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These 10 habits could be seriously hurting your eyesight. Sure, mom used to scold you about sitting too close to the TV, but that’s not the only thing that could be hurting your eyes. 1. Not wearing sunglasses Remember when Anderson Cooper wore that eye patch? He sunburned his eyes while jet skiing in Portugal […]
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These 10 habits could be seriously hurting your eyesight.

Sure, mom used to scold you about sitting too close to the TV, but that’s not the only thing that could be hurting your eyes.

1. Not wearing sunglasses
Remember when Anderson Cooper wore that eye patch? He sunburned his eyes while jet skiing in Portugal on a “60 Minutes” assignment, and while he didn’t technically lose his sight, he wore it to protect his eye while it healed. If you don’t want that to happen to you, always wear a broad-brimmed hat and shades, making sure they protect against ultraviolet rays (look for a special sticker that says, “100 percent UV blocking”). Exposure to UV rays damages the retina and increases your risk of cloudiness on your eye, also known as cataracts. It also makes you more likely to get skin cancer on your eyelids, says Vinay Aakalu, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and ocular facial plastic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Overexposure to the sun’s rays can also lead to ultraviolet keratitis — sunburn on the epithelium of the cornea (the clear outer part of the eye) — which you can get when skiing or even in a tanning booth, if you skip the protective goggles. Like sunburn, it can sneak up on you: Pain, blurry vision, and tearing can start hours later.

2. Overusing eye drops
Drops that take the red out make your eyes look better because they temporarily constrict blood vessels, but the inflammation can come back. “After a few hours, they stop working, and the blood vessels dilate, making the eyes often appear redder than they were to start,” says Stephanie Marioneaux, M.D., an ophthalmologist and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

3. Improperly treating dry eyes
About 3.5 million women and 1.5 million men in the U.S. suffer from moderate to severe ocular dryness (a.k.a. “dry eyes”). Lubricating drops usually come in bottles with preservatives and using them too many times can actually irritate your eyes. It’s more costly, but better, to get individual blister packs of artificial tears if you’re going to use them more than four times a day. If you’re treating itchy eyes, keep your drops in the refrigerator. “The coolness helps to take away that itchy sensation,” says Artis Montague, M.D., an ophthalmologist who is clinic director of Stanford’s Byers Eye Institute. Also, avoid rubbing your dry eyes, and use a humidifier to increase moisture in your home.

4. Staring too long at a screen
Blinking helps distribute fluid throughout your eyes. But when you focus on a computer, you blink less often than usual. “You should be blinking 12 to 15 times per minute, so staring at the computer generally means you are not blinking enough,” says Marioneaux. “Your tears evaporate, your vision becomes smeary, and your eyes may burn and water. Blink!” Reading very small print for prolonged periods of time causes your eyes to work too hard, so be sure to look up from your screen and look at something far away every so often. One more reason to decrease screen time: New data suggests that looking at small print on mobile devices may stimulate the gene for nearsightedness.

5. Being careless with your contact lenses
Use fresh cleaning solution daily and never put them in your mouth or rinse them in water, says Marioneaux. Many ophthalmologists recommend daily disposables. And never wear contact lenses in the shower, hot tubs, swimming pools, or the ocean. To ensure your eyes get enough oxygen, don’t sleep in your contacts. Also, don’t just order lenses without seeing an eye doctor to get them fit properly. Otherwise, you increase your risk of getting infections. “If the contact lens fits like a suction cup, then removing it may cause a small scratch on the cornea, which becomes an entry for bad bacteria that may cause serious eye infections,” says Marioneaux.

6. Using old makeup — and sleeping in it
To avoid exposure to infection-causing bacteria, toss cosmetics after three months, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And always, always remove your makeup before bed.

7. Not wearing goggles
Don’t just save your goggles for swimming. If you’re mowing the lawn, using a weed whacker, or doing home repairs, put some on to protect yourself from any flying debris, which can cause abrasions in the cornea. Make sure anyone nearby, especially children, also have protective eyewear on.

