm damage. The first way is by monitoring the condition of their trees. The article states that, “This will help to catch tree wounds or decay before it can become a serious problem.”

One of the best ways property owners can maintain the strength and beauty of their trees is by contacting a skilled arborist to analyze the tree and provide the necessary care. Precision Tree Services offers tree removal, trimming, and pruning throughout Everett, Marysville, and Seattle. For more information, visit their website at http://www.precisiontreeservicewa.com.

About Precision Tree Services:
Precision Tree Services is a family-run business that expands throughout Whatcom and the Snohomish County area. They provide a full range of tree services, including tree removal, tree pruning, shrub and bush pruning, hedge trimming, stump grinding, crown reduction, crown raising, tree cabling, and more. All of our services are conducted by fully-trained tree experts or ISA certified arborists. Contact our office to schedule a tree service.

Why To Choose Alkaline Lifestyle To Protect Bones?

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grandparentchildFor a very long time, the nature of Osteoporosis and the resulting fractures have been incomprehensible due to enigmatic results of researches. It was observed that in Asian countries, e.g. Japan, where lives of people are almost as long as of people from western countries and America, people rarely have osteoporosis fractures despite having no calcium-rich products in their daily diets. And, amazingly, in European countries and America, though people take high amount of dairy products, higher number of osteoporosis cases is observed. Another unresolved mystery was that there was no association between intake of calcium or protein and osteoporosis. So, the chemistry of osteoporosis has been confusing for many years.

Bone Health Theory:

There is a theory of bone health, which provides answer for these observations. It is called as the theory of low-acid food. The theory urges to increase the intake of low-acid foods, which includes fresh fruits and green vegetables that contain less protein.

The proponents of this dietary plan say that low-acid foods make bones stronger, which is not possible by American typical foods, which are, mainly, dairy products that are rich in animal proteins and calcium.

Choosing alkaline foods and electrolyzed drinking water can prevent from many chronic health issues and diseases, which ruin the entire old age period of many people. Bones change their shape and nature with time. Bones are always either breaking or building, but when the breaking is more rapid than building, bones get weaker.

Bones also take part in metabolic processes of human body. Bones are the largest resource of calcium in our body and maintain the acid-base level in blood within the narrow range. When the blood gains acidity, alkaline calcium compounds, like CaCO3, are released by bones to lower the acidity.

Researches have proven that vegetables and fruits have great ability to neutralize acidity and they also keep bones healthy. The metabolism of fruits and vegetables produces alkaline carbonates, whereas the metabolism of cereals and proteins produces acids. If the intake of proteins is more than the body needs, blood becomes acidic, and the body will need high amount of alkaline compounds to neutralize it.

Researches & Studies:

fruitswhiteThe study by Dr. Dawson Hughes suggested that increase in alkaline amount by taking more fruits and vegetables is a secure and cost-effective way to avoid osteoporosis and it strengthens bones in aged people. Several other studies also suggested that eating fruits and vegetables lowers the blood pressure, which minimizes the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

Clinical experiments have proven that milk, dairy products and calcium supplements can’t avoid bones fractures. These kinds of products are metabolized to neutral compounds. The reason for high rates of bone fractures is that American and Western people also eat high amount of meat, fish and poultry.

Final Thoughts:

These studies do not mean that we should completely abandon consuming protein, as old people eat protein, which is essentially required by their body. The researchers also do not ask to become vegetarian for healthy bones, rather these conclude that people eating high amount of protein should replace their high protein items with fruits and vegetables to help the body neutralizing the acidity and live a healthy life.

– Submitted by Muddassir Hosein

How Nutrition Can Help Protect Your Eye Health

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By Dennis Gierhart, PhD

eyeFebruary was Low Vision Awareness Month, and according to the National Eye Institute, more than two million Americans over age 50 suffer significant vision loss from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The disease is caused by the breakdown of the macula, the part of your eye that is responsible for central and detailed vision. While the disease can cause irreversible blindness, you can take steps to address the disease’s major risk factors.

