Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Ultimate 5 Exercises for Improved Vision

improve vision with exerciseNowadays being an optician is better than ever. This is because the amount of people needing glasses and
contact lenses has skyrocketed thanks to the excessive use of PCs and the variety of strains introduced to our eyes on a daily basis. Furthermore, people seem to totally neglect taking care of their eyes as if having imperfect vision and wearing glasses is something normal and unavoidable. Well it actually isn't.

There are a variety of natural measures that can be taken to prevent or treat the loss of eyesight. Using your eyes the way they are meant to be used is just the starting point (I will discuss this in a later post). You can also eat an eye-healthy diet  since there are quite a few nutrients that are crucial for your vision. Additionally, you can do something even more effective- exercise your eyes.

Yes there are exercises that can improve your eyesight just like exercising a certain muscle in the gym can improve its condition. Actually, your vision is indeed dependent on the muscles in your eyes. These muscles are called the ciliary muscles and are responsible for your ability to focus on near and far objects. The tricky part is that these muscles need to be not only strong, but perfectly balanced. For example, if the muscles responsible for focusing on near objects are stronger than the ones focusing on distant, you will have nearsightedness also known as myopia.

One more point I would like to mention before getting to the exercises is that when you start using glasses your problems will only get deeper. Just think about it. If your legs are weak would it make more sense to exercise them so that they get stronger, or you would jump in a wheelchair and let them get weaker and weaker over time? Glasses to your eyes are like a wheelchair to your legs.

The exercises you will find on this list consist of flexing and relaxing your eyes, focusing on different objects and performing a variety of stimulations of your eye’s muscles. So without further ado here is the list of 5 exercises that improve your vision.

The Exercises

First I would like to start with an eye relaxation technique that you need to perform before and after your workout routine, and at any moment you feel you are putting your eyes under strain.

This technique is called Palming
palming

Palming will allow your optic nerve and the muscles of your eyes to relax by blocking all outside stimulus.

You start off by rubbing your palms to warm them up a little. Afterwards, place your hands over your eyes so that your palms are covering them and your fingers are touching your forehead. Make sure that no light reaches your eyes and then close them. Don’t apply any pressure on them (to do this place your palms in a cup-like shape).

Hold this position for 3-5 minutes. During that time take deep diaphragmatic breaths as if you are meditating. Focus on your breathing and imagine complete darkness.

The first real exercise that I will introduce is the figure eight exercise.

It is simple and convenient but it has great benefits. It greatly improves your eye muscles’ flexibility and endurance.

After relaxing your eyes by palming sit 10 feet away from a wall. Now imagine a huge figure of the number 8 on the wall. Next, turn the figure on its side, resembling the symbol for infinity .

Next, you need to trace the number slowly with both eyes. After doing it one direction for 2-3 minutes do it in the other for exactly the same time (remember - balance is key).

Forget about any feeling of awkwardness in the beginning and stick with it, the reward is worth it.

Near and far focusing

This is a great exercise that will improve on the ability of your eye the rapidly change its focus from a subject that is near to a subject that is far away from you.

First, make sure there is an object 10 or 20 feet away from you. Now get into a comfortable position so that this object is to your front. Sitting, standing it doesn't matter as long as you feel comfortable.
exercising eye

Next, stretch one of your arms out in front of you in a “thumbs-up” position. Put your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it.

Now focus on your thumb and start breathing deeply and diaphragmatically. With every breath switch your focus from your thumb to the object that is 10 to 20 feet away from you and back.

Once you get used to doing this exercise you will find that you can focus really fast without having to squint for a few seconds. Come to think of it, this skill alone can potentially save your life! On some very weird instances at least.

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This is another exercise that helps improve your ability to focus on near and far objects. It is one of my favorites because you can really feel your eyes working hard and improving.

Once again start by sitting or standing comfortably. Now just like in the near and far focusing exercise stretch your arm and hold your thumb up.

This time however, your arm won’t be static. Instead once you focus on your thumb, start bringing it slowly to your face without losing your focus.

Once it gets to around 3 inches (or to the point where you can’t focus anymore) from your eyes start stretching your arm out again.

Do this for 3 to 5 minutes depending on what feels right to you.

Side to side, up, down and rotation

Imagine the face of a clock on the wall in front of you. Now start by moving your eyes from one side of the clock to the other i.e. from 3 to 9 a clock and back. Do this up to 20 times.

After you finished the side to side movements, start moving your eyes up and down i.e. from 6 to 12 and back. Do this 20 times. Don’t forget to breathe deeply during all of the exercises.

