Eating for Healthy Eyes: Are These 7 Superfoods on Your Menu?

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A major chunk of population suffers from some or the other type of eye-related disorder or disease. The good news is that some simple changes in your lifestyle and diet can help improve your eye health and maintain it for years to come.

Some nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and C etc., are all essential to keep your eyes healthy. They can be easily obtained from some superfoods which are commonly available.

Listed below are 7 must-eat superfoods for eye health, which you should include in your diet.

Carrots

The most popular superfood when it comes to eye health is no doubt – carrots. For those who are still searching for an answer to the question – ‘are carrots good for your eyes?’ the answer is a firm yes. Carrots are good for eyes because they are rich in beta-carotene and lutein.

Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A by our body. Vitamin A is important for a healthy vision as it helps maintain a healthy and clear cornea, prevents night blindness and protects the cells in your eyes as well as provides a host of other benefits to your body. Lutein helps boost pigment density in the macula – an oval yellow spot near the center of retina. This protects the retina and reduces the risk of macular degeneration.

You can either consume them raw or cooked, but your body can digest them easily if they are lightly steamed. You can aim to include one carrot a day in any of your meals.

Spinach

Leafy green vegetables such as spinach are your next best bet when it comes to superfoods for eye health. They are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are essential for maintaining the health of your eyes. Both these nutrients help slow down age-related macular degeneration and also protect against the risk of cataracts.

You can include around a 100 gm serving of spinach every alternate day in the form of salads, soups or vegetables. Kale, broccoli, collard greens, mustard leaves and Swiss chard are also some of the greens which must be consumed regularly to maintain healthy eyesight.

Almonds

Here’s one more reason to love almonds. These are rich sources of vitamin E. The benefits of vitamin E lie in its antioxidant properties. Such antioxidants fight the free radicals which damage the cell structure. Also, vitamin E is known to protect your eyes by reducing the risks of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Just a handful of this superfood will provide you with your daily dose of vitamin E. You can use them to add a crunch to your salad or have them raw. However, it’s best to consume them after soaking overnight as this will ensure maximum nutritious benefits to the eyes.

Oranges

Oranges and other citrus fruits such as lemons, tangerines and grapefruits which are packed with vitamin C also work wonders for your eye health. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It also helps your body form and maintain connective tissue including collagen which is found in the cornea of eyes. Besides, vitamin C is also known to lower the risk of developing cataracts.

Eat one orange a day if your diet has plenty of other vitamin C rich fruits and veggies such as tomatoes and red peppers.

Salmon

Salmons are chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can help protect the minute blood vessels within the eyes, keep the retina healthy, prevent the occurrence of dry-eye syndrome and help keep age-related macular degeneration at bay. 30% of the fatty acids which make up the retina come from DHA which is a very common omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fishes such as salmon.

Two servings of salmon per week are recommended. Grill them with your favourite seasonings or use steamed fish in your salads and soups. Other such fishes which can help you maintain your eye health are sardines, tuna and mackerel.

Blueberries

Blueberries are loaded with multiple benefits such as vasoprotective, collagen-stabilizing, rhodopsin-regenerating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. All of them together are necessary for healthy functioning of your eyes. Eating them regularly strengthens the blood vessels in the back of your eyes and improves your vision. They also contain anthocyanins which help lower inflammation and high blood pressure apart from preventing blockages in the blood vessels which provide oxygen to the retina.

A handful of these daily will suffice. You can add them to your cereal or smoothie or yogurt. The possibilities are endless and fun.

Eggs

Egg yolks are also a great source of zinc, zeaxanthin and lutein. These nutrients help lower the risk of macular degeneration. Also, cysteine and sulphur found in eggs are compounds of glutathione which is a vital antioxidant and protein for the eye lens. 

Adding only one egg a day can increase the lutein and zeaxanthin levels considerably. Prefer organic and free range eggs. You can either eat poached or boiled for maximum benefits.

Regular consumption of these superfoods will ensure that your eyes function optimally for a long period of time and also lower the risk of eye-related diseases. So revamp your menu to include these superfoods so as to keep vision problems at bay. Apart from a well-balanced diet it is also important that you go for regular eye checkups. Your ophthalmologist can not only detect common vision issues but also spot early signs of serious eye diseases such as glaucoma. So make sure that you never miss your annual eye checkup.

Author Bio:    


Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care especially LASIK. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.

