Eye Health Nutrition

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You are probably aware of the fact that good nutrition is necessary to good overall health, but you may not be aware of how much it can help your vision and the health of your eyes. If your nutritional efforts are focused on getting your recommended daily allowances, you may be missing out on some of the most important nutrients for your eyes. The right nutrients can protect you from vision loss and, for some people, even reverse it.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin improve the health of your retinas and can help protect against cataract development. Studies have found that adequate intake of these carotenoids greatly reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin include eggs, leafy greens, peas, carrots, and corn.

Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, contain the highest concentrations of lutein, but studies have found that lutein found in egg yolks is the most bioavailable, so your body can actually get more of this vital nutrient from eggs.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the U.S. but, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children worldwide. Vitamin A helps your eyes adjust to changes in light. One of the signs of a deficiency is night blindness. It helps keep your eyes moist. It can help prevent cataracts, and AMD.

Retinol is the form of vitamin A found in animal products. Beta carotene is the best-known precursor to vitamin A (provitamin A) and is found in fruits and vegetables. Provitamin A is converted into retinol in our bodies. Good sources of vitamin A or provitamin A include:

Liver
Milk
Eggs
Red, orange, and yellow vegetables such as carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers
Leafy green vegetables
Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are necessary for good health and for good vision. You need both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, but they need to be in the right ratios. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is far too heavy on omega-6, largely due to processed foods. Boosting your omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent glaucoma, AMD, and dry eye. Pregnant and nursing women should get plenty of omega-3 to help their babies’ vision develop properly, as well. Wild caught salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed are all high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Switching to grass-fed beef, dairy products from grass-fed cows, and eggs from pasture-raised chickens is also a great way to increase your omega-3s and reduce unhealthy fats, without having to give up the foods you already enjoy.

Bilberry

Bilberry has been used to improve eyesight for centuries. During World War II, British pilots enjoyed improved night vision from eating bilberry jam. Bilberryis rich in antioxidants. It can improve vision, protect your eyes from vision loss, and even help repair damage from certain conditions that cause vision loss. One way that bilberry protects the eyes is by strengthening the tiny capillaries that can cause vision loss when they fail.

These are just a few of things you can do to improve your vision.

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Natural Mole Cures

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Is living with moles or warts really ruining your quality of life? Do you wish there were natural

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cures? Well today is your lucky day because there are! Actually, there are several ways to permanently remove moles, warts, and skin tags with natural methods. This may be shocking to some of you, as it was to me when I first learned of some of this information. I myself have struggled with moles since I was in middle school. I kept hoping that there would be some new scientific breakthrough, or an herb discovered from the Brazilian Rainforest which could cure my moles.

I routinely asked my dermatologist if there were any new advancements in dealing with moles, and he always had the same answer, “No”. It wasn’t until years later, when I did an Internet search, that I unearthed the incredible findings. There were indeed alternative methods to surgery. The best part was that these methods were easy, cheap, and natural at that! Discovering this information was the beginning of a long journey for me.

A journey for the truth which has led me to a whole new perspective on health, wealth, and life. We will save the latter two topics for another day. For now let me share some of this information, which was a true catalyst in me changing my life for the better. I hope it has the same transforming effect on you, as it did on me.

Wow, so you can actually removal moles yourself at home with simple natural methods? My answer to that is, “absolutely”. In fact, I was floored to learn just how many remedies and products there were for this problem. Honestly, I never saw that many people with as many moles as me, so I blindly figured that maybe there was no demand for this information. Well I was wrong, so let’s get right to the methods I have tried. Please bare in mind that these methods may work differently depending on the person and the type of wart, mole or skin tag.

Great Natural Mole Cures

Raw garlic sliced and soaked in apple cider vinegar
Blood root (natural native American plant-based salve)
Food grade hydrogen peroxide

In addition to these there, are literally dozens of other natural mole cures; and natural remedies which will heal warts and skin tags as well. I only wanted to mention the ones that I used. All three cures had about equal effectiveness. They work to destroy the bacteria which produces these blemishes. In my case it sometimes took a few  applications to totally remove the moles.

There are also two natural mole removal products I tried. Dermatend is a bloodroot based product. It works pretty good, but has slight burning sensation when left on for too long.

The second was a plant based product called “Nevi No More” by fonoils. It had a slower effect for me so I would have to say it was the least effective in my case. I think having a better understanding of what causes moles, warts and skin tags (bacteria), along with a knowledge of how to properly apply the methods, will free you from the pain of living with these blemishes. 

I strongly recommend getting advice from a suitable practitioner of these methods. I am not one, which is why I did not go into the application of these cures. I just wanted to introduce everyone to the knowledge. There are a lot of free resources on the web, but I suggest you get your information through a reputable source.

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Home Hemorrhoid Remedies

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Disorders of the gastrointestinal system, and especially those involving the rectum and anus, are a usual cause of embarrassing revelations. People who have these tend to be so conscious about it that they tend to keep it to themselves. One example of which is hemorrhoids. Fortunately, home hemorrhoid remedies are all over books and the Internet, making it easier for one to do research and manage hemorrhoids all by yourself.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the rectum, causing pain and irritation. They may be external or internal.

One of the best home hemorrhoid remedies is the sitz bath. A sitz bath is a plastic tub that fits over the toilet and can be filled with water. Fill the tub with warm water or saline water up until about 6-8 inches, enough that the hips and buttocks are submerged. Sit on the tub for 15-20 minutes. This simple home remedy for hemorrhoids promotes relief from the discomfort the hemorrhoids cause.

Other natural home hemorrhoid remedies are actually found in the kitchen. Open the freezer and there you see ice. Wrap in plastic or cloth and sit on it. This home hemorrhoid remedy called cold compress constricts the vessels and soothes hemorrhoid pain. Just make sure you don’t sit on it too long or you might freeze your butt out. Apply directly on hemorrhoids for 15 minutes. Vinegar is also used to soothe the itching and burning discomfort that hemorrhoids bring. Soak a cotton ball in either apple cider or plain vinegar and apply on the swollen blood vessels. Vinegar is known to have an astringent effect which helps shrink these vessels. Potato is used not only for cooking but also for its natural astringent properties. Blend two washed potatoes until it is in liquid form, spread into a gauze or a clean handkerchief, fold and apply to the hemorrhoids for 5-10 minutes. Be warned about inserting potato chunks into the anal area, chances are these may not come out! Vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges and some vegetables help in strengthening and toning the blood vessels so fill your plate up with these choices. Making fruits and vegetables an integral part of your daily intake is essential to healthy body. Another home hemorrhoid remedy is the prune. Prunes have a laxative effect, making bowel movement easier and regular, thus minimizing straining which may cause formation of hemorrhoids.

Water is also one of the most effective home hemorrhoids remedies. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday to help out with digestion and make the flow smooth along the digestive track.

Aloe Vera, with its versatility, can be a home remedy for hemorrhoids. Aloe Vera has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps soothe the inflamed blood vessel. Apply the clear gel directly into the hemorrhoids.

Home hemorrhoid remedies focus on establishing a regular, healthy bowel habit, which is achieved by the pointers given above. Do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider for more information on how to deal with hemorrhoids, especially if it becomes chronic.

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