While not the most exciting of subjects, the topic of eyeglass retainers is a curious one, especially since there is no correspondinging.

And yet, while there is no Wikipedia article concerning it, a quick search using Google produces an abundant amount of links to stores both online and offline selling said eyeglass retainers.

But the mystery deepens as the term "eyeglass retainer" seems to take on different meaning depending upon which store or shop you visit.

Therefore, the following article aims to take the reader through three different areas of relating eyeglass retention knowledge namely:

  1. The word "retainer" as it applies to eyeglasses
  2. The history and evolution of eyeglass retainers leading to the manifestation of the different objects sold online
  3. Popular brand names and the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of eyeglass retainer

The purpose of going into such detail regarding this non-spectral topic results from the absence of such knowledge on the Internet and the hopes that this article will serve as a reference source for a future is an in-depth read, which is in itself seen as A reference source.

The Word "Retainer" As It Applies To Eyeglasses

Currently, the most common usage of the word "retainer" as it applies to daily living is associated with Orthodontics of which an article in Wikipedia does exist although it is far from exhaustive. We are told that dental retainers are devices made of wires or plastic which are worn to realign the teeth. While there are no official statistics regarding the actual percentage of orthodontic retainer wearers globally, experientially, most of us at one time or another know of someone who has worn them.

And so we take a step back and consult the dictionary in search of a contextual meaning for "retainer" and Merriam-Webster obliges us with the following definition: a device or structure that holds something in place. And naturally, as an example it references dental retainers to illustrate its meaning.

So we (referring to those of us who actually wear glasses) slowly start to see how retainers come into play in regards to eyeglasses. Eyeglass retainers hold the glasses in place. Which begs the question: in what way way do eyeglasses have to be held in place?

The answer is that with extended wear, eyeglasses tend to slip down our noses and the result is that many of us spend a large proportion of our day pushing up our falling eyeglasses. So much so that it is not uncommon to be pushing up one's glasses at least once every two or three minutes, which easily works out to several hundred times per day if we subtract the sleeping hours.

Now before we proceed, let us allow, that relating to falling eyeglasses, we use the term eyeglass to refer to not only prescription lenses with frames, but to mean all such frames and lenses either common wear or sunglasses, prescription or otherwise.

So pertaining to our first of three discussions: eyeglass retainers are devices which prevent eyeglasses from slipping down your nose.

The History And Evolution Of Eyeglass Retainers Leading To The Manifestation Of Different Objects Sold Online

Any attempt at a relevant history of eyeglass retainers should begin with Cause. As mentioned in the previous section, the need for eyeglass retainers came about because eyeglass wearers found themselves in a very uncomfortable position: their eyeglasses continually folded down their faces. But why do glasses slip in the first place? Below we list and go briefly into the top twelve reasons:

  1. Ill-fitted or non-fitted eyeglasses
  2. Cheap quality glasses
  3. Deforted eyeglasses
  4. Abnormal head shape
  5. Asymmetrical ear to nose distance
  6. Flat noses
  7. Lack of nose pads
  8. Heavy prescriptions
  9. Paddle temples
  10. Temple tips
  11. Oily complexion
  12. Perspiration

Ill-fitted or non-fitted eyeglasses

For those who are able to spend upwards of a thousand dollars on a pair of quality frames, improperly-fitted glasses are not a problem. In these instances, a veteran optometrist or eye care professional carefully considers the shape of your head, the placement of left and right ear, and makes adjustments to the frames with special tools and heating apparatus to customize them for your personal comfort. The fitting process often takes about 10-15 minutes and as a result, your eyeglasses sit properly on your head. While such careful fitting does rule out slipping glasses in most situations, individual factors like perspiration and physical activity still cause eyeglasses to slip regardless of how expertly the glasses were fitted in the first place.

Cheap quality glasses

And then there's the rest of us. Most of us opt for inexpensive glasses, bought from low end stores or possibly online where fitting is either not done properly or not done at all. As a result, eyeglass slipping is prevalent.

Deforted eyeglasses

Daily wear and tear causes glasses to be deformed specifically for kids and teenagers with their rough and tumble modes of existence such as being stuck in the glasses with a ball or negligently sitting on one's glasses. As a result the child corrects any deformities with brute force causing the glasses to be out of shape, but still functional. Otherwise, a parent helps bend the glasses back into shape, either because the process of bringing the glasses to an eyecare professional is too inconvenient or not possible (as in the case with glasses bought online). Either way, the result is the same. Glasses that are deformed and guaranteed to slip.

Abnormal head shape

We're all like to think that we are perfect and that our skulls are perfectly egg-shaped but the fact is that no two skulls are alike. As a result, standard glasses fit better for some than others. These differences lead to different degrees of eyeglass slipping.

Asymmetrical ear to nose distance

Along the same lines of abnormal head shape, it's natural to think that the distance from our left ear to our nose is the same distance as our right ear to our nose, but this just is not the case. Just as one of arms is longer than the other, one of our eyes is bigger than the other, one of our legs is longer than the other, so it goes that the left ear nose distance and the right ear nose distance is not the Same. But eyeglass temples (the arms that go over your ears) were not built that way. Eyeglass frame manufacturers make glasses as if the world was symmetrical and the degree by which you are asymmetrical determines how much and how often your glasses slip down your face.

