Vitamins For Eye Health

Eye care is one of those things that oftentimes gets overlooked until you find yourself in need of glasses, eyewear, etc.  To learn more about eye health, visit irving optometrist.  However, there are some vitamins that can help you take better care of your eyes, including:

1. Beta-Carotene is an antioxidant that will protect your eyes from being damaged by free radicals, help prevent night blindness from developing and protects you from developing dry eye syndrome. Such supplementation should be avoided by smokers because of the link to lung cancer. While you probably know it can be found in carrots, you should know that it can also be found in sweet potatoes and kale.

2. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are 2 more antioxidants. These help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration (a leading cause of vision loss in those over the age of 60). These nutrients are found in yellow peppers, chard, broccoli and mangoes.

3. Selenium helps to decrease the risk of macular degeneration. Good sources of this mineral include shrimp, crab, brown rice and Brazil nuts.

4. Vitamin A is vital to eye health, especially your retina. This vitamin also plays a key role in preventing cataracts from developing and can be found in beef liver. If that’s not a favorite of yours, try some eggs and milk.

5. Vitamin C helps to keep macular degeneration from rapidly progressing. It also keeps glaucoma at bay. This vitamin is found in strawberries, kale, oranges and cantaloupe.

6. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your eyes from being damaged. It is similar to vitamin C in that it will also help to slow down the progress of macular degeneration. Some great sources of this vitamin are almonds and sunflower seeds.

7. Zinc helps to decrease the risk of developing night blindness and macular degeneration. It can be found in dark turkey meat, oysters and beef.


This entry was posted on May 28, 2014.

Removing Stains From Carpet

A carpet can be the defining feature of a room or space. The colour can blend seamlessly with its surrounds, or contrast sharply for effect. However, only a well maintained carpet can produce the effect the owner desires. Should a carpet become dirty or stained, it will not only lose its visual effect, but also become a blemish on the room it occupies.

There are a number of commercial products on the market for removing stains from carpets. However, these products can be expensive, and often produce the same effect as if a ‘do it yourself’ home solution was used. For a simple, inexpensive way to remove stains from your carpet, follow these steps:

1. Mix together a solution of three parts nail polish remover with one part water. If your carpet is made of acetate fiber, use a solution of one cup of water mixed with two tablespoons of ammonia.

2. Use a dry cloth to ‘sponge’ off any excess fluid that may have built up in your carpet fibers as a result of the spill that led to the stain being produced. Do not scrub the stain, as this can cause damage to the fibers of the carpet, as well as spreading the stain.

3. Dampen a paper towel with your homemade cleaning solution, and proceed to blot the stain, starting from the edges. Again, do not scrub the stain, as this can cause damage to your carpeting and cause the stain to spread.

4. Allow the solution to soak in for a few minutes, then use another paper towel, dampened with tap water, to soak up the solution and remove any stains that may remain.

5. Once the affected area has dried, vacuum it to remove any excess material that may have built up in your carpet fibers. You may also like to use a hair dryer to dry the affected area if you cannot wait for it to dry normally.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to remove the toughest of stains using a homemade cleaning solution. Occasionally, a professional carpet cleaner or steam cleaner may need to be consulted to remove a stain. If you decide to use a professional to remove a stain, consider having the rest of your carpet cleaned at the same time to ensure that you get the most out of their visit, as they can be expensive. It could be time for new carpet, and that’s when you should contact carpet spring.  It is incredible how much dirt and grime can build up in carpet over time, and a visit from a professional cleaner will be much-needed relief for your carpet’s fibers!

This entry was posted on May 6, 2014.

How to Diagnose Problems with Your Freezer

Freezers are one of those appliances that we have a “set it and forget it” mentality about. It’s pretty rare a freezer has issues, but, when it does, panic starts to set in, as fridges and freezers are not cheap items to replace. Here’s a list of common freezer issues and how to tackle them:

1. My freezer won’t get cold enough

The evaporator coils may be frozen over. Empty out the fridge and the freezer, shut it off, and leave the doors open for 24 hours. Lay out towels around everything as all that ice is going to melt all over the floor. If that solves the problem, it was the evaporator coils.

2. My freezer is making weird noises

Make sure your fridge / freezer is level and either adjust the legs or use a shim to level it. If you open the door and hear a squeaking sound, it could be the evaporator fan. If the sound is coming from the bottom or behind the unit, it could be the compressor fan or condenser fan.  Try cleaning the blades as a lot of dust and buildup can create these types of noises. If you hear a clicking or buzzing sound, it’s probably the compressor. Consult a professional in these cases. Such as appliance repair houston for a replacement.

3. My freezer seems to be running all the time'Next time, eat your chili outside!'

The most obvious answer is to turn down the dial. It’s very rare a freezer needs to be on the highest setting but it should be at around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, check the door and make sure it’s closing properly and sealed.

This entry was posted on March 11, 2014.