If you wear contact lenses, chances are good you aren’t doing as much as you should to take care of them. After all, we all live busy lives these days, and properly caring for your lenses might not be on the top of your list. In this blog post, I am going to to talk about some basic contact lens care tips, and also provide you with a way to save on your contacts by using Lens.com coupon codes.
How much care your contacts requires depends in part on what type of lenses you have. Obviously, if you wear daily disposables, then you will not have to care for them since they are thrown out at the end of the day. Daily disposables, however, are quite expensive, and most of us probably use lenses that you use for 2 – 4 weeks. In these cases, here are some things you should be doing:
- Take out your lenses every night – It’s well known that it’s best not to wear your lenses overnight. I tend to notice they dry up excessively when I sleep in them, and they become less comfortable to wear afterwards.
- Rub your lenses with solution – Rub each lens for 10-15 seconds before storing them overnight in contact lens solutions. Use your index finger to rub the lenses on the palm of your other hand. This removes dirt and grime that wouldn’t otherwise be removed if you simply store them.
- Replace your case – Experts recommend replacing your contact lens case every 3 months. The reason? It turns out your lens cases build up bacteria over time. Therefore, after 3 months, you want to start with a clean slate by using a brand new case.
Lastly, I’d like to share a method I use to get great deals on contact lenses. I buy my lenses online from a store called Lens.com, which has the absolute lowest prices on most brands, based on my own personal research. You’ll need information about your prescription in order to place an order, so make sure you get a copy when you have your eye exam. Also, you’ll want to make sure you obtain a Lens.com coupon. Just click here for more information on how to get deals on contact lenses. By doing these things, I am able to pay much less for my contact lenses than I normally would by purchasing them at my optometrist’s office.
A lot of people over-complicate things. How to live a healthy life is one of those things. People always complicate things like exercise and diets. But I have a simpler approach, which has worked well for me. My general diet guidelines boils down to 3 things:
- Minimize saturated fats – They’ve been known to cause all sorts of problems like heart disease and high cholesterol.
- Minimize sodium – It’s everywhere, and it can be difficult to cut down on sodium, but I try to get less than 2400 mg a day. Trust me, it can be done.
- Minimize sugar – I only drink diet sodas and drink iced tea or water to get most of my fluids. Don’t use added sugar, period. Make that a rule.
- Take supplements – To cover your bases, take a multivitamin or other supplements. Every single vitamin has many benefits for your body. (Just read my article about Vitamin E as an example of this.)
These guidelines, to me, are relatively easy to follow. You just need to get in the habit of reading labels and checking up nutritional information for any restaurants you eat at.
Most Americans don’t get all the nutrients they need from food. Today, I’d like to talk about one miraculous vitamin, called Vitamin E. It is one of the antioxidant vitamins, which means it helps protect your body from aging by fighting off free radicals. Many health experts recommend supplementing your diet every day with up to 400 IU of Vitamin E.
The most noticeable benefit from taking Vitamin E is that it will improve your complexion. This is a long-known advantage of supplementing with Vitamin E. But you can actually take things a step further by cutting open a Vitamin E capsule and rubbing the oil on your skin. This is one technique that has been used by many people to get rid of acne and acne scars.
In addition to these well-known benefits, Vitamin E is also known to boost your immune system and be good for long-term eye health. Although many people will claim that you can get enough Vitamin E from a healthy diet, I tend to disagree with this approach. Since the tolerable upper limit of Vitamin E is something like 1500 IU, I find that taking 400 IU a day can’t hurt. And I’ve visibly noticed improvements to my skin since I began supplementing with Vitamin E.
As it’s a pretty popular vitamin, you can usually get Vitamin E at any grocery store or pharmacy. If you’d rather purchase them online, one store you should try is Pureformulas. I like to buy my vitamins in bulk from them, which allows me to get free shipping on my order. Don’t forget, you can also obtain Pureformulas coupons from http://www.referralbusinessbuilders.com/pureformulas.php or other, similar health sites.