Flat noses

Depending on the style of eyeglass frame and type of lens, eyeglasses can be very heavy. This is particularly true of gold-tinted frames from high end brands like Cartier and heavy prescription glass lenses. Of the three areas by which eyeglasses make contact with our heads, both both ears and nose, it is the nose which bears the majority of eyeglass weight. People with flat noses are not able to support the full weight of their glasses and hence suffer from falling eyeglasses to a greater extreme.

Lack of nose pads

Many sports and plastic frames come with bridges which do not facilitate nose pads for comfort and custom support. Of the four bridge types: keyhole, saddle, double, and adjustable, only the last type offers nose pads for better protection against slipping glasses.

Heavy prescriptions

If you have really bad eyesight and you choose glass lenses, then your eyeglasses will be very front heavy. That causes the front to rear ratio to be very high and further leads to eyeglass slipping.

Paddle temples

Of the five types of sentences, which are the parts of the frames which go over the ears, namely: skull, comfort-cable, riding bow, spring-hinge, and library, those who choose the last exposition themselves to the greatest degree of Eyeglass slipping because library temple, also known as paddle temples, are straight so they can be put on and removed easily. The ease by which they can be removed is equaled the ease by which they slip out of your nose because they do not hook and so wrap around your answers for added stability ..

Temple tips

Temple tips are the plastic coating which goes over the temples. This plastic coating is smooth and naturally slippery, more so when oil and sweat come into play creating the foundation for excessively slipping eyeglasses.

Oily complexion

It's a natural fact about human physiology that some people are more glandular than others. Here, in the head of world of woman's beauty products there is a whole area of ​​skin care related to suppressing facial oil most commonly through the use bloting or astringent type products. While useful for the T-zone, slipping glasses result from oily skin in the skull area above and behind the ears.

Perspiration

Possibly the single largest reason for eyeglass slipping is from sweating. Sweating causes the area around your ears and nose to become slippery. In all three areas, points of contact are already marked by slippery surfaces. The plastic temple tips become more slippery when wet, as do the nose pads. Sweating happens to all of us at one time or another, but the problem of slipping glasses is even more substantial for Hyperhidrosis sufferers who sweat because they're nervous which makes them more nervous resulting in a vicious positive feedback loop.

Now that we've gotten the cause out of the way, let's look at the evolutionary development of strategies to deal with slipping eyeglasses from a historical standpoint.

Eyeglass Chains

During the 70s and 80s, we saw the rise of eyeglass chains as a preventive measure against eyeglass slipping. Although eyeglass chains have been around much longer than that, their purpose and as a result their usage was much different before this time. Prior to the last several decades, eyeglass chains were used by people to stay connected with their glasses. Older eyeglass wearers wore eyeglass chains so they would not forget where they put their glasses. The actual mechanism by which the chains attached to your temples was by means of loops at the end of the chain which fit over the temple tips. Imagine a lasso over a fencepost.

Eyeglass Cords

With the gradual increase of eyeglass wearers and the need for eyeglass chains, enterprising individuals bought to replace eyeglass chains made of metal with eyeglass cords made with cloth. The overriding reason was of course cost savings. Again, the actual mechanism by which the cords attached to your temples was the same as that used by eyeglass chains, through the use of loops, often made of plastic or cloth at the ends of the cords which fit over the temple tips. Imagine a lasso over a fencepost.

Eyeglass Straps

A decade later, saw the ushering in of a new eyeglass anti-slipping device: eyeglass straps. Where chains and cords were primarily available from optometrists and pharmacies, eyeglass straps were also sold in sporting goods stores too, opening up retainers to a larger audience. In time, eyeglass wearers were satisfied to know that they could enjoy leisure activities like canoeing, badminton, golfing without the need to buy special goggles or sports glasses. What's more, eyeglass straps were very cheap to produce given that there were made from rubber derivatives like neoprene. In contrast to the loop style of attachment as seen with chains and cords, both ends of the strap were furnished with drinking straw like enclosures which slipped onto your eyeglass frames.

It is interesting to note that the proliferation of early eyeglass retainers was a direct result of cost savings associated with being able to wear your daily glasses while enjoying recreational activities. Buying prescription sports goggles might cost several hundred dollars while the cost of an eyeglass strap, chain, or cord was in the range of five to ten dollars depending on style and composition.

Temple Attachments

In the last decade, we saw the development of eyeglass retainer attachments as an alternative to string type eyeglass retainers. Whereas straps, cords, and chains are single piece items, attachments are made of cloth, come in pairs, and slide over the temple tips. There is no intervening rope-like connection between the two temple ends.

Temple Grips

Incorporating a completely design philosophy over rope type retainers, temple grips in pairs and go over each temple. While similar to temple attachments, they differ in shape. Temple grips are basically rubber tubes which slide over the eyeglass temples.

Eyeglass Cables

Rope-type retainers saw a bit of comeback recently with the introduction of eyeglass retainer cables. Distinct from past styles, they do not fall on your neck, but stay suspended in the air due to their rigid material composition.

