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Too Much Time

In Front Of A Screen?

Omega-3s May Ease

Computer-Related Dry Eye ~


Daily Omega-3 supplements may improve symptoms of dry eye associated with prolonged exposure to computer screens. According to a randomized, controlled study conducted by scientists from India’s Santosh Medical College and Hospital, the Narayan Medical College, Rotary Eye Hospital and the Laser Eye Clinic, daily Omega-3 Fatty Acids supplementation decreased tear evaporation rates and improved other markers of eye health. The researchers explained that rampant use of personal computers and Internet has led to an increase in dry eye symptoms in young and middle-aged individuals and office working population. Thus, the present study draws attention to the preponderance of increased dry eye symptoms in young patients, as opposed to the previously, more prevalent dry eyes associated with elderly women - as it highlights the increasing impact of computers in causing dry eye disease. The researchers recruited 478 people with dry eyes who were using computers at least three hours per day for at least one year and randomly divided them two groups: The first group received daily Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements and the second group received placebo for three months. Measurements were recorded at baseline, i.e., dry eye symptoms, in test ratings - the Shirmer Test and TBUT, the Nelson Grade and Conjunctival Impression Cytology (CIC). Results demonstrated a significant improvement of symptoms in Schirmer, TBUT and Nelson Grade in the Omega-3 Fatty Acid dietary supplementation group, as compared to placebo. Moreover, 70% of the Omega-3 patients were totally symptom free, in contrast to 14.9% patients in placebo at conclusion, and benefits seem even more marked in conditions such as blepharitis and meibomian gland disease. The significant improvement in dry eye symptoms and TBUT scores in the Omega-3 group suggests that Omega-3 Fatty Acid dietary supplementation improves inherent tear film stability, rather than increasing tear volume and production. This observation was further reinforced by decreased tear evaporation rates in the improved Nelson Grade for the Omega-3 group; and Omega-3’s role in tear production and secretion may thus be further evaluated. The scientists concluded that dietary consumption of Omega-3s causes significant improvement in dry eye symptoms, decreases tear evaporation rate and better Nelson grades, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids have a definite role for dry eye syndrome. Sources: NutraIngredients-USA and US National Library of Medicine


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Research tells us that exercise can help stave off or delay dementia - but did you know that regular workouts may actually reverse ageing in the brain? Aerobic exercise enhances speed and sharpness of thought, but it also increases the volume of brain tissue. As little as fifty minutes of brisk walking three times a week was found to have this brain-expanding effect. For an added boost, walk in the park: Studies found that test subjects whose course took them through a tree-filled setting performed twenty percent better on memory and attention tests than those who walked in town. Think of it as food not only for the brain, but food for the soul as well.




Many times stress is the result of little things that were left unresolved, like work projects, medical visits, paperwork and other household concerns. These tasks can hang over your head week after week, building up stress without you even realizing it. This week, set out to solve the little problems in your life. Sit down this Monday and write a list of all the small things that have piled up; then come up with a realistic comfortable time line to make them disappear. By catching up and completing these goals, you can feel in control again! Need extra help? Look into natural help with gentle Passion Flower.



Ancient Greeks and Romans not only used the herb Thyme to spice up their foods, they also burned it to fumigate and purify their rooms. In World War One, Thyme was used to purify surfaces and air in  hospitals and sickrooms to destroy bacterial infection. Today? We still add delicious Thyme to so many of our foods - AND - check out the label on your Listerine antibacterial mouthwash, and take note of its important active ingredient: It is thymol - the very same active antibacterial compound extracted from Thyme! The same delicious herb that flavors our food delivers good health too. Imagine! The old-timers already knew all this!



DID YOU KNOW? Old-time train engineers used Flaxseed oil to remove cinders caught in their eyes. It’s true, but today we also know that Flaxseed provides all eight essential amino acids and a wealth of nutrients, including Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, digestive enzymes, protein, vitamins and minerals. We can sprinkle them on cereals and salads, or take supplements to support healthy circulation, immune function and better cholesterol and blood glucose levels.



Sri Lankans believe that Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) promotes longevity on the basis that long-living and very smart elephants eat it (not exactly scientific), but Gotu Kola is often called "The Memory Herb" because its potent circulatory effects help revitalize brain cells, and it is often used in herbal therapy to enhance mental activity, concentration and managing memory loss.



Have you ever heard of a beautiful flower associated with good health? It's true: Word of American Indian and Colonial usage of the beautiful Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea) roused the curiosity of physicians in Europe, where today it remains one of the most sought-after herbs, particularly in Germany, where doctors have been known to prescribe Echinacea as often as they prescribe antibiotics. It’s one of nature’s most powerful natural antibiotics, and it is great for supporting a strong immune system and helping to stimulate the body's resistance to infection. People often take it prior to travel to build up immunity to infectious bacteria and viral exposure in different environments from home.



