7 Things That Can Change Your Eye Color

No matter whether you have brown or blue eyes, you’ve probably been wondering how you’d look with green eyes, for example. But very few of us know that there are a number of factors including food and emotions that can change the color of our irises. We will tell you the most interesting facts and show examples how eye color can change appearance using celebrity examples.

Bright Side put together some interesting facts about how and why a person can change the color of their eyes.

1. How mood can affect eye color

Bright emotions are a certain shock to our body. When we experience severe rage or bright joy the frequency of our heart beat changes, our breathing speeds up, and it becomes harder to breathe, but the color of your irises also changes. It can become more intense, sometimes darker, and sometimes lighter.

It seems the most vivid color can be found in people who experience moments of happiness.

2. Melanin and age

If a baby was born with greyish blue eyes you might be surprised later. The secret of blue eyes, which is also called “the sky effect,” is in the low content of melanin in irises that disperses light and reveals an even brighter, blue-like color. The eye color of many babies at the age of 3-18 months can become darker if the quantity of melanocytes in their irises becomes bigger. For example, people who live in mountainous regions are often born with blue eyes that transform into hazel eyes later but it mostly depends on their parents’ eye color. Sometimes, the final eye color isn’t established until the age of 12.

But babies who are born with brown eyes experience no changes and they maintain that eye color for the rest of their lives. Due to a high content of melanin, the outer layer of the iris absorbs and reflects light which results in the brown color. By the way, even though dark-eyed people suffer from eye diseases less often, they should still wear sunglasses. In accordance with research conducted in the Czech Republic, brown-eyed people are usually perceived as more reliable, while light-eyed women have less problems with negativity and depression.

By the way, the latest research has proven that there are 16 genes that affect eye color, that’s why it’s difficult to predict the color before birth.

3. Raw food diet and detoxing

There is a theory in alternative medicine that the color of the irises and the health of internal organs are connected. This direction in medicine is called iridology but since it doesn’t have a sufficient evidence base, it is considered pseudoscientific. But Dr. Robert Morse, a health expert who’s had a quarter of a million patients, believes that the outer quadrant of the eye is connected with the health of the brain while the inner circle is connected with the digestive system. He says that plenty of fruits and vegetable in your diet can change the color of your eyes and he even created a series of videos dedicated to his research.

The photos above show a girl who has been eating raw vegan for 6 years. You can see how her diet has changed the color of her eyes. According to Dr. Morse, the high concentration of yellow hues signifies a large number of toxins. She managed to improve the work of her digestive system and monitored how the color of her eyes changed from green-brown to a lighter and more intense green, she also managed to change the white part of her eyes to be more clear and bright white. Apart from that, Dr. Morse says that every person’s pigment is unique and requires an individual analysis. He believes that spinach helps to keep eyes youthful and bright, honey can add warm hues, and seafood can make the color more intense. The other foods that can affect the color of eyes are olive oil, onions, and nuts.

4. Make-up and clothes can change your eye color.

Women have magical tools that they can use to change their eye color and make it more intense. Their magic wands are make-up, clothing, hair color, and accessories. For example, ladies with brown eyes can use outfits that are gold, pink, and bright green to make their irises lighter.

While blue-eyed and green-eyed beauties can reinforce the intensity of their eye color with the use of turquoise, emerald, and blue. Neutrals like white, gray, and black colors can help to underline your natural eye color. By the way, if you wear glasses, ask your specialist to make your glasses with an AR-coating which neutralizes glare and allows everyone to see your eye color clearly.

5. Sunlight and place of residence

Brown eyes are the most common color on Earth, 70% of the planet population has them, and you can find them on all continents from Australia to North America. In certain regions, the percentage of brown-eyed people reaches 95%, like in Asia, the Middle East, South America, South Europe, and Oceania. In the USA, 50% of population has brown eyes.

Blue-eyed people are more common in northern Europe: Estonia, Denmark, Finland — 85%, Germany — 75%, and the UK — 50%. Sometimes, this eye color can be found among people in the Middle East. By the way, genetics researchers from the University of Copenhagen discovered that blue irises are the result of a mutation that took place around 6-10 thousand years ago. Dr. Eiberg mentioned that initially everyone had brown eyes but a mutation decreased the production of melanin. Scientists suggest that it happened first in areas to the northwest of the Black Sea.

Only 2% of the planet population has green eyes. This hue formed due to the moderate content of melanin and combination of yellow-brown pigments. Green eyes are most common in Spain, Ireland, Russia, Brazil, Iceland, and Pakistan. The rarest eye color is yellow which is the result of eyes that have a lipochrome pigment.

