Thursday, May 10, 2012

How to improve eye health naturally

Eating healthy has its benefits, not just in overall health improvement and the avoidance of common chronic disease. but in the preserving of one of our most precious gifts-eyesight, or the windows to our innermost self.  Most people think that eye diseases are an inevitable part of aging, but what can be done to help preserve the eyesight and stall these chronic ailments?

This post will discuss natural means of preserving our eyesight.

What you can do to improve your health

Some of the easy, common sense things that you can do to improve your visual health pretty much include things to improve your overall health.  One of those things includes stopping smoking, and avoiding excssess. Here is a brief list of things that you can do to protect your vision.

1. Stop smoking. Cigarette smoke produces free radicals  which damages the eyes as well as other body systems.
2. Take care of the cardiovascular system.  If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work to reduce it since these diseases compromise blood flow to the eyes, which is important in delivering important nutrients to the eyes thus impairing their function. Also, high blood pressure damages tiny blood vessels in the eye which can damages vision.
3. Eat plenty of fresh dark green and leafy vegetables. Especially plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetables, especially kale. Make sure that you consume carotenoids, such as carrots and sweet potatoes.  These also support eye health.
4. Diabetics, bring your blood sugar under control. As diabetes promotes the formation of small, fragile, blood vessels, which easily rupture and damage eyesight.
5. Consume food rich in omega 3. Such as fresh salmon.  Also, supplement with fish oils.

Foods and Supplements 

Remember that antioxidants are important in fighting free radical damage. So, in addition to a diet high in fresh vegetables, supplement the diet with fat soluble antioxidants. This includes vitamins A and E. Fat soluble vitamins are important because they help to protect vision by protecting the photoreceptor membrane disks from lipid peroxidation.

Water soluble vitamins rid the body of toxins stored in water sections of the body such as blood and cytoplasm. Vitamin C  and anthcyanins are important examples of  water soluble vitamins for eye health.  Remember these are not stored in the body so supplementation and a good diet of fresh foods and vegetables are vital.

Make sure to consume plenty of lutein, a nutrient that is eye protective and aids the eye in blue light absorption. You can find lutein in green leafy veggies, like spinach and kale. It is also found in carrots, squash and other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. Bilberries or huckleberries enhance vision so make sure to get plenty of these in the diet.

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