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Eyesight accounts for 80% of the way most people process the information in their surroundings. Considering the popularity of TV, movies, cell phones, and spectator sports, it’s also one of the main ways we enjoy entertainment.
It may come as a surprise, but the eyes are the second most complex part of the body, only surpassed in intricacy by the brain. Each eye contains 256 traits unique to the human they inhabit, more than six times that of our fingerprints. This is why retina security scans are more secure than fingerprints.
Considering all the important work our eyes do on a daily basis, it’s critical that we keep them in good health. Unfortunately, a variety of eye diseases have been increasing in frequency as of late. Below you’ll find information on how to improve vision, 10 tips to help improve eyesight naturally, as well as ways in which Carbon 60 supports overall eye health.
The Rise of Eye Diseases
Since the year 2000, the rate of diabetic retinopathy has increased by 89%, macular degeneration has increased 25%, glaucoma has increased 22% and cataracts have increased 19%. In short, eye disease is on the rise. “These all have one thing in common: they are caused by inflammation, which is caused by oxidative stress,” explains Sierra Samuel, health coach and co-host of The C60 Show. But what is causing oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress often referred to as the presence of “free radicals” (scientifically known as reactive oxidative species, or ROS), is caused by several things. A common cause of oxidative stress comes with aging; as the body gets older, it has a harder time producing enough antioxidants to keep ROS in check, and therefore the body succumbs to cellular damage that occurs at the hand of free radicals.
Other common causes are often a result of lifestyle choices. The average American diet has become increasingly unhealthy over the years, relying heavily on processed foods and empty carbohydrates. These foods are often genetically engineered and laden with chemicals, which the body processes as toxins, creating ROS in the process. Lack of a healthy diet goes hand in hand with a decrease in exercise; half of the people in the US do not exercise regularly. This contributes to obesity, which causes inflammation due to the increase in oxidative stress. The underlying theme is that an unhealthy lifestyle and exposure to toxins increase ROS, contributing to chronic inflammation and ultimately spiking risk factors for disease, including that of the eyes.
How To Support and Maintain Your Eye Health
1. Get Plenty of Sleep
Most people are tuned into any number of screens throughout the day and into the night. The blue light emitted by most devices inhibits the pineal gland from producing melatonin, which signals the body to become sleepy and rest. “7% of the cells in your retina don’t have anything to do with vision. They’re measuring the light that you’re seeing, [indicating] whether it’s day or night,” points out Ken Swartz, research scientist and co-host of The C60 Show.
Lack of sleep can manifest as eye twitches and spasms, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. Consistent sleep deprivation can contribute to more serious eye problems, such as glaucoma, over time.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
Nutrient deficiencies can contribute to eye problems, so be sure you’re eating well, but also that your digestion is functioning properly for better nutrient absorption. Probiotics can assist with better digestive processing. A diet rich in antioxidants and vitamin A has been linked to improved eyesight. Aiming to “eat the rainbow,” including as many colorful organic fruits and vegetables as possible, increases antioxidant intake and benefits the whole body.
3. Exercise Regularly
The act of exercising releases hormones and antioxidants that are known to combat the effects of cellular damage in the body, which also includes your eyes. Cardio exercises are especially beneficial as they help increase the flow of blood to the optic nerve and the retina. Getting blood circulating, especially in short, intense cardio bursts broken up by more moderate movements supports antioxidant production and metabolism, reducing the risk of diabetes and other conditions that affect eye health.
4. Wear Protective Eyewear
If you’re working in your garage, doing a science project, or doing anything that increases your risk for eye injuries, wears safety glasses. Accidents are just that – you can’t plan for them, so be sure your eyes are protected in case anything unexpected occurs.
5. Take Breaks from Screen Time
Even though your eyes contain the strongest muscles in the body, eyes will tire because of how often and how much they are working. Today, more people are suffering from digital eye strain (sometimes called digital fatigue) without knowing the cause of their symptoms.
The blue light mentioned above is also a primary cause of macular degeneration. There has been an alarming increase of people as young as their 30’s getting the disease when it used to be mainly age-related. Wearing blue blocker glasses and adjusting the screen tone to a warmer yellow can help with this (and support the flow of melatonin in the evening). Additionally, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. It’s important for eyes to utilize their ability to expand and contract the muscles by focusing at different lengths and in different amounts of light.
6. Practice Good Hygiene
Wash your hands before touching your eyes or taking out contacts. Germs can increase the risk of eye infections, whether they come from your hands or from old makeup. If possible, replace any makeup that goes near your eyes every 3 months or so. Choosing “clean” makeup products made without petroleum or other inflammatory agents will also help your eyes and the skin around them to stay healthy.
7. Protect Your Eyes From The Sun
“UV light is the main cause of cataracts,” cautions Ken. Both blue light and UV exposure can cause damage, increasing the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions.
8. Get Regular Eye Exams
Eye exams can help detect the early signs of many conditions affecting eyesight, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Catching signs early on means that you can get a head start on treatment, preventing additional damage before it starts.
9. Quit Smoking
Smoking raises the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. “Smoking causes huge amounts of oxidative radicals. Those oxidative radicals cause damage, and basically, your body can’t heal if you’re smoking,” warns Ken. Quitting smoking is one of the most influential things you can do to support whole-body health.
10. Make Sure to Address Chronic Conditions, No Matter Where in the Body They Reside
High cholesterol and blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune conditions, cancer, arthritis, liver disease, infections, and diabetes are all inflammatory conditions caused or aggravated by oxidative stress, which affects the entire body. Getting to the root of any inflammatory diseases helps overall health and aids in lowering the risk of many types of eye conditions.
Ways in Which C60 Supports Healthy Eyesight
C60 Purple Power directly supports healthy vision in several ways. As a superior antioxidant, Carbon 60 targets ROS within all parts of the body, neutralizing them and preventing cellular damage.1 This promotes a healthy inflammatory response. Damage precipitated by free radicals in the eyes is known to cause several eye diseases, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, dry eyes, weak vision, and cataracts.
In protecting the eyes from oxidative damage, C60 oil supports flexibility within the lens and pupil. Chronic oxidative stress causes an unfavorable crosslinking of proteins within the eye, causing the muscles to stiffen, making it harder for eye muscles to contract and expand. C60 Purple Power oils support optimal cellular function, promoting flexibility within the eye.
Retinal cells are also supported by C60. Technically the retina is an extension of the brain; it has been proven that Carbon 60 is both neuroprotective and has prevented cognitive decline in animal studies.2, 3, 4 C60 promotes the synthesis of vital hormones and neurotransmitters, supporting a plethora of critical functions throughout the body.
Carbon 60 molecules are able to cross both the gut and the blood-brain barriers, enabling them to address ROS in all parts of the body. When cells are relieved of oxidative stress, they can return to optimal function, increasing energy production (ATP) and directing their attention towards healing damaged parts of the body.
In addition to the tips for vision health listed above, C60 Purple Power can be extremely supportive to the eyes and the entire body. “If the damage is stopped before it starts, then that’s so much better than trying to fix it after it’s been caused,” says Ken. For more information on vision, how to improve eyesight, and the ways C60 Purple Power can help, watch The C60 Show on Youtube or listen to Apple Podcasts.
“My latest optometrist visit elicited four ‘Wow’ moments regarding my improved eyesight. There was not a trace of cataracts and my vision improved so much that I don’t require glasses anymore. My hair loss is gone, and I now have more hair than I have had in over 25 years. My inflammation is gone too, so no more walking with a cane. I’m loving C60 Purple Power!” – S. Budd
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