After you are finished, rest for 20 seconds and start rotating your eyes around the clock for 20 “laps” clockwise. When you are done with these laps, do 20 more counter-clockwise.

This exercise is one of the hardest and you can use it to finish off your routine.

After you are finished relax your eyes with palming for a few minutes.

Always finish up either with palming or another eye relaxation technique (I promise to introduce a few in a later post).

I hope that this post will lead you to a new attitude towards your eyes and how to take care of them. Your eyes give you so much joy and help you attain so much knowledge that it is a shame if you don’t return the favor. And trust me you don’t do that by putting on the glasses. You can do that by using them correctly, giving them a chance to relax, eating the proper foods that are rich in nutrients that are good for your eyes, and of course by exercising them regularly.

If you want to take the recovery of your eyes a step further I recommend having a look at the Vision without glasses system. It is a system of based on the methods of the famous Dr. William Horatio Bates who was the first to introduce the notion that eyeglasses are bad for your eyes and that imperfect vision can be cured with exercises.

The author, Dr. Duke Peterson, will give you all of the information you need in order to obtain the right knowledge and attitude in order to restore your vision. You will also get daily exercise routines that will take 15-20 minutes of your time.

Some other features I like are:

  • The free “Kick-Ass” eye charts you get that help you measure your results at any time. 
  • The amazing customer service- you can send your questions at any time and get them answered directly by the author of the book. Having your personal consultant at arm’s length could be more beneficial than you would think.
  •  You also get the original Dr. Bates’ book for free.


I personally think that all of this is at a great price ($37) relative to the results thousands of people have reported after following the system and to the amazing feeling that reducing your diopter will give you. Therefore, I advise you to at least have a look at it and decide for yourself if it’s worth it.

Read more about Vision Without Glasses here!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If You Want to Get Rid of Nail Fungus Try These 5 Healthy and Effective Herbal Treatments

cure fungus with 5 herbsSuffering from nail fungus? You are not alone! Over 35 million people face the nasty and stubborn infection
and many of them have tried ineffective or unhealthy treatments only to worsen their overall health. In this post I will tell you about 5 effective and healthy herbal treatments for nail fungus and how to prepare them.

What is Nail Fungus?

This is the most usual disease of the nails. It is a fungal infection that affects one or more of your toe or fingernails. The typical symptoms include crumbling edges, thickening and discoloration of the nail. It may also cause pain and foul smell.

Causes for Nail Fungus

Most commonly nail fungus is caused by fungi. These microscopic organisms get into the skin through tiny separations or small cuts between the nail bad and the nail. The warm and moist environment they find there is perfect not only for their survival but for their growth as well.

As mentioned, fungi love warm and moist environment so baths (public especially), swimming pools and steam rooms are some of the places you need to avoid or at least be careful when using them.

The main reasons people get infected with nail fungus include wearing sweaty or wet trainers, living in a humid and warm climate, having a poor immune system, damaged nails and others.

Treatments of Nail Fungus

Traditional medicine treats nail fungus with oral medications, topical medications and surgery (in very severe cases).

The oral medications are an effective way to cure the infection, but they should only be used on moderate to severe cases due to their side effects which include liver damage and skin rashes. Some of the most effective pills are terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox).

Topical medications are used for milder cases of nail fungus and to prevent the reoccurrence of the infection. They are normally in the form of creams, gels and lotions and are applied on the nail and the skin around it. Some of the best topical medications include terbinafine (Lamisil) and ciclopirox (Penlac)

Nail fungus surgery is the act of removing the infected nail and is only used in very severe and extremely painful cases. Once the nail is removed you have to wait up to an year for the new one to grow and in the meantime you should still apply topical medications (or the herbal treatments you will read about in a second) to prevent the infection from returning.

beautiful nails without fungusAs you have probably noticed if you have been reading my blogs, I always prefer treating any condition with natural means or at least medications that are 100% natural. This case is no different. There are some very effective natural treatments for nail fungus and in this post I will focus on 5 herbal remedies.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great for treating nail fungus and a variety of other infections thanks to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. In order to treat your nail fungus you just need to dilute it by mixing it with almond oil, olive oil or thyme oil. After that rub the oil on the affected area for 10 minutes and then scrub the nail with a tooth brush. This herbal treatment can be especially useful if the infection is still fresh.

