Posts Written On September 20, 2020

Digital Overuse Could Be Culprit of Headaches and Eye Strain from Virtual Learning

From e-learning to remote working throughout the pandemic and now with virtual back-to-school, screen time is once again skyrocketing. Digital screens emit high-energy blue light which can negatively impact long-term eye health. Constant near focus on digital screens causes the eyes to become overworked leading to headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, eye strain, and eye fatigue.

According to The Washington Post, “Headaches, anxiety and exhaustion caused by never-ending video meetings are no longer exclusively for adults trying to work from home during the pandemic. Some schools have started the fall semester with remote-learning setups that mimic what a full day of school was like before the coronavirus crisis.”

Viteyes®, a leading global eye health company, offers Viteyes Blue Light Defender Supplements which are formulated with Lutein & Zeaxanthin, the only natural defenses our eyes have against harmful blue light. In addition, Viteyes® Blue Light Defender Plus contains Astareal® Astaxanthin to help relieve overworked tired and strained eyes. These formulas can be taken from ages 12 through adults and are available as capsules and delicious blueberry gummies.

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Viteyes® Blue Light Defender™ Gummies and Viteyes® Blue Light Defender™ + (capsules) contain 20 mg of Lutein and 4 mg of Zeaxanthin, the key eye nutrients that help absorb blue light before it reaches the macula. Viteyes® Blue Light Defender™ + also contains Astareal® Astaxanthin, Bilberry, and Vitamin C and is free from common allergens. Viteyes® Blue Light Defender™ Gummies also contain Bilberry, are free from common allergens, Kosher-certified, pectin-based, and vegan.

Dr. Karen Hecht explains why blue light is so harmful to the eyes: https://youtu.be/yFkksnY1kVI

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Reduce Sugars and Calories During Your Family Barbecue Feast

Many people list the Fourth of July as one of  their favorite holidays, not only because it’s an American holiday that commemorates the day the United States came into existence, but also because it usually includes grilling and eating wonderful foods in the great outdoors. Quarantine makes us to be at home a lot, a family style barbecue feast doesn’t need to be only in Fourth of July. It can be literally for every weekend. But during our joyful family barbecue time, it’s easy to consume more food … and more calories … than intended.

To help reduce some of the sugar and calories in your barbecue feast, and all your other family dining, SweetLeaf offers a delicious Broccoli Slaw as a side dish that everyone will love and that will be a part of meals all year long.

BROCCOLI SLAW

This easy-to-make and tasty slaw serves 6, and by replacing sugar with SweetLeaf you can save over 64 calories per serving.

Ingredients 

  • 10 drops SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia SteviaClear® Sweet Drops®

  • 1  12-16 oz. bag shredded broccoli slaw, or 1 large bunch broccoli

  • 1/4 cup low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt

  • 1/8 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

  • 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar

  • 1  8 oz. can low-sodium, sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 cup medium red onion, finely diced

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions 

  • If using whole broccoli, trim about 3-inches off the stems. Chop the rest into 1/4-inch pieces.
  • Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, SteviaClear® Sweet Drops, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add water chestnuts, onion, and broccoli; toss to coat. Chill until serving time.

(Carbs: 7 grams; Sugars: 2 grams; Calories: 53 per serving)

Don’t forget to make “Barbecue style” drinks to pair with your amazing meals!

This cocktail skips the added sugar and lets you enjoy a traditional Cuban highball with a fruity twist.

BLUEBERRY MOJITOS

Ingredients

 

Directions

  • Cut two limes in half and squeeze the juice of each lime into two separate glasses.
  • Slice the third lime into thinly sliced wheels and set aside. Add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 10 mint leaves, 1 large squeeze of Water Drops, and 1 oz. rum to each glass.
  • Take a muddler and muddle the ingredients until the blueberries are fully squished. Top with 1/2 cup ice per glass and then pour in the soda water mixture. Garnish with sliced limes and an extra sprig of mint.

Using plant-based SweetLeaf instead of sugar in foods, beverages, and recipes, is a delightfully delicious way to reduce sugar, calories, and carbs in just about everything! Substituting any SweetLeaf product for sugar couldn’t be easier if you use the interactive, online Conversion Calculator, or the printable Conversion Chart.

SweetLeaf products are available online at Shop.SweetLeaf.com, or at your favorite health food stores, natural groceries,  supermarkets, and online retailers.

