is lasik surgery something for you to consider?

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is lasik surgery something for you to consider?

Are you tired of fighting with your contact lenses each morning or struggling to find your glasses in the middle of the night so you can see what time it is? Have you ever considered getting lasik eye surgery to eliminate the need for your glasses and contact lenses? I put off getting the procedure completed for several years, but after having it done, my only regret is waiting so long to do it. If I was to add up how much it cost me to replace my glasses and contacts over the years, the cost of having the surgery performed was nothing. I have done my best to include any information that anyone considering getting lasik surgery needs to make an educated decision.


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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Great For Skin Health

You've probably heard of omega-3 fatty acids; they are heart healthy and can help protect against strokes and heart attacks. What you may not know is that they're also great for your skin! Here's a closer look at these nutrients and how they can help you get the lovely skin you've always wanted.

What benefits do omega-3s offer for your skin?

Softer, more supple skin. These fatty acids help preserve your skin's suppleness and elasticity. If you have trouble with dry skin, increasing your intake of omega-3s might help. They might also help with eczema, which is often characterized by a dry, flaky rash.

Less inflammation: So many skin conditions, from acne to rosacea, involve inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the body's inflammatory response, so eating more of them may help reduce the number of blemishes you experience. If you have a diagnosed condition, like psoriasis or rosacea, eating more omega-3s may help rid you of those last lingering symptoms that prescription medications and washes don't seem to get rid of.

How many milligrams of omega-3s should you eat?

There's no official daily allowance for omega-3 fatty acids. However, several organizations recommend between 250 and 500 mg of omega-3s per day for mature adults. The FDA has stated that doses of up to 2,000 mg per day are safe. Eating too many omega-3s can lead to thin blood, which puts you at risk for excessive bleeding. A good approach would be to start by aiming for 500 mg per day, and up your dose a little at a time if you're not seeing the skin improvement you desire, being careful not to consume more than 2,000 mg per day. Note that this is a recommended average; if you eat 3,000 mg one day but 0 the next, your average intake is only 1500 mg – which is within the safe limits.

What are some good sources of omega-3s?

While the easiest way to ensure you get enough of these fatty acids is to take a fish oil supplement, you can also improve your intake by just including more omega-3-rich foods in your diet. Here are some of your best options:

  • Oysters: 565 mg per serving (6 – 7 oysters)
  • Flaxseeds: 2338 mg per serving (1 tablespoon)
  • Chia seeds: 4915 mg per serving (2 tablespoons)
  • Walnuts: 2542 mg per serving (about 7 walnuts)

As you can see, these foods are very high in omega-3 fatty acids. You don't even have to eat a serving every day in order to meet your needs. A handful of walnuts a few times per week or a tablespoon of flaxseed in your smoothie every other day is sufficient.

To learn more about the best nutrition for your skin, talk to a dermatologist like Henry D. McKinney M.D.