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How to avoid feeling dry eyes in winter?

How to avoid feeling dry eyes in winter?

As the winter has finally hit the city, you are probably busy getting unpacking your sweaters, woolen socks, and many other ensembles to fight the cold. You may also have bought your favorite body lotion cream already. But a few of you probably know how chilly winter days can take a toll on your eyes’ health.

Experiencing dry eyes is a common sight in winter months. A recent study conducted by a UK based team of health researchers reveals that about 60% people suffer from dry eye related problems like excessive watering, eye fatigue, and blurred sight during colder days in the country. And about 20% of these victims admit that dry eye problems prevent them doing their everyday things like working on a computer, watching a movie on a TV, reading a book and playing outdoors.

According to the eye specialists, winter is the toughest time of the year for our eyes. As the temperature goes lower, our eyes start getting dry and can feel gritty. Adversely, you may also find your eyes watery always creating a blurred vision. If you wake up early morning and go for walking outside in winter, you will witness watery eyes when you reach home; this is because our eyes try to prevent the cold wave impacting itself by producing watery tears on own.

If you want to prevent harsh winter climate affect your eyes, here are some expert-recommended tips you may follow.

Add more antioxidants in your everyday diet

Winter brings the festive season so late nights, unhealthy diet and lack of physical exercise are quite common in these colder months. If you aren’t able to spare time for exercising, at least, you can add some antioxidants in your diet. Eat fresh and juicy fruits every day. And also, eat more leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale. This will help slow down the oxidation rate in your body and help prevent dry eye, and much other skin related problems that are most likely to happen in winter days.

Give your eyes a digital detoxification

Wrong postures and brake-free long working hours against computers are a primary cause of dry eyes in today’s time. Our eyes constantly focus on the screen of computers and mobile devices that they don’t blink as many times as they should. Eye specialists strongly recommend taking a screen-free break for our eyes at a regular interval. Blink your eyes now!

Replace a Tea or Coffee with Green Tea

Green tea is a great source of antioxidants. Though it has a little bitter taste, you can begin with at least one cup a day. If you are a first-timer to green tea, I suggest you prepare a mild cup in initial days for a lighter flavor. Later you can drink stronger and organic varieties of green tea. The antioxidants of this healthier beverage will be absorbed by your eyes and prevent them from dry eye problems. However, this is just a tip of the iceberg; green tea has numerous other benefits to your overall physical wellness.

Give your eyes a massage treatment

Close your eyes and use a soft and warm cloth to massage your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this step once a day, preferably before your bedtime. This will help relax your eyes and release unnecessary oil beneath the eye lids.

Never leave your sunglasses home

High-speed wind and UV rains both can make your eyes dry. Most of us undervalue the importance of wearing sunglasses in winter, but it is recommended to wear UV protection glasses every time you step out.

Drink enough water

Winter season brings in many festivals and special events to celebrate Christmas and New Year. It’s also a wedding season. So, you are likely to tuck into outside food more often than other days of the year. Midnight partying or awaking can make your eyes sore and puffy the next morning. Moreover, if you take alcohol, it also dehydrates the body. If you don’t want to see puffy eyes and don’t want to experience the adverse hangover effects, drink a really good amount of water. Typically, a glass of water is required to fight side effects from a glass of alcohol.

Swap your make-up

Winter brings a party season and like everyone out there, certainly you want to look the best of you. However, impropriate usage of make-up can lead to dry eye and skin problems. Beauty experts suggest using a creamy eye shadow instead of powder. Those with more sensible eyes are advised to avoid eye make-up to the possible extent.

Get potassium intakes!

It is advisable to increase the amount of potassium in your body to prevent dry eye symptom. Dates, almonds, avocados, figs and raisins are a good source of potassium. Adding them in your daily diet in an alternative manner can help level up the potassium and other useful minerals in your body.

This winter, follow these simple tips and prevent dry eye symptoms!

Live healthy!

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A Refreshing Summer Drink – Iced Green Tea Lemonade

Yes, summer just started! So, it’s time to savor some sizzling summer-special drinks and eats such as a refreshing iced green tea lemonade. Lemon and sugary drinks are hot favorite in hot summer days and you know why. And adding green tea to the fresh lemon juice and water sweetened using sugar or honey will add more to your health benefits as well as refreshment.

It is quite easy to prepare this energizing and yummy (I find it yummy!) iced green tea lemonade at home. So, at least it doesn’t make sense to me why I need to pay a large amount every month to grab the antioxidant rich green tea made using preserved syrups which are more harmful to your body than good.

Ingredients you will need,

  • Fresh lemon
  • Sugar or honey
  • Ice cubes
  • Hot water
  • Cold water
  • Green tea (both loose leaf green tea and green tea bags will do)

Estimated Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Method (to prepare 2 Cup of Iced Green tea Lemonade):

  • Take 1-2 teaspoon of loose leaf green tea in a container.
  • Pour some hot water over the green tea leaves in the container and close the vessel for 3-5 minute.
  • Filter the green tea drink in a glass and mix it with lemonade (a mix of water, fresh lemon juice and sugar; make sure you prepare lemonade using cold water)
  • Top it off with 2-3 ice cubes and then keep it in a refrigerator for 5-10 minutes
  • Your cool green tea drink is ready, guzzle down it whenever you want!

