In this blog and video, we are discussing foods to eat and what to do to strengthen your eyesight.
Tip #1 - Sleep
I spoke in another video about the importance of sleep to our health and weight loss, well another reason to sleep well is so that your eyes also get a break. You probably have noticed that your eyes either become sore or watery if you did not had a good night’s sleep.
Tip #2 - Hydrate yourself
Drinking water and keeping yourself hydrated will also benefit your eyesight as it will reduce eye strain. I usually notice that my vision is not clear if I am dehydrated and I tend to strain my eyes.
Tip #3 - Take a break from the screens
We tend to spend a lot of hours looking at screens, either it be our phones, computers, laptops, tablets or tv screens, so try and make a conscious effort to take your eyes away from the screens as often as you can. At work you can, walk to talk to colleagues, on the underground you can read a book instead of browsing your phone, in the evenings you can go for a walk with a friend or a partner instead of watching movies or tv series. Giving your eyes a break from the blue light will benefit it a lot.
Tip #4 - Engage in physical activity
Getting regular physical activity can also help protect your eyesight! Over the last decade, several studies have found a link between regular exercise and reducing the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and other eyesight related issues. So, get in comfy clothes and move!
Tip #5 - Spend time outdoors
I also find that spending time outdoors, like in valleys or going for a hike helps with long distance eyesight. In countries such as Australia and New Zealand where being outdoors is part of their culture, there are lower occurrence of nearsightedness compared to the rest of the world. So, the solution is to spend more time outdoors and actually using your long distance vision.
Tip #6 - Expose yourself to the Sun
In an article BBC mentioned that spending time under the sun seemed to help with eye health which is potentially because sunlight strengthens our immune system and as a result has a positive impact on our eyesight as well.
And obviously, I could not possibly end this video without providing a few dietary tips, could I?
Tip #7 - Nurishment
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two nutrients that do wonders for our eyes and can be found in deep greens such as spinach, broccoli and kale. You can also find them in eggs and oranges. Consume foods that are rich in vitamin C such as grapefruit, blueberries, red and orange vegetables, such as bell peppers and...you guessed it...carrots. Vitamin E is also great for anyone looking to improve their eyesight and can be obtained through nuts and seeds. And I don’t know about you but my mum was constantly mentioning how good is fish for my eyes and she was right. Fatty acids from fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna are amazing for our eyes. Let’s also not forget oyster and liver that contain zinc, a trace element that regulates our immune system, that also benefit our eyes.
Quite a lot of things that we can do for our sight, right?
I hope you feel empowered with this knowledge.