Eyeglass Retainer Hooks

The most current generation of eyeglass retainer, popularized in the last few years, are retained hooks which are a further development of temple grips utilizing innovation in shape, size, material composition, and discreetness. Whereas temple grips are long tubes, retainer hooks are boomerang or L-shaped. The unique shape helps them go on your eyeglasses easier. What's more, the hook part fits over your ears as an extra layer of anti-slip prevention. Finally because of design innovation they are compact and come in transparent materials to not draw attention to the wearer.

Popular Brand Names And The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each Kind Of Eyeglass Retainer

Eyeglass Chains

Popular Brands: Moonbabies

Advantages

Familiarity is the largest reason to choose an eyeglass chain to prevent glasses from slipping. They've literally been around forever and can be found at most eyeglass stores. What's more, you will never misplace your glasses as they are suspended around your neck by way of your eyeglass chain.

Disadvantages

Usually they are more expensive than eyeglass cords or straps. In addition because they are usually associated with an older demographic, young people may feel uncomfortable wearing them from a self-esteem perspective. Furthermore, as noted above, two "onboard" reasons why eyeglasses slip are because they are slippery at the temple tips partion and they are front heavy because of the lenses. While eyeglass chains hold the glasses in place and offer a counterbalance to front heavy balance, they do not really address the issue of slippery temple tips. As a result, eyeglass slipping is not effectively deal with. Furthermore, when glasses are worn, the chain falls on the back of the neck and creates a friction drag effect on clothes thereby rendering eyeglass chains somewhat uncomfortable. Some people stay away from these types of retainers for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Eyeglass Cords

Popular Brands: Chums

Advantages

Availability, being cheap and plentiful are some of the largest reasons to wear eyeglass cords. And just like with eyeglass chains, you will never lose your glasses since they're hanging around your neck when you're not wearing them.

Disadvantages

Eyeglass cords appeal to an older demographic and are usually out of favor by young people. What's more, working professionals tend to stay away from this type of eyeglass retainer because it draws attention to the wearer and looks out of place when worn with a business suit. Finally, as with eyeglass chains, the two "onboard" reasons why eyeglasses slip is because they are slippery at the temple tips section and they are front heavy. While eyeglass cords hold the glasses in place and offer a counterbalance to front heavy balance, they do not really address the issue of slippery temple tips. As a result, eyeglass slipping is not effectively avoided. Newer generation cords, slip over the entire temple so that the cord is worn over your ears but the cord ends do not adhere to the temple surface very well. This leads to your glass slipping out of the cord sockets. Again, slipping is not effectively avoided. Furthermore, when glasses are worn, the cord falls on the back of the neck and creates a drag friction effect on clothes thereby rendering them somewhat uncomfortable. Finally, because eyeglass cords are usually made of cloth, they pick up smells originating from human sweat and can quickly become unhygienic requiring frequent washings. Some people stay away from these types of retainers for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Eyeglass Straps

Popular Brands: Croakies, Chums

Advantages

Very inexpensive and light-weight. Easy to store, easy to use and remove. Made of neoprene or other "prene" type materials so they do not absorb smells like cloth does. What's more, since the strap ends go over the temple tips and over your ears they provide cushioning which is an added benefit when your eyeglasses are really heavy.

Disadvantages

Unlike eyeglass chains or cords, straps are not ideal for hanging your glasses on your neck. If you tried that chances are they'd fall out of the strap sockets. What's more, working professionals tend to stay away from this type of eyeglass retainer because it draws attention to the wearer and looks out of place when worn with a business suit. About material composition, neoprene on temple plastic does not create enough friction so despite the strap ends which are in contact with your ears do not slip, the difficulties might and usually do slip from within the sockets of the strap ends. Later generations have tried to deal with this problem using rubber strap ends. Finally, as the strap lies on your neck when your glasses are worn, a drag effect is created when the straps make contact with your shirt collar or clothes. This restrictions movement and can be irksome. Once again as with other string-type retainers, some people stay away from eyeglass straps for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Temple Attachments

Popular Brands: Wedgees

Advantages

Very affordable and easy to use. Temple attachment are made of cloth and match mini-oven mitts you slip over the temples of your glasses.

Disadvantages

Because they are made of cloth, they tend to absorb sweat and odors and require frequent washing (daily) which quickly frays the material causing deterioration.

Temple Grips

Popular Brands: Templegrips

Advantages

Very inexpensive. Good anti-slipping device as once in place they provide a non-slippery surface contact with your ears.

Disadvantages

Because temple grips are basically long rubber tubes, it is sometimes a little difficult to put them on. You basically have to run the entire rubber length over your temple ends and this becomes a problem because of the friction involved.

Eyeglass Cables

Popular Brands: Cablz, Croakies

Advantages

Newer generation technology based on rope type eyewear retainer designs, they look fashionable and futuristic. Has two socket ends which slide over temples for snugness. Does not sit on neck so there is no restriction of movement. High-durability since they are made of surgical steel.

