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Bate's Method of Eye Health
Did you know there is a natural way to regain your eyesight and retain optimal eye health? Developed by Dr. William H. Bates in 1891, the Bates Method has been used as an alternative form of ophthalmology for over a hundred years. Bate’s alternative therapy to regaining eyesight revolved around the idea that most eye problems were caused by habitual, or recurring strain to the eyes. Rather than rely on glasses, Bate’s encouraged people to try his solution to fixing eyesight. One part that makes up the method is a series of specific eye exercises, which aim to alleviate the strain causing the patient’s eye issues.

Bate's Exercises:
Near-to-far shifting of focus: This exercise will work to promote a balanced use of your eyes, help build flexibility in the eye muscles and increase your mind-eye coordination. The object of the exercise is to look at a photograph while you hold one of your fingers about 10 inches away from your face. Shift focus between your finger and the photograph- this will either cause you to see an illusion of two fingers, or two photographs, depending on what you are focused on at the time.

3 Minute Eye stretches:
Close your eyes and relax all of the parts of your face while maintaining deep and easy breathes. With your eyes closed, stretch your eyes in an up and down motion, repeat this 20 times. Then roll them in both clockwise and counterclockwise motions, repeat this step 20 times as well. Eye stretches are imperative to optimal eye health, they reduce pressure in the eyes and help your eyes relax.

As with everything health related, a healthier diet will help. Cut sugar and unhealthy fats and to add a hearty amount of fruit, nuts and vegetables. Such as in the recipe below!

Vegan Carrot Soup:
1 onion (diced)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
3 carrots (chopped)
2 red peppers (chopped)
1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
salt/pepper to taste
splash of balsamic vinegar for serving (optional)

-In a medium pot, heat 1-2 T of water (or broth) and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until softened.
-Add the carrots, peppers, parsley, vegetable broth and salt/pepper. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium low, and simmer for about 20 minutes*, until the carrots are soft.
-Using an immersion blender, purée the soup until smooth. Alternately, you can carefully transfer the soup to a blender, purée and return to the pot.
Serve hot with a drizzle of balsamic, if using.

The smaller you chop your vegetables, the less time it will take for them to cook through. However, if your vegetables are cut larger, you may need to let them simmer even longer. Check for tenderness at 20 minutes and cook longer if needed.

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10150IU | Vitamin C: 114.7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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