Your eyes are a window onto the beautiful world we live in. They’re incredible and worth looking after.
(Pic – Wikipedia commons)
You’ve probably heard that in WWII, as a cover-up for our use of radar, the British military spread the story that our pilots could see in the dark because they ate carrots. Perhaps the story was effective because it there was a grain of truth in it. Carrots contain beta-carotene which your body converts into Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes.
Vitamins, minerals, enzymes contribute to the health of your eyes as well as your body generally. Processed foods often contain low levels of these micro-nutrients. You’ll get almost everything you need by eating a range of fresh meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Your eyes benefit from fat-soluble antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which you can get from eggs and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and spring cabbage and from yellow and orange fruits and veg – carrots feature again. Blackcurrants, blueberries and the amazing bilberries (we’re lucky – they grow round here) and other red and purple fruits contain water-soluble antioxidants and are great for your eyes.
Your eyes are mostly made of water so stay well hydrated. Instead of having tea, coffee, alcohol or fizzy pop, drink some plain water.
Exercise is good for our bodies and for our eyes too. They enjoy looking around and having a rest sometimes. Computers, TV and video games make us stare at one place at one distance for long periods of time. This unnatural practice can lead to eye-strain so take a break!
Top tip – Even your eyes benefit when you eat well.
You can read this in The Cockermouth Post along with lots of other interesting articles.