Making sure your eyes are getting the nutrients they need is one of the most important ways to maintain your vision. There are two critical nutrients your eyes need to support a healthy macula: zeaxanthin (zee-uh-zan\’-thin) and lutein. While Lutein is fairly common in the diet, zeaxanthin is extremely scarce – to put it in perspective, you would need to eat 20 ears of corn daily to get the amount of zeaxanthin associated with healthy vision. Research shows, however, that supplements high in zeaxanthin can help bridge the nutrition gap and improve vision quality. Adding zeaxanthin to the diet is scientifically proven to not only help people take a proactive approach to AMD but also reduce glare, increase contrast, enhance color saturation, improve light sensitivity and improve responsiveness to changes in levels of light.

Keeping an eye on your ocular health is important, so please consider taking a moment each February to check in with your local optometrist to learn more about preserving your vision quality.

– Dr. Gierhart is the co-founder and CEO of ZeaVision, which produces EyePromise nutraceuticals. With more than 20 years of research, Dr. Gierhart pioneered the use of zeaxanthin to promote eye health. Since that time he has maintained a dedication to product quality by using only the highest-quality, natural ingredients, leading ZeaVision to become one of the leading companies in ocular nutrition. With more than 40-million doses consumed the EyePromise line of patented nutraceuticals contain the highest levels of dietary zeaxanthin available and all are backed by the unconditional 60-day, money-back guarantee. Learn more at eyepromise.com.

Electro-Magnetic Fields: What Is It And How Can You Protect Yourself? – Part 2

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By Mark Pitstick, MA, DC

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

girlcellphoneReady to learn more about how to minimize your exposure to EMF? ‘Minimize’ is the key word because, in most civilized areas, escaping it completely is not possible.

What can you do about it? Live away from cellular towers and large electrical transmitting and power stations if possible. Avoid using microwaves and electric blankets. Don’t keep your cell phone on your body or on your bedside table. During longer cell phone conversations, use light headphones or ear buds with a long cord with the cell phone distant from your body.

Especially avoid being near the sources of “dirty electricity” that you don’t really need: dimmer switches, power saving fluorescent light bulbs, halogen lamps, and older fluorescent lighting systems.

Wireless routers, computers, copy machines, television sets, fax machines and cell phone chargers are used by most people. One solution is to keep them unplugged except when in use and stay away from them when they are.

Again, it’s impossible for those in civilized areas to totally escape excess EMF. That’s why I wear a simple EMF protective device around my neck and use protection devices in my office and home. I recommend these for my patients who test positive for EMF with kinesiology testing.

For more information about this important topic, read Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization by Samuel Milham, M.D., M.P.H.; Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves by B. Blake Levitt; and Cross Currents by Robert O. Becker, M.D.

Visit www.mercola.com by Joseph Mercola, D.O. to learn more the dangers of EMF and what you can do about it. The site www.safespaceprotection.com is another good source of information and inexpensive, effective products to protect you and your loved ones from the dangers of EMF.

I know it’s a hassle to have to deal with all of this, but it’s your only option if you want to look, feel and be your very best. Living in the 21st century provides many benefits. However, we must recognize significant health hazards and deal with them effectively to get well and stay well.

Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic. His book Radiant Wellness: A Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind and Spirit was endorsed by Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bernie Siegel and others. Mark has been a frequent radio and TV guest and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show. He has presented many workshops on holistic health and spiritual awareness. He has been a review editor and regular contributor to many magazines and e-zines. Mark founded the Radiant Wellness Center and the Stressor-Nutrient Balancing healing method.

Disclaimer: Listing improvements of past patients’ problems does not imply a guarantee for those with similar conditions. I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. I do teach people and health care professionals how to assist the body in healing itself of imbalances.

Electro-Magnetic Fields: What Is It And How Can You Protect Yourself? – Part 1

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By Mark Pitstick, MA, DC

telecommunicationtowerA growing body of research indicates serious health dangers of excess electro-magnetic fields (EMF.) Scientists have known about these dangers for decades after initially investigating sick and dying cattle that lived under high-energy power lines.

