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Health and Wellbeing
Helen Elscot ND is a qualified
medical herbalist, naturopath and
nutritionist and a member of the
New Zealand Association of Medical
She runs Herbal Health Waiheke in
Oneroa and is the health columnist for
the Gulf News.
Are you seeing spots? It could be
due to ‘floaters’ – degenerative deposits of protein or cell debris
trapped in the eye’s vitreous humour, or clear gel, which is normal-
As we age, floaters can become visible because of the shadows
the cast on the retina. They may appear as spots, threads or frag-
ments of cobwebs, which float slowly before the observer ’s eyes.
Good eye health requires antioxidant nutrients such as zinc,
vitamin C, vitamin E or beta carotene. A healthy and varied diet
including nuts and seeds, eggs and oysters that will boost your
Fresh fruit such as berries, citrus and tomatoes, along with
green leafy vegetables, can increase vitamin C in the body and,
of course, carrots are known for their ability to enhance vision as
they are packed with beta carotene, which helps protect the lenses
in our eyes.
Another cause of disturbed vision is glaucoma. This occurs
when the pressure inside the eye is higher than normal.
The herb ginkgo is best known as a treatment of Alzheimers
disease and can improve poor memory or act as an antioxidant.
Now, two studies have shown that ginkgo can also be helpful in
cases of glaucoma.
Although ginkgo’s mode of action in treating glaucoma is not
fully understood, it is thought that it helps boost blood flow and
circulation to the optic nerve, which can sometimes be affected by
the intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma.
In all cases of poor vision and eye health, bilberry acts as a
powerful antioxidant, helping tired eyes, boosting vision and
protecting the tiny veins in the eye.
Bilberry is a close cousin to the blueberry, famed for its heal-
ing qualities. During World War II the story of pilots consuming
bilberry jam to sharpen their vision for night missions added popu-
larity to science.
A 2005 Russian scientific study provided preliminary evidence
that taking bilberry as a herbal medicine may inhibit and also
reverse vision deterioration. As a deep purple fruit, bilberries
contain anthocyanin pigments, which give them their antioxidant
Ours eyes convey the truth of how we feel: vibrant, full of life
and vital or tired, hungover and stressed. They are our windows to
the outside world and a reflector of our inner health.
Sarah Gloyer, owner of Synergy Studio
in Oneroa, is a qualified personal trainer
and Pilates instructor with more than
25 years experience. She has a degree
in Human Performance and a diploma
in Sport and Recreation Development.
Vision for results
At 5am on 28 October a group of about
20 islanders will be loading into a water
taxi at Matiatia. There will most likely be a strong smell of ‘heat’
rub massaged into muscles in preparation for a 21.1 or 42.2 km
run. Some will have eaten, others will be munching down their
mobile pre-race breakfast of choice. If the sky is clear, the moon
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will beam across our bow as we head in stealth toward Devonport.
There will be lots of banter, mostly talk of how the last couple
weeks of training and preparation went, and how that will affect
our results today. Our ages, sizes and ablilities will vary greatly;
some will be first timers, others veterans of many such events.
Some will be going ‘just to finish’, others to achieve a personal
best or even get a top 10 placing in their age group. It won’t
matter; we will all be able to say we are runners.
Every year as we head over, the thought goes through my
mind, why am I leaving the magic and beauty of running on
Waiheke and going over to the city to pay to run with thousands
of others? There are lots of reasons. The preparation and training
time for these events is a big part of the motivation. We all have
our own reasons to start training for an event; improved fitness,
health factors, weight loss, self-challenge, improved self-esteem
or even a work challenge. Once we get training and start to see
results, enjoy the social factor, and even learning to love running
it is not hard to continue as long as we know where we are going.
Having an event is perfect; it means there is a very specific date
to which we are putting in the effort. Events give us a vision;
they are real and once we have proclaimed we are participating
the support we get from interested friends, family and co-workers
can keep us going.
If you have tried embarking on a fitness programme before
and failed, maybe signing up for an event will give you the frame-
work you need to succeed. The event could be anything; a run, a
walk, a bike ride, a swimming event or a triathalon.
We could use ‘SMART’ goal setting to help get us and keep us
S = Specific; what is the event?
M = Measurable; what can I measure, or have a fitness profes-
sional measure before, during and after my training season to
make sure I am doing the correct things to reach the goal?
A = Achievable or attainable; is this goal or event achievable
R = Realistic; if it is achievable is it also realistic. Am I will-
ing and able to spend the time, effort and money to do the
T = Time-based: when is the event?
If you have ever thought about participating in a event and doubt-
ed you could do it, chances are you could, the questions may be
would you do the things your vision requires to get there?
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