Garlic

Garlic is known to be quite the antifungal and antibiotic herb. This is mainly thanks to a compound called allicin, which possesses strong fungicide properties. For maximum results use both internal and external garlic treatment. Internal treatment of course means that you should eat at least a clove of garlic a day. An external treatment can be done in a variety of ways. You can create your own garlic oil by crushing garlic cloves and mixing them with olive oil, you can make a garlic juice and rub it into the affected area with a cotton ball, and you can also crush a clove and again rub it on your nail. This two-way treatment (external and internal) will help you get rid of the persistent nail fungus and improve your overall health and immune system.

Oregano Oil
essential oils

Oregano is an herb with very strong fungicidal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitical and anti-viral properties. They make its oil a very effective treatment for nail fungus.  It is especially important to dilute this particular oil because it is very strong and will irritate your skin.

As with the other oils you can use a carrier. Your cheapest option is olive oil, but if you don’t mind spending some more cash you can go with jojoba oil as it is very beneficial to the skin. Just mix 2-3 drops of oregano oil with a teaspoon your carrier oil and rub it over the affected nail.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is yet another essential oil that has the potential of being a great remedy for various skin infections. Treating specifically nail fungus with it has been backed with several studies. First, a study that was conducted in the University of Coimbra (Portugal) discovered that thanks to several compounds, lavender oil is able to stop the growth of the fungi and damage their cell membranes causing them to die off. Another study, published in the Medical Mycology (scientific journal) showed that the essential oil had the ability to cure nail fungus thanks to its antiseptic properties.

In order to treat your infection with lavender oil, you need to take equal amounts of it and a carrier such as olive oil and warm them slightly. Once it’s warm just dab it with a cotton ball under, on top and around your nail up to 3 times a day.

Lemongrass

This herb is being used to treat nail fungus thanks to its antiseptic, anti-fungal, astringent, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Many people report that it kills the fungus bacteria within minutes after being applied. A sign of this is the way the area around the nail turns black.
herbsAgain, before applying lemongrass oil, you should dilute it with a proper carrier oil. After that just rub it into the nail.

All of these herbal treatments can provide cheap and effective substitutes for the traditional medications. Most importantly they are side effect free if used correctly. If you are consistent with them they can really help you get rid of one of the most annoying and persistent conditions.



Another great natural treatment that I love to recommend to people that want to achieve fast results is ZetaClear. It is a topical solution and an oral homeopathic spray. You are already familiar with some of its ingredients.

The topical cream contains and the homeopathic spray contain ingredients like tea tree oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil. Thanks to the spray you are able to get these and other natural infection cures in your bloodstream and attack the fungus from the inside as well as from the outside.

I really believe that such a system is the next best thing (right after the herbs I recommended) and thanks to the combination of a spray and a topical solution it can do wonders for you. I know many people who are extremely happy not only with how effectively it treated their fungus, but also how beautiful their nails and skin looked after that. But enough about that, if you want to read more visit ZetaClear’s official page here.

I hope that I was able to help you out with my suggestions and I will be very grateful if you propose your own treatments in the comment box or just let us know how these herbs worked for you. Thanks for reading and good luck.

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Read my post about 2 of the easiest to use nail fungus remedies here.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Find Out How The Amazing Chia Seeds Are Able To Cure Digestive Problems Like Acid Reflux, IBS and GI

chia seeds and people with digestive problemsThere is an entire variety of digestive problems that can really mess with your health, personal life and happiness.

There’s the irritable bowel syndrome with its constant gas, bloating, pain and diarrhea. There’s acid reflux with its constant heartburn and diet limitations. There’s gastrointestinal inflammation with its constant nausea, cramping and diarrhea. And these digestive problems are just a few of the many.

Obviously, to ensure overall health, it may be smart to start from your digestive system. How exactly do you do that?

As always I love to focus on natural remedies. This time it would be a rather surprising one. It should be something that contains the minerals that sooth the gastrointestinal tract and improve digestion (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron), antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. What would this be? Perhaps there are quite a few choices, but my personal favorite is the amazing Chia seed.

What Are Chia Seeds?

I am surprised you are not familiar with one of the newest superfoods. It has really gained popularity and reputation in the last few years, being featured in The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah magazine and generally in many respected health authorities. The reason it’s been on the spotlight? It is an absolute nutritional powerhouse! Containing over 27 different types of minerals and vitamins, an amount of healthy fats compared to that of flaxseeds, a high quality protein, more antioxidants than blueberries (gram for gram), an incredible amount of fiber, great taste and very easy and fast to add to practically every meal.

