How Do I Care For My Eyes?

I  received my pair of blue light blocking eye glasses from Naturally Plus today! As I am typing this post at my desktop computer now, I am wearing the glasses to block blue light from damaging my precious assets. I can really see the difference–with the anti-blue light glasses on, my eyes do not get tired and strained easily from the glare of the monitor.  I really need to take good care of my eyes as I want them to be in tip top condition for as long as I live.

I am turning 44 years old this year and currently, I am doing everything that I can to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of my eyes. Here’s what I am doing to preserve the health of my eyes:

1. Take Super Lutein
2. Wear anti blue light eye glasses whenever I use the computer
3. Try to get sufficient rest and sleep (trying real hard!)
4. Exercise
5. Eat a healthy diet

What is age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the developed world. AMD is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.

Blue light exposure may increase the risk of macular degeneration.
The fact that blue light penetrates all the way to the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye) is important, because laboratory studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. This causes changes that resemble those of macular degeneration, which can lead to permanent vision loss. Although more research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is “too much blue light” for the retina, many eye care providers are concerned that the added blue light exposure from computer screens, smartphones and other digital devices might increase a person’s risk of macular degeneration later in life.

Protecting Your Eyes With Lutein, The Eye Vitamin.  
Lutein is one of two major carotenoids found as a color pigment in the human eye (macula and retina). It is thought to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from sunlight damage. Lutein is called a carotenoid vitamin. It is related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Foods rich in lutein include broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, orange pepper, kiwi fruit, grapes, orange juice, zucchini, and squash. Lutein is absorbed best when it is taken with a high-fat meal.

Tips for Protecting Eye Health and Preventing Macular Degeneration
These suggestions may help protect vision and improve your overall health, and some may lower the risk of developing AMD. Even if you already have AMD, continue these healthy habits:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a nutritious diet that includes green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange fruit, fish and whole grains.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Maintain normal blood pressure and control other medical conditions.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Wear sunglasses and hats when you are outdoors.
  • Get regular eye exams, and consult your doctor if you notice vision changes.

The anti-blue light eye glasses from Naturally Plus cost RM30 a pair and does not require prescription. The lenses are tinted light brown so they can absorb and cut blue light. You can get similar eye glasses from eyewear shops and some pharmacies sell them too.

If you want to try Super Lutein, Japan’s no. 1 supplement for eyes, I can help you get hold of it. Just email me at shireenyong@gmail.com or Whatsapp / call 019 266 4290.

Treat your eyes with tender loving care. It is never too early to start caring for them.

Relaxation for Moms

Daily life as a mom can get incredibly hectic and if you are one among us, you are bound to feel the need for relaxation sometime or another. Kids and work may present you with challenges but it is important to know that it is these hurdles that help us grow. So whenever you feel a little drained, try any one of these things to make your day a little easier:

1. Go out with a friend: Have a weekly date night with your girlfriends and enjoy a little chat. This works great once a week because you can stay on top of your conversations, have a laugh and relieve the day to day stress that a week of work brings. You can either choose to go out and have dinner with them, or just stay in and play free bingo games.  Really, anything goes as long as your are comfortable and having fun!

2. Write it out: If things start getting too overwhelming at work and home, start writing. It is a great way to let your thoughts out and have a clear picture of what it is that needs to be done. It is also a good idea to write a ‘gratitude list’, a list of all the things you are thankful for in your life to feel a little more connected to those around you.

3. Bath, book, and wine: There are very few things that a bubble bath can not solve. Fill your tub with some warm water and add some scented oils and bath bombs to make it even better. You can also take along a book and a glass of your favorite wine.

Are you getting enough REAL relaxation?

4. Move with the beats: Put on some dance music and get moving. Ask your children to join in on the fun and see how happy they get. You and your kids will both have a fun time together, far away from routine troubles. Being physically active will not only release endorphins in your system but also make you feel stress free and stronger.