There is a natural remedy for dry eyes. It’s actually easier than you think – and I’m living proof that it works.
Let’s look at the three keys for a natural solution for dry eyes and regaining your confidence and a healthy life.
Avoid Estrogen Dominance….
An 80% whole food, organic diet free of pesticides and chemicals.
While it often seems too simple to finger dietary causes as a suspect in ill health, the truth is it is a big factor.
Due to busy lifestyles, we often eat a little more processed, fast foods and easy meals than we really should. Incorporate more fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds into your diet.
Eat raw where possible; add salads and juices. If organic is a little tough on the hip pocket, no problem. Buy as much or as little as your budget allows; what’s important is the whole-foods part.
Keep it simple, keep it fresh….
Try to nominate 3-5 days of the week to eat fresh, healthy whole-foods.
Give yourself permission to have a day or two off. It’s not a race or an ‘all- or- nothing’ equation. Change happens gradually.
And as your body changes, so too does it start to find balance.
It takes 3 weeks to break a habit….
Include a brief detox program as well for faster results. This is an important step and very worthwhile including.
A detox is like resetting the clock and starting fresh. It puts the brakes on inflammation and helps clear any toxic overload, which gives you a great platform from which to move forward in a healthier, more energised state.
When I was put on this program, in 5-10 days I was literally jumping out of my skin. With any luck, YOU will be too.
Key 2….Well-Balanced Hormones
I doubt you have had many conversations with your doctor about hormone health unless you had specific reason to, right?
What is not commonly known is that studies show that low hormone levels, specifically androgen hormones, lead to meibomian and lacrimal gland deficiencies and chronic dry eyes.
Both of these glands are important as they regulate proper tear film flow and lubrication over the surface of the eye. Without this protective layer, or tear film, the eye becomes dry and irritable and inflammation occurs.
The key androgen for dry eye is testosterone and testosterone helps to regulate the meibomian gland tissue and tear quality according to research.
So How Can I Raise My Androgen Levels?
Great question. As you create a more balanced diet, as discussed in the first key, the next step is to look for ways to balance your hormone profile; namely, between the hormones estrogen and testosterone.
As a natural hormone balancer, maca root powder can be very beneficial in helping create better hormone health and gradually raising androgen levels.
Many naturopaths use maca as a natural remedy for dry eyes with impressive results.
Maca is a small, Peruvian root-vegetable. Check out more information about Maca root here.
Key 3….Maintain Healthy Estrogen Levels
We could almost call this the second part of Key 2 but we will look at this separately all the same.
As part of a balanced hormone profile, excess estrogen can often act as an antagonist to healthy levels of androgens in your body.
It upsets your testosterone levels and over time, if not rectified, leads to a number of different health issues, not least of which is irritable, dry eyes.
What is High Estrogen?
Excess estrogen builds up through high intakes of food products and processed foods containing soy, of which there are many, but also through exposure to xeno-estrogens, which artificially mimic estrogen in the body.
Commonly known xeno-estrogens are, pesticides, petro-chemicals, cosmetics, plastics and more. In a way, environmental pollution and many of these chemicals trick your body into creating more estrogen.
DIM (Diindolylmethane) as a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like Kale, Brussel sprouts and Broccoli is very effective at reducing the load of bad estrogen (xeno-estrogens) in your body, not to mention helping create energy and lose weight!
Weight gain or retention is commonly associated with excess estrogen load…
When you lower the estrogen load to healthy, normal levels, this helps to further balance your overall hormone profile and provide relief for chronic dry eyes.
In essence, what you are looking to do is lower or create better balance between your estrogen and testosterone levels.
Is It Really My Hormones?
Well, our hormones require a delicate balance to be at their best and while fluctuations occur at various times in our lives, a long-term deficiency can tip the scales too far one way and health problems start to surface.
Because hormones perform specific jobs within your body’s tissues, it really is no surprise that eye tissues and glands are also regulated by hormones.
Ultimately, unless your hormones are in balance your eye health can be affected, not to mention a number of other functions of the body we take for granted.
My eye specialist says I have MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction) and Blepharitis. What has this got to do with my hormones?
MGD and Blepharitis stem from a root cause. In other words, they are the end result or symptom, not the underlying issue. Blepharitis and MGD are caused by a series of events.
Poor tear film flow causes the eye surface to become dry and unhealthy….
Localised inflammation then appears in the form of bloodshot eyes and swollen eyelids. Blocked meibomian glands also result in some instances due to the chronic inflammation and poor tear film health. An unfortunate vicious cycle.
Dry eye symptoms occur because the underlying hormone deficiency or imbalance is likely to have been there for some time.
This is the nature of any imbalance: it’s insidious, it sneaks up on you, affecting you in subtle ways that can fly under the radar of even the most competent doctor.
The body is amazingly resilient. However when symptoms start to appear, this is your body telling you it is time to treat the deficiency; it is time to take action.
Many Ophthalmologists were not trained to treat or specialise in dry eyes and related conditions…
Doctors and specialists act with the best intentions and good faith, however they can only work within the limits of their knowledge and training.
Dry eye syndrome and its related issues have grown to almost epidemic proportions and for some time has been poorly understood. Specialists see many more dry eye patients than they once did but can do little more than offer artificial tears and a daily routine to soothe the discomfort.
They are often just as stumped as their patients as to the solution.
To add to this, hormone imbalances are not their speciality.
I’m here to tell you that the three keys can work!
As mentioned, it worked for me and it worked really well. You can have your old life back and feel five years younger into the bargain!
Ok, so we know that poor diet, food allergies and environmental poisons can create a lot of toxicity and imbalance in your body. This is not a good platform to start with. It’s a bit like pouring new oil into a worn out engine. The engine badly needs reconditioning to start with before the new oil can really add any benefit.
Do a spring clean on your diet and eat whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible.
Try a detox…you will be glad you tried it, believe me!
This lays the platform for creating balance and reducing inflamation. Whole, nutritious foods are also fantastic natural anti inflammatories.
Remember, it’s important to address your nutritional deficiencies, while curtailing the inflammation cycle and keeping your hormones in-check and well balanced.
This is where supplements like maca root and DIM help to balance your hormone levels, creating relief for sore, irritable dry eyes and bringing your body back into balance.
As the balance between testosterone and estrogen in your body becomes healthier, this naturally allows for more testosterone to be made available to the meibomian and lacrimal glands: the key glands for the health of your eyes.
The Fire Inside
As we discussed, inflammation has a central part to play in the dry eyes equation. It’s simply your body’s natural reaction to a perceived infection, allergy or irritant.
Supplements for inflammation are a very beneficial when dealing with severe dry eyes.
This may seem obvious to say, but drink plenty of water and get regular exercise. Filtered or bottled water is preferable.
A large amount of anecdotal evidence and reports from dry eye patients confirms that, exercise, be it running, cycling or walking, not only helps you keep a positive frame of mind, but helps provide relief.
Remember….healthy, well balanced hormones and a good diet make for healthy eyes and a natural remedy for dry eyes.
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