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CHFA EAST 2017

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CHFA East 2017 Details

Conference: September 14 & 15, 2017
Trade Show: September 16 & 17, 2017 | Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m daily

Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building

The path to retail excellence begins at CHFA East.  Discover the latest trends and new product offerings from 850 exhibiting companies. Enjoy big savings on show specials, sample products to your heart’s content and make new business connections.  Whether you are sourcing natural health products or specialty foods like organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher or halal – it’s all here at CHFA East!

The CHFA East show app is now available. Download it here or from your app store before the show and stay up to date on all the events.

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Why a Dog Could Be Your Best Fitness Buddy

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If you’re hoping to improve your fitness and get in shape, then getting a dog could be one of the best decisions that you ever make. Not only is a dog fun to have around; he will also provide you with a reason to get out of the house and participate in regular physical activity. Studies have shown that walking for just half an hour per day can significantly improve your fitness levels and boost both your physical and mental health; by getting a dog, you’ll be signing up for this and more. Here are just some of the best reasons why a dog can be your best fitness buddy.

#1. Dogs Push You to Your Limit

If you want to try harder and push yourself more when you are exercising, then getting a dog could help. Studies have shown that people who walk, jog, or run with their dog tend to walk around 30% faster than those who are walking alongside a human fitness buddy or on their own. Many dog breeds are very playful and love to run, so they will certainly keep you on your toes and help you push yourself to your limits and beyond as your fitness levels increase. Don’t worry, though – if your dog is too excitable on walks, Canna-Pet is a natural supplement that can help them to calm down and relax more.

#2. Dogs Won’t Accept Excuses

Dogs Won’t Accept Excuses

If you’re going to get a dog, then you will need to commit to walking it every day, especially if it is a dog breed that has a lot of energy and needs to have regular exercise in order to stay sane and healthy. According to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Missouri, dog owners are more likely than anybody else to stick to their fitness plans – a likely reason for this is that your dog won’t take no for an answer when it comes to walkies!

#3. Dogs Can Lower Your Risk of Disease

Along with helping you to improve your fitness levels and encourage you to get moving more often, studies have shown that owning a dog can improve your health by lowering your risk of serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

#4. Dogs Can Improve Your Mental Health

To improve your health and fitness, it’s also important that you have the right mind-set. If you are suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, then finding the motivation to go out and exercise can be very difficult. Owning a dog won’t just help you to improve your physical health; it’s also great for your mental health to have a pet who loves you unconditionally and relies on you to keep them happy; it can give you a great sense of purpose in life! As a result, you’ll feel happier, calmer, and more motivated to get moving.

Can you think of any more reasons why dogs are great for your physical fitness and health? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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7 Weight Loss Secrets from Hollywood Celebrities

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Celebrities are known for their constant conscious efforts to maintain great figures for their respective careers in cinema or television. Apart from supermodels, celebrities are also required to maintain their body for their roles on screen. Who else should we turn to than to these fitness gurus for tips on how to lose body weight? These celebrities opt for different kinds of body weight loss techniques thereby increasing your flexibility to choose an option that fits best with your lifestyle and body type!

Here are the most effective weight loss techniques that have shown to help the celebrities who use them to lose significant amounts of weight!

1. Salads in Every Meal!

Nicole Polizzi (former Jersey Shore star) has credited her weight loss to eating salads in every meal of the day. She cut down on all the carbs and calories for a healthier diet. This makes a lot of sense scientifically since fruits and vegetables contain high levels of fibre that make you feel full but these fibres are not digested by the body hence reducing the amount of fat getting deposited into your body every time you eat!

She lost almost 40 pounds of weight after her pregnancy using this technique. She consumed 1300 calories per day and exercised 4 days a week with a personal trainer to get these astounding results.

Keep a Food Journal

2. Keep a Food Journal

Carrie Underwood has been keeping a food journal for a very long time to keep herself up to date with what she eats. Recent studies have found that people who maintained a food journal were more likely to lose significant amounts of weight. The key here is that this method helps you keep a tab on what you eat in a day to reduce excessive munching because you already know that you’ve already eaten enough during the day.

3. Plan Ahead!

Candace Cameron Bure has been planning her meals and what she’s going to eat while traveling from home to her work on The View in New York City. She usually eats vegan and avoids red meat. She also ensures that she doesn’t eat any packed or processed food during the flight and carries her own food or a few granola bars to stay energised during the trip.

