Healthy Body, Health Vision: 6 Ways to Protect Your Aging Eyes

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Some things get better with age, but unless we look after them properly, are eyes are not one of them.

As you only get one set of eyes that have to last you a lifetime, it makes perfect sense to do everything you can to protect and preserve them.

Taking care of your eyes is not just about having regular checks it is also about trying to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle, which will in turn, help you to maintain good eyesight in later years.

 

Here is a look at six proven ways of protecting your eyes as best you can from the aging process…

 

Healthy eating

Many of us are aware of the childhood advice to eat plenty of carrots so that you can see in the dark, but there is some element of truth in that suggestion and protecting your eyes can definitely be helped by what you put on your plate.

You can improve your eyesight through the use of laser eye surgery these days and you can find out more on this here, but in the meantime, you can help yourself maintain healthier eyes by eating food that has all the right ingredients to improve your eye health as well as feel good with better eating.

Try to consume foods that contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, vitamin C and zinc. You will also find that foods that are rich in vitamins C & E do help in combating age-related vision problems.

A diet of green leafy vegetables, regular servings of fish like tuna and salmon and things like oranges and nuts, will all help you to maintain a healthy body weight and greatly assist in keeping your eyes in good shape.

 

Stop smoking

Obvious advice to anyone that smokes, but apart from the obvious health issues surrounding smoking, it is well worth remembering that smokers are statistically more likely to suffer from cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.

 

Put some shades on

Simple but highly effective advice is to make sure that you wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes from being damaged by the sun.

You need to make sure that you choose sunglasses that provide protection from the sun’s UV rays, as too much exposure will increase your risk of suffering from macular degeneration and cataracts.

 

Try to limit your computer use

It is hard for many of us to heed this advice completely as a lot of jobs involve the use of a computer workstation for varying periods each day.

Staring at a computer screen for long periods on a regular basis is likely to cause you eye strain, give you blurry vision and regular headaches and neck, back and shoulder pain.

Try to rest your eyes for about 30 seconds every 20 minutes, by looking at something that is about 20 feet away, and take a break completely every 2 hours for about 10-15 minutes if you can.

 

Wear safety glasses

If your job involves potential trauma or you take part in a sport or other activity that could potentially result in accidental damage to your eye, make sure you wear the appropriate safety glasses.

 

Regular checks

As well as trying to follow a healthy routine and doing all that you can to preserve and protect your eyes, you should go for regular eye tests to make sure that everything is in order.

Eye exams can help identify diseases like glaucoma, which has no symptoms, and an early diagnosis in many situations can often lead to a better prognosis.

Try to maintain a healthy body and healthy vision and you will be rewarded in later life.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Carl Robinson is a longtime eyecare specialist with a passion for blogging. When he’s not at the eye clinic, he’s sharing what he has discovered about better vision with his readership. You can find his educational posts on various medical and healthcare blog sites.

 

 

Small Patio Decor for More Outdoor Enjoyment

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Small Patio Decor for More Outdoor Enjoyment

 

You live in an urban jungle. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors though. What you really need is a few intelligent modifications to your back patio to bring nature to your home. Fortunately, this isn’t terribly difficult to do.

 

Create an Expanded Room

 

There’s nothing like bringing the outside in, or the inside out. This one may or may not require extensive remodeling, but a patio door, or a sliding door, can be used to create an effectively larger living room, dining room, or even bedroom. How? Just open the door and lay down a carpet on the threshold.

 

It really is that simple. And, it’s also a great way to get some fresh air and do something other than watch T.V. You’ll need chairs suitable for the out of doors, of course, and those can be picked up at online outlets like http://www.swiveluk.com/uk/. Make sure you get something that’s waterproof and easy to clean.

 

Use Vertical Gardening

 

Hanging gardens are so beautiful. They’re also a little pricey if you try to buy them retail. Fortunately, they’re easy to make with a pallet and some dirt. If you have anything resembling a green thumb, it’ll take you an afternoon to set up. Then, all you need to do is find a secure place to hang it – like a fence.