Disadvantages

Prices are double compared to most other retainers. Also very noticeable so definitely not an option for business or formal occasions. Some people stay away from these types of retainers for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Eyeglass Retainer Hooks

Popular Brands: Keepons

Advantages

Very inexpensive, eyeglass retainer hooks attach easily by sliding onto your eyeglass temples. They have a hollow aperture which is shorter in length compared to temple grips, making them much easier to attach. The top portion of the rubber hook makes contact with your ears and will not slip even when your head is sweaty. The bottom portion of the retainer wraps around your ears for better fit and hook functioning, a feature lacking on temple grips which tube tube shaped and not L-hook shaped. What's more, because most retainer hooks are compact and transparent, it is difficult for people to notice you're wearing them making them ideal for all occasions especially business or formal settings.

Disadvantages

Unlike eyeglass chains, cords, straps, and cables, eyeglass retainer hooks do not allow you the convenience of hanging your glasses off your neck.

Conclusion

While certainly not the stuff of page-turning thrillers, eyeglass retainers have a long and rich social and economic history as it relates to man's struggle against the discomfort of slipping glasses. Take it away, Wikipedia!

Wrestling is a sport that requires above average strength levels. In order to be a Champion, you need to keep the strength that you’ve built up in the off-season and keep it through a full season of dual meets, tournaments, and constant “cutting weight.” This isn’t easy to do… unless you know how to do it! The skills that you learn through countless hours of practice make or break you. The strength and conditioning allow you to perform the moves. Learn exactly how to get stronger for wrestling.

With all things equal, the STRONGER wrestler WINS every time!

The following tips will help you develop your wrestling strength and keep it throughout the season!

1. Drink Meal Replacement Shakes Meal replacement shakes were originally developed for cancer patients. They were consumed because they were pre-digested, and “nutrient dense.” They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, high protein blend, and just enough carbohydrates to keep up energy levels. These are perfect for wrestlers who are dropping weight to move down to a lower weight class. They are low in calories, yet have the nutritional values that are so important to maintain or build strength. Try to consume 2 or 3 per day if you’re cutting weight.

2. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF Wrestlers are notorious for cutting weight by not eating, then dehydrating. Let me explain what happens to your body when you decide to do this in order to make weight each week. When you take in too few calories to maintain your body weight, the body goes into a defense mechanism. Sure, the scale will show that you are indeed losing weight. But the body determines that it is being starved, and as a means to protect itself from starving, it will hold onto body fat, and start breaking down muscle tissue for energy. You will wind up losing SOME body fat, plus muscle and water. So you make weight, but you’re not as strong due to less muscle on your body. If you have to make weight, plan ahead, and try to lose body fat, not muscle.

3. Train Your Wrestling Muscles When creating a workout program for wrestling you must first consider the muscles that you use in wrestling in order of importance. These are the glutes, hips and low back (the posterior chain muscles), then the quadriceps, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, and neck. I recommend that you perform a full body strength routine, You still want to work the entire body thoroughly, but prioritize the wrestling muscles first.

4. Strength Train Every 4-5 Days During The Wrestling Season Your goal during the season is to at least keep up your strength levels, with the best case scenario being strength gains as the season progresses. In order to accomplish this you want to strength train frequently enough, but not so much that you’re constantly breaking your body down. For the in-season, try to hit a full body workout on a schedule like this: Week 1 – Monday and Friday, Week 2 – Wednesday. Then repeat. This means that one week you perform 2 full body strength workouts, and the next week you perform one full body strength workout. Alternate these weeks throughout the wrestling season.

5. Progressive Resistance Remember to always strive to do at least one more repetition or the same amount of repetitions with a little more weight as often as possible. Your muscles quickly adapt, and you need to force them to become stronger. Strive for a 5% strength gain on each exercise per month. If you’re really cutting a lot of weight this season, you may not be able to gain strength because the body needs a surplus of calories from food in order to feed the muscle. At least, try to maintain your strength by keeping the same weight on each exercise throughout the season.

In recent years it appears there is a rising epidemic of people suffering from chronic digestive and autoimmune conditions. Food intolerance or sensitivities may lie at the root of the problem. Most people, including doctors, have little clue how foods they eat may be contributing to their chronic illness, fatigue and digestive symptoms.

There are, however, a lot of clues in the medical literature and the lay public’s experience about how foods are causing and/or contributing to the current epidemic of chronic illness and autoimmune disease. There are several diets being used by many people with varying success to improve their health despite a general lack of iron clad scientific proof for their effectiveness. One of the clues to the cause and relief of food induced illness may lie in proteins known as lectins that are present in all foods.

Animal and plant sources of food both contain complex proteins known as lectins. These proteins typically have the ability to attach to sugars or carbohydrates on the surface of human cells. Some of these proteins can cause clumping of human red blood cells, a process that is called agglutination. The process of agglutination occurs when someone receives the wrong blood type during a blood transfusion. In fact, red blood cell agglutination specific to each person or groups of people is the basis for testing for blood types. There is some data that blood types may influence how people respond to certain foods though a blood type specific diet appears to have been disproven. The attachment or binding of certain food lectins can initiate a variety of cell specific effects. These reactions may mimic hormones or cause changes in cells. This is termed molecular mimicry.

