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How Your Eating Habit Is Affecting Your Sight May Surprise You

How Your Eating Habit Is Affecting Your Sight May Surprise You

I started wearing nerdy glasses when my eyesight started to decline in sixth grade. My vision continued to get worse over the years and I never thought much of it; I was focused on why I weighed 300 pounds instead. Eventually, I started eating better and lost a ton of weight. The benefits of eating superfoods certainly improved my outward appearance, but I did not realize how much more it was doing for my overall health until the day I went to see my optometrist. When I went to the eye doctor for the first time in four years, he had good news for a change. My vision was almost 20/20 again! Of course, my story is merely anecdotal, but check out this infographic for yourself!

According to Harvard Medical School, superfoods such as black currants, wild caught salmon, kale, flaxseed, sardines, spinach, chickpeas, and oysters contain antioxidants that fight free radicals that cause damage to our DNA. Antioxidants found in these foods are thought to protect our eye’s retina from damage, says Dr. Ivana Kim from Harvard Medical School.

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Foods containing large amounts of the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of chronic eye disease. While a diet rich in vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids assist in preventing age-related eye diseases.

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As a bonus, you can also protect your sight by giving up smoking, exercising regularly, balancing your blood sugar, and avoiding trans fats, sugar, and fake sugars.

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Are you ready to swap your nerdy glasses for a can of sardines?

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    Super Foods for Sight | Supersavers Opticians

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    Last Updated on May 15, 2019

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

    When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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    Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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    So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

    So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

    And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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