How To Maintain Good Eye Health?

How To Maintain Good Eye HealthWhile we’re awake, our eyes are in use all the time. To live a fulfilled and comfortable life it is crucial that we keep them healthy and do everything in our power to maintain good eye health.

In this blog post we give you a few tips on how to maintain good eye health and prevent further damage. Small changes can do wonders for your health in the long term. They’re super simple and super achievable, so let’s dig in!

Diet & Supplements

You can effectively support your vision with healthy and nutritious food. Several studies suggest that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids like chia seeds, flaxseeds, herring and salmon have a reduced risk of developing various eye conditions (Source). If you don’t get enough omega-3 from foods, then adding some Black Currant Oil into your diet will do the trick.

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In addition, foods containing antioxidants like selenium, zinc, vitamin C and lutein are great for naturally supporting your eye health (Source). You’ll get a kick of selenium from brazil nuts, beef, poultry or tuna. And if you need a little bit more, Selenium capsules are such an easy way to get some additional selenium in your diet.

Vitamin C can be found in lots of fruits like oranges and grapefruit, but also in bell peppers and tomatoes. Our Lycopene supplement is made from 100% natural tomatoes, so these little bad boys will give your eyes their daily dose of antioxidants.

Furthermore, blackcurrants are an amazing source of vitamin C. Our Black Currant Oil gives you lots of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, but not only! Our Black Currant Oil and Borage Oil supplements also contain high amounts of GLA (gamma linolenic acid) that’s great for eye health, as it helps reduce inflammation and the symptoms of dry eye disease. (Source)

Moreover, zinc is another antioxidant that helps keep your eyes healthy and reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts (Source). Zinc is most commonly found in seafood and oysters, dairy, beans, read meat, nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds. Our Pumpkin Seed Oil softgels are a rich source of zinc. It’s not only important for your eye health, but also supports your immune system, cell formation and skin.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a huge risk factor of developing different types of eye diseases like optic nerve damage, age-related macular degeneration, Dry Eye Syndrome, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts (Source). Smoking puts you at risk of developing any of those diseases about three times more likely. Something worth to keep in mind!

Just quit that nasty habit. Your eyes AND your body will thank you! If you’re struggling with smoking, we recommend that you read our blog post: Supplements To Help You Quit Smoking.

Rest

Support Your Eye HealthMost of us are almost always looking at their computer and phone screens. When we finish our work day at 5 PM, we continue staring at our phones and TV screens in the evening. It’s not uncommon that younger and younger people, even children, struggle with their eyes being tired or watery more often.

Give your eyes some rest. Staring at luminous screens can be harmful for your eyes. If your work requires looking at the screen a lot, take 5 minutes every hour to give your eyes some much needed rest. If your kids have smartphones or tablets, make sure to limit their screen time to prevent eye conditions that might trouble them for the rest of their lives.

Wear Sunglasses

Proper good quality sunglasses will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. More importantly, never look directly into the sun! Even when wearing sunglasses. Looking directly into the sun might just feel a bit uncomfortable, but in the long term it’s very damaging to your eyes. In addition, reflections of sun can also harm your eyes, so if you’re in the water, around snow or sand, make sure to have your eyes protected at all times.

When buying sunglasses, look out for the ones that have a high protection level of UV rays. Anti-reflective sunglasses and polarized lenses can provide an added protection.

In conclusion, it’s very easy to dismiss the dangers of the things that we’re surrounded by at all times. Keeping your eyes healthy should be something that you’re always aware of and take active steps towards. Protect your eyes with foods containing antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, use high quality food supplements, quit smoking, give your eyes rest after looking at screens and protect your eyes from the sun.

Do you already protect eyes? Let us know in the comments!

Supplements To Help You Quit Smoking

natural ways to quit smokingWe all know that smoking is one of the biggest risks you can impose on your health. Unfortunately, nicotine is highly addictive and a lot of smokers out there find it too difficult to quit because of the withdrawal symptoms and a severe habit.

Smoking usually starts because of seemingly innocent reasons – wanting to fit in as a teenager or a college student, not wanting to miss out socially or being stressed at work or because of difficult relationships. However, addiction will sneak up on you very easily and getting rid of it is going to be a long journey requiring some serious effort.

Nonsmokers might find it very hard to understand the addiction. In contrast, if your family member or loved one is struggling, you should keep an open mind and a calm approach, because they need all the help and support you can provide.