Most plants contain lectins, some of which are toxic, inflammatory, or both. Many of these plant and dairy lectin are resistant to cooking and digestive enzymes. Grain lectins, for example, are quite resistant to human digestion but well suited for ruminants like cattle who have multi-chambered stomachs. Therefore, lectins are present in our food and are often resistant to our digestion and some have been scientifically shown to have significant GI toxicity in humans. Others have been shown to be beneficial and maybe even cancer protecting. Either way plant and animal proteins are foreign proteins to the body and are dealt with by digestion and our immune system in a positive or negative manner.

The human digestive system was created to handle a variety of plant and animal proteins through the process of digestion and elimination. Some plant and animal proteins or lectins are severely toxic to humans and cannot be eaten without causing death like those in Castor beans and some mushrooms. Other foods must be prepared before they are safe to be eaten. Preparations may include pealing, prolonged soaking and cooking like kidney beans. Other foods may be poorly tolerated because of a genetic predisposition or underlying pre-existing food allergy or intolerance. Others are tolerated to some degree or quantity but not in large amounts or on a frequent basis. People who are intolerant to the milk sugar lactose, because of inherited or acquired deficiency in lactase enzyme, may tolerate small amounts but may have severe bloating, gas, abdominal pain and cramps with explosive diarrhea when a large amount of lactose containing foods are eaten. Foods can become intolerable to some people after their immune system changes or gut is injured from another cause.

Of the food lectins, grain/cereal lectins; dairy lectins; and legume lectins (especially peanut lectin and soybean lectin) are the most common ones associated with reports of aggravation of inflammatory and digestive diseases in the body and improvement of those diseases and/or symptoms when avoided. Recent research by Loren Cordain PhD., has suggested that these lectins may effectively serve as a “Trojan horse” allowing intact or nearly intact foreign proteins to invade our natural gut defenses and enter behind the lines to cause damage well beyond the gut, commonly in joints, brain, and skin of affected individuals. Once damage occurs to the gut and the defense system is breached the result is what some refer to as a “leaky gut”. Moreover, many people who develop a “leaky gut” not only have gut symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain but also other symptoms beyond the gut, or extra-intestinal symptoms. Commonly affected areas are the brain or peripheral nerves, skin, joints, and various body glands. With continued exposure of the gut by these toxic food lectins a persistent stimulation of the body’s defense mechanism in a dysfunctional manner, occurs, i.e. autoimmune disease.

Wrong types or levels of good and bad bacteria in the gut, or intestinal dysbiosis, may contribute to this process of abnormal stimulation of the immune system. Research supports the strong possibility that such stimulation may be accentuated by interaction of the bacteria with food lectins. It is believed by some that this may further worsen gut injury and autoimmune disease. This latter concept is gaining acceptance and recognition by doctors in one form as the hygiene theory. It is speculated that our gut bacteria have become altered by increased hygiene and over use of antibiotics and that this phenomenon may be playing a significant role in the rising incidence of autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and chronic intestinal diseases like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

Lectins as a cause however are largely being ignored in the U.S. though the field of lectinology and lectins role in disease is more accepted internationally. Avoidance of certain food lectins may be helpful in achieving health and healing of chronic gut injury. Healing of a “leaky gut” and avoidance of ongoing abnormal stimulation of the immune system by toxic food lectins and bacteria in the gut is the basis for ongoing research and probable success of several popular diets such as the paleo diet, carbohydrate specific diet and gluten-free/casein-free diet. More research is needed in this exciting but often neglected area. The Food Doc, LLC features a website http://www.thefooddoc.com that will provide physician authored information on food intolerance, sensitivity and allergy such as lectin, gluten, casein, and lactose intolerance with dietary guidance that will feature in the near future an online symptom assessment and diet-diary.

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Kiwi Fruit is relatively low in sugar compared to most fruits, being packed with curative vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. One large Kiwi fruit contains more vitamin c than a cup of strawberries, an orange or half a grapefruit.If you are wanting to add more vitamin c to your diet then try this awesome fruit, a small kiwi fruit has more vitamin c than a medium sized orange. It is also a top source of folic acid and beta carotene.

This great fruit is also a excellent source of fiber. There is a greater amount of fiber in three of these fruits than a bowl of bran flakes, and the fiber content is increased even further if eaten with the skin on. Just give them a scrub and eat skin and all. Constipation has met its match with this fruit.

Kiwi fruit are also a highly effective digestion aid. In fact they make an excellent meat tenderizer. The enzyme in this fruit is called actinidin, it is so powerful that simply rubbing a half of it on meat will tenderize it. They are also a rich source of potassium, which is needed to stimulate the flow of digestive juices.

If you suffer from inflammation of the joints and muscles you should consume kiwi fruit regularly. The enzymes found in this fruit could benefit anyone that suffers with arthritis or fibromyalgia. These enzymes are also very valuable for anyone dealing with low back pain, hip pain and sciatica. Try to eat two firm fruit daily, preferably on a empty stomach. This will optimize the absorption of the fruits enzymes.

They are an ideal fruit to have for breakfast, they are very easy to digest which is important for people who find it difficult to eat breakfast. Whenever eating foods such as nuts or meat, eat a kiwi fruit for desert they will really help to digest the protein rich meal.