According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers found that people who eat salads have higher levels of six key nutrients. Those who ate raw vegetables in a salad had “above median serum micronutrient levels of folic acid, vitamins C and E, lycopene and alpha- and beta-carotene.” Each serving of salad translated into 165 percent likelihood of meeting the RDA of vitamin C for women and 119 percent for men. The study concluded that eating salads can be an easy and effective (and delicious) tool for getting people to meet currently recommended nutritional needs. Eat your way to good health!



Recent research suggests that poor oral hygiene (brushing less than twice daily) actually increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Brush Your Teeth with a soft-bristle brush and gently clean your teeth to avoid hurting gums. Fluoride toothpaste can help destroy oral bacteria, and frequent cleanings (if possible, right after snacks or meal) can stop buildup leading to gum disease. Don't Forget To Floss. It's one of the most important things we can do to keep teeth healthy. Floss is the only thing that reaches below the gum line. Bacteria build up in the pocket between the tooth and gum line, causing inflammation, tissue damage and bone loss. Worse, it can spread to the bloodstream and through the body. Try some Green Tea: it’s also rich in fluoride and may help reduce tooth decay. Too many people mistreat their teeth and ignore the decay and disease warning signs until too late. A little prevention is worth a pound of cure - especially when the alternative is growing old without any teeth at all. Take the time to brush your teeth. Your teeth (and your heart) will thank you for it!

Wear Sunglasses AND

Safety Glasses for

Work AND for Play ~

Nearly half of all eye injuries happen at home, not on a job site. Use safety glasses whenever a project might send debris flying or splash hazardous chemicals (think house and landscape chores and home fixes - indoors and outdoors during summer months). Protective eyewear may also prevent 90% of sports-related eye injuries. Some sports with the most injuries are baseball-softball, racket sports, lacrosse and basketball. Protective lenses don’t have to be expensive; they should be made of polycarbonate plastic, which is ten times more impact-resistant than other materials. Wear the glasses now; don’t be sorry later.



Save the bags only for your groceries, handbags or trash - BUT not under eyes - SO Banish Them: Put Down That Salt Shaker: Water finds its way from body areas low in sodium to those with the most (eye area). Manage Allergies: Allergy season and watery, puffy eyes go hand-in-hand, but some over-the-counter allergy, cold or sinus infection medicines and herbs like Eyebright can dry puffy eyes. Try a Neti Pot: It looks like a small teapot, and you pour salt water into one nostril at a time and let it drain out the other to help flush out all extra moisture in your sinuses. Sleep On Your Back: Gravity causes fluid to collect under eyes, so sleep on your back and add an extra pillow under your head. Remove Eye Makeup: Sleeping with eye makeup on can make your eyes water and cause morning-after puffiness. Limit Alcohol: It pulls the water out of your skin, and once you weaken the delicate area around the eyes, it's more likely to sink into a pouch. Protect Eyes From Sun’s UV Rays: You protect your body from sunlight and should do the same for your face. Too much sun makes the skin around eyes sag or wrinkle. Use sunscreen, sunglasses and hats to protect your face from harmful rays.Chill Eyes: A cold compress can ease puffiness. Try chilled cucumber slices, tea bags or even a chilled spoon. What you use doesn’t matter; the low temperature does the work.



Many people swear by daily habits and routines for keeping them in good health, and often those habits are grounded in sound medical science, say many doctors. Here are three healthy suggestions: Take a daily nap. Sleeping just 20-30 minutes (no more to avoid interfering with night sleep) can help improve your alertness, performance and mood, and reduces mistakes and accidents too. Eat fresh, buy local. Local food is generally fresher, riper, better-tasting and higher-quality than commercially produced food that's been shipped many miles, and because it's locally distributed, it requires minimal preservatives or processing (also helps the local economy, and there’s a lot available during these summer months from the farmers’ markets). Head for your garden. Gardening is a therapeutic and creative outlet. You can let your personality shine through. A garden also burns calories and provides regular exercise, which can help prevent heart disease, obesity and adult-onset diabetes. Think of adding veggies to your garden for your own organic market. It’s a great feeling - with even greater great results.


You should have listened to Mom when she said, “Eat your vegetables.” Science now tells us that consuming yellow and green vegetables will protect against age-related macular degeneration, thus preserving eyesight - and green vegetables like Broccoli and Cabbage may help protect the body against breast and prostate cancer. Fresh is best, but when not available, both can luckily be found in supplement form.