About WISDOM NATURAL BRANDS®, maker of SweetLeaf Sweeteners

Wisdom Natural Brands®, based in Gilbert, Ariz., has been the leading stevia expert and industry pioneer with its plant-based SweetLeaf® Sweeteners brand for 38 years. SweetLeaf is the only stevia brand winning 36 awards for taste and innovation.

weetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is a 1:1 sugar replacement and available in granular, squeezable, and liquid drops, totalling 18 products. SweetLeaf Sweeteners have zero calories, no sugars, a non-glycemic response, and no artificial ingredients. SweetLeaf Stevia is sold in boxes containing 35 or 70 packets and shaker jars (organic or natural) for easy home use. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® add flavor without calories, no sugars, or artificial sweeteners to foods, beverages, and recipes. Organic Sweet Drops are available in three popular flavors: English Toffee, Vanilla Crème, and SteviaClear®. SweetLeaf Stevia Water Drops® add delicious flavor to still or sparkling water.

New Better than Sugar!® powdered and granular, natural and organic, is a sugar replacement measuring cup-for-cup like sugar—without any of the calories or carbs and no sugar.

SweetLeaf Sugar-Free Stevia Syrup, in three popular flavors, brings the incredible sweetness of stevia and monk fruit, with only 70 calories per serving. Wisdom introduced herbal blends made from Yerba Maté through its Wisdom of the Ancients® brand, one of the most respected herbal lines in the natural industry. Wisdom of the Ancients herbal blends are available in bags and loose leaves and come in a variety of beneficial flavors. And new no-sugar, zero-calorie Yerba Maté Energy Shots, available in regular and orange flavors, provide energy with 200 nutrients and 100% naturally occurring caffeine.

SweetLeaf Sweeteners and Wisdom of the Ancients’ products are available at: Shop.SweetLeaf.com, health food stores, natural groceries, supermarkets, and online retailers.

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Signs you’re taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel

For some, driving is something that we do almost automatically. We get in, do the necessary checks, signal and then pull away. We’re familiar with the roads, the local speed limits and how to get to where we’re going. It’s all part of the process.

But are you one of those drivers who could be taking unnecessary risks? You might not even realize you’re doing it. When we have plenty of driving experience, some drivers tend to relax a little too much behind the wheel and could potentially be putting themselves and others at risk of a car accident – if you’ve been in a car crash caused by a dangerous driver, you can find a Fort Worth car accident lawyer by clicking this link. 

So, what makes you a driver that takes unnecessary risks? Read on to find out.

Using your phone behind the wheel

Just skipping a song on your playlist, checking a notification or trying to reply to an IM on your smartphone whilst behind the wheel is classed as an unnecessary risk. If you’re using your phone, you’re not paying attention to the road ahead and you’re putting yourself and others in danger. You may only be glancing down for a second, but that’s a whole second with your hand off the wheel and within that second conditions on the road can change.

You’re not looking after your vehicle

When was the last time you checked your oil levels? Or pumped up your tires? General wear and tear will take it’s toll your vehicle and failing to keep your car properly maintained is pretty irresponsible and dangerous. If your brakes aren’t working correctly, then how will you stop in time when the traffic you’re following suddenly comes to a standstill? Or if your headlights aren’t working and visibility is suddenly decreased, you’re taking more unnecessary risks behind the wheel. 

Learn the basics of keeping your vehicle maintained and do some basic checks before you set off anywhere. That way there’ll be no nasty surprises on the road.

You break the speed limit

When we picture someone breaking the speed limit, it’s easy to imagine a high-speed chase and someone traveling at over 100mph. In truth, even the most serious accidents and devastating injuries can occur when one risk-taker is traveling slightly over the speed limit. A reduced stopping distance, a lack of control on the vehicle, failing to take the weather conditions into consideration and less time to react are all lethal consequences of breaking the speed limit. 

You tailgate

Tailgating isn’t always a form of aggression, if the driver behind you is too close to your fender then you’re likely to move closer to the car in front. Whatever the circumstances, tailgating is still considered an unnecessary driving risk and you’re more likely to damage the car ahead if they suddenly brake.

Finally, aggressive driving

Blasting the horn, rude hand gestures and choice words. Just some of the ways we express our frustrations on the road. Unfortunately, engaging in aggressive acts like these is another unnecessary driving risk. Frustrated and angry drivers are more likely to be distracted and make mistakes behind the wheel if they’re irritated. Try to keep calm behind the wheel and never engage with an aggressive driver. 

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