The Five Senses

People often ask, "Which would you rather lose, your vision or your hearing?" It's always a hard question, because of course we can't imagine living without either. Unfortunately, millions of people every year are born without or lose one of their senses. Our ability as human beings to adapt is remarkable. Losing one's hearing or vision does not mean life is over. On the contrary, when one loses one sense the other senses often become heightened.

Your mother was right when she said carrots were good for your eyes. Carrots contain beta carotene. The body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A, one of the most important vitamins for eye health. Of course, most people get plenty of beta-carotene from a variety of sources, but in underdeveloped countries Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindess. The moral? Include a healthy ration of foods containing beta-carotene in your diet, but remember that eating extra beta-carotene won't allow you to throw away your prescription!

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