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Foods That Can Help to Improve Vision

Foods That Can Help to Improve Vision

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Eyes need nutrients just like every other part of the body, and a nutritional deficiency can contribute to poor vision and unnecessary strain.  While foods won’t necessarily provide a cure for common eye conditions or deformities, there is a direct relationship between nutrients and vision quality.  Consequently, everyone can benefit from eating foods that promote overall eye health. 

While carrots are perceived to be the go-to source of vitamins that can give our vision a boost, there are a number of other foods that can be just as or more beneficial for our eyes.  Let’s take a look at some of the best things to be eating in order to maintain good eye health.

Kale and Spinach

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These foods are loaded with antioxidants, and these “cleaners” play a vital role in repairing damaged cells and removing toxins.  Compounds found in these leafy greens are also thought to either block some of the harmful rays of the sun or help to repair damage that is caused by too much exposure.  Additionally, these compounds are also thought to help slow the rate of age-related vision degradation. 

Fruits High in Vitamin C

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Fruits such as strawberries, papaya, mango, grapefruit, oranges and even some sprouts contain high concentrations of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is not only a powerful antioxidant, but it also helps to boost the immune system, which responds and attempts to repair damage to the eyes.  Vitamins also help to protect the eyes and surrounding area against infections that can lead to vision problems over the course of time.

Vitamin E from Nuts

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Nuts contain healthy oils, proteins and Vitamin E that help to repair damaged tissues and strengthen some of the components that make up our vision system.  Vitamin E also compliments Vitamin C, and they interact in ways that can magnify their beneficial effects. 

Salmon and Herring

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Fatty fish, particularly salmon and herring contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and these are essential proteins that the body needs to build muscle, keep tissue healthy and minimize inflammation.  Eyes are particularly sensitive to inflammation from environmental factors, poor lighting as well as general strain.  A couple of servings a week can be just what the doctor ordered to keep these tissues as healthy as possible.

Zinc

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We all know how zinc is useful for reflecting the sun and protecting the skin from its harmful rays.  Sun exposure is one of the biggest threats to eye health, and a stead dose of zinc provides sensitive tissues with an extra layer of protection.  Aside from supplements, you can get zinc from oysters, turkey meat, eggs, as well as an assortment of nuts and grain products. 

Beta Carotene or Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is commonly associated with improving night vision, and it really works.  All you need is around a serving of sweet potatoes, carrots, colorful squash, pumpkin or red bell peppers in order to give your body what it needs on a daily basis. 

Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, but these represent items that are easy to obtain and store over the long term.  While vision health may not be on the top of your list of priorities in terms of survival preparedness, it should be.  Clear vision can make all of the difference in the world when you’re contending with a survival situation, and these foods can go a long way toward helping you to see better. 

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The Four Essentials of Hurricane Preparedness

The Four Essentials of Hurricane Preparedness

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Now is a good time to take a few minutes and talk about hurricane preparedness as the upcoming season is right around the corner.  There are a lot of differing opinions about how to react to an oncoming storm, as well as when the best time is to bug out in a worst-case scenario.  No matter what advice you take or what opinions regarding the mater you have, there are still four fundamental things that need to be addressed.  Let’s take a closer look at these areas and why they are so important.

Food and Water

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Whether or not you end up sheltering in place or bugging out, you need to have at least three days of food and potable water on hand.  The devastation that a major storm can leave in its wake is more than enough to knock out power and make the distribution of basic items difficult.  Not only that, but the pre-storm buying panic that always occurs usually leaves store shelves of even the most basic items.  Make sure that you have a supply on hand long before a storm arrives, and make sure to have one for both your vehicle as well as the home.

Prepare for Debris and Storm Surge

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Two of the biggest dangers associated with hurricanes involves the storm surge and debris.  Think of storm surges as mini-tsunamis that crash into structures and flood low-lying areas.  High winds, turbulent seas and intense rainfall all contribute to pushing water inland, often at a violent rate of speed, which is why people in low-lying areas are usually strongly encouraged to evacuate.  Storm surges also transport dangerous debris that can not only cause injury but cause damage to structures as well. 

High winds commonly carry debris at high rates of speed and over great distances, and countless people have become injured by these flying objects.  They have also been known to break windows and even penetrate walls.  Both high winds as well as storm surges also cause power lines to break. 

Only you can determine whether or not the structure you plan on hunkering down in is sound enough to withstand these forces.  However, if not, then evacuation is probably the most appropriate course of action to take.

Evacuation Chaos

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We’ve talked about the importance of planning for gridlock and mayhem if you get caught up in the heart of any mandatory evacuations.  Not only that, but gas stations will quickly run out of fuel, hotel rooms will fill up and restaurants or stores along the way will quickly run out of food.  Be prepared to have alternate routes in mind, have more than one destination that you can get to, and make sure that you have enough supplies to be able to fend for yourself until the dust settles.

Good Judgment and Timing

Aside from covering these bases, it’s also important to know when to decide whether to bug in or flee.  It’s also important to take an honest look at your situation as well as your options in order to make the best possible decisions in terms of taking appropriate precautions to maximize your safety.  Don’t try to convince yourself that your planning can work, rather, focus on ensuring that your efforts will work.  There is a difference, and there is no shame in deciding to flee the area instead of taking any unnecessary chances.

Learn more about the many risks associated with hurricanes, including the impact of a direct-hit as well as disruptions that can be caused hundreds of miles away.  You really want to look at the big picture and see how the worst-case scenario aligns with your preparedness efforts.  Hurricanes cause billions of dollars in damage, wipe out entire communities and have a serious disruptive impact on infrastructure.  Consequently, the more you do to come with a realistic and doable plan now can minimize the that a storm or its aftermath poses to you and your family. 

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