 

An alternative would be to lay it up against the house. Once the flowers start blooming, you’ll be glad you have it.

 

Recycle Old Toys and Clay Pots

 

Using old clay pots and toy wagons as flower beds isn’t a new idea, but surprisingly few people actually do it these days. You can make this work if you don’t crowd your back patio with flowers. All you need is one wagon or maybe 3 small pots, and you’ll have enough butterflies and ladybugs to keep you entertained for an hour or two every afternoon.

 

Use Mirrors

 

Mirrors can make a small patio look much larger than it actually is. The trick is to get large mirrors – full length ones. Then, place them in corners or against a fence. All you need are a few of these things to make your patio look “deeper.” Just don’t overdo it or your back yard will look like a fun house.

 

Use Minimalist Decor

 

The more stuff you put in the back yard, the more cluttered and small it will look. Minimalism means space. Sometimes, just clearing out a crowded patio is all you need to make it look nice. If you have an especially small patio, you may even want to ditch the furniture and opt for hung potted flowers and a small rug.

 

Since each home is different, you’ll have to assess what will work and what won’t in your back yard.

 

If you have enough room, use one major piece of furniture as the focal point, and then orient everything else around that piece. This can also give you the illusion of space. So, for example, you could put a tabletop fire pit out on the patio and then a small lawn chair. It’ll be like a private room. Not too cluttered, but not barren either.

 

Guest Blogger: Abby Campbell is a retired interior designer with a love for blogging about inspirations for any home. From knowing how to decide to revitalize a space to finding your inspirations, she frequently writes about the basics for functional and beautiful home design.

 

Stunning Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones

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It is that time again, and this year you are looking for something very special. While the classic standbys are good, it helps to give gifts that remind the women in your life that they are truly unique! Therefore, the following ten ideas are a notch above, gifts that your loved ones are certain to love!

One – Hot Sunglasses:

Let your wife, girlfriend, mother or daughter know that she is truly awesome. A great pair of shades in any one of a number of exciting new styles will get the message across… with some style!

Two – A Gorgeous Piece of Diamond Jewelry:

Most women love jewelry. A beautiful ring, diamond necklace, bracelet, or earrings will speak volumes. Stores and online jewelers, such as Michael Hill feature great pieces at attractive prices that the women you love are certain to adore!

Three – An Exceptionally Good Bottle of Wine:

If the woman in your life loves wine and appreciates exceptional quality, why not give her an amazing bottle of wine, from either a boutique winery or a vintage bottle… to savor.

Four –The Ideal Coffee Machine

If she is into cappuccino, she is certain to enjoy brewing up her own gourmet coffee. Add a variety of fresh coffee beans and an electric grinder. (Your home may soon become the local café!)

Five – A Club Membership

If a single bottle of wine or a coffee machine is not just right, why not enroll her in a gift of the month club. Treat her to a new coffee, tea blend, flower arrangement, or another novelty gift each month for the coming year. Give a present that she will continue to receive in the seasons ahead.

Six – A Spa Day:

Schedule a half or full day for her at the local spa. A massage, reflexology, a manicure, pedicure, or even a visit to a chiropractor could be the ideal gift for your loved one.

Seven – Workout Clothes:

If she has recently upgraded her fitness routine, a classy workout outfit will encourage her effort. Many great new colors and styles are ideal for a variety of exercise routines. In addition, if she is into sports or backpacking, a new tennis racket or backpack could be the perfect fit.

Eight – A New Handbag:

Take a hint from her favorite bag. Look for a handbag with similar dimensions and details. Then upgrade with something newer and slightly more fashionable.

Nine – Special Picture Frames:

Find the perfect frame for a special family photo or personal piece of art. A larger frame designed for a photo collage, or an electronic digital frame that displays a slideshow of photos, makes a special and truly unique gift.

