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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vision Nutrition

The prerequisite for vision health is vision nutrition, which builds healthy eye muscles, nerves, and blood vessels—the components of healthy eyes and perfect vision.

Self-healing is your own personal responsibility, just as Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said: "Your food should be your medicine, and your medicine should be your food." Make food your medicine. Heal your eye problems and improve your vision with diet and nutrition. Vision nutrition is your best preventive medicine against any chronic eye problem.

It can prevent any eye disorder.
It can reverse any disorder you may already have developed.
It can preserve and protect your remaining vision for the rest of your life.

Vision nutrition is your resource in self-healing. Prevention is always better than cure.

Antioxidants to Fight Free Radicals

Vision nutrition is the most powerful weapon against free radicals, which are involved in the development of virtually all eye disorders, including cataracts, retinal disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, in the cellular level.

 Free Radicals Damage Your Vision

Antioxidants are powerful scavengers of free radicals in your body. They are substances in foods that disarm free radicals. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, coenzyme Q10, and vitamins A, C, and E.

The fluid that fills the front of your eye (known as aqueous) has one of the highest levels of vitamin C in your body. The retina at the back of your eye requires a good supply of antioxidant nutrients from your bloodstream.

Unfortunately, as you continue to age, your body produces fewer anti-oxidants, resulting in less protection of your eyes from oxidation.

In addition, the strong UV rays from the sun can burn or “oxidize” the retinal cells at the back you eyes, leading to loss of central vision. But lack of sunlight over many years can also destroy your retinal cells.

Foods to Fight Free Radicals

Foods that are rich in antioxidants are scavengers of free radicals.

Chlorella is an alga containing high levels of chlorophyll (the green substance in plants). It is one of the purest and most potent foods on earth. Chlorella is a powerful detoxification agent against heavy metals and chemicals in your body. It not only breaks down persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins, such as mercury, cadmium, lead, DDT, and PCE, that you may have ingested in your body, but also strengthens your immune system.
Eat several raw garlic cloves a day to fight free radicals. Overcome the odor by chewing some fresh parsley.

A standard dosage of garlic is 900 mg daily of a garlic extract standardized to contain 1.3 percent alliin, the potent ingredient in garlic.

Eat anti-aging foods high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, such as apricots, berries, black currants, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, lemons, and plums, to prevent broken blood vessels and new blood vessel growth in the eye.

Vitamin C does not stay in your body for long, so you need to replenish it constantly in order to reap its benefits.

Load up on carrots for vitamin A. Carrots contain a carotenoid (a pigment in plants and animals that provides red and yellow color) called beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is a potent anti-oxidant for eye health and healthy vision. Eat carrots, and you will have eyes of an eagle.

Protect the interior of your eyes from the sun with lutein (the primary carotenoid located in the center of the retina, called the macula) and zeaxanthin through supplements, or foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin such as collard greens, Brussels sprouts, kale, green peas, pumpkin seeds, corn, green pepper, and spinach.

Cigarette smoking reduces the eye’s production of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are pigments of the retina for filtering out harmful blue rays that thicken the macular pigment.

One cup of raw spinach contains about 18 mg. of lutein, one cup of cooked broccoli contains about 3 mg., and one cup of sliced green pepper around 1 mg. They are all anti-aging foods for vision health.

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 5 servings of spinach per week may reduce macular degeneration by more than 50 percent.

Take magnesium to aid blood flow to the eye for oxygen and nutrients.

Consume cold-water fish and fish oils for omega-3 essential oils, as well as vitamins A and D, which aid in the production of protective pigments in the eye. Eating tuna may significantly reduce your dry eye symptoms.

Take zinc to help release vitamin A from your liver to help healthy vision.

Improve your night vision with bilberries, a cousin to blueberries, grown in the forest meadows of Europe, western Asia, and the northern Rocky Mountains. Bilberry is an herbal remedy that may have a very positive impact on night vision by fortifying blood vessel walls, thereby improving blood flow to the blood vessels in your eyes. Bilberry may help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Its original use traces back to World War II when British pilots found that eating jam made from bilberries helped them improve their night vision.

Eat more protein (plant protein from beans) to reduce the development of cataracts, which make your eye’s natural lens cloudy, according to a French scientific study.

Supplement your diet with vitamin E from nuts to improve your healthy vision.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Slow Down Your Vision Deterioration

As we age, our vision deteriorates, and becomes blurry. This is a fact! However, we can still delay or slow down the deterioration process. 

