Eye Health

Choosing between contact lenses and glasses

I have worn glasses for most of my life, and they never really bothered me. Being short-sighted I could still see at a close distance without wearing my glasses so I never really had a problem with them. That all changed a few years ago when I realized that I was actually terribly short-sighted and couldn’t do much without wearing my glasses, only then did I realize that wearing glasses was actually quite annoying at times and decided to inquire about contact lenses.

I was maybe sixteen years old the first time I asked my optician about getting contacts. She said that I was too young to wear lenses and that I would need to wait until my prescription settled. As I didn’t know any better I just thought I would need to live with glasses and never thought any more about it. That is until I changed my optician a year or two later, my new optician said that my age was not a factor however I have astigmatism and that would mean that I wouldn’t be able to see properly with the lenses that were available at the time, I didn’t want to sacrifice my good vision so I again thought I would have to live with glasses.

Recently I became aware of new lenses for all-day comfort that were designed for people like me who have astigmatism and thought I would give it a try, it took me a while to convince myself to do so but now nearly two months on I am so glad I did and I know I will never look back. Contact lenses have changed my life, sounds dramatic I know but they really have. I no longer have to clean my glasses constantly, walking in the rain is no longer the nightmare it once was and I have a much better field of vision than I had with glasses.

The biggest difference is that I am no longer suffering from the terrible headaches I have had for years. While I can’t say for sure that this is related to wearing contacts all I can say is that after years of almost constant headaches I have not had a single one since the day I first put my contacts in.

Contact lenses are not for everyone, some people are not suitable for wearing them and others just can’t put them in their eye. Some people have problems with wearing lenses as they find them uncomfortable, although if you follow your optician’s advice when you first start wearing them and build up your wear time you shouldn’t have a problem. I can wear my daily wear color contact lenses all day with no problem whatsoever but some people need to wear glasses for a few hours each day as they can’t wear their lenses all day.

The decision on whether to choose glasses or contact lenses is entirely an individual one. Glasses for many people are a fashion accessory and they quite enjoy wearing them. I just wasn’t one of those people, I decided that contact lenses would be best suited to me and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.

Prenatal Care

Fish Oil Importance in Pregnancy

Fish Oil Importance in Pregnancy

Pregnancy requires that an expectant mother take good care of her health and nutrition. Health care professionals routinely prescribe prenatal vitamins as a form of prenatal health care both for the mother and the baby. Fish oils are another vitamin source that can benefit pregnant women. The omega-3 fatty acids found in this type of supplement is beneficial to the developing baby and growing mother.

Fish Oil Importance in Pregnancy - Fish Oil SupplementFish Oil as a Supplement in Pregnancy

Pregnant women are required to ensure that their diets are rich omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids – abundant in fish oil – contribute in the proper development of the baby. However, research findings suggest that only 2% of pregnant women meet this nutritional requirement and that a staggering 85% of pregnant females have diets low in the aforementioned fatty acids. Thus, they should take fish oil supplements for a healthier pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Fish Oil in Pregnant Women

The recommended daily dosage of fish oil by many nutritionists is 900mg. Taking fish oil supplements is necessary because it is difficult to meet the required dosage from the daily diet. If taking the capsules, be sure to buy the best quality fish oil supplements, since many of the cheaper versions may stem from fish that were not necessarily free of pollutants and contamination.

Fish Oil Importance in Pregnancy - BenefitsHealth Benefits from Fish Oil in Pregnancy

A wide range of health benefits exist for both the mother and the developing baby from fish oil. The mother has a reduced risk of developing pre-eclampsia or brain loss during pregnancy. She also has a lowered risk of preterm labor, c-section delivery, post-partum depression as well as breast cancer.

Fish oil helps aid in the development of a baby’s brain, leading to high intelligence. Better development of the central nervous system and retina eye formation is another benefit for the baby. After birth, studies have revealed babies who received fish oil supplements from their mother demonstrate less behavioral problems and a better sleep pattern. A study has also been conducted that shows children whose mothers took fish oil during their pregnancy scored higher on hand-eye coordination and vocabulary (Science Daily).

