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The best health care is holistic. Holistic medicine is not the same as alternative medicine. Holistic means that all aspects of a person´s needs are taken into account, such as the medical, psychological, physical, lifestyle, and social dimensions.

After all, a strong motor is not exclusively responsible for a great-running Mercedes- Benz. And an Apple iPhone screen is not the sole reason you buy an iPhone. Other important factors influence your choice. It is the magic “touch-and-feel” experience, the holistic experience that influences your decision to reject something or purchase it. It´s a rational process in part, but it also depends on your gut feeling, also called the “buyers´ experience.” It’s the same with healthy vision. It´s a holistic problem. It is not just an “eye” issue; it is also a “brain” and “person” issue.

Vision loss and restoration should also be regarded as a holistic affair because everything acts in concert – including the anatomy of your body, your eye function and how well your eyes move (eye muscle flexibility), the status of your brain´s functions, your blood pressure and brain pressure, your blood circulation, your immune system, your nutrition, your psychological well-being and stress level, and even your emotions.

Following a healthy diet and generally maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including participating in sports, are keys to good eye health. Let’s talk a bit moreabout healthy diet for your eyes. Certain vitamins and minerals found in food may play a role in preventing at least two common causes of blindness: cataracts, a clouding of the lens, and age-related macular degeneration, a disease that typically attacks central vision. In general, eye-healthy food choices include fruits and vegetables – especially yellow and orange varieties and leafy greens. There are also many other foods that support healthy vision: egg yolks, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and cold water fish, like salmon and trout.  Perhaps you’ve heard that carrots are great for your eyes. It’s true that they contain vitamin A, which often is good for you in general. But beta-carotene, the compound that gives carrots their bright orange color, also has been linked to a heightened risk of lung cancer in smokers.

Due to a formula dubbed AREDS, named for the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, the following daily dose supplements have been recommended by eye doctors to slow macular degeneration:

  • five hundred milligrams of vitamin C
  • four hundred international units (IUs) of vitamin E
  • ten milligrams of lutein
  • two milligrams of zeaxanthin
  • eighty milligrams of zinc oxide
  • two milligrams of copper oxide

Healthy foods for vision. Lutein, zeaxanthin (Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Collard greens, Corn, Eggs, Kale, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Romaine lettuce, Spinach, Squash); Omega-3 fatty acids (Flaxseed, Flaxseed oil, Halibut, Salmon, Sardines, Tuna, Walnuts); Vitamin A (Apricots, Cantaloupe (raw), Carrots, Mangos, Red peppers (raw), Ricotta cheese (part- skim), Spinach, Sweet potatoes); Vitamin C (Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Oranges, Red peppers (raw), Strawberries); Vitamin E (Almonds, Broccoli, Peanut butter, Spinach, Sunflower seeds, Wheat germ); Zinc (Chickpeas, Oysters, Pork chops, Red meat, yogurt).
Copyright: by Bernhard Sabel.