Always try to buy them when they are still hard, because once they become soft they have lost much of there nutritional value. We are lucky because you can get kiwi fruit anywhere these days, so go ahead and add them to your shopping list and reap the benefits today.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about reversing blurry vision naturally. Can regaining 20/20 vision back with natural eye exercises and eye vision nutrition really be achieved?

New studies are now confirming a connection between what you eat in relation to how your eyes perform.

Increasing your physical activity and maintaining a well-balanced diet will indeed improve the quality of your life and help preserve and improve your eye sight.

Keep in mind, anything you do that affects your cardiovascular system has the potential to damage or repair your eyesight. This includes exercises and eye vision nutrition. Any change in blood supply to the eyes can cause blockage, resulting in blurry or loss of vision. Improper diet and lack of exercise has been the catalyst for many with Type 2 diabetes which can then lead to diabetic retinopathy and eyesight loss.

A balanced diet containing the 3 major sources of fuels are proteins, fats and carbohydrates. These are necessary to keep our bodies, minds and eyes healthy and strong. Omega 3 fatty acids in fish, low fat proteins in chicken and legumes, whole grains and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are necessary for optimal vision.

Proper eye vision nutrition requires adequate amount of micronutrients, 50-60% complex carbohydrates, 20-25% proteins, and 20-25% fats ideally containing omega-3 fatty acids.

To help improve bad vision, follow the diet recommendations below and incorporate simple eye exercises into your lifestyle. Also, consider taking vitamin supplements to assure that you are receiving good amounts of micronutrients that are important to maintaining eye health.

Bad Eye Vision Nutrition

Saturated Fat

Fatty Meats and Whole Dairy Products

Fast Foods which are high in trans-fatty acids

Snack Foods which are high in saturated fats

Soft Drinks diet or otherwise

Candy

High Amounts of refined Sugar

Good Eye Vision Nutrition

Plenty of Fruits And Vegetables – Organic is preferred

8 Large Glasses of Water Daily

Vitamin Supplements A,B,C and D

Lutein, Beta-Carotene, Bilberry Extract

Fruits and Vegetables

Fish and Nuts

The above eye vision nutrition recommendations are not the be-all and end-all of achieving 20/20 vision. If you’re looking for more effective nutrition tips and exercises to improve your eye sight naturally, your local library and online resources are widely available. A very popular book which explains how to increase eye vision was created by the famous Dr.William Bates in the early 1900’s and is still circulation today.

Maintaining a healthy penis doesn’t have to be a large investment or a complicated process. In fact, keeping your penis healthy has never been easier. There are penis specific vitamins and minerals that will keep a penis looking and feeling healthy – while simultaneously helping to prevent a variety of common penis problems.

Which Vitamins and Minerals Are Necessary for Penis Health

Certain vitamins and minerals are essential for penis health. Vitamins B and E contribute to penis skin health and can help keep the penis looking and feeling young and healthy, Vitamin E increases blood circulation to the penis by relaxing the veins and capillaries that carry blood into and out of the penis. Increased circulation provides nutrients and additional oxygen exchange to penis and will also decreases the possibility of developing Erectile Dysfunction or loss of penile sensitivity.

Other vitamins and minerals, including L-Arginine and Acetyl L Carnitine help promote healing and cell regeneration which is particularly necessary following prolonged intercourse or aggressive masturbation. These minerals also prevent build up of scar tissue that may lead to a slight curve of bend in erect penis which may develop into Peyronie’s Disease.

How To Know if a Penis Is Healthy

A healthy penis not only functions well, but looks well. The skin of the penis should be smooth and supple, and should be free of odor and irritation such as dry, red or chafed skin. Vitamins, such as C and D plus minerals, such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, help contribute to the overall appearance of the penis. A healthy penis functions at optimum performance – without pain or aching. If you experience odor, dry skin, irritated skin, loss of sensation, or problems having or maintaining an erection you should apply a penis health crème daily. Penis specific vitamins and minerals will help alleviate common penis health symptoms.

Vitamin Crèmes Yield Better Results Than Vitamin Pills

Vitamins can be ingested in pill or liquid form but for penis well being it is recommended to use a penis vitamin creme so that vitamins and minerals are applied directly to the skin of the penis. Vitamin crèmes are preferred over vitamin pills since all vitamin pills or liquids ingested orally can be absorbed by the body’s organs and thus do not provide maximum benefit to the penis. Vitamins taken in pill form may not be fully processed by the body as they can pass, whole or partially, through the body without being completely absorbed. Cremes allow you to target penis health by direct absorption of one hundred percent of essential vitamins and minerals necessary to promote overall penile well being..

What Kind of Penis Health Crèmes Are Best?

What kind of penile crèmes are best? A good penis crème provides all of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary in order to optimize the health and functioning of a penis. The primary ingredients should include vitamins, A, B5, C D and E; as well as minerals such as L-Arginine, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl L Carnitine. In addition, natural moisturizers such as Shea Butter can help promote skin health by keeping your penis skin smooth and supple. Look for penile cremes that contain essential vitamins and minerals that can help your penis be at its healthiest. Health professionals often recommend Man1 Man Oil but any penis specific crème containing the necessary ingredients should provide the health benefits you’ll need for a healthy penis and enjoyable sex life.