Planning ahead can help in keeping a constant tab on what you eat.

4. Eat What You Like but Eat Right!

Blake Lively lost her baby weight after getting pregnant in 2014 for playing a role in The Shallows in 2015. She credits this to her method whereby she eats right but also allows herself to have a pizza or a dessert once in a while. According to her the essential part is not punish your body but rather reward it in right proportions by eating whatever you like once in a while. As long as 4/5th of your diet is healthy, the rest can be what you actually like to eat. So, have those Mexican candies in a moderate amount might actually be good for you. Being a perfectionist here makes no sense for her.

5. Slow and Steady Doses of Exercise

Khloé Kardashian believes that you don’t need to go extreme to lose weight. She lost 30 pounds by consistently working out for a year and a half. Though her progress was slow but she was able to eat whatever she liked whenever she wanted to. This also ensured that she had a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind set too as she didn’t deprive herself of what she wanted to eat.

Make Friends at the Gym

6. Make Friends at the Gym

Studies have shown that people who had gym buddies were more motivated to go to the gym and they did so often as well! Melissa Joan Hart used the same technique to shed 70 pounds after pregnancy. Having a friend or a buddy while you exercise makes these strenuous activities more fun and also ensures that if one person is not feeling motivated then the other person can coerce them to not lose their way.

7. Eating Coconut Oil

Miranda Kerr, the former Victoria Secrets Angel revealed her secret to staying fit. She had a spoonful of coconut every morning. This may sound strange to some but scientific studies have shown that coconut oil helps flush the body’s digestive system thereby increasing metabolism and burning fat.

Keep in mind that having a body that you desire requires a balanced diet and exercising regularly. These tips are an additional help to what you should already be doing every day to lose weight.

Author Bio:

Emily Johnson is a contributor at http://MexicanCandy.org and writes reviews and blog articles on various Mexican ‘sweet and sour’ treats that you can buy easily. These Mexican sweet treats are perfect for those who crave ‘sugary and savoury’ candies.

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CanFitPro World Fitness Expo 2017

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Join us for for CanFitPro World Fitness Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The trade show’s exciting atmosphere will give you the personal one on one time with our vendors to demo and sample some of the latest products the industry has to offer from educational tools including books, and fitness accessories to music and fitness apparel. Canada for great savings from over 200 exhibitors!

CanFitPro World Fitness Expo

Company Background:

canfitpro was founded in 1993 as a voice for all fitness professionals. Establishing itself as a member-driven education company, canfitpro hosted a conference and trade show for fitness professionals in London, Ontario.

In 1996, after three successful years in London, the conference was relocated to Toronto, where it grew rapidly, offering an increasingly diverse curriculum and larger trade show. With breakout sessions for all types of fitness professionals connected to the industry, the conference delegate base grew year over year.

Appealing to an ever broader market of allied health professionals, by 1998 the growth of the company necessitated that the conference be moved to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada’s largest convention centre. That same year, canfitpro’s Certification department was launched offering affordable, accessible certification for personal trainers and group fitness instructors.

In the years since, canfitpro has continued to grow, with almost 85,000 members across Canada and over 25 countries. Now offering multiple certification designations, canfitpro has grown to not only be the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry, but combined with its conference and trade show, has acquired the reputation as being one of the top fitness organizations in the world.

Company Future:

With a foundation of proven success and a model of accessibility in the area of fitness education, canfitpro plans ahead to a future where it will expand its offerings beyond the fitness professional, to service the fitness education needs of all.

By building on the strength of its current programs and introducing new programs to serve the industry, canfitpro will continue to pride itself on being both sensitive to its membership as well as helping shape the direction in which the industry as a whole grows.

Through the efforts of all of canfitpro’s stakeholders, canfitpro will continue to be a world leader in the combined certification and continuing education of fitness instructors, personal trainers, allied health professionals, and fitness consumers.

 

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5 Supplements to Consider for Your Dog

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In addition to feeding your beloved furry companion a high-quality food every single day, your dog could benefit from the right supplementation. Which supplements should you consider for your dog’s overall wellness and to help him age gracefully? Keep reading to learn about five of the many options out there and remember that you could always consult with your vet for personalized advice as well.

