Why we shouldn’t be all that grateful for spring sunshine

The Good Life Letter 

3rd April 2016

Hurrah! The sun has broken through the remains of Storm Katie, my garden is steaming back into life and my job list has just trebled in length...

...so maybe not completely good news!

After the Easter Bank Holiday storm which saw bits of Bristol end up in Bath, most of the contents of Avonmouth end up in the surrounding fields and several trees becoming firewood, it is quite nice to feel a bit of sun and see its rosy face.

But we should take care not to over indulge.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to make a screeching U-turn on being able to enjoy sunlight to boost your vitamin D levels, but I am going to ask you to think about your eyes.

Over winter the sun is low in the sky and not very powerful, but after the equinox the sun will now rise higher and be brighter... which is the very joy of the Spring period.

But strong light can be a problem for the sensitive tissue in our eyes.

There is a kind of light, known as ‘blue light’, which is particularly damaging to your retina, the structure at the back of the eyeball which allows us to see.

Unfortunately you can’t avoid this light, it’s everywhere: it comes from the sun, televisions, computer screens and car headlights.

As this blue light enters your eyes, the process causes oxidative stress damaging the cells in your retina.

At the very centre of the retina are highly specialised cells called macula cells which give us the sharp vision we need to focus and see images in detail.

Cell damage from blue and ultra violet light may cause deterioration of the macula and lead to failing eyesight – especially as we get older...

...yet another joy of the passing of time.

Wearing protective sunglasses can help, but there are more beneficial, effective and long lasting things we can all do naturally to help prevent damage to the macula cells – and the development of a major condition called macular degeneration.

This is how to keep your eyes sharp, vibrant and healthy

Don’t accept poor eyesight as inevitable

Blurry vision can be caused by many conditions which often go undiagnosed as the loss of sight is deemed almost a matter of course as we age. We are told it’s inevitable that the older we get, the worse our eyesight becomes and we must simply put up with it.

It seems fair enough because all our body parts start to wear out as we age. So surely it's natural to assume that our vision will go the same way. But this isn’t the case.

Every day people are told their eyesight is going to get steadily worse and there’s nothing they can do about it. Most doctors won’t help you. And it’s frightening.

The effects mean that some people are struggling to drive, read, write, knit, use a computer or look through old photos.

But many of the vision problems associated with old age – such as macular degeneration, blurry vision and cataracts – are completely avoidable. There are steps you can take to stave off the deterioration and see a marked improvement in your vision, no matter how old you are. It all begins with becoming aware of the problem and knowing what choices you have to protect your eyesight.

The one I want to concentrate on today is the damage done to the focal point of the eye – macular degeneration. This affects about 20,000 of us in this country, so it's a pretty big problem.

Basically, the delicate cells of the macula in the eye become damaged and stop working. A common cause is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), where victims suffer a gradual loss of vision over time.

The focal point in the centre of sight becomes more hazy and distorted, meaning that sufferers end up relying purely on their peripheral vision which makes life difficult, but it can be worse.

In some cases, AMD can lead to complete blindness.

None of this sounds great, and I don’t want to worry you unnecessarily because we aren’t all about to suffer a loss of eyesight like a biblical epidemic just because we have entered into the spring sunshine... blinking after our long winter confinement.

From my research I know that to avoid AMD I have to be getting sufficient vitamin A, B and E, lutein, zeaxanthin and the all important mineral zinc.

I can make some headway in this with home-grown vegetables and fresh local shellfish – but this will only go so far.

Getting full protection means boosting my intake of these vital nutrients – here’s how

When food fails to deliver

Last year I told you about the way vegetable growers are being encouraged to use 'Frankenstein' vegetables which are bred to be sweeter as these meet the palates of modern life.

The payoff for this added sweetness though is a degrading of some of the basic nutrients our bodies need.

Take the humble carrot which for many years has been the greatest source of vitamins A, B, C and E in our national diet. A vegetable synonymous with good eyesight... well the effects of the mad scientists is to boost its sugary sweetness but almost halve the vitamin and mineral content... why?

I don’t buy the concept that our kids will only eat vegetables if they contain more sugar than an ice cream – they eat them because they taste good and then they benefit from the natural nutrients they contain.

So, if we truly are being sabotaged by the vegetables we eat, assaulted by the sunshine we crave and fobbed off by the medical profession because we shouldn’t expect anything better at our age... what can we do?

Fortunately I have found a fantastic natural supplement that is specifically formulated to help protect our eyes, in all conditions, by balancing some pretty important raw materials:

  • Provides vitamins A and B2, and zinc, which contribute to the maintenance of normal vision.
  • Contains lutein and zeaxanthin which are particularly concentrated in the macula of your eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids naturally found in the retina, therefore providing protection from free radical damage.
  • Has the correct concentrations of both lutein and zeaxanthin as recommended by opticians.
  • Also contains bilberry which helps protect DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage.

That product is called VisualEyes, and you can get it by clicking right here.

Yours, as always


Ray



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