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Diet for better focus

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by MHD07, Jan 27, 2008.

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  1. MHD07

    MHD07 TS Member

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    Hello all.

    I find this website extremely resourceful and I have enjoyed reading and being a part of this forum.
    I wanted to know a little bit about what kind of diets you guys have found work for you and improve your focus.
    Thanks in advance..
     
  2. Jim101

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    I tried bud and miller lite and it didn't seem work.



    Jim
     
  3. Shooting Coach

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    As an older shooter, I have studied and can relate to wanting to keep good vision.

    Living a healthy, simple lifestyle will help. Protect your eyes in bright sunlight by using a wide brimmed hat and UV filtering glasses.

    Smoking nearly doubles the risk for vision loss. Light alcohol use, which is no more than one glass of wine daily or equivilent, may help vision. Heavy alcohol use is very damaging to vision and causes a host of problems. Drug use, which damages the liver, causes vision loss.

    Eat whole foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Consuming a lot of sugar, of which cold drinks are the worst offender, can cause a host of health AND vision problems, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

    Anti oxidants help keep vision, as does yoga, or most any mechanism for stress relief that works for you.

    Mothers who drink during pregnancy may be causing long term vision damage to their children.

    Eating fish helps keep vision. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and blocked arteries may contribute to the development of age related vision loss.

    Playing video games an hour a day over the course of a month may improve vision up to 20%. If you work with a computer, take breaks during the day.

    Diabetes, which causes small clots that form in the retina, may be aleviated by use of ginko biloba. Check with your doctor if also taking a regimen of aspirin. Ginko reduces the tendency for clotting in small blood vessels.

    Obviously, a lifestyle that minimizes the occurrance of diabetes, which includes a healthy lifestyle and limiting your body fat is desirable for many reasons.

    With this said, some folks are genetically predisposed to eye problems such as near or far sightedness. Macular degeneration may be caused in part by a reduction of blood flow to the eyes, causing cascading effects resulting in degeneration of the part of the eys that converts light into nerve impulses which the brain can interpret.

    Impaired near range vision may cause mental decline in older folks, possibly due to lack of stimulation, like crossword puzzles and reading.

    Eye exercises, such as rolling your eyes around, will not improve your vision.
     
  4. phirel

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    Shooting Coach- Many of your suggestions will help the cardio vascular system and consequently protect the vision one currently has. I am puzzled about the "video game" suggestion. Will this improve vision or improve hand-eye coordination?

    Also, could you expand on how eating fresh fish will improve vision. I would make a distinction between prevention vision acuity loss and improving vision.

    Pat Ireland
     
  5. Capt. Morgan

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    Pat, My eye doctor is big on the use of video games to improve what she calls the "usable interpretation of peripheral vision". In other words, they help train the brain to be able to better interpret and use the images the peripheral vision picks up. This makes the area of useful vision larger.

    Morgan
     
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    I try to stay well hydrated, water, water and more water, all the time especially the day before and the day of a registered event. I eat nothing for at least one hour before an event. I have found that if I do eat just before an event that my vision is no where near as acute. Probably due to increased blood sugar brought on by digestion. YMMV

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer
     
  7. JBrooks

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    First Rule of vision and diet. Don't eat everything you see.
     
  8. shot410ga

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    Cigars, Scotch on the rocks, Bud, Red Meat (lots), Pasta. All you have to do is look around a Trap Club, and you'll be able to tell what people eat.
     
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    I'd hate to see much better Big Leo could shoot if he followed any of these suggestions!!
     
  10. Shooting Coach

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    Dear Pat

    A lot of these things are to help us keep what we have. Some of these things improve circulation in small capillaries, which the eye has many of. Also, anything which improves brain and nerve function will improve what we see.

    As you know, the eyes convert light waves into nerve impulses which the brain interprets. It takes up to ONE THIRD of our brain to process visual data. Stimulating the brain and nerve receptors to improve function will make your brain more efficient at processing data of any kind.

    It seems the way to ocular health is to keep the vascular system and capillaries supple and unrestricted so they may supply nutrients used and remove waste produced by the eyes. The only organ that requires more oxygen than the eyes is the brain.

    Living a lifestyle that provides proper nutrients, removes waste, and keeps the body at a level which does not inhibit this is cardinal to a long and healthy life.
     
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    Bofus ! ? LOL
     
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    A healthy diet with plenty of beer obviously contributes to longevity. I know it certainly encourages waste removal!!
     
  13. phirel

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    Shooting Coach- I have to pick on one small segment of your reply. You stated that the only organ that requires more oxygen than the eye is the brain. This is incorrect. In fact, the majority of the eye does not even get a direct blood supply. There are blood vessels in the sclera (white part) of the eye which branch to the ciliary muscles and then other vessels serving the retina. The remainder of the eye receives no oxygen directly from the blood. Overall, metabolism in the eye (oxygen requirement) is very low.

    The small retina is primarily nerve tissue that does have a high metabolic rate but this tissue accounts for a minor, but very important, part of the eye. Unrestricted blood flow to the retina is critical. Unlike all other tissues in our bodies, nerve tissue cannot survive hypoxia and in general, nerve tissue has very limited ability to regenerate.

    Pat Ireland
     
  14. Shooting Coach

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    Dear Pat

    The info I researched about eyesight is from several accredited specialists in the field.

    Their info could have meant pound for pound. It was not mentioned.

    Fact is, only about 10% of vision occurs in the eye. The other 90% is processed in the brain. Considering the monumental amount of brain function it takes to process vision, (1/3!) there is a lot of stuff in there.

    My uncorrected sight is 20/200. I have not been told it could have been prevented. I would not want anyone to see what I (don't) see without glasses.

    I cannot read a traffic sign from 50 feet without my glasses. Sometimes I wonder how I EVER run a box, let alone have good scores. ;^)
     
  15. mercedesman1981

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    Pat,

    Picking up your first question regarding fish, cold water fresh fish like salmon and halibut are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which do wonders for us. I try to eat salmon 3 times a week and supplement with fish oil capsules for these high anti-oxident compounds. Besides that, for me fish is easier to digest.

    Mike
     
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