Increased Health Risks Of Smoking

Around 480,000 deaths in the United States are caused by smoking every year. This is 1 in every 5 deaths. Smoking causes even more deaths every year than HIV, alcohol or drug use, traffic collision injuries and firearm-related incidents all combined. (Source)

Smokers are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease like coronary heart disease, stroke, damaged blood vessels, blood clots and high blood pressure.

how to stop smokingFurthermore, smoking damages your lungs and puts you at a risk of respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sad fact: smokers are about 12 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.

And of course the most feared disease of them all – cancer. Not only does smoking increase the risk of developing lung cancer by 25 times, it can cause cancer in almost all parts of your body.

It’s especially important to quit smoking if you’re a woman. Not only when you’re pregnant, but also when you’re already trying to conceive. If you’re a smoker, you’re at a higher risk of developing different issues like premature birth, ectopic pregnancy, membrane ruptures and an early separation of placenta.

You’re also more likely to have a miscarriage, stillbirth and at a higher risk of birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome. Keep you and your (future) baby safe and seriously consider all of the risks associated with smoking.

How To Quit Smoking & Treat Withdrawal Symptoms

Nicotine addiction is both physical and mental. Pulling through the physical withdrawal symptoms requires a very strong mindset. Nevertheless, the longer you’ve steered away from cigarettes, the easier it will get to manage those cravings and over time your withdrawal symptoms will get smaller and smaller.

Exercise

If you’ve developed a strong smoking habit, it will be very hard to figure out ways to do with that time instead. Try to get your mind off of smoking as much as possible. Studies have shown that all types of exercise (from yoga and Pilates to HIIT workouts) have positive effects on reducing your cravings to smoke.

smoking cessationNot only are you keeping yourself occupied, you’re actively helping your body to get rid of the toxins you’ve put in it. You’ll also feel that you’re not out of breath every time when taking the stairs or running to catch the bus, because your body is getting used to the physical activity.

If you’re used to having a cigarette after a meal, when driving your car or drinking coffee or alcohol, it is extremely important for you to replace your smoking habit with a healthier one. Try walking up and down the stairs for around 5 minutes, or go for a quick walk. This helps to distract your mind, reduce cravings and also get in a small workout!

Another tip is to practice deep breathing whenever you feel a craving. Some studies have shown that if you do it every 30 minutes, you’ll feel less cravings to smoke and it helps you manage withdrawal symptoms like irritability and anxiety.

Diet & Supplements

Healthy and balanced diet is extremely important if you’re trying to quit. Smoking reduces the amount of nutrients in your body, which in the long run can be very dangerous.

Fun fact: Meat can make cigarettes taste better. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables make cigarettes taste a lot worse, so try incorporating more fresh foods into your diet.

black currant oilAdding foods high in antioxidants to your diet is crucial. Antioxidants help fight free radicals and prevent further cell damage in your body. Cell damage leads to premature aging, but also makes your body more susceptible to harmful cell growth. You should also eat plenty of foods containing vitamin C like bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, blackcurrants and more.

Some of the foods that contain high levels of antioxidants are dark leafy greens, blueberries, carrots, eggplant, broccoli and many more. You can also add high antioxidant supplements to your diet like CoQ10, Black Currant Oil, Lycopene, Borage Oil, Olive Leaf Extract or Organic Ceylon Cinnamon to boost your healing process even more. These supplements will help prevent DNA damage and give your body lots of nutrients.

Tip: If you feel that drinking coffee is a huge trigger for you, try replacing it with green tea. It’s high in antioxidants, makes your metabolism work faster and gives you energy!

Another great supplement is our Lung Support 30-day detox program. It’s designed to help cleanse your lungs from waste caused by smoking, environmental toxins and air pollution. In addition, it helps reduxe inflammation and production of mucus. Say hello to comfortable breathing again!

Furthermore, as we already mentioned, smoking puts you at a much higher risk of developing heart disease. If you already struggle with any, supplementing with high quality Citrus Bergamot, Berberine, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon or CoQ10 will help protect your heart.