 Read my post about chia seeds here! Read my 10 favorite ways to eat chia seeds here!

With all this said, let’s focus on a specific benefit of chia seeds- its ability to improve digestion and prevent digestive problems.

 IBS and Chia Seeds

So what exactly is IBS? Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder of the bowel.  Its either constipation predominant, diarrhea predominant or abdominal pain predominant. Each name comes from the symptom that accompanies the condition. Besides these symptoms it also includes gas, bloating, fatigue, headache and depression. It is thought to be caused by either stress or gastrointestinal infections.

Read more about the symptoms, causes and treatments of IBS here!


woman with ibs

What can chia do to help ease the symptoms of IBS? A number of nutrients abundant in chia seeds are said to help people with IBS.

One of them is the mineral magnesium. It is great for people with constipation predominant IBS as it ensures regular bowel movement.

Another great mineral that chia is rich in is phosphorus. It relieves bloating and indigestion, and is a great treatment for people with bowel movement disorders like diarrhea and constipation.

Chia seeds also contain a good amount of potassium – an electrolyte responsible for intestinal contractions. These contractions are essential for waste elimination, digestion and nutrient absorption.

All of these nutrients and the high amounts of fiber work together to soothe your gastrointestinal tract, improve digestion and relieve the symptoms of IBS.

Acid Reflux and Chia Seeds

So what exactly is acid reflux? This is a condition in which the contents of your stomach reflux (rise back) into the esophagus. This occurs because the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus doesn’t work properly and allows food to claim up the esophagus. Its main symptom is the burning chest pain.

 Read my post on what is acid reflux!


man with acid refluxHow can chia help people suffering from acid reflux? Chia seeds have the amazing ability to absorb water and turn into a gel. When this happens in your stomach, the gel seems to protect its walls from the acids, thus relieving the pain and preventing ulcers. Just make sure you drink enough water so you don’t get dehydrated after the chia seeds have absorbed it.

The antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in these powerful little seeds also provide anti-inflammatory benefits, thus soothing your acid reflux.

Another nutritional benefit is the high amounts of iron. Iron deficiency is linked to acid reflux because of the bleeding that occurs due to the acids. This bleeding causes lots of iron to be lost and symptoms like fatigue, weakness, irritability and others.

 Chia seeds also pack a great amount of calcium. Although calcium doesn't have an antacid effect, it does strengthen the esophagus valve, thus lowering the amount of acids that reflux.

Read my post on 6 natural acid reflux remedies!

Read my post on a natural 3 way acid reflux treatment!

Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Chia Seeds

So what exactly is GI Inflammation? It is a digestive ailment with similar to IBS symptoms- constipation, gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, poor nutrition absorption and others. This is caused by an inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

 So what can chia do for people diagnosed with GI inflammation? The same nutrients we already mention work great to soothe the GI tract and improve digestion. This will help relieve many of the symptoms and help you get back to your normal lifestyle.

As you see the magnificent chia seeds are capable of curing your digestive problems and improving your life, health and happiness significantly. All of that by just eating a tablespoon of seeds? Sounds like its totally worth it doesn't it? If you agree with me have a look at the best organic chia seeds at chia.digestivescience.com

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

You Think Something As Simple As Eating Broccoli Can't Fight Osteoarthritis? Then Read This

broccoliOsteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This degenerative joint disease (DJD), is caused by a
loss of cartilage (tissue that makes up our joint and allows it to absorb movements, so that our bones don’t rub into each other) and resulting in the development joint inflammations.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

The joints in the arms, knees, back and feet are the ones most commonly affected by the disease.

After this brief introduction to osteoarthritis it’s time to move to the main topic of this post- one of our favorite superfoods – broccoli, can be used to treat this unforgiving joint disease!

It turns out that according to University of East Anglia scientists, broccoli are great for people with osteoarthritis and should be included in the treatment of the disease. These results were acquired through 3 different laboratory studies.

These studies showed that a compound known as sulforaphane, also found in cabbage and Brussels sprouts, helps switch off genes that have a destructive effect on cartilage.  Another way sulforaphane helps protect the joints is by suppressing the growth and development of a dangers pathogen (a microorganism causing infections) called Helicobacter pylori. This pathogen is responsible for inflammations and ulcers, and as I mentioned above, osteoarthritis and joint inflammations come together.

The scientists are uncertain whether eating broccoli could be enough to reverse the effects of osteoarthritis, however, they are certain that it can prevent its progression (or its development to begin with).

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