Our eyes are the window to the world and likewise, our eyes can be a window into the health of our body. Our eyes are therefore not just the window to our soul. Our eyes offer a glimpse into our health and we must go through an Iridology eye examination and consultation at least once a year or more frequently to monitor our progress if we are unwell.
In the meantime, just like our mobile devices need to be charged regularly and our vehicles need to be topped up with the right fuel, likewise our eyes require top quality nutrients for good eyesight. Our eyes are complex organs that require many different vitamins and nutrients to function properly. Adequate nutrition plays an important role in whether we get common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Iridology is the study of the patterns and colours on the iris of the eye. This enables a person’s overall health condition to be determined. It is a non-invasive method of viewing the iris to determine existing or potential health issues. Iridologists use iridology charts to make these observations. Iridology Charts have been created after observation of a variety of irises over the years. Each marking and zone in the iris represents a different aspect or organ of the human body. Changes in our eyes can signal vision problems, stress, high blood pressure, Vitamin C and Iron deficiency, Digestive issues and even Diabetes.
Some of the key vitamins and nutrients that help maintain eye health are as follows:
Vitamin A plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outside covering of your eye. In developing countries, deficiency in this Vitamin is rare. This deficiency can lead to Xerophthalmia which is a progressive disease that starts with night blindness.
Vitamin B1 or Thiamine plays a role in proper cell function and converting foods into energy. It also helps reduce the risk of developing cataracts.
Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin is an antioxidant that has the potential to reduce oxidative stress in your body, including the eyes.
Vitamin B3 or Niacin helps your body convert food into energy. It also acts as an antioxidant and plays a role in prevention of glaucoma, which is a condition in which the optic nerve of your eye becomes damaged.
Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 for part of the B Complex Vitamins which can lower the levels of homocysteine, a protein in your body that is associated with inflammation and increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your eyes against damaging free radicals. It is required to make collagen, a protein that provides structure to your eye, particular in the cornea and sclera, which is the whites of the eyes.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps protect your cells from oxidative stress. Studies have shown that age-related cataracts can be prevented by adequate intake of Vitamin E.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are part of the carotenoid family, which is a group of beneficial compounds synthesized by plants. These carotenoids are found in the macula and retina of your eyes and these help filter potentially harmful blue light.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat. It helps form the cells of your eye and has anti-inflammatory properties which play a role in the prevention of diabetic retinopathy.
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So, the common myth is that we can get all of the above nutrients from food alone, especially if we eat organic and prepare our own meals. This is far from the truth as explained below:
Soil Degradation. The quality of the soil that conventional produce is grown in is declining and if the nutrient is not in the soil, than it will not be in the food. As the soil becomes increasingly nutrient-deficient, so does our food. In conventional farming practices, typically, only three nutrients are fertilised back into the soil. There are nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. This means that 52 other nutrients are missing from the foods we eat. We cannot deprive our bodies from its biological requirement for nutrients and therefore obtain these from supplements.
Higher Nutritional Needs. There are many times in our lives when some nutrients may be required at higher levels that can be supplied via food. In times of hugh stress for example, the body has to make additional units of stress hormones such as cortisol and because this is linked to saving your life, it takes priority and other parts of your body can miss out on the ready supply of vital nutrients. Our antioxidant requirements are also increased during times of stress, which is every day for most people.
Recommended Daily Intakes (RDIs). Please note the difference between the minimum intakes required to prevent nutritional deficiencies versus optimum nutrient intakes for outstanding health. RDIs are set at the amounts required to prevent deficiency and not necessarily the amount required to obtain excellent health and energy.
We must remember though that “supplements” are designed to supplement and not replace a well balance lifestyle including meal intake. Not all supplements are created equal or of top quality which is why you need to connect with a clinic such as ours, as we have done and continue to test the quality of various supplements and only recommend the best as we only have one body and must give it the best. You must not waste money on nutritional supplements that are not highly bioavailable or contact nutrients in inappropriate amounts or ratios for your needs. When it comes to supplements and food intake, quality makes all the difference and we must never eat only because it is convenient or tastes good.
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