6. Laser lightening of eye color

Operations like this used to be very risky and could even result in blindness, which is exactly what happened to this Argentinian instagrammer. But in 2011, Dr. Gregg Homer invented a laser surgery that can change eye color. With the help of a laser, melanin cells are destroyed making irises become lighter. This means that people with brown eyes can become blue-eyed or gray-eyed.

The procedure lasts for only 20 seconds, and the final result becomes visible in 2-4 weeks. Dr. Gregg Homer got this idea from a fellow dermatologist who removes birthmarks and moles with laser. The research showed that this operation doesn’t affect vision but in order to study all side effects, more time is needed. Homer even said, “You can undertake this procedure without worries as soon as I allow my daughter to do it.

7. People with chameleon eye color

Some people have eyes that can change color. Even though this phenomenon hasn’t been studied in-depth yet, all scientists still agree that this is not a disease, but a unique particularity which only a few people have. Usually people with green-blue or hazel eyes have chameleon eye color. Medical doctors haven’t found any problems with vision among these people, and this “gift” can’t be inherited either.

According to research, a consistent change of eye color is connected with processes in the nervous and endocrine systems and the quantity of melanin. Chameleon eyes react to stress, romantic feelings, and weariness, their change can also be connected with the environment and climate change. Psychologists say that these people are sometimes unpredictable and mischievous.

Bonus: How would celebrities look with different eye color?

Julia Roberts

Angelina Jolie

Monica Bellucci

Chris Evans

Megan Fox

Zac Efron

Amanda Seyfried

Would you like to change your eye color? Tell us in the comments below.

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7 Things Worth Learning About Taking Antibiotics

Doctors recommend taking antibiotics in extreme cases. Traditional medicine recommends switching to natural analogs. But can those analogs replace Western medicine? What side effects do patients encounter most often? Do bacteria strengthen one’s immunity to natural medicines? When should one refuse to take antibiotics?

Here at Bright Side, we found the answers to questions people ask doctors most often; perhaps nature has a medically approved way of helping us.

Are antibiotics “chemistry”?

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, one of the first antibiotics, by accident when he found mold in test-tubes. First antibiotics were formed from fungi, and later scientists started to use bacteria. Later, science managed to create synthetic drugs. They work better than antibiotics of natural origin — it’s more difficult for germ-causing agents to create a protection mechanism against them. Their correct name is antibacterial drugs.

All antibiotics consist of chemical compounds no matter if they were created in a laboratory or naturally. The danger lies in something different: if the germ-causing agent develops protection against strong antibiotics, we will no longer be able to destroy it with medicine. And that’s when a person can only rely on their own immune system to combat an illness.

It’s almost impossible to get antibiotics in home conditions without special knowledge and equipment.

That’s how the preparation of penicillin looked in 1943.

Typical mold like the kind you can occasionally see on bread doesn’t produce antibiotics. Fleming himself had to spend 10 years making the different kind of penicillin that was “long-lasting” and suitable for medicinal purposes.

Doctors realized that many people developed an allergy to antibiotics when using it repeatedly, especially to drugs from the same group of penicillins.

Turns out, that if an adult person cures themselves with antibiotics often, their kids can get an allergy and build a resistance to these drugs. The only way of treating such people with antibiotics is by desensitization or by taking the medicine gradually, increasing the dose of the drug.

Nowadays, doctors try to prevent their patients from such reactions by strengthening the immune system so that the body can fight the pathogens in the situations where it’s possible to do so without antibiotics. For example, if you have a regular cold, your body can fight it on its own.

When are antibiotics useless?

When having any viral diseases including:

  • colds
  • the flu
  • a sore throat (except angina);
  • a runny nose (if it isn’t caused by a bacterial infection)

When you shouldn’t refuse taking antibiotics:

Acute forms of bacterial infections causing a running temperature and other factors that can seriously threaten the health and life of a patient:

  • lung inflammation (pneumonia)
  • intestinal infections (abdominal typhus, dysentery, salmonellosis etc.)
  • bacterial diseases of the nasopharynx (sinusitis, otitis, tonsillitis, rhinopharyngitis etc.)
  • urinary tract infections (acute cystitis, pyelonephritis etc.)
  • sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, chlamydia etc.)

Is it dangerous to eat the meat of animals that were treated with antibiotics?