Keeping Your Weight Loss Permanent

Losing weight is a sometimes daunting task but when successful it is a cause for great pride. Keeping the weight off is also a hard job but with some key guidelines to help it is possible to keep the weight off and enjoy yourself at the same time.

How You Eat

First, it is important that in your original plan you accomplished the loss in a healthy way with a good variety of healthy foods and exercises that fit your lifestyle and attitude. This is important because to maintain your new healthy lifestyle you will need to permanently incorporate your new eating habits and exercise regime. Variety and things that suit your pace of life is the best way to stay the course with your new healthy lifestyle.

A Healthy Attitude

You need to reinforce a positive mindset in your new habits for eating and exercising. Making sure you keep with your new routine is important and keeping an upbeat view about your new habits is vital. Luckily the nutritious food and exercise will actually help in making you physically and mentally feel better and keep an optimistic outlook.

Exercise

Exercise is a crucial step in maintaining your new lifestyle. There is a huge variety of exercises and styles of workouts. You have no excuse in not finding something to suit your schedule and temperament. It’s important to remember that while you can take off weight with just wholesome and nutritious eating habits adding a cardio and weight-lifting program greatly increases your chances of losing more weight and maintaining it over time.

Motivation and Support

Sharing your goals with some friends or your family can be a good motivator and an additional help in staying the course for a healthier you. Even better include them in your new weight loss arrangement, it’s an excellent way to keep up your enthusiasm and attitude.

Carefully Choose Your Weight Loss Plan

Remember to choose carefully in your weight loss ideas and plans as well as the people you let on to your intentions. You do not want any negative thoughts or feelings to hamper your goals. Losing weight can be fun and interesting if you approach it with a positive attitude. Learning about new foods and workout styles can be quite enjoyable. Learning to cook, meet new people and travel to new and different areas can all be part of your new improved life. Approaching weight loss with a fun and yet practical outlook can be extremely rewarding and life-changing.

Many would compare softball and baseball as extremely similar sports. While that is true, there are a few key differences. First, the actual balls are different sizes; a softball is much larger than a baseball. A softball is eleven to twelve inches in circumference and is less dense than the baseball, which is typically nine inches in circumference. Another key difference is the length of the bats used; baseball bats are often longer than their softball counterparts. A softball bat measures no longer than thirty four inches, where as a baseball bat must be no longer than 42 inches, and made of wood at the professional level (in softball, aluminum bats are used at every level).

The field used also differs in size; a baseball diamond has base paths that are ninety feet long, and softball diamonds have base paths that are thirty feet shorter at sixty feet. In softball there is what is called a “double first base” where the runner can run to in foul territory, baseball has no such base. The distance from home pate to the outfield walls also is different; in baseball, the distances vary, but in softball the distances must be constant and be no more than two hundred and fifty feet from home plate to the outfield wall.

The pitchers have different distances to work with as well; in baseball the distance from the rubber on the pitcher mound to home plate is sixty feet and 6 inches; in softball it is varied by level with amateur being forty feet, forty three feet for high school college and international, and forty six feet for men. In baseball, the mound is raised, however in softball the mound is flat, and is marked with white chalk to designate it. The pitching method is also different; in baseball an overhand motion is used, while in softball, an underhand method is generally used.

There are some similarities in the two sports, however. One of the similarities is the rules for bunting with two strikes, striking out, getting hit by a pitch, and the number of players on the field. Another very important similarity is the type of uniform, particularly the types of socks used.

A baseball sock and softball sock are very similar, and a sock that is worn in one sport can be worn while playing the other, however there is much more variety available to a consumer looking to purchase softball socks.

Just having the knowledge about the different types of essential nutrients needed for healthy pregnancy is not enough; you will have to learn about the food sources also that provide those nutrients. For example, you probably already know that you and the baby that is growing inside you need iron, fiber and folic acid to maintain good health, but do you know that you can easily get all these nutrients in appropriate quantity just by eating chives? Likewise, if you are trying to increase your calcium intake, you can consider adding figs to your diet. Following is a brief rundown on three not-very-common but quite delicious foods that can meet your nutrition needs quite efficiently.

Chives

Chives contain almost all those essential nutrients that you and your baby need, such as magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, iron and folic acid (folate). Magnesium is a very important nutrient for both you and your baby because magnesium takes active part in over three hundred cellular reactions that take place inside your pregnant body. Besides that, magnesium is also helpful in alleviating many common pregnancy symptoms and discomforts, such as constipation. Just sprinkle of chives in your diet can fulfill your magnesium needs.

Besides that, every 2 tablespoons of chives contain around 0.1 milligrams of iron, 3.5 milligrams of vitamin C and 6.4 micrograms of folic acid. A pregnant body needs proper amount of iron for healthy growth of baby, but your body needs adequate amount of vitamin C as well for proper absorption of iron. You can easily meet both the requirements by eating chives. Folic acid, on the other hand, is probably the most important nutrient for a pregnant woman, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is very important for you to keep in mind that lack of folic acid in your body may result in structural defects in your baby, which can be fatal. Therefore, proper intake of folic acid is very important, which you can easily get through the daily intake of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives.