An Over-the-Counter Cannabis Supplement

Yes, there are safe, over-the-counter, non-prescription cannabis supplements that are specifically formulated for the health of pets, including your dog. Containing high amounts of CBD, these products have therapeutic benefits, but they will not get your dog high. In fact, they are made using hemp, so they are legal and can be purchased easily. Check out Canna-Pet to learn more about these cannabis supplements and how they can help your dog with a wide range of problems from arthritis and seizures to emotional problems and more.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Canines

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of essential fatty acid that your dog’s body needs to maintain the health of the heart, brain, joints, and more. If your dog suffers from skin ailments such as allergies or itchy and dry skin, he could also benefit from a high-quality omega-3 supplement that can be added easily to his meals. If you don’t want to give your dog some fish oil, there are plant-based options as well that you can try.

Probiotics for Dogs

Probiotics for Dogs

To ensure your dog’s digestion remains healthy and balanced, you can also supplement his diet with probiotics. These not only help support digestion but they can also help support the immune system. So, if your dog has trouble going to the bathroom or he is suffering from diarrhea, consider talking to your vet about adding high-quality canine-appropriate probiotics to his diet.

Bach Flower Remedies for Pets

So this supplement is a little bit different because it is a homeopathic option for canines. Bach Flower Remedies can be administered according to label directions and they are safe and should not cause any side effects at all. Plus, there are a variety of remedies to choose from. For example, Rescue Remedy is ideal for dogs that are too anxious, as it could help them to relax naturally.

A Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement for Dogs

Older dogs, in particular, could benefit from the addition of a high-quality canine-appropriate multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. You can add this to your dog’s meals according to the product’s instructions. The goal is to fill nutritional gaps in dogs that are seniors and may not have the ability to properly break down and absorb all of the nutrients from their food.

When it comes to giving your pet any type of supplement, it is a great idea to talk to your veterinarian first. After all, your vet knows your dog best, and he or she will be able to determine if a supplement is really a good idea or not. This is especially important if your dog is taking medications for a chronic health problem.

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5 Health Benefits of Hemp that People Don’t Know About

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Every time someone mentions the cannabis plant, we instantly associate it with concepts like “illegal” and “drugs” but that’s just because we know so little about the cannabis plant. There are two main types of ingredients found in the plant and they are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). While marijuana plants are grown specifically for extracting the psychoactive substance THC, hemp is grown under conditions that increase its CBD content. As CBD is perfectly legal and has no psychoactive effects whatsoever, it’s often used in popular and beneficial pet supplements such as Canna-Pet to boost overall health in dogs and cats. Some of those benefits of hemp supplements apply to human beings as well and that’s exactly what we are going to take a look at now.

Slow Digestion

The effect of hemp on the human digestive system is quite unique as it slows down the digestion process. Granted, it may not really sound like an advantage or benefit right away, it is actually immensely helpful for a number of reasons. The fiber and the protein are responsible for slowing down digestion, which prevents sudden blood sugar spikes. It also provides our bodies with a steady flow of energy, keeping us active throughout the day. The energizing effect of hemp ingestion is beneficial to one and all, but it’s particularly helpful for those that suffer from diabetes and other blood glucose related disorders.

Losing Weight

Not that CBD directly makes you lose weight, but it definitely helps if you’re trying to cut down on portions and junk food in particular. As explained in the previous point, CBD helps in slowing down digestion and this curbs your hunger. A few sprinkles of hemp with your breakfast or lunch can keep you full for a long time, thereby eliminating the need to snack in-between meals.

Cardiovascular Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are clinically proven to lower blood pressure and the chances of developing heart disease; since hemp is rich in omega–3, cardiovascular health is improved by default. Although it has not been established beyond all doubts yet, some studies indicate that hemp could even act as a deterrent towards neurodegenerative diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

Healthy Skin and Hair

Also rich in Omega–6 fatty acids, hemp consumption on a regular basis can improve the quality of one’s skin, hair, and even bones.

Neurological and Muscular Improvements

In sharp contrast to the effects of marijuana, Cannabidiols actually help to increase our mental awareness, brain functionality, muscular, and neurological coordination. The fact that hemp is also rich in essential amino acids contributes to better regeneration, healing, and maintenance of the internal organs and general muscle tissues as well.

Often hailed as both a potential “miracle plant” and as the most misunderstood herb of all time, cannabis still holds many mysteries which modern medical science is continuously trying to unveil. In the meantime, hemp as a dietary supplement is already providing a lot of the benefits that we never previously knew would be coming from the same plant that gave us weed!

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