This green tea recipe flaunts rich flavors of fresh- steeped green tea leaves and lemons along with the high nutritional values of the ingredients. And more interestingly, it can be instantly prepared for events of all kinds like picnic, cocktail party, social gathering or a summer trip.

Are you hosting a party at your home this weekend for your loved ones or friends? Why don’t you consider preparing this iced green tea recipe at home? You can also serve it with burger, pizza or any other fast food item you may want.

The summer special drinks you try at some famous outlets or labels typically use some preservative and sugar syrup which will simply do no good to your health and increase your calories. Thus, I strongly recommend having the honey version of this iced green tea lemonade or save on calories.

Honey contains a good amount of vitamins, antioxidants and mineral that are good for health. And lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. So, prepare your lemonade and mix it with a cup of Arthealth green tea.

I have come across many recipes over the web that recommend preparing a large batch of green tea and then store it in a refrigerator, which can be used later whenever needed. But many studies claim that Catechins in green tea degrade over time and thus if one wants to ensure the maximum amount of antioxidants from the leaves, it is always wise to brew your cup fresh.

What’s more, this recipe is scalable! You can also prepare its fruit version adding blueberries and raspberries. Or you can also top it off your drink with a few leaves of fresh mint, or with 2-3 slice of strawberry and pineapple.

You may also share your green tea recipe with me!

Are you ready to kick off the hectic day with a refreshing and energizing iced green tea lemonade? Order your Arthealth green tea today!

swineflu and green tea

Green Tea Can Also Help Keep Swine Flu Away!

Not many of you are unaware that swine flu epidemic, caused by H1N1 virus, is constantly growing in its proportion posting a serious health risk for the people of all around the world. And India isn’t an exception into this.

According to some recent reports, people above 60, pregnant women and kids are more vulnerable to the deadly signs of this disease. So, it is not difficult to understand why parents got panic seeing their kid suffering from fever and cold; these initial signs could lead to a infectious disease.

If the epidemic spread is happening at a fast pace in your city, it’s high time you look for some natural ways or remedies to protect your loved ones from this fatal flu. And this is when drinking green tea comes on the scene.

Wondering how green tea can help keep swine flu at bay? Read on.

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A team of researchers at Harvard University recently found that sipping about 5 cups of green tea per day can boost your body’s immune system in 2 weeks, mainly due to theanine chemical found in green tea. The tea also contain ECGC and other beneficial Catechins that promotes numerous health benefits including the prevention from flus.

Another study conducted by some Japanese researchers in Tokyo revealed that EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) in green tea can inhibit the activities of three types of influenza viruses including H1N1, which is responsible for swine flu emergency in the state and rest parts of the country.

Check it out here:

EGCg in Green Tea Inhibits Flu Infection, The Medical News, 12/24/09:
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20091224/EGCg-in-green-tea-inhibits-flu-infection.aspx

Or check the following link to learn more about the anti-viral and disease-fighting properties of green tea.

http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/2192-green-tea-blocks-influenza-reproduction

Those who are more of a taste-conscious can simply do gargling with a warm and freshly brewed cup of green tea to prevent the onset of swine flu. It will also help fight other normal flus and cough. Typically, a litre of good quality green tea contains 5000 to 7000 micromoles of EGCG which is 5 to 7 times more of the concentration needed to prevent the onset of influenza flus, including swine flu.

An ancient Chinese proverb says “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than green tea for one”

Some other benefits of green tea,

  • Fight free radicals
  • Boost healthy cells
  • Increase physical strength and stamina by 30%
  • Remove aches and pains in joints
  • Has 25-100 times the effectiveness of Vitamin C and E found in fruits and vegetables
  • Lower high blood pressure and ensure stability
  • Prevent cancers
  • Improve overall metabolism rate of your body
  • Cure bad breath and give healthy skin

Perhaps these are the reasons green tea is fast replacing black tea and coffee in Asia, Europe and in other continents. The green tea culture is growing in India!

However, it is strongly recommended that you avoid taking pre-mix green tea bags. Instead make a fresh and plain green tea cup on own as and when needed. If needed, you can add lemon, tulsi, mint, ginger and honey for added health benefits as well as taste enhancement.

To brew it the right way, allow water to get some bubbles, add some tea leaves in a vessel and then let it steep for 5 minute so hot water can absorb the healthy chemicals and rich flavour of green tea into it. You can drink it hot or have it with ice as well. Keep drinking 2-5 cups a day for the best results.

While drinking green tea doesn’t 100% isolate you from the swine flu infection, we can’t deny the fact that it can reduce the chances of getting infected by 50-60%. And there is no reason why we will not try every home remedy to build up the immune system of our loved ones!

swine flu mask

A few more habits that will help you prevent Swine Flu

  • Keep a distance from people already suffering from flu or nasal congestion
  • Avoid greeting people with handshake and kiss
  • Don’t share same food and utensils with others
  • Make sure all areas of your dwelling are properly ventilated and cleaned regularly
  • Make sure the kitchen platform, toilet and bathroom are cleaned properly every day; you can use alcohol to disinfect them
  • Prevent sudden temperature change
  • Keep eating juicy fruits and green vegetables (mainly Carrots, orange, tangerine, papaya, pineapple and lime lemon)
  • Make sure you wash hands properly using soap and water quite frequently during the day
  • Don’t avoid seeing physician if you experience sudden cough and fever

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Stay Healthy!