Tips To Make Delicious Healthy Pregnancy Diets Using Chives

Serving size – 2 tablespoons, chopped chives

– Get softened cream cheese and mix chopped chives into it and then spread it on a slice of bread, tortilla chip, cracker or bagel.

– Sprinkle chives on your baked potato

– Sprinkle some on your soup or salad

Leeks

Pregnant women are usually prescribed super multivitamin-mineral tablets, but do you know that leeks can be the vegetable equivalent of all those tablets? One cup of raw leeks contains 0.4 micrograms of manganese, 2 micrograms of iron, 40 micrograms of vitamin K, 0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 60 micrograms of folate (folic acid). Besides that, leeks are also a rich source of calcium; one cup of raw leeks contains 55 milligrams of calcium.

Where manganese plays a crucial role in the baby’s normal skeletal development, Vitamin K is essential for healthy bone growth and proper blood-clot formation. Likewise, vitamin B6 does not only reduce the tendency of nausea and morning sickness, but it also plays an important role in your body to metabolize energy from the proteins, fats and carbohydrates in your diet. In fact, the mild, sweet flavor of leeks makes it a great food to combat morning sickness. Calcium, on the other hand, can be very helpful in combating other common pregnancy symptoms, such as leg pains, back pain, insomnia and irritability. Considering the very fact that you can get all these nutrients just by eating one serving of leeks, it should not be an exaggeration to say that it is a wonderful power food that you must consider including in your diet regimen.

Tips To Make Delicious Healthy Pregnancy Diets Using Leeks

Serving size – I cup of raw leeks

– You can prepare leeks by cutting off the base and the fibrous green tops and then slicing the stems in half. You can then cut it into small pieces. However, in order to make sure that all hidden grits are removed, you are also strongly recommended to rinse it thoroughly before you cut it into small pieces.

– You can try adding mushrooms and sliced leeks with minced fresh ginger in plain broth. This is a delicious diet, which you can eat without any fear even when your stomach is sensitive.

Chives, tahini and leeks are no doubt healthy pregnancy foods and have all the capabilities to make the nine-month journey more delicious for you. But, you are strongly recommended to get your doctor’s advice before you include these power foods in your diet program. You must always keep in mind that every case of pregnancy is different and their doctor is the best person to tell them what can work and what cannot work for them. So, rate your doctor’s advice above everything while you are journeying through the three trimesters of pregnancy.

Going through physical pain (along with death) could very well be the most avoided life situation present. There is something about pain that makes people run when they think about it. There are two forms of pain. The first form of pain is mental pain. This form of hurt can actually change a person's life for the worst if they allow it. A few examples of emotional pain would be; The death of a loved one, losing a job or going through a divorce. It has been said that this form of pain is the most dreadful because it governs your mind. Where ever the mind goes so does the body. The second form of pain (of which this publication is about) is physical pain. Physical pain occurs within or to the body. This form of pain can impede or change your quality of life because it may cause you to become immobile. Examples of physical pain would be; Breaking an arm or leg, dealing with cancer or being in a car accident that parallels you. What is the actual purpose of physical pain in our lives? It may help you to know that pain is one of your biggest allies.

To further elucidate the critical role that pain plays in our lives I wish to compare the human body to that of an automobile. A car possesses what is known as a "red warning light." The purpose of this light is to shine bright when there are potential problems within the car. These issues could range from a busted radiator pipe to a broken fan belt. Upon seeing this red light, a normal person would pull over to the side of the road and see what is going on. Continuing to drive the car with this light flashing is cause for further damage to the car such as engine overheating. Many people like to ignore the check engine red light and continue driving as if nothing has happened. This is an indication that people are fully unaware of the potential dangers that lurk or that they are simply ignorant people.

Pain is your body's version of the red warning light. When you feel pain in your knees, feet, orans or wrists, it is your body telling you to discontinue use of these particular parts until you can get them repaired. What generally happens is that you visit the doctor and they prescribe you pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti inflammatories to help manage your pain. The operative word here is "manage." You do not need to manage your pain, you need to eliminate the root (or systemic) cause and heal the situation. It is utterly asineine for a health care practitioner to prescribe you a pain-killer without simultaneously repairing the injured body part or organ.

In sports, you are taught to fight through the pain for the team. When you really consider this concept you come to realize that the athlete does not benefit from continuing to play if there is pain. In the end, athletes, like normal people will wind up cutting the red light wires. What does this mean? When you continue to push through pain in a body part you will ever wear out the joint ends of the bone, tissue or cartilage. Once you discontinue the anti-inflammatories you will realize that there is no more cartilage or bone left. In the case of joints, the only option left for you will be joint replacement surgery. If you decide to ignore pain in your organs then the output could potentially be death.

What you know as pain is truly your friend. If you have physical pain it is best to find out what is going on. There are always natural ways to help with your pain but you should never try to manage your situation with just pain killers. There is to be a healing solution present.