Eye Exercises – Are They Really Useful?

These days, many of us work out in a gym or go for a morning walk – in one way or another, we are all conscious of our health.

We all know that we can tighten our buns or exercise our thighs, but did you know that you could also exercise your eyes? In fact, for some people, their eyes are the weakest part of their body!

If you wear glasses or contacts, are experiencing deteriorating vision or suffer from eyestrain and headaches, there are many simple and effective things you can do to care for and improve your sight.

Martin Sussman, founder of the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision & author of the best-selling Program for Better Vision, shows very clearly in his book how it is possible to have sharper vision and more relaxed eyesight. Many of the things he talks about that are good for the eyes don’t really take any extra time to practice, since they can be done whenever we are using our eyes during the day.

One of the things he talks about in his book is the Top 10 Habits for Better Vision – ways to use your eyes during the day so they don’t get stressed out.

Here’s one of his Top 10:

Martin says that it’s important to nourish and rest your eyes to keep them relaxed and sharp. One way the eyes are nourished is by light, and the best nourishment for eyes is natural sunlight. Try taking your next walk outside without your glasses or contacts and let your eyes absorb the natural, unfiltered sunlight. He says that it is advisable to spend at least 15 minutes a day outside – without any glasses or contacts.

Your eyes are rested by total darkness. The best way to rest you eyes is to close your eyes and place your cupped palm over the eyes. Martin suggests trying to visualize a pleasant scenario in your imagination when palming over your eyes, but anything you think about that’s not stressful will help to relax the eyes much more than just by shutting them.

Nurturing and resting your eyes can be done simultaneously. Close your eyes and face the sun (or look out the window). Let the sunlight fall on your closed eyes for 5-10 seconds and then shut out the light by putting your palms over your eyes for another 5-10 seconds. Repeat these steps 10 times (3 to 4 minutes). You’ll be surprised at how refreshed, relaxed – and sharper – your eyes are.

The type of indoor lighting is also important for the eyes. Use a kind of artificial light called “full spectrum”. Originally developed by Dr. John Ott, full spectrum lighting is the closest there is to the full range of natural sunlight. It has been proven in studies to increase productivity, lessen eye strain and make it easier to see.

While some people who wear glasses and contacts go for the quick fix of eye surgery and lasik treatments, there are serious risks, with more than 50,000 complications every year from these surgeries.

For people who are interested in a more natural way to improve their vision, Martin’s book offers a complete set of exercises and other methods. Not only that, a person who regularly does these exercises is highly unlikely to develop any eye problems. He explains in his book how his 8-week program has helped thousands of people get sharper vision without glasses and contacts, and without risking dangerous surgery.

Most vision problems are habitual, caused by unconscious strain and tension and a lack of eye-brain coordination. The Program for Better Vision shows you how to release this strain and tension and helps you re-train the brain and eyes to work together properly. The Program for Better Vision shows you how to get your natural eyesight back, without any glasses or specs.

Acne and Makeup – A How-To Guide

Right…so your new acne medication promises fast results in 10 days, but you’ve got to face the world today. What can we do to tie over the proceeding period before the acne goes down?

Well all you need is to learn a few creative acne makeup concealing tips to help you look your very best at school, work or play.

But remember — Makeup conceals acne, it doesn’t cure it!

But you already knew that, right? Using makeup to conceal acne isn’t difficult, but there are some basic rules that you should always follow.

Your basic acne makeup toolkit

Your three acne hiding weapons will be a concealer, a foundation and a finishing powder. Stay away from the dollar store and use only brand names that you can trust.

Choose only oil-free makeup products that match your skin tone. Oil-free is the key to success here so read the labels carefully. You don’t want to aggravate your existing acne problem by layering a fresh coat of oil on skin that already has too much to begin with. Choose a hypoallergenic brand while you’re at it.

If this is the first time that you are using a new brand, test the makeup applying small dabs to a spot under your jaw to see how your skin reacts. If you are going to have a problem you’ll know within an hour or so after applying it. Nothing’s worse than adding more blotches to an already colorful face.

Before you begin

Wash your face with your normal face cleansing product and pat dry. Apply your acne medication per the instructions and let it dry throughly.

Start with the concealer

Apply the concealer in a light dabbing motion directly to any dark blotches or red areas that the acne has produced on your skin. Blend the concealer in using a disposable facial sponge. Use the concealer sparingly. You can always apply more if you need it but you don’t want to layer it on too thickly. It will look terrible when it dries.

Next, apply the foundation

Apply the foundation sparingly as well and use a light dabbing motion here too. Blend the foundation with your sponge and reapply to any areas that need it.

And now for the final touch

Apply a light layer of the oil-free powder using a large makeup brush. This will take care of any shine that the acne concealer and foundation left behind and it will give you an even and finished look.

Throw away the disposable sponges when you are through so you don’t transfer yesterday’s skin oil to tomorrow’s clean face!

Before you go to bed

Wash your face throughly to remove all makeup before you go to bed, but preferably as soon as you can after you return home. You want your skin to breath and your acne to get as much fresh air as possible.

Common Herbal Remedies

People have been collecting herbs to use as medicine for centuries. Many doctors claim however that taking herbs in place of your prescribed medication is not recommended.