Brittle bones don’t have to be an inevitable result of ageing. In fact, just a few easy dietary changes and easy exercises will help build stronger bones right away, so try these tips: Add Calcium to your diet: Those with the highest bone density get their calcium from both foods (milk, fish, green leafy veggies) and/or supplements (Coral Calcium). Exercise: Just twenty minutes of basic strength training exercises, two days a week, will help firm and tone the whole body, modestly increase metabolism and burn more calories (even when resting). Even better, Bear Your Weight: At least once daily, do some physical activity that requires your body’s resistance, like weight-bearing yoga poses or exercises like swimming or walking. You’ll build strong bones and increase muscle mass and strength. Put Down That Cigarette: Smoking inhibits absorption of calcium taken in. Don’t forget Vitamin D to help absorb calcium, and get some early morning or late afternoon-evening sunlight for natural vitamin D.


Is the Tomato a fruit or vegetable? Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it a vegetable, they were scientifically incorrect: Botanically, it is classified as a fruit, and The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association specifically classifies it as a berry, since it contains both pulp and seeds. Tomato is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene, the remarkable, powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage to cells. So...whatever we decide to call it, just be sure to call it HEALTHY!


Even though they can be a nightmare on our lawns, the pretty Dandelion is also known as the "Wondrous Weed" that grows everywhere - with a rich history as a nutritious food used in salads, medicines and wines. Potassium-rich Dandelion is also called the "free health food pharmacy," because it is a fine tonic that helps cleanse our blood, detoxifies the system and improves mobility - and - we don’t even have to pick garden weeds to get it; there are Dandelion supplements. Either way, even if we don't love them, they at least deserve a little respect as yet another healthy plant food.


But Maybe

A Lot More Healthy ~

Did you know that the stronger the smell of Onions, the more potent and effective their healing powers are thought to be?...and did you know that the ancient Egyptians worshipped the Onion as the symbol of “Eternal Life?” Today we do know that Onion is one of nature’s best natural immunity supports that helps protect against infection of all kinds. As a powerful natural antibiotic and antiseptic, it is a wonderful way to strengthen the body’s natural defenses against common colds, flu, sore throat, bronchial and gastric infections; and happily Onion can be found in no=tears supplements. Can’t promise the perfume, tho!

What?  Education -


Although higher education levels have been linked to better health in surveys, you don't necessarily have to have a long list of degrees to achieve well-being. According to health professionals from City University of New York, reading more often, following current events and engaging in activities that keep the mind as sharp as possible will help us reap vast health rewards. Time to get out those crossword puzzles, newspapers, library cards - or join a travel group (a truly fun way to learn and make friends at the same time). C'mon: It's Time to GET SMART!


As we often like to remind ourselves, Mondy is a great day to reset our weekly health goals. The Monday Mile is a fun way to jump-start your week with a healthy dose of physical activity. You can Walk, Jog or Run the mile with friends, family and co-workers, and enjoy positive health benefits while socializing with others and making a commitment to stay fit throughout the week.


While it's frustrating that its cause is unknown, it’s even more frustrating that there is no surefire cure. Harvard University’s good news says there are simple things you can try to help get some relief. Avoid foods that trigger symptoms. Eat small portions and don't overeat: Try eating smaller, more frequent meals, being sure to chew food slowly and completely. Avoid activities that result in swallowing excess air: smoking, eating quickly, chewing gum and drinking carbonated beverages. Reduce your stress. Try relaxation therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy or exercise. An aerobic workout 3-5 times a week can help, but don't exercise right after eating. Get enough rest. Don't lie down within two hours of eating. Keep your weight under control. European herbalists say Quassia, Gentian, Peppermint, Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Valerian may help. Talk to your doctor about botanical therapy for natural help.


Traveling can be very stressful, so your immune system may not be at its best. Furthermore, when traveling, you are exposed to germs that can be very different and from those you are used to. To stay healthy during your trip, why not try some Echinacea a week before you leave, and continue taking it while you are away from home. Studies tell us it can be helpful for supporting a stronger immune system to fend off colds and other unwanted germs that you’d rather not bring back as souvenirs. (T-Shirts, cups and postcards are much more enjoyable -and safe.)


Here’s how you can help your overweight child: Set a Good Example - Make healthy food choices for yourself. Eat at Home - as a family, and at the table (children eat nearly twice as many calories in restaurants as they would at home). Stay Calm - Make mealtime pleasant, not combative. Serve Healthy Snacks - that are low-fat and calorie, as well as healthy meals. Get the Kids Involved - in meal planning and preparation. Keep Active - Make fitness a family affair. Healthy eating habits start at home; contrary to popular belief, children do not naturally outgrow baby fat.


Let Anger Get the Best of You -

It Can Make You SICK!!

Help yourself with a few simple tips: Admit Your Anger. Release Stress (get some exercise; take a walk or swim, go dancing). Relax (see a funny movie, listen to soft music). Take Care of Yourself (eat properly, look your best). Surround Yourself With Happy People who are positive and caring. Take Deep, Slow Breaths (slow, deep-breathing helps to trigger relaxation, so you can deal with unpleasant situations). Analyze and even talk about the situation that caused that anger with a friend, and try to put it in its place. Lastly, Try to forgive the mistakes of others; you’ll be the better/happier one in the long run.