8. Smoking
You shouldn’t be smoking for a lot of reasons, but here’s another one: It increases the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (the progressive deterioration of part of the retina). “It impairs the ability of your body to provide adequate nutrition and oxygenation to tissues, and that includes the tissues in your eye,” says Ian Conner, M.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

9. Skipping regular eye exams
Visit the ophthalmologist — especially if you have eye-affecting conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, warns Montague.

10. Ignoring symptoms
Don’t assume that flashing lights, pain, fuzzy vision, redness, or light sensitivity will vanish automatically, says Anne Sumers, M.D., an ophthalmologist who is a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “To me, the five most dangerous words in the English language are, ‘Maybe it will go away.’” If you see things floating around and then turning fuzzy, it could mean your retina is coming off, she says. Get to the ophthalmologist quickly: “A delay in diagnosis can mean much more complex surgery and a more guarded prognosis for recovery of vision.”

– By Karen Springen
10 Ways You’re Ruining Your Eyes | Healthy Living – Yahoo Shine

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I have always wanted to be perfectly healthy-to feel great, look great and live longer. I realise many people want this too. So I embarked on a research to find the one health tip that can bring me my heart desire and I found it… Its SEX! SEX? I hear you scream! Yes, SEX… To […]
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I have always wanted to be perfectly healthy-to feel great, look great and live longer. I realise many people want this too. So I embarked on a research to find the one health tip that can bring me my heart desire and I found it… Its SEX!

SEX? I hear you scream! Yes, SEX… To have SEX is the Number 1 health tip in the world. SEX stands for Sleep, Eat and Xercise!

SEX affects many things yet we take it for granted. It can determine how healthy we feel and really are. It can determine how long we live and how old we look. It can determine great our skin and hair look. It can also determine if we would be able to fight infections or if they would have the better of us.

When one Sleeps the body is able to rest and heal, reduce stress, repair and detoxify. We know sleep does a lot of things but we try not to bother about it yet we want to live longer. Most of the pain we feel as well as the illnesses are as a result of lack of sleep. What we may not know is that sleep improves memory, curbs inflammation which can lead to arthritis, diabetes, stroke, and you looking older than Mandela.

Eating healthy meals provides one with important nutrients for the body. The food eaten also provides one with energy, lowers disease risk and cancers, strengthens the body and generally helps one live longer.

eXercise improves muscle strength, boosts energy and improves endurance as Well as controls and manages weight. It boosts HDL ie good Cholesterol, decreases Triglycerides, helps in combating heart disease and. High Blood Pressure as well as improves mood.

So to feel your best, look your best and be at your best always, you must follow the number 1 health tip in the world, SEX – Sleep, Eat, and Xercise!

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If one wants to build a house he considers the blocks to be used. They have to be strong and made of good material. For a healthy strong body one has to make sure the building blocks are okay… the building blocks in this case the cells have to be healthy to keep the body […]
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images (2) If one wants to build a house he considers the blocks to be used. They have to be strong and made of good material. For a healthy strong body one has to make sure the building blocks are okay… the building blocks in this case the cells have to be healthy to keep the body healthy. Nutrients needed for strong healthy cells are only gotten from the food we eat.

Food has nutrients in it— substances that give our body many important things that we need. Before nutrients can go to work food must be broken down so that they can pass into our body. This is called digestion. When we swallow food after chewing it travels on to the stomach where it is mixed together with water and other fluids. Then the food is passed on to the intestine. Nutrients escape through the walls of the intestine into our blood, a process known as assimilation. From there they are carried to all parts of the body. Most food leaves waste that the body cannot use. The body gets rid of this waste.

To keep your cells healthy you need to feed the cells properly. You need all the food classes…

There are 5 main classes: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our body. Sugars and starches have carbohydrates in them. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate. It gives us energy very quickly. This form of energy can be found in honey, jams etc. Starches are complex carbohydrates and must be broken down into sugars before our body can use them. They are found in rice, beans, bread, potatoes, cereals, corn, pasta, peas and potatoes. They provide our cells with a constant supply of energy.

images (3)Proteins

Proteins are among the most important building blocks of our body. Muscles, skin and hair are made up of proteins. Proteins are complex molecules made up of amino acids. The body can produce some of them itself, but we must get the others from food. Proteins are in cheese, eggs, fish, meat, milk, as well as in nuts, peas and beans.

