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Dave Foreman

Eye Health

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

In the next several months, different organizations will be rallying attention for specific eye conditions, such as Glaucoma Awareness Month and AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. This prompted me to write a general article on eye health. In past newsletters, I have covered specific eye health challenges such as the two mentioned above and Diabetic Retinopathy (refer to articles and more at vitaminshoppe.com). Now it is time to help those who have no specific eye problem, but want to take every step in preventing it from happening.

When we look (no pun intended) at ocular health challenges, we see that the most common preventive treatment is the consumption of antioxidants. Whether it is as simple as night blindness or as serious as Macular Degeneration, antioxidants play a critical role. Fruits and vegetables are where you will find a majority of these potent eye–health nutrients. Look for fruits and veggies with lots of color. More specifically, yellow, red and orange foods are the best when it comes to your eyes. Berries seem to top the list. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries can be consumed daily to provide the boost you need to fight off many serious eye health challenges. 1/4-1/2 cup per day will usually do the trick.

If getting your antioxidants from food is a challenge (regretfully these foods are expensive compared to other foods you may need to purchase) then taking a blended/ combination supplement targeting eye health is a great idea. Recently, The Vitamin Shoppe launched a new/ cutting edge eye health supplement that I am a huge fan of: M.D. Select Advanced Ocular Support. This supplement takes a dual approach by using berry extracts along with some of the more powerful ingredients known to support healthy eyes. Taking this supplement along with a balanced diet will get you on the right path to healthier eyes.

Other combination supplements I like for eye health include Ocuguard Plus w/Lutein, Zeaxanthin and D3 (Twin Labs), Vision with Lutein & Bilberry (Nature's Way) and Ocudyne II (Allergy Research). These all take a synergistic approach to supporting eye health.

Adding an Omega-3 fatty acid from fish will give you the extra nutritional support your eyes need. DHA (found in fish oil) is critical for developing and maintaining healthy eyes. I recommend 1-3 grams of Omega-3 per day.

Beside diet and supplement changes, wearing a quality pair of sunglasses can do wonders at protecting your eyes from free radical damage. Being fashionable doesn't mean you are protected. Many of the high end sunglasses that look great won't give you the protection you need.Make sure your sunglasses block UVA and UVB rays. Just because your sunglasses are tinted doesn't mean you are protected–read the labels. Overexposure to the harmful effects of UV rays will lead to many of the more serious eye health problems we face.

Finally, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol you consume (no more than 1 serving per day) and eating a diet low in bad fats (animal fats and cooking oils) will help reduce your risk of eye problems in the future. Getting other health challenges such as Diabetes and High Blood pressure under control will increase the overall health of your eyes. If you wish to see clearly for years to come, I recommend you employ these few suggestions as soon as possible.

 
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