But what about stress, anxiety and irritability? Our Holy Basil will take care of all that. Also, take Magnesium Glycinate to help manage stress even better and get a good night’s sleep. These are also great if you’ve started doing more exercise after quitting – they help your body adapt to stress and Magnesium (but also Electrolytes!) will help reduce muscle soreness and promote recovery.

pineapple enzymeTo get rid of the mucus and coughs that might’ve been worrying you, supplementing with Bromelain is a great way to naturally cleanse your body and reduce inflammation.

And if you’re feeling tired all the time (this is a common withdrawal symptom!), start your day by taking a few MCT Oil capsules. These will give you instant energy, because those fatty acids will be immediately burned for energy and not stored as fat.

Likewise, there are plenty of small tricks to get you off of cigarettes. Download an app where you can track all the money you’ve saved since you quit, and track the days for how long you’ve been cigarette free. Try to pay more attention to what’s around you and enjoy life without the need to smoke cigarettes.

To conclude, nicotine addiction is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Make the decision to quit now and use everything in your hand to get rid of it. You and your loved ones will all win. The trick is to be positive, make a proper plan (and stick to it!) and remove all tobacco products from your life.

If you have quit smoking successfully, share your best tips and tricks in the comments!

Prostate Health: Prevention With Lycopene

lycopene prostateProstate health is something that every man should think about. Changes in the prostate are most commonly beginning to be noticeable in middle-aged men. Issues with prostate can affect your health and well being drastically.

However, there are ways to help support your prostate health naturally. One of the most popular supplements for it is Lycopene. Let’s find out what it is and how it can help!

PS! There is a bonus tip at the end of this blog post. Continue reading to find out!

 

What Is The Prostate?

Prostate is a golf-ball sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It’s located close to the bladder, urethra and rectum. This gland is responsible for secreting a fluid that makes up around 30% of the volume of semen and helping to expel semen during ejaculation. Because of its location and purpose, problems with your prostate can have a negative effect on urination and sexual function.

Prostate issues are a common thing in middle aged and older men, because the prostate gland tends to grow when you age. The first phase of growth occurs in puberty, the second phase starts around the age of 25 (Source). This is why it’s important to start paying attention to your prostate health even as a young man. We’re firm believers in early prevention and you should be too.

The most common issue that men struggle with is difficulty urinating due to the prostate pressing against urethra. This can be caused by age-related enlargement of the prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), inflammation or infection of the prostate that is called prostatitis or even prostate cancer.

 

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. Here’s what the statistics based on the U.S population says:

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of prostate cancer was 112.6 per 100,000 men per year. The number of deaths was 19.5 per 100,000 men per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2011-2015 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 11.2 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2015, there were an estimated 3,120,176 men living with prostate cancer in the United States.” (Source)

 

What Is Lycopene And How Can It Help?

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Lycopene is a carotenoid that’s found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables. It is a powerful antioxidant that your body can’t produce on its own and needs to be ingested. As you might already know, antioxidants are extremely beneficial for your body. They help protect your cells from oxidative stress that produces free radicals.

Excess amount of free radicals has harmful impact on your cells, skin, immune-system and overall health. This results in DNA damage and age-related problems. Essentially, free radicals make your body age quicker. Furthermore, because issues with prostate health are more common in older men, it is important to start with prevention early on.

Lycopene has shown to support prostate health in different ways. The first controlled clinical study conducted in 2008 concluded that supplementing with lycopene may inhibit the progression and reduce the symptoms of BPH a k a prostate gland enlargement (Source).

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2015 showed the trend that there was reduced incidence of prostate cancer with higher lycopene intake (Source). Another systematic review and meta-analysis conducted in 2017 suggests that higher dietary and circulating lycopene concentrations in your body are associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer and may help protect from the aggressiveness of it (Source).

 

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Bonus Tip: Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil can be another great way to promote good prostate health. It has a high zinc and phytosterol content that are known to be beneficial for the prostate. Research conducted in 2014 showed that supplementing with pumpkin seed oil can be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (Source).

Moreover, Lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient that’s best absorbed with fat containing meals. For maximum absorption and extra support for your prostate, try it out with our Pumpkin Seed Oil softgels.

 

In conclusion, research suggests that Lycopene might be a beneficial way to support prostate health, reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prevent the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Our Lycopene supplement is extracted from real tomatoes. It doesn’t contain preservatives, gluten, sugar, wheat, fish, starch, lactose, artificial colours, sweetener or flavours.

Click HERE to read more about our Lycopene supplement and buy it today! 