Good Health


Foods that are rich in water take up more room in your gut, which tells the body you've had enough to eat and leaves less room for other foods. Many raw fruits and vegetables are full of water and nutrients, and low in calories. Watermelon is a great delicious example. It's a great source of the remarkable antioxidant lycopene and gives you some vitamin A and C, too. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as other yogurts and takes longer to leave your stomach, keeping you satisfied longer. Plus, you burn more calories digesting protein than carbs. Choose nonfat, low-fat, and low-sugar types. Cinnamon, watermelon and popcorn can help curb your appetite and burn fat too.

Bring On


Research shows Blueberries to be super nutritious and may help protect the brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may also help reduce effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Some scientists have actually nicknamed Blueberries “Brainberries.” Do they know something? More News: Recent studies found that a Blueberry-rich diet improved learning, as well as muscle function in older subjects.


When buying wheat bread, don’t be fooled by healthy-sounding words like “nine-grain” or “multi-grain.” And just because the bread has a nice tan color, the color does not mean it’s whole grain. Be sure the label reads “whole” grain from the whole-wheat kernel. That way you’ll get the bran, the germ and all the natural nutrients that benefit your good health. Always take that extra time to read food labels - on everything. Your improved health will prove it was time well spent.

Don’t Just Sit There: MOVE!

More and more studies point to the negative health effects of sitting for extended periods of time. Today (every day), try to get up every hour and engage in a few minutes of light activity. The good news is that if you get up and fit in at least two minutes of light activity, such as stretching, walking or even doing chores, that activity can offset some of the health risks of being sedentary for long periods of time. It’s a brand new week - a brand new opportunity to get back on the health train. Use the new week to reset your health goals. So don’t just sit there. Stand up! It’s time to get moving - toward better health - NOW!


Did You Know? The Bamboo tree is not a tree; it is a giant grass. The Sea Cucumber is not a vegetable; it is a marine animal. The Banana tree is not a tree; it is the world’s largest herb (and it’s a fruit too!). Oddly, when scientists introduced straight Bananas in the 1960s, the public refused to buy them! Best of all: You can help relieve muscle cramping and replace the vitamins, nutrients and potassium lost during strenuous activity with healthy BANANA!

What is the ONE PRESCRIPTION that can lower your risk for



You guessed it!!! EXERCISE!!!Harvard Medical School tells us that Exercise has the power to keep us from developing high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. In fact, Exercise can lower risk of heart disease as effectively as medications! It can also help ease arthritis pain, sharpen memory, trim the waistline and preserve our independence. So why isn’t everyone exercising? One of the biggest reasons is not knowing where to start, or finding a program that’s easy to stick with. Start simply with something that is fun for you, and work up to more strenuous workouts over time. Get a friend to accompany you; it’s more fun, and you can encourage each other to stick with your routines. Of course, ask the doctor to find the best, safest workout for you if any health issues are a concern.


Did you know that a poor diet is considered a mind robber that can steal away bits of memory and cognition over time? It’s a fact. Although researchers have not yet quantified the specific effects of a good diet on mental health, it is known that Omega-3 Fatty Acids (found in fish, fish supplements, Soy, Nuts and Flaxseed,) help provide the body with the amino acids needed for healthy cell formation and play a vital role in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. Healthy brain cells (neurons) will perform better than unhealthy ones, thereby promoting cognitive clarity, a well-functioning memory and positive mood. While a few deep-fried Oreos won't bring down your IQ or destroy your memory, it's generally accepted that a healthy diet aids the brain in maximizing its potential. Start this weekend with a healthy food list when grocery shopping.


Some people open a window or a door - or simply walk outside and will become exposed to pollen in the outdoor air and suffer. Unless you want to live in a bubble, avoiding pollen is pretty difficult. However, you can follow some tips to at least minimize pollen exposure: Keep windows in your home closed, which prevents pollens from drifting into your home. Minimize early morning activity when pollen levels are highest (between 5 and 10 a.m.). Keep your car windows closed when driving. Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported high and on windy days when pollen may be present in higher amounts in the air. If taking a vacation during pollen season height, go to a more pollen-free area, like the beach. Avoid performing yard work, or wear a mask or bandana over your nose and mouth when working outside. Use a clothes dryer to machine dry bedding and clothing (don't hang clothes on a clothesline, where laundry becomes coated with pollen). An indoor air cleaner can help reduce indoor pollen levels if windows are open. Speak with your doctor about symptom relief with natural herbals like Eyebright or Mullein Leaf, etc.


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