Staying glued to your smartphone is just the worst for your eyes
Food & Health   Monday, January 9, 2017 IST
 
Staying glued to your smartphone is just the worst for your eyes

Staying glued to your smartphone is just the worst for your eyes

Even after knowing its harmful effects, one finds it extremely difficult to keep that cell phone aside. But a new study has found that our smartphones may be doing more damage than we’d previously suspected, specifically to our eyes.

The report published in BMC Opthalmology revealed that children who spend more time on their phones have more symptoms of a dry-eye disease.

And when those children went without their phones for a whole month, their symptoms were reduced.

Dry eye disease is a condition that occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, which results in eyes becoming red, swollen and irritated.

Usually associated with older people, specialists believe it is underdiagnosed in children.


When we stare at screens, we blink less which means our tear film evaporates faster and our risk of dry-eye disease increases.

The BMC Opthalmology study assessed 916 Korean children between the ages of seven and 12. The children were given eye exams and 6.6 percent met the criteria for the dry-eye disease.

97 percent of those children revealed they used smartphones for 3.2 hours a day on average, compared to the 37 minutes a day by 55 per cent of children without any symptoms.

It’s not just with an increased risk of dry eye disease that smartphones are damaging our eyes, though.

Tanya Goodin, founder of digital detox specialists Time to Log Off, told The Independent: “We’ve known for a while that overuse of screens is affecting eyesight through a range of symptoms categorised as ‘digital eye strain’.”

Studies have shown that digital eye strain - the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen - amongst adults and children is on the up.

However, more than 30 percent of parents who say they are very concerned about the impact of digital devices on children’s eyes allow their kids to spend over three hours a day looking at screens.

Goodin, whose company runs digital detox camps for teenagers as well as retreats for adults, believes parents are right to be particularly worried about the implications for children.

Her top tips are: “Keeping daytime screen usage within healthy limits, no screens an hour before bedtime and no single screen session over two hours.”



 
 
How much fruit and vegetables should you & I eat?
Food & Health   Monday, January 9, 2017 IST
 
How much fruit and vegetables should you & I eat?

How much fruit and vegetables should you & I eat?

A current report has recommended that we ought to fundamentally expand the measure of foods grown from the ground we eat from five a day to no less than seven. Truth be told different examinations have prescribed 11 a day to forestall disease.

Ref; Oyebode O, Gordon-Dseagu V, Walker A, Mindell J. Products of the soil utilization and all-cause, malignancy, and CVD mortality: investigation of Health Survey for England information. J Epidemiol Community Health Published Online First

This investigation demonstrates that eating vegetables is preferred for us over eating natural product (presumably on the grounds that organic product has much more sugar in it) and that eating tinned organic product is by all accounts emphatically terrible for us (once more, most likely in light of the fact that it is frequently in a syrup). Likewise the investigation found no advantage from drinking organic product juice, thus this would be the same for monetarily purchased smoothies. This examination likewise proposed eating close to 3 bits of organic product a day and whatever remains of your bits to be vegetables. Vitally, you ought to eat them, not drink them.

So how would you eat your seven-a-day?

The Functional medication model of wholesome research prescribes you to eat a "rainbow". The key message is assortment. Obviously we eat just 11 nourishments all the time and frequently that is propensity and absence of time in a bustling life to consider what you are putting in your body as fuel.

How would you eat a rainbow?

1) Add Blue and Purple to your breakfast

Blue and purple nourishments get their shading from a gathering of flavonoids called anthocyanins. They are especially high in blackberries, and blueberries,. There is prove that anthocyanins may enhance memory and psychological capacity in individuals as they get more seasoned. They are likewise truly essential in battling tumor and diminishing coronary illness. Simply include some new or solidified blackberries or blueberries to your oat or porridge in the morning to give an exquisite sprinkle of shading and taste.

In the event that you truly need to be sound you could drink some beetroot juice which is awesome for the liver.

2) Add Orange and Yellow to your snack

Products of the soil with yellow or orange in them are rich in carotenoids. Eg orange peppers and carrots. The kind of carotenoid you find in carrots can be changed over to retinol, a dynamic type of vitamin A. As vitamin An is essential for sound vision, this may clarify why carrots should enable you to find oblivious. Vitamin A likewise assumes a vital part in bone development and directing our insusceptible framework. And in addition carrots you will likewise discover carotenoids in sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and butternut squash.

Crude carrots with hummous will give a solid jolt of energy midmorning to stop the yearnings for cakes and scones with your midmorning tea and espresso.

3) Add Red to your lunch

Another class of carotenoids that delivers the shading red are known as the lycopenes. Lycopenes are rich in red tomatoes and particularly cooked tomatoes which really supports the levels of lycopene. The reason is that warmth helps separate the plant's thick cell dividers, making the supplement more accessible. So crisp tomato soup or broiled tomatoes, sundried tomatoes or out and out new tomatoes are better than average for your resistant framework, visual perception and skin as it shields you from the harm caused by the sun.

4) Add White to your evening snack

A banana is an incredible stop hole until supper. It additionally contains magnesium and potassium, quieting down the adrenals from the worry of the day. Have a go at eating with a few nuts and seeds to give you an increase in vitality, likewise useful for minerals and protein.

5) Add Green to your supper

Include "verdant greens" to your night feast preferably steaming them for 8-10 mins and , incorporate spinach, chard, lettuce and kale, which are a decent wellsprings of minerals, for example, magnesium, manganese and potassium. These are imperative for avoiding hypertension, recuperation from exercise and lessening muscle issue! It doesn't take long likewise to do a panfry , blending in your greens with every one of the hues!

Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts are individuals from the brassica family contain sulfur and organosulphur mixes. Sulfur is basic for the generation of glutathione, an imperative cancer prevention agent. Glutathione shields your mind from Alzheimer's and intellectual decrease in later life. Well worth eating that additional grow!!

So by including an additional apple after one of your suppers and a bowl of plate of mixed greens with your lunch, you have your 7 a day. Might I venture to state you will see the distinction!!



 
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