Is Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safe?

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What You Need to Know to Protect Your Vision

A rare event, the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017 will captivate millions of viewers in North America.  The stunner in the sky is worthy of eyeball time, but is it actually safe for our eyes?

Many may think that because the sun is mostly covered during a solar eclipse, that it does not warrant the use of eye protection, but ophthalmologists warn otherwise. Staring directly at the sun is dangerous, and can even cause blindness. Due to the intensity of the light, you can permanently destroy your retinas.

Still want to watch the solar eclipse?

Here’s what you should do for safe viewing, according to the American Astronomical Society:

Never look at the sun directly without protective eye gear. During a solar eclipse, even sunglasses are not strong enough. Use special solar filters glasses made for safer viewing of the eclipse. (And still only a quick glimpse is recommend!)

Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. By doing this, you can cause blindness and severe damage to your retinas.

Don’t miss out on this sight of a lifetime. Talk with your eye doctor about the best way to view the solar eclipse based on your unique eye health needs. By using these safe-viewing strategies, you will help protect against any harm to your eyes.

Smoking & Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Cigarettes Causing Vision Troubles

More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Currently, there are 36.5 million Americans who still smoke cigarettes. Smoking doubles your risk for developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Studies show the strong association between AMD and number of pack years smoked.

Are you a past or present smoker? Due to the increase of oxidative stress on the eyes, cigarette smokers may lack sufficient levels of the following nutrients:

-Vitamin C

-Vitamin E

-Zinc

-Calcium

-Folate

– Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

– Lycopene

If you are a present smoker, the best thing you can do is to remember the 3 “S”’ to help prevent AMD.

1. Stop: Stop smoking!  For support, join a ‘quit smoking’

program. A free resource is available:

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

2. Screen: Schedule a screening with your ophthalmologist to look for early signs of AMD.

3. Supplement: If you are a past or present smoker, Viteyes® AREDS 2 Plus Omega combined with AREDS 2 Multivitmain Beta-Carotene Free may help fill in the gaps. Viteyes® AREDS 2 multivitamin is specifically designed to be taken with AREDS 2, and the only AREDS 2 multivitamin compatible for smokers.

Ask your doctor if Viteyes® AREDS 2 Plus Omega-3 and Viteyes® Beta-Carotene Free Multivitamin Companion is right for you.

Reference:  NYU Langone Medical Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from http:// blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2014/12/23/supplements-help-smokers/

Lutein & Zeaxanthin Linked To Lower Stress

The “Happy” Vitamin Too Few are Taking

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are well known for promoting eye health. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that work together to protect the eye from oxidative stress, which can cause major eye diseases and blindness, such as Age Related Macular Degeneration. Did you know that Lutein and Zeaxanthin now have even more to offer to your health?

A new study released in Nutritional Neuroscience* is now reporting that Lutein and Zeaxanthin is linked to lower levels of psychological stress. The study was observed over the course of 12 months with 59 participants.

According to the study, supplementation with either Lutein or Zeaxanthin for a minimum of 6 months produced significant improvements in measures of psychological stress, serum cortisol, and measures of emotional and physical health compared to placebo.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are commonly found in leafy green vegetables, like spinach and kale. The average person does not eat enough leafy greens on a daily basis, so supplementing with Lutein and Zeaxanthin may help some individuals who are not confident with their daily intake.

Viteyes Essentials is a high quality formulation of Lutein and Zeaxanthin, containing a potent dose of Lutein and Zeaxanthin for optimum eye health. Ask your doctor if supplementing with Lutein and Zeaxanthin is right for you. The benefits for both eye health and mood enhancement may be worth it.

 *Supplementation With Macular Carotenoids Reduces Psychological Stress, Serum Cortisol, and Sub-Optimal Symptoms of Physical and Emotional Health in Young Adults.” NT Stringham et al. Nutr Neurosci 1-11. 2017 Feb 15.

Men’s vs. Women’s Vitamins

Is there really a difference?

