Iridology, or iridodiagnosis, is an alternative medical technique which studies the iris of your eye. The practitioners of these techniques claim that certain characteristics, such as colours and patterns can reveal significant information about your overall health.
Natural, Common-Sense Strategies to Help Protect Healthy Vision
1. Quit Smoking
With smoking, the production of free radicals increases and it negatively affects the quality of your vision.
2. Eat Plenty of Fresh Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
With regular consumption of green leafy vegetables, you can significantly improve your eye health. These vegetables are abundant in lutein and zeaxanthin which can improve the quality of your vision.
3. Care for Your Cardiovascular System
High blood pressure can damage the miniscule blood vessels on the retina. You can maintain your blood pressure normal by avoiding fructose.
According to a research by Dr. Richard Johnson, a chief of the division of kidney disease and hypertension at the University of Colorado, consuming 74 grams or more fructose in a day (equal to 2.5 sugary drinks) can increase your blood pressure by 77 percent.
4. Normalize Your Blood Sugar
High blood sugar levels can obstruct the blood flow in the retina and also damage the blood vessels in your retina.
5. Get Plenty of Healthy Omega-3 Fat
A study published in the August 2001 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology found that omega-3 fatty acids can protect your vision.
However, fish is no longer the best source of omega-3 fats since the pollution on fish farms is at high levels. Krill oil is extremely beneficial and it contains astaxanthin.
6. Avoid Trans Fats
These fats can lead to macular degeneration. They are commonly found in processed food and baked goods, including fired foods, fried chicken, margarine, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers.
7. Avoid Aspartame
One of the many acute symptoms of aspartame poisoning is problems with eyesight.
8. Antioxidants for Healthy Eyes
Several antioxidants have been proved as particularly beneficial to improve eye vision:
– Black currant anthocyanins
Your eyes are now subjected to much higher levels of oxidation than our ancestors. There are more contaminants and the depletion of our ozone layer is causing more intense sunlight, which directly exposes your eyes and skin to more free radicals. With age, your body loses the ability to produce antioxidants.
Therefore, it is very important to protect your vision.
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