Brentwood, 1.26pm: 15°C, broken clouds

31/7/19


Eating right for your health is always good advice, but eat right for your eyes too. Eye health is paramount and something that we tend take for granted until it starts to deteriorate, often resulting in operations and medication. If we change our diet to one that supports eye health,not only will our eyesight benefit,but so will the rest of our body too.

Egg yolks are rich in lutein,as are kiwis, grapes and corn, which is vital for eye health,as well as blueberries and blackberries.

Lots of fresh organic vegetables, olive oil,legumes and good quality protein. One or two glasses of red wine a day can also reduce your risk of cataracts, but it’s a fine balance; too little and there’s no benefit, and too much will have a negative health effect.

Stopping smoking is an obvious lifestyle change, and cutting down on over the counter drugs. Exercise has also been shown to help slow down the growth of cataracts.Just 25 minutes of walking each day can make a difference.

Continuous exposure to sunlight is also linked to cataract growth. So the advice is to always wear sunglasses when you’re outside, even in the winter when the sun isn’t that bright.

Take breaks from your computer or screen, as we all know that the blue light emitted from the screens is not good for you,and all that constant screen gazing will have a detrimental effect on your sight.

There are some healthy supplements that you can take as well to boost your eyes, like those that balance out oxidative stress.

If you are in any doubt at all over your sight,then do visit either your GP or your local optician for an eye health check.

 

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