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Advanced Exercise Concepts – Mind Over Matter

Just like most of your body's main organs, your eyes are affected by the way you take care of yourself

As you continue to “Live in Your Ocularprime,” you’ll eventually come to understand the eye healthy benefits of exercise. As an eye doctor, I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a fitness expert, but I try to do the very best I can with what I have. At the same time, I don’t consider myself a pushover. I was involved with dance in my younger years (all the way through college). I wasn’t born with the natural ability of a Team USA women’s soccer player, or a UFC Champion, but I did manage to stretch my body’s athletic capability as far as […]

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The Dangers of Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

If a sedentary lifestyle leads to obesity or even diabetes, permanent vision loss can be the result

I’m not exactly sure who coined the term, “Sitting is the New Smoking.” But the first time I heard it, I figured it wasn’t true. Nothing is the new smoking. Smoking will always be smoking, and the consequences of smoking are as dangerous as they’ve always been. To bolster my point, if you smoke, you have to pay for your cigarettes. If you smoke in New York City, you’re paying upwards of $13 a pack. Now, I’m not great with numbers, but I’m pretty sure it all adds up. Throw in the price of your long-term health and it’ll cost […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – How Does Caffeine Affect the Eyes?

A recent study shows that people who consume caffeine produce more tears compared to those who don't

If you’re anything like me, your day doesn’t start until you get that morning “cup of joe.” It can come in the form of a latte, a shot of espresso (or two), warm or cold brew, even a cappuccino, a macchiato, or a flat white. The thought of coffee gets me out of bed in the morning, it’s just what I need to get going, and I look forward to it every day. You get it, right? A History Lesson: So for a brief history lesson (and this is my take on the whole thing)… The popularity of coffee in […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Curbing Your Sugar Cravings

The body processes ALL forms of sugar in the same way and ANY large amount can contribute to unwanted weight gain

In my last post, I briefly touched on the concept of fatty liver. It’s quite interesting and rather simple to explain. A person’s liver gets “fatty” when it becomes overloaded with sugar (specifically fructose), which can also be the result of too much drinking since the liver breaks down fructose & alcohol in the same way. It’s reasonable to assume that fatty liver precedes metabolic disorders (such as diabetes). It’s an early sign of sugar toxicity as well. Some signs and symptoms of fatty liver include: Fatigue Abdominal Pain Jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyes) Weight Gain But here’s […]

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Sugar Consumption is “the New Smoking”

The cost of obesity/diabetes related complications is set to overwhelm the healthcare industry in the near future

The phrase “Sitting is the New Smoking” is being tossed around a lot these days. It’s basically a reminder of the negative health consequences that come from sitting down too much, or partaking in a sedentary lifestyle (office workers and avid video game players come to mind). “Sitting is the New Smoking” sounds catchy and cool. It’s even a reasonable conclusion to come to. But I’m not quite sure the two activities (sitting and smoking) are even in the same ballpark. Kind of like the Yankees and the Mets. On the contrary, THERE ARE several clear similarities between sugar consumption […]

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Systemic Health Intro – Ocular Manifestations of Diabetes

Maintaining tight control over your blood sugar is the best way to prevent diabetic changes in the eyes

I typically do my best to be as positive as I can be, but sometimes it’s important to consider negative information so we have a chance to position ourselves against it. By now, we all know diabetes is a major disease not only in this country, but all over the world. Chances are you know of someone who’s been affected by the disease, or you may even be affected yourself. There is hope because exercise and weight loss has been shown to significantly reduce Type 2 diabetes. Just like with any other physical condition, an ounce of prevention is worth […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Not Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is essential to supporting your immune system and living a healthy life

The next article on the topic of eye healthy foods revolves around vitamin D, which is a fat soluble vitamin and a hormone building block. Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is necessary for the body’s ability to absorb calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc. As an eye/health care provider, I’m exposed to viruses and bacteria on a daily basis. When I first started seeing patients, I found myself getting sick quite often. Then I decided to get my blood work done. As a result, I learned I was extremely deficient in vitamin D. This was the reason […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of New Nordic Cuisine

Scandinavian chefs are keeping old traditions alive by using modern preparation techniques and locally sourced ingredients

When I think of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Finland come to mind. When I think of popular European food cultures, Nordic Cuisine isn’t necessarily at the forefront. But that’s starting to change thanks to the success of the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station. Most mornings, I’ll usually make my own breakfast, or grab some fruit on the go. But sometimes if I’m running late, I can always grab a smørrebrød, a kanelsnurrer, or some skyr. You likely have no idea what I’m saying, but these are good options to have (an open […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Vitamin C Nutrition & Supplementation

Vitamin C is water soluble and can only be absorbed through diet and/or supplementation

Vitamin C is the next topic in my series on eye healthy foods. Also known as “the best tasting vitamin” (in my opinion), vitamin C is water-soluble (or dissolved by water) and can only be absorbed through diet and/or supplementation. To explain in simpler terms, if you don’t get your vitamin C from food or chewable tablets, you won’t get it at all. Like many of us, I was introduced to vitamin C as a child. Out of all the vitamins I was encouraged to take, this was by far the easiest to ingest. As a result, a positive association […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of the Mediterranean Diet

Saturated fats are still as unhealthy as ever, but certain unsaturated fats can be quite the opposite

If you’re in the market for a consistent eating pattern, the Mediterranean Diet is always a good idea. For one, it’s relatively cheap and easy. For two, it can be very, very tasty. And three, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. In today’s nutritional climate where diet fads come and go, the Mediterranean Diet is consistently reinventing itself and standing the test of time. At the same time, the core of the diet never really changes that much (olive oils, different types of fresh breads and spreads, exotic mixtures of grains and veggies, etc). If my words don’t convince you, […]