There has been a vast amount of information and testing with regard to herbal remedies. Herbs like vitamins are good for your body and overall health. Although the exact cause of why herbs have a positive effect on the body is not always known. Usually, herbs need to be taken over a long period to receive the benefits to you health.

Listed below is information about some common herbal remedies and herbal medicines.

Alfalfa has been known to be effective in healing ailments such as gas pains, pain and stiffness from arthritis and ulcers. Alfalfa herb tea possesses no adverse components and is safe for all people including children.

For relief from upset stomachs, colds, bronchitis, bladder troubles, and jaundice, Chamomile is recommended. This herb is also helpful in the regulating menstrual cycle’s rheumatic pains, and headaches. Chamomile has also been effective for babies with colic. In addition, it can act as an insect repellent when used properly.

Dandelion increases activity in the pancreas, liver, and spleen and contains insulin substitutes. Dandelion has a high vitamin and mineral content that is used for treating kidney and liver disorders, along with skin disease and loss of appetite.

Eucalyptus is a major ingredient in many commercial medicines such as cough and sore throat medications. These plants also contain oils that are extremely potent antiseptics. The oil may be applied locally on wounds, sores, and burns. Eucalyptus can also be used as an insect repellent.

Ginseng has been used for more than 5000 years in the Chinese culture. This herb strengthens the heart and nervous system. In addition, it builds up a general mental and physical vitality and may be effective for treating colds, coughs, gout, diabetes, headache, and backache.

Hawthorn is known to cause the dilation of the coronary vessels. An improvement has been shown in patients and is helpful in insomnia. It has been used to treat high blood pressure when taken over a period of time.

A strengthening tonic for the entire system is Strawberry. It is helpful with diarrhea, night sweats, liver complaints, gout, and jaundice. Strawberry is used internally for weak intestines and is also used for enema.

The above herbal remedies listed above are general guidelines. If an herb does not agree with you or if you feel adverse effects, discontinue using the herb. The information contained in this article is not intended to replace the services of a physician.


Home Remedies for Colic

You are at the end of your rope. You have tried everything under the sun to soothe your little one who is still crying non-stop. Your pediatrician gave you the diagnoses of colic and told you the condition would pass. But they have no recommendations for any type of medication. You have talked with friends that have had babies with Colic and tried all of their suggestions, but you are still staying up at night and becoming more frustrated because you can not help your new born baby.

There are a few home remedies that have proven to help babies with colic. All of these are herbs and before using them you should talk with your baby’s physician.
1.) Bryonia alba will help if your baby is irritable and shows signs of constipation.
2.) Chamomilla helps when your baby is cranky and will not stop crying. This soothes the baby that wants held constantly.
3.) Colocynthis should be used for infants with severe colic. If your baby curls up in a ball and seems to be in pain, this is the best herb for relieving the pain.
4.) Magnesia phosphorica works great also if your little one shows any sign of relieve when you place something warm on their tummy such as a hot water bottle.
Pulsatilla is also good for irritable and cranky babies.

You can purchase some colic drops from your local grocery or retail store. These drops do work and will help your little sleep peacefully and you can find these them in the pharmacy area of most grocery stores. You can also speak with the pharmacist and he can recommend which drops are better.

Remember, before you use any type of herb or medication you should consult with your baby’s physician.

Taking turns caring for a colicky baby may also help not just your sanity, but also can soothe your baby. Each parent holds the little one in their special way and can comfort them differently.


Vitamins and Interactions

Vitamins are good for you, so it stands to reason that getting all the vitamins you can everyday is the best course of action. As a general rule, it’s true that choosing foods rich in vitamins is a good idea. But there are times when more isn’t better, even when it comes to vitamins.

The first thing to keep in mind is that several vitamins have toxic levels. In other words, there is a point at which consuming more vitamins is not only unhelpful, it can be dangerous.

Vitamin K helps the body clot blood. If you get a cut, your blood’s natural tendency to clot will keep you from bleeding to death. But there are some people who have blood that clots too readily, or who have health issues that require thinner blood. Some people with specific types of heart problems may actually be on medication designed to thin the blood. Doctors may also prescribe a blood thinner for a patient getting ready for some types of surgeries. If thinning the blood is your doctor’s goal, taking a Vitamin K supplement or eating foods that are particularly rich in Vitamin K may be dangerous.

If you’re taking an aspirin each day, your body may be experiencing a Vitamin C deficiency. Studies have indicated that Vitamin C is typically absorbed by blood cells, but aspirin in the system may block this normal absorption action.

If you need more iron in your body, you may want to consider increasing the amount of Vitamin C in your daily food intake. It seems that having enough Vitamin C in your system makes your body more readily absorb iron, tackling that anemia problem more quickly than taking iron alone.

If you’re taking antibiotics, particularly over a long period of time, your body may have trouble absorbing sufficient amounts of Vitamin A. If you’re taking drugs to lower your cholesterol, you may also experience Vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin E and Zinc work hand-in-hand. If your body has lower-than-normal levels of Zinc, you may also have a Vitamin E deficiency, even if you’re eating healthy. Vitamins C and E also work together.

There are a number of other interactions that can occur between vitamins, or between vitamins and other conditions, minerals and drugs. Remember that it is possible to overdose on some vitamins, and some can cause serious problems with medication, diet and existing health problems. It’s best to talk to a health care professional before you start or alter your daily diet or vitamin intake.