Yes, if it has not gone through heat treatment. Scientists are rightly feeling cautious with bacteria that have developed resistance due to contact with antibiotics. The fewer the contacts, the higher are the risks of mutations and the appearance of super bacteria that doctors can’t cope with. It’s dangerous to eat steak (unless they’re well-done), raw fish, raw eggs or drink unpasteurized milk.

Getting into the environment through excrement, the same bacteria penetrate into the soil and sources of water; which is why vegetables and fruit should be washed thoroughly. Farmers shouldn’t refuse antibiotics in animal husbandry but they should be used only as drugs, not for prophylaxis or stimulation of growth.

Onion, garlic, and ginger are called natural antibiotics. Do they really work?

There are plants and natural products that contain ingredients that can actively resist viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. People have been using them for thousands of years to strengthen their immune system or to fight a disease.

It’s wrong to call them natural antibiotics — they work differently and can’t replace antibiotics fully. When treated without the supervision of a doctor, they can cause serious damage to one’s health. In China, folk medicine consists of herbs; that’s why there are many people that get reanimated with poisoning.

It’s dangerous to supplement the course of treatment with herbal medicines. For example, if a woman drinks medicine containing St. John’s wort together with oral contraceptives, she can get pregnant (if no other methods of protection are used). You can learn how medicine treats natural drugs on this site.

Riddle: Does cheese with mold contain an antibiotic?

The answer: no. Other types of fungi are used for the production of cheese but eating cheese with mold in small doses from time to time is good for the gastrointestinal tract. The stories that we hear about workers who produce gorgonzola that never get sick are a myth.

What natural remedies do doctors recommend?

  • Honey is applied to an injured area consisting of small burns and wounds.

It contains hydrogen peroxide and has a low pH level. It’s better to use tea tree oil — it contains a strong antimicrobial agent called methylglyoxal.

  • Activated charcoal is taken internally to prevent a hangover and to improve digestion.

It works as a sorbent, removes toxins, and has an antidiarrheal effect.

  • Essential oregano oil helps the skin to get rid of fungi on the feet and nails.

It contains 70% of carvacrol — an organic compound with bactericidal and insecticidal properties. 1-2 drops of oregano essential oil should be dissolved in water and applied to the skin affected by fungi.

  • Ginger is ingested through tea. It helps in treating morning nausea, drowsiness and for the stabilization of the gastrointestinal tract.

It has bactericidal properties. Remember to use a fresh root of ginger.

  • Aloe vera speeds up the healing of wounds and burns. It also helps to cure a runny nose.

It has bactericidal properties. It’s better to use fresh aloe juice.

  • Mustard can be used in the form of compresses for colds, a runny nose, pharyngitis, and bronchitis.

Compresses have the same effect as painkillers, and they help to stop inflammatory processes.

  • Banana tea helps to fight insomnia.

Making tea with fresh banana will help greatly. Banana should be used together with the peel. Optionally, add some cinnamon.

  • Turmeric helps to get rid of bloating.

Dissolve a spoon of turmeric and a pinch of salt in a small amount of lukewarm water and drink it after a meal.

Warning! There are several factors that will help convince you that it’s a bad idea to use plants as the main method of treatment for serious diseases without consulting a doctor.

  • There are no clinical studies at the moment proving the absolute safety of using folk methods and plants in treatment.
  • Plants grow in different environments and it’s impossible to dose the concentration of each substance precisely, which means that there is a risk of suffering from side effects even if the medicine was taken in small amounts.
  • Many plants and methods of traditional medicine presume contact with toxic substances and this can worsen the prognosis for the patient and complicate the work for doctors.
  • Most plants, the treating qualities of which have been proven and studied, are used in medicine as ready for use drugs, where all possible side effects have already been removed.

Bonus: Ants also grow antibiotics to protect their fungi farms.

Humans aren’t the only ones who have “tamed” antibiotics. For example, leaf ants build nests with composts for fungi under the ground. They need these fungi for food. However, sometimes the crops on these plantations get affected by a parasite fungus. In order to get rid of it, the ants grow an anti-bacteria within themselves, which produces antibiotics and kills the parasite.

If the parasite-fungus mutates to protect itself from the anti-bacteria, the ants have a new strain of bacteria ready to fight the parasite with. The ants’ bodies produce substances that provide a comfortable life for bacteria and the bacteria, in turn, take care of the insects’ life and mutate faster than the parasite-fungus.

Do you prefer treating yourself with antibiotics or natural medicine? Why? Please tell us about it in the comments!

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