5 Tips To Stay Cool and Healthy in Hot Weather

hot weatherIt’s our favorite time of the year – long and lazy days, lots of sunshine and warm nights. What better could you ask for? But even if the hot weather is too good to be true, don’t forget that exposure to extreme heat and direct sun may lead to sunburn or even sunstroke. For some, especially little babies, pregnant or breastfeeding women and older people, these may cause a serious illness or worse.

But do not worry! We want to make sure you have all the insider tips on how to avoid sun damage and sunstroke, and still get the most out of a hot summer day. Here are our top five tips on how to stay cool and healthy in the summer heat:

 

Stay Hydrated!

hot weatherIf you’re feeling thirsty and that your mouth is dry, your heart beats rapidly or you feel a little dizzy, then you’re already dehydrated. And think again before you’re going to reach for that nice and cooling, but incredibly sugary soda (yes, this also applies to sugar-free sodas!). They can actually have the opposite effect on your body. Plus, excess sugar intake will deplete your body from essential vitamins and minerals.

It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, but keep in mind that you will sweat when it’s hot outside, so keep the water flowing! In addition to water, vitamin water and sport drinks are also a useful way to combat extreme heat, because they’ll help your body restore vitamin levels. If you need a little flavor in your drink during a hot day, these are your go to drinks.

Tip: The color of your urine may tell you how hydrated or dehydrated you are. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are. If you’re properly hydrated, the color of your urine will be a pale or a transparent yellow color. (Source)

 

Limit Coffee and Alcohol Intake

Think twice about how much coffee you’re going to drink in hot weather. Caffeinated drinks can flush out water that you’ve consumed. If you’d still like to enjoy your coffee or tea, have plenty of water with it to make sure you’re hydrated properly.

And what about a few cocktails by the pool or at the beach? The same applies here – alcohol flushes water out of your body (this is one of the most common causes of a hangover!). If you want to enjoy your occasional piña colada, make sure to drink water as well to avoid dehydration.

 

Protect Your Skin

Always, always, always use sunscreen. Even if it’s not sunny outside, you should still wear some level of sunscreen to prevent sunburn and sun damage to your skin. There are so many amazing natural products on the market that will protect your skin from sunburn and aren’t full of harmful chemicals. Even most of the liquid and powder foundations have SPF in it!

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PS! Wearing sunglasses will help to protect your eyes from UV rays as well.

A great tip to determine what level sunscreen you should use, is to check the UV (ultraviolet) index before you head outside. When it’s especially hot weather, it might also mean that the UV index is higher than usual. The bigger the number of UV index, the higher risk you have to be harmed from unprotected sun exposure. We can’t stress enough how important it is to protect your skin from sun damage. Not only for preventing wrinkles and saggy skin, but also to prevent skin cancer.

Tip: Apply sunscreen every two hours or every time after swimming or showering.

Moreover, SPF won’t give you 100% protection from harmful UV rays. UV rays can damage your DNA which may lead to premature aging in cells and the development of harmful and even cancerous cells in your body.

A great way to internally protect your skin is to supplement with Olive Leaf Extract or Lycopene. Both of these supplements have antioxidant properties that help prevent DNA damage and support your immune system. Another supplement to support healthy and glowing skin is Biotin. This will also help make your hair and nails grow faster and stronger!

 

What to Wear?!

It is obvious that in extreme heat you don’t want to wear your finest merino sweater or the tightest pair of leather pants you own. Instead, prefer loose clothing made from natural materials like cotton and linen. This way you let your body breathe and can avoid excessive sweating, which in turn depletes your body from vitamins and flushes out water.

Furthermore, if you don’t want to expose your skin to any sun at all, even loose fitting long sleeved blouses and long pants made from natural materials can help you stay cool in hot weather. It is also useful to wear a summer hat to prevent sunstroke.

 

What About Exercise?

Need to get your workout in, but can’t imagine getting through with it on a hot day? Try to plan your workout time for early morning or later in the evening to avoid heat stroke. Vigorous exercise in heat may lead to dehydration. If you need to work out in hot weather, keep an even closer eye on your water intake.

 

To conclude, it is absolutely possible to get through a super hot summer day and not get sunburnt or even a heat stroke. Just make sure to stay safe and healthy, keep in mind to not go overboard with tanning or exercising and drink plenty of water throughout the day. What are your top tips for staying cool and healthy in hot weather? Let us know in the comment section!