Prevent vision loss with Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant for the body. In particular, it plays an important role in eye health by preventing age related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people over 55 years old). Studies show that it can reduce the progression for those who have AMD, and also prevents the formation of cataracts. 

Delicious sources of Vitamin E include nuts, vegetable oils, sweet potatoes, and salads.

*Image credits: salad, sweet potatoes, nuts.

Vitamin C for Healthy Eyes

Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is a major player in eye health. It maintains lens transparency, prevents cataracts, and fights against age-related macular degeneration. The retina needs to be surrounded by vitamin C to protect itself from free radicals and promote healing if damaged. Our bodies do not naturally create vitamin C when needed, so including this in your diet is a critical part of keeping your eyes (and virtually all cells in your body) functioning properly.

Excellent sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, peppers, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and broccoli. There are many tasty vitamin C supplements available from the drug store, too.

*Image credits: broccoli, tomatoes, citrus fruits.

It’s a Dog’s Life!

3 years ago I made an impulsive decision to drive to Saskatchewan and get a dog.  So far I have no regrets, in fact this has turned out to be one of the best decision of my life.  My dog has managed to restore balance to my at times chaotic and overworked life. She is always the first one to greet me when I get home at night and hyperventilates out of excitement, which is both cute and kind of scary.

Medically, pets can provide substantial health benefits for their owners. Pets help reduce stress, increase personal fitness and act as an anti-depressant by putting a smile on their owners face. Pets also provide someone to talk to when no one else will listen.

Over the past few years my dog has taught me a number of valuable life lessons, which I try to live up to.

  1. Get excited when you see your family, friends and co-workers
  2. Take time for a nap
  3. Play each and every day
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Routine is ok
  6. Treats are ok, sometimes
  7. Drink plenty of water
  8. Your body language says a lot
  9. Stay curious
  10. Forgive and forget quickly
  11. Life is short
  12. Talk to your neighbour

If dogs are not for you, then consider getting a cat like Dr. Bakelaar or a whole bunch of fish like my friend Pete. Good medicine doesn’t always have to come in the shape of a pill.

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