Eyesight problems can affect people of all ages and as we age there is a HIGHER RISK of suffering from eye disease and loss of vision.
This article will tell you the symptoms and how to treat and prevent eye disease naturally . How to supplement with vitamins and what to eat to both prevent and treat eye diseases.
Why are eyes unhealthy ?
Smoking has a bad effect not only on lungs but eyes as well. Most smokers are chronically short of vitamin C and as a consequence suffer from higher oxidation damage to their body than non-smokers and are more prone to disease because of their body’s weakened immune system.
Poor nutrition means that the body cannot get the vitamins and minerals it needs to function well and the weakened immune system cannot prevent disease from starting nor fight it effectively.
If this condition continues for any length of time then as people age they will become progressively more unhealthy and more diseases will begin to manifest in their bodies. It’s not solely a function of aging but more one of prolonged poor nutrition. The body has been deprived of the nutrition it requires in the form of vitamins and minerals for too long and begins to malfunction in many ways including the manifestation of diseases.
Age related disease follows from a lifetime of poor nutrition and exposure to strong light damages eyes. Being outdoors and not wearing sunglasses will damage your eyes through continuous exposure to sunlight.
Sitting for hours each day in front of a computer screen continuously emitting strong light including blue light will damage your eyes over time. Wear sunglasses when outdoors in bright sunlight and use computer screen filters to reduce the effect of light ray emissions.
The retina contains the light sensitive rods and cones which capture light rays and then they are converted to electrical messages via the nervous system and sent via the optic nerve to the brain for interpretations and analysis.
These rods and cones are repaired and replaced however with aging they do recover from damage or replace themselves so efficiently. This deterioration is labeled degenerative disease of the photo receptor cells – macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The effect is a gradual loss of eyesight which worsens as the disease progresses culminating in blindness.
Get your eyes checked not just for how good your vision is but to check for signs of disease such as glaucoma and any issues that maybe present in the form of cataracts, or detachment of the retina – this can be fixed if the detachment is detected in the early stages. Cataract is the clouding of the eye lens and the scattering of light as it enters the eye. This caused by oxidation stress in the cells of the eye.
It you are in an accident and suffer from strong physical shock, for example a fall or a car accident, a fall from a bike etc. then get your eyes checked in case there is some detachment of the retina. This can be treated successfully if found in the early stages.
Nutrition and Supplementation For Eye Health
The over consumption of simple carbohydrates causes the digestive system to overload the blood with glucose ( sugar ) which is toxic for the entire body, overloads the pancreas ( which may cease to function ), and causes damage to all cells and organs of the body including your eyes.
Simple carbohydrates are sugar, white flour, corn fructose syrup, white rice and any processed foods containing these ingredients. Do not eat this stuff because it is slowly but surely poisoning your body including your eyes. Eating this stuff is the main cause of the disease diabetes which causes severe damage to your body.
Move your nutrition away from simple carbohydrates that poison you to complex carbohydrates which are more nutritious and will stop your blood sugar from going crazy high all the time.
Complex carbs are potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and brown rice – do not eat white rice because it’s an easy to digest simple carbohydrate and your gut converts it to glucose very quickly and overloads your blood with glucose (sugar).
People who eat lots of white rice often have eyesight deterioration. White rice is just carbohydrate and not much else.
Your poor body cannot use all this glucose and converts it ( if your pancreas is still working properly) to fat which you will accumulate over time and become not only unwell but obese unattractive.
Eat green and yellow and red vegetables to get vital nutrients to keep your body healthy.
Go on a low carb, high vegetable moderate protein diet.
You will feel better, lose weight and your body will begin to heal itself from the toxic effects of a high carb low nutrition life style.
So will your eyes heals themselves with a supply of good nutrients from your diet.
Vitamins for Healthy Eyes
If you are lacking in vital vitamins and minerals your health will deteriorate over time. Your immune system will not work properly and be unable to stop diseases from establishing themselves in your body – it’s your first line of defense against disease.
Robert G Smith, Ph.D, in his book The Vitamin Cure For Eye Disease recommends the following vitamins for your eyes :
|Vitamin A||5,000 – 10,000 IU|
|Beta – carotene||10-20 milligrams (mg)|
|Thiamine – B1||50-100 mg|
|Riboflavin – B2||50-100 mg|
|Niacin – B3||50-2000 mg divided dose|
|Pantothenate – B5||50-100 mg|
|Pyridoxine – B6||50-100mg|
|Biotin – B7||50-100mg|
|Folate B9||400-1000 micro grams -mcg|
|Cobalamain B12||100-1000 mcg when necessary|
|Vitamin C||3000 to 10000 mg per day in divided doses
To bowel tolerance
|Vitamin D||2000 to 10000 IU|
|Vitamin E||400-1,200 IU – natural mixed tocopherols|
|Calcium||500 to 1000 mg per day, as chelate, malate, or orotate|
|Magnesium||300-600 per day as chloride, chelate or malate|
|Iron||2-20 mg depending on need|
|Lutein/Zeaxanthin||10-20 mg ( ½ cup kale,collards or spinach)|
|Omega 3 oils||1000 to 3000 mg ( oily fish, flax seed oil, fish oil)|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||200-1000 mg|
|Co enzyme Q10||100-1000mg|
|N-acetylcysteine||100-500 mg if no containdiction –
|Trace elements||Sea salt|
For the vitamin C to bowel tolerance means that if you experience flatulence ( more than normal) or loose stools reduce the quantity of vitamin C you take until it goes.
Vitamin B12 is stored in the body so supplementing once per week is OK. Its good to get a blood test for your B12 level. Some people cannot absorb it from food or supplementation – its vital for good health.
N-acetylcysteine – if you are on medication check that is does not conflict with it.
Robert Smith’s book contains very comprehensive references on the subject of eye disease and the treatment there of. If you have problems with your sight or know someone who does this is a great reference source for finding healing protocols and options.
Natural healing to prevent and cure eye disease.
Dr. Andrew Saul in his book Doctor Yourself gives recommendations for maintaining good eye health. He gives the history of a 30 year old woman who came to see him with severe lost of vision and having been told by her specialist that there was nothing he could do for her. Saul per her on a low carb diet that included lots of sprouts 3 times per day. She had everything to gain and nothing to loose so she started this diet and most importantly stuck with it.
Months passes and she stuck with her high intake of sprouts. Her eye sight began to recover and recover and then returned to 100%. Nutrition is so important for your health.
Andrew Saul is an expert in treating disease with proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation. Check out his website below.
The other key element for good eye health in addition to diet and vitamins is to ensure your are properly hydrated. As we age it is a fact that we begin to loose our sense of thirst and by the time you feel feel thirsty you are dehydrated.
Drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Two before breakfast, 2 before lunch, 2 before dinner.
Tea and coffee do not hydrate – they make you pee more liquid than you drank.
A dry body = dry and fatigued eyes.
Be well and happy
The Vitamin Cure For Eye Disease, Robert G. Smith, PhD, Basic Health,2012
Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing That Works, A.W.Saul, PhD, , Basic Health, 2012
Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, M.D., A.W.Saul, PhD, Basic Health, 2008
Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F Batmangelidj, M.D.,Global Health,208