Fats

Our body needs fat in small amounts. Fats are made up of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. They store vitamins and produce fatty acids. We need these acids to produce cell membranes. Fats can come from animals (fat) or plants (oils). They are in meat and dairy products, like butter and cheese. Other types of fats are in vegetable oils, nuts or seeds. Too many saturated fats produce a high level of cholesterol, a waxy material made by the body. It starts building up in the walls of blood vessels and may block blood as it flows through our body causing problems.

Vitamins

Our body needs a variety of vitamins to stay healthy. Each of them does a different job. Vitamin A, for example, helps skin and hair grow. Vitamin C is needed to fight off infections. Vitamin D helps the growth of bones and teeth. Among their many functions, vitamins enhance the body’s use of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. They are critical in the formation of blood cells, hormones, nervous system chemicals known as neurotransmitters, and the genetic material deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Vitamins could be fat soluble (A,D,E,K) or water soluble (B complex and C). They can be found in many fruits and vegetables.

Minerals

Minerals are needed for health, growth and serve as catalysts for body reactions. They are inorganic, not made up of living things. Our body needs different amounts of various minerals. Some in large quantities others in smaller. Calcium and magnesium, for example, are important for bones and teeth. We also need small amounts of iron. It is a component of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen to red blood cells. Fluorine, zinc is needed in very small amounts. They are called trace elements. They can also be found in fruits and vegetables.

Water

Although water does not give us energy it is the most important nutrient. We may be able to live on without the others for weeks, but we cannot go on without water for more than a few days.

images pyrWater has many functions in our body. It helps break down food. It also cools the body down when it becomes too hot. The body carries away waste products in a watery solution.

Our body needs about 2 –3 litres of water a day. We get it from the water and liquids we drink but also from fruits, vegetables and other food.

So picking food from these different classes and varying them as much as we can give us the nutrient quantity and quality needed for optimum cellular health. Diet is what you eat; nutrition is what your cells receive. How much of these various food groups make up your diet and how much nutrient finally gets to your cells?

…prosper and be in good health…

Victor Anyanwu, ‘The Oracle’ is the Chief Executive of The Vycade Company. With a background in Medicine/Wellness and Personal Finance he provides Wellness and Wealth Consulting Services. He can be reached at his twitter handle: @vycade

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The human body is made up of systems like circulatory systems, reproductive systems etc. These systems consists of groups of organs e.g. kidney, liver. These organs consist of tissues. Tissues are made up of cells. So you have cells to tissues to organs to systems that make up the human body. There are about 12 […]
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The human body is made up of systems like circulatory systems, reproductive systems etc. These systems consists of groups of organs e.g. kidney, liver. These organs consist of tissues. Tissues are made up of cells. So you have cells to tissues to organs to systems that make up the human body. There are about 12 systems and 78 organs in the human body that houses about 70-100 trillion cells.
For a building to be well made the blocks which are the basic unit that constitute the walls have to be made of good material. This goes for the body too. The basic structural and functional living unit of the human body is the cell. For the human body to be well and function properly the individual cells that make up the body have to well-nourished and have to be functioning optimally.

Our cells need nutrients to transport things, to fight infections, to heal damages, to carry out many other functions in the body. Some cells live for some hours, others for days, weeks etc. As cells die off new ones have to be created. All these functions need energy and other nutrients to happen. The only way these nutrients can be provided is through eating. All the nutrients you get from your food go to help your cell somewhere.

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Your cells are basically made up of what you eat. You are basically a product of what you eat. So literally, some of us have muscles and tissues that are just bags of ‘chips and fries’ from KFC (apologies to my wife), joints and bones that are made of ‘Burger’ from Mr Biggs while others have  ‘chocolate bars and lots of sweets’’ from ‘Shoprite‘ flowing in their veins… and you wonder why you are ill or always feeling sick or why your wounds refuse to heal fast or why you are always tired?

