Most of us are born with great eyesight. However, as we get older, depending on genetics, our environment and actions we take, our eyesight and other areas of health may start to deteriorate. Our eyes are one of the most important organs and therefore, it is important for us to take the necessary actions to ensure we maintain great eyesight for as many years as possible, and especially when we are still in our young 20s. Good vision enables you to perform well at home, at work, behind the wheel and also at sports. There is so much more freedom in every aspect of your life when you do not have to rely on visual aids for your day to day activities.
Some tips include consuming balanced meals, wholesome and unprocessed foods as much as possible. Ensure you consume daily, foods that are high in antioxidants such as Vitamin A and C. Eat lots of dark green leafy vegetables and fruits and vegetables of various colours.
The dandelion is extremely good for liver cleansing. Sadly, most people have been incorrectly educated to think the dandelion is a nuisance weed and must be destroyed. It is in fact one of the top superfoods you can eat to maintain great eyesight.
Adding herbs such as thyme, coriander, chives and parsley to your meals with also benefit your body including your eyes. Be careful to eat these herbs as fresh and raw as possible. When adding to foods, use it as a garnish and if you are cooking with it, such as using bay leaves and thyme, ensure these are not cooked on high heat or over cooked, otherwise some, most or all of its nutrients may be destroyed.
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You should also consume vegetables and fruit that are high in beta carotene such as carrots, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. When you cut these produce, these actually look similar to the iris and this is Nature giving us some clues as to why these foods are great for our eyes. Ensure you do not peel the skin as most of the important nutrients are just under the skin. Give these produce a good wash with a biodegradible detergent and rinse well with water. You can remove any impurities, however, the rest of the skin should be eaten for maximum nutritional benefit.
Watch another episode of our Sky TV Channel interview for more tips on certain foods to eat regularly for healthy eyesight.
Taking regular rest breaks from electronic devices will also help your eyes to relax and refocus. Set an alarm to stop using your electronic device say every 20 to 30 minutes for say 5 to 10 minutes. You can use this time to stretch, make a drink or have a comfort break. When using the screen, remember to blink as this helps our eyes remain lubricated with tears.
For those who wear eye make up, especially mascara, this is not encouraged as bacteria grows fast in liquid make up. Furthermore, most make up and mascara contain lots of harmful chemicals that are not beneficial for our health in the longer term. However, if you still insist on using make up, ensure your products are replaced every 2 to 3 months to avoid developing any eye infection. Never share these personal cosmetics with anyone, even relatives. Ensure you clean the area of your face before and after using make up. Do also ensure your make up brushes and other equipment are cleaned regularly.
If you are out in bright sunlight, do wear sunglasses to protect your eyes against harmful UV rays. If you are using machinery such as a lawn mower, wear protective goggles as well to protect your eyes against dust any any accidental chips of stones that may hurt your eyes.
If you smoke, we encourage you to stop and if you are under peer pressure to try smoking, we do not recommend this. Smoking increases the risk of Age-related Macular Degenation, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Dry Eyes Syndrome. Smokers are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Getting a good night’s sleep is also important. Ignore Mentors and Motivational Speakers who encourage you to pursue financial success at the expense of getting adequate sleep. Our body repairs itself when we sleep and feeling sleepy is a natural signal that your body requires rest. Good rest daily will support the health of your eyes.
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