Since then, reputable research and epidemiological studies have been done and the verdict is clear. However, as with cigarettes, most doctors and the public are slow to realize the negative impact. Meanwhile, people are suffering and dying needlessly and prematurely from the harmful effects of EMF.

Here’s a statistic that might get your attention. Currently, the average person is exposed to 100 million times the EMF that our grandparents were. And the amount is increasing yearly!

Many of the body’s physiological processes are influenced by bioelectrical signals. As such, many functions—from your sleep cycles to immune strength to DNA genetic expression—can be affected by excessive EMF.

Natural EMF is produced by the earth and every cell of the human body. This low intensity EMF is natural and conducive to good health.

The problem arises with—you guessed it—artificial EMF. Whenever we tamper with Mother Nature too much, we pay for it. Every electronic device, from hairdryers to cell phones to cell towers, produce high intensity electromagnetic energy that interferes with the body’s natural energy field.

The electrical field portion emanates from the device even when it is turned off, but is easy to block with metal. However, the magnetic field is only released when the device is turned on, but is impossible to block—even with metal or concrete.

Both types of fields are completely silent and invisible. How do you know if there is excess EMF around you? If your area receives cell phone service or electric power, it is.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, after a review of over 2000 scientific studies on EMF, concluded that it should be regarded as possibly carcinogenic. These studies show that excessive EMF weakens the body’s resistance to microorganisms and increases the risk of cancer.

The list of conditions associated with excess EMF is long and includes: memory loss, birth defects, cancer, impaired immunity, mood swings, depression, violent behavior, chronic stress and suicide.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic. His book Radiant Wellness: A Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind and Spirit was endorsed by Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bernie Siegel and others. Mark has been a frequent radio and TV guest and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show. He has presented many workshops on holistic health and spiritual awareness. He has been a review editor and regular contributor to many magazines and e-zines. Mark founded the Radiant Wellness Center and the Stressor-Nutrient Balancing healing method.

Disclaimer: Listing improvements of past patients’ problems does not imply a guarantee for those with similar conditions. I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. I do teach people and health care professionals how to assist the body in healing itself of imbalances.

Sports ‘Free Play’ Could Protect Against Youth-Athlete Injuries

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From Your Health Journal…..”My regular visitors know I love and always promote the Education Week web site and plug their great articles whenever I can. Today, they had a great article called, Sports ‘Free Play’ Could Protect Against Youth-Athlete Injuries by Bryan Toporek. I placed a small snip here from the article, but recommend all of you to visit the Education Week web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. The article discusses how single-sport specialization and an increase in organized competition could lead to a higher rate of injuries for youth-athletes. This means the more unorganized competition and “free play” could help protect against youth-athlete injuries. This does make sense, as sometimes, there is a sense of urgency in organized play, competing to be the best, a ‘whatever’ cost to the athlete to improve performance and outcome. Please visit the Education Week web site for the full story.”

From the article…..

Single-sport specialization and an increase in organized competition could lead to a higher rate of injuries for youth-athletes, according to a study presented at the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science and United States Tennis Association-Tennis Medicine and Injury Conference.

The findings, released to the public this past Friday, suggest that more unorganized competition and “free play” could help protect against youth-athlete injuries.

Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, an associate professor at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and colleagues investigated 891 youth-athletes in the Chicago area for this study. Out of the pool of participants, 618 of those athletes went to the Loyola University Health System or Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for treatment of sports injuries, while the other 273 were uninjured and came in for sports physicals.

The study included 124 total tennis players, 74 of whom specialized in only tennis.

Among the 74 single-sport tennis players, 65 of them (about 87.5 percent) reported an injury, while only nine did not. The 65 who were injured spent 12.6 hours per week playing organized tennis and only 2.4 hours a week in free play or recreation. Comparatively, the uninjured single-sport tennis players played organized tennis for 9.7 hours per week and spent 4.3 hours per week in free play or recreation. Both the injured and noninjured specialized tennis players spent roughly the same amount of time per week in either organized or recreational play.

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