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Decreased Vitamin D Intake Linked to Dry Eye

There’s always a group of dry eye patients who don’t get relief from traditional therapies

Numerous studies suggest that vitamin D plays a protective role in dealing with dry eye. It does this by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent for our tears. Since increasing vitamin D intake is positive for our overall health, I’m led to believe that more vitamin D plus eye drops (as opposed to eye drops alone), could be an effective solution for dry eye. When I see a patient with dry eye, I advise him/her to collaborate with their primary care doctor to assess for vitamin D deficiency. If the patient is below the recommended vitamin D levels, then supplementation may […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of the Mediterranean Diet

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

The Mediterranean Diet is back in the news as of late. A CNN article from earlier this week highlighted a recent paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper confirms, “a Mediterranean diet rich in ‘healthy fats’ (such as those found in olive oil, eggs, nuts and fatty fish) might lower your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes.” Dr. Hanna Bloomfield (lead author of the paper) also noted, “I was not surprised because the literature on which this study was based has been out there for a while.” From a personal standpoint, I’ve been […]

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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 recent opening 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 now if I’m running late, I can always grab a smørrebrød, a kanelsnurrer, or some skyr. You probably have no idea what I’m saying, but those are good options to have (an […]

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The Health Effects of Unhealthy Gut Bacteria

Poor gut health has been linked to age related macular degeneration, which is one of the main causes of blindness

The wise philosopher, Hippocrates, once said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Granted, “the Father of Modern Medicine” made this statement almost 2400 years ago. But judging from what we know now, I’d have to say he was onto something. Today, the topic of gut health gains traction every once in while. But since there’s no quick fix involved, and changing dietary habits can be tedious, the issue gets put on the back burner. In my opinion, several issues are the result of poor gut health, which is basically caused by the use of multiple anti-biotics and/or consuming a diet […]

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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

In my last post, I made a case against the phrase “Sitting is the New Smoking.” Personally, I don’t think it’s a reasonable conclusion. However, I do see several similarities between sugar consumption and smoking. In my opinion, if anything’s the new smoking, it’s sugar consumption. Let me explain: Just like the tobacco industry did in the 60’s & 70’s, the sugar industry used deceptive marketing in the 80’s to push their products (think kid’s cereal commercials). When folks started to catch on, the sugar industry got called out. But to cover up, big sugar relied on it’s wealth & […]

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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). It 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 also an early sign of sugar toxicity. Some signs & symptoms of fatty liver include: Fatigue Abdominal Pain Jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyes) Weight Gain But here’s the […]

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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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Recipes – Cold Brew Coffee (Stirred then Shaken)

If you love coffee and you can't get enough, try this do it yourself cold brew method

If you’re a coffee drinker (like me), you typically fall into one of the following three coffee drinking categories: You like to dabble here and there (on a lunch date or after dinner) One cup (or two… or three) gets you through the day You absolutely love coffee and you can’t get enough of it Maybe there’s somewhere in between? As for myself, I might come off like I belong in the third category, but I’m actually in the second. One or two cups will get me through my day. Now, this may have something to do with the rising […]

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Recipes – (Grilled or Sautéed) Healthy Veggie Sandwich

Sandwiches aren't always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be

When it comes to food, very few things beat a good sandwich. They’re quick, they’re straight to the point, and they get the job done. And sometimes you can even have two (or three). Most of the time, sandwiches aren’t always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be. Moreover, a good sandwich takes on the personality of the creator. It can be perfectly handcrafted, a complete mess, or somewhere in between. Either way, you can definitely tell a lot about a person by the way they make a sandwich. […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Absorbing Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin comes through food consumption, which is why nutrition is so important

It isn’t easy to eat healthy in New York City, but it’s not impossible either. Not even in the least bit. In fact, inexpensive, healthy and quick options are everywhere. Especially when it comes to green, leafy vegetables. Now, I understand NYC is the land of pizza (thin sliced, folded), hot dogs (dirty water), Michelin stars (most in the United States, by far) and Italian restaurants (or restaurants of any ethnicity), but healthier options are always right around the corner (or even right next door). All you have to do is look. If you’re in NYC and you don’t want […]