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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures for Cataracts - Pt. 1

It may surprise you, but the progression of cataracts can be stopped and possibly even cured with home remedies and cures. People who eat white flour breads, pastas, sugary foods, processed foods and other foods high on the glycemic index (GI - a measurement of how quickly a food boosts blood sugar levels), were 29% more likely to develop cataracts than those who eat more healthy foods. High glycemic foods damage the lens of the eyes due to higher sugar levels.

Glaucoma, cataracts and many other health problems are caused by the lack of stomach acid. A person must improve their stomach’s digestive system before they can improve their health. This can be done with natural home remedies and cures.

Cataracts are the leading cause of loss of eye sight in America and worldwide. If caught soon enough in the early stages, you can reverse the progression and prevent them altogether. About 40,000 Americans go blind every year from cataracts. Yet, with home remedies and cures, you can prevent it or slow it down.

Most of these cases fall under the category of “senile cataracts,” as doctors will call it. These are lens spots that commonly accompany old age. They are caused by damage from free radicals, the unbalanced, destructive molecules that destroy cells in the body. Too much sun exposure, poor diet and smoking are all primary causes of free radicals. Changing these habits can prevent and sometimes stop development of cataracts. Feed your body more antioxidants, they fight free radicals.

Poor digestive function can be at the root of the problem. Again, low stomach acid can lead to malabsorption of nutrients and create more free radicals. This can be reversed with proper diet and home remedies and cures.

Age is a primary risk factor for cataracts or you could genetically inherit the genes for the risk of cataracts. People with diabetes and Down’s Syndrome have a higher risk of developing cataracts. Again, it can be cured or slowed down with home remedies and cures.

Cataracts cause a cloudiness in vision. Vision starts out to appear cloudy or blurry. Eventually colors may look faded or washed out. You might start having trouble seeing distant objects. Glare makes it harder to see to drive at night. And you will probably need more light than you used to for close work and reading.

Sunshine is a nutrient essential for the health of your eyes and the rest of your body. Sunshine striking the retina keeps it active, much like exercise keeps your body fit. *“It stimulates the glands to produce hormones that regulate our waking and sleeping cycles, fluid balance and mood. Vitamin D is made by your body and stored in your liver when you go out in the sun. If there’s a shortage of vitamin D, calcium metabolism in your body is thrown off and bones begin to deteriorate.”

“On the other hand, too much sunlight can do you harm. Ultraviolet rays are invisible to our eyes but can cause cataracts, skin cancer, temporary blindness from glare off sand, snow or water, growths on the eyes called pterygia, macular degeneration and melanoma on the back of the eyeball.” But, as I said before, you can reverse the damage or slow it down with home remedies and cures and diet change.

Sunlight causes an increase in the rate at which harmful free radicals are produced in the eye, which in turn can cause eye disease and others. The first hour of sunlight in the morning and last hour of sunlight at the end of the day are the safest times to gaze at the sun briefly. Wear sunglasses the rest of the time on sunny days.

Next week I will talk about changes in diet and home remedies and cures for cataracts.

*Quotes taken from “Bottom Line’s Prescription Alternatives” by Earl L. Mindell, RPh, Ph D with Virginia Hopkins, MA.