Monday, September 26, 2011

Tips for Healthy Eyes Courtesy of Dr. Ben Kim

As many of you know, I do follow Dr. Ben Kim's natural health newsletter and blog. Although I don't always agree with his food choices that are high carb, he has a lot of valuable information to impart. So, I pick and choose.

This newsletter was about eating for more healthy eyes and especially to avoid macular degeneration of the eyes, which is an insidious disease causing blindness. My mother suffered from it and was nearly totally blind before she passed away on 9/11/2011. I wish I had had this information sooner! And the good news is what he recommends is very Atkins friendly. I have copied and pasted the newsletter for you, and will leave it to you to click the links for more info. Who knew about these benefits of avocados?? And the avocado dill dressing is very Atkins friendly- I intend to try it tomorrow! Have a look:

Dear Reader,
Last week, I heard from a longtime client and friend
in California who reported experiencing vast improvement
in her vision within the past year.  In September of 2010,
she was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration,
so she had plenty of motivation to try some of my
First, I asked her to work at making frequent and
gentle blinking a subconscious habit to keep her eyes
properly lubricated.  To learn why this is important,
have a look here:

Next, I suggested doing the following eye exercises
twice a day:
And finally, I recommended that she take one tablet of
our whole food Vision Support formula daily:
These were the only changes that she made to her
lifestyle, as she was already following a nutrient-
dense, plant-centered diet with small amounts of
clean animal foods like organic eggs and wild fish.
Even if you've come across this information before, I encourage
you to have a look at the posts above, as I updated
them this morning and included some pictures of
the three acupressure points that you can use to
maintain and even improve your vision. 
All small actions that can really make a positive
difference in your vision IF you adopt them as habits.
One of nature's best foods for supporting your vision
are avocados.  Ripe and creamy avocados are naturally
abundant in lutein, an antioxidant that is thought to
help prevent free radical damage in the macular region
of your eyes.  Avocados are also a good source of
vitamin C, folate, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and vitamin
E, all of which are needed for healthy eyes. 
For a look at how to create your own avocado dill
dressing - perfect for serving up with salads, steamed
vegetables, and whole grain dishes, have a look at
Kristen's pictorial here:
Don't skimp on the fresh lemon juice, as it will help
this dressing stay fresh for a few days in the fridge.
Here's another thought from Maya Angelou that I've
been thinking about:
"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.
But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean."
I think she's referring to bitterness as resentment
that we do nothing about, and anger as constructive
expression of things that we feel are unfair. 
To be at peace and experience our best health, I'm
certain that we must work at becoming great at
preventing bitterness.  Whatever bothers us, we
really ought to find a mechanism for releasing it in a way
that's respectful to all involved. 
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and peaceful
week ahead,
Ben Kim

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