First of all, why does the human eye become blurry due to aging? 

There are many factors. But let us look at one major factor: lack of use of the peripheral vision (which is our side vision). 

In normal vision, we use the macula in the human eye, which is responsible for central and detailed vision, and we also use our peripheral vision to see what is on the right and on the left side. In other words, normal vision is made up the central and the peripheral vision. As we continue to age, we tend to stare (just like staring at our cell phone or computer screen) that we unconsciously neglect our use of the side vision. Use it or lose it. Does it make sense? Our side vision slowly and gradually deteriorates over the years without our knowing it. Using less side vision, we tend to rely more on the macula; as a result, we also unconsciously overuse the macula. This has led to blurry vision. The more we use the macula, the less we use the peripheral vision. The result is that we lose both the macula and the peripheral vision. It is just that simple.

Let me use a simple illustration. Say, you are the Chief Chef, and you have two assistants to help you in the kitchen. But all along you have been doing almost everything yourself without relying on your assistants. Ultimately, you have overworked yourself, and your assistants, accordingly, have become lazy. This scenario is pretty much the same as our use of the macula and peripheral vision.

If you see an ophthalmologist, probably he or she would tell you to have another pair of glasses, and your problem will not be fixed.

How can we improve our peripheral vision to overcome blurry vision? The answer is simple: use your peripheral vision more, so as to use your central vision (macula) less.

Stretch out your hands sideways, and move or wave your fingers. Your eyes are still looking forward in front of you, but you are now aware of the motion of your fingers on both sides. It is this awareness that stimulates your peripheral vision. Practice this as often as possible. Even when you are walking, you can move your hands sideways and make your eyes aware of the motion of your hands on each side.

Of course, you may find this tedious and tiring to move your hands sideways to stimulate your peripheral vision. There is, however, another way to do this.

Go to a Dollar shop and get light-powered sunflowers or toys (you can also get them online; they cost just a few dollars). If you are working on your computer, put them on the two sides of your computer screen—as far apart as possible--so that while your eyes are focusing on the computer screen, the movement of the sunflowers (they are powered by natural or artificial light) are within your side vision, and will unconsciously but continuously stimulate your peripheral vision. In other words, you will "notice" something "flickering" on your sides to stimulate your side vision even though your eyes are still looking at the center of the computer screen.

Believe me, this is an inexpensive and unconventional way to protect your side vision from deteriorating.

Read my book: Vision Self-Healing Self-Help to find out more about vision health.


Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, May 15, 2017

Overcoming Eyestrain

Eyestrain is one of the underlying causes of many vision disorders. The opposite of eyestrain is eye relaxation, which essentially comes from the mind.

Develop your mental awareness to change your bad vision habits that cause eyestrain.

Shifting: Train your mind to edge or trace the outline of any visual object with your eyes. Form this good vision habit to avoid “staring” or “eye fixation.”

Eye balancing: Wear an eye-patch (obtainable at a pharmacy or local drug store) over your stronger eye in order to strengthen your weaker eye.

Periphery: Use a two-eyed patch to cover your eyes to enhance your peripheral vision. Make a two-eyed patch out of a strip of stiff cardboard (3” x 1”), with a small part cut off in the middle to accommodate your nose.

Sunglasses: Avoid wearing sunglasses to avoid “squinting.”
Mind Relaxation
The eye conditions are constantly changing such that they can be adversely affected by any emotional or mental stress, resulting in eyestrain that can cause vision blur. By the same token, you can significantly improve your vision if you relax your eyes completely through relaxation.

Using a Relaxed Mind to Relax the Body, and hence the Eye

It is almost impossible to relax just your eyes, while the rest of your body remains tense and stressed. Total relaxation begins with the mind first, and then the rest of the body, including the eyes. Use your mind to relax your body, and then your eyes -- the best way to achieve mental relaxation.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Book of Human Wisdom



TAO wisdom is the profound human wisdom from ancient China more than 2,600 years ago. It is expressed in TAO TE CHING, one of the most translated works in world literature.

There are many translations and interpretations of Lao Tzu’s ancient classic “Tao Te Ching.”  Given that the Chinese language is often capable of multiple meanings, following the exact Chinese translation may make the flow of the language uneven and even difficult to understand. 

The book contains not only the complete 81 chapters of Lao Tzu’s immortal classic but also the author’s own interpretations of the essentials of TAO  wisdom (which is the wisdom of Lao Tzu) for easier intuition and assimilation.

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