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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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Introduction to Eye Healthy Foods – Feed Your Eyes

The path to our best vision starts with refining our diet

This may come as a surprise to you, but there is no quick fix for optimal eye health. Glasses and contacts lenses help us to see clearly, but technological advancements do not make us immune to diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Even though we may not have the ability to improve our eyesight, we can certainly protect our eyes from deterioration. The path to our best vision starts with refining our diet, in addition to regular eye exams. The Importance of Nutrition: Have you ever noticed how you feel after eating a nutritious meal? How about after a […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Omega-3’s & Our Health

These extremely useful fatty acids are important to our overall well-being and vital to our health

Omega-3 nutrition seems to be a growing trend in health circles these days. I couldn’t agree more because these extremely useful fatty acids are important to our overall well-being and vital to our health. Unfortunately for some of us, “Americanized” diets do not provide enough Omega-3’s to sustain balanced nutrition. And neglecting your Omega-3’s can lead to a multitude of complications including hypertension and heart disease. Omega-3’s & Our Health: According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to provide a wide range of health benefits, including a lower risk of coronary heart disease and improvement in […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – The Rundown of Healthy Fats

When it comes to your diet, it's important to make short-term, attainable goals to keep from getting discouraged

With so many diet options out there today, it’s difficult to figure out where to start. Several diet fads come and go, nobody knows what’s in or what’s out. Research says one thing, the television says another, billboards say another. But countless individuals are struggling with their weight, and most of them don’t even know where to begin. One huge mistake (in my opinion) is the Low Fat/Fat Free diet. Since foods with no (or low) fat tend to taste pretty bad, a ton of sugar is used to counterbalance the scales. And it doesn’t take a genius to understand […]

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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 – Vitamin C Nutrition & Supplementation

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

The next post in my series on eye healthy foods revolves around vitamin C. 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. Simply put, if you don’t get your vitamin C from food or those chewable tablets we all love, you won’t get it at all. Just like many of us, I was introduced to vitamin C as a child. Out of all the vitamins I was given, it was by far the easiest to consume. As a result, a positive […]

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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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Eye Healthy Foods – Not Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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

My first post about eye healthy foods starts with vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin, or more specifically, 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 a 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 I was getting […]

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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 & […]