As we age, it is true that our bodies cannot nutritionally support its self the way it once did. Certain vitamins levels are decreasing each year as our bodies stop producing and absorbing key nutrients. It is also true that men and women have different nutritional needs.

Hormones and our physical differences are the main reasons we require specific and unique supplemental needs. The biggest difference you will notice in men and women’s vitamins are the increased iron and calcium in women’s supplements due to the increased need women have for them both.

Some supplements, like AREDS2 based supplements, are universal, meaning that they have the same effect on both men and women. The nutrients in an AREDS2, like Viteyes, specifically target eye health and do not differ between men and women. There are also other supplements, such as Omega-3, where men and women are both equally deficient. Talk with your doctor to see if taking a specific or generalized vitamin is right for you.

Healthy Food Fast, Not Fast Food

3 Meal prepping tips for success

You’ve probably heard the expression “You are what you eat.” To some degree that is true.

Although you won’t walk around looking like a bag of chips, you will wear around the excess empty calories and fat. So how do you make healthy eating a priority when you’re pressed for time? Two words: Meal Prepping.

What is meal prepping? Simply preparing, or “prepping”, your daily meals in advance. This is especially important to help you eat healthier due to the convenience alone.  Here are some helpful tips to make meal prepping a part of your weekly routine.

1. Shop around perimeter of grocery stores: Stock up on fruits, veggies and avoid packaged foods and processed foods in the inner aisles that lack nutrient-rich foods.

2. Cook your meals in large batches: Whether it’s a making a large pot of vegetable soup, quinoa casserole or grilling a whole package of lean white meat and vegetables, these large quantity meals will last you all week.

3. Proper storage: Place in freezer safe bags or containers, freeze and reheat!

This weekly practice saves time and money, so will run out of any excuses to not eat healthy.  Pick one day of the week to dedicate a few hours of making batches of meals for the week to save you the effort and hassle later, it will be worth it for your health and waistline.

6 Super Foods From Under the Sea

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1. Chlorella-  This blue green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can consume. It contains healthy protein, vitamins and minerals.

2. Algal Oil- Derived from algae, this oil is a vegan nutrition powerhouse rich in omega-3 and DHA. Agal oil helps support eye health, brain health, heart health and reduces inflammation.

3. Spirulina- This bright blue green algae contains 12 times more protein than beef. It is also rich in beta-carotene as well as iron and magnesium and essential fatty acids, which can promote healthy vision.

4. Kelp- Not just a decoration for the bottom of the sea, kelp is a natural source of vitamins as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium.

5. Wakame- A good friend to a sushi roll, and an even better friend to your health, wakame is a deep green seaweed packed with nutrition. Wakame can be eaten dehydrated and are often enjoyed as crispy flavored “chips.”

6. Astaxathin- This deep red microalgae is grown in fresh water. Due to the rich red color, it is known to be packed full of eye healthy carotenoids.

Most of these superfoods are not enjoyed alone, they are commonly found and sold at health food stores or online in powder form. These powders can be added in with other ingredients blended in a smoothies or added to popular supplements. Ask your doctor if any of these superfoods are right for you to try.

 

10 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Using Food for Common Health Remedies

bilberry    Food is fuel, or at least it should be. Depending on what we put into our bodies, we can expect a similar output. If we fill our bodies with toxins, excessive sugar and chemicals, we can expect our system to be negatively taxed as a result. When we fuel our bodies with fruits, vegetables and health-filled ingredients, we can expect to see and feel a positive difference.

Food can have many healing benefits in our bodies. A trending and popular food ingredient boasting natural healing properties is apple cider vinegar. Although it has been around for many years, more recently it has become buzz-worthy. Apple cider vinegar’s many benefits include:

1. Increased digestion

2. Fights acid reflux

3. Detoxes the body

4. Regulates PH (acidity in the body)

5. Fights Cancer

6. Lowers Blood Pressure

7. Balances Blood Sugar

8. Clears Sinuses and allergies

9. Fights Colds and Flu

10. Promotes Weight loss

Reach for the apple cider vinegar to help restore your health. Ask your doctor if adding a daily dose of apple cider vinegar is right for you. Apple cider vinegar can be used in a homemade dressing with honey and mustard, or can be used in a tea with honey and lemon. However you dress it up is up to you, but your body may thank you later for it.