Ten – The Ideal Weekend Getaway:

Take your wife or partner away for the weekend to a local bed and breakfast, or on a three-day cruise. Your mom, sister, daughter or grandmother will also enjoy time spent together. If getting away for the night is not reasonable, take her shopping or to the theater. What makes this gift so stunning is that it reminds your loved one that you care enough to create a space in time to enjoy your very special relationship!

Teeth Grinding: Not Just a Cosmetic Problem

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The majority of us grind or clench our teeth periodically and this action is referred to as bruxism. If your teeth grinding is very spasmodic and not a regular occurrence then it is unlikely to cause you any long-term harm, but if you do it on a regular basis, it can lead to oral health complications.

Specialists such as NYC TMD dentists are able to help you deal with the problem and carry out any work associated with bruxism but firstly there is the issue of why people feel the need to grind their teeth and whether they are actually aware they are doing it.

 

While you are sleeping

A common difficulty associated with bruxism is that the grinding often occurs during the night whilst you are sleeping so as a consequence, a good number of patients are actually unaware they are doing this until they start to display some of the symptoms.

Teeth grinding can be as a result of suffering from stress and anxiety and it is also caused by an abnormal bite pattern or through having missing or misaligned teeth.

 

Explaining the teeth grinding

Ideally, our upper and lower teeth are meant to glide together smoothly and only come together whilst we are chewing our food.

Any unnatural grinding or clenching of our teeth has the effect of causing our teeth to wear and crack over a period of time and can also cause serious jaw impairment. Many of us grind our teeth and in instances where we feel anxious or nervous, the practice can be more frequent.

Related health problems become a reality when the bruxism becomes a regular habit rather than an occasional reaction to a situation. It is estimated that roughly 20% of the population grind their teeth whilst they are awake and just less than 10% do this while they are sleeping, which ultimately can have a negative effect on tooth enamel, bones, gums and the jaw.

 

Early years

Bruxism quite often starts in childhood when the teeth are still in their development stage and moving from milk to adult teeth.

It is believed that somewhere in the region of 15% of children regularly grind or clench their teeth, but less than 5% of them carry on the habit into adulthood, although the severity of their grinding in their early years can lead to dental and health problems.

 

Damage can takes its toll

A prolonged period of bruxing leaves you susceptible to a fairly wide range of damage that can have consequences as a result.

Examples of common problems include where micro-cracks and broken fillings eventually lead to nerve damage and constant headaches combined with an aching jaw can be experienced as a result of overuse of the jaw muscles.

 

Chronic grinding

There are numerous treatments and therapies to help you contend with the problem of bruxism, such as orthodontics to deal with misaligned teeth and the use of muscle relaxants such as Botox to minimize spasm in jaw muscles that have been overworked.

Chronic grinding is more serious and can lead to complete tooth loss and if not addressed, the problem can actually lead to hearing loss and potentially change the appearance of your face.

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth in your sleep and notice any damage or experience any of the symptoms, get it checked out by your dentist as soon as possible.

 

Guest Blogger: Megan Anders is a dental professional with several years experience. She especially enjoys researching the field of dentistry. She posts her illuminating articles mainly on health and dental websites.

9 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Your Breast Health Tomorrow

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We live in an age of breast cancer. About one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, according to The American Cancer Society. This insidious illness has been on the rise for the last two decades. Why? There are a number of reasons. Fortunately, there are ways to modify your diet and lifestyle that will dramatically reduce your risks.

 

Jack Up Vitamin D Production

 

There are few hormones as important as vitamin D. This one steroid hormone can dramatically reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. That’s because research shows that women who have breast cancer tend to have low levels of vitamin D in their body. Vitamin D receptors are found on the surface of practically all cells in the human body, especially breast cell tissues.