For more information about Vitamin E, I recommend visiting WebMD. You should also check out the video below, which provides a lot of good information about this vitamin:
While supplements can really aid you in becoming healthier, ultimately, your diet is the most important thing. There are many healthy diets you can follow, including vegetarian diets, DASH diets, and TLC diets. I recommend reading the top diets on U.S. News and selecting the one that you think would be easiest to follow.
Many people become vegetarians in the hopes to become healthy. But is a vegetarian diet really good for you? Today, we will be looking into this issue.
But before we begin, let’s talk first about what a vegetarian is. Simply put, a vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat. This includes fish. But that does not mean that a vegetarian avoids all animal products. Therefore, while they may not eat meat, they can still drink milk and eat eggs.
If you avoid all animal products, including milk and eggs, that puts you in the category of vegans. Vegans are more extreme for that reason and usually feel very strongly about their lifestyle.
The short answer about whether a vegetarian diet is better for your health is that, yes, in most cases, it is. Studies have shown that vegetarians usually have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, which are two of the biggest threats to good health.
But not all vegetarians are healthy. Even if you avoid meat, if you eat fries, cheese pizzas, and drink milk all day, you will likely not be healthy at all. Therefore, it’s important to eat sensibly even if you are a vegetarian, and understand that just because you’re avoiding meat, your diet won’t automatically be a healthy one.
One big risk for vegetarians is not getting enough protein. As you probably know, meat is one of the primary sources of protein in most people’s diets. When you take this out of the equation, you must find other ways to get your protein. For vegetarians, this isn’t too difficult, since they can get protein through other animal products like cheese, milk, and yogurt. For vegans, it can be a lot more difficult. One good source of protein is beans and tofu. Also, if you go to Whole Foods or Trade Joes, you will find plenty of meat alternatives that provide a good deal of protein.
Aside from that Vitamin B12 is something else you may be low on if you follow a vegetarian diet. For this reason, you should get yourself a good B12 supplement and take it daily. You can typically get good supplements online at a decent price. Make sure you use discount coupons for your online purchases, as this can often slash the price you pay considerably.
Alternatives to being a vegetarian
Maybe you’ve thought about becoming a vegetarian, but find it too much of a commitment. For those people, there are a couple sensible alternatives worth taking a look at.
One of them is to eat only fish and no other meats. This diet is often called pescetarian, and some people argue that it’s healthier than a vegetarian diet because you will be getting Omega 3 oils, which are almost universally considered a great health benefit. Note that if you eat a lot of fish, you should be mindful of your mercury levels. Use online calculators to ensure you aren’t getting mercury poisoning if you become a pescetarian.
A less extreme option is to simply cut out red meat. This means your protein sources will primarily be turkey, chicken, and fish. Red meat typically has the most cholesterol and most fat, so by cutting it out, you can reduce your fat and cholesterol diet. Although this option does not go as far as the other diets we talked about, you should still see some health benefits by resolving to avoid red meat altogether.
I believe that diet is the most important thing that relates to your health. A healthy diet, as far as I’m concerned is significantly more important than exercise. If you eat healthy and don’t exercise much, you will still be in pretty good health. On the other hand, even if you exercise, if you eat junk all the time, I doubt you will be doing well.
To be sure, there are tons of diets you can follow, each touting its own set of benefits. But why not stick to the tried and tested diets? Vegetarian, Vegan, and Pescetarian diets have been around for years, and their benefits are well-known and well-understood.
Changing your diet takes a lot of commitment and willpower. Chances are, you won’t be able to become a vegan or vegetarian overnight. There is some dispute over whether such a drastic change is even healthy. Thus, I believe the best way to switch your diet is making a transition. Perhaps you can start out by eating vegetarian or vegan diets 3 days a week, then slowly work your way toward eating such a diet every day of the week. This way, your body will slowly adjust to the changes. It’s also easier to make a lifestyle change in increments and ease yourself into it. You’ll be more likely to succeed in switching your diet if you make the transition at a reasonable pace instead of suddenly.
For more information on vegetarian diets, I recommend the video below.