Grape Seed Oil for Eye Health

Exceedingly popular seeds for your health

 

bilberry   Most commonly used as a light bodied cooking oil, grape seed oil is now being looked at for much more than what meets the pan. For years, grape seed oil and grape seed extract has also been used in a similar respect to coconut oil for its boasted beauty benefits. You can find grape seed oil in many hair and skin products, as it helps improve the look and feel of skin and hair.

Grape seed oil is also hypoallergenic, meaning that it is free from the 8 common allergens: soy, wheat, dairy, corn, peanuts, tree-nuts, shellfish and fish. Grape seed oil, similar to fatty fish, contains a vegetarian source of essential fatty acids. In addition, it is also rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and polyphenols making it an excellent pair for eye health.

When it comes eye health, it is said that grape seed oil protects against oxidative damage, can protect against certain cancers, has anti-aging benefits, and aids in proper circulation of blood flow to the eye. It also is said to help protect against eyestrain, cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Viteyes® AREDS 2 Advanced formula contains Grape Seed Extract, Bilberry, & Alpha-Lipoic Acid; (Utilizes natural Vitamin E) to support maximum eye nourishment for those with AMD.

 

10 Harmful Effects of Consuming Red Dye

The dark side of red

For years, red dye has been added to many of our packaged products to help make the appearance of food more appealing. Red dye is lurking in salad dressings, cake mixes, breakfast cereals, baked goods, beverages, and even seemingly healthy supplements you might be taking.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has a total of nine regulated artificial colors allowed in food products. Red dye #40 and Red Dye #3 are 2 are the most common artificial colors used in the majority of these products. While these are considered common, they also may have some rather serious side affects for some.

According to research, red dye #3 is considered a carcinogen, or cancer-causing chemical. Research also suggests that some people are sensitive to food dyes such as Red #40 and may experience a variety of adverse reactions such as these below.

1.  Skin rash

2.  Migraine headaches

3.  Hyper-activity

4.  Joint pain

5.  Respiratory problems

6.  Digestive problems

7.  Life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock)

8.  Dizziness

9.  Faster pulse and a drop in blood pressure

10.  Insomnia

Avoiding red dye can be tricky as red dye can also be hidden by going by different names, such as: Red, Crimson Lake, Carmine, Carminic acid, Natural Red 4, “undefined color” and more. Be sure to read all labels on your packaged products to be sure to safely avoid products made with red dye.

The easiest way to be confident that a product does not contain red dye is to look for a label that clearly states that it has “no artificial colors or flavorings”. At Vitamin Health, Inc, all of our products (Viteyes® and Neoflex®) are free from all artificial colors.

Is it Dry Eye or Seasonal Allergies?

The differences between both eye discomforts

The bone-chilling days of winter are behind us and spring is in bloom. This season brings fresh flowers, green grass and the not so exciting seasonal springtime allergies.

For some, more plants in bloom mean more allergens swirling into the air. Are you noticing a change in your eyes this spring? Is it dry eye or allergies? Here’s how to tell the difference:

Seasonal Allergies:

• Itchy eyes

• Redness

• Puffiness

• Leaking and watery eyes

• Accompanied by sinus problems

Dry Eye:

• Painful, scratchy eyes

• Redness may or may not be present

• Stinging and burning sensation

• Feeling of chronic dryness

• Accompanied by light sensitivity or blurred vision

The two may be easy to confuse, but these main differences may make it easier to point out what is causing your eye discomfort. Talk to your eye doctor about any changes with your eyes. If you have dry eye symptoms, your doctor may be able to recommend a dry eye supplement.