 

Vitamin D attaches to these receptors, causing oncogenes to stop growing or even die. This means that cancer never develops in the breast, and it never spreads to other parts of the body. This is largely a preventative measure, however, as no study has confirmed vitamin D as a treatment for cancer. So, your best bet is to get regular vitamin D testing done, and get out in the sun (or take vitamin D supplements).

 

If you choose to get your vitamin D from the sun, your body will only make it when you expose a large area of it to the sun (without sunblock of course). If your shadow is shorter than you are tall, the sun’s UVB rays, which are responsible for converting cholesterol in your skin to Vitamin D, will hit the Earth at the right angle for you to make vitamin D.

 

Reduce Stress

 

Take up yoga, see a masseuse, get romantic partner and start having more sex – do whatever you have to do to reduce the stress in your life. Chronic low-grade stress increases your risk for breast cancer.

 

Eat Your Vegetables

 

Vegetables contain phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants. Some of these phytonutrients are also protective against cancers. Unfortunately, most women don’t eat enough veggies and fruit to make a difference. You need roughly 8 to 9 cups of vegetables per day to get the full benefits.

However, don’t let that seemingly daunting task dissuade you. A paltry 3 cups of veggies is better than none. And, 5 cups is better than 3. Opt for variety. Get a good mix of green veggies like kale, chard, spinach, beet greens, and turnip greens. Add in colorful veggies like sweet peppers and beet root and carrots. Don’t forget squash and berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. And, don’t forget to add in sulfurous and cruciferous veggies either – broccoli, garlic, and onions.

 

Drink Moderately

 

Alcohol is not only a depressant, it’s immunosuppressive; not good news for protecting yourself from breast cancer. Alcohol may increase damage to DNA in cells. If you find it difficult to cut back on your drinking, you don’t necessarily have to go to alcohol treatment centers to get help, though keep it in the back of your mind as an option. The important thing is to control your drinking and always drink in moderation if you do choose to continue.

 

Manage Your Weight Without Becoming Underweight

 

Losing weight is important in managing breast cancer risk. But, it’s more important to focus on body fat percentage. Total weight is relative. So, if you’re 5’0”, a normal weight might be 100 pounds with 15 percent or less body fat. If you’re 5’9”, being 100 pounds would be considered underweight – not good.

 

Diet and exercise are the most common ways to control weight. But, if you’re having trouble using the usual methods, you might need to have your doctor run a full thyroid panel, micronutrient testing, cortisol testing, and gut pathogen screen to rule out infections and parasites as the cause of your weight problem.

 

Increase Movement

 

Moving is important. It’s so important that biomechanist Katy Bowman makes it her mission to teach women all over the world how to walk, run, and move in a way that optimally loads the human skeletal system. She even instructs women on the importance of basic human movements, like the squat.

 

Get Regular Screenings

 

Nothing beast regular screenings for breast cancer. Just because you eat right and get a million diagnostics doesn’t mean you’re risk-free for cancer. It takes a day, and you’ll be saving yourself years of pain.

 

Train With Weights

 

An interesting new study shows that men who weight train are 40 percent less likely to die from cancer. Why does this matter to you? While the study focused exclusively on men, it illustrates an important point. The benefits were not exclusively hormonal. Part of the benefit of weight training is that you become stronger.

 

As a woman, you don’t make enough endogenous testosterone to get big and bulky. But, you do possess the right mix of hormones to get incredibly strong. And, weight training may help you control your weight, which will help you decrease your risk for breast cancer.

 

There’s also some interesting research concerning weight training in subjects who have already had cancer – bottom line is that weight training helps protect against muscle-wasting. The time to prepare that body of yours, however, is now.

 

Stop Smoking

 

This should be obvious, but smoking is positively correlated with all sorts of health problems – cancer is one of them. Stop smoking, and start the healing process.

 

Kevin Martel has focused his long medical career on women’s health concerns. With many years of experience and extensive research, he frequently writes about ways to tackle many common issues and worrisome topics on a variety of women’s health and wellness blogs.