So to nourish your cells you have to first eat right. Make healthy choices. When poor food choices are made, a person may be getting an adequate, or excessive, amount of calories each day, yet still be undernourished. Imagine if your body needs more of a particular nutrient but because you don’t like the taste of the food you refuse to eat thereby depriving your cells of important nutrients that type of food was to provide, creating a gap somewhere that will eventually lead to an inability of the cell to perform its function optimally leading to an overall deficiency in the body system.

cellDiet is what you eat. Nutrition is what your cells actually receive. All feeding should be geared towards cellular nutrition. When all the cells are well and healthy the human body is well and healthy. Healthy cells will allow nutrients come in and eliminate waste. Unhealthy cells keep nutrients out and waste products in causing serious problems. Any deficiency or illness you notice on the body would have already happened at the level of the cell. Bodily changes don’t just occur show us what has already happened inside. Don’t sacrifice nutrition on the altar of taste. Don’t eat for you taste buds and leave your cells hanging. So do all your meals add up to a healthy nutritional diet that would give your cells the nutrition it needs?

Victor Anyanwu ‘ Vycade,The Oracle’ is the Chief Executive of The Vycade Company. With a background in Medicine/Wellness and Personal Finance he provides Wellness and Wealth Consulting Services. He can be reached on his twitter handle: @vycade

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Every New Year people make different resolutions to better themselves in some way, top on the list is usually health-related from losing weight, to getting fitter, to quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol etc. Today I am gonna dwell on the 4 basic things we need to take care of to ensure a healthy 2013…you […]
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Every New Year people make different resolutions to better themselves in some way, top on the list is usually health-related from losing weight, to getting fitter, to quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol etc. Today I am gonna dwell on the 4 basic things we need to take care of to ensure a healthy 2013…you ready? Lets go.

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mind body spirt images (6)1.Mind your Health: It’s no more news that our minds and mental state have a profound effect on our physical bodies. The book of proverbs puts it perfectly “A merry heart doeth good like medicine but a broken spirit drieth the bones” Prov. 17:22. Every part of our being including our cells are sympathetic or respond to the positive and negative states of our minds. Your mind can make you sick. Thinking positive and expecting positive things to happen, laughing and being happy, forgiving wrongs can keep you healthy and strengthen your body against any external onslaught.

eat images (6)2.Eating right: The right foods eaten in the right proportion at the right time will ensure good health. So what is right? That depends on you. Do you want to maintain, lose or gain weight? Answering this question will help you determine quantity of food that you should consume.
The right food should include the following food classes- carbohydrate, protein, fats and oils, vitamins and minerals consumed in their right quantities to help you maintain your daily energy needs. What about the right time to eat, how many meals to eat per day and how frequently you should eat? Some say eat 3 times large quantities others say 6 times in small quantities. Others say eat every 2 hours still some say every 3 hours: This doesn’t matter. It’s all about what you eat not how you eat.
Determine first how what your energy needs are and then eat food to give you just what you need. How many times and what times they are eaten does not really matter. Find out what works for you, your schedule and your lifestyle. What you would most likely consistently stick to. For me it’s 3 or 4 times a day. What can I say? The Oracle has to be fed right? #laughs
Proper diet can help in the prevention and management of disease. Diet is what you eat but nutrition is what your cells receive through assimilation.

sleep images (6)3.Sleep: Sleep is a natural state of rest characterized by reduced body movement and decreased awareness of surroundings.
During sleep your body gets to rest, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. It makes you feel better, live longer, helps your memory, mood, mind and more.
Sleep needs can vary by age and among individuals. Sleep is considered adequate when there is no daytime sleepiness or dysfunction. A psychiatry study of more than one million adults found that people who live the longest self-report sleeping for 6-7 hours each night.
Sleep deprivation is a condition of not having enough sleep and it has its effects which include aching muscles, confusion, memory lapses/loss, depression, malaise, headaches, increased stress levels, Attention deficit disorder etc

skipping images (6)4.Exercise: This is physical activity and movement intended to keep a person fit and healthy. There are over 600 muscles in the body and these muscles need to be exercised regularly. Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, obesity and can improve your mood and help you manage stress better. Exercising 30 minutes daily is great for general overall health benefits.

Making the above a part of your lifestyle will ensure you feel better, live longer and have a fantastic 2013, I promise… see you next week where we will most likely go into these areas in more detail…

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