Monday, September 16, 2013

Balancing Hormones for Dry Eye Relief

Hormonal changes and dry eyes

One of the major factor for sudden onset of dry eyes is menopause in women over 50.  Hormone imbalance happens in men also.  

Hormone Receptors found on the Cornea-
The extent your hormones affect your eye health depends on your genetic makeup and lifestyle. However, research studies have linked androgen (testosterone) and estrogen receptors on the cornea  meibomian gland of the eye. There is a correlation between the production of tears and our sex hormones.

Inflammation in Dry Eyes Caused by Hormone Imbalance
The result of dry eyes is inflammation. Inflammation causes the release of substances that  make your eyes red, itchy, and swollen. The onset of dry eyes often coincides with other signs of drying in menopause, like sore joints and dry vaginal tissues. Restoring the body's balance between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone is very important for dry eyes.   Symptoms of dry eye can be a warning sign that your body’s detox capabilities are on overload.

Importance of Omega 3 Fish Oil

The inflammation connection to dry eye is causing growing number of eye doctors prescribing omega-3 supplements or fish oil as a dry eye treatment protocol.  Recent research reported that women with a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduced their risk of dry eye by 20%.

Increase  omega-3 fatty acids( Fish Oil) intake or by eating fish like mackerel, tuna, or wild salmon or certain nuts and seeds benefit the eye and your whole body.  They have been shown to naturally reduce inflammation. Omega 3 Fish Oil also help in the stimulation of tear secretion and increase the oils in that secretion. Additionally, they may moderate excess estrogen production. And all of these benefits get at the root of dry eyes by providing natural lubrication rather than temporary “artificial” relief.

Conventional dry eye treatments and “artificial tears
The most common conventional treatment for dry eye is drops or “artificial tears” that temporarily relieve symptoms by restoring fluid to the eye. Unfortunately, the more drops you use, the drier your eyes become.  It is like washing your eyes under a faucet, washing away all the natural lubricants you produce. 

Using drops is like pouring water into a dry well instead of looking for a new spring — to find permanent relief.  Theralife Can Help- See Below

Nutrition and Restore Hormone Balance fro Dry Eye Relief

Every body is unique so you may need to experiment to find a combination of changes that work for you.  Supplemental essential fatty acids, in addition to a highly nutritious diet, are helpful for women of all ages with dry eyes.

A. Optimize your nutrition. Eat three balanced meals a day, consisting of:
1.   whole foods
2.    daily multivitamin.
3.  Omega 3 fatty acid  - be sure it is free of Mercury and PCB contamination- e.g TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil
4.   Vit E- which helps Omega 3 functionality

B. Balance your hormones.
Endocrine support can help the body generate its natural levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Simple dietary changes, by eating more whole grains and less sugar and processed foods can help control insulin levels and reduce chronic inflammation.

C.  Evaluate your medications. If you are on medication, speak with your doctor about the possibility of it contributing to your dry eyes. There may be alternatives that cause fewer side effects.

D.  Avoid excessive pollution and other irritants. – Quit Smoking

E.  Hydrate and humidify.  6-8 glasses of water or fluids per day. Use Humidifier

F.  Blink!

G.  Practice care with contact lenses.
 Keep lenses very clean, consider wearing them less, or explore lenses designed for dry eyes. Not all drops can be used with contacts, so check the labels. TheraTears makes a product specifically designed for contact wearers with dry eyes.

H.  Get more sleep!

To learn more about menopause dry eyes: click here and  video
TheraLife Eye- Restore Normal Cell Functions to Tear Secretion Glands Intra-cellularly. 

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