A healthy diet fuels your body and contributes to healthy eyes. It is best to start healthy eating habits while in your teens, that way as you age, your chances of serious eye problems, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, will decrease. Vitamin A is typically the first ingredient listed on the label of multivitamin bottles. But, why is Vitamin A essential to keeping your eyes healthy? A shortage of Vitamin A can cause night vision complications and dry eyes, which can ultimately lead to eye infections and vision loss. The intake of Vitamin A may lower your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, pink eye symptoms and the side effects of retinitis pigmentosa. How much Vitamin A do you really need each day in order for it to make an impression? The U.S. recommended dietary allowance for teen boys is 900 micrograms and700 micrograms for teen girls. As mentioned in a previous post, Vitamin A can be found in foods such as beef or chicken liver, milk, eggs and colorful fruits and vegetables. As much as it is good for you, too much Vitamin A can be harmful as well.Vitamin A toxicity symptoms include headaches, loss of appetite, dizziness, skin changes and joint pain. You should not consume more than 2,800 micrograms in a day.
- Eye supplements are nutritional products that contain vitamins and other nutrients in which studies have shown are favorable for maintaining eye health. Eye vitamins are not to substitute the nutrients you get from a healthy diet, but are designed to add to those nutrients. Taking a daily multivitamin can help fill in nutritional gaps in a less-than-optimal diet and will help protect the eyes from eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Focus Vision Supplements provides a wide variety of vitamins that are all beneficial in their own way.Focus Select, Focus MaculaPro: These supplements contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, Zinc and Copper, to support macular health. The macula is accountable for our detailed vision and allows us to enjoy everyday activities. The macula is commonly affected by Age-Related Macular Degeneration.Focus MaculaPro + Lutein: This supplement also promotes macular health, while including Lutein. A study found that beta-carotene could be replaced with lutein and zeaxanthin. These are plant-derived nutrients which can provide additional ocular health benefits for those with a low nutritional consumption of green leafy vegetables. Focus Relief: There is nothing comfortable about dry, burning eyes. Along with other beneficial nutrients, Focus Relief contains Omega-3 fatty acids which provides relief from the symptoms of occasional dry eyes by increasing moisture in the eye.Focus Support: This supplement provides convenience and endless benefits all in one tablet. Focus Support is a daily multivitamin that stimulates strong vision and a healthy body. Important nutrients such as Vitamins C and E, Omega-3 fatty acids and Lutein all form this vitamin to support your vision as you age.
- As we turned the corner from 2015 and entered 2016, many of us will use this time to think about changes we want to make in our lives. Sometimes you just have to take a moment to relax, take a deep breath and think about what is really important to you. What better time to do that than in a new year.After all, they do say – “new year, new you,” don’t they? We all know there are different things that drive us – hobbies that excite us, desires that we wish we had more time to explore, people we wish we could spend more time with, new places to travel to. It’s imperative to focus on what truly matters to you. There are little everyday things you can do for yourself. Challenge yourself – Doing something out of your comfort zone will allow you to defy yourself and what you think you can and can’t do. Take full advantage of the life you were given.Keep the bigger picture in mind – Life is too short to hold onto negativity. In the long run, what seemed like a big deal today, will be nothing more than a passing thought. Make yourself a priority – Take time to yourself. You have to live with yourself every day, so be sure to make yourself happy.Live a healthy life – Eating healthy foods and getting plenty of sleep will maintain your eye health, allowing you to literally focus on life. After all, if you have bad eyes, it might be a little difficult to actually stop and see all that life has to offer.Surround yourself with important people – Spend time with those who matter most and thosewho will make you laugh. Sometimes all you really need are good people, whether it be friends or family, who get you and who you can be yourself around.Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2016!
- Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes have different needs at every stage in our life. As these changes are happening, it’s important to know what vision through every stage of life looks like and understand which changes are a normal part of aging and which raise red flags as a concern. Vision in your 20s and 30s In most cases, adults in their 20s and 30s have healthy eyes and can effectively treat vision complications with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, during this age range, it is critical to protect your eyes from detrimental everyday elements – cigarette smoke, UV rays, etc. These are two elements that can increase your risk of age-related macular degeneration later in life. Vision in your 40s Although preventative measures will help maintain healthy eyes throughout your life, changes in vision are also a natural part of aging. During your 40s, the ability to focus, due to the hardening of the lenses in your eyes, may become more difficult. Adjusting the distance between your eyes and reading material will help in this area. Vision in your 50s The possibility of developing a number of age-related eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, will increase as we age. During this age, Glaucoma is definitely one to be aware of. Monitoring your vision for changes and taking multivitamins will aid in decreasing the severity of such eye diseases. Vision in your 60s & beyond Beyond the age of 60 Cataracts become extremely common. It’s inevitable that we will all develop cataracts as we age. Cataracts are caused by tiny clumps of protein molecules, which block light and causes faint vision. If severe impairment is caused to someone, cataract surgery can be performed to repair your vision. No matter what age you are, prevention and a healthy lifestyle is imperative to maintain healthy eyes for years to come.
- When you hear someone say something is “kosher,” they are implying it is genuine or legitamite. This commonly used word has an even greater meaning in Hebrew. Kosher Certification is the process by which a company ensures its pharmaceutical products can be consumed by people who observe the Jewish dietary laws. This certification guarantees consumers that the product satisfies the Jewish laws. Kosher Certification is considered a plus amongst a wide spectrum of consumers both Jewish and non-Jewish. In fact, there have been frequent studies that show consumers will most often choose a product with a Kosher Certification over a comparable item that is not certified. A few ingredients that those who follow a kosher diet need to be cautious of: Magnesium Stearate Rather than being made from animal fat derivatives, Kosher Certification will ensure this ingredient is made from vegetable derivatives. Glycerin Glycerin is made from animal fat, vegetable fat, or petroleum and is often found in cough syrups. Lactose & Gelatin Kosher Certification requires gelatin, which is in many soft gels and gel capsules, to be made from vegetables, a kosher animal, or a kosher fish By obtaining Kosher Certification, consumers who are looking for such certification will be comfortable knowing the product meets their religious beliefs and dietary restrictions. Did you know, Focus Select is now Kosher Certified?
- It’s easy to overlook that what we feed our bellies, is also what we are feeding our eyes. The nutrients from the food we choose to consume is, too, defending and preserving this delicate piece of us that allows us to see life. There are certain nutrients and other substances in food that are especially eye friendly. Eating right to protect your sight has been the ongoing focus of our recent recipes offered via our social media channels. Here, we offer an in depth explanation of the effect of important ingredients mentioned in those recipes as the value of nutrition is irreplaceable when it comes to your eye health.Vitamin A & Zinc: Key for healthy vision. Vitamin A is found in orange and yellow vegetables, such as carrots and squash. Zinc comes from foods such as meat, eggs and seafood. These vitamins work together to allow us to see in the dark. Vitamin C: We consume this antioxidant when we eat fruits and veggies. Vitamin C helps to protect the retina of the eye, which is the layer at the back of the eye that works to collect light and send signals to the brain for visual recognition. Leafy Greens: Eating spinach and kale will protect your eyes against harmful light and prevent against Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Spinach and kale are loaded with Lutein and Zeaxanthin which you can basically think of as the eye’s natural sunglasses. Consuming a variety of foods from each of the major nutrient groups is, no doubt, the best diet for healthy eyes.