Other Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fish Oil Importance in Pregnancy - other fatty sources of fatty acids

Besides taking supplements, a pregnant woman can receive her daily omega-3, DHA and EPA need through fish consumption. Flaxseed is another food source of these nutrients. However, some doctors recommend against the intake of too much fish and taking flaxseed while pregnant. It is wise to consult a doctor first for optimal health.

Prenatal Care and Health

Pregnancy requires routine prenatal care in order to ensure both the baby and the mother fare well. Proper nutrition is extremely important for pregnant women, and taking a fish oil supplement alongside a prenatal vitamin can positively impact the pregnancy and developing baby.

Nutrition

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great with Pasta

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta

Including pasta in your diet won’t lead to weight gain if you limit the amount you eat. To keep your pasta intake down, mix pasta with vegetables.

Many love pasta because it is delicious and satisfying. When eaten in moderation, it can be part of a healthy diet, but when eaten in excess amounts, it may lead to obesity and raise your risk for diabetes. Thanks to some tasty low-calorie vegetables that taste great with pasta, you can create healthy dishes that contain less pasta and healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber. Sauté any one of these six vegetables in olive oil, along with some finely chopped garlic, and combine the two ingredients with the pasta of your choice for a tasty treat. Use low-calorie pasta or low carbohydrate pasta if you want to reduce the calorie content of this dish even more.

Asparagus

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta - Asparagus

Juicy and nutty in flavor, cooked asparagus contain only 30 calories per 3/4 cup serving. They are rich in vitamin A, and they contain vitamin C, calcium and iron. Before cooking asparagus, slice off the thick bottom portion of each spear and discard it since this part of the asparagus is usually tough to chew. Rinse the asparagus off and cut the stalks into 1 1/2 inch pieces before sautéing it.

Broccoli

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta - Broccoli

Broccoli contains about 37.5 calories per 3/4 cup serving. It is a low-calorie vegetable that tastes somewhat like cabbage, but it is slightly bitter. Cooking broccoli will take away some of the bitterness. This vibrant green vegetable is a powerhouse of vitamin C, and it contains vitamin A, calcium and iron. If you like your vegetables on the soft side, briefly steam the broccoli prior to sautéing it.

Cauliflower

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta - Cauliflower

Cauliflower is best described as a bland tasting vegetable. One 3/4 cup serving adds only 22.5 calories to your pasta dish and a significant amount of vitamin C and some iron. Cauliflower, like broccoli, should be steamed first, and then briefly sautéed before mixing it into the pasta.

Spinach

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta - Spinach
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that tastes like a mildly bitter lettuce, but not iceberg since spinach is not as juicy. Extremely rich in vitamin A and high in iron, this nutritious low-calorie vegetable also contains vitamin C and calcium. One 3/4 cup serving of cooked spinach contains 30 calories. To prepare fresh spinach for your pasta dish, cut off the stems and put the leaves in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Then drain it and sauté it in the oil.

Tomatoes

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta - Tomatoes

Ripe tomatoes have a sweet flavor, and they are juicy. They contain about 30 calories per 3/4 cup serving and lots of vitamin C. Tomatoes also contain vitamin A and iron. Although there are a wide variety of tomatoes to choose from, you may want to use plum tomatoes since this variety is frequently used to make tomato sauce. Cut your plum tomatoes into bite size cubes before sautéing them in a pan of oil and garlic.

Zucchini

Six Low-Calorie Vegetables That Taste Great With Pasta - Zucchini

Zucchini is a summer squash that has a mild, fresh flavor. It is juicy when cooked and contains only 30 calories per 3/4 cup serving. This member of the squash family contains vitamins A and C, plus calcium and iron. Slice zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds before sautéing it and mixing it with the pasta. Check to see if it is cooked by sticking it